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    Question headunit vs. Amp

    I want to ask the opinion of this Board.
    I am looking into how to play my computer over the speakers.
    A. I can buy This Amp and an FM-tuner for my computer, and then I can put a LCD into my Double Din Dash, or just put in a standard text LCD.
    B. I can buy an Pioneer headunit and a Text LCD

    I would apreciate any comments. And, How hard is it to run Speaker wires for Amps?

    Thankyou
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    Go for the amp option. You will want to get subs/etc later and will have the amp ready to go. Head unit amplifiers are usually just for quick setups and for running super tweeters. A good quality amp is what you want!

    And if FM radio is anything like here in Melbourne (with their playlist of about 12 songs!), dont even bother with an FM tuner card!!
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    Theres several good radio stations around me,
    so I would want a tuner,
    and my playlist of songs is only about a 150 songs. Napster Bit the dust as soon as I got broadband.
    Anyone know of some alternatives?
    I really don't want to spend the money on new speakers, and I just have the factory speakers (actually, they are the hi-quality option package).
    If I have a 4 channel amp, and 6 speakers, will the 2 that I add to one, and the 1 I add to the other port even out?
    Or do I put my back subs on there own channel?
    How does that work?
    Thanks.

    The headunit I want has 45 watts per channel, and the amp has 50, so they are kinda even.


    as its lookin now, I am probably going with the Headunit, as it will look alot nicer.
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    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    If you're gonna go with an FM-tuner, read this: http://wizardpc.terrashare.com/USB%20FM%20Radio.htm
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    lstrunk: The 50W x 4 amp will probably be quite a bit louder even though the headunit is similiar wattage (45W x 4) because the RMS wattage on the amp is 50 x 4 whereas most decks are like 15 x 4... 45 watts is just there peak. Like I have a Kenwood 45W x 4 and I'm sure the RMS is like 12 watts... but it's still nice.

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    he 50W x 4 amp will probably be quite a bit louder even though the headunit is similiar wattage (45W x 4) because the RMS wattage on the amp is 50 x 4 whereas most decks are like 15 x 4... 45 watts is just there peak. Like I have a Kenwood 45W x4 and I'm sure the RMS is like 12 watts... but it's still nice.
    See, I don't like loud music. I have a monsterous ancient Amp in my room, and I don't think I've ever had it past 1/4 way on the volume knob.
    And the RMS on the headunit I want is 20watts, and if you get by on 12, I should be just fine.
    I really don't want to be tearing up my dash and everything to be running speaker wires to my trunk, and halving to wait for a minute to even be able to listen to the radio,
    but, is there a way I could possible still have a radio, and later put in an amp aswell?
    I don't know how all of that works.
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    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    id say go with with the radio tuner, u might not want to turn your computer on just to listen to radio if your not driving that far, plus if you dont like loud music then not much point getting an amp.

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