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Amp or Not

Discussion in 'Audio' started by blazingboy, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. blazingboy

    blazingboy 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to get some kickpanel enclosures pretty soon I think I am gonna get some some 5.25 components with the tweeters and crossovers. My head unit is 35x4 I only have have 2 other speakers with a amp and 2 12's right now so will I need to get a amp for the the components or just hook it up to my head unit.
     
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    Depends on the component speakers you go with. I personally would use a 4 channel amp for the fronts and rears, and a sepreat amp for the subs.
     
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    Yeah that is what I was planning on doing, but everyone around hear said just hook it into the head unit. I know this is a probably a dumb question, but do the tweeters hook up to the amp. Also what does the crossover hook up to. Thanks
     
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    With component speakers the wires from the amp go to the crossover, then from the crossover to the sepreate speakers.
     
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    Would it sound ok if I just left the 5 inch pioneers in my mid-panels un amplified and just amplify the components in the front.
     
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    All I can say is to try it.
     
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    I think it would actually sound better with the rear speakers amped. I like them just to be there for "fill"
     
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    It sounds like what you're asking is would it be better to run 4 speakers at 35W each, or to bridge the amp to two-channel mode and run the fronts at ~70W each and run the rears off the built-in amp of the deck?

    Personally, I'd go with option #2. The rear speakers are for "fill" and add a minor effect to the soundstage....you won't need much power the get the ambience they provide. The extra power up front will be a welcome thing....especially if you are trying to integrate them with a subwoofer. The sub might overwhelm the fronts if they are underpowered (35W or so)....

    The only other suggestion is to explore getting some "bass blocker" type filters for the rear speakers. Since they are for "fill" they shouldn't be trying to play bass anyway....and bass takes a lot of power that you won't have off the deck anyway. Running only mids/highs through them will make things a LOT easier on your deck and they will sound cleaner too....
     
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    I think I will just the leave the rear un amped and amp the front and then eventually get some bass blockers for the back.
     

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