Amplifier wiring diagram
A typical 2-amp setup
In the 1950's, I'd take the family television's vacuum tubes down to Willow Grove Radio and TV Repair, check them with the giant tester machine, buy new replacement tubes, and reassemble the repaired television, so my mom and dad could enjoy their precious, respectively, Dean Martin and Red Skelton shows. In the 1960's, I studied radio and electronics at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. After college, in the early 70's, I joined a rock 'n roll band as the soundman, learning how to operate the electronics that make music sound good. Then, I worked in a music store in Austin manufacturing, installing, repairing, and operating sound systems and components for recording studios, nightclubs, and touring bands. I moved back to Charlottesville permanently in 1984 and opened a little demo recording studio. I also attempted to put to practical use the creative writing degree I had picked up along the way. In 2006, I finally came to my senses and got this job at Crutchfield where they actually pay me to ramble on, rant, and explain the things I love about music, electronics, and getting good sound.
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This simplified diagram shows how a full-blown car audio system upgrade gets wired in a car. The system includes a 4-channel amp for the front and rear pairs of full-range speakers and a mono amp for a subwoofer. Capacitors aren't usually necessary in a car stereo installation but we included one here to show how it would get wired into a system.
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Now that you've seen what all the components and parts consist of and how they fit together, you can knowledgeably shop Crutchfield's extensive selection of car audio gear and start building your system. We carry amplifiers, wiring, speakers, caps, and more. Give us a call and an Advisor will help you get what you need. If you want to learn more about amplifier systems, check out our Amplifier Installation Guide.