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Estimated wait for next available agent :. For Tech Support, call My name is Ken. I seek the Holy Grail of car audio excellence. My favorite color is blue. I came to Crutchfield in During my six years as a Crutchfield Advisor, I learned a lot about the technology behind great car and home audio. I learned even more about what people wanted in their car stereo systems. I've been a writer for car audio and fitness tech at Crutchfield since Over the last few years, I've also carved out a niche producing demo videos for our in-dash car stereos.
The hands-on experience I get with car stereos while doing video production is an invaluable aid to me in learning about their exciting features. This helps me convey that information to our customers when I write about the stereo on our website.
Before coming to Crutchfield, I spent 10 years teaching music in Charlottesville area schools. I keep my musical interests satisfied by volunteering as a classical music DJ at a local community radio station, and I stay up to date with the latest in outdoor tech by cycling, running, and backpacking. Fun facts: I've completed an Ironman triathlon, run the Boston Marathon, hiked miles of the Appalachian Trail, and lost on Jeopardy! When you're ready to add a subwoofer and bass system to your vehicle, there are a lot of options to choose from.
Once you get past the basic question of the size and of subs you want in your system, you need to decide on the type of sub s and the type of amplifier s you'll use. When choosing subwoofers, you can choose between single voice coil one set of terminals and dual voice coil DVC models two sets of terminals.
Dual voice coil subs give you more wiring options than single voice coil models. Usually, but certainly not always, dual voice coil models are built for higher power handling and performance. When choosing an amplifier, the most important thing is to pick one with the right amount of power for your subs.
Once you've decided how much power you need, you'll need to decide which type of amp to use. For most bass systems, you'll want to choose either a mono single-channel amp or a 2-channel amp. To get you on the fast track to big bass, let's look at four common combinations of subwoofers.
We'll check out the advantages of each, the best wiring configuration, then discuss the type of amp to choose. We'll even show you how to hook 'em up! If you already have either an amplifier or the subwoofers and need help choosing the other piece, be sure to check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps. Advantages Simplicity, price, and compactness are the big advantages of a single sub system.
A single sub is pretty easy to hook up, there are a lot of reasonably priced models to choose from, and it won't take up too much room although a 15" sub isn't exactly small! You may not knock over small buildings with one sub, but you can still get a lot of solid bass.
The right type of amp to use This is a perfect place for a 2-channel amp. By bridging the output of the amp, you'll get lots of power for a relatively low cost. Avoid using a mono amp here — they work best at a lower impedance than 4 ohms. Advantages Don't be confused about dual voice coil DVC subs — having two voice coils simply gives you more ways to hook them up. In addition to wiring flexibility, the advantages of using one dual voice coil sub are power handling most dual voice coil subs are built for heavy-duty use and compactness. The right type of amp to use This is a perfect situation for a mono sub amp.
Mono amps are built to provide the most power at lower impedances, typically around 2 ohms. By wiring the voice coils in parallel, we can present a 2-ohm impedance to the amp and get maximum power output. Check the diagram below for how to hook it up.
Advantages When you're looking for big bass, having two subs makes a lot of sense. After all, sound is just the movement of air, and with two subs you can move lots of air! As before, price can be an advantage when selecting 4-ohm single voice coil subs. Sure, two subs will take up more room, but what do you want — trunk space or bass? The right type of amp to use This setup is perfect for a mono sub amp. By wiring the two subs in parallel see the diagram you'll show a 2-ohm impedance to the amp. Mono amps are built for just this kind of situation, so you'll get maximum power output from your amp investment.
Advantages Wiring flexibility is the key here. You've got lots of different ways to hook up this combination. With two subs, this is a great way to get the pounding bass you're looking for. Hook 'em up and hold on tight! The right type of amp to use This is a great place to use a 2-channel amp. When you wire the subs as shown in the diagram below, the total impedance will be four ohms.
A bridged 2-channel amp can provide plenty of power at a reasonable price. Get some good subs and a good amp and let it rip! These examples are just the starting point. If you want to explore other ways to wire and configure your subs and amp, check out our subwoofer wiring diagrams. Just select the and type of subs you have, and we'll show you how to wire them to your amplifier. For more information about how to choose the right subs, read our subwoofer buying guide. And as we mentioned above, if you already have one or the other, check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps.
If you have any questions and want straight answers, contact our advisors. Just click on "" at the top of any on our site. My speakers are each 2 ohm there are 4, in addition to a sub. One issue I have is that I couldn't get the sub to work with bridging any of the channels together.
It would just work as a regular speaker. So in order to get the sub to work, I ran an RCA cable to channel A, and then ran the speakers out of channel B using wires. But this meant that I am now running 4 speakers off of 1 channel I no longer have fade available, as there is no rear or front nowand the sub is run off the other channel, via the RCA input. Is this setup going to fry my amp? I don't know which amplifier I should go with. Would a mono or 2 channel work the best? I am only looking to hook up the subwoofer for the amplifier nothing else.
I have an Orion xtr Will these work well together and how do I wire these with 1 channel? Hey, I am new to car audio and I'm currently looking to do a build and I would like to know if I can run a DVC sub at 2ohms on the same 5 channel amp that I want to run my 4ohm speakers on?
Need help understanding please. What amplifier would you recomend that could power both speakers and the sub? I'm looking at purchasing a Punch single P1 10" loaded enclosure. What is the best type, and least expensive, of amp for this application. The amp would only power the sub. I'm trying to purchase a pair of kicker compQ DVC 12" 4ohm at rms. I'm looking to match those with a Hifonics Zeus amp zg It makes sense to me that would be a good match, but for some reason I'm still questioning it.
Would you guys go with that or am I right in my hesitation? Is there a better amp to push those subs? I have a 2 ohm dvc alpine type R, and a 4 ohm dvc fosgate p3 in the same box hooked to the same amp. The amp is a skar skv2 Just wondering any advice here? Best configuration with this set-up? I have Can i hook up 3 subs to one amp planet audio pl And 1 12 inch skar ddx dvc 2ohm.
But I don't want to trust my amp at 1 ohm. As these are always grossly over rated ,and at times under rated for power output. Which wiring method would be best for this combination? I have an old mcs 10ibw from JL audio that works well but I need more low end.
It should be pushing the sub well but I need more low end. Should I get a stronger sub 1st instead? Hello I am looking to purchase the Q series L7 15 inch sub from your website. With a rms of in the speaker I was hoping to find and amp with the rms wattage just below or right around this when wired at for 2 ohms so that I don't max out my amp while playing loud for long periods.
What amp would you recomend. A friend recommended a D series Rockford mono amp at watts but only 4 rms. Would this amp be a good match? Or would you recommend something. I jst recently bought the skar zvx 12 in rated at watts rms it's a dvc 4 ohm sub can I hook it up to a taramps Md Please help. I have 2 Kicker 12 in subs Can i hook up 3 subs to one amp a sound ordinance box and they are watts each watts rms. We used a Metra hi-lo output converter but it just doesn't sound as good as it should as far as the bass hitting and the lows.
Also any advice for bass cutting out at high volume Can i hook up 3 subs to one amp factory stereo? Am I missing something from my configuration? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your question! Generally speaking, while it's ultimately preferable to make sure your sub is rated for the power you're throwing at it, driving your sub with a little extra power is far better than trying to drive it with too little. So, while it's certainly possible to overdrive it, if you're only cranking it every so often, you should be fine.
If you were to crank it for extended periods of time quite often, then, sure, you could blow it. But it sounds like you're generally listening at normal volume levels. As for a capacitor, if you do notice your lights dimming, it's not a bad idea to consider incorporating one into the system. I don't normally listen to music super loud or have any intent to wake up the neighborhood; I just enjoy listening to music. Two questions: 1 Am I causing any danger to my gear in any way, particularly my sub? Just picked up two DS18 dual 4ohm 12s, w rms a piece. I'm not too sure how rms works when subs are parallel.
I just bought 2 sundown ev2 dual voice coil at 4 ohms rated at wats rms. I have a Rockville r x d-m3 amp what 12 inch sub will match well with this amp? They linked two 6x9" speakers I can't recall the power of the speakers as well as the sub to the one amp.
The setup worked in two separate vehicles, but I've been informed that this is a foolish if not dangerous setup. What are the risks involved in a setup like the one described? So, I'm looking for a single amp to power my whole system. I'm kinda at loss on the best choice and ways to wire to get the best sound out of my system.
Any thoughts or advice? What amplifier do you recommend that will power all the speakers and subwoofer? Good evening. This is a great explanation that i needed. Since i have a W monoblock but with a flattened subwoofer.Can i hook up 3 subs to one amp
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3 subs 1 amp???