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Wiring my car stereo

Can you please help me with wiring my car steroe system
im using a pioneer 3 pair RCA pre output head unit. front component speakers with seperate crossovers(for the mid bass and the tweeter, and l;astly 1 pair of rear tri axial speakers
Also using 1nos 4channel amplifier
please explain the entire wiring and if possible a sketch with detaisl about power,audio and RCA speaker wiring

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Re: wiring my car stereo

This is not something that can be done here. It's too complex. The best solution would be to learn how all of this works. From then on, you will not need a diagram. The following site covers virtually everything you'll need to know.

Basic Car Audio Electronics

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