A car amplifier is a unit that’s basically designed to augment the authenticity of the sound that a speaker, woofer, subwoofers reproduces.
Amplifiers are constructed in a way that they nullify engine noises so as to reproduce crisp sound. Amplifiers vary, some amplifiers have connectors and knobs on them while some don’t.
As a matter of fact, each product has fundamental benefits of what they are actually used for. This means that those that feature connectors are mostly used for speakers, subwoofer, woofers, and so on.
Therefore, that’s why the proper installation of the unit must be made. Albeit, most car amplifiers have a class-D design on them irrespective of their uniqueness.
The class-D design perfects the illustration of the power source that car amplifiers use. Those that possess this feature don’t consume much power at all.
In a nutshell, although most car amplifiers possess the same structure, yet they have different features. Of course, this affects directly or indirectly their respective method of setups.
Nonetheless, let’s check out the 8 systematic ways of installing car amplifiers.
8 Things to Consider about How to Install a Car Amplifier?
1. Purchase a Product
Just as we’ve stated earlier, opt for a product that suits the designated space in your car. Launch out for a product that its RMS suit the input of your headset jack.
This is because amplifiers have a total of RMS wattage and each connector distributes some percentage/amount of wattage.
Therefore, before making a purchase, one must, at first, know the wattage that a speaker/subwoofer uses. Also, the size of the subwoofer that works with it.
All these have to be put into consideration before opting for a product. In addition, you might want to find out whether the unit can be bridged. Once all these are put into consideration, you can then make your order.
2. Read the Manual
Most units come with an installation kit. The kit aids in the easy and quick setting of the unit. However, provided you’re a newbie, you can depend on the manual on the manual for an apt understanding of the accessories and precautions to look out for while setting up the unit.
In fact, with the help of the manual, you’d know the benefits of using a product. However, in some cases whereby the manual’s content is incomprehensible, then you’d have to consider the directions that we’ll be illustrating on this platform.
- Make sure that you’ve already made ready wires that are quite long enough for easy assembling.
- At first, remove the positive terminal from the power source so as to avoid accidents.
- It’s advisable that you coat the wires with rubber so as to prevent its accidents.
- Also, sight for an area that ventilation can penetrate, why? This is because amplifiers heat up easily.
- You might need to cut your wires into sizes so as to actually get the accurate size needed.
4. Parallel or Series
Most times, the manner at which you wire your amplifier determine the impendence. So, know the impendence that a unit can ultimately provide a method of wiring.
For example, at parallel wiring, the delivery of the RMS would be maximal while the impendence is minimal.
Imagine, provided each channel delivers a specific RMS, most time you can only achieve the full RMS wattage whenever you wire it in a parallel dimension.
Nonetheless, it depends on the description of the manufacturer in the manual. However, the higher the RMS wattage delivered by the amplifier, the higher the possibilities in achieving the crisp sound.
- What you’d want to do is to add plugs to the wires. Notwithstanding, that’s if the product requires that.
- Run the wires from the power source through the firewalls/rocker panel. But you must have done the ground connection first. What you would identify the wire and attach it to the metal.
- Connect the plugs at the front, rear of the speaker to the designated connectors on amplifiers. You can check the instruction booklet for more information.
- Install the inline fuse anywhere so as to reduce the amount of power flow. However, we enjoin you to install it a bit close to the power source.
- Adjust the knobs, equalizers, other functions so as to achieve the best sound.
This is the act of using more than one speaker for a car amplifier. However, car amplifiers have it listed in their descriptions. With the description, you’d know whether a product is bridgeable or not.
However, before deciding on a product, know the amount of RMS wattage that each of the channels delivers, the total and the power rating that your speakers, woofers have.
This would help you to properly calculate whether the bridging would be possible. Once the RMS wattage power output is more than the speaker’s power rating, then you can go on with the bridging.
For bridging, get the stereo wire in running from the terminal to the bride terminal on the amplifier. Wire from the positive terminal of the first speaker to the positive terminal of the amplifier and vice versa to the second speaker to the negative terminal of the amplifier.
Bridging in series, on the other hand, requires cross-wiring between the terminals of the two speakers while they are still connected to the amplifier (positive of one speaker is attached to the positive terminal of the amplifier while the negative wire of the second connects to the negative terminal of the amplifier).
Meanwhile, for parallel bridging, you’d have to use two stereo wires. On the same speaker, you’d run a stereo wire from the negative to the positive terminal while you run the wire from the positive terminal from the second speaker to the positive speaker of the right while the part of the same wire would be run to the terminal (of the same charge) of the amplifier.
7. DVC Bridging
Subwoofers mostly have a single terminal, however, those that feature DVC (dual voice coil) have multiple terminals on them. With this, you can achieve high flexibilities in enjoying quality sounds. The method of installation is the same regardless of the product that you’re using.
8. Installation of Capacitors
Provided you have an intermittent stoppage in power, then you’d have to connect it from the power source to the capacitor before transferring it to the amplifier’s terminal.
The importance of this is that it saves the energy absolutely for a free flow of energy. You can check your manual to find out whether it permits its use.
This is just how you can install a car amplifier with ease. The writer gave the systematic format that you can imbibe in having the best installation ever. It’s a piece that anyone can use even prospective buyer. It’s just awesome to use.