By Elliot Huston. Car Audio. Published at Thursday, June 28th, 2018 - 08:59:55 AM.
Adding amps and subs to your factory system. If you're keeping the factory radio but installing new amps, speakers, and subs, Crutchfield offers a wide variety of processors for this type of installation. For instance, the Alpine PXA-H800 processor can tap into virtually any factory system giving you extensive equalization capabilities and allowing you to add amplifiers and subwoofers.
Powering a subwoofer — Subwoofers require significantly more power than a brand-name or factory in-dash receiver can provide. A separate amp is a necessity. I want to add some oomph to a factory system.
I want an easy "off-the-shelf" subenclosure combo. Check out enclosed subs. Enclosed subs are pre-mounted into a box designed to accommodate the sub. This eliminates the need to choose an enclosure for the sub, so you won't have to do as much work designing and building your system. On the down side, you'll be limited on the number of speaker and box-type choices you have. You'll still need an external amp to power the sub. [Shop for enclosed subs]
I want my aftermarket speakers to really sing. All aftermarket speakers, especially component sets, benefit from being fed more power than what a factory or even an aftermarket receiver can put out. Among a speaker's published specifications you will find its RMS (or "continuous") power rating, usually as a range — "5-60 watts RMS power range" for example. The higher number represents the approximate driving power at which the speaker will play at its fullest and best according to the manufacturer. Actually, most speakers get rated very conservatively and can take a lot more power than their rating (as much as 150% of the rating is usually safe). But they really won't sound good unless they're able to get at least 3-quarters (75%) of that power rating.
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