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Subwoofer wiring diagrams

Which wiring option will work best for you?

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Buck Pomerantz

Buck Pomerantz was born and raised in Philadelphia. His parents bought their first television set when he was born. He figured out how to run it by the time he was two. Besides athletics, his formative interests included electronics, amateur radio, music, and stage crew work. He got his BA in writing from Brown University. Then he joined a rock 'n roll band as their soundman and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. After that venture failed, he spent time in Boston, New Orleans, and Berkeley. He worked in a music store in Austin manufacturing, installing, repairing, and operating sound systems for recording studios, clubs, and bands. He moved back to Charlottesville, ran a little recording studio and finally joined Crutchfield as a copywriter. He has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren, but after a good nap he can still rock out.

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There are many ways to wire subwoofers and amplifiers. The ideal is to match subs, amps, and their relative impedances to maximize their power capabilities. While not totally inclusive, the following diagrams should be helpful in determining which wiring option will work best for you.

NOTE: Some low-impedance subwoofer system diagrams are included. In order to take advantage of the higher power output of these systems, your amplifier must be capable of driving loads as low as one ohm per channel. Attempting to drive a load lower than what your amp was designed to handle will lead to overheating and possible damage to your amp and subs.

Single Voice Coil (SVC) or Dual Voice Coil (DVC): If your component subwoofer has 4 wiring terminal posts, it's a DVC. If it has 2 terminals, it's an SVC. Subwoofer voice coils usually come in 2-ohm, 4-ohm, and 8-ohm impedances.

Impedance: Impedance is the amount of electrical resistance a sub puts up against an amplifier's output. A sub's impedance is often printed on its magnet. When you wire dual voice coils and multiple subs together, the resulting total impedance is not always simple to figure out or practical to use.

Amplifiers: An amplifier puts out more power to a low impedance sub than it does to a higher impedance sub. But not all amplifiers can drive low impedance systems safely. Refer to your amp manufacturer or owner's manual to determine whether or not it can handle a low impedance load.

Bridged mode: Bridging an amplifier combines two of its channels into one, to get more power. The disadvantage of bridging is that bridged channels can't drive impedance loads as low as they can when unbridged.

Wires: All the wires depicted in the Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams are speaker wires. For wiring subwoofers, we recommend using wires of 12- to 16-gauge in size.

CAUTION: Be sure to maintain proper polarity to prevent damage to your amplifier/subwoofer system.

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Last updated March 01, 2016
  • Gus from fredericksburg va

    Posted on 4/23/2015 8:28:40 AM

    if the amp is 1000 rms will both subs have 500 rms each or what.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/23/2015 10:40:24 AM

    Gus, You are right - if two subwoofers of the same impedance are properly wired to a 1000-watt amplifier, each would get 500 watts.

  • herman from Michigan

    Posted on 4/23/2015 11:23:26 AM

    Can I connect a 2ohm speaker parallel to 4ohm speaker into a 2ohm stable amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/23/2015 12:23:31 PM

    Herman, That would not be a good idea. Firstly, a 2-ohm speaker and a 4-ohm speaker wired together in parallel would present an amplifier with a 1.33-ohm load, below your amp's stability range. Secondly, the amplifier would send the 2-ohm speaker twice the amount of power as it would send to the 4-ohm speaker, possibly over-powering one speaker while under-powering the other. This will result in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown speakers.

  • Andrew Maloch from United States

    Posted on 4/27/2015 12:55:41 AM

    i have 2 svc 12" MTX Thunder 4500's and 1 12" dvc polk audio dxi 124 hooked to a 2 channel spl series 2 z2x-1600 1600watt max mosfet crossover. i know wiring them up parallel with only one coil on the polk audio produces 1 ohm and my amp is 2 ohm stable i was thing of wiring the 2 mtx parallel and the polk in series to produce 4 ohms? would that be a good option? and i am about to build a box for the 3 subs, should i port it or seal it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015 10:42:48 AM

    Andrew, You should never connect subs of different impedances together to the same amplifier - the lower impedance subs will get more power than the higher impedance subs, resulting in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown subs. As far as sealed vs ported, check out this article for help deciding. That amplifier, however, does not have a subsonic filter, so it won't work well with a ported subwoofer enclosure.

  • jason from thurmont MD

    Posted on 4/27/2015 1:14:36 PM

    i have a single 12 with dual 4 ohm vc's. would it be better to wire the coils in series and bridge the channels on my amp or hook a channel straight to each coil?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015 2:03:37 PM

    Jason, If you're planning on driving a single DVC 4-ohm subwoofer with a 2-channel amplifier, then wiring it either way will have the same result. Just remember, if you do drive each coil with its own amp channel, the input signals of those channels must be identical or the subwoofer will distort.

  • Sam from Cedar Rapids

    Posted on 4/30/2015 9:23:35 PM

    If I have 4 12" with dual 4O voice coils(3,200W RMS), and a AC5000.1D Monoblock Amplifier (Which states as being 1O stable producing 3,500W) but only 1,800W at 4O, is it possible to wire this without underpowering the subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/1/2015 10:57:51 AM

    Sam, If you wire four DVC 4-ohm subwoofers together like this diagram (probably the most complicated wiring scheme we have), that amplifier should be able to send them a total of 2,500 watts RMS. That would not under power the subs, even if they were each rated for 800 watts RMS, and your bass could probably be heard twenty miles away.

  • D from Cincinnati

    Posted on 5/1/2015 4:54:06 PM

    How do you wire 4 dvc 4 ohm sub to get 1 ohm at the amp

  • radjin from suriname

    Posted on 5/1/2015 10:35:07 PM

    i have a 4 channel amp but its not bridgeable .I will install one (double coil subwoofer )on the low pass channels and 2 (single coil subwoofer) on the high pass channels. is this installation possible ??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2015 9:28:03 AM

    D, You can't: four DVC 4-ohm subwoofers can only get wired together to form either a 2-ohm load, a ½-ohm load, or a 32-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2015 9:28:44 AM

    Radjin, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. However, you should know that a subwoofer driven by a high-passed amplifier channel will not play bass, but only the notes above the high-pass filter's setting.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015 5:50:27 AM

    What is the difference between a 2ohm or 4ohm sub and could i run the kicker CompRT10 2 Ohm loaded enclosure of the kicker cx300.1 amp Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2015 9:32:59 AM

    Shaun, There are no sonic differences between a 2-ohm and a 4-ohm subwoofer. They differ electronically in the way an amplifier will react to being connected to them. The amplifier you mentioned, for example, can deliver 300 watts RMS to a 2-ohm sub, but only 150 watts RMS to a 4-ohm sub. That 2-ohm loaded enclosure should work nicely with that amplifier.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015 1:34:04 PM

    Hi Buck, Thanks for the reply regarding the 2 ohm and 4 ohm kicker CompRT10 2 Ohm loaded enclosure I just wanted to know that the cx300.1 will power the sub sufficiently as the the mentioned sub is rated at Power Watts (peak 800/RMS 400) will it put strain on either of the above products if the amp is slightly less powerful Thanks for the info and is it true the higher the ohm the easier to power? Regards Shaun

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2015 4:07:57 PM

    Shaun, Never use a peak rating - always use the RMS ratings. That amplifier can supply that sub with 75% of its top RMS rating, which is within the power range we recommend for an amp/sub combo. If that isn't enough loud bass for you, you can always step up to a higher-powered amplifier, say a 400- or 500-watt model. As far as an amplifier's "effort" in powering different loads (ohms), I don't think it matters - it may put out more power and get warmer with a lower impedance load, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier for it to drive a higher load.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015 5:31:28 PM

    Buck, thanks for the info on the sub/amp that has really helped me with my decision, i would like to know if the following system will be a decent upgrade over factory equipment. I have Kicker 40CSS654 for the front,Kicker 41KSC654 for the rear powered by the cx300.4 and now thanks to your advise the cx300.1 and the 10" loaded sub all still to be installed, will these items complement each other.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/7/2015 10:02:21 AM

    Shaun, Your gear will work fine together. And if you like the way it sounds, you should let the folks at Kicker know about it.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/7/2015 11:54:15 AM

    Buck, please elaborate on my kicker set-up as previously mentioned, do you have any concerns on the system or perhaps a better alternative to my existing gear as it has not been installed as yet,is there anything you would recommend as a suitable replacement?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/8/2015 9:13:42 AM

    Shaun, I can't make any recommendations to you because I don't know what car stereo equipment or even what model vehicles are available in your country. I do know that the gear you've picked out will work together just fine.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/9/2015 1:38:59 PM

    Hi Buck, I have a Kenwood KDC-BT92sd Receiver and a Ford Ranger pick-up similar to the Ford raptor just not as big. does that help?

  • ROBERT BOCKMAN from United States

    Posted on 5/10/2015 7:55:19 PM

    i need to hook up a no 2 dvc 1000 watts 4 ohms i think i can pull then right now they are wired for 1ohm how do i connect this subwoofer to a home receiver

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/11/2015 12:39:32 PM

    Robert, Car subwoofers are inappropriate in a home stereo system for a number of reasons. Home system power amplifiers can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms, nor supply enough wattage to drive a car subwoofer. And hooking up a car subwoofer amplifier to a home electrical system with a 12-volt power supply would entail trying to draw more current than most power supplies can handle. If a home theater subwoofer is not large enough for your planned system, try looking at a pro audio PA subwoofer.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/12/2015 2:18:41 AM

    Hi Buck< Thanks for all the help and patients I was asking you questions that you have answered in the "Car Amplifiers FAQ" which I only found now. Thanks again for the help. Shaun

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015 9:10:48 AM

    Shaun, Glad we could help.

  • Brett from fullerton

    Posted on 5/12/2015 12:47:01 PM

    i have a mono amp thats too powerful but if i put it at 4 ohms its perfect. i have a 15 inch l7 that i want running at 4 ohms but not sure how the wiring is suppose to look. can you show me a diagram please

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015 3:10:21 PM

    Brett, Kicker 15" L7 subwoofers come in DVC 2-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models. If yours is the DVC 4-ohm model, then it can only be wired as an 8-ohm or as a 2-ohm load. If you have the DVC 2-ohm model, then it can be wired as either a 1-ohm load, or as a 4-ohm load when you wire it like this diagram.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/13/2015 6:15:06 PM

    I have a boss cxx27005 5 channel amp (600w-950w on the sub channel ) with a pioneer w3004d 600 watt duel 4 ohm voice coil. the amp puts out 600 watts at 4ohms and 950 watts at 2ohms . The voice coils are actually getting 1.5 ohms when wired at 2 ohms ,so I want to get a duel 2 ohm sub that is 450 watts , wire it at 1 ohm and run them together at 2.5 ohms because I had to wire the pioneer sub at 8 ohms (actually 6.2 ohms because my amp is not 1 ohm stable so I am not getting the full benefit from my sub ) will that work because of the slight difference of the actual ohms between the subs . ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/14/2015 9:39:52 AM

    Mike, The impedance specification of a subwoofer is its "nominal" (in name only) impedance, because the real impedance actually changes according to what frequency note is being played. If you measured your subwoofer's voice coils with an ohm-meter, you did not measure its impedance, you measured its DC resistance. Your DVC 4-ohm sub should only be paired with another DVC 4-ohm sub. You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte ,IN .

    Posted on 5/14/2015 2:00:16 PM

    Thanks for the info . I understand as of everything including electricity will take the easiest route or take the path of least resistance to release pressure , electricity , steam , ect .... If this is the case I should purchase the exact same subwoofer to ensure the resistance is exactly the same or if there is a difference of even .5 ohms one sub would get more current even if they are rated to be the same on paper , correct? If this is the case should I purchase 2 lower wattage subs to better match my amps output or should I get one of higher wattage sub that matches my amps output weather 2 or 4 ohms ,because anything below 2 ohms my amp kicks out after a few minutes . What would be the best option to get the most bass , I aim for the subs that have the highest decibels of efficiency . I am the one who asked the question about mixing a 2ohm and a 4 ohm sub on my 5 channel boss amp last night .

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/14/2015 4:20:42 PM

    Mike, For the amplifier and subwoofer you mention, if the ratings are true specs, you could hook them together like this diagram, and expect about 900 watts of bass output, which that sub will probably handle just fine. If you added a second DVC 4-ohm sub to the system, you would have to wire them like this diagram, and you'd only get about 600 total watts output, 300 from each sub. I hope that answers your question.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/15/2015 12:52:03 PM

    Since I can't wire a DVC 2 ohm and a DVC 4 ohm together off of the fifth sub channel of my boss 2705 amp , should I get one sub that takes 900 watts (wired at 2ohms) or should I get 2 DVC 2 ohm subs that have 450 watts RMS wired at 1 ohm to present a 2ohm load to the amp ? What would give me the best bass output ? I do my home work on my audio equipment before purchasing . I check the sensitivity , output , input , reviews , and of course maker ect... What would you do ? Thanks .

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/15/2015 2:03:55 PM

    Mike, I think I understand your question: Which gives the best bass output, a single sub playing 900 watts or two playing 450 watts each? I think the theory goes that if the cone area doubles while the power stays the same, the volume increases slightly. But I don't know if that increase would be audible or not. Enclosure style, size, and placement have much larger effects over the sound of the bass than cone area. Most people would go with a single sub out of space considerations, but if you have the room, go ahead and get two.

  • josh

    Posted on 5/16/2015 12:58:56 AM

    I have a fosgate prime 1500 amp it is the gold colored one and the four speaker terminals it says 2ohms over both sets of terminals I have a fosgate hx2 12 inch dvc 4ohms how do I hook these together properly. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2015 11:44:41 AM

    Josh, I don't know exactly what amplifier you have - googling "Rockford Fosgate Prime 1500 amplifier" comes up with no meaningful results. Maybe you copied down the model number incorrectly. I can't even tell you whether it's a 2-channel or a 1-channel amplifier, so I cannot give you advice on how to wire your gear together. Sorry.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/17/2015 4:02:22 PM

    Why can't you take a DVC 4ohm sub and wire it where you run a split wire from both the positive and negative to each of the 4 terminals for a 4 ohm load ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/18/2015 9:31:31 AM

    Mike, What you describe is exactly the way some one-channel amplifiers get hooked up. It's called parallel wiring - when two 4-ohm subs or voice coils are wired in parallel the amp "sees" it as a 2-ohm load.

  • Nathan from Sacramento, CA

    Posted on 5/21/2015 8:10:15 PM

    Hi, I was wondering if a JL Audio 10W3v3-2 is a good match for JL Audio XD300/1v2? Should I go with the 4 Ohm version of the sub? Running the amp at 2 Ohms would have what effects on heat or long term reliability, if any? I want to have high quality clean sound with a low draw on the vehicle's electrical system. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2015 9:44:22 AM

    Nathan, That amp will provide that 2-ohm sub with 300 watts RMS, which is 60% of the sub's RMS rating. We recommend that an amp provide between 75% and 150% of a sub's rating, but you should be alright with that combination as long as you don't play a lot of distorted bass. The JL Audio XD600/1v2 would make a better match. These well-built amplifiers should have no trouble, heat-related or reliability, driving a 2-ohm load.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/22/2015 12:06:05 PM

    Hey Buck , it's me again . I was wondering if you could wire DVC 2 ohm woofers to a 4ohm load to the amplifier ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2015 3:31:08 PM

    Hi Mike, One DVC 2-ohm subwoofer can be wired as a 1-ohm or as a 4-ohm load. Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/23/2015 9:05:02 AM

    Hi Buck . It's me again . I wanted to get two subs and mount one in a sealed box and one in a ported box to cover all of the bass frequency ranges . Would you let me know if this is a good idea ? Thanks .

  • JOHNJOHN from norwalk

    Posted on 5/23/2015 12:58:32 PM

    best way to wire a 10inch JL AUDIO to a ROCKFORD FOSGATE PRIME R300-4

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/23/2015 7:18:50 PM

    Mike, Sealed and ported subwoofers play the same bass frequencies, but with different tonality. If you want to learn about what that means, check out our Sealed or Ported article. You can certainly put both in a system, but you won't get any kind of clean bass sounds out of it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/24/2015 4:44:42 PM

    John John, JL Audio makes many different kinds of 10" subwoofers. Some would work with that 4-channel amplifier, but most would not. If you want a wiring question answered about your system, you must identify your subwoofer better. Knowing the brand name, series name, and model number help me find the sub's coil configuration, impedance, and power ratings.

  • Devon from Indiana

    Posted on 5/24/2015 9:31:20 PM

    Hey Buck. So I have a old ken wood kac7201 amp. I also have a dvc 4ohm alpine type s. The amp has 120w per channel @4ohms, 230w per channel @4ohms and bridged has 460w @4ohms. Is it safe to wire to 2ohms bridged? Or would 8ohms be safer? I've only seen those two diagrams. I don't want to try anything before I learn how. I'm running a single sub in a sealed box.Thanks a million sir.

  • Stian from Norway

    Posted on 5/25/2015 8:48:59 PM

    Hi. I have two DVC 4 ohms subs, an a monoblock stable for 2 ohms. How should I wire it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2015 11:39:58 AM

    Devon, It would not be good to bridge that amplifier to a 2-ohm load - it will overheat and then shut down in protect mode. The best you can do with that gear is to wire the sub as an 8-ohm load like this diagram. This'd give you 300 watts RMS of bass power.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2015 11:47:09 AM

    Stian, If the power ratings match, you would wire that gear together like this diagram.

  • tboy ted from LA

    Posted on 5/27/2015 6:32:45 AM

    hi, i have a amp that is rated for 4-Ohms: 250x1 rms and 2-Ohms: 500x1 rms but my 2 subs are rated 4ohm svc 250w rms how do i wire them up thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/27/2015 11:45:28 AM

    Tboy, Wire your gear together like this diagram.

  • tboy ted from LA

    Posted on 5/28/2015 4:43:19 AM

    thanks a lot Buck!!!!!!!! that was very helpful you need a promotion for all the help you give to the speaker and sub community.

  • Liam

    Posted on 5/28/2015 2:51:38 PM

    I have 2 12" 250 rms power MTX subwoofers with an impedance of 4 ohm each. Does that mean i need to find a mono amplifier with 2 ohm impedance and about 750-1000 watts?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/28/2015 4:23:40 PM

    Liam, If those subs are SVC (single voice coil) 4-ohms and rated for 250 watts RMS each, then you should look for an amplifier that can put out between 375 and 750 watts RMS to a 2-ohm load. You should wire them together like this diagram.

  • Liam

    Posted on 5/29/2015 12:48:05 PM

    Thanks Buck. I am probably going to buy the Alpine PDR- M65.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/29/2015 1:22:33 PM

    Hi Buck it's again , Mike from Indiana . I recently asked about wiring two DVC 4 ohm subs , one with a sealed enclosure and one with a ported box . I made my order before I got a reply and went ahead and bought a ported box along with 2 4ohm DVC NVX NSW124V subs with a RMS of 200-350 watts each wired at 4 ohms to the amp which has 600 watt RMS at 4 ohms . I already had a 1 cubic foot sealed box and I purchased a 1.83 cubic foot ported box . I figured if it sounded like crap I could unport it . I installed it yesterday 5/28/15 and I think it sounds fantastic , I actually had someone say " a nice sounding system " when I went to the store . That was the first time I ever had anyone say anything about my sound system before . I just thought I would let you know my thoughts .

  • Arjun from New Jersey

    Posted on 5/30/2015 9:04:18 PM

    Hi, i have a monoblock alpine 1.1000d amp, which i am trying to connect to with 2 12" 4ohm DVC JBL subwoofers at a 2ohm load each. My question is the alpine amp which i am using is a mono amp. However it has 2 speaker connections which means i can connect both subwoofers directly too it potentialy, i am trying to follow this guide to do this but because the amp has 2 speaker connecions do i follow the 2 channel connection guide or the mono amp connection guide? Sorry for being long winded , i hope i have been clear. I just want to be make sure of everything when installing thats all. Cheers

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2015 9:45:12 AM

    Arjun, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a sub to each terminal it would result in the two subs being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance the amp sees in half. Do not wire your subs to 2 ohms and connect them to those two terminals - it would result in the amp trying to push a 1-ohm load and it'll overheat and shut down. You should wire that equipment together like this diagram.

  • Jim Guenther from Dallas Texas

    Posted on 6/9/2015 1:44:46 PM

    I have a JM360 amp spec'd at 90watts RMS per channel X4 channels, (360w total) driven continuous into a 2 ohm load @ 14.4vdc. With 2 front JM Rokker 7.25speakers Spec'd at 2 ohms impedance and 217 watts. My question is how do I wire JL audio M880 8.8" 4ohm speakers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2015 3:57:45 PM

    Jim, I assume you're talking about an amplifier for a Harley Ultra Classic with the HK radio, because that's what it was made to work with. Figure E on page 3 of the amplifier's owner's manual shows how to connect the rear speakers, and it's just like the front speakers. The difference in impedance between your front and rear speakers will result in a volume difference - the fronts will be louder than the rears. You can compensate for that by adjusting the radio's fade control to balance the sound.

  • Sadiq Lewis from Takoma Park Maryland

    Posted on 6/12/2015 9:29:51 AM

    I dont have enough electrical power in my vehicle so would it be a good idea to wire my pioneer tsw311d4 to 4 ohms instead of 2 ohms into my rockford fosgate r500x1d?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/12/2015 11:57:35 AM

    Sadiq, First of all, your DVC 4-ohm subwoofer can only get wired as a 2-ohm or as an 8-ohm load. Secondly, what makes you think your vehicle's electrical system is inadequate? Are you experiencing headlight dimming when the bass hits? If you are, check out this article for possible solutions to that problem. I wouldn't think a 500-watt sub amp installed correctly would strain a vehicle's stock electrical system.

  • John from Halifax

    Posted on 6/12/2015 9:53:24 PM

    Hello, I was wondering if a Kenwood KAC-8406 amplifier (bridged, 4 ohms: 200 watts x 2 chan) would be able to adequately power 2 SVC 8-Ohm subwoofers with RMS ratings of 200 watts each (400 watts total)?

  • chris bingham from texas

    Posted on 6/15/2015 12:11:30 AM

    I have a 2 10" jl audio subs mounted in original box they are 4 ohm but have been wires for 2 ohm operation I also have 2 10" 4ohm kickers each in seperate boxes all 4 are svc im trying to find a way to wire all four to a mono amp at 2 ohm if u can help out i would appreciate it greatly

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/15/2015 1:18:32 PM

    John, You could certainly hook up that amp to those subs, wired like this diagram, but don't expect too much bass out of the subs. The amp would only be able to supply 50% of what the subs need to sound good. We recommend between 75% and 150%.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/15/2015 3:00:26 PM

    Chris, If I understand you correctly you have four SVC 4-ohm subs. Four SVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 16-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 1-ohm load.

  • Adam

    Posted on 6/15/2015 8:11:44 PM

    I have two 12" kenwoods SVC 400 watt rms and a one 12" 1600watt (peak) Lanzar max pro DVC could i hook these up to a BOSS Audio R 3400D Riot 3400-watts Monoblock Class D 1 Channel 1 Ohm Stable Amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015 12:10:16 PM

    Juan, Sorry, I don't speak Spanish nor do I have access to wiring harness information. Did you buy your amplifier from Crutchfield? If you did, you could call Tech Support for free help (in English) wiring your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support (again, in English only) - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015 12:27:04 PM

    Adam, You didn't say what impedance the subs have, so I can't say whether or not they can be safely wired together. If the DVC sub can't be wired to be the same impedance as the SVC subs, then they should not get wired to the same amplifier.

  • quinton

    Posted on 6/17/2015 7:04:16 AM

    I have a box with 2 10"s 2 tweets and 2 mids and I only have a crunch power one 300 watt 4 channel 1 ohm amp. should I be able to use this amp or something bigger. I have no idean brand of speakers or watts but there all 4 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/17/2015 12:58:39 PM

    Quinton, Without knowing exactly what amp and speakers you have (especially their RMS power ratings) makes it impossible to know if they'll work together or not. Sorry.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 6/18/2015 2:43:25 PM

    Hi Buck , its me again from Demotte , IN . Currently I have 2 NVX NSW 124V2 SUBS rated at 300-350 watts Rms with 92 dcbs of sensitivity . I have them presenting a 4 ohm load to my Boss cxx2705 5 channel amp with the sub channel pushing 600 watts RMS . I have a Pioneer TS-W3003D4 600wattRMS sub that has 96 dcbs of sensitivity and has a much tighter base then the NVX subs . When I wire the Pioneer to 2 ohms it is only actually 1.5 ohms . would it be ok to mix the 2 different types of subs or would that push more power to the Pioneer and not enough for the NVX

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/18/2015 4:54:28 PM

    Kevin, I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right amplifier for you and your subwoofers. For a powerful and economic solution, I suggest you check out the Rockford Fosgate Prime R1200-1D amp. It'll drive those subs with 1200 watts RMS when you wire them together like this diagram

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2015 3:05:37 PM

    Mike, You seem to be lost in a pile of specifications and misinformation. A subwoofer's sensitivity is irrelevant to figuring out how it can get wired to an amp. All you need to know is the sub's top RMS rating, its coil configuration, and its impedance. If that last term confuses you, please reread my first comment to you from May 14th. If you're asking can you hook up a third DVC 4-ohm sub to your amp, the answer is yes, connected this way. Each sub will be under-powered, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distorted clipped signals trying to get too much bass out of them.

  • Paul from Australia

    Posted on 6/20/2015 1:55:06 PM

    Wiring diagram from head unit with 6 pre-outs to go to a single mono block amp an 2 four channel amps

  • Dakoda from Musgrave harbour nfld

    Posted on 6/21/2015 5:26:54 PM

    Ive got two 2300 watt boss phantom subwoofers 12". Wondering what size amp i should get, had a 3500 watt one but it gave out. Dont want one that will blow me subs.

  • johnny from canada

    Posted on 6/21/2015 10:28:04 PM

    Hey guys. I just picked up a Infinity Kappa One monoblock amp which is rated at 500w rms x 1 at 4 ohms and 800W rms x 1 at 2 ohms. I also picked up a pair (2) matching subs infinity Kappa 100.9w ( 10" sub ) which are rated at 350w rms/1400w peak each. These are the subs that have the selectable impedance switch on the back of the woofer for either 2 ohm or 4 ohm. How would be the best way to connect the 2 subs to the amp ??? I've always done the " hit and miss " method in the past but I want to do it properly this time. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015 9:00:21 AM

    Paul, Check out this diagram. To connect your second 4-channel amp's inputs, you'd use Y-cords on the four full-range patch cables coming from the receiver. That way, for instance if you were running fully active components, you could power front and rear mids and tweeters and still retain left-right balance and front-rear fade control at the receiver.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015 10:02:28 AM

    Dakoda, Boss rates those subs for 1150 watts RMS each, so I'd look for an amp that can put out about 2000 watts RMS at 4 ohms or one ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015 10:07:41 AM

    Johnny, Set the switches to 4 ohms and wire your gear together like this diagram.

  • Archer

    Posted on 6/22/2015 7:59:10 PM

    OK, so, wiring question: I have a 2 channel amplifier bridged @ 4 ohms currently. I just bought two 2 ohm DVC subs. Is there a way to configure these so the total impedance is 4 ohms with the amp bridged? If I unbridge it, I can power the subs with a 2 ohm load per channel but this would require me to modify the box since it currently isn't set up to support more than two input wires. Based on the wiring diagram above, I would need to unbridge the amp and power one sub per channel @ 2 ohms. Is there another way to do this? Is there a way to set this up so the final total impedance is 4 ohms bridged? Thanks for your help!

  • Michael from Cary, NC

    Posted on 6/22/2015 10:37:42 PM

    I have a planet audio 1800.5 amp and a pyle PLPW8D sub. The amp is rated at 420W at 2 ohm while the sub is rated for 400W RMS. Which wiring diagram would you recommend, the 2ohm or 8ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2015 10:51:43 AM

    Archer, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together as a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load. A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only get wired as a 4-ohm or a 1-ohm load, so your idea of running "one sub per channel @2 ohms" won't work either. Sorry.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2015 11:35:56 AM

    Michael, The 2-ohm diagram will work best for you.

  • Archer

    Posted on 6/23/2015 8:56:37 PM

    Buck, thanks for your input, so a follow up question then: The wiring diagram I'm looking at is the 2 channel diagram for two DVC 2 ohm subs. It appears that in the diagram each sub is connected independently to its own channel, with two 4 ohm loads independently powering the two speakers. Am I reading this correctly? And, if I unbridge the amp and directly connect a channel to each speaker with the second voice coil bridged as shown in the diagram, what is my final impedance? Thanks again for your help!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/24/2015 9:56:19 AM

    Archer, That diagram shows two DVC 2-ohm subwoofers wired to a 2-channel amplifier. Each sub is connected to its own output channel and is wired such that it presents the amp with a 4-ohm load. Sorry if that's not clear in the diagram.

  • Paul from United States

    Posted on 6/24/2015 9:20:46 PM

    I am trying to figure out the correct speaker wiring for my system. I have one 4 channel amp that is capable of 1000 watts x4 at a 2 ohm load. Each channel (door) i have 2 -4 ohm speakers and 1 tweeter. How would i wire the 2 door speakers and tweeter to get back at one of the amp channels at a 2 ohm load? Thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/26/2015 3:30:01 PM

    Paul, Not knowing exactly what amplifier and speakers you have make it impossible to give proper advice on how to wire them together. Are the tweeters part of a component system using a passive crossover? If they are, you can treat each set like a single 4-ohm speaker. You wire two 4-ohm speakers together in parallel (plus-to-plus, minus-to-minus) to get a 2-ohm load.

  • gdfresno from California

    Posted on 6/29/2015 2:11:13 PM

    How i would i need to wire my subwoofer and amp to feel more bass ..i have 2 12 arc audio 4-OHM 700 W MAX 350 rms dvc sub and an almani amp ha 1500d class d technology digital amplifier

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/30/2015 11:56:37 AM

    GD, Wire that gear together like this diagram and you ought to be good to go.

  • Zach from Williamson

    Posted on 7/1/2015 9:49:31 PM

    I have a dual 2ohm cvx and a dual 4 ohm L7 with a 1400 watt 2/1 channel Sony amp. I know the amp is no good but is it possible for me to wire both subs and get a final impedance of 4ohm? Or what's a recommended final impedance of a 2/1 channel amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/2/2015 12:00:08 PM

    Zach, Sorry, it is not possible to wire a DVC 4-ohm and a DVC 2-ohm sub together to form a 4-ohm load. In fact, it is not a good idea to ever wire different impedance subs together - the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. Normally, I'd say to wire each sub to a separate amp channel, but without knowing exactly what amplifier you have, I can't even recommend that.

  • javs from south africa

    Posted on 7/2/2015 7:31:48 PM

    Hi I have a duel mono amp 2 dvc and 2 svc subwoofers how do I wire it to 1 ohm stable many many thanks

  • James from Federal way

    Posted on 7/3/2015 1:38:09 AM

    I have 2 audio Bahn 12" aw121T subwoofers they only have one voice coil hook up but it has two negatives into positives on that single hook up does that mean it is a DVC sub

  • Satya

    Posted on 7/3/2015 4:30:30 AM

    Hi, I have a pioneer 50wx4-DEHx1790ub head unit with only front speakers. I have a spare 6 ohm woofer from an earlier installation. Can I fit it to my pioneer hu without an amplifier? I am not sure what impedance the unit is but it might be 2ohm/4ohm. Please let me know the probable outcome of the setup.

  • Chris Williams from waco tx

    Posted on 7/4/2015 2:50:28 PM

    i have a dvc 4 ohm sub, and a dvc 2 ohm sub. i have a 2 ohm monoblock amp. is it possible to wire these subs together an to the amp without hurtin anythang? two 12" P3's kicker 1000.1

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015 10:59:39 AM

    Javs, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers, although in your case I may not be able to find info on gear available in South Africa.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015 11:03:27 AM

    James, As far as I can tell, the Audiobahn AW121T is a dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm subwoofer.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015 11:11:56 AM

    Satya, If you're talking about adding a subwoofer, then you will need a separate amplifier to power it. If that's just a standard car speaker, then you probably could run it off one of the Pioneer's outputs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015 11:20:04 AM

    Chris, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. Get separate amps for your different model subs, or get two subs with the same configuration.

  • Kamil from Norway

    Posted on 7/6/2015 1:22:01 PM

    Hi, I have Boss Audio P10DVC, 10" Dual 4 ohm and amp Boss Audio PH2.1000 and my question is how should I connect/wire them to get best sound/effect?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2015 3:35:21 PM

    Kamil, Usually, a 2-channel amplifier won't work very well with a single DVC 4-ohm sub. The best you can do with your gear is to wire each voice coil to a separate channel of the amp. Then, and this is important, you need to make sure the amp's two inputs get the exact same signal, either via Y-cords or a signal summing device. That way the two voice coils will play the same thing at the same time.

  • Ray Johnson from Sulphur,LA. United States

    Posted on 7/9/2015 6:32:13 PM

    I have two kicker CVR dual voiceoil 15" speakers and my amp os a hifonics Brutus 2000 watt (25th anniversary series). The problem that i am presented with is that my speakers have a different impedance, one is 2 ohm and the other 4. I have them set up to run on two channels in stereo, but wired the speaker inside of the box to drop resistance load (1/2ohms). It will play....until i turn up my reciever.How can i wire these both without having to dump a bunch of money out for another amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/10/2015 2:43:58 PM

    Ray, Not knowing exactly what amplifier you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire it to your subs. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers. Is your amp a 1-channel amp, by any chance? You should never connect subs of different impedances together to the same amplifier channel - the lower impedance subs will get more power than the higher impedance subs, resulting in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown subs.

  • Jesse Delgado from Manteca ,CA

    Posted on 7/10/2015 5:01:16 PM

    Hello well I was thinking buying a RF power series T02D12. It is the selectable 1or 4 ohm dvc. I would like to know what is the best amp for performance and sq? Mono lock or 2 channel and how many watts?and how do I wire the amp to produce a 1 ohm load? Thank you beforehand.

  • chris from India

    Posted on 7/10/2015 6:08:33 PM

    I would like to connect 4 dual subs with one peavey 4080 is it possible. ......

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2015 10:11:36 AM

    Jesse, If you want to run that sub at one ohm, you set the jumper on it to the 1-ohm setting. Then, look for one-channel subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 500 to 1000 watts RMS at one ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2015 10:36:55 AM

    Chris, Among these wiring diagrams is this one, which may be relevant for your situation. However, if your amplifier is a Peavey CS 4080HZ, it's a pro amp that gets its power from your service mains (wall socket, in this country), not a car's electrical system. It would be much more appropriate to drive non-powered PA subwoofers with this amp.

  • Luis Borges from Portugal

    Posted on 7/11/2015 6:04:39 PM

    I have 4 svc 4ohm subs and want to wire them to all four channels on my 4 channel amp,but at a 2ohm load to the 4 channels,is it possible.Any wiring diagram that i can follow. Thankyou

  • John R Zuber from United States

    Posted on 7/12/2015 12:53:31 PM

    I have a Pioneer GM 5602 (900W) 2 channel amplifier and two Diamond Audio TX 122s DVC 2 ohms. I believe they're 400 watts RMS. First question, is this set up a decent combination or should I search for a different amplifier? Secondly, assuming it's a good compatibility what would be the best wiring scheme to get the most out of my subs? THANKS in advance.

  • Pablo from Panorama city, California.

    Posted on 7/12/2015 8:18:29 PM

    hello I want help me please. I need to know, you can connect a pair of speakers 6x9 Sony XS-FB6930 4 ohms 60 rms in brigde in auto kenwood 4 channels (45x4, Real 22x4) a speaker in bridge mode on the front channels and the other 6x9 channels back ?. thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015 1:35:29 PM

    Luis, Sorry, but a SVC 4-ohm sub can only have 4 ohms of impedance. If you want to wire one to each channel of your amp, wire them like this diagram.

  • eric miller

    Posted on 7/13/2015 2:53:50 PM

    ok i have 2 quad voice coil 4 ohm subs im about to have 4 quad how do you wire two quad subs and 4 quad subs together

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015 3:19:54 PM

    John, The best you can do with that gear is to wire it together like this diagram. You'd do better with a mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms, and wire it like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015 3:55:24 PM

    Pablo, Usually people run one speaker per channel of a 4-channel amplifier, without bridging channels together. Seeing as I don't know exactly what amp or receiver you have, I don't even know if it's possible to bridge it at all.

  • tim wulowka from British Columbia, Canada

    Posted on 7/13/2015 5:12:07 PM

    If I have a mono 2 ohm stable amp, and 2 DVC 4 ohm subs, can I still wire it to be a 2 ohm load? which diagram would this be, thank you.

  • Henry renfrow from United States

    Posted on 7/13/2015 11:37:39 PM

    I have 2 3000 watt amps I got 2 dual voice coil Bose platinum speakers with both of them 4ohm what is the best way to the them up to get the best power or get them down to 1 ohm

  • Carlos Gonzales from Wisconsin

    Posted on 7/14/2015 2:53:55 AM

    I have a four speaker system in my car and just installed four new speakers in my car , And now I want to hook up a sub and amp in my car. I have a four channel amp and two subs in one box. What do I need to make my system complete and is it hard to do myself?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015 12:24:59 PM

    Eric, If you're asking how to wire six QVC 4-ohm subs together, I'd have to know what their RMS power ratings are and what and how many amplifiers you plan on using, although figuring out how to wire that many voice coils together may be beyond my level of expertise.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015 12:43:11 PM

    Tim, Two DVC 4-ohm subwoofers can only get wired together as a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015 1:11:16 PM

    Henry, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can be wired together to form a 1-ohm load this way. Having no idea of the RMS power ratings of your subs and amplifier, I can't say whether this gear will actually work together safely or not.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015 3:31:58 PM

    Carlos, I'd have to know exactly what amp and subs you have (make, model, and ratings) in order to help find out how to hook them up together. Why don't you give us a call so an Advisor can help you make sure you have everything you need for your installation.

  • Ed from Pratt

    Posted on 7/14/2015 4:06:21 PM

    Thanks

  • Pablo Fowler from panorama city, CA

    Posted on 7/14/2015 8:15:58 PM

    Hello, I am able to connect stereo speakers kenwood 6x9 using the four channels of stereo? I have a stereo KENWOOD KDC-122 [link removed] of 45x4 watts (continuous 22x4) and want to connect a pair of speakers 6x9 210 watts ( 70 continuous) (JBL-GT7-96)1 using all channels of the stereo, that is, use both channels for front and rear speaker channels to another horn. The problem is that if you change something in impedance or staying the same with the 4 ohm speakers or at risk to burn or affect something. I read in the stereo manual and says that if you can connect, the only thing you can not connect in bridge mode is a forward channel with a back channel. You can connect this way? Is something wrong with empedancia (change the ohms)?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2015 10:30:36 AM

    Pablo, I see in the owner's manual for the Kenwood KDC-122 that confusing note about not using the front and rear speaker connections at the same time when using only two speakers in a system. This does not mean that the receiver's amplified outputs can be bridged together - they can't. Almost all car receivers are designed to work with 4-ohm speakers only. To run two speakers, you need to connect one speaker to the front left channel and one speaker to the front right channel and leave the rear channels of the receiver disconnected.

  • Orlando Brown from Sacramento

    Posted on 7/15/2015 8:29:50 PM

    Is it possible to combine the output power of my two Mono Gravity amps, one 1500 watts and one 1800 watts? And run that combined power into three subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/16/2015 9:24:20 AM

    Orlando, Unless your amplifiers specify that they can be "strapped" together, you should never connect the outputs of two amplifiers to each other. They will fight each other and at least one of them will lose.

  • Brian Hughes from Oak Grove, Mo

    Posted on 7/16/2015 4:41:11 PM

    What is the ohm load of 6 dvc subs?

  • Patrick Garcia from United States

    Posted on 7/16/2015 5:29:13 PM

    What is the best way to wire my 12" sub & 2 6×9" speakers to get the amps full potential? I have a Kicker 40CWS124 CompS Series 12" 4-ohm subwoofer that has 300w RMS. Then i have 2 Kicker - Cs694 6" X 9" Coaxial Speakers that are 4-ohm and are 150w RMS. The amp i have is a kicker cx300.1 mono amplifier with 600w max and 300w RMS. Is there a way i can wire all this into this amplifier? Should i invest in smaller or larger 6×9 kicker speakers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/17/2015 10:11:14 AM

    Brian, It depends on exactly which subs you're referring to. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/17/2015 11:08:29 AM

    Patrick, I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish. Are you trying to run two speakers and a subwoofer off one channel of amplification? If so, then the answer is that that equipment cannot be safely wired together. If you mean to have the two 6"x9" speakers as your left and right stereo speakers, then they will each need their own channel of amplification to work. That sub will work with that mono amplifier, but seeing as it's a 4-ohm sub, the amp won't put out its full power of 300 watts RMS but 150 watts RMS instead.

  • tim wulowka from Castlegar BC Canada

    Posted on 7/18/2015 3:59:24 AM

    I have a 1400 watt RMS Mono block amplifier, but only 2 ohm stable, not 1 ohm stable, and 2 DVC 1800 watt max 900 watt RMS 4 ohm 10 inch subs, I have made a box that will fit the required air space of .95 cuft per sub sealed minus displacement for them, could you please show me how to wire these to work in 2 ohm stable (from what I understand, this is impossible), or 4 ohm stable for this set up, thank you very much for your help in advance....

  • Carter from Aberdeen, SD

    Posted on 7/18/2015 12:44:25 PM

    I have a kenwood mono amp that has 500 rms x 1 at 2 ohms and 300 rms x 1 at 4 ohms! I have 2 15 inch subs svc each are 8 ohm and I have them paralleled to make 4 ohm load. Would that amp give each sub 300 watts or split the 300 watts rms and give them 150 watts rms?

  • Joseph from Tacoma

    Posted on 7/18/2015 2:18:06 PM

    Sony xm-gtx 1000 2 channel and DVC Punch P3 2ohm how can i wire this and not hurt my amp? I dont know if my amp 1 0hm stable.

  • Stephen Jones from lanexa

    Posted on 7/18/2015 11:45:27 PM

    im trying to get this kenwood 2000 watt mono amp but the thing is, it has two speaker inputs but its a mono amp im new to this all so this confused me how can i hook my 2 SVC subs into this amp [link to Kenwood KAC-9106D]

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015 11:19:20 AM

    Tim, It sounds like you'll need to wire your subs as a 4-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015 11:43:25 AM

    Carter, Each sub gets 150 watts RMS and puts that power out as sound and heat.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015 11:53:40 AM

    Joseph, Most 2-channel amplifiers are not stable for a 2-ohm load when bridged. It sounds like you should wire your system together like this.

  • steven from cambridge

    Posted on 7/19/2015 11:59:37 AM

    I have a kicker cx1200.1 amp. I want to purchases 2 10cvr dvc sub-woofers. should I buy the 2 ohm or 4 ohm to best fit this amp. my amp has two positive and two negative inputs but it is a mono block amp. any help is appreciated.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015 12:12:43 PM

    Stephen, The two inputs on that amplifier take the left and right signals from your stereo and electronically combine them into one mono signal inside the amp. You also may notice that there are two sets of output terminals as well. These are wired together internally and provide a handy way to parallel wire a couple of subs to the amp. I can't help you with your wiring without knowing the impedance and power rating of your SVC subs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2015 9:11:33 AM

    Steven, You'll get the best bang for your buck with the DVC 2-ohm models, wired together like this. Your amplifier has two sets of output terminals, internally connected together, so you can have a convenient way to wire two subs to the amp in parallel. In your case, you can do it that way or like the diagram.

  • Angel from Hobbs

    Posted on 7/20/2015 1:27:58 PM

    I have a 3500.1 crunch v drive mono amp want to connect 4 subs at 1 ohm rating at 1300 rms each I followed the instructions on here but was wondering my amp has 2 outlets but is one channel is there a way to just wire it using both outlet's or bridge it to the point for one coming from amp

  • CHRIS PAUL from Melbourn

    Posted on 7/20/2015 3:37:13 PM

    Hello I am having problems making my setup sound cleaner/ which boxes to use/ which amp to pair with subs/ wiring issues??? first i will list my setup as accurately as possible for you. head unit: basic pioneer no bluetooth. 2 pre amp outputs front aux and usb cost about $80 kicker rcas from best buy off brand rcas amps: kenwood 5 channel 1200 watt max, got from best buy for 250 normal price is 350 power acoustic 2000 watt mono block, got from a friend for cheap :) subwoofers: 2 kicker compVR DVC 12 inch subwoofers 2 power acoustics that i got with the 2000 watt amp. im assuming these speakers have somewhere around 600-800 rms EACH the 2 front door speakers and tweeters in the camry are stock, i obviously want to change that eventually. the rear deck speakers dont work because i bypassed the stock jbl amplifier that comes with the car. so i bought a pair of polk audio 6x9s from best buy they were 149.99 for the pair. i think this model got discontinued but i like them they scream pretty loud. i have the polk audios hooked up to the kenwood 5 channel amplifier. i havent taken the time to switch the 6x9 polk audios with the rear decks that arent working. so the 6x9s are sitting on top of the rear deck sliding around LOL. on to the subwoofer setup. i have the 2 kickers compVR 12 inch hooked up to the kenwood 5 channel. i have them bridged . then i have the 2 12 inch power acoustics hooked up to the 2000 watt amp. i also have a scosche capacitor hooked up i

  • Berna from Dallas tx

    Posted on 7/20/2015 11:37:01 PM

    I have 1 sundown 18 2 homs 2coils and ckiker 1000.1 and protection on n of i try difents ways to wire coils but only 4 homs final inpedance works its only 500 no good amp or how to wire this sub???

  • israel from fairbanks

    Posted on 7/21/2015 12:25:31 AM

    I have a kicker compvr10 2ohm dual voice coil, im trying to know how to connect to a amplifier at 2ohm. I see how to make a 2ohm dual voice coil to a 4ohm amplifier Thank you!!!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015 10:58:11 AM

    Angel, Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have 2 sets of output terminals. They are wired together inside the amp. The second speaker output terminal is there for convenience and if you hook a sub to each terminal it would result in the two subs being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Depending on your setup, you can take advantage of this feature to save wire. In your case, it'll probably be best to follow one of the diagrams and use one of the terminal sets only.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015 12:14:32 PM

    Chris, If you had bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. You can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details. If you do, be prepared to identify your equipment by make and model number, not by what price you got it for.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015 1:02:12 PM

    Berna and Israel, A single DVC 2-ohm subwoofer can only get wired as a 4-ohm or a 1-ohm load. If your amp can't deliver its full power at that impedance, and you want to maximize your system's power, you could either get a different amp or a different sub.

  • Miguel from Austin

    Posted on 7/22/2015 12:05:29 AM

    Is a home theater sub [box] usually one channel? If so can I still parallel wire it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/22/2015 12:02:47 PM

    Miguel, Home theater subwoofers are usually powered and play mono, 1-channel sound. If you want to add a second subwoofer to your home theater system, use the second subwoofer output if your receiver has one or employ a Y-cord to feed signal to the second sub. Parallel wiring, a method of connecting two subwoofers together that doubles the power handling and halves the total impedance, doesn't apply here.

  • Brian from Anoka

    Posted on 7/23/2015 5:21:36 PM

    Hmm, curious I have a 2 channel power amplifier that can power down to 2 ohms at 2,000 watts. I've bridged a 8 ohm sub which theoretically gave me 460 rms watts at 4 ohms and so rather than connect a second sub to be bridged off those same lines I used the remaining terminals on the amp to bridge so theoretically it should push the amplifier at 2 ohm max 600 watt rms or 2,000 watt peak. I can actually hear the bass kicking and thumping now as before it seemed well under driven despite the speakers being rated at 350 watt rms 750 watt peak. Sounds great now is this sounding feasible or a fire waiting to happen?

  • Tyler from Ithaca

    Posted on 7/23/2015 6:35:53 PM

    i have 2 subwoofers in a ported box that has two terminals and I have a mono amp. How would I wire it?

  • Jake from Englewood fl

    Posted on 7/24/2015 9:38:29 AM

    I have a 2004 Cadillac cts that has a factory duel voice coil 10" woofer on the back deck. Can i use the factory wires to run them thew rca's for the audio input for my amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/24/2015 9:52:02 AM

    Brian and Tyler, If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers. Then we can discuss how they should get wired together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/24/2015 11:44:19 AM

    Jake, If you intend to add a subwoofer and amplifier to your factory system you can get its input signal from the factory sub wiring using a line output converter. The signal has already been crossed-over to play only bass frequencies, so don't expect it to be able to run a full-range speaker.

  • Dave from United States

    Posted on 7/25/2015 4:29:36 PM

    Need to know the best way to hook my dvc subs Fosgate p3's to my 4 channel mtx thunder 304

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/25/2015 10:52:00 PM

    Hi there! I will be using he diagram for a mono amp with two DVC 4 ohm subs, wired to a final two ohm load. Question is does the wiring have to go from amp to sub to sub as shown or can it still be wired to the box separately on each side of the amp, which seems to be the same idea?

  • David ruiz from Monterey park , ca

    Posted on 7/26/2015 1:48:21 AM

    I have a kenwood kac-9105 amp What subwoofer do you guys recommend?? How would you wire 500rms x 1 at 4ohms or 900rms x 1 at 2ohms ??? How would you wire one at 1ohm ??? On this kenwood amp Thanks

  • Trailshunn Burch from Macon, Ga

    Posted on 7/26/2015 12:36:32 PM

    I have question. I have 2 Kicker 15" L3 Dual Voice Coil Subs. Currently im using a 2 ohm Audiobahn amplifier. I have one coil wired [neg to pos]. Second Coil i run [neg and pos] directly into the amp for a 2 ohm load. My question is, i am now ready to wire them both at a 2 ohm load which im sure i will need to upgrade amplifier. What type of amp should i use, and how should i wire them? Should i wire them parallel or series. If i wire them in parallel, would that give me 1 ohm per sub and would i need two amplifiers to make this happen safely? Im a little confused? If i can find a nice amp to power both subs then i will be satisfied. Im using a 2 ohm 400.2 audiobahn currently which is barely enough power. Please help me.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 8:40:37 AM

    Dave, Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofers come in a variety of sizes and impedances. Without knowing exactly which kind and how many subs you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 9:00:03 AM

    Nathan, Yes, you can connect the leads of the second sub to your mono amp's second set of terminals. Electrically it would be the same as the diagram.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 9:18:09 AM

    David, I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right sub for you. As for wiring, it depends on what specific sub you get. If you get a SVC 4-ohm sub, for instance, you could wire it like this and get 500 watts RMS out of it. Or, if you got a DVC 4-ohm sub, you could wire it like this, and get 900 watts RMS out of it. That amp is not stable for a 1-ohm load.

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/27/2015 2:31:41 PM

    Thank you Buck. I only have one speaker output from a tma t500.1 class b amp that will be feeding two 4 ohm DVC subwoofers. More specifically, if I ran the + and - to each side of the box and still bridged the second connection on the subwoofers, it would be the same two ohm load? Or do I need to connect exactly per the diagram to one speaker then run an additional positive over to the other speaker? Thanks again! I'm looking at the mono amp using two 4 ohm dvc subs resulting in two ohm final load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 2:40:51 PM

    Trailshunn, Kicker makes two models of 15" L3 subs: DVC 4-ohm and DVC 2-ohm models. And when I Google your amplifier, I get no meaningful results. Without better identification, I'm afraid I can't give you wiring advice.

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/27/2015 2:45:50 PM

    Hi buck. I believe I was looking at the wrong diagram. I have a tma t500.1 two ohm stable amp that will power two 4 ohm DVC subwoofers. Is there a way to wire them down to a two ohm load?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 3:04:40 PM

    Hey Nathan, I'm sorry, I made a terrible mistake. Two DVC 4-ohms subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load, never a 2-ohm load. Seeing as that amp won't work with a 1-ohm load, you'll have to wire it like this diagram.

  • deandre from Phoenix

    Posted on 7/28/2015 6:25:16 PM

    I have two rockwood xplore xr4612 1200 watt subs. With a 2000 watt power acoustic cpt mono app 4/2ohm stable class a/b amp. What would be the best wiring to get the most bass from it? Im not sure what ohm the subs are as they are not listed on them but i believe they are the top of rockwood product line. I cant find any info about them online as ive had them for awhile now..im thinking theu may be either 1 or 2ohm but not sure.

  • Andre from Miami lakes

    Posted on 7/28/2015 7:48:05 PM

    Does the 12 inch Fosgate prime with a dual voice coil have a different wiring schematic than a normal voice call?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/29/2015 3:08:38 PM

    Deandre, I can't find out anything about either your subs or your amp. You could play it safe and wire them together like this. But, a better plan of action would be for you to take your gear to a car audio installer and see if they'll test it or install it for you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/29/2015 3:18:54 PM

    Andre, If you are asking whether a single voice coil (SVC) sub gets wired differently than a dual voice coil (DVC) sub, then the answer is yes. Maybe I misunderstood what you're calling "normal" - but normally subwoofer coils come in single- and dual-coil models.

  • robert from Zwolle

    Posted on 7/29/2015 6:40:22 PM

    I have a mono amp a nd one svc and one svc how would I weird this both speakers are four ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/30/2015 12:36:15 PM

    Robert, If you have two SVC 4-ohm subs and a mono amp, you'd wire them together like this.

  • John from Greensboro, NC

    Posted on 8/2/2015 10:37:51 AM

    I want to run 2 10"subs using one amp and 1 15" sub using a different amp. My tuner/head only has one subwoofer output (rca plugs). Is there any way I can run both amps from the one output without losing signal integrity?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/2/2015 4:26:55 PM

    John, Some amps have preamp outputs so you can "daisy-chain" two amplifiers' inputs from the same source. If your amps don't have that feature, you can use a couple RCA Y-cord adapters, like these to split the signal from your receiver to your two amps.

  • Andy Waldrip

    Posted on 8/2/2015 7:05:41 PM

    i have a memphis single or 4 ohm voice coil and a 2 channel 900 watt bridgeable amp what do i set it at im not sure thankyou

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015 12:21:08 PM

    Andy, If you have a single voice coil 4-ohm sub you could wire it to your 2-channel amp like this diagram, but without knowing the sub's RMS rating there's no way of knowing whether it'll work with that amp or blow up. To help with tuning your bass, check out this article.

  • Cody from Walterboro

    Posted on 8/4/2015 12:40:23 AM

    Hey I'm looking at getting 2 Pioneer Champion 10" (TS-W259D4) subs, and hooking them up to a 1000 watt 2-channel amp. Being that the subs are 4 ohms each, if bridge them according to your diagram it'd still be 4 ohms at the amp? According to the description, one sub "can be wired at 2 or 8 ohms" does that mean if I had two and bridged them, that it would come out to 4 or 16 ohms? Sorry I'm new at this (first car, first system) and I wanna do it right. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2015 11:58:57 AM

    Cody, Those subs are dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm subs, which means they each have two 4-ohm voice coils. A single DVC 4-ohm sub can be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can be wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load. For your proposed setup, use the 4-ohm diagram.

  • Patrick from Las cruces

    Posted on 8/5/2015 2:14:41 AM

    I have a mt series re 15 inch subwoofer which has a 8 layer aluminum voice coils how do I wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/5/2015 11:13:41 AM

    Patrick, RE Audio does not publish any meaningful specs on their subwoofers, and in fact say that their MT Series subs have customizable coil options but don't say what those options are. Without knowing exactly what coil configuration or impedance your sub has, I can't give advice on wiring it up. I can safely say that you can ignore the "8-layer aluminum voice coil" spec, as that has nothing to do with how you should wire the sub.

  • Blaine Folsom from Tuscaloosa,Al

    Posted on 8/6/2015 1:10:00 AM

    I have a 5 channel amp and I want the best performance of course so how can I make my 1 DVC Sub run at 2 ohms and my other 4 speakers at 4 ohms? My AMP is a MBQUART NA 710.5 My SUB is a AUDIOBAUN 10" DVC SUB. Can you help by sending me a wiring diagram showing if possible everything at 2 OHMS. [email address removed] Thank you any help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/6/2015 4:16:15 PM

    Blaine, You didn't identify the impedance of your sub, but if it's a DVC 4-ohm sub (most Audiobahn subs are), you'd wire it to the subwoofer channel of that amp like this diagram. Almost all full-range car speakers have a 4-ohm impedance, you can't change that, so you hook each up to its own amp channel.

  • doug from crowley

    Posted on 8/7/2015 11:34:42 PM

    ive got an infinity 10 inch dvc and a lanzar vct 2100 amp, are these a good match in bridged mode? its a 2 channel amp and if so how should I wire this?

  • Cory D. Williams from United States

    Posted on 8/8/2015 10:24:07 PM

    Can u bridge 2 4 ohm dvc subs to a single channel amp?

  • William Watkins from Benton , La

    Posted on 8/9/2015 11:13:48 PM

    I have a 8 inch Nissan Rockford fosgate subwoofer in my 05 Sentra replaced head unit and amp head unit is kenwood purchased from you guys.my name is William Watkins. [email removed], the amp I purchased local its a ssl 4.1000 can you suggest the proper hook up for this subwoofer it's a dvc 8 inch with 4 wires that appear to need to be hooked up any help would be appreciated thanks n God bless

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 11:11:16 AM

    Doug, That amp can put out 150 watts RMS when bridged into a 4-ohm load. Not knowing the impedance or RMS rating of your sub makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 12:56:56 PM

    Cory, In the world of car audio, you "bridge" two adjacent amplifier channels together to form a single more-powerful amp channel. You can wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to a mono amp like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 2:57:05 PM

    William, Rockford Fosgate makes a lot of different 8-inch DVC subs, and Googling an SSL amplifier turns up no useful specs. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. Sorry.

  • Rick Curtis from Gaithersburg.Md.

    Posted on 8/15/2015 12:18:54 PM

    i have an existing Blaupunkt system with a 445 / 600W 4 ch in now. I want to add a Active Blau. 300W Subwoofer but not sure how to bring in input signal. This Sub activates/triggers on Input signal ( no blue wire needed) Do I just splice in to Inputs as a bridge at the Amp Inputs ,? I am using Hi-level / not RCAs. Also want to install a LED line Toggle as a Kill switch. Should that be on power cable or can I series to in Signal also since that triggers the ON Amp internally. is appreciated. Rick

  • ali from london

    Posted on 8/16/2015 9:59:14 PM

    Hi.ive got one pioneer 305c sub and ive got kenwood 9501 amp.the amp is like 2channel mono but the channel is a bit confusing coz is - - ++ i dont know how to wiring it.do i have to bridge it or ...i realy dont know.cud u help me out plz.thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/17/2015 11:15:14 AM

    Rick, If you're going to use high-level inputs for your sub amp, you need to splice into speaker wires, after your amp's outputs. And please do not try and switch the power line directly, that would be dangerous and a fire hazard. You will need to use a remote turn-on lead if you want to be able to turn the sub on and off at will.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/17/2015 12:02:06 PM

    Ali, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. For your set-up, just use one plus/minus pair of terminals.

  • Geoffrey Davis

    Posted on 8/18/2015 11:53:08 PM

    I'm looking at getting 4 door speakers, 150 watt RMS each and a 700 watt RMS subwoofer for my 04 mustang gt. What size or kind of amp would you recommend or do I need two amps. My receiver is aftermarket.

  • Jeremy from Newton

    Posted on 8/21/2015 6:37:33 AM

    One dual 2 ohm mtx and a mono amp how to wire it at 2 ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015 1:28:19 PM

    Jeremy, A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only get wired as a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load.

  • thomas from carrollton

    Posted on 8/21/2015 1:33:10 PM

    I have three amps one crescendo 3500d on my two subs and two4 channel crescendo s800/4 on mids and highs I cant get but one 4 ch amp to work because one 4 ch has 4 rcas and I tried to strap it to the outher one but all I get is crazy sound coming from the speakers then I tried to use rca splitters and that didn't work so could you help me with the rcas for 3 amps and what I need to do

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015 3:34:56 PM

    Thomas, Not knowing how many RCA outputs your receiver has makes it difficult to give advice on how to hook it up to your amplifiers. Normally, you'd use an RCA Y-cord adapter on each channel to send a single signal to two different amp inputs. If your receiver doesn't have a dedicated subwoofer output, you can take the preamp outputs of one of the 4-channel amps and use that for the sub amp's input.

  • Dave from Temecula

    Posted on 8/21/2015 11:23:56 PM

    Hi Buck. I have a Zapco ST-5X 5-channel amp with the sub channel rated at 240watts RMS at 4ohm. Would like to run a Punch 12" sub and need advice on whether the P1S4-12 (250watts RMS, 4ohm svc) or the P2D2-12 (400watts RMS, 2ohm dvc) would be a better choice? Thanks for any help.

  • Ron John from Antigua, Caribbean

    Posted on 8/23/2015 8:02:05 AM

    Hi, I have a Rockford Fosgate Power T1000-1bdCP Sub Amp. I am thinking of purchasing one Alpine SWR10, but am not sure if to go for the D2 or the D4. I am aiming for SQ over loudness, and because of the fact that i am not yet an expert at tuning and often blow my sub because i cannot hear the sub distortion, i would like to somewhat underpower the sub to leave space for error in my tuning. So should i get the D2, or D4, and how should i wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015 9:58:51 AM

    Dave, The power rating for the P1S4-12 matches that amp's output better than the other sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015 12:36:11 PM

    Ron, You probably would do best with the D2 model. You could play it safe and wire it as a 4-ohm load at first so the amp will play 700 watts RMS. Then, when you feel confident, you could rewire it like this for up to 1000 watts RMS.

  • Dave from Temecula

    Posted on 8/24/2015 1:13:28 PM

    Hi Buck. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Adam Sanchez from Kerrville

    Posted on 8/26/2015 1:50:39 AM

    Question my svc sub only has 2 +an- terminals how do I bridge it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/26/2015 12:12:22 PM

    Adam, Some amplifiers can have two of their channels bridged together to combine their power for a stronger output. You don't bridge subwoofers, you bridge amplifier channels. The instructions that come with your amp will show how the connections should be made. And your single voice coil (SVC) subwoofer should have one positive terminal and one negative terminal.

  • Tumza from polokwane

    Posted on 8/27/2015 3:19:37 AM

    hi im having 2xpioneer dvc sub1400w each, so I wana know if I can buy 6000watts ice power amp 4Ch/mono?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/27/2015 10:33:50 AM

    Tumza, I'm not sure why you'd consider using a 4-channel amplifier to run your subwoofers, but I suppose it's possible. You'd do much better, however, getting a mono, 1-channel amplifier that was made to run subwoofers.

  • jerry clark from surrey

    Posted on 8/28/2015 3:54:44 PM

    If you what to end up with a 2ohm load, and you have a one 4ohm dvc sub .And you want to run two more subs so a total of three but want to end up with a 2ohm load. Would you run two dvc 4ohms to get 2.7ohms or can you run 2 dvc 2ohms subs with the 4dvc sub? Is there a way to wire those three to get to 2ohm instead of 2.7 load on a mono amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/28/2015 4:29:17 PM

    Jerry, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. For three subwoofers: 3 SVC 2-ohm subs can have 6 ohms of impedance; 3 SVC 4-ohm subs can have 1.3 ohms of impedance; 3 DVC 2-ohm subs can have 1.3 ohms or 3 ohms of impedance; 3 DVC 4-ohms can have 2.7 ohms or 6 ohms of impedance. Sorry, no 2-ohm solutions.

  • Pete

    Posted on 8/28/2015 9:46:09 PM

    I have two, svc 2ohm subwoofers rated at 250 watts rms. If I use a 500 watt mono amp it shows a 4ohm load at the amp according to your chart. Do I get 250 watts to each subwoofer?

  • Kasey from St. Paul

    Posted on 8/29/2015 11:46:53 PM

    I have 2 hifonics brz 1700.1 class d mono Amps with 4 kicker solo barics 4 ohm 10" subs, I need help with wiring, what would you suggest? Please and thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015 10:17:23 AM

    Pete, That's right, each sub would receive half of what the amp puts out.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015 11:26:40 AM

    Kasey, I recommend wiring two subs to each amp like this.

  • Inder from Blaine

    Posted on 8/31/2015 2:23:01 PM

    Hi I have 2 alpine type e SVC subs in a sealed bassworx box with a JL JX500/1 mono block amp. I know the subs are 4ohm. I wired everything individually and used all 4 terminals on the amp to power the subs. The amp actually heats up very quick. I am wondering if I need to wire these subs in parallel and only use 2 of the speaker terminals on the amp instead of all 4?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015 3:44:49 PM

    Inder, Your mono, 1-channel amp has two sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience. When you hook a speaker to each terminal it results in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance of what the amps sees in half. It sounds to me that your subs are wired correctly and that your amplifier might need more air space to keep cool.

  • Shay

    Posted on 9/1/2015 2:27:48 PM

    Hello, I have a Rockford Fosgate P3D4 DVC 4-ohm subwoofer and want to get 2 ohms, 750W, out of out of a 1000w sub, it's power levels are 1000W - 1 ohm, 750W - 2 ohm, and 475W - 4 ohms. The amp is a monoblock with two outputs for two subwoofers, two positive terminals and two negative terminals. Does using one set of terminals affect what power I get or will using both be different?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/2/2015 9:33:15 AM

    Shay, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, so if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. If you have only one sub, use only one set of terminals.

  • Brian Z from Milwaukee, WI USA

    Posted on 9/3/2015 10:12:13 AM

    I am trying to help my son install the new Amp and Sub that he recently purchased. The Amp is a Kenwood KAC-9106D and the Sub is an Alpine SWR-12D. I'm getting a bit confused by all of this Ohm, Load and RMS stuff!!!! Simply put, is the wiring diagram at the following link the correct one for this setup? TIA for your valued help . . . [link to this diagram]

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/3/2015 11:02:44 AM

    Brian, You've got an amplifier that can put out 1000 watts RMS into 2 ohms for a subwoofer that can get wired at 2 ohms and rated for 1000 watts RMS - sounds perfect to me. And you have indeed chosen the correct wiring diagram to follow.

  • Cameron from Nevada

    Posted on 9/9/2015 2:52:27 AM

    I've just installed a 500 watt (250 rms) subwoofer with a 1050 watt (200 rms) amplifier. I have the subwoofer wired to 2 ohms. Everything seems to be working fine but I just want to be sure nothing is going to overheat. I'ts also a 2ch amplifier.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/9/2015 1:00:42 PM

    Cameron, Most 2-channel amps are not stable when bridged into 2 ohms, so you may have an issue. But not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/10/2015 4:22:11 AM

    Hi, I have single 12" pioneer subwoofer 308 dvc d4 (1400watt, 400 rms) and Sal pro 900 2 channel amplifier which provides 1x900 w on 2 ohm, 1x600 w on 4ohm / 2x300 on 2 ohm, but i don't have any manual for the amplifier and can't find it on the internet, above the left + and right - of the channels it says 4 ohm sub, which way is the best to wire the sub and amplifier ohm and power wise?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/10/2015 1:45:11 PM

    Dude, Without knowing exactly what amp you have, I can't help you on how to wire it. If something blew up you'd be angry at me for giving bad advice.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/10/2015 3:09:50 PM

    Amplifier is Sal 900+pro, (Somogyi audio line) it has 2 channels, and i found on the net that it has 1×900rms 2 ohm, 1×600 rms 4 ohm, 2×300rms 2 ohm and 2x200 4 ohm.. there is a bridge sign above left positive of the first channel and right negative of the second channel, and above the bridge line it says 4 ohm, it probably means that it is 4 ohm stable when bridged or? I'm thinking wiring it on one chanel, not bridging it.. With sub coils wired paralel (2 ohm) but i'm not sure, maybe it is 2 ohm bridge stable...I hope i wont screw up with something

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/11/2015 12:09:42 PM

    Dude, I would definitely believe what's on the amp over what's on the internet. Your amp probably is stable only down to 4 ohms when bridged. Using just one channel of the amp to drive your sub sounds like the best plan.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/11/2015 2:37:12 PM

    Thank you for your advice, i've tried it on one channel and it works like a charm.. It hits hard enough, don't need bridging it anyway.. Keep up with your good work and helping people out... Respect!

  • leon from rialto

    Posted on 9/11/2015 10:09:09 PM

    Hello I have one 12 ct sounds meso 2000 rms connected to a hifonics zrx 1800.1d my question is can I wire that subwoofer to 1ohm? With that 2 channel amp?

  • Nate from Uniontown

    Posted on 9/12/2015 2:39:40 AM

    Hi! Recently bought a second hand Rockford T1000-1bd (older style) and wired to two 4 ohm DVC subs for a final one ohm per the diagram. Just to confirm, I linked DVC together per the diagram but instead of the direct connection between subs each side of the box is hooked into the speaker terminals on the amp. Being there are two set to connect at the amp yet it's mono I presume that is just for convenience. Just wanted to run it by you and verify the way o wired it is essentially the same and that the direct connects between subwoofers are not necessary. Thanks!

  • 4SAKEN from Appleton

    Posted on 9/13/2015 2:36:00 AM

    Crossfire vr1000d is amp, 3 12 inch kicker solo baric 4 ohm Svc subs (old school subs round ) Amp is 1 ohm stable. What is wiring diagram to optimize my power. Subs are 1000w peak and 600 w rms. Or do you recommend a different amp? Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015 12:06:07 PM

    Leon, CT Sounds makes two versions of that sub, a DVC 1-ohm model and a DVC 2-ohm model. If you have the 2-om version you can wire it as a 1-ohm load like this. If yours is the other model you can't. And your amp has only one channel. Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have two speaker output terminals that are wired together inside the amp. The second speaker output terminal is there for convenience and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015 12:07:45 PM

    Nate, You are correct.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015 1:37:46 PM

    4, You wire three SVC 4-ohm subs to a mono amp stable to 1 ohm like this diagram. Those subs can take an amp twice as powerful, if you want.

  • Kwamane Powers from Wetumpka

    Posted on 9/18/2015 11:50:50 PM

    I have 4 2ohm dvc kicker compr 15s with the independence switch.. They can either be on 4 ohm or 1 ohm. There 1200 watts rms. Do I need 4 1ohm amps or two 2 ohm amps or 1 big 1ohm amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/19/2015 10:56:42 AM

    Kwamane, Kicker CompR 15" subs are each rated for 800 watts RMS. Four of them would need between 2500 and 4000 watts RMS of power to sound right. Look for an amp that can do that much power at 4 ohms (each of your subs set to 1 ohm) or at one ohm (yours each set to 4 ohms). For your subs, you'd ignore the jumpers between voice coils in each diagram and use the switches as described.

  • Zachary McLain from Joshua

    Posted on 9/24/2015 10:08:28 AM

    I have a couple options as for equipment I be 2 Jenson xs12 subs and 2 Rockford Fosgate r1 12" subs I have a Rockford Fosgate punch 250a2 amp and a dual brand 400 watt What would held the best sound, and what would be my best option for wiring, I'm fairly new to sound systems

  • eric mcelroy from ashtabula

    Posted on 9/24/2015 1:14:16 PM

    Hey buck pomerantz from cruchfeild I have a planet audio rx 4.300 4 channel amp with a 750 watt crunch gtr 12 inch sub and a pyle blue wave pro 1200 watt sub and there bridged to channel one and 2 and the pyle sub dosent play right for some reason how could I fixed this the dual 4 omhs to by the way could u tell me whats going on idk what to do

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/24/2015 3:58:56 PM

    Zachary, If I understand you correctly, you have four SVC 4-ohm subs and two 2-channel amplifiers. The only way to safely wire that equipment together is to wire a single sub to each amp channel. You won't get much bass but you won't blow up your amps because they were wired to the wrong impedance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/24/2015 4:11:26 PM

    Eric, Sorry, I can find no information on that amp and that Crunch sub, and not knowing exactly how you've got them wired together, I can't help you diagnose what's wrong. If you bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.

  • jasonadam from Rhinelander

    Posted on 9/30/2015 8:34:33 PM

    Hello, I have a legacy predator la-2268 4000 watt - 2 channel bridgable mosfet amplifier and two 2ohm dvc 152x mofo 3000 watt subs. How can I hook the three up to get the most power or best sound (bass wise)? Also what guage wire should I be using to power the amp from the battery and ground and what guage wire should I use from speakers to amp? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015 10:49:55 AM

    Jasonadam, The only way I can think of safely wiring that gear together is like this. Use 4-gauge power and ground wires for the amp. For speaker wire, any size from16- to 12-gauge will work.

  • Mike from Betterton

    Posted on 10/4/2015 9:18:12 AM

    I have two 12" DVC Insignia subs wired down to 2 ohms from 4 ohms powered by a 1800W Max, 4-Channel Diablo Series Amplifier (D4504) I am only using 2 channels of the amp unbridged. Is this setup or wiring the best option to get optimal performance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/4/2015 11:29:41 AM

    Mike, Yes, I think you have the best wiring scheme possible for that equipment.

  • Nnamdi from Enugu

    Posted on 10/4/2015 4:57:08 PM

    Please i want to connect three sub-woofer speaker, like in your Diagrams to one semi big box, but the box does not have any divide for the speakers inside just empty and having the space for the three speakers and the air flow space. please must the box be divide in a way and the speakers connected before it will work or can it work with the box empty?

  • Luis A. Colon from Coamo PR

    Posted on 10/4/2015 5:09:52 PM

    I have a audio pipe TXX AP12BL 1600W what kind of amp should be looking for? Thanks ahead for any input you can give me.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2015 12:31:16 PM

    Nnamdi, As long as the subs are the same and the box provides them each with enough space, you should be fine without internal dividers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2015 1:27:13 PM

    Luis, For that sub, look for an amp that can put out from 600 to 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms. A good match would be an MTX Thunder 1000.1 subwoofer amplifier. Give us a call or go online to chat with an Advisor for more information.

  • Nick from boca raton

    Posted on 10/8/2015 10:43:58 PM

    hey there. i have two 12 inch DVC subs rated at 600rms each at 4ohms, totaling 1200rms and 8 ohms. my amp is 1200rms at 1ohm. does this mean that if wired in parallel correctly to get 1ohm impendance that each sub will receive exactly 600 watts? and how to i wire in parallel with my box being that the two subs are seperated by two terminals at the back with one set of postive and negative each?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/9/2015 11:14:33 AM

    Nick, Without knowing your gear's makes and models to verify those specs, I can't tell for sure, but if you really have two DVC 4-ohm subs each rated for 600 watts RMS and a mono amplifier that can put out 1200 watts RMS to a 1-ohm load, then you can wire it all together like this. Each sub will get half the output of the amp - up to 600 watts RMS each.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/15/2015 12:05:14 PM

    I would like to wire 6 svc subs to an ohm load between 1 and 3 the closer to 2 ohms the better it's a mono amp and i have the choice between 2 ohm, 4 ohm, or 8ohm for the voice coils i need to know what will get me closest to the 2 ohm load?

  • Charles from Alaska

    Posted on 10/15/2015 12:49:13 PM

    I have a Kenwood amp that will push 400W at 4O and 600W at 2O, single channel. I currently have a 10" 300W Sub installed. Theoretically, I could install another sub as long as it is 4O and has a RMS of 300W, right?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015 12:58:37 PM

    Ricky, Using six SVC 4-ohm subs I can get you to 2.7 ohms. Start by wiring three pairs each together in series. Then parallel wire the three pairs with the amp. Each series pair will be 8 ohms and three 8-ohm loads in parallel equals 2.7 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015 1:14:28 PM

    Charles, If your first sub is an SVC 4-ohm sub, you can indeed add a second SVC 4-ohm sub. Wired like this, each sub would get 300 watts RMS, so a sub with a power rating near that will work.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/15/2015 4:13:49 PM

    So if i'm going to be running them like that what gauge wire do you suggest? Each subwoofer is 100 watt rms 200 watt peak

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015 4:32:52 PM

    Ricky, You can use 16-gauge, 14-gauge, or 12-gauge wiring for your subs.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/17/2015 2:00:54 PM

    So the box i'm building for this project is 3 cubic feet the 6 subs take .5 cubic feet minimum each which will put me at just enough air space if i use polly fill with the box will it give me just enough extra to allow for the displacment of the subs? The displacement of all the subs add to about .5 cubic feet

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015 12:10:05 PM

    Ricky, A half-pound or a pound of polyfill may help with your sub's bass response. It certainly won't hurt to give it a try.

  • Jonathon from Sarasota

    Posted on 10/19/2015 12:50:15 PM

    I have two MTX Thunder 6000 SVC 12" Subwoofers, each at 250w rms and 500w peak. I also have a Boss AR1500M ARMOR 1,500-Watt Mono Mosfet Amplifier. Would it be ok to wire these subs to this amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015 4:58:00 PM

    Jonathon, You can wire those subs to that amp, just don't expect a lot of bass from the system. Judging by the amp's 30-amp fuse and AB Class, I wouldn't expect more than about 200 watts RMS out of it, 100 watts for each sub.

  • mack from jacksonville

    Posted on 10/20/2015 10:17:54 AM

    3 BOSS AUDIO P126DVC Phantom 12 " Woofer with Dual 4 ohm Voice Coil 2300 Watts MAX 1150 Watts RMS Power Handling 84dB Sensitivity, 31 Hz Resonant Frequency. I will be mounting them in a triple enclosed box. My question is what type of sub would work best with them and how should i wire them. Im looking to get max bass without over powering them. They are going into a Chevy Impala. I was also looking at Infinity Reference 1262w 12-Inch but didn't find to much information on them.

  • Rick from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 10/20/2015 11:30:01 PM

    My daughter recently purchased a 2-sub box from a friend-of-a-friend and wants me to install it for her. It has two Alpine 10-inch subs (SWS-10D4) that I think are wired together as in this diagram 1 - Is there any way, other than opening up the box, to determine how they are wired together? 1 - Can you recommend an appropriate amplifier for me? Her car is a Honda Accord with a factory radio (no nav) and all speakers are factory. Its been 15 years or so since I've done any install work like this and I'm a little rusty!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015 2:38:40 PM

    Mack, I'm not familiar with those subwoofers, but I suppose a mono amplifier capable of putting out between 1500 and 3000 watts RMS at 2 ohms will work. Three DVC 4-ohm subs get wired together to a mono amp like this. The Infinity 1262w is a fine subwoofer and you can find out more about it at Crutchfield.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015 3:07:42 PM

    Rick, The only way to know for sure how your subs are wired is to open the box and look. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together as a 1-ohm , a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load so it's important to know which you've got, and maybe plan to rewire them to a more convenient configuration. I've forwarded your recommendation question to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right amp for your daughter's system. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • mack from jax

    Posted on 10/22/2015 4:09:19 AM

    I am looking to up grade from 3 to 4 12's. Im doing this because im reading it is harder to wires and supply a odd number of 12's on one amp. Im looking at doing the Hifonics ZRX3216.1D Zeus ZRX Series Mono Block D Class 3200 Watt Vehicle Amplifier3200 watt mono block D class amplifier 1 x 800 @ 4 Ohms, 1 x 1600 @ 2 Ohms, 1 x 3200 watts @ 1 Ohm. I choose this amp because i can wires 4 ohm svc at 1ohm or 4 4ohm dvc at 2ohm. Seeing as 4ohm in 12's seems to be very common and cheaper than 2ohm subs. Is this logic correct? This will allow me to by some inexpensive svc subs to run at a max 3200rms untill i can invest in some better svc or switch to dvc while not changing amps. I was looking at these subs: BOSS AUDIO CX122 Chaos Exxtreme 12 inch Single 4 ohm Voice Coil 1400 Watts MAX 700 Watts RMS Power Handling. This will give me 2800rms with 4 subs so the above amp will give 3200rms at 1ohm. Am i correct?

  • mac from jax

    Posted on 10/22/2015 6:16:47 AM

    Hi so i think im going to go with this setup. 4 BOSS AUDIO P126DVC Phantom 12 inch Dvc 4 Ohm 2300 Watts MAX 1150 Watts RMS Power. The amp is SSL EV5000D Evolution Series 5000-watt Class D Monoblock 1 Ohm Stable Amp 1x 200 amp fuse. The book says it is 1700 rms 4ohm x 1, max 3500rms 2ohm, max 5000rms at 1ohm. I was going to run 4 of the subs down to 2ohm at the amp. At 1150rms each sum for a total of 4600 that is 1100 rms less than what the amp can put out w of would this be a problem or should i look for other subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/22/2015 2:08:17 PM

    Mack, You quote a lot of specs for those amplifiers, some of which are relevant, some not. Let's start with that Hifonics ZRX3216.1D. The published ratings are peak power ratings, virtually worthless for planning a system. Judging by the amp's Class and fuse recommendation, I'd say this amp won't be able to put out more than about 2800 watts RMS into the 1-ohm load you can wire four SVC 4-ohm subs - that's 700 watts RMS for each sub: not a bad deal really. The SoundStorm EV5000D claims to be stable for a 1-ohm load, but quotes no RMS power ratings for it - which is suspicious, the amp may not work with a 1-ohm load. Again, judging by its Class and fuse, I wouldn't expect more than about 1900 watts RMS at 2 ohms - that's 475 watts RMS per DVC 4-ohm sub.

  • libra from Gainesville

    Posted on 10/24/2015 4:25:26 AM

    hello I am going to get the BOSS AUDIO CX122 Chaos Exxtreme 12 inch SVC (4 Ohm) sub. it says it can do 1400 Watts MAX 700 Watts RMS. I will be getting 3 with the possibility of 4 in the future. I was going to wire them ( 3) down to 1ohm so i can get the most power from the amp and the most out of the subs. Any ideas? I was looking at a Hifonics ZRX3216.1D. Says it can put out 1 x 800 @ 4 Ohms, 1 x 1600 @ 2 Ohms, 1 x 3200 watts @ 1 Ohm. A Boss AR3000D with Max Power, 1 Ohm: 3000W x 1 Max Power, 2 Ohms: 2200W x 1 RMS Power, 4 Ohms: 1200W x 1 or a Power Acoustik Gt1-6000d 6000W max 2300W at 4 ohm 3000W at 2 ohm 3700W at 1 ohm. I listed all the amps i was looking at because i am not sure which will be the best bang for my buck. I want something ( sub+amp) that will give me a loud hitting system. Thanks for any help!

  • burak from ankara

    Posted on 10/24/2015 8:07:13 AM

    Hi, i am using "alpine pdx-m12" and "digital designs 9912, 4+4", i would like to run amplifier at 8O, is it possible without harming both products, would you recommend it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015 10:59:39 AM

    Libra, Three SVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together this way to form a 1.3-ohm load, which apparently any of those amps can handle. Of the amps you mention, I'd expect the first one will provide the most power to your subs, although not as much as that peak power specification indicates.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015 11:32:49 AM

    Burak, I'm not familiar with that subwoofer, the models available in the USA come as DVC 1-ohm or DVC ½-ohm, not DVC 4-ohms, but what's available in your country may be different. If you do have a DVC 4-ohm sub, you can indeed wire it safely to that amplifier at 8-ohms. You'd get more output, however, if you wired it as a 2-ohm load.

  • Ethan Ramos from Dallas

    Posted on 10/27/2015 11:20:54 AM

    I have two 12" kicker cvr 4 ohms Dvc coil speakers and a 1000 watt mono block amp. I am running them at 4 ohms do you know how many watts I would be getting to my speakers. I want to try for at least 700 watts a speaker could I wire it up so that's possible or would I need to get a new amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/27/2015 2:01:56 PM

    Ethan, If your amplifier can actually put out 1000 watts RMS to those two subs wired as a 4-ohm load, then each sub would get 500 watts RMS, half the amp's total power. Seeing as those subs are each rated for 400 watts RMS, that's a good match. Applying 700 watts RMS to a 400 watts RMS rated sub might be a bit much and asking for trouble.

  • jake

    Posted on 10/29/2015 3:10:51 PM

    If I have 2 dvc 2 ohm how can i wire them to a mono amp 1 ohm stable?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/29/2015 4:51:54 PM

    Jake, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm load, an 8-ohm load, or a 2-ohm load, the last one being the most useful configuration.

  • Isaac from fort collins

    Posted on 11/4/2015 3:18:38 PM

    I have a small speaker cabinet I built a couple years ago that I would like to throw in the boot of my 4runner. It has a decent 250 watt RMS driver with an 8ohm impendence (eminence deltalite 2512). I'm having trouble figuring out what kind of amp I need to buy to run this speaker as a sub to complement my current system. If I use a dual channel amp and bridge the output, will my speaker work like an 4ohm, in which case an amp that can power 250 watts at 4ohms (bridged) would be sufficient? Or do I need to buy a single channel amp with 500watts at 4ohms to power an 8ohm speaker? I'm not that concerned with it reaching its max volume, I just don't want to damage the driver by having not enough power. Should this be a concern if I just keep the speaker volume in moderate ranges? If it ends costing much over $150, I'd rather just buy stuff to use it in my home.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/4/2015 4:48:55 PM

    Isaac, That driver is a midrange speaker designed for PA use, not for a car subwoofer - but it may work out sounding fine for you. No matter how or to what amp you hook it up, it will always have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms - you can't change that. Most amplifiers will put out half as much power at 8 ohms as they would at 4 ohms, although not all amps behave this way. But I think you'll be safe running that speaker with an amp that can put out 500 watts RMS at 4 ohms. Make sure you set the amp's gain so no distortion plays out the speaker.

  • Eloy from Modesto

    Posted on 11/5/2015 12:59:53 PM

    I have 1 Kicker 10cvx104 sub(600 watts RMS) and a Kicker kx600.1 amp (600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms). I want to wire them both to get the 2 ohm @ 600w. According to Cruthcfield diagrams, would the One 4-ohm DVC Sub, mono amp: 2-ohm load diagram do the trick?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/5/2015 2:02:12 PM

    Eloy, Yes, that's the diagram to follow.

  • Cody

    Posted on 11/6/2015 3:15:06 AM

    I am purchasing 2 Skar Audio IX-8's which are dvc and the Skar Audio MSK which is 1 ohm stable. I want to run these IX-8's at one ohm on that amp. should i purchase the dvc 4 ohm type of the IX-8, or the dvc 2 ohm type of the IX-8??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/6/2015 11:37:31 AM

    Cody, You can wire two DVC 4-ohm subs together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load. Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Oscar from Kingsville

    Posted on 11/11/2015 2:36:27 AM

    Hi Buck, I have 2 12" Memphis Power Reference DVC 4 ohm subs and a Kicker dxa1000.1 amp. How can I connect this setup to get the deepest solid bass sound?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/11/2015 10:33:51 AM

    Oscar, The only way to safely wire your gear together is like this. If the subwoofers are Memphis PR12D4s, then each is rated for 250 watts RMS and that amp wired that way will be able to give them exactly that much power - 250 watts RMS each, 500 watts total.

  • Chris

    Posted on 11/15/2015 10:04:00 PM

    Kicker 40CWD122 With a kicker cx 300.1 amp. Is this a good combo and best wiring configuration

  • Scott Sandbserg from cannon falls mn

    Posted on 11/20/2015 6:38:58 PM

    Hey buck I'm new to this and just bought an Audiobahn 2400 max mono amp 1200 wat RMS and would like to run 212 inch dual voice coil subs I've heard that I need to run 2 dual 4 ohm subs that are 600 RMS each wired to 1 ohm to give them 600 watts each is there anyway I can do to 4 ohm subs dual voice coil to give them each 1200 watts RMS or is that not possible? I could really use some help on what I should wire to this amp and what RMS subs I need to get the most bang out of the this amp I have read a lot of these forums but I still seem lost on the two ohm for and how much power it gives each and which one sounds better any help is greatly appreciated thank you for your time

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/23/2015 11:20:58 AM

    Chris, You could wire that gear together like this, but the amp would only be able to put out 150 watts RMS to the sub. A better match for that amplifier would be the Kicker 40CWD124 wired like this, where the amp can put out 300 watts RMS to the 300-watt rated sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/23/2015 11:24:12 AM

    Scott, If your amplifier can truly deliver 1200 watts RMS to a one-ohm load, then you could wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to it like this, and each sub would receive 600 watts RMS. This would be a good match for a pair of subs rated between 400 and 800 watts RMS each.

  • Charles Mohorcic from North Royalton

    Posted on 11/27/2015 12:07:56 AM

    I have an Autotek SX2300 Street Machine 2ch bridgable 4,2,1 ohm stable mono. 800 watt rms at 1 ohm. Can I run two American bass tnt 10" subs that are DVC 4 ohm 600 watt rms each on it bridged in parallel or would I be under powering them? I used to have this amp when I was a kid and you heard my system from a mile away on two 12" subs. No distortion what so ever, I'm just worried about under powering the subs I'm thinking about getting.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2015 1:58:50 PM

    Charles, You could wire those subs to that amp like this diagram. At 700 watts RMS total, 350 per sub, it'd under power the subs a bit, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distorted signals trying to get more bass out of them than they can handle.

  • nathaniel

    Posted on 12/2/2015 10:04:26 PM

    Just bought a kicker S15L7 solo baric. Cant tell if its 2ohm or 4ohm. Manual says both but also wanna know how to wire it up for 2ohm or 4ohm loads. Would a kicker cx1200.1 work well for this sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/3/2015 11:14:30 AM

    Nathaniel, Kicker Solo-Baric L7 15" subs come in DVC (dual voice coil) 2-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models. If the impedance isn't marked on the label or magnet of the sub, you'll need to find out which you have from whomever you bought it. It makes a big difference. The amplifier you mention will work with the DVC 2-ohm model wired as a 4-ohm load, for instance, but not when wired as a 1-ohm load. The DVC 4-ohm model will work well with that amp as a 2-ohm load, but not as well as an 8-ohm load.

  • Jared

    Posted on 12/6/2015 2:53:46 AM

    I have not purchased anything yet, but im looking at getting 2 sundown audio ev2 12 inch 500w dvc 2 ohm subs as well as a kenwood KAC-9106D 1000w @ 2 ohms amp. Would this gear work well together and how should i go about wiring it?

  • Charles from North Royalton

    Posted on 12/6/2015 2:12:48 PM

    I have an Autotek SX2300 800 watt rms at 1 ohm bridged, could I run four 10" SVC 4 ohm subs that are 250 watt rms each on it? Or would I be again under powering them. Earthquake 10" subs are like $50 a piece and they get great reviews. I wanna put them in an 03 Tahoe but I'm not sure about what box to run. I listen to rock, rap etc, I have always had a trunk and I know when you pop the trunk it sounds bad. I don't wanna hear that in the truck. Sealed or ported?

  • Charles from North Royalton

    Posted on 12/6/2015 2:19:25 PM

    Ok now I see all these wiring diagrams, my question is if you run your wires from the amp to the first sub and the second sub off the first one, won't the first sub get the full load and the second sub get what the first sub can't handle? Or am I incorrect?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015 10:59:04 AM

    Jared, That gear will work fine together wired like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015 3:05:39 PM

    Charles, First of all, that amplifier is not stable when bridged to a 1-ohm load. The only safe way to connect four SVC 4-ohm subs to it is like this. That would enable the amp to send out a total of 700 watts RMS, 350 out each channel, 175 to each sub. That would slightly under-power them, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distortion trying to get more bass out of them than they can handle. The electrical signals travel so fast that they effectively arrive at each sub's connections at the same time, so each sub will get exactly one-half of what the pair gets. As for your choice of ported or sealed enclosures, check out this article for help deciding that.

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/8/2015 4:29:07 PM

    Would it be a bad idea to bridge a 4 channel amplifier (alpine mrv-f300) to 1 jlaudio sub and 1 kicker 6x9? its a custom box im tryin to make for work.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/9/2015 12:15:56 PM

    Ron, That amplifier will probably be able to drive a 6"x9" speaker with two of its channels bridged together. As for the subwoofer, without identifying its impedance and coil configuration it's impossible to tell. If you want a question answered about your system, you should identify all your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Alwin Lee from Singapore

    Posted on 12/9/2015 8:56:17 PM

    Hi Buck, Would like to seek your advise with regards to sub and amp. Is it possible for Genesis dual mono amp -2 x 200 (2 Ohm) or bridge 1 x 500 (4 ohm) to bridge and link up with rockford P2 aub woofer (Dual 2-Ohm). Appreciate your kind advise. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/10/2015 9:43:48 AM

    Alwin, That gear will work fine together wired like this.

  • Clint from portland

    Posted on 12/11/2015 9:06:31 PM

    Hello was curious if I would be able to add another sub? I have a rockford mono amp and a single voice coil jl w3 2ohm and a rockford p2 single voice coil 2ohm jus laying around would I be able to hook up second sub an still have everything at 2ohms?

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015 9:38:44 AM

    Hello. I have two 2ohms dvc speakers with a 1ohm capable 1000watt monoblock. Can I connect these speakers and if so at what impedance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015 11:12:52 AM

    Clint, Yes, you can add a second sub, but I don't think you'll be happy with the results. Assuming your amplifier is not stable for a one-ohm load, you'd have to connect it all up like this, at 4-ohms, resulting in half the power directed through twice the number of subs. I think that if you want to add that sub to your system, you should get a separate amp to run it. However, if your amp can handle a 1-ohm load, then you can wire it like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015 1:39:47 PM

    Jason, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 0.5-ohm load, a 2-ohm load, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015 3:01:30 PM

    Hello Buck. I had the question about the two 2ohm speakers and 1ohm amp. So is it ok to wire the speakers at 2ohm or will damage my amp and speakers? Or should I get a different amp or speakers?

  • Louis Scott Feldhaus from St. Charles

    Posted on 12/12/2015 4:46:37 PM

    I have a Volfenhag amp 800 Watt 2 channel MOSFET bridgeable and 2 10 inch subwoofers in one enclosed box. Subs are 300 Watts RMS and 600 Watts peak with 2 ohms. What wiring should i get and at which length? My car is a 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS, so it is a relatively small car.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015 7:12:01 PM

    Jason, Without knowing the RMS power ratings of your amp and subs makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. Impedance-wise, that amp can handle the 2-ohm load, but what about the power handling? A 1000 watts RMS amp would probably blow two 200 watts RMS rated subs to smithereens, for example.

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015 8:37:35 PM

    Sorry about that Buck. The 2ohm dvc subs are 250 watts with a 500 watt peak. The A3 1000.10 monoblock amp is 1x1000watts at 1ohm, 1x500 watts at 2ohm, and 1x250 watts @4ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2015 10:48:29 AM

    Louis, I can't tell if you have two subwoofers that are each SVC (single voice coil) 2-ohm rated for 300 watts RMS, or you have an enclosure with two subs that present a total 2-ohm impedance and 300-watt rating. In any case, for subwoofers, you should use 12- to 16-gauge speaker wire. No one can tell you how much wire you'll need without measuring all along the path your wires will run from amp to sub. And always plan on getting more than you think you'll need - you can always trim wires that are too long, but you can't stretch wires that are too short.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2015 10:55:57 AM

    Jason, If those specs are truly RMS ratings, then your gear will work fine together wired this way.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/15/2015 6:32:20 PM

    Hi I have a infinity reference series 611a 2 channel amp, in a previous set up I had it powering 2 15" kicker L5s, I am now trying to power a single 12" kicker L7 DVC 4 ohm, and am having trouble getting the sub to bump right, what's the correct way to hook it up for more power? I'm not sure if I need a different amp or an aftermarket radio- right now I'm using stock radio with a converter

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/16/2015 10:05:37 AM

    Dylan, That amplifier is a mono, one-channel amp. Most mono amps have two sets of speaker output terminals that are wired together internally. The second set is there for convenience and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. The best way to hook your gear up together is like this. That Kicker L7 sub is rated for 900 watts RMS, so that Infinity amplifier, at 657 watts RMS into 2 ohms, may under-power it a bit. If you want more bass than that, that sub can take an amplifier that can put out up to around 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/16/2015 5:27:28 PM

    Thank you! I will give that a try tonight, my L7 is an older one, I believe its 750 RMS 1500 max of not mistaken, being that my amp has two sets of terminals should it be bridged or just hooked up to one set? I was wondering why when I tried looking it up it kept saying it was a mono amp, now it makes more sense, didn't even know they made them like that

  • Andrew from saranac lake

    Posted on 12/16/2015 6:11:55 PM

    Well this is my forst time doin this. And recent got a deck for a ford ranger... Im question my sub more than anything... And well never seen a 10 wit 2 negatives on one side and 2 positives on the other. I have an old 325 watt kenwood 694s amp i believe. Now the question i have os crutchfield is really nice pricin on alot of things and well i wanna be able to get another 10 wit a box. So i can put the 10 i have in the same box. Now the question i have is that. And ive looked to see if i have a svc or dvc but cant find the info on it.... Any dets on wat i can do.... The terminals are paired... One set on one side and one on another... Its a 325 watt amp. And pushes the speaker. But if i can get more from the speaker and the amp. Id like to know. U guys dont even sell the amp anymore....

  • Austin M from TAMPA

    Posted on 12/16/2015 8:13:26 PM

    I had a question about my sub I was wanting to use in my car. Its a Kenwood sub from my old home studio speakers. On the plate it says it is 100w and 8 oph. How and what type of amp do I buy to make this work properly. I am tight on money and trying my best to work with what I can afford. Thank you so much and God bless.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/17/2015 7:47:21 AM

    Hey hooking up the way you suggested made a big difference, still not what I'd expect from an L7 but I found another problem I have, I built my box way too big, air space is about 6cu ft not including the port and braces, I'm thinking instead of shortening the box, I may just add another sub in it, if I do, will that be good enough for the sub's? I think they need 3.25 cu ft each, also, my port is 3"x13.25x14.25 deep, will the port change if I have two subs sharing the same airspace? I think I'd need around 2400 watt amp for this, of would it be better to have two 1200 watt amps? On an unrelated note, my old box was way too small and the port wasn't sized right, to get more space in the box, I flipped the sub upside down so there was no sub displacement, is that okay or does it affect performance? I never really noticed a difference and wasn't sure

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015 10:59:27 AM

    Andrew, Without knowing exactly what amplifier and subwoofer you have make it impossible to recommend a matching sub and dual box for them. Brand names and model numbers are usually printed on the device or its label. A Google search for a Kenwood 694S amp came up empty. It sounds like your sub is DVC (dual voice coil), because it has four wire terminals, but without knowing its impedance and power ratings, nor the amp's true RMS output, I can't make any recommendations.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015 11:35:28 AM

    Austin, Speakers and subwoofers for home use are not made to withstand the rigors of constant vibration, high input volume, large temperature changes, moisture, and dirt that speakers designed for mobile use are. You can go ahead and use your sub in your car, but please be sure to secure it so it won't become a deadly flying hazard in the event of an accident. I assume you have the sub installed in an appropriate enclosure - subwoofers don't work very well at all without them. If those specs can be trusted, an amplifier that can put out about 200 watts RMS at 4 ohms will probably put out around 100 watts at 8 ohms, and should work for you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015 1:02:09 PM

    Dylan, If I understand which subwoofer you have, Kicker specifies a 3.25 cu ft box with a 3x13.25x14.25 port as the maximum size enclosure, and a 1.75 cu ft box with a 2.5x13.25x22.5 port as the minimum. Any size between these will work. That means your 6 cu ft enclosure does have the air capacity for two of those subs, if not the space to mount them both. And each sub requires the same amount of port space, so if you were to mount the two subs sharing one enclosure, you would need to enlarge the port. Mounting a sub facing in or out of its enclosure depends on which way sounds and looks better to you. And if your sub is rated for 750 watts RMS, you should not use an amp stronger than about 1000 watts RMS at 2 ohms. To run two of them, look for an amp that can put out 1200 to 2000 watts RMS at 4-ohms or 1-ohm.

  • Nikko from columbus

    Posted on 12/19/2015 8:32:00 PM

    Buck, I have a little complication, I have a N3 2800w mono amp by massive audio. And I am getting a little confused on what to buy in my situation because I own a 07 Chevy Avalanche and i want to put a aftermarket box under my rear seats. I have looked through a lot of sizes and dimensions and it seems that I am going to need slim subs to accommodate the slim depth in the box. (around 4.5 inch) But the problem I am having is that I think my amp is too powerful for the "slimmer subs". Hopefully you can correct me, so I can get an accurate understanding. Thanks.

  • Marvin from Houston

    Posted on 12/21/2015 12:35:33 AM

    Hello, i was trying to create the best setup for myself....and was wondering if a sundown scv-2000d 1 ohm stable amp would be enough for two sundown x12 dual 4 1250 rms subs wired at 1 ohm or would i need a sundown scv 3000d amp?....my other option is to do 2 sa-12 d4's to the scv2000 at 2 ohm which would give them about 1000 rms. Im not sure if you are familiar with sundown audio but they perform best at the well above their respective RMS ratings.... (150%)....

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/21/2015 4:45:07 PM

    Marvin, Either of those amplifiers will work fine with those subs wired like this. Your second option isn't really viable because those two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load, and at 1-ohm that amp may over-power them.

  • Lenora from Alaska

    Posted on 12/22/2015 3:14:25 PM

    Am I able to hook up a 1000w amp to a 10 inch sub to my stock truck stereo? if so what do I need to do it? a power invert-er or? I'm asking because my dad kept having issues with his alternator going out when he had his speaker system hooked up in his truck. Thats the last thing I need happening to mine.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/23/2015 11:56:09 AM

    Lenora, Without knowing exactly what amplifier or alternator you have make it impossible to know if the amplifier's power usage will overwhelm the vehicle's charging system. We'd have to know the amplifier's highest RMS wattage output (RMS, not peak), the alternators' current capacity in amperes, and what kind of music you listen to in order to predict that. The only way to know for sure is to install your sub and amp and see if your headlights dim when the bass hits hard. If they don't, you're good to go. If they do, you could check out this article for help solving that issue.

  • Justin from Colorado springs

    Posted on 12/24/2015 8:15:35 AM

    I have a kenwood 800w 2 Chanel amp and a jl audio 10 sub dvc what's the best way to wire to get the most bass???

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/24/2015 10:03:51 AM

    Justin, Not knowing exactly what amplifier (is that 800w RMS or peak?) or subwoofer (is it DVC 2-ohm or 4-ohm and what's its RMS rating?) you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/26/2015 9:23:37 PM

    i have an alpine mrv-f300, its a 4 channel amp. i wanted to hook that up to 1 older jl audio (8w0-12) sub which is 8 ohms and about 125 rms and 1 kicker cs6934 which is 4 ohms and 150 rms. my question to you is can i hook that up to this amplifier and if so how should i hook it up to get the best sound? should i bridge each speaker?

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/26/2015 9:27:21 PM

    ^^^ im sorry buck the jl audio sub is 12 ohms not 8 ohms im sorry

  • Blake millhouser from Mansfield Texas

    Posted on 12/26/2015 10:33:06 PM

    I have a MRV-M500 mono power amplifier and a 12" dual voice coil 4 ohm subwoofer. What would be the best way to wire this amplifier to this single subwoofer?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015 1:55:12 PM

    Ron, You could probably hook that gear up together like this (changing a 4-ohm sub to your 12-ohm sub), but it may not sound like you expect. The full-range 6 x 9 speaker ought to be alright getting 150 watts RMS, but the sub would only be receiving about 50 watts, which probably won't be enough to keep up with the 6 x 9.

  • Sam from Tacoma

    Posted on 12/28/2015 1:56:45 PM

    Hi I have a 600 watt rms 4ohm svc sub and a mono block amp capable of 2-8ohm. If I hook up sub and amp with positive to positive and negative to negative will the amp supply the correct ohm signal to the sub?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015 2:06:58 PM

    Blake, Before recommending a wiring scheme, we need to know what the subwoofer's RMS rating is, so it won't blow up if the amp is too strong for it. The best way to have a question answered about your system is to identify both your amp and sub by brand names and model numbers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015 4:14:49 PM

    Sam, Before recommending a wiring scheme, we need to know what the amplifier's RMS rating is, so it won't blow up the sub if it's too strong for it. The best way to have a question answered about your system is to identify both your amp and sub by brand names and model numbers.

  • Blake from Mansfield tx

    Posted on 12/28/2015 8:49:50 PM

    Responding with more info to my post earlier. I have an Alpine MRV-M500 500W RMS x1 at 2 impeadence / 300W RMS x1 at 4 impedance and a Alpine SWS-12D4 high performance dual voice coil sub what is the best way to wire this sub and amp together?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/29/2015 9:23:07 AM

    Blake, Like this diagram.

  • Tyler from Columbus

    Posted on 1/5/2016 11:01:34 PM

    I have a single 4 ohm 1000w rms dvc 12 inch sub and a 1200w 2 ohm stable amp. It says in the booklet 900w rms @ 4 ohms bridged. How should I do the wiring on the subwoofer itself?

  • Kwads

    Posted on 1/6/2016 1:01:36 PM

    would you recommend a Hifonics ZRX1216.1D Zues ZRX Series Mono Block D Class 1200 Watt Vehicle Amplifier for 2 Sony Xplod 1100 watts single 4ohms subwoofer?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/6/2016 1:32:50 PM

    Tyler, A single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load, and most 2-channel amplifiers can't handle a 2-ohm load when bridged. If you have a 2-channel amplifier the only safe way to hook it up to that sub would be like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/6/2016 1:55:05 PM

    Kwads, I can't recommend an amplifier I'm unfamiliar with which Crutchfield doesn't carry. While it may work with those subs wired like this, I'm not at all confident that it will be able to produce its claimed output power.

  • jeremy from flint

    Posted on 1/7/2016 8:45:23 PM

    Buck i have a quick question for you I have 4 18 inch subs that are 2 ohm dvc I want to hook them up to a 2 channel 4 ohm amp is this possible

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/8/2016 3:52:27 PM

    Jeremy, Four DVC 2-ohm subs can get wired to a 2-channel amplifier like this. But not knowing the RMS power ratings of either the subs or the amp, I can't say if it will all operate safely or not.

  • jeremy

    Posted on 1/8/2016 7:40:50 PM

    The amp is a Berringer inuke 6000 dsp. Not sure if you guys sell them. It allows you to set limits on how much power goes to the sub so that will be OK. Thanks for the help

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2016 10:34:45 AM

    Jeremy, I see no indication that that amplifier will work driving 2-ohm loads. The wiring scheme I showed you may work just fine, or the amp may overheat and go into protection mode.

  • Anj

    Posted on 1/15/2016 3:07:48 PM

    4 channel amplifier blaupunkt GTA 470 SF (2 ohm stable) , if 2 channel are bridged (200RMS) to a single 2 ohm Sub (Infinity Reference 1220SE , 2 ohm) (300RMS) and remaining 2 channels bridged to two-4 Ohms each 6X9 full range speakers in parallel (this will give 2 ohm (100 RMS each) load on this bridged channel of amlpifier).pls let me know if this wire connection works.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2016 3:54:08 PM

    Anj, That amplifier is not stable for a 2-ohm load when bridged, so if you were to hook it up as you describe, it will overheat and go into protection mode.

  • anj

    Posted on 1/17/2016 5:37:28 AM

    sir, Can Infinity Reference 1220 SE (2 Ohm) work on Sony XM GS100 (Mono Amplifier) (in bridged mode 600 RMS 2 ohm or single mode 330 RMS 4 Ohm) will this connection work in bridge mode. also what load will be given by reference 1220 se (2 ohm) on this ampilfier in bridged mode or in single mode

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/18/2016 9:41:43 AM

    Anj, I'm afraid you have some terms confused. Sometimes adjacent channels of a multi-channel amplifier can get "bridged" together to combine their power. Very rarely can bridged amp channels handle loads as low as 2 ohms. Amplifiers put out different wattages when connected to different loads (ohms). You can't bridge a one-channel amplifier because there's nothing to bridge. Perhaps you're confused by the amp's two output terminals. Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have two sets of speaker output terminals that are wired together inside the amp. The second pair is there for convenience and if you hook a speaker to both it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Those components will work well together wired like this diagram.

  • Hunter from Goldsboro

    Posted on 1/18/2016 1:13:19 PM

    I'm looking at (2) Sundown 15 inch 500w DVC 4ohm speakers. I was wondering if there is anyway that this could be wired at a 2ohm load? Or if there is an amp that can deliver 1200w at 4ohms? Or if you have any reccomendations! Thank you

  • Oscar Rodriguez from Port lavaca

    Posted on 1/18/2016 2:29:43 PM

    Hi I have 2 (WDX122K DB Drive) DVC 4ohm 2000 watts subwoofers and was wondering what's the best amp I should use without straining my subs so they can last longer. I was thinking the DB drive A6 1900.1D but not sure if it would whip out 1900 to both or just 950 each..

  • Jason Weiser from Placerville

    Posted on 1/19/2016 4:19:46 AM

    I purchased 3 Rockford r2sd4-10 subs. And r500x1d. Amp. I think I should have purchased r2sd2 subs. Am I correct or do I still have enough power? Also if so can this AMP Handel 1.3 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016 11:23:17 AM

    Hunter, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. There are many different amplifiers that can handle those subwoofers. I've forwarded your question to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016 12:12:37 PM

    Oscar, Any mono amplifier correctly connected to two subwoofers will send one-half its power to each sub. That amp ought to work with those subs wired like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016 12:55:24 PM

    Jason, That amplifier cannot handle a 1.3-ohm load. The good news is that you can wire those three subs to it like this. That would send each sub up to about 133 watts RMS, which is a bit under-powered but should work okay as long as you set the amp gain correctly and don't send the subs distortion in an attempt to get more bass out of them than can be delivered.

  • John from New market

    Posted on 1/20/2016 6:17:33 PM

    I have 2 12" Kicker DVC 4 ohm CVR's. I'm pushing them with a 2/4 Ohm Kicker amplifier. I know that you can wire them for a total of 4 ohms, but I would like to run them at 2 ohms for the advantage in power. It's a mono block amp, but it has 4 outputs so I was just going to wire each sub separately at 2 ohms. Will this fry my amp/subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/21/2016 10:44:59 AM

    John, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. If you wired your subs as you describe the amp will probably start to overheat and then go into protection mode.

  • Wesley from Birkenfeld

    Posted on 1/21/2016 4:15:56 PM

    Buck, I have two 10" Infinity Kappa 100.9s (can be switched from 2-4 ohms) ready to be installed with a RF 750 Prime amp into a ported enclosure. What would be my best set up? I gernerally listen to metal but also listen to just about every genre of music. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/21/2016 4:59:53 PM

    Wesley, Set each sub for 2 ohms, wire it all like this and rock on.

  • Hermann Davila from Beaumont

    Posted on 1/29/2016 1:44:12 AM

    Buck, I am new to wiring subs and would appreciate your expertise. I am confused with what's possible, what's not & what the best setup would be. I purchased 1 12" Kicker 40VCWR122 2 ohm DVC 500 rms sub and the Kenwood KAC-5001PS class D mono amp 300 RMS at 4 ohm and 500 RMS at 2 ohm. 2 different audio shops recommended the Kicker 600.1 amp which puts out 300 RMS at 4 ohm and 600 RMS at 2 ohm. So I bought the Kenwood because it had similar specs and was 1/2 the price. A different forum stated you cannot wire 1 DVC 2 ohm sub to a 2 ohm amp, it would have to be ran at 4 ohm which the amp can do, but that would only produce 300 watts RMS and not take advantage of the 500 watt RMS the sub can handle. Is it best to keep the watt low at 300 or should I go for a different an amp that can do 500 watt RMS at 4 ohm? Would getting a 600 watt RMS at 4 ohm be too much and run the risk of blowing the speaker? What would you recommend? Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/29/2016 9:49:19 AM

    Hermann, That loaded subwoofer enclosure contains a DVC 4-ohm component subwoofer wired to present a final impedance of 2 ohms. That Kenwood amplifier will work fine with it, supplying 500 watts RMS to the 500 watts rated sub. This is how it should get wired, with the voice coil jumper wiring already done inside the enclosure by Kicker.

  • Aaric from Topeka

    Posted on 1/29/2016 11:47:52 AM

    I am planning on getting two 1262w 1200watt infinity subs, and i don't know if it would be better to get a mono or two channel amp, if so, why bridge it to one sub then serial it to the next? why not just use both port pairs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/29/2016 3:36:48 PM

    Aaric, Those subs are DVC 4-ohm and rated for 300 watts RMS each. (Always use RMS ratings, never peak.) Wired together to a mono 1-channel amp they can form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. Look for a mono subwoofer amp that can put out from 450 to 900 watts RMS at 1 ohm or 4 ohms. It will be harder to find a 2-channel amp to work with these subs, but it is possible. Look for a 2-channel amp that can put out 225 to 450 watts RMS per channel into 2 ohms. (This is the same as the amp putting out 450 to 900 watts RMS when bridged to a 4-ohm load.)

  • Akshay from Noida

    Posted on 2/1/2016 1:01:56 PM

    How can i connect my two subs pioneer 1400 wats (310d) dvc and speakers (4 door and two on tray pioneer 400watts) with two amps one is alpine v12 mrv-f705 (4 channel) and worldtech(2 channel) please help me Thankyou !

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016 4:20:00 PM

    Akshay, I am completely unfamiliar with those amplifiers, so it would be irresponsible of me to recommend a wiring scheme for you. An online search ought to bring up at least one car stereo dealership in your country near you who can help with tech support. Sorry I can't help.

  • Asim from Mississauga

    Posted on 2/4/2016 6:58:37 PM

    Could I wire a dvc 4 ohm subwoofer to a 4 channel amplifier? I have one lying around don't want to buy a new amplifier

  • Janis Helge Reinhardt from Syke / Germany

    Posted on 2/7/2016 9:51:53 AM

    Hello. I have a Lanzar opti 4600d 0,5 Ohm stable. Hol can i connect 4 emphaser ex12t4 a 1000rms 4ohm Svc subwoofer? Thank you!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/8/2016 11:21:11 AM

    Asim, You certainly could wire your sub to one channel of your amp like this, but generally speaking you're wasting a lot of amplifier using a 4-channel amp for a single sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/8/2016 11:28:58 AM

    Janis, I'm not familiar with those products, but generally speaking, four SVC 4-ohm subs can be wired to an amplifier that can handle a 1-ohm load like this.

  • Levi from Las vegas

    Posted on 2/12/2016 12:19:05 AM

    Hey buck, Thanks for the awesome thread! I was wondering if you could help me with wiring a crunch dra1150.2 v drive amp with 2 channels and I have two JLw0-v3 in a bass wedge box. My amp says it supports bridged power at 1100 x 1 at 2 ohms. Can I hook up the bridged amp to the JL's? Or should I hook up the seperate subs to their each channel? What are pro and cons and do you have the wiring diagram for this type of application?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/12/2016 2:41:21 PM

    Levi, According to the information I can find, that amplifier is not stable at 2 ohms when bridged, which means the only safe way to connect those subs to it will be like this.

  • ISAAC NIGO from grand prairie

    Posted on 2/14/2016 12:18:38 PM

    I HAVE A PIONEER GM-A6604 4 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER, 5-1/4 2 WAY PIONEER TS-D1320C COMPONENT SPEAKERS ON FRONT DOORS AND 6X9 PIONEER TS-D6902R SPEAKERS IN THE REAR... I HAVE THEM WIRED AT this diagram... IS IT POSSIBLE TO BRIDGE THE 6X9'S STILL TO GET MORE POWER OUT OF THEM...

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2016 9:26:46 AM

    Isaac, Bridging refers to adjacent amplifier channels that get combined to drive a speaker or sub with double the power of a single channel. Your amplifier would probably blow those speakers to smithereens if you bridged a couple channels together to drive them. You've got four speakers and four channels of amplification - sounds perfect to me. If your present system isn't loud enough for you, consider getting a more powerful 4-channel amp. If you were referring to wiring two speakers together - that won't get you any more output as the two speakers would split whatever power an amp channel, bridged or unbridged, would send them.

  • Calvin Allen from Baton Rouge

    Posted on 2/16/2016 8:20:14 PM

    Hey I'm Calvin I have two Rockford p2's an a SSL 5000 will this set up work fine.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/17/2016 9:47:59 AM

    Calvin, If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers. Rockford Fosgate makes eight different models of P2 subwoofers with different coil configurations and power ratings. And I'm not at all sure what brand or model amp you're referring to. Sorry I can't help.

  • Ben from Pembroke Pines

    Posted on 2/20/2016 9:52:58 AM

    I have a rockford fosgate rfd 1212 dvc dual 4 ohm subwoofer. I also have a rockford Fosgate 800a2 amp bridge ar 4 ohms. How can i wire this?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/22/2016 9:37:26 AM

    Ben, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this.

  • Ahmed

    Posted on 2/23/2016 6:18:03 AM

    how to connect a mono amp 500 RMS @ 4 Ohms x 1, to one dual 4 Ohms voice coil sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/23/2016 1:39:09 PM

    Ahmed, Without knowing the power ratings of the subwoofer, I cannot suggest a wiring solution. For instance, a 500 watts RMS rated sub might work fine but a 100 watts RMS rated sub would probably blow up. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Benard from Indianapolis

    Posted on 2/29/2016 1:24:42 PM

    ok so i see the diagrams but how does it look when the subs are in the box. and the wires are connected to box ports? what wires goes to that from the inside?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/29/2016 2:37:04 PM

    Bernard, These subwoofer wiring diagrams are intended to help a do-it-yourself installer wire their subwoofers to amplifiers. When you're putting together a subwoofer system, you need to wire the component subs and voice coils together before closing the box. These views are as if the boxes weren't there so you can see how the subs get wired together inside. If you've purchased an enclosure which is internally wired in an unknown configuration, you should open it up and verify all the connections before wiring the sub to an amplifier.

  • Bernard from Indianapolis

    Posted on 3/1/2016 8:19:42 AM

    i under stand the wiring inside the box. but what wire goes to the box connection

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2016 12:59:47 PM

    Bernard, If you are asking what kind of wire to use to connect an amplifier to a subwoofer, we recommend using speaker wires of 12- to 16-gauge in size. If you're asking how to wire an enclosure's terminal cup, I'm afraid you'll have to figure out where in the wiring chain that goes for yourself or get a professional installer to do that for you. Every subwoofer system is different - some have multiple subs in a single box and some have each sub in its own enclosure.

  • Eric Y from Louisville

    Posted on 3/3/2016 4:47:21 PM

    I bought a mb quarts OA750.1 amp which is a 750 w at 2o and 350w at 4o and original planed to power two mb quarts rwm254 10s dvc 350w rms 4o for my truck because of space I can only run one. So my question is should I wire at 2o with 750w to the sub and keep the amp settings low or wire at 4o because the rms rating at 4o is closer between amp and sub?

  • Brian from Jacksonville

    Posted on 3/4/2016 2:15:44 AM

    Will a JL jx1000/ 1D be too much power for 2 JL 10tw3 subs in a sealed box?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/4/2016 11:04:33 AM

    Eric, A single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load.

  • Matt

    Posted on 3/4/2016 1:54:07 PM

    My two options for subs(2) are DVC 1 ohm and DVC 2 ohm. I wanted to wire them to a 1 ohm load. Its my understanding that DVC 1 ohm wired in a series/parallel would give me a 1 ohm load. Is this correct? and if not how would i wire to 1 ohm. Thanks

  • jerry from Ladson

    Posted on 3/4/2016 6:29:13 PM

    I have 2 planet audio bbd12 and trq1.3000d for a amp. The amp is 1 ohm stable but the subs are 4 ohm impedance. Can I make my bbd12 1 ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016 11:22:08 AM

    Matt, You are correct: in order to get two DVC 1-ohm subs wired at 1 ohm you'd either parallel wire the voice coils and series wire the subs, or series wire the coils and parallel wire the subs. Sorry, we don't have wiring diagrams for DVC 1-ohm subs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016 11:25:08 AM

    Jerry, I believe those subs are DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subs and two of them get wired as a 1-ohm load like this.

  • jay from brownsburg

    Posted on 3/11/2016 8:52:10 AM

    I have a mono amp with two speaker outputs which the amp parallels internally. I wired them in parallel for the single output. should I rewire them or leave as is?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/11/2016 3:03:37 PM

    Jay, We made these subwoofer wiring diagrams showing the least number of wires coming from the amplifiers for clarity. As you note, for mono amps with two sets of output terminals if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. It sounds like for your set-up, that's exactly what you did: wired one sub to each set of terminals. That's okay, it's electrically exactly the same as in the diagram.

  • Mike Luciano from Jackson

    Posted on 3/14/2016 12:18:02 AM

    Hi buck ive got a sundown SD3 10" dvc 4ohm sub and a kenwood kac-7204 amp, which is a 2 channel amp. Kenwood claims this amp is 2 ohm capable. Whats the best way to wire the sub and amp to get the most power?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/14/2016 4:03:19 PM

    Mike, I can't find any information about that sub, so I can't be sure what its power rating is and if that amp will damage it or not. That amplifier is only stable for 2 ohms when unbridged, and you'd normally connect it to that sub, if it can take up to 340 watts RMS, like this.

  • David from Dothan

    Posted on 3/18/2016 12:51:30 PM

    Hello Buck, i can't find an answer to this anywhere. I have a 4 ohm stable 2 ch amp, (4 ohm bridged or not), and i have three 4 ohm DVC subs. Is there any possible configuration for me, or do i need another amp for the third sub? Thanks hugely!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/18/2016 4:59:49 PM

    David, 3 DVC 4-ohm subs connect to a 2-channel amplifier like this diagram. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have, I can't tell you if their power ratings match or not.

  • Shea from West Palm Beach

    Posted on 3/20/2016 9:57:46 PM

    I have an old Pyramid amp (600 watt 4-channel 4-ohm Bridgeable) and two MTX Thunder 6000 SVC 10" speakers (recommended RMS watt of 50-250). Is that an acceptable set up? Also, how do I hook both subwoofers up if I only have one left/right RCA input on my receiver? Should I use an RCA y-splitter to combine the 4 RCA's into two? Also, is the age of an amp something to be worried about? The amp is about 15 years old but hasn't been used for about 13 years. Could you recommend a different amp if it doesn't work? I just purchased a new receiver so I can install a sub but I am a little apprehensive about installing such an old amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/21/2016 2:54:05 PM

    Shea, I'm not familiar with that amplifier, but it may work wired to those subs like this diagram. Signal flows from a receiver's RCA outputs to the amp's inputs. If you need to use more amp inputs than there are receiver outputs, you can use Y-cord RCA adapters to accommodate them.

  • Andy from Salisbury, MD

    Posted on 3/26/2016 10:27:21 AM

    This is Andy, I have two Rockford P3SD4-10 paired with a Kicker ZX350.4 amp. I know amp is too small but does work good as I don't lesson to it extremely loud but does hit hard. My question is I bridge to two channel and wired the subs to both of the channels each, I wired the subs with top terminals + and - going to box out terminals to amp and bottom + and - going to each other.? Is this correct? Both subs are wired to its own terminal (separately) is this the best set-up? Is this the 4ohm speaker and 4ohm amp (8ohm) amp signal? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2016 12:51:12 PM

    Andy, 4-channel car amplifiers rarely work well driving subwoofers. You could wire your gear together like this, using just two of the amp's channels bridged together, which would send 175 watts RMS to the two subs, 87.5 watts each. Or you could wire it like this diagram, but each sub would only get about 30 watts RMS. The best you could do would be to wire each voice coil to a separate channel of the amp. That would produce more like 240 watts RMS total, 120 per sub. If you did this, though, you need to be extremely careful to keep all the polarities consistent and feed the exact same signal to all channels.

  • Enrique from Tagum city, Philippi

    Posted on 3/30/2016 3:39:02 AM

    Hi there! How do I properly wire my car sound system. I have 1 targa dvc subwoofer 8" 250 watts, 2 Targa 3 way speaker 150watts and X12 amplifier MRV-F805, 1 tweeter konzert 150watts. Please also show the correct Wire # to be used. Thank you and more power sir!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2016 2:48:32 PM

    Enrique, I am unfamiliar with your audio gear, so I can't offer much help wiring it together. Perhaps this diagram can help you visualize what you will need to do to get your system up and running. Or you could find a local audio dealership that'll do your installation for a fee.

  • Eduardo Hernandez from Chicago

    Posted on 4/2/2016 4:29:28 PM

    I have a 1DUAL 12" SD subwoofer Peak:500 watts Rms:175 watts But i have a 400 watt dual amp I dont if I should get a 600 watt amp instead.

  • Brodie

    Posted on 4/3/2016 6:32:38 AM

    I have dual Alpine SWR-1042D's, want to hook them up to a single monoblock and just wondering what would best suit them and how to wire them. I looked at the diagram for 2 DVC 4-ohm subs to monoblock, but the subs are sealed off from each other inside the box, so do I run the wire that connects the subs around the outside of the box to their separate external connection points?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/3/2016 5:28:08 PM

    Eduardo, If your subwoofer is SVC 4-ohms rated for 175 watts RMS (never use peak numbers), it would best be powered by an amp that could give it from 150 to 350 watts RMS at 4 ohms. If the amp ratings you describe are RMS numbers, then either amp will probably blow that sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/3/2016 5:37:34 PM

    Brodie, If each of your subwoofers are in their own compartment with external connections, you can definitely connect then together, like the diagram shows, using their external terminals. As an alternative, you could drill a hole between compartments and wire them together internally, but then you'd want to seal the hole around the wires to be air-tight.

  • Rj Horning from Gloversville, NY

    Posted on 4/14/2016 7:58:24 PM

    I have 2 diamond d3's, 10", dvc, 4ohms. I have a 2 channel 1000 watt sony explode amp in a 99 blazer 2dr. Is this a good combo? And if so, how should i wire them? Thank you for your time and info.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/15/2016 2:08:23 PM

    RJ, Without knowing the RMS output rating of your amplifier I can't be absolutely sure, but you'll probably be okay wiring your gear together like this diagram.

  • Mikey from London

    Posted on 4/16/2016 7:49:39 AM

    I have a vibe space 3000w amp it puts out 1ohm - 1350w rms 2ohm - 1500w rms 4ohm - 750w rms I am looking at running x2 Alpine Type R swr-12d2 subs they are 3000w and 1000w rms each what would be the best way to wire these up what would be the most power i could put in to each of these subs. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/19/2016 1:16:45 PM

    Mikey, I'm not familiar with that amplifier, but if the specs you quote are true, you can hook up those subs to it like this. That way, the amp will be able to put out 1500 watts RMS, 750 watts RMS to each sub.

  • Mary from Reno

    Posted on 4/21/2016 12:45:20 PM

    Hello Buck, Ok, here's the thing; my boyfriend hooked up my system but, it sounds awful! I don't know very much at all about wiring subs and amps and ohms etc. but I do know that he has done something wrong or hasn't done something that he should have. What I have is two SVC 12" 8 ohm Rockford Fosgate P1 series subwoofers, a Gravity 2 channel 1100 watt bridgeable amplifier, a JVC stereo in a 2001 Mustang. I know for a fact that Fosgate audio products at any size are awesome, but they sound horrible; I've heard 6x9's hit harder then what I've been hearing! So, my question is....given the information I have provided, would it be possible to tell me how everything should be hooked up? Maybe a diagram or something that I can bring to a professional? If you can help in any way I would be most appreciative! Thank you so much.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/21/2016 4:26:11 PM

    Mary, I'm unfamiliar with that amplifier, but if it puts out even one-third of the power the manufacturer claims, then you're lucky those subwoofers haven't blown up entirely. Those subs are rated for 150 watts RMS each, 300 for the pair. To play right your subs will need an amplifier that can put out from 250 to 450 watts RMS at 4 ohms. (Always reference RMS wattage, never peak or max wattage.) And the proper way to wire two SVC 8-ohms subs to a 2-channel amp is like this. On the other hand, maybe you just need a tune-up, in order to make the bass in your car sound its best.

  • Chad B from Vancouver island

    Posted on 4/21/2016 11:37:45 PM

    Hi guys, I just picked up a pioneer gmd8601 that will push 500 watts at 2 ohms. I'm wondering if this amp will work with the 2 kicker comp 4 ohm svc subs I have in a sealed bassworks truck box. Also wondering if I can just run cables to the two terminals on the box from the 4 pins on the amp to parallel the subs without additional wiring.

  • Rocky from Sacramento

    Posted on 4/22/2016 2:03:51 AM

    Hi I have a 18" hx2 dvc 4ohm and a 2-channel amp 2ohm bridgeable and was wondering how I would wire this setup to get the best out of it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/22/2016 11:23:35 AM

    Chad, That 500 watts RMS amp should handle those two 150 watts RMS rated subs just fine - just be sure to set the amp gain so no over-powering distortion plays that may damage the subs. And yes, you can run separate speaker wires for your two subs to the amp's speaker output terminals.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/22/2016 11:34:11 AM

    Rocky, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • jon from rosiclare

    Posted on 4/24/2016 3:25:40 AM

    i have a dual 3 ohm sub trying to hook it to a 2 channel 400 watt brigeable amp how do i wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016 1:16:43 PM

    Jon, We don't have wiring diagrams for DVC 3-ohm subs, but you can use this diagram instead. On the diagram and description, replace every 2 with a 3, and every 4 with a 6, and it'd be exactly accurate for your situation.

  • Adam roberts from maryborough australi

    Posted on 4/25/2016 7:32:50 PM

    Hi buck I have a 15 inch 1200w duel 4ohm voice coil sub and a response 2channel 500w monoblock amp what's the best way to hook it up as I don't know what ohms my amp is thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/26/2016 1:17:43 PM

    Adam, An amplifier can be 2-channel or mono (one-channel), but not both. And subwoofer and speaker voice coils have impedance ratings measured in ohms, not amplifiers. Only RMS ratings should be used when planning a system. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you have makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify the gear by brand names and model numbers.

  • Brian Nelson from Ellenwood

    Posted on 4/27/2016 9:25:06 PM

    My amp is 1500 W MAX Power, 1 Channel 1125 W X 1 RMS @ 2 ohm 563 W X 1 RMS @ 4 ohm. Can drop my Q3000/15D 4 ohm 15 DVC Subwoofer / 3000 Watts to 2 ohm will I get the best out of it ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016 1:02:02 PM

    Brian, You didn't identify the amplifier so I can't verify the power ratings, and I suspect the sub's power spec is a peak wattage rating not an RMS rating, so I can't be sure, but you probably can safely connect your DVC 4-ohm sub to your mono amp like this.

  • isaac from atlanta

    Posted on 4/28/2016 1:28:40 PM

    I have a Kenwood Kac-8105D 1000-Watt Class D Mono Amplifier and just purchased 3 boss audio CX122 subwoofers. First question is which box is best [removed links to online auction site sale of a sub enclosure]. Lastly, want to make sure this amp can handle three of these speakers. They say 700 rms but reviews say they are over rated. The diagram that I saw on this site says the amp will end up putting out 1.3 ohm load so that should be around 700-800 since 2 ohms is 500.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016 2:44:09 PM

    Isaac, I can't recommend subs or enclosures I'm unfamiliar with which Crutchfield doesn't carry. Amplifiers don't "put out" ohm loads, they react to them. Your amp will react to a 1.3-ohm load by shutting down in protection mode because it won't work with loads lower than 2 ohms.

  • isaac from atlanta

    Posted on 4/28/2016 2:47:08 PM

    is there a way to wire the subs so that they put out a 2ohm or 4 ohm

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016 3:26:39 PM

    Isaac, Subs put out sound, not ohms - the impedance of their voice coils are measured in ohms. Three single voice coil (SVC) 4-ohm subs, which those subs are, can only get wired together to form a 12-ohm or a 1.3-ohm load. You may want to look into driving just two of those subs with that amp, wired like this, before getting a one-ohm stable amp that can run all three of those subs at the same time.

  • Rafal from Barnsley

    Posted on 4/28/2016 5:13:46 PM

    Another question, ive seen your diagrams for 1ohm mono amp to 2 x 2 ohm subs which is connected the same way as 2ohm mono to 2 x 4ohm subs, my question is, does the sub and amp decides how it is going to work or what because the sub and amp which ive got is capable to work on 1 ohm amp and 2x2ohm subs??

  • Ed from Mindoro

    Posted on 4/29/2016 3:57:24 AM

    Hi, so im pretty new...... Well completely new to the car audio world. Was kinda shoved into it. Been talking for quite some time about getting a system. Been doing ALOT of online searching and investigating. Well i think my girl got sick of it and for my bday bought everything for me. She gave me a Rockville RXA-T1 1500 Watt Peak/750w RMS 2 Channel Car Stereo Amplifier, a DB DRIVE K5 15D4V2 Okur K5v2 Series Subwoofer 15" 1500-Watt, and a Rockville RSV15 Single 15" 2.6 cu. ft. 3/4" MDF Vented Subwoofer Enclosure Box. Can you please tell me if these items are good for eachother. But regardless I need to know whats the best way to hook them up to get a safe stable workload of the loudest hardest hitting bass these can produce. My girl is extremely proud of her self on this gift and cant wait for me to hook it up. So if i dont want play time in the bedroom closed i gotta use these. Thank you!!!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/29/2016 12:50:16 PM

    Rafal, I'm not sure I understand your question, but I'll try. A subwoofer acts like a passive inductive load with its value measured in ohms. An amplifier will react differently to different loads - an amp that can put out 100 watts RMS through a 4-ohm load will often be able to put out twice that, 200 watts RMS, through a 2-ohm load. It's like lifting weights, my arms (the amplifier) don't change when I change weights (the load/ohms), but my effort and work output (the power/watts) do.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/2/2016 9:44:12 AM

    Ed, I'm unfamiliar with that gear but I think it'll work wired together like this diagram.

  • Calob

    Posted on 5/3/2016 4:39:35 PM

    Hi I have a kicker compR12 and a Alpine v12 m1005 amp n blew one speaker already thanks to the warranty I was able to get another one but I'm scared to hook it up cuz I don't want to blow it my amp is digital n really don't know much bout the levels on it any help

  • leroy sprokholt from Eindhoven the nether

    Posted on 5/4/2016 12:28:48 PM

    Hello I just bought a JL AUDIO13w7ae and I want to know what amp with what kind of impendance it safest to play with. With regards leroy

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016 12:45:34 PM

    Calob, That amp, capable of 1000 watts RMS output, can easily blow that 500 watts RMS rated subwoofer. Without knowing whether you have a DVC 2-ohm or a DVC 4-ohm model, I can't offer safe wiring advice. You do have to set the amplifier's input gain properly in order to prevent future blowouts. Check out Tuning your subs for further help.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016 4:24:21 PM

    Leroy, I don't know what's available in your area, but you should look for an amplifier that can put out about 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms. That should work when the DVC 1.5-ohm sub's coils are wired in series to form a 3-ohm load.