Im trying to install my DXZ545MP clarion stereo to my amp. When I first had the radio installed I asked for two rca outputs so i could hook up my ipod. Now im installing the radio in my 96 accord ex and there are four RCA females. I am wondering which do i hook up from the amp to the back of the headunit. Each rca wires have different colors green grey red and black. I belive the hookup is green for the amp but im not sure. and I don't know also where to connect the remote wire. The radio works fine without an amp and subs and I have a blue/white wire that is not being used wondering if that is where to hook it up. Thanks.
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The "Front output" from the Pioneer deck would connect to the "Main In" on the Clarion EQ. I'm assuming that your Clarion EQ can only deal with one input, and will send the adjusted (equalized) signal out both of the outputs. The "Front output" from the Clarion EQ should go to the "Front Input" on the 4 channel amp. The "Rear output" from the Clarion EQ should go to the "Rear Input" on the 4 channel amp. The "Sub output" from the Pioneer deck would connect to the Left/Right Input on the Epicenter. The Left/Right Output on the Epicenter would need a Y-splitter for each side, so that you could connect each amp separately. One suggestion would be to use one sub amp for both subs.
There are several things that you can check for this issue:
Check that the remote turn on wire is connected.
Check that the RCAs from the stereo are connected at both the amp and the sub output of the stereo.
Check the stereo; some head units have settings for the sub output. You made need to set the sub output to "on" at the stereo.
If your subs/speakers are in a box, check the connections there.
First do you have an aftermarket stereo? If not you'll probably want to purchase one. You don't NEED to have an aftermarket unit, but i highly recommend it. Assuming you use an after market unit do this. First determine where you'll mount the amp, choose somewhere secure, and not in a tiny compartment. Once you've decided where you'll put it run a minimum 6gauge power wire from your battery to the amp location. Within 18in from the battery on that power wire, insert a 95-100 amp inline fuse. Next run a maximum 20in ground wire from the amp to a chassis ground(if none is there you'll have to make your own, just drill a hole in the aluminum and bolt the wire down)with also min 6gauge. Make sure all the paint around the hole is scraped off and has only bare metal. Next to connect your stereo to the amp, use RCAs. The back of your aftermarket unit will have RCA outputs, run RCA cables from these and plug them into the amp RCA inputs. Note: there's multiple outputs on the back of the headunit, use the one marked sub, or rear, assuming this amp is for subs. Next on the back of the head unit is a wire that is blue with a white stripe, connect this wire to the slot on the amp marked R.E.M. now just hook up your subs an listen to them plow!!!!!!!!!!!! side note when running your RCAs place them on the opposite side of the car from the power wire, this will avoid alternator whine in your subs.... good luck if you have questions please ask.
That appears to be a good amp and should power your subs with no problem.
You will want to install a line-level converter to your stock speaker outputs and use RCA cables to the amp. Here's a link to SonicElectronix line-level converters. The PAC SNI-35 is OK if your stock radio has a remote turn-on lead. If not, you should probably look at the PAC TRUNK-LOC. It still a 2-channel line output converter but also includes a trigger output to power on your amp.
The DXZ375 has two sets of RCA outputs (1 red plug, 1 white plug) located on the back of the unit. The set with the white main wire is for a front amplifier, and the one with the black main wire is the rear. You want the black one.
I'm assuming you also have an amplifier for your subs and the necessary wiring. You will need to run a 12v+ from the battery to the amplifier, splice a power-on signal wire from the ACC Power wire on the stereo's wiring harness (red wire) as well as connect the amp to the stereo via the RCA outputs.
Remote wire from Jensen is blue or blue/white. Use Blu/white if there is one. . RCA's, for subs, use the rear if no subwoofer pre-outs are available. If unit has sub pre-uts, use them as the head ubit (stereo) would have a level that can be raised or lowered thus giving you more control over the input to the sub amp.
The gain dial is not a volume control. The gain dial is used to compensate the output level of your car radio head unit. all car stereo units output are not alike. If you set this gain level too high, it will cause major distortion (clipping) to the audio output of you speakers when cranked up. This excessive distortion WILL eventually, or even quickly damage or blow your speakers.
I personally blown speakers this way no not properly setting this. (lesson learned, I guess :| )
My recommendation is to get a line level converter. Go to a car audio shop or even best buy and specifically ask for a line level converter. It will have speaker wires in and RCAs out. Connect the speaker wires to the sub woofer speaker wires and then you will have the RCAs to run to your amp. I hope this helped.
I'm not that familiar with the insignia line but If the amps have an "input" and an "output" for the RCAs then run the RCAs in one, Then hook the output of that one to the input of the other. I did this with my 2 memphis 500Ds and it worked great. It also looks better than a couple of splitters, but yes You would just get two splitters with all female connections on them so you can plug 2 sets of RCAs into the one set. Also it doesn't really matter how you hook the RCAs up unless you are going for stereo sound then you would need to make sure the rights are hooked up together and the lefts are hooked up together. I hope I could help.