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  • Need help on amp and sub for pc

    hi, im sorry if this as been asked 100's of times but i've been looking everywhere for an answer and posts dont generally asnwer my questions that much.

    Im looking to spend between 200-300 on a sub and amp for my honda civic type r 2004. But as you may know boot space is limited so i cant have a massive sub.

    I'd like a system which deliveries good clear sound and at fairly high levels of db. As far as the sub goes i need something that will pick the base line up from anytime of music, and wont got over the top.

    Since i have a computer in the boot, i'm a little worrried about large magnets but from what i've read so far my computer should be ok. Also because im not having a head unit, the amp is going to need RCA or a coxia cable input. also is there away to plug up the 5.1 surround?

    Also im not sure what to do about the speakers - from the stockhead unit (or really from my computer) when i play any song the speakers are the best thing i've heard, they product a fair amount of bass and the clarity of them is really good so i dont think i will change them.

  • #2
    check out kickers l7 line, get a 10 or 12 and build yourself a solid sealed box. and get a hifonics amp that should end up costing right around the 300. as far as 5.1 in a car is concerned there are some companies out there right now producing 5 channel amps that will decode 5.1 surround. might want to do a google search to find out more. last time i checked i thought it was Zapco that made the amp im talkign about but good luck finding one of thsoe under 300.

    As far as the magnet thing is concerned you should be totally fine so long as you dont want to do anything crazy like invert the sub. especially if its inside a sealed box away from the computer.

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    • #3
      hi thanks for your reply.

      since im not using a headunit how do i connect the speakers to the amp? i know its sounds like a stupid question but most people run rcas down from the head unit. I dont want to rewire the speakers at all incase i want it back to stock once i sell the car.

      Also could you help me find an amp which has RCA inputs, 4 channels, and hopefully RCA outputs if i can use that with my speakers?

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      • #4
        to connect the speakers to the amp you do it the same way you would otherwise....

        you will have to run RCAs down to the amp from the computer, my suggestion is to get an EQ. This will be two fold. The signal coming from the MOBO is weak at best, when putting that into a car stereo amp you will notice a drop in sound quality and a much quieter signal. If you go with an EQ you will take the signal out of the mobo into the EQ, this will bump the signal voltage in most cases, then from teh EQ you would use normal RCAs back to your amps. Since most EQs have volume controll you will find it easier to use the volume controll here rather than on the screen.

        All in all from my experiences this is one of the best options to keep the sound quality right up there and to make life easier all around

        I think you might be a little confused on what you need.

        You need just a regular amp, any amp will work (though I will tell you to spend a bit of moeny and get a quality amp, not a Jensen or a Boss for example). You just need regular speaker outputs on the amp.

        Just to draw a mental image for you:

        Mobo -> EQ (regular 1/8" cable for this) -> amp (RCAs for this) -> speakers (regular speaker wire for this)

        In my car I used this: http://www.arcaudio.com/arc/navigation/peq7prodp.htm

        Something like that is what you should look for, you can find them pretty cheap, all just depends on how much you want to spend and how important your system and quality of sound is for you
        Jan Bennett
        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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        • #5
          Also, IMO there is no point in doing 5.1 unless you have the speaker set-up to back it up...
          Jan Bennett
          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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          • #6
            thanks for your help red, what i've decided to do it buy is:
            KEN-KAC8401 or ALP-MRVF340 - if you can think of anything better let me know.
            For now i'll plug it into my headunit as i've an rca convertor, untill i can get a EQ and sub.

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            • #7
              I'd recommend Hifonics for the amp, and JL for sub... the sound would be much cleaner through an equalizer... I'd say a Pioneer one. As for the stock speakers, when they'll be through an amp, they won't sound that good anymore...
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              • #8
                what about a vibe 3 amp? i really being to like them.
                Cris, which hifonics amp do you think?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bfg
                  Cris, which hifonics amp do you think?
                  One of the Zeus series...
                  Renault Megane...the OEM look

                  The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                  • #10
                    i got a question concerning this too(this is basically what i want to do too)

                    Now please excuse me for my ignorance because I haven't gotten the whole audio thing down.
                    Would i connect the subs to the same amp as what the speakers are connected to? I'll probably be getting an 800watt amp, so won't that blow out the regular speakers (front and back)? Also will I even be able to hook up 8 speakers to one amp? (I have 4 component speakers in front, two in the back, plus the two subs)

                    Thanks.. :|


                    edit: also, my stock amp has a built in crossover which all the speakers are using right now.. do i have to do something about that when i get rid of the stock amp?

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                    • #11
                      what do you mean if you dont have the speaker setup dont do 5.1?

                      the reason being - i have a 04 4runner w/jbl... i dont know the specifics yet but it seems to have a center w/4 surround... i would get a sub = 5.1

                      what do you think?
                      [4Runna]

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