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Hi i have an alpine 9857 head unit with 3 sets of outputs 1 set for front 1 set for rear and 1 set for subwoofer i have 3 jl audio amps 450/4 is connected to the front and rear of the head unit the 500/1 is connected to the subwoofer output and the 300/2 is run off the 450/4 i had purchased a esq746 but it only has 2 imputs main and aux how do i get this to work

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You will only be able to use this EQ on the front or the rear speakers. You will have to get another EQ if you think you need one. Usually, the front speakers of a car's audio system are the smallest and the rears are larger. You really do not want an EQ on the subs. If it was mine, I would hook the EQ between the head unit and the rear speakers. If you feel this does not sound right, you may need, but I doubt it very much, to get another EQ for the front speakers. Good Luck

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