Category: Car Amplifiers

High-Level V.S. Low-Level Inputs

High-Level V.S. Low-Level Inputs

Car audio amplifiers come in a variety of configurations that can contour perfectly to your installation scenario. One aspect of an audio amplifier is the way it accepts a signal from your audio source, for example your stock radio versus your aftermarket radio. More often than not, factory radio systems do not have ...

CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifiers

CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifiers

All CEA-2006 compliant amplifiers are tested using the same specifications so you can easily compare any CEA compliant amplifier. The old Consumer Electronics Association power amplifier rating system standard, the EIA 517B, was lax in its ways and allowed car audio manufactures to rate their amplifiers power output ...

How to Tune and Adjust Amplifier Gains and Bass Boost

How to Tune and Adjust Amplifier Gains and Bass Boost

You might want to force this into your head because tuning your equipment is one of the most important things you can do. Car amplifiers have lots of knobs and buttons that, when adjusted the right way, will make your subwoofers or speakers perform at their best. Improper tuning can create distortion, which can sound ...

What Types of Wiring Do I Need to Install an Amplifier?

What Types of Wiring Do I Need to Install an Amplifier?

Power wire…ground wire…everything seems to involve wires. There is no escaping it, your amplifier needs wires or it won’t provide you with high quality sound. To make sure you have everything your amplifier needs, I am going to give you a brief overview of all the necessary wires that the average amplifier uses. To ...

Where Do I Ground My Amplifier?

Where Do I Ground My Amplifier?

What is the purpose of a ground wire? A ground wire provides the least resistance to “earth ground” or chassis ground so that there is little possibility for a human to get electrocuted. If you touch a live wire, your body completes the circuit which then could electrocute and potentially kill you. Ground wires are a ...

What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

When installing an aftermarket car audio system, having the correct wire connections is very important. The right cables and wires ensure that the strongest signal is going to the correct destination, and that a sufficient amount of power is being sent to the receiving components. One of the most important connections ...

Where to Install an Amplifier

You have your amplifier in hand, checked its dimensions, and now all you have to do is mount it inside your vehicle. Amplifiers can be sensitive to electrical and motor noise interference and they can even negatively affect your radio reception. The rule of thumb is to mount an amplifier at least 3 ft. away from your ...

How to Test a Car Amplifier

How to Test a Car Amplifier

How do you test the power output of your car amplifier? It’s simple with the help of a digital voltmeter. Just make sure your amplifier is connected to some speakers and a head unit so you can test the output. The voltmeter tests the amount of voltage that the amplifier is feeding your subwoofers. The voltage can be ...

How to Install an Amplifier in your Car

Required Tools: Power and Ground Cable Wire Cutter and Stripper RCA Cables You may also need one or more of the following:  Screwdrivers (Flat, Phillips) and Screws, Drill, Pliers, Knife, Flashlight, Soldering Gun, Panel Remover, Electrical tape Decide on a Mounting Location Find a ...

How to Bridge an Amplifier

How to Bridge an Amplifier

Bridging refers to combining two (four) channels of an amplifier into one (two) channel(s) with twice the voltage. A two channel amp can be bridged to one channel, and a four channel amp into two channels. Bridging the channels increases the power output. An amplifier is usually bridged to combine two channels to ...

Types of Amplifiers

Types of Amplifiers

Amplifiers are classified by different class ratings (A, AB, D, etc.) and categorized by the number of channels they provide (mono, 2-, 4- etc). The class of an amplifier refers to the amplifier's internal circuitry. Class A amplifiers have the highest sound quality, but are the least efficient and do not dissipate ...

How To Choose An Amp

How To Choose An Amp

An amplifier modulates power from your car battery to supply your car stereo system with the juice it needs to keep the bass booming and the speakers crooning. There are many aspects to consider when selecting an amplifier for your car stereo system. Here is quick list of what you should keep in mind. First Choose ...