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Quick guide to matching subs & amps

How to put together the best amp and sub combo

Ken Nail has written about car audio for Crutchfield since 2003, after four years as Crutchfield Sales Advisor, and 10 years as a music teacher. He's an avid music listener, whose favorites are classical and film music. When not chained to a desk, Ken spends most of his time training for triathlons and marathons, and likes getting outside for backpacking, downhill skiing, and bicycle touring. He attended West Virginia University, where he received a Master's Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's Degree in History.

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Subwoofers and an amplifier

When you're ready to add a subwoofer and bass system to your vehicle, there are a lot of options to choose from. Once you get past the basic question of the size and number of subs you want in your system, you need to decide on the type of sub(s) and the type of amplifier(s) you'll use.

When choosing subwoofers, you can choose between single voice coil (one set of terminals) and dual voice coil (DVC) models (two sets of terminals). Dual voice coil subs give you more wiring options than single voice coil models. Usually, but certainly not always, dual voice coil models are built for higher power handling and performance.

When choosing an amplifier, the most important thing is to pick one with the right amount of power for your subs. Once you've decided how much power you need, you'll need to decide which type of amp to use. For most bass systems, you'll want to choose either a mono (single-channel) amp or a 2-channel amp.

To get you on the fast track to big bass, let's look at four common combinations of subwoofers. We'll check out the advantages of each, the best wiring configuration, then discuss the type of amp to choose. We'll even show you how to hook 'em up!

If you already have either an amplifier or the subwoofers and need help choosing the other piece, be sure to check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps

One single 4-ohm voice coil sub

Advantages
Simplicity, price, and compactness are the big advantages of a single sub system. A single sub is pretty easy to hook up, there are a lot of reasonably priced models to choose from, and it won't take up too much room (although a 15" sub isn't exactly small!) You may not knock over small buildings with one sub, but you can still get a lot of solid bass.

The right type of amp to use
This is a perfect place for a 2-channel amp. By bridging the output of the amp, you'll get lots of power for a relatively low cost. Avoid using a mono amp here — they work best at a lower impedance than 4 ohms.

SVC sub

A single 4-ohm SVC sub, connected to a bridged 2-channel amp.

One 4-ohm dual voice coil sub

Advantages
Don't be confused about dual voice coil (DVC) subs — having two voice coils simply gives you more ways to hook them up. In addition to wiring flexibility, the advantages of using one dual voice coil sub are power handling (most dual voice coil subs are built for heavy-duty use) and compactness.

The right type of amp to use
This is a perfect situation for a mono sub amp. Why? Mono amps are built to provide the most power at lower impedances, typically around 2 ohms. By wiring the voice coils in parallel, we can present a 2-ohm impedance to the amp and get maximum power output. Check the diagram below for how to hook it up.

DVC sub

A single 4-ohm DVC sub — best when connected to a mono amp.

Two 4-ohm single voice coil subs

Advantages
When you're looking for big bass, having two subs makes a lot of sense. After all, sound is just the movement of air, and with two subs you can move lots of air! As before, price can be an advantage when selecting 4-ohm single voice coil subs. Sure, two subs will take up more room, but what do you want — trunk space or bass?

The right type of amp to use
This setup is perfect for a mono sub amp. By wiring the two subs in parallel (see the diagram) you'll show a 2-ohm impedance to the amp. Mono amps are built for just this kind of situation, so you'll get maximum power output from your amp investment. Check the diagram below for how to hook it up.

SVC subs

Two 4-ohm SVC subs — a great place to use a mono amp.

Two 4-ohm dual voice coil subs

Advantages
Wiring flexibility is the key here. You've got lots of different ways to hook up this combination. With two subs, this is a great way to get the pounding bass you're looking for. Hook 'em up and hold on tight!

The right type of amp to use
This is a great place to use a 2-channel amp. When you wire the subs as shown in the diagram below, the total impedance will be four ohms. A bridged 2-channel amp can provide plenty of power at a reasonable price. Get some good subs and a good amp and let it rip!

DVC subs

Wire two 4-ohm DVC subs this way, add a 2-channel amp, and your car will be the "Temple of Boom!"

Want to see more options for subwoofer wiring?

These examples are just the starting point. If you want to explore other ways to wire and configure your subs and amp, check out our subwoofer wiring diagrams. Just select the number and type of subs you have, and we'll show you how to wire them to your amplifier. For more information about how to choose the right subs, read our subwoofer buying guide. And as we mentioned above, if you already have one or the other, check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps.

If you have any questions and want straight answers, contact our advisors via phone, chat, or email. Just click on "Contact Us" at the top of any page on our site. 

Last updated January 19, 2017
  • Sam from Washington

    Posted on 10/16/2015 12:01:53 AM

    This was amazingly clear, concise and therefore extrememly useful

  • Ken from Vancouver, Canada

    Posted on 11/7/2015 1:45:39 AM

    I agree with Sam, helped make yet another buying decision a lot easier, thanks!

  • james from norwood

    Posted on 12/16/2015 11:57:16 PM

    Thank you so much ,the diagrams are awsome

  • christopher michael chustz from Ham lake

    Posted on 3/30/2016 9:31:21 AM

    I'm trying to figure out what rating and type of amplifier would best power 4 pioneer TS-W261D's and what would be the best way to wire them. The subs are 350 RMS and 1200 peak and they are DVC 4ohms. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2016 3:07:06 PM

    Christopher, Wired like this, any mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out from 1100 to 2100 watts RMS into 2 ohms will work well. For example, this amplifier may be perfect for you.

  • Daniel from Abilene, Tx

    Posted on 4/11/2016 9:58:07 PM

    Have 2 kicker dvc 4 ohm subs and a kicker dxa 250.1 amp what is the best way to wire.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/12/2016 1:45:02 PM

    Daniel, If your subwoofers can each handle 62.5 watts RMS, then you can wire them to that amp like this diagram.

  • James from Hastings, MN

    Posted on 4/20/2016 12:40:42 AM

    I have a 4000 watt amp running one 4 ohm SVC sub. If I were to add another 4 ohm SVC sub, do I just splice into the existing speaker wire and run them to the new sub? And what is the suggested speaker wire gauge if I were to do this? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/20/2016 1:58:58 PM

    James, 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 a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Daren Obrecht from diamond bar

    Posted on 4/27/2016 1:13:41 PM

    hello Buck, i have a Hi-fonics Hercules mono block amp. its rated 2000 watts at 1 ohm, 1300 watts at 2 0hms and 650 watts at 4 ohms. i have 2 kicker solo baric dvc 4 ohm subs rated at 650 watts each, 4 kicker cvx 12 inch dvc 4 ohm subs rated 750 watts each . , 3 pioneer 10 inch champion series pro rated at 800 watt eachs, 2 mtx 9500 12 inch dvc 4 ohm subs rated at 1000 watts each and finally 2 memphis bass reference s4 12 inch svc subs rated at 400 watts each. i also have a alpine mrx-m240 mono block rated at 1000 watts for 1 0hm, 2400 watts at 2 ohms and 1500 watts at 4 ohms. lastly i have a mtx 7801 thunder mono block rated at 400 watts at 4 ohms, 800 watts at 2 ohms and 1200 watts at one ohm. i am trying to match up the best pairings for each amp. but i get confused with the amount of watts a sub or subs can be plus or minus in comparison to the subs watts rating. shoukld i ignore the 4 0hms hook ups as a waste considering what i have ? also would a single 4ohm dvc sub wired to 8 ohms present a a 4 ohm load if i hook them up individually to the amp since thge 2 channels for speakers is really just 1 inside the amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016 4:34:54 PM

    Daren, Although virtually any of those subs can get driven by any of those amplifiers, the best matches that stand out to me are: The Hifonics amp driving the MTX subs wired like this for 2000 watts RMS. The Alpine amp driving the kicker Solo Baric subs wired like this for 1500 watts RMS. The MTX amp driving those Memphis subs wired like this for 800 watts RMS. And a single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load. Wiring two 4-ohm voice coils to the two terminals of a mono amp is the same as wiring them in parallel, resulting in a 2-ohm load.

  • Josh from Princeton

    Posted on 5/3/2016 7:01:37 PM

    I have 4 P128DVC Boss Phantom 12's. 2400 watts a piece and 1200 rms. I was wondering what kind, ( wattage, channel, ohm) of amp I should be getting?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016 3:41:51 PM

    Josh, Those subs are DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subs and I can only think to run four of them using two high-power 1-ohm capable amplifiers, like the Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP, each amp running a pair of subs. You'd wire each pair like this, and the system would be capable of putting out up to 5000 watts RMS.

  • david Benson from Akron

    Posted on 6/19/2016 11:32:19 AM

    i have 2 planet audio dvc 4 ohm subs at 750rms and a 1600 watt planet audio 4 channel amp (til i can upgrade)....wat is my best option for wiring?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/20/2016 10:01:54 AM

    David, The only safe way I know of to hook two DVC 4-ohm subs to a 4-channel amp is like this diagram.

  • Terrence Guyden from high springs

    Posted on 6/26/2016 9:57:46 PM

    I have two boss amps 1500 wat rms im not really sure I have two ps1 punch I was wondering should I run them with a cap

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/27/2016 11:06:57 AM

    Terrence, If your vehicle's headlights dim a bit on big bass hits, a capacitor might help.

  • Jalen from Monroe

    Posted on 7/4/2016 3:23:53 PM

    I have a SVC 10 inch subwoofer 4ohm & Im wondering how many watts I need for the mono block amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2016 12:28:53 PM

    Jalen, Not knowing the watts RMS power rating of your sub makes it impossible to know what amp'll be good for it. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the gear by brand name and model number.

  • Keenan from Gardena

    Posted on 7/11/2016 10:17:36 AM

    Hello I have 2 3000 watt 12 inch subwoofers being pushed by a 4000 watt planet audio 1 channel amp it's distorting and keep cutting off and smoking amp runs extremely hot

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016 11:25:23 AM

    Keenan, It sounds to me that either the subs are wired as a load too low for the amp to handle, or the amp's gain isn't set to prevent distortion like it should. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number would be 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.

  • Peter Botros from Westminster

    Posted on 8/16/2016 12:53:11 PM

    I bought a 12 inch kicker comp vr 4ohm how should I wire it to a hiphonics centurion x 2x 100w amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/16/2016 2:44:43 PM

    Peter, The only safe way to wire that gear together is to use only one channel of that amp (NOT bridged) wired like this diagram. Like most 2-channel amps, that one's not stable at 2-ohms when bridged, and doesn't have enough power to drive that sub very well.

  • Lee F from Berrien Springs, MI

    Posted on 10/11/2016 10:05:38 PM

    Will and amp with a single channel 2 ohm 300 watt rating power two 4 ohm 12's with 150 watts each if I run them on the same port?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/12/2016 10:14:26 AM

    Lee, Wired as you describe and as the third diagram in this article shows, each sub will receive half of what the amp puts out. In this case, each sub will get 150 watts.

  • David from Louisville

    Posted on 10/17/2016 11:31:04 PM

    I just picked up 2 Rockford fosgate p2d4 4 ohm 12s. P2s duel voice coil 4 ohm. Installed in ported box with a output for each speaker. So I wired each one at 2 ohm seperate from each other to get the most out of the amp that I had. The amp is a 2 channel said it would push 155 rms at 2 ohm vs 100 rms at 4 ohm per channel. I believe these speakers are 400 rms each so I'm thinking this amp is under powering these speakers. Was wondering if this amp or wiring could cause damage to speakers? And I'm pretty sure I need to upgrade the amp, any good suggestions for these subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/18/2016 3:00:59 PM

    David, Under-powering subwoofers by itself will cause no damage - playing clipped distorted signals can. A great match for those subs would be a Pioneer GM-D8601, which can put out 800 watts RMS, the subs' exact RMS rating, when wired like this diagram.

  • Alan from Sterling Heights

    Posted on 11/15/2016 12:06:07 PM

    Hi Buck, I was looking at getting 2 XFL1244's but I cannot decide on what amp to get. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance.

  • Michael Prine from Blythe

    Posted on 11/15/2016 12:13:26 PM

    I'm looking at getting the fosgate power 1000 mono amp but my new sub box calls for 2 12in kicker l7's...would this be a good combination and if so do I need 2 or 4 ohm subs...if not whathe would be an ideal fosgate power series amp for these l7's

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016 12:59:25 PM

    Alan, Those two 1000 watts RMS rated subs will need a beefy amp, like a Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP, in order to play to their potential.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016 1:26:17 PM

    Michael, Two of those DVC 4-ohm model subs, wired like this, will work with that amp, but a better match would be the Rockford Fosgate T1500-1bdCP amplifier.

  • Brady

    Posted on 11/19/2016 2:03:30 AM

    Hey would a 4 channel 250 watt kicker amp be able to power a kicker sub with a RMS of 100W and a peak of 300W?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/21/2016 10:14:23 AM

    Brady, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you're referring to make it impossible to give advice on how to match them up. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Nelson from Londonderry

    Posted on 11/23/2016 11:44:24 PM

    I'm about to pick up a couple 10" Rockford punch P1S4's. not trying to get crazy or break the bank. What should I power them with? Also replacing all 4 stock 6 3/4" speakers in a 2016 wrangler with 2 sets of Polk audio DB652's. If I wanted to power those too, what would you recommend, and how should I wire them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016 11:21:26 AM

    Nelson, If you want to just power those subs, any amplifier capable of putting out 500 watts RMS into a 2-ohm load will work fine for those two 250 watts RMS rated subs (wired like this). A great way to power a complete system would be to get a 5-channel amp, like a Pioneer GM-D9605, to take care of your four speakers and two subs.

  • nelson from londonderry

    Posted on 11/28/2016 12:36:40 PM

    I'm assuming I'd be okay if I swapped one of those DB652's for a DB6502 components for the front, right? Also, would I need an adjustable line output converter since it is the stock navigation radio, or a bass restoration signal processor?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/29/2016 12:24:30 PM

    Nelson, Those components will want to use more power than the coaxials in order to sound good, but they'll do nicely as substitutes. If you get an amplifier with speaker-level inputs, like the amp I suggested, then you won't need any line output converters.

  • nelson from londonderry

    Posted on 11/30/2016 2:38:22 PM

    Last one, I promise... I actually ended up going with the amp you suggested but with Rockford p1s2-10's (2ohm). I saw the specs on the amp and saw that it pushed out more RMS to the subs under a 2 ohm load. How do I go about wiring it properly?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2016 3:17:50 PM

    Nelson, Two SVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load, so you cannot optimize the amp's output using those subs. I showed you a link in one of my answers that shows how two SVC 4-ohm subs get wired as a 2-ohm load. You might want to go back to that plan.

  • Dharshan from Johannesburg

    Posted on 12/2/2016 8:13:38 AM

    Hi Buck, I have the following: 2 x Pioneer TS-W311D4 1400w 12" DVC Dual 4 Ohm Subwoofer 1 x Starsound SSA-R-5000.4 (5000W) 4CH Amplifier Product Features: - Mosfet power supply amplifier - Variable low pass & high pass crossover - 2 OHM Stable circuits - Power output 4ohm - (60W x 4ch) & (120W x 2ch Bridged channel pair) - Frequency response (+-1db) 20Hz - 20KHz I will run this in my home as my home theater subwoofers. What will be the best way to wire these up please? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/2/2016 10:41:20 AM

    Dharshan, You could wire those subs to that amp like this, but you'd still need some way to power the amplifier. Car amplifiers use high-current 12-volt power supplies. In your amplifier's case, you'd need to have a 12-volt supply capable of passing at least 15 amperes of current. A 20-amp supply would be better.

  • Mark R from Virginia Beach

    Posted on 12/4/2016 10:46:54 PM

    Hi Buck. I just bought 2 kicker 12's duel voice coil,4ohm, in a ported box. Only one input on the box. They are at a max of 2000w,1000w to rack speaker and 500 rims per speaker. Having trouble picking the right amp. I'd like to get the most bang for my buck.haha.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/5/2016 10:36:02 AM

    Mark, Without knowing the model numbers of your subwoofer components, or how they're wired together, I can't tell for sure. But if you have two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 500 watts RMS each, and they're wired together as a 1-ohm load, then a great amp would be a Pioneer GM-9601, which can output up to 1200 watts RMS at 1 ohm.

  • Ron T from Charlotte

    Posted on 12/10/2016 12:44:48 PM

    I am trying to power 2 Kicker C12D4 subs off the sub output of a pioneer D9605. The subs show a parallel voice coil configuration by wiring tof the +/- of one coil and then paralleling them to the second coil therefor producing a 2ohm load. But if I do this anday then parallel the two speakers I will end up with a sub 1 ohm load which the amp can't handle. Would I be OK to wire it as you show and connect the + of coil 2 to the - of coil 2 and then connect the amp outputs in parallel to produce a combined 4 ohm load that the amp could handle?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2016 11:07:23 AM

    Ron, Two DVC 4-ohm subs get wired to that amp's sub channel as shown, or like this, for a different view. The voice coils of each sub are wired in series, and the two subs are wired together in parallel. You could also wire the voice coils in parallel and the subs in series and produce the same load conditions. I just think that would make a messier subwoofer wiring diagram.

  • Jason from Dayton

    Posted on 12/13/2016 1:47:35 PM

    I have 2 Dual 4Ohm Power Acoustik MOFO 12's and a Hifionics BRX3016.1 amp. I know this is a dumb question, but when running the subs into 1 ohm, the wiring on the amp wouldn't matter which port its on correct? Meaning as long as one wire is on positive and the other on negative, it should be fine. I have never had a mono amp before and I don't want to hook nothing up the wrong way. I noticed there is two negatives on one side and two positives on the other.A little clarity on this if you could help would be great. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2016 4:11:20 PM

    Jason, Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have 2 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. Wire a 2-ohm sub to each terminal, and the amp sees 1-ohm as its total load. Or you can just use one pair of terminals like you suggest, it won't matter which pair.

  • M Abdul

    Posted on 12/14/2016 2:00:01 PM

    Sir i am thinking of installing 2 pioneer TS-1211D4 in my car. Should i go for 2channel or mono amplifier? And i'll be installing a pair of jbl GTO609c component speakers in front door. Will the amp cover subs as well as speakers? Thanks in advance :)

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/14/2016 3:20:19 PM

    M, I recommend using a mono, subwoofer amplifier for those subs. Most multi-channel amps can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms when bridged, and don't have enough power to drive 2 subs. Mono, 1-channel amps are designed to work with a wider range of impedances, and have tone controls and filters specifically made to help reproduce bass. For those two 400 watts RMS rated DVC 4-ohm subs, look for an amplifier that can do between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 1-ohm or 4-ohms. A great choice would be a Pioneer GM-D8601, which can put out 800 watts RMS to those subs, wired like this.

  • Sidney brock from Southaven

    Posted on 12/30/2016 1:41:30 AM

    Simple question i have 2 kicker comp 12's (DVC) and a kicker comp mono amp 500.1 is this cool?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/30/2016 9:48:45 AM

    Sidney, It's my understanding that Kicker Comp 12" subs are SVC 4-ohm subs, not DVC. And Kicker presently makes three different amps designated "500.1" - which one are you referring to? If you want a question answered about a system, you should identify the gear by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Josh from Nashville

    Posted on 1/8/2017 7:01:36 AM

    I have 4, 15 inch Pyle power subwoofers, 1000 watts RMS / 2000 watts max power , dual 4 ohm independent. I'm trying to figure out what watt or brand amp I should get , any options you'd recommend ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2017 9:47:39 AM

    Josh, Four DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 1000 watts RMS each could be driven with a single mono amplifier, capable of putting out between 3000 and 6000 watts RMS through a 2-ohm load. Another option would be to use two 1500- to 3000-watt amplifiers, each driving two subs, like a couple of Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP amps, capable of putting out 2500 watts RMS through a 1-ohm load. In either case you will probably need to upgrade your vehicle's electrical system in order to accommodate such a large system.

  • Eddie from Tempe, AZ

    Posted on 1/9/2017 3:33:15 PM

    Quick question. I am getting two Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Punch subs. They are both 10 in., 4 ohm, and DVC. What specifications should I be looking for in a two channel amp so that I will have enough power to bridge the channels in order to run these subs as shown above? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2017 4:33:23 PM

    Eddie, To successfully drive two of those subwoofers will require a 2-channel amplifier capable of putting out between 450 and 900 watts RMS when bridged to a 4-ohm load, like a Focal FPX 2.750.

  • Teo from Miami

    Posted on 1/22/2017 8:13:54 PM

    Hey. I have (two) dvc 4 ohm kicker l5 solo baric 12 inch subs. And i have a mmats 1400.2 amp 2 ohm. I have a sealed box separate chambers. I wired my subs individualy parallel to bring them down to 2 ohm each (+) to (+) and (-) to (-) so outside in the connectors i connected the (neg) of sub #1 to the (neg) of sub #2 and i used both (pos) as the (pos) and (neg) that goes to the amp. I bridged the amp and connected the (pos) of sub #1 to the (pos) of channel 1 and the (pos) of sub #2 to the (neg) of channel 2 and im getting a pretty good bass. Is this setting ok ? Or do you suggest doing otherwise? Please help. Thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/23/2017 10:31:55 AM

    Teo, Your two subs are wired out of phase of each other. Run a positive lead from one sub to a negative of the other, and run the negative and positive leads of the two subs to the amp. It may produce twice the volume you presently have, so be careful.

  • Chris from Kinston

    Posted on 1/24/2017 2:21:47 PM

    I have a diamond 15 sub (500w rms 4ohm) and an american bass 1600w 1 ohm stable amp (800w 1600w max). Best way to wire them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/25/2017 4:10:07 PM

    Chris, I think Diamond Audio only makes dual voice coil (DVC) subs. If that's so for your sub, you'd wire it to that amp like this.

  • Andre Tate from Houston

    Posted on 2/20/2017 3:08:06 PM

    I have a Kicker cx600.1 and two 12" Kicker comps 600watt peak 300rms. Is this a good enough amp to push my subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/21/2017 12:39:57 PM

    Andre, That amplifier is twice as powerful as what those subs can normally deal with. But you should be alright as long as you set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Jason from Las vegas nv

    Posted on 2/26/2017 9:44:45 PM

    Can a JL Audio Slash Series 1000/1 Mono Amplifier handle two 12' w7's or should i run two of the same amps for each subwoofer

  • Beni from Israel

    Posted on 2/28/2017 4:05:45 AM

    Hello can I hook up a 2 subwoofer outs from 7.2 system to a stereo EQ then a stereo power amp then each channel to each voice coil ? + can I make one voice coil play 30hz and the other 60hz ? what will happen if the voice coils are out of phase in this config ? will this work - amp is 550w rmsx2 @4ohms 5000w peak (so I'm guessing its 2500w peak each output right?) to Pyle PLPW15D 2000w peak 1000w rms ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/28/2017 4:33:56 PM

    Jason, That amplifier can power those subs just fine, sending them 1000 watts RMS, 500 to each.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2017 1:21:15 PM

    Beni, Subwoofers are designed to play with all voice coils fed the exact same signal. Otherwise, the sub will distort. By the way, peak specifications are worthless for planning mobile sound systems.

  • James Bouchard from Bonney Lake

    Posted on 3/15/2017 10:56:49 AM

    I plan on buying a Rockford Fosgate R500X1D or Kenwood X501-1 to power a Rockford Fosgate P2D2-10 in a sealed box. Can either of these amps be used to wire a DVC 2 ohm sub? My 2015 Toyota Highlander JBL system has a DVC stock sub. I plan to replace and relocate a sub to another location besides on the rear hatch. I do believe the stock HU will not be able to power a sub the way I need it to so I more than likely will have to use a LOC from the rear speakers, to an amp, then to the RF P2D2-10. Your thoughts please?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2017 1:19:40 PM

    James, Either one of those amplifiers would be perfect for that subwoofer, putting out 300 watts RMS at 4-ohms, exactly the sub's power rating. And as a bonus, both amps feature speaker-level inputs, so you won't need an LOC.

  • Steve from Sacramento

    Posted on 3/16/2017 11:40:40 PM

    Hi there. I have a pioneer GM D8601 mono amp 1600 watts at 1 ohm going to run 2 pioneer TS-sw3002s4 subs that are 4 ohm svc 1500 watts max 400 rms. My amp even though is a mono has 2 speaker outputs. Do I just wire each output to each speaker? Is this enough power? Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/17/2017 10:04:42 AM

    Steve, 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, that's exactly what you can do: wire one sub to each set of terminals. In this configuration, that amplifier will put out 500 watts RMS, 250 to each sub.

  • Kenneth from Jeffersonville, In

    Posted on 3/21/2017 10:28:20 AM

    Right now I have a Memphis 16-MC1000D on 2 mofo 124x subs but I was looking at a bamf1-5000d, what are your thoughts on either?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/23/2017 10:09:01 AM

    Kenneth, If the specs are true, it'll play louder with the second amp.

  • Adam from Green bay

    Posted on 3/26/2017 4:18:16 PM

    Hello. I have a pioneer ts-3003d4 12" championship pro sub. 600 rms, 2000 peak. I have a pioneer amp, 2 channel, 900w peak, and a kicker mono block 750w. What would be the best way to go?

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