November 23, 2002im looking for an amplifier for my truck. my deck only puts out 35X4 watts. i dont want a huge 1000 watt, expensive amp, just something that gets the job done for a decent price. it will be hooked up to 4 speakers and an 8 inch subwoofer, any ideas? and is it very hard to install an amp on your own? i mean, if they give you instructions could the average person do it?
November 24, 2002kicker makes a 700.5 but that may be too much for the sub. It is easy to hook up an amp. Just need to know that you hook it all up and then put the fuse in the power line at the end. If you ever take out the amp you have to take the fuse out first with the car off. Otherwise you will send the amp into protect mode and it culd possible mess it up. Look for an amp that has 5 channels on it. 4 for the speakers and one for the sub. you will save money this way and it will look clean
November 24, 2002More info? Speaker make and model, and what sub. There is a wide rage of amps that will fit your application. To run an amp is pretty easy, the hardest part is getting a suitable hole in the right place through your firewall for power most of the time, and still, thats downright easy.
November 25, 2002well the speakers arent the greatest. i found them online on sale so i got them. they`re Legacy 4x10`s and 4x6`s. the 4x10`s are 300 watts and the 4x6`s are 225 watts i think. and the subwoofer is a bazooka 200 watt. i found a Legacy 400 watt amp for 70 dollars. i might get it, just depends on how well i like the Legacy speakers.
November 25, 2002Don`t waste money on the Legacy amp. They are junk, and the vibrations of the truck will probably kill it. My sister`s boyfriend had one back in the day, a "1000 watt 4 channel". Ran the front channels (supposably 250 watts each) to his Kenwood 6x9`s and they didn`t sound to great. Definitly has a lot of distortion. Threw in a Pioneer 322 that was only doing 30 rms per channel and it sounded MUCH better and could be played louder without distortion. The rear channels ran a pair of Profile Baja subs (don`t get me started). The amp died mysterously while running a 4 ohm load all around.
The amp is definitly the last place you want to skimp on a system. Get something decent and you`ll be much happier. Plus it is cheaper to buy something good now than a piece of crap that dies and must be replaced. Trust me!
By the way, installing an amp is easy. Just gets time consuming running the wiring, especially when you want it to be neat. I completely changed my system around Saturday and it took me nearly 3 hours. Of course, that included tearing out the old (about 15 minutes). I`ll start a new thread and post pics sometime later next week.
Huntington Beach, Ca.
November 27, 2002try a kicker 700.5 , or a kicker 550.3, i think thats what it is.
December 30, 2002Another route you could take is to run a mono amp for your sub only. A number of manufacturers make smaller "mono" amps for this. I`m a big fan externally amplifiying front and rear speakers, but it`s not for everyone. Your legacy speakers should run fine off of headunit power, you just won`t have the clarity at higher volumes.