I have 2 extremely high wattage amps that were very expensive.they are made by kicker,one is a 650.4 4 channel anp and the other is a 1200.1 1 channel.i also have a extra battery and a capacitor.Ive hooked up low wattage systems before that didnt need a extra batterey or a capacitor.I have 4 61/2" mids and a set of 2" dome tweets all hooked up to the 4 channel amp using 1 gauge wire and it is straight off of my batterey and it sounds great.I made it to where i had an extra channel so i hooked my subs(wich are 2 kicker solo comp 12"subs) just to get a little deep bass.I guess my question is how do i hook up the rest of the system,as in unhooking the subs from the 4 channel amp and hook it back up right.Where should i mount the spare bettery and will i need anything extra like another capacitor or something?how do i go about wiring the capacitor to the amp...do i hit the amp or capacitor first?is it ok to ground it where my 4 channel amp is grounded?can i pig tail off of the remote to the 4 channel amp and does the capacitor get a remote wire?i payed alot of money for this equipment and dont want to fry it so if you can help me out id appreciate it,and one more thing if there is any certain order i need to do this in please let me know and also tell me howto seperate and run the positive and negative coming off my back up batterey
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Re: high wattage car stereo
Positive (1 guage) from main battery to second battery positive terminal. hook all amps positive to second battery and hook 2nd battery ground to frame of car (where amp is now grounded) if you have a 2nd battery a cap is a waste of money. make sure all grounds (battery and amps) are together on same ground point of car, do not ground amps to battery - ground everything to 1 spot on the frame or body of the car ! - yes you can pigtail remote leads.
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It all depends on the wattage of your subs. you need an amp more powerful than the both subs combined. For example. for 2 500 watt subs, you'll need at least a 1200 watt amp. amps should never be truned up to full power, 80% max as they tend to blow more quickly and overheat when on max. ideally you want an amp over the total combined wattage of your both subs so you dont need your amp on max for the best sound for you subs.
if you bought that equipment today then your answer is yes your amp will power the subs but if i was you and you want more bass I would go with a two channel amp or even a mono block amp that will be 1 ohm stable and if you decide to do that you might want to get subs that are dual 4 ohm voice coils and run them in series that will get you 1 ohm of resistance
I would recommend you purchase a brand name 600watt RMS amp instead of a Jensen 1200 watt peak amp. Trust me you will notice the difference. Try a kicker, hifonics, MTX, audiobahn Autotech... Its not the watts its the quality of the watts..
Do not buy a second battery without first upgrading your alternator and wiring for the added draw. Adding another battery will make the already stressed alternator work even harder. Find an amp that has sufficient wattage to drive both subs at rms. If your subs are each rated at 600w rms then look for a 1200-1400 watt amp. Good brands are a dime a dozen these days and you don't necessarily need a kicker amp. If you wish to upgrade alternators i would suggest searching for OhioGen or Ohio Generator. .They make alternators for high current demanding systems and multiple alternator system solutions. As for amps look at names that have been around for a while like Mbquart,Soundstream (older stuff like rubicons...) ORION (older HCCA models are great) and such.
first whats the range in terms of WATTS that your 12" sub can handle in 4 OHMS ? second , lets check the AMP , POWER ACOUSTIK 1800 WATTS , Now thats a lot of power to drive a single 12" sub speaker . your amp is 1800 watts , per channel is around 500 watts , if BRIDGE thats around 1600 watts rms for ONE channel , if your sub can handle that kind of wattage fine , but it will not blow the amp , what it does is shuts down , some kind of protection mode , it will come back on after a minute or so. I suggest to use one channel in stereo mode , or purchase another sub to use the other channel. i hope this helps AJ