Would you suggest running 2 amps, one being a 4 channel for front and back speakers ,and a 2 channel bridged for a 10 in sub. Or possibly going to a single 5 channel amp. i have a 93 gmc extended cab p/u truck . I already have all the wires and rca cables in place for the 2 amp set up , but was really wanting to simplify the set up and save some space, though not a whole lot. i was running a rockford fosgate 4 channel and an mtx 2100 2 channel. thought about going to kicker 5 channel. any suggestions on a good quality 5ch for a decent price somewhere between 2 and 300 dol.
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What is the speaker load in Ohms that you are running? Or what exactly is hooked up to it? are you bridging it? The protection light will come on if the load is too much for the amp to handel. If the load (in Ohms) is less than the rated load that it can run, it will stop the output to keep the amp from self destructing. The amp will sense that the demand for power will be too high for the amps circuitry which will either make the amp get so hot that it will burn up the copper on the board or more likely burn up the power mosfetts that power the speakers. If the Ohms are within range then it will allow power to flow through the circuit until the rails that the mosfetts are bound to until they get so hot that it will go into thermal protection. So if your amp has both thermal and overload protection lights and the overload is light then the load is probably too much for the amp. if it's bridged in mono the you can only have 1 speaker setup hooked up it if it's a 2 channel amp. a 4 channel amp bridged in mono for both front and rear channels will be able to have 2 speakers rated a 4 ohms each hooked up to the amp 1 set per bridged output or channel. Try it running in stereo with only 1 speaker per channel and see if it will produce sound. If not then you have an amp that has internal problems and will need to be serviced. Check your warranty to see if you are covered.
you need to determine what impedance the amp is running at ,how many spekers ,most 2 channel amps will only run 2 4 ohm subs per channel and only 1 4 ohm speaker in bridge ,Basically if you have 2 4 ohm speakers bridged at the amp it will usually cut in and out .Some amps will not do this for a while and will work for a while at low impedance but once they get older and hot and cool off many times they will then only work for the intended ohm load ,Do you have 2 speakers ,if so make sure 1 is on left channel and 1 is on 2nd channel (should not cut off ) if it is a mono amp ,make sure you are only running 2 4 ohm subs and not dvc speakers (these will run 1 ohm and shut the amp down ) there are ways of wiring more speakers or dvc speakers ,I can explain but I need to know what product you have .
My advice would be to connect the front speakers and the sub woofer to the amplifier and run the remaining rear 2 speakers from the headunit. This way you dont stress the amplifier to run on two different loads at the same time and still maintane control over your system. Bridge your sub woofer on chanel 3&4 and do not forget to set the LPF for chanel 3&4. If your speakers are not components in the front set the HPF on chanel 1&2 to roughly 60 to 80 Htz.
A 2 ohm stable amp should be able to be bridged to 1 ohm (consult owner's manual for bridgability), but a 4 ohm speaker is a 4 ohm speaker and would need to be parallelled with another 4 ohm speaker to provide a 2 ohm load.
This should work if channel 3 & 4 are bridged at 4 ohm.
channel 1 should be stable at 2ohm
channel 2 should be stable at 2 ohm
You can hook up the right side speakers together ( + with + and - with - ) . same thing with the left side. this will give you 2 ohm each channel. this will cause your amp to run hot (this might be tuff on the amp). It will give you right (2 speakers) and left ( 2 speakers ), no front and rear adjustement if you need to balance your sound. I think you should be better buying another amp for your sub and take your 4 channels for your 4 car speakers. this amp as a rca output that can feed the other amp ( sub amp ). it is possible to do it.
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