About the Alpine PSU-300CVC
Fix your factory sound
Fix your factory sound
The top two complaints about the way a car's factory system sounds are that there's not enough volume and there's not enough bass. Alpine's PSU-300CVC Powered System Upgrade solves both of these issues in your Honda Civic with a neat and clever combination of products designed to bring joy to all music lovers.
The package includes a compact 4-channel amplifier and a powered subwoofer, both mounted in a Civic-specific bracket which mounts under the passenger seat and wired up using Honda-specific harnesses. The PSU-300CVC upgrade is compatible with the factory Honda base radio and almost all other aftermarket receivers. Alpine says you should be able to install this upgrade in your car in two hours or less.
Universal power pack
Alpine's KTP-445U Power Pack amplifier increases your radio's power output to 45 watts RMS by 4 channels, considerably more than what's put out by the Honda radio. A universal plug lets you feed a signal via RCA outputs or speaker-level wiring. A built-in high-pass filter optimizes the sound for your speakers.
Compact powered subwoofer
Alpine's PWE-S8 powered sub uses a Class D amplifier rated at 120 watts RMS to drive the 8" shallow-mount, high-excursion subwoofer, so there's plenty of power for your bass. The amp features controls for phase, gain, and a low-pass crossover, so you'll be able to blend the bass with the rest of your system. A wired remote control lets you adjust the bass level from the driver's seat.
Important Note: This upgrade package won't work with Civics with the factory premium amplified system or with the Touring models.
- factory audio system upgrade
- fits select 2016-up Honda Civic 4-door without factory premium sound
- Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack 4-channel amplifier
- 45 watts RMS x 4 at 2 or 4 ohms
- Alpine PWE-S8 compact powered subwoofer
- 8" woofer
- 120 watts RMS amplifier
- vehicle-specific bracket holds sub and amp under front passenger seat
- vehicle-specific wiring pre-cut and terminated
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # PSU-300CVC
What's in the box:
- PWE-S8 Powered sub and attached KTP-445U 4-ch amplifier w/ integrated brackets
- 7' Main harness
- 12' Loomed power cable (inline 20A fuse)
- 9" T-harness
- Four 10" speaker-RCA harnesses
- Remote bass knob w/ 16' cord
- 2.5" Strip of hook-and-loop fastener
- Ten 6" wire-ties
- One 1/2" self-tapping pan-head screw
- 1 Star-washer
- Installation guide
- Warranty sheet
- Alpine Technical Support contact sheet
Alpine PSU-300CVC reviews
Installed this in my '18 Civic along with some upgraded 50w (Crutchfield rep recommended) JVC speakers in the doors and back. I am disappointed on many levels. I could not tell a sound improvement with the new speakers/amp over the 25w factory. The subwoofer does put out some bass but it sounds 'cheap' and shallow (no matter how I adjust the settings on the sub). Yes, I realize that under-seat subs can only do so much. However, I had a Kenwood-equivalent under-seat subwoofer in a prior car that was MUCH better, and LESS expensive. The volume control on the subwoofer does not seem to do anything--when I initially tried to adjust the volume using the controller I thought it was disconnected, but nope it's connected just like instructions show. Alpine just throws the sub into a box and wraps it in some bubble wrap so the bracket was bent--but of course couldn't realize that until I had the whole passenger side of the car taken apart, so I just had to hammer it back close enough so it would mount under the seat. The ONLY 'good' thing I can say is the vehicle-specific wiring harness is easier than trying to splice cables but for what this cost I could have paid somebody else to install a better sounding system. I highly recommend staying away from this product. If I had not invested all the time and effort to install this, I would have sent it back.
Pros: Wiring Harness makes it easy to connect to existing Honda stock radio
Cons: amp does not make noticeable improvement on speaker output quality, bass from subwoofer sounds cheap and shallow, mounting bracket was bent due to cheap packaging by Alpine
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More details on the Alpine PSU-300CVC
Overview: Alpine's PSU-3CVC is a dedicated 300 watt sound system designed specifically for 2016 - Up Honda Civic 4-Door LX, EX, EX-T, and EX-L models (excludes Touring models) not equipped with a factory premium amplified sound system. The system includes a KTP-445U 4 x 45 watt amplifier, a PWE-S8 8" powered subwoofer, and all the wiring needed, pre-loomed and ready to install. The PSU-3CVC also includes a remote bass knob for changing the bass level from the dash.
Wiring: The PSU-3CVC system can be interfaced with a factory radio (non-amplified) or an aftermarket radio. The included T-harness interfaces the factory wiring in the dash, providing either a speaker-level signal from a factory radio or an RCA line-level signal from an aftermarket radio, to feed to the Alpine KTP-445U amplifier. The T-harness also feeds the amplified return signal back into the factory wiring and out to each of the speakers, utilizing the factory speaker wires. The provided wiring includes a 10 ga. power wire, with inline fuse holder, that gets run to the battery, providing power for both the 4-channel amp and the PWE-S8 subwoofer.
Mounting: Alpine provides pre-attached brackets that are designed specifically to mount both the KTP-445U amp and the PWE-S8 subwoofer underneath the passenger front seat. This means no usable space in the vehicle is taken up by the sound system.
KTP-445U: The Alpine KTP-445U Head Unit Power Pack is a power upgrade amplifier that allows you to add higher output and more dynamic response to your aftermarket or factory installed car stereo system (without factory amplifiers). The Power Pack employs a 45 watt x 4 channel amplifier with an unbelievably low noise floor, taking extra care to ensure a clean signal path, with no extraneous interference. The end result is a 1 Watt Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 82dB or better. Uniquely, the amplifier distortion actually decreases at higher frequencies, resulting in a clean and clear signal where your ear is most sensitive to distortion (< 0.03% THD+N @ 1W; 1% THD+N @ rated power). The Alpine KTP-445U Head Unit Power Pack provides independent controls for the Front & Rear inputs.
- Front & Rear Gains: The Power Pack provides simple variable gain controls (speaker level: 0.5-10V, low-level: 0.2-4V) for flexibility and a wide variety of system applications.
- Front & Rear HPF: High-Pass selectable switches for the amplifier's Front & Rear inputs allow frequency filtering for a wide variety of speakers. Choose "Full-Range" or a selectable range (60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz) to fine-tune your crossover points (-12dB/oct.).
- Configurable Inputs: On the bottom panel of the Power Pack there are selectable input options to accommodate Speaker-Level (0.5V-10V) or RCA (0.2V-4V) inputs.
- 4Ch/2Ch Modes: Selectable 2-Channel & 4-Channel options give you the control to determine source inputs, and can eliminate the need for Y-adapters.
PWE-S8: The Alpine PWE-S8 is a compact self-amplified subwoofer with pre-installed brackets that allow it to fit underneath the passenger's front seat, keeping it out of sight. The PWE-S8 includes a built-in 120 watt Class D amp along with an 8" high-excursion subwoofer. It can accept either line- or speaker-level inputs and features an Auto Turn-on circuit that will activate the amp when it senses a signal on the speaker-level inputs. An included wired remote lets you easily adjust the bass level from the front seating area. The control can be mounted under a dash panel and gives you a level range from 0 to -20 dB, relative to the gain setting on the amplifier. Controls on the subwoofer include:
- Gain: Can vary the input level from 0.2 - 4.0 volts line-level and 0.5 - 10 volts speaker-level.
- Low Pass Filter: Rotary control that can set the filter cutoff between 50 - 150 Hz.
- Phase: Switches between 0˚ and 180˚.
- Power Mode: Switches between SP IN (speaker-level input) and REM (wired remote input).
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