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Bridging to 12 inch kicker competition subs to my 1000 watt alpine 4 channel amp

I dont know how to wire the subs up

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  • sho28 Mar 07, 2008

    my amp is a V-power Alpine 4 channel 12oo watts m550my subs are 2 dual voice coil 4 ohm 12' subs

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    i have a old kenwood 250 amp built a box for my kicker comp vr 10 duel voice coil how do i wire it so my amp dont just shut off

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    Tygh Duval May 11, 2010


    • What brand/model is your amp?

    • How many subs?

    • Do your subs have dual or single voice coils?

    • What impedance are each voice coil (2 or 4)?

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I'm a bit confused. For Alpine amps, the "M" prefix is for monoblock (aka single channel) amps and the "F" prefix is for multichannel amps. The only M550 I find is an MRD-M550, which is a monoblock, not a 4 channel like you say.
Unfortunately, I can't give you accurate help until we know weather it's truly 1 channel or 4 channel. Then I'll be glad to help!

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