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Scosche LOC80

2-channel line output converter

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Scosche's LOC80 line output converter allows you to connect a receiver with no preamp outputs to an amplifier without speaker-level inputs. The LOC80 handles a speaker-level signal up to 80 watts RMS per channel, and converts it to a line-level signal you can plug into your amp's input.

The LOC80 reduces the incoming speaker-level signals so you can use a stereo RCA patch cable (not included) to make the connection to your amp. The converter features adjustable gain settings on each channel, and it's compatible with almost any car stereo. Warranty: 90 days.

Scosche LOC80 Reviews

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57 Reviews

Not For Home Use

Written by: MM from denver, CO on February 10, 2016

Bought two to convert speaker-level signals for self-powered speakers from budget home receiver that has no line-level outs for those speakers. Even w/everything cranked up full got only barely audible, highly distorted signal from both. Maybe converters designed for DC car audio operation only.

Pros: Seems well-made

Cons: Though they are advertised as primarily intended for car audio & they may work under some home AC circumstances, it would be helpful to add a disclaimer about this to the original product promo.

Works perfect

Written by: Kyle from North Carolina on January 10, 2016

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I used this to connect power speakers to the standard speaker setting in my home stereo receiver. Works perfectly.

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Written by: Cody from South Carolina on October 26, 2015

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This was my first time installing a LOC and it was a breeze! This device performs exactly as it is intended. Fits out of the way right behind my factory radio.

Pros: Price, size, performance

Cons: Would be a plus if it came with some connectors for your splices

Simply to hook up and just what was needed!

Written by: mikew from Virginia on September 8, 2015

Did the job that was needed!! Connection was easy!

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Exactly as needed

Written by: Karmazov from Arkansas on August 31, 2015

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Worked perfectly. Satisfied.

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Good product

Written by: Chad s from blue ridge tx on August 17, 2015

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Hooked right up and sounded good

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Great buy

Written by: Rich from Crofton,D on June 14, 2015

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I used this to install a 260W amp along with a 10" bazooka bass tube in the trunk of my Chrysler Sebring convertible. It allowed me to add additional depth to my sound while maintaining the stealth factory radio to ward off potential thieves. Great buy!

Pros: Clean signal. Ease of install.

Cons: Non so far.

Works as it should

Written by: Steven W from Pennsylvania on April 14, 2015

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Works as it should.

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Line out

Written by: Anonymous from St.cloud florida on April 6, 2015

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Great product easy to use fits in tight places and the output is great

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Written by: Anonymous from Scottsdale, AZ on March 9, 2015

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Sounds great

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Great!

Written by: thewhackattack from Nampa, ID on March 8, 2015

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Very easy to connect. Works and makes everything so much easier!

Pros: No hassle

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Works Great

Written by: Andy B from Norfolk NE on October 15, 2014

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Works Great, Just wire up to your rear speakers and your ready for a Sub on your stock radio

Pros: Works Perfect. Sounds Great

Cons: None

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Written by: JB from Houston, TX on October 14, 2014

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This thing is awesome.

Pros: It's awesome.

Cons: Almost too awesome.

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Written by: Anonymous from Cville on October 4, 2014

Easy

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: None

Works great

Written by: Anonymous from Oklahoma on October 3, 2014

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No static or noise

Pros: Small and easy to hide

Cons: None

Easy to install.

Written by: Omar M from San Antonio Texas on September 6, 2014

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The instructions that come with this item are written perfectly. Easy to understand.

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Written by: C. Tillage from Gloucester, VA on September 3, 2014

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Very ease to use and install. Added sub to factory system and sounds great!

Pros: Easy to install and adjust

Cons: None so far

Great product to upgrade a factory system

Written by: Jeff from Nashville, TN on August 28, 2014

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Easy install for speaker level inputs

Pros: Easy hookup

Cons: No issues

Scosche and customer service

Written by: Chris L. from Cambridge, Vermont on August 15, 2014

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The product itself works perfectly as designed to and the customer service that went along with the product is unbeatable. I had questions on wiring for the car I had and got into a chat session with one the associates and he got me what I needed and was there if I needed any other help.

Pros: See above

Cons: None

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Written by: Andy from Hardy iowa on July 20, 2014

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Easiest way to add subs to a factory stereo.

Pros: Super easy to adjust to set the way you want

Cons: None

Works Nicely

Written by: DT from Lafayette, LA on July 19, 2014

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Easy install. Works nicely. No issues.

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Written by: Good from Brooklyn NY on July 5, 2014

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Good

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convertor

Written by: pj from texas on June 23, 2014

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Easy hook up to factory radio

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Worked great

Written by: Mike from Manchester, TN on June 18, 2014

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I used this for my home receiver. I needed an output for the sub and did not have one. I hooked this up to my speaker output along with my speakers and it worked great. Very nice procuct

Pros: Easy hookup

Cons: None

...just like it should

Written by: j from Honolulu, HI on June 14, 2014

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This LOC works exactly the way that it should! The factory head unit in the '12 Civic doesn't have RCA pre-outs, so this was my best option for now. As you could guess, it's incredibly easy to install. Once installed, and if done right, you'll never have to worry about it, in any fashion, ever again.

Pros: Simple install, ease of use, cheap

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Cheap solution!

Written by: Jfink from Lincoln Ne on June 9, 2014

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Great item, lets you have subs while using the factory deck.

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: None

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Written by: armando from Balmorhea, TX on May 1, 2014

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Good stuff

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Worked as advertised

Written by: Nick from Holland, MI on April 5, 2014

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Worked great! Easy to install and adjust levels on both outputs.

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Works Great

Written by: BillyH from Charleston Wv on March 31, 2014

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Bought this to replace a different model I had in my car, Installed in just a few minutes and it works great. I've used it for a month or so now.

Pros: Easy install, Works like its suppose to

Cons: None yet

Works good!

Written by: Jarred grY from Pinehurst, TX on March 27, 2014

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Does what it's suppose to

Pros: Allows you to tie in to the speaker wire and get RCA out for amps.

Cons: None

Makes a difference!

Written by: Caleb J. from Louisiana on January 28, 2014

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Spoke with a Crutchfield advisor and he recommended this to tap into my factor radio, the directions were very clear and it did exactly what he said and made the sound clearer instead of tapping straight into the speaker wires.

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Written by: Anonymous from Loganville, GA on January 26, 2014

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Worked as advertised.

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Great Product

Written by: JC1989 from Pennsylvania on January 25, 2014

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East install and works great. Does the job at a great price.

Pros: Easy Install, Works Great

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Perfect Product

Written by: Caleb from Shoreview, MN on January 6, 2014

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I'm so glad I got this. Allowed me to hook up my subs to my standard factory BOSE system. Would buy again.

Pros: -Cheap -Straightforward and easy to install

Cons: -Instructions could be a little more detailed.

Works flawlessly!

Written by: Devon L from Biloxi Mississippi on November 17, 2013

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It works absolutely amazing! This little thing saved me a whole lot of trouble

Pros: Easy wiring, kept me from having to buy an aftermarket head unit when I didn't have the money

Cons: None

Worked flawlessly

Written by: Anonymous from Cocoa , Florida on November 15, 2013

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Called Crutchfield for advice, recommended product. Worked flawlessly

Pros: Will continue to buy from Crutchfield

Cons: None

Works as expected

Written by: Kevin from Greensboro, NC on October 21, 2013

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Does exactly what I wanted it to do, and was cheap and delivered fast.

Pros: Does what i expect

Cons: none

Scosche LOC80

Written by: Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on October 17, 2013

Easy to use, very user friendly and for the price I am very happy with the quality.

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Written by: Dustin from Heber Springs on September 26, 2013

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Worked great!!

Pros: Does exactly what it supposed to!!

Cons: Nothing bad to say

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Written by: Eliezer L from Tinley Park Illinois on September 21, 2013

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didn't work for my car.

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Written by: Anonymous from East hampton ny on July 28, 2013

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Works as described, installation was easy

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Written by: Anonymous from north port fl on July 17, 2013

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great piece, does exactly what it's intended to do

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Written by: Anonymous from Green Bay, WI on May 5, 2013

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I got this unit to connect my OEM rear channels so I could utilize the front and sub outputs on the head unit I purchased. The gains had to be trimmed way down but the output quality is great.

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Does a good job.

Written by: Mega from Harrisonburg, Va. on April 20, 2013

Does what it's supposed to do so far.

Pros: Good price

Cons: none

Life Saver

Written by: Stazz from North Port Florida on April 19, 2013

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I love this little thing, it's so simple and easy to understand and it's a perfect must-have for people who need to hook up their subwoofer to a stock radio, along with many other uses! Hooked it up to my '12 Civic stock premium radio, worked out great.

Pros: Simple and has strong wires, cheap

Cons: A little heavy and big, not enough to bother me though.

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Written by: David F from Show Low az on March 7, 2013

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This product is VEREY GOOD,WORKS GRATE.. I'm verey HAPPY with this product

Pros: I was abel to put my amp in with out changing any of the wire clips

Cons: there was no cons for this porduct at all

Not bad

Written by: Rick from Rosamond, CA on January 9, 2013

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Does what it's advertised to do. Could use longer and a thicker gauge wire though. I installed it in the truck of the car instead of behind the head unit so that left mounting options limited because of the lack of wire length. While I did order extra speaker wire, I ordered 14 gauge wire and this has 16 or 18 gauge wire. Also, the instructions state to turn the gain settings down and adjust up as needed. With the gain all the way down, the sub was barely noticeable. I ended up turning the gains all the way up just to get descent sound out of the amp (M-1500) and sub (B-17) combo.

Pros: Good adapter, does what it's advertised to do.

Cons: Wire length could be longer, wire gauge could be bigger

It works

Written by: Phil from Fresno ca on October 24, 2012

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It works

Pros: It works

Cons: Doesn't not work.

A decent alternative for stock radio users.

Written by: Floyd from NY on May 8, 2012

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I used this so that I could run my subwoofer without having to upgrade my head unit in the car. (No RCA outs on factory radio). Overall the unit is solid and performs as described. Thi stook me about an hour to setup and install. Unit came with easy to read instructions for wiring it. Aalso it has adjustable level control for left and right outputs to amp.

Pros: Easy to install, does an ok job of converting your rear speaker wire signal to an RCA for hooking up to an amp.

Cons: The adjustment pots on the converter do not have a wide clear range. Meaning the low to high transition is either high or low.. No nice midway setting. Also the signal for the unit gets distorted rather esily at high output levels. So you're kinda forced to keep them at mid way for a clean signal. But if you do not want to repalce a factory head unit, and still want to use your amp/sub combo this will work....

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Written by: Casey from HI on September 22, 2011

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Good unit; but wires were too short for soldering. Heat melted inside board solder and made wire loose. Recommend crimping when connecting the speaker wires.

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Works great

Written by: Matt B from Alexandria, VA on August 16, 2011

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Works as advertised. I hooked this LOC behind the factory head unit, tapping off of the front speakers' output. Works great.

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There are better options

Written by: PeterLemonjello from Orlando on July 17, 2011

I bought this to go with my factory system. I was adding in a JL audio 10" sub and amp and this product performed as advertised, but the sound quality was terrible. I ended up replacing this with the Audio Control LC2i and now my system sounds amazing. The bass response from this product is muddled and flat and sound enthusists should look elsewhere. This price may sound enticing, but you're getting what you pay for. Don't let this limit your system.

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Written by: JohnM from Delaware on May 23, 2011

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This LOC works as described, however, after only one week, one of the wires came out of the converter. Had to solder it back in.

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Written by: Tony from Piney Flats, TN on April 13, 2011

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Works Great

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Hooked amp to stock stereo

Written by: Jason from Wichita, Ks. on March 21, 2011

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some other place was trying to sell me something for about 3 times the price,
glad I called crutchfield , they said I didnt need that and to try this first.
It hooks up very easy and works great.

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Written by: Jay from SF Bay Area on December 7, 2010

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This product worked very well to tap into my stock Ram system. By using the
speakers with the most bass (front for me) I have excellent bass from low to
high volume with no loss of bass. The box was small enough to tuck under my
front sill/trim panel, and is easy to adjust output level with a tiny
screwdriver. Highly recommended if you want to create a sleeper system that
looks stock.

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Written by: BC from Jax, FL on October 9, 2010

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I used one of these to add a subwoofer to my new Ford Shaker 500 factory system. I tapped into the rear speakers, and it did work. I used an amp/sub that I had in another car, and they hit much harder in my old car (same car, only older). I learned that the Shaker system attenuates the bass as you turn up the volume to protect the cheap factory speakers (which I had already replaced with Polks). The bottom line is that the Scosche LOC works, but it comes down to garbage in=garbage out. I returned the Scosche and installed the MTX reQ. What a difference. My sub now hits like it used to when hooked up to a high end deck with dedicated preamp outputs. For all the time and money you spend adding to your system, this is not the place to try to save a few bucks. Get the reQ.

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What's in the box?

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  • Lineout converter
  • Instructions

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Features

Overview: The Scosche Car Stereo Speaker Level Converter (LOC-80) is a non-active, "passive" device that allows any car stereo to be connected to an amplifier or EQ booster. This is accomplished by converting the speaker high-level outputs an the car stereo into low-level RCA jacks by electronically converting the signal as it is passed through the Scosche LOC-80.

Installation: You can use the Scosche LOC-80 whenever you wish to add an amplifier or EQ booster to a car stereo that is not equipped with RCA (low-level) outputs. By simply connecting the speaker inputs of the LOC-80 to the speaker outputs of the car stereo, you can now add an amplifier or EQ booster to your vehicle's audio system.

  • Speaker Inputs: Connect the left (+) speaker wire of your car stereo to the white wire of the LOC-80 and connect the left (-) speaker wire to the white/black wire of the LOC-80. Then connect the right (+) speaker wire to the gray wire of the LOC-80 and connect the right (-) speaker wire to the gray/black wire of the LOC-80.
  • RCA Outputs: Connect the RCA output jacks of the LOC-80 to the RCA inputs of your amplifier or EQ booster (Red = Right, White = Left).

Note: Double check all connections and test the sound system. The wiring colors of the LOC-80 may be different from the wiring colors found on  your car stereo.

Output Level Adjustment: The Scosche Car Stereo Speaker Level Converter is equipped with output level controls that can be adjusted for proper sound level matching. This done by inserting a small flat-blade or phillips-head screwdriver into the gain adjustment holes, located on top of the LOC-80. by turning clockwise, the gain for that individual channel, or the amount of sound allowed to pass through the LOC-80 is increased. By turning counterclockwise, the gain for that individual channels is decreased. If you feel that after increasing the volume of your stereo, the sound is too quiet, then equally increase both the left and right gains of the LOC-80until the sound level is adequate. If the sound level is too loud with only a slight increase in stereo volume, or distortion (poor sound quality) is noticeable, then equally decrease the gains of the LOC-80.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Cost effective option. Can handle up to 80-watts RMS input per channel. [ Kelly  Feb 09, 2016 ]
I called looking for advice, this was recommended. [ Brian  Feb 04, 2016 ]
price and they work Great. [ Dennis  Dec 12, 2015 ]
good tie in [ ROBERT  Dec 10, 2015 ]

8 questions already asked

Yes this product worked for me was able to use receiver for volume control. Hope I am understanding your question correctly and my answer helps. [ CHADLEY  Jan 04, 2016 ]
If you tap the factory amplified speaker leads to provide the signal to the converter, yes, you should be able to adjust the volume from the in-dash stereo. I hope that helps! [ Ryan  Jan 01, 2016 ]  Staff
they will work in conjunction with each other and it will drop the level slightly but most likely not noticeable difference at all as I didn't did same thing with mine and no diffrent was herd but I do have quality products with good song feeds to tap into and Jensen special might be diffrent but ya never know [ PATRICK  Dec 14, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Since the line output converter is designed to receive both a left and a right signal, I would advise against connecting it that way. Also, if you are planning to add a full-range amp to the system, getting a signal from only the sub will limit the frequencies you are able to send the new amplifier. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jul 29, 2015 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  May 31, 2015 ]  Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Mar 09, 2015 ]  Staff
I used this product in a 2015 Kia Soul with the factory base radio. I wired it into the rear speaker wires going to a powered subwoofer. Have had no problems so far. Works very well. [ Douglas  Aug 21, 2015 ]
I used it to hook up subs in a factory radio set up. I am running two 10s on a mono amp and it works fine. [ JOHN R  Jul 19, 2014 ]
It depends on the output of the subwoofer line into the wireless sender. The product overview says it can handle 80-Watts per channel. There are other, more expensive options available that can handle higher inputs. The AudioControl LC2i can handle 400-Watts RMS input. [ Kelly  Feb 09, 2016 ]
I don't think so. This is not a wireless device of any kind. It's a line output convertor for car audio, to add RCA outputs to line-level audio signal (for adding amplifiers, etc.). [ THOMAS J  May 10, 2014 ]
This is the subwoofer I have PSWi-8M [ Anthony  May 09, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and should be able to give you the details. [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2014 ]  Staff

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