I would go with a 4 channel amp. Run the 4 speakers of 2 bridged channels, and the sub off 2 bridged channels.
As far as subs go..... I reckon the bigger diameter, the deeper the bass. 10" subs have real punchy bass, 12" have deeper less punchy bass. It all depends on the type and size of enclosure you use as well.
I would just buy an amp to run the sub and get some heavy gauge cable to run to all the speakers from the head unit. If you do as what was said in the last post you will lose all fading and balancing of your speakers and when you listen to songs that have sounds that come from the back but not the front or from the left but not the right and vice versa you wont hear them cos when you bridge 2 channels it becomes monor
Is your budget that you mentioned there just for the amp or for both the sub and amp?
If it's just for the amp get the best 2 channel amp you can afford and also get some heavy gauge power cable to run to it
If it's for both your not gonna get major brand names unless there is a huge sale
__________________ Ed Phat Drift Damaged Cobalt Blue 1994 EF XR8 5 spd
Fully optioned - Sunroof, cruise, body kit
Stock as a Rock for the moment
Just installed 10" Kenwood Sub and Coustic 160watt RMS Amp in my ED with gas tank in the boot, I just use the amp to power the sub and the sub is in an enclosure in the boot, sounds bloody fantastic, heaps of bass even with the gas tank and seat in the way. I just use the 50watt x 4 HU to power the 4 6 inch speakers , its plenty loud enough..
I got the Kenwood Sub and Coustic Amp from JB HiFi for $390 total and they are great , when the boots open all of the roller doors in my garage damn near shake from their hinges...
Loving it , finally took the plunge and got a sub and am very happy
This is what i would do.
Go buy yourself a cheap 4 channel amp and something like a JBL 12 inch for about $220.
Build your own box its easy.
Bridge 2 channels into one and run the front speakers off the other 2.
I had one JBL with stock everything else running off a cheap sansui 4 channel amp and it sounded pretty good. It lack clarity cos of the stock speakers up front but this just meant fading towards the front more.
Sure it is better now with splits, and another sub but it was pretty good.
Yeah well in my opinion a good HU is ample enough to power your speakers apart from Sub , as far as the 4 inch speakers go , my old car was an EA and because of the holes for 4 inch speakers I researched a bit and found the best poss 4 inch speakers without paying out a fortune are the Jaycar Response 4 inch speakers , they have fantastic clarity with a really good super tweeter which can be rotated so it aims at your ears, they dont have much bass but you would be hard pressed to get them to distort. The sub would take care of the bass and I can highly recommend Pioneers new range of 6 inch 3 ways as I just put some in the ED and they are great , so your pioneers in the back should be ample with a sub and some Jaycars in the front.
Thats what I would do anyway , and it would work out quite cheap as you already have the back speakers , based on the same as my setup $170 for the Kenwood Sub, $280 for the Coustic amp ( which also looks great ) and $130 for the Jaycars.
I guarantee this setup would be great as I have had it nearly exactly myself
Well my fingers are sore so let me know how ya go...
Originally posted by XplodEd EA I would just buy an amp to run the sub and get some heavy gauge cable to run to all the speakers from the head unit. If you do as what was said in the last post you will lose all fading and balancing of your speakers and when you listen to songs that have sounds that come from the back but not the front or from the left but not the right and vice versa you wont hear them cos when you bridge 2 channels it becomes monor
Oops... i just re-read what i wrote. What I meant to suggest was to run 4 speakers off 2 channels and the sub off the bridged 2 channels. I realise you'll lose the fading but still have the balance. With it this way, if you want more bass from behind but not from the front speakers you only have to adjust the fader.
Rear speakers are only for fill anyway (when using a sub) so who really cares if the passengers are getting the full benefit.
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