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Make your music sound fantastic with an amp

Some essential tips for installing an amp

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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Installing an amp can be fun

An amplifier is your key to enjoying the best musical experience you'll ever have in your car. Installing one is a cool project — getting to know your car inside and out is often fun and satisfying. And the results will be well worth it: giving your music the power to overcome road noise has the potential to bring you joy every time you travel.

Here are the basic elements of any installation, including some tips from our tech support specialists aimed at preventing the problems customers most often call about. These tips will help you install your amplifier successfully the first time around, and enjoy it for a long time to come.

When you install an amp, you'll need to focus on these four areas:

  • Providing the proper size of power wire, ground wire, and fuse
  • Passing the power wire from your vehicle's battery to the interior through your vehicle's firewall
  • Connecting speaker and signal wiring to the amp
  • Mounting the amp with plenty of space
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  • Andrew from Woonsocket.

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    Is my amplifier okay in my trunk of my sedan during summer? I live in Rhode Island and during peak summer it gets to anywhere between 80-100F on an average day. Ive have an amp in my suv before in a well vented position, this"ll be the first time going in my sedan, in the trunk. Awesome company and customer service!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/13/2015

    Andrew, As long as your amplifier is uncovered by luggage or gear and has a few inches of airspace all around it, you will be fine with it mounted in the trunk.

  • Darrin from Stanley

    Posted on 12/28/2016

    It's been years since I've messed with car stereos and amps. Can you or is it OK to connect a amp to a head unit that pushes wattage (50x4)?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/29/2016

    Darrin, Most car amplifiers feature speaker-level inputs capable of accepting the powered outputs of a receiver.

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