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Amplifier Frequently Asked Questions

Amplifier FAQ

How do I shop for an Amplifier?

Make sure to match the power output of the amplifier to the power handling of your speakers. If your front and rear speakers have slightly different power handling ratings, use the lower rating and find an amplifier that comes close to that.

Max Power, Peak Power or RMS Rating?

We suggest looking at the RMS power rating on amplifiers and speakers.  Some manufacturers use terms like Peak Power or Max Power but neither of these reflect the true performance as well as the RMS rating.

Can I amplify my factory speakers?

img_hcp1dAdding an amplifier to factory speakers isn’t always a good idea.  The vehicle manufacturer selected these speakers, meaning they weren’t high on the priority list, and they may have some characteristic that makes them incompatible with aftermarket amplifiers.  If you’re wanting better sound and thinking of an amplifier, it’s good to upgrade to powerful and compatible speakers as well.

Don’t factory stereos come with built in amplifiers – Why would I need one?

Yes, most factory stereos come with some built in amplifier action, but they’re not powerful enough to produce adequate sound at louder volumes without distortion. Bass especially suffers, since it takes even more power to produce lower frequencies than higher ones. To get better overall sound, adding an amplifier is key

Do I need an amplifier if I’ve upgraded my speakers?

visual1Even if you’ve upgraded your car’s sound system with the very latest head unit and speakers, it won’t make much difference to your overall sound if you’re not providing it with enough power. 

How many channels do I need?

It really depends on what you want to power or how many speakers you need to power. Amplifiers are categorized by the number of ‘channels’, or speakers, they can power. A one-channel, or mono amplifier, can power a single speaker. (Standardly used to power a subwoofer). Two-channel amplifiers can power two speakers, and you can guess how many speakers a four-channel amplifier can power. (It’s four!) There are also five-250x4channel amplifiers that can power your entire system (2 front speakers, 2 rear speakers, and a sub).

If I add an amplifier and new speakers, do I have to get a new head unit too?

Not if you don’t want to. If you’d prefer to keep the factory look to your vehicle, you can certainly just upgrade your speakers and add an amplifier to improve your sound. In fact, many amplifiers can actually integrate with factory radios.

Next Steps…

No matter what questions you might have, we’re here to help! Contact us or visit one of our stores today to speak to an expert who can help you navigate the amplifier buying process. We can answer any questions, explain any process, and even give suggestions on the best amplifier upgrade for your vehicle.

Amplifier Frequently Asked Questions

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