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My Kenwood KAC-X1R hooked up to (2) Kicker Solobaric L5's

I would like to know the best way to tweak the amp without hurting my amp or my subs. The load is 1 ohm and I do have the bass control knob. I have an older Pioneer head unit with one set of rear pre-outs...looking to get an excelon head unit...preferably the X791 or X891 but haven't decided yet. I had a soundstream 500 watt hooked before and it was hitting harder. I obviously need to do something differently. Can you help please???

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Re: My Kenwood KAC-X1R hooked up to (2) Kicker Solobaric...

First get a deck with 4 volt pre outputs or more that will help a lot then a battery in the back will help like a 1000cca or more

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