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There are many ways to wire subwoofers and amplifiers. The idea is to match subs, amps, and their relative impedances to maximize their power capabilities. In this article, we'll help you find the best subwoofer wiring diagram for hooking up your system. 

NOTE: Some low-impedance subwoofer system diagrams are included. In order to take advantage of the higher power output of these systems, your amplifier must be capable of driving loads as low as one ohm per channel. Attempting to drive a load lower than what your amp was designed to handle will lead to overheating and possible damage to your amp and subs.

Single Voice Coil (SVC) or Dual Voice Coil (DVC): If your component subwoofer has 4 wiring terminal posts, it's a DVC. If it has 2 terminals, it's an SVC. Subwoofer voice coils usually come in 2-ohm, 4-ohm, and 8-ohm impedances.

Impedance: Impedance is the amount of electrical resistance a sub puts up against an amplifier's output. A sub's impedance is often printed on its magnet. When you wire dual voice coils and multiple subs together, the resulting total impedance is not always simple to figure out or practical to use.

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Amplifiers: An amplifier puts out more power to a low impedance sub than it does to a higher impedance sub. But not all amplifiers can drive low impedance systems safely. Refer to your amp manufacturer or owner's manual to determine whether or not it can handle a low impedance load.

Bridged mode: Bridging an amplifier combines two of its channels into one, to get more power. The disadvantage of bridging is that bridged channels can't drive impedance loads as low as they can when unbridged.

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Wires: All the wires depicted in the Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams are speaker wires. For wiring subwoofers, we recommend using wires of 12- to 16-gauge in size.

CAUTION: Be sure to maintain proper polarity to prevent damage to your amplifier/subwoofer system.

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Last updated 4/26/2017
  • Gus from fredericksburg va

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    if the amp is 1000 rms will both subs have 500 rms each or what.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    Gus, You are right - if two subwoofers of the same impedance are properly wired to a 1000-watt amplifier, each would get 500 watts.

  • herman from Michigan

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    Can I connect a 2ohm speaker parallel to 4ohm speaker into a 2ohm stable amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    Herman, That would not be a good idea. Firstly, a 2-ohm speaker and a 4-ohm speaker wired together in parallel would present an amplifier with a 1.33-ohm load, below your amp's stability range. Secondly, the amplifier would send the 2-ohm speaker twice the amount of power as it would send to the 4-ohm speaker, possibly over-powering one speaker while under-powering the other. This will result in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown speakers.

  • Andrew Maloch from United States

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    i have 2 svc 12" MTX Thunder 4500's and 1 12" dvc polk audio dxi 124 hooked to a 2 channel spl series 2 z2x-1600 1600watt max mosfet crossover. i know wiring them up parallel with only one coil on the polk audio produces 1 ohm and my amp is 2 ohm stable i was thing of wiring the 2 mtx parallel and the polk in series to produce 4 ohms? would that be a good option? and i am about to build a box for the 3 subs, should i port it or seal it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    Andrew, You should never connect subs of different impedances together to the same amplifier - the lower impedance subs will get more power than the higher impedance subs, resulting in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown subs. As far as sealed vs ported, check out this article for help deciding. That amplifier, however, does not have a subsonic filter, so it won't work well with a ported subwoofer enclosure.

  • jason from thurmont MD

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    i have a single 12 with dual 4 ohm vc's. would it be better to wire the coils in series and bridge the channels on my amp or hook a channel straight to each coil?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    Jason, If you're planning on driving a single DVC 4-ohm subwoofer with a 2-channel amplifier, then wiring it either way will have the same result. Just remember, if you do drive each coil with its own amp channel, the input signals of those channels must be identical or the subwoofer will distort.

  • Sam from Cedar Rapids

    Posted on 4/30/2015

    If I have 4 12" with dual 4O voice coils(3,200W RMS), and a AC5000.1D Monoblock Amplifier (Which states as being 1O stable producing 3,500W) but only 1,800W at 4O, is it possible to wire this without underpowering the subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/1/2015

    Sam, If you wire four DVC 4-ohm subwoofers together like this diagram (probably the most complicated wiring scheme we have), that amplifier should be able to send them a total of 2,500 watts RMS. That would not under power the subs, even if they were each rated for 800 watts RMS, and your bass could probably be heard twenty miles away.

  • D from Cincinnati

    Posted on 5/1/2015

    How do you wire 4 dvc 4 ohm sub to get 1 ohm at the amp

  • radjin from suriname

    Posted on 5/1/2015

    i have a 4 channel amp but its not bridgeable .I will install one (double coil subwoofer )on the low pass channels and 2 (single coil subwoofer) on the high pass channels. is this installation possible ??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2015

    D, You can't: four DVC 4-ohm subwoofers can only get wired together to form either a 2-ohm load, a ½-ohm load, or a 32-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2015

    Radjin, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. However, you should know that a subwoofer driven by a high-passed amplifier channel will not play bass, but only the notes above the high-pass filter's setting.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015

    What is the difference between a 2ohm or 4ohm sub and could i run the kicker CompRT10 2 Ohm loaded enclosure of the kicker cx300.1 amp Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2015

    Shaun, There are no sonic differences between a 2-ohm and a 4-ohm subwoofer. They differ electronically in the way an amplifier will react to being connected to them. The amplifier you mentioned, for example, can deliver 300 watts RMS to a 2-ohm sub, but only 150 watts RMS to a 4-ohm sub. That 2-ohm loaded enclosure should work nicely with that amplifier.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015

    Hi Buck, Thanks for the reply regarding the 2 ohm and 4 ohm kicker CompRT10 2 Ohm loaded enclosure I just wanted to know that the cx300.1 will power the sub sufficiently as the the mentioned sub is rated at Power Watts (peak 800/RMS 400) will it put strain on either of the above products if the amp is slightly less powerful Thanks for the info and is it true the higher the ohm the easier to power? Regards Shaun

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2015

    Shaun, Never use a peak rating - always use the RMS ratings. That amplifier can supply that sub with 75% of its top RMS rating, which is within the power range we recommend for an amp/sub combo. If that isn't enough loud bass for you, you can always step up to a higher-powered amplifier, say a 400- or 500-watt model. As far as an amplifier's "effort" in powering different loads (ohms), I don't think it matters - it may put out more power and get warmer with a lower impedance load, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier for it to drive a higher load.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/6/2015

    Buck, thanks for the info on the sub/amp that has really helped me with my decision, i would like to know if the following system will be a decent upgrade over factory equipment. I have Kicker 40CSS654 for the front,Kicker 41KSC654 for the rear powered by the cx300.4 and now thanks to your advise the cx300.1 and the 10" loaded sub all still to be installed, will these items complement each other.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/7/2015

    Shaun, Your gear will work fine together. And if you like the way it sounds, you should let the folks at Kicker know about it.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/7/2015

    Buck, please elaborate on my kicker set-up as previously mentioned, do you have any concerns on the system or perhaps a better alternative to my existing gear as it has not been installed as yet,is there anything you would recommend as a suitable replacement?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/8/2015

    Shaun, I can't make any recommendations to you because I don't know what car stereo equipment or even what model vehicles are available in your country. I do know that the gear you've picked out will work together just fine.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/9/2015

    Hi Buck, I have a Kenwood KDC-BT92sd Receiver and a Ford Ranger pick-up similar to the Ford raptor just not as big. does that help?

  • ROBERT BOCKMAN from United States

    Posted on 5/10/2015

    i need to hook up a no 2 dvc 1000 watts 4 ohms i think i can pull then right now they are wired for 1ohm how do i connect this subwoofer to a home receiver

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/11/2015

    Robert, Car subwoofers are inappropriate in a home stereo system for a number of reasons. Home system power amplifiers can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms, nor supply enough wattage to drive a car subwoofer. And hooking up a car subwoofer amplifier to a home electrical system with a 12-volt power supply would entail trying to draw more current than most power supplies can handle. If a home theater subwoofer is not large enough for your planned system, try looking at a pro audio PA subwoofer.

  • shaun van vuuren from South Africa

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    Hi Buck< Thanks for all the help and patients I was asking you questions that you have answered in the "Car Amplifiers FAQ" which I only found now. Thanks again for the help. Shaun

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    Shaun, Glad we could help.

  • Brett from fullerton

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    i have a mono amp thats too powerful but if i put it at 4 ohms its perfect. i have a 15 inch l7 that i want running at 4 ohms but not sure how the wiring is suppose to look. can you show me a diagram please

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    Brett, Kicker 15" L7 subwoofers come in DVC 2-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models. If yours is the DVC 4-ohm model, then it can only be wired as an 8-ohm or as a 2-ohm load. If you have the DVC 2-ohm model, then it can be wired as either a 1-ohm load, or as a 4-ohm load when you wire it like this diagram.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/13/2015

    I have a boss cxx27005 5 channel amp (600w-950w on the sub channel ) with a pioneer w3004d 600 watt duel 4 ohm voice coil. the amp puts out 600 watts at 4ohms and 950 watts at 2ohms . The voice coils are actually getting 1.5 ohms when wired at 2 ohms ,so I want to get a duel 2 ohm sub that is 450 watts , wire it at 1 ohm and run them together at 2.5 ohms because I had to wire the pioneer sub at 8 ohms (actually 6.2 ohms because my amp is not 1 ohm stable so I am not getting the full benefit from my sub ) will that work because of the slight difference of the actual ohms between the subs . ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/14/2015

    Mike, The impedance specification of a subwoofer is its "nominal" (in name only) impedance, because the real impedance actually changes according to what frequency note is being played. If you measured your subwoofer's voice coils with an ohm-meter, you did not measure its impedance, you measured its DC resistance. Your DVC 4-ohm sub should only be paired with another DVC 4-ohm sub. You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte ,IN .

    Posted on 5/14/2015

    Thanks for the info . I understand as of everything including electricity will take the easiest route or take the path of least resistance to release pressure , electricity , steam , ect .... If this is the case I should purchase the exact same subwoofer to ensure the resistance is exactly the same or if there is a difference of even .5 ohms one sub would get more current even if they are rated to be the same on paper , correct? If this is the case should I purchase 2 lower wattage subs to better match my amps output or should I get one of higher wattage sub that matches my amps output weather 2 or 4 ohms ,because anything below 2 ohms my amp kicks out after a few minutes . What would be the best option to get the most bass , I aim for the subs that have the highest decibels of efficiency . I am the one who asked the question about mixing a 2ohm and a 4 ohm sub on my 5 channel boss amp last night .

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/14/2015

    Mike, For the amplifier and subwoofer you mention, if the ratings are true specs, you could hook them together like this diagram, and expect about 900 watts of bass output, which that sub will probably handle just fine. If you added a second DVC 4-ohm sub to the system, you would have to wire them like this diagram, and you'd only get about 600 total watts output, 300 from each sub. I hope that answers your question.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/15/2015

    Since I can't wire a DVC 2 ohm and a DVC 4 ohm together off of the fifth sub channel of my boss 2705 amp , should I get one sub that takes 900 watts (wired at 2ohms) or should I get 2 DVC 2 ohm subs that have 450 watts RMS wired at 1 ohm to present a 2ohm load to the amp ? What would give me the best bass output ? I do my home work on my audio equipment before purchasing . I check the sensitivity , output , input , reviews , and of course maker ect... What would you do ? Thanks .

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/15/2015

    Mike, I think I understand your question: Which gives the best bass output, a single sub playing 900 watts or two playing 450 watts each? I think the theory goes that if the cone area doubles while the power stays the same, the volume increases slightly. But I don't know if that increase would be audible or not. Enclosure style, size, and placement have much larger effects over the sound of the bass than cone area. Most people would go with a single sub out of space considerations, but if you have the room, go ahead and get two.

  • josh

    Posted on 5/16/2015

    I have a fosgate prime 1500 amp it is the gold colored one and the four speaker terminals it says 2ohms over both sets of terminals I have a fosgate hx2 12 inch dvc 4ohms how do I hook these together properly. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2015

    Josh, I don't know exactly what amplifier you have - googling "Rockford Fosgate Prime 1500 amplifier" comes up with no meaningful results. Maybe you copied down the model number incorrectly. I can't even tell you whether it's a 2-channel or a 1-channel amplifier, so I cannot give you advice on how to wire your gear together. Sorry.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/17/2015

    Why can't you take a DVC 4ohm sub and wire it where you run a split wire from both the positive and negative to each of the 4 terminals for a 4 ohm load ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/18/2015

    Mike, What you describe is exactly the way some one-channel amplifiers get hooked up. It's called parallel wiring - when two 4-ohm subs or voice coils are wired in parallel the amp "sees" it as a 2-ohm load.

  • Nathan from Sacramento, CA

    Posted on 5/21/2015

    Hi, I was wondering if a JL Audio 10W3v3-2 is a good match for JL Audio XD300/1v2? Should I go with the 4 Ohm version of the sub? Running the amp at 2 Ohms would have what effects on heat or long term reliability, if any? I want to have high quality clean sound with a low draw on the vehicle's electrical system. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2015

    Nathan, That amp will provide that 2-ohm sub with 300 watts RMS, which is 60% of the sub's RMS rating. We recommend that an amp provide between 75% and 150% of a sub's rating, but you should be alright with that combination as long as you don't play a lot of distorted bass. The JL Audio XD600/1v2 would make a better match. These well-built amplifiers should have no trouble, heat-related or reliability, driving a 2-ohm load.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/22/2015

    Hey Buck , it's me again . I was wondering if you could wire DVC 2 ohm woofers to a 4ohm load to the amplifier ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2015

    Hi Mike, One DVC 2-ohm subwoofer can be wired as a 1-ohm or as a 4-ohm load. Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/23/2015

    Hi Buck . It's me again . I wanted to get two subs and mount one in a sealed box and one in a ported box to cover all of the bass frequency ranges . Would you let me know if this is a good idea ? Thanks .

  • JOHNJOHN from norwalk

    Posted on 5/23/2015

    best way to wire a 10inch JL AUDIO to a ROCKFORD FOSGATE PRIME R300-4

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/23/2015

    Mike, Sealed and ported subwoofers play the same bass frequencies, but with different tonality. If you want to learn about what that means, check out our Sealed or Ported article. You can certainly put both in a system, but you won't get any kind of clean bass sounds out of it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/24/2015

    John John, JL Audio makes many different kinds of 10" subwoofers. Some would work with that 4-channel amplifier, but most would not. If you want a wiring question answered about your system, you must identify your subwoofer better. Knowing the brand name, series name, and model number help me find the sub's coil configuration, impedance, and power ratings.

  • Devon from Indiana

    Posted on 5/24/2015

    Hey Buck. So I have a old ken wood kac7201 amp. I also have a dvc 4ohm alpine type s. The amp has 120w per channel @4ohms, 230w per channel @4ohms and bridged has 460w @4ohms. Is it safe to wire to 2ohms bridged? Or would 8ohms be safer? I've only seen those two diagrams. I don't want to try anything before I learn how. I'm running a single sub in a sealed box.Thanks a million sir.

  • Stian from Norway

    Posted on 5/25/2015

    Hi. I have two DVC 4 ohms subs, an a monoblock stable for 2 ohms. How should I wire it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2015

    Devon, It would not be good to bridge that amplifier to a 2-ohm load - it will overheat and then shut down in protect mode. The best you can do with that gear is to wire the sub as an 8-ohm load like this diagram. This'd give you 300 watts RMS of bass power.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2015

    Stian, If the power ratings match, you would wire that gear together like this diagram.

  • tboy ted from LA

    Posted on 5/27/2015

    hi, i have a amp that is rated for 4-Ohms: 250x1 rms and 2-Ohms: 500x1 rms but my 2 subs are rated 4ohm svc 250w rms how do i wire them up thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/27/2015

    Tboy, Wire your gear together like this diagram.

  • tboy ted from LA

    Posted on 5/28/2015

    thanks a lot Buck!!!!!!!! that was very helpful you need a promotion for all the help you give to the speaker and sub community.

  • Liam

    Posted on 5/28/2015

    I have 2 12" 250 rms power MTX subwoofers with an impedance of 4 ohm each. Does that mean i need to find a mono amplifier with 2 ohm impedance and about 750-1000 watts?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/28/2015

    Liam, If those subs are SVC (single voice coil) 4-ohms and rated for 250 watts RMS each, then you should look for an amplifier that can put out between 375 and 750 watts RMS to a 2-ohm load. You should wire them together like this diagram.

  • Liam

    Posted on 5/29/2015

    Thanks Buck. I am probably going to buy the Alpine PDR- M65.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 5/29/2015

    Hi Buck it's again , Mike from Indiana . I recently asked about wiring two DVC 4 ohm subs , one with a sealed enclosure and one with a ported box . I made my order before I got a reply and went ahead and bought a ported box along with 2 4ohm DVC NVX NSW124V subs with a RMS of 200-350 watts each wired at 4 ohms to the amp which has 600 watt RMS at 4 ohms . I already had a 1 cubic foot sealed box and I purchased a 1.83 cubic foot ported box . I figured if it sounded like crap I could unport it . I installed it yesterday 5/28/15 and I think it sounds fantastic , I actually had someone say " a nice sounding system " when I went to the store . That was the first time I ever had anyone say anything about my sound system before . I just thought I would let you know my thoughts .

  • Arjun from New Jersey

    Posted on 5/30/2015

    Hi, i have a monoblock alpine 1.1000d amp, which i am trying to connect to with 2 12" 4ohm DVC JBL subwoofers at a 2ohm load each. My question is the alpine amp which i am using is a mono amp. However it has 2 speaker connections which means i can connect both subwoofers directly too it potentialy, i am trying to follow this guide to do this but because the amp has 2 speaker connecions do i follow the 2 channel connection guide or the mono amp connection guide? Sorry for being long winded , i hope i have been clear. I just want to be make sure of everything when installing thats all. Cheers

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2015

    Arjun, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a sub to each terminal it would result in the two subs being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance the amp sees in half. Do not wire your subs to 2 ohms and connect them to those two terminals - it would result in the amp trying to push a 1-ohm load and it'll overheat and shut down. You should wire that equipment together like this diagram.

  • Jim Guenther from Dallas Texas

    Posted on 6/9/2015

    I have a JM360 amp spec'd at 90watts RMS per channel X4 channels, (360w total) driven continuous into a 2 ohm load @ 14.4vdc. With 2 front JM Rokker 7.25speakers Spec'd at 2 ohms impedance and 217 watts. My question is how do I wire JL audio M880 8.8" 4ohm speakers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2015

    Jim, I assume you're talking about an amplifier for a Harley Ultra Classic with the HK radio, because that's what it was made to work with. Figure E on page 3 of the amplifier's owner's manual shows how to connect the rear speakers, and it's just like the front speakers. The difference in impedance between your front and rear speakers will result in a volume difference - the fronts will be louder than the rears. You can compensate for that by adjusting the radio's fade control to balance the sound.

  • Sadiq Lewis from Takoma Park Maryland

    Posted on 6/12/2015

    I dont have enough electrical power in my vehicle so would it be a good idea to wire my pioneer tsw311d4 to 4 ohms instead of 2 ohms into my rockford fosgate r500x1d?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/12/2015

    Sadiq, First of all, your DVC 4-ohm subwoofer can only get wired as a 2-ohm or as an 8-ohm load. Secondly, what makes you think your vehicle's electrical system is inadequate? Are you experiencing headlight dimming when the bass hits? If you are, check out this article for possible solutions to that problem. I wouldn't think a 500-watt sub amp installed correctly would strain a vehicle's stock electrical system.

  • John from Halifax

    Posted on 6/12/2015

    Hello, I was wondering if a Kenwood KAC-8406 amplifier (bridged, 4 ohms: 200 watts x 2 chan) would be able to adequately power 2 SVC 8-Ohm subwoofers with RMS ratings of 200 watts each (400 watts total)?

  • chris bingham from texas

    Posted on 6/15/2015

    I have a 2 10" jl audio subs mounted in original box they are 4 ohm but have been wires for 2 ohm operation I also have 2 10" 4ohm kickers each in seperate boxes all 4 are svc im trying to find a way to wire all four to a mono amp at 2 ohm if u can help out i would appreciate it greatly

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/15/2015

    John, You could certainly hook up that amp to those subs, wired like this diagram, but don't expect too much bass out of the subs. The amp would only be able to supply 50% of what the subs need to sound good. We recommend between 75% and 150%.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/15/2015

    Chris, If I understand you correctly you have four SVC 4-ohm subs. Four SVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 16-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 1-ohm load.

  • Adam

    Posted on 6/15/2015

    I have two 12" kenwoods SVC 400 watt rms and a one 12" 1600watt (peak) Lanzar max pro DVC could i hook these up to a BOSS Audio R 3400D Riot 3400-watts Monoblock Class D 1 Channel 1 Ohm Stable Amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    Juan, Sorry, I don't speak Spanish nor do I have access to wiring harness information. Did you buy your amplifier from Crutchfield? If you did, you could call Tech Support for free help (in English) wiring your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support (again, in English only) - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    Adam, You didn't say what impedance the subs have, so I can't say whether or not they can be safely wired together. If the DVC sub can't be wired to be the same impedance as the SVC subs, then they should not get wired to the same amplifier.

  • quinton

    Posted on 6/17/2015

    I have a box with 2 10"s 2 tweets and 2 mids and I only have a crunch power one 300 watt 4 channel 1 ohm amp. should I be able to use this amp or something bigger. I have no idean brand of speakers or watts but there all 4 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/17/2015

    Quinton, Without knowing exactly what amp and speakers you have (especially their RMS power ratings) makes it impossible to know if they'll work together or not. Sorry.

  • Mike Krueger from Demotte , IN .

    Posted on 6/18/2015

    Hi Buck , its me again from Demotte , IN . Currently I have 2 NVX NSW 124V2 SUBS rated at 300-350 watts Rms with 92 dcbs of sensitivity . I have them presenting a 4 ohm load to my Boss cxx2705 5 channel amp with the sub channel pushing 600 watts RMS . I have a Pioneer TS-W3003D4 600wattRMS sub that has 96 dcbs of sensitivity and has a much tighter base then the NVX subs . When I wire the Pioneer to 2 ohms it is only actually 1.5 ohms . would it be ok to mix the 2 different types of subs or would that push more power to the Pioneer and not enough for the NVX

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/18/2015

    Kevin, I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right amplifier for you and your subwoofers. For a powerful and economic solution, I suggest you check out the Rockford Fosgate Prime R1200-1D amp. It'll drive those subs with 1200 watts RMS when you wire them together like this diagram

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2015

    Mike, You seem to be lost in a pile of specifications and misinformation. A subwoofer's sensitivity is irrelevant to figuring out how it can get wired to an amp. All you need to know is the sub's top RMS rating, its coil configuration, and its impedance. If that last term confuses you, please reread my first comment to you from May 14th. If you're asking can you hook up a third DVC 4-ohm sub to your amp, the answer is yes, connected this way. Each sub will be under-powered, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distorted clipped signals trying to get too much bass out of them.

  • Paul from Australia

    Posted on 6/20/2015

    Wiring diagram from head unit with 6 pre-outs to go to a single mono block amp an 2 four channel amps

  • Dakoda from Musgrave harbour nfld

    Posted on 6/21/2015

    Ive got two 2300 watt boss phantom subwoofers 12". Wondering what size amp i should get, had a 3500 watt one but it gave out. Dont want one that will blow me subs.

  • johnny from canada

    Posted on 6/21/2015

    Hey guys. I just picked up a Infinity Kappa One monoblock amp which is rated at 500w rms x 1 at 4 ohms and 800W rms x 1 at 2 ohms. I also picked up a pair (2) matching subs infinity Kappa 100.9w ( 10" sub ) which are rated at 350w rms/1400w peak each. These are the subs that have the selectable impedance switch on the back of the woofer for either 2 ohm or 4 ohm. How would be the best way to connect the 2 subs to the amp ??? I've always done the " hit and miss " method in the past but I want to do it properly this time. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    Paul, Check out this diagram. To connect your second 4-channel amp's inputs, you'd use Y-cords on the four full-range patch cables coming from the receiver. That way, for instance if you were running fully active components, you could power front and rear mids and tweeters and still retain left-right balance and front-rear fade control at the receiver.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    Dakoda, Boss rates those subs for 1150 watts RMS each, so I'd look for an amp that can put out about 2000 watts RMS at 4 ohms or one ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    Johnny, Set the switches to 4 ohms and wire your gear together like this diagram.

  • Archer

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    OK, so, wiring question: I have a 2 channel amplifier bridged @ 4 ohms currently. I just bought two 2 ohm DVC subs. Is there a way to configure these so the total impedance is 4 ohms with the amp bridged? If I unbridge it, I can power the subs with a 2 ohm load per channel but this would require me to modify the box since it currently isn't set up to support more than two input wires. Based on the wiring diagram above, I would need to unbridge the amp and power one sub per channel @ 2 ohms. Is there another way to do this? Is there a way to set this up so the final total impedance is 4 ohms bridged? Thanks for your help!

  • Michael from Cary, NC

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    I have a planet audio 1800.5 amp and a pyle PLPW8D sub. The amp is rated at 420W at 2 ohm while the sub is rated for 400W RMS. Which wiring diagram would you recommend, the 2ohm or 8ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2015

    Archer, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together as a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load. A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only get wired as a 4-ohm or a 1-ohm load, so your idea of running "one sub per channel @2 ohms" won't work either. Sorry.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2015

    Michael, The 2-ohm diagram will work best for you.

  • Archer

    Posted on 6/23/2015

    Buck, thanks for your input, so a follow up question then: The wiring diagram I'm looking at is the 2 channel diagram for two DVC 2 ohm subs. It appears that in the diagram each sub is connected independently to its own channel, with two 4 ohm loads independently powering the two speakers. Am I reading this correctly? And, if I unbridge the amp and directly connect a channel to each speaker with the second voice coil bridged as shown in the diagram, what is my final impedance? Thanks again for your help!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/24/2015

    Archer, That diagram shows two DVC 2-ohm subwoofers wired to a 2-channel amplifier. Each sub is connected to its own output channel and is wired such that it presents the amp with a 4-ohm load. Sorry if that's not clear in the diagram.

  • Paul from United States

    Posted on 6/24/2015

    I am trying to figure out the correct speaker wiring for my system. I have one 4 channel amp that is capable of 1000 watts x4 at a 2 ohm load. Each channel (door) i have 2 -4 ohm speakers and 1 tweeter. How would i wire the 2 door speakers and tweeter to get back at one of the amp channels at a 2 ohm load? Thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/26/2015

    Paul, Not knowing exactly what amplifier and speakers you have make it impossible to give proper advice on how to wire them together. Are the tweeters part of a component system using a passive crossover? If they are, you can treat each set like a single 4-ohm speaker. You wire two 4-ohm speakers together in parallel (plus-to-plus, minus-to-minus) to get a 2-ohm load.

  • gdfresno from California

    Posted on 6/29/2015

    How i would i need to wire my subwoofer and amp to feel more bass ..i have 2 12 arc audio 4-OHM 700 W MAX 350 rms dvc sub and an almani amp ha 1500d class d technology digital amplifier

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/30/2015

    GD, Wire that gear together like this diagram and you ought to be good to go.

  • Zach from Williamson

    Posted on 7/1/2015

    I have a dual 2ohm cvx and a dual 4 ohm L7 with a 1400 watt 2/1 channel Sony amp. I know the amp is no good but is it possible for me to wire both subs and get a final impedance of 4ohm? Or what's a recommended final impedance of a 2/1 channel amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/2/2015

    Zach, Sorry, it is not possible to wire a DVC 4-ohm and a DVC 2-ohm sub together to form a 4-ohm load. In fact, it is not a good idea to ever wire different impedance subs together - the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. Normally, I'd say to wire each sub to a separate amp channel, but without knowing exactly what amplifier you have, I can't even recommend that.

  • javs from south africa

    Posted on 7/2/2015

    Hi I have a duel mono amp 2 dvc and 2 svc subwoofers how do I wire it to 1 ohm stable many many thanks

  • James from Federal way

    Posted on 7/3/2015

    I have 2 audio Bahn 12" aw121T subwoofers they only have one voice coil hook up but it has two negatives into positives on that single hook up does that mean it is a DVC sub

  • Satya

    Posted on 7/3/2015

    Hi, I have a pioneer 50wx4-DEHx1790ub head unit with only front speakers. I have a spare 6 ohm woofer from an earlier installation. Can I fit it to my pioneer hu without an amplifier? I am not sure what impedance the unit is but it might be 2ohm/4ohm. Please let me know the probable outcome of the setup.

  • Chris Williams from waco tx

    Posted on 7/4/2015

    i have a dvc 4 ohm sub, and a dvc 2 ohm sub. i have a 2 ohm monoblock amp. is it possible to wire these subs together an to the amp without hurtin anythang? two 12" P3's kicker 1000.1

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    Javs, 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 your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers, although in your case I may not be able to find info on gear available in South Africa.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    James, As far as I can tell, the Audiobahn AW121T is a dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm subwoofer.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    Satya, If you're talking about adding a subwoofer, then you will need a separate amplifier to power it. If that's just a standard car speaker, then you probably could run it off one of the Pioneer's outputs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    Chris, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. Get separate amps for your different model subs, or get two subs with the same configuration.

  • Kamil from Norway

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    Hi, I have Boss Audio P10DVC, 10" Dual 4 ohm and amp Boss Audio PH2.1000 and my question is how should I connect/wire them to get best sound/effect?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2015

    Kamil, Usually, a 2-channel amplifier won't work very well with a single DVC 4-ohm sub. The best you can do with your gear is to wire each voice coil to a separate channel of the amp. Then, and this is important, you need to make sure the amp's two inputs get the exact same signal, either via Y-cords or a signal summing device. That way the two voice coils will play the same thing at the same time.

  • Ray Johnson from Sulphur,LA. United States

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    I have two kicker CVR dual voiceoil 15" speakers and my amp os a hifonics Brutus 2000 watt (25th anniversary series). The problem that i am presented with is that my speakers have a different impedance, one is 2 ohm and the other 4. I have them set up to run on two channels in stereo, but wired the speaker inside of the box to drop resistance load (1/2ohms). It will play....until i turn up my reciever.How can i wire these both without having to dump a bunch of money out for another amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    Ray, Not knowing exactly what amplifier you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire it to your subs. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers. Is your amp a 1-channel amp, by any chance? You should never connect subs of different impedances together to the same amplifier channel - the lower impedance subs will get more power than the higher impedance subs, resulting in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown subs.

  • Jesse Delgado from Manteca ,CA

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    Hello well I was thinking buying a RF power series T02D12. It is the selectable 1or 4 ohm dvc. I would like to know what is the best amp for performance and sq? Mono lock or 2 channel and how many watts?and how do I wire the amp to produce a 1 ohm load? Thank you beforehand.

  • chris from India

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    I would like to connect 4 dual subs with one peavey 4080 is it possible. ......

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2015

    Jesse, If you want to run that sub at one ohm, you set the jumper on it to the 1-ohm setting. Then, look for one-channel subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 500 to 1000 watts RMS at one ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2015

    Chris, Among these wiring diagrams is this one, which may be relevant for your situation. However, if your amplifier is a Peavey CS 4080HZ, it's a pro amp that gets its power from your service mains (wall socket, in this country), not a car's electrical system. It would be much more appropriate to drive non-powered PA subwoofers with this amp.

  • Luis Borges from Portugal

    Posted on 7/11/2015

    I have 4 svc 4ohm subs and want to wire them to all four channels on my 4 channel amp,but at a 2ohm load to the 4 channels,is it possible.Any wiring diagram that i can follow. Thankyou

  • John R Zuber from United States

    Posted on 7/12/2015

    I have a Pioneer GM 5602 (900W) 2 channel amplifier and two Diamond Audio TX 122s DVC 2 ohms. I believe they're 400 watts RMS. First question, is this set up a decent combination or should I search for a different amplifier? Secondly, assuming it's a good compatibility what would be the best wiring scheme to get the most out of my subs? THANKS in advance.

  • Pablo from Panorama city, California.

    Posted on 7/12/2015

    hello I want help me please. I need to know, you can connect a pair of speakers 6x9 Sony XS-FB6930 4 ohms 60 rms in brigde in auto kenwood 4 channels (45x4, Real 22x4) a speaker in bridge mode on the front channels and the other 6x9 channels back ?. thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    Luis, Sorry, but a SVC 4-ohm sub can only have 4 ohms of impedance. If you want to wire one to each channel of your amp, wire them like this diagram.

  • eric miller

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    ok i have 2 quad voice coil 4 ohm subs im about to have 4 quad how do you wire two quad subs and 4 quad subs together

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    John, The best you can do with that gear is to wire it together like this diagram. You'd do better with a mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms, and wire it like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    Pablo, Usually people run one speaker per channel of a 4-channel amplifier, without bridging channels together. Seeing as I don't know exactly what amp or receiver you have, I don't even know if it's possible to bridge it at all.

  • tim wulowka from British Columbia, Canada

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    If I have a mono 2 ohm stable amp, and 2 DVC 4 ohm subs, can I still wire it to be a 2 ohm load? which diagram would this be, thank you.

  • Henry renfrow from United States

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    I have 2 3000 watt amps I got 2 dual voice coil Bose platinum speakers with both of them 4ohm what is the best way to the them up to get the best power or get them down to 1 ohm

  • Carlos Gonzales from Wisconsin

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    I have a four speaker system in my car and just installed four new speakers in my car , And now I want to hook up a sub and amp in my car. I have a four channel amp and two subs in one box. What do I need to make my system complete and is it hard to do myself?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Eric, If you're asking how to wire six QVC 4-ohm subs together, I'd have to know what their RMS power ratings are and what and how many amplifiers you plan on using, although figuring out how to wire that many voice coils together may be beyond my level of expertise.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Tim, Two DVC 4-ohm subwoofers can only get wired together as a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Henry, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can be wired together to form a 1-ohm load this way. Having no idea of the RMS power ratings of your subs and amplifier, I can't say whether this gear will actually work together safely or not.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Carlos, I'd have to know exactly what amp and subs you have (make, model, and ratings) in order to help find out how to hook them up together. Why don't you give us a call so an Advisor can help you make sure you have everything you need for your installation.

  • Ed from Pratt

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Thanks

  • Pablo Fowler from panorama city, CA

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Hello, I am able to connect stereo speakers kenwood 6x9 using the four channels of stereo? I have a stereo KENWOOD KDC-122 [link removed] of 45x4 watts (continuous 22x4) and want to connect a pair of speakers 6x9 210 watts ( 70 continuous) (JBL-GT7-96)1 using all channels of the stereo, that is, use both channels for front and rear speaker channels to another horn. The problem is that if you change something in impedance or staying the same with the 4 ohm speakers or at risk to burn or affect something. I read in the stereo manual and says that if you can connect, the only thing you can not connect in bridge mode is a forward channel with a back channel. You can connect this way? Is something wrong with empedancia (change the ohms)?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2015

    Pablo, I see in the owner's manual for the Kenwood KDC-122 that confusing note about not using the front and rear speaker connections at the same time when using only two speakers in a system. This does not mean that the receiver's amplified outputs can be bridged together - they can't. Almost all car receivers are designed to work with 4-ohm speakers only. To run two speakers, you need to connect one speaker to the front left channel and one speaker to the front right channel and leave the rear channels of the receiver disconnected.

  • Orlando Brown from Sacramento

    Posted on 7/15/2015

    Is it possible to combine the output power of my two Mono Gravity amps, one 1500 watts and one 1800 watts? And run that combined power into three subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/16/2015

    Orlando, Unless your amplifiers specify that they can be "strapped" together, you should never connect the outputs of two amplifiers to each other. They will fight each other and at least one of them will lose.

  • Brian Hughes from Oak Grove, Mo

    Posted on 7/16/2015

    What is the ohm load of 6 dvc subs?

  • Patrick Garcia from United States

    Posted on 7/16/2015

    What is the best way to wire my 12" sub & 2 6×9" speakers to get the amps full potential? I have a Kicker 40CWS124 CompS Series 12" 4-ohm subwoofer that has 300w RMS. Then i have 2 Kicker - Cs694 6" X 9" Coaxial Speakers that are 4-ohm and are 150w RMS. The amp i have is a kicker cx300.1 mono amplifier with 600w max and 300w RMS. Is there a way i can wire all this into this amplifier? Should i invest in smaller or larger 6×9 kicker speakers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/17/2015

    Brian, It depends on exactly which subs you're referring to. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/17/2015

    Patrick, I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish. Are you trying to run two speakers and a subwoofer off one channel of amplification? If so, then the answer is that that equipment cannot be safely wired together. If you mean to have the two 6"x9" speakers as your left and right stereo speakers, then they will each need their own channel of amplification to work. That sub will work with that mono amplifier, but seeing as it's a 4-ohm sub, the amp won't put out its full power of 300 watts RMS but 150 watts RMS instead.

  • tim wulowka from Castlegar BC Canada

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    I have a 1400 watt RMS Mono block amplifier, but only 2 ohm stable, not 1 ohm stable, and 2 DVC 1800 watt max 900 watt RMS 4 ohm 10 inch subs, I have made a box that will fit the required air space of .95 cuft per sub sealed minus displacement for them, could you please show me how to wire these to work in 2 ohm stable (from what I understand, this is impossible), or 4 ohm stable for this set up, thank you very much for your help in advance....

  • Carter from Aberdeen, SD

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    I have a kenwood mono amp that has 500 rms x 1 at 2 ohms and 300 rms x 1 at 4 ohms! I have 2 15 inch subs svc each are 8 ohm and I have them paralleled to make 4 ohm load. Would that amp give each sub 300 watts or split the 300 watts rms and give them 150 watts rms?

  • Joseph from Tacoma

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    Sony xm-gtx 1000 2 channel and DVC Punch P3 2ohm how can i wire this and not hurt my amp? I dont know if my amp 1 0hm stable.

  • Stephen Jones from lanexa

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    im trying to get this kenwood 2000 watt mono amp but the thing is, it has two speaker inputs but its a mono amp im new to this all so this confused me how can i hook my 2 SVC subs into this amp [link to Kenwood KAC-9106D]

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015

    Tim, It sounds like you'll need to wire your subs as a 4-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015

    Carter, Each sub gets 150 watts RMS and puts that power out as sound and heat.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015

    Joseph, Most 2-channel amplifiers are not stable for a 2-ohm load when bridged. It sounds like you should wire your system together like this.

  • steven from cambridge

    Posted on 7/19/2015

    I have a kicker cx1200.1 amp. I want to purchases 2 10cvr dvc sub-woofers. should I buy the 2 ohm or 4 ohm to best fit this amp. my amp has two positive and two negative inputs but it is a mono block amp. any help is appreciated.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2015

    Stephen, The two inputs on that amplifier take the left and right signals from your stereo and electronically combine them into one mono signal inside the amp. You also may notice that there are two sets of output terminals as well. These are wired together internally and provide a handy way to parallel wire a couple of subs to the amp. I can't help you with your wiring without knowing the impedance and power rating of your SVC subs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2015

    Steven, You'll get the best bang for your buck with the DVC 2-ohm models, wired together like this. Your amplifier has two sets of output terminals, internally connected together, so you can have a convenient way to wire two subs to the amp in parallel. In your case, you can do it that way or like the diagram.

  • Angel from Hobbs

    Posted on 7/20/2015

    I have a 3500.1 crunch v drive mono amp want to connect 4 subs at 1 ohm rating at 1300 rms each I followed the instructions on here but was wondering my amp has 2 outlets but is one channel is there a way to just wire it using both outlet's or bridge it to the point for one coming from amp

  • CHRIS PAUL from Melbourn

    Posted on 7/20/2015

    Hello I am having problems making my setup sound cleaner/ which boxes to use/ which amp to pair with subs/ wiring issues??? first i will list my setup as accurately as possible for you. head unit: basic pioneer no bluetooth. 2 pre amp outputs front aux and usb cost about $80 kicker rcas from best buy off brand rcas amps: kenwood 5 channel 1200 watt max, got from best buy for 250 normal price is 350 power acoustic 2000 watt mono block, got from a friend for cheap :) subwoofers: 2 kicker compVR DVC 12 inch subwoofers 2 power acoustics that i got with the 2000 watt amp. im assuming these speakers have somewhere around 600-800 rms EACH the 2 front door speakers and tweeters in the camry are stock, i obviously want to change that eventually. the rear deck speakers dont work because i bypassed the stock jbl amplifier that comes with the car. so i bought a pair of polk audio 6x9s from best buy they were 149.99 for the pair. i think this model got discontinued but i like them they scream pretty loud. i have the polk audios hooked up to the kenwood 5 channel amplifier. i havent taken the time to switch the 6x9 polk audios with the rear decks that arent working. so the 6x9s are sitting on top of the rear deck sliding around LOL. on to the subwoofer setup. i have the 2 kickers compVR 12 inch hooked up to the kenwood 5 channel. i have them bridged . then i have the 2 12 inch power acoustics hooked up to the 2000 watt amp. i also have a scosche capacitor hooked up i

  • Berna from Dallas tx

    Posted on 7/20/2015

    I have 1 sundown 18 2 homs 2coils and ckiker 1000.1 and protection on n of i try difents ways to wire coils but only 4 homs final inpedance works its only 500 no good amp or how to wire this sub???

  • israel from fairbanks

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    I have a kicker compvr10 2ohm dual voice coil, im trying to know how to connect to a amplifier at 2ohm. I see how to make a 2ohm dual voice coil to a 4ohm amplifier Thank you!!!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    Angel, Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have 2 sets of output terminals. They are wired together inside the amp. The second speaker output terminal is there for convenience and if you hook a sub to each terminal it would result in the two subs being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Depending on your setup, you can take advantage of this feature to save wire. In your case, it'll probably be best to follow one of the diagrams and use one of the terminal sets only.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    Chris, If you had bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. You can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details. If you do, be prepared to identify your equipment by make and model number, not by what price you got it for.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    Berna and Israel, A single DVC 2-ohm subwoofer can only get wired as a 4-ohm or a 1-ohm load. If your amp can't deliver its full power at that impedance, and you want to maximize your system's power, you could either get a different amp or a different sub.

  • Miguel from Austin

    Posted on 7/22/2015

    Is a home theater sub [box] usually one channel? If so can I still parallel wire it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/22/2015

    Miguel, Home theater subwoofers are usually powered and play mono, 1-channel sound. If you want to add a second subwoofer to your home theater system, use the second subwoofer output if your receiver has one or employ a Y-cord to feed signal to the second sub. Parallel wiring, a method of connecting two subwoofers together that doubles the power handling and halves the total impedance, doesn't apply here.

  • Brian from Anoka

    Posted on 7/23/2015

    Hmm, curious I have a 2 channel power amplifier that can power down to 2 ohms at 2,000 watts. I've bridged a 8 ohm sub which theoretically gave me 460 rms watts at 4 ohms and so rather than connect a second sub to be bridged off those same lines I used the remaining terminals on the amp to bridge so theoretically it should push the amplifier at 2 ohm max 600 watt rms or 2,000 watt peak. I can actually hear the bass kicking and thumping now as before it seemed well under driven despite the speakers being rated at 350 watt rms 750 watt peak. Sounds great now is this sounding feasible or a fire waiting to happen?

  • Tyler from Ithaca

    Posted on 7/23/2015

    i have 2 subwoofers in a ported box that has two terminals and I have a mono amp. How would I wire it?

  • Jake from Englewood fl

    Posted on 7/24/2015

    I have a 2004 Cadillac cts that has a factory duel voice coil 10" woofer on the back deck. Can i use the factory wires to run them thew rca's for the audio input for my amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/24/2015

    Brian and Tyler, If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers. Then we can discuss how they should get wired together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/24/2015

    Jake, If you intend to add a subwoofer and amplifier to your factory system you can get its input signal from the factory sub wiring using a line output converter. The signal has already been crossed-over to play only bass frequencies, so don't expect it to be able to run a full-range speaker.

  • Dave from United States

    Posted on 7/25/2015

    Need to know the best way to hook my dvc subs Fosgate p3's to my 4 channel mtx thunder 304

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/25/2015

    Hi there! I will be using he diagram for a mono amp with two DVC 4 ohm subs, wired to a final two ohm load. Question is does the wiring have to go from amp to sub to sub as shown or can it still be wired to the box separately on each side of the amp, which seems to be the same idea?

  • David ruiz from Monterey park , ca

    Posted on 7/26/2015

    I have a kenwood kac-9105 amp What subwoofer do you guys recommend?? How would you wire 500rms x 1 at 4ohms or 900rms x 1 at 2ohms ??? How would you wire one at 1ohm ??? On this kenwood amp Thanks

  • Trailshunn Burch from Macon, Ga

    Posted on 7/26/2015

    I have question. I have 2 Kicker 15" L3 Dual Voice Coil Subs. Currently im using a 2 ohm Audiobahn amplifier. I have one coil wired [neg to pos]. Second Coil i run [neg and pos] directly into the amp for a 2 ohm load. My question is, i am now ready to wire them both at a 2 ohm load which im sure i will need to upgrade amplifier. What type of amp should i use, and how should i wire them? Should i wire them parallel or series. If i wire them in parallel, would that give me 1 ohm per sub and would i need two amplifiers to make this happen safely? Im a little confused? If i can find a nice amp to power both subs then i will be satisfied. Im using a 2 ohm 400.2 audiobahn currently which is barely enough power. Please help me.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Dave, Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofers come in a variety of sizes and impedances. Without knowing exactly which kind and how many subs you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Nathan, Yes, you can connect the leads of the second sub to your mono amp's second set of terminals. Electrically it would be the same as the diagram.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    David, I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right sub for you. As for wiring, it depends on what specific sub you get. If you get a SVC 4-ohm sub, for instance, you could wire it like this and get 500 watts RMS out of it. Or, if you got a DVC 4-ohm sub, you could wire it like this, and get 900 watts RMS out of it. That amp is not stable for a 1-ohm load.

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Thank you Buck. I only have one speaker output from a tma t500.1 class b amp that will be feeding two 4 ohm DVC subwoofers. More specifically, if I ran the + and - to each side of the box and still bridged the second connection on the subwoofers, it would be the same two ohm load? Or do I need to connect exactly per the diagram to one speaker then run an additional positive over to the other speaker? Thanks again! I'm looking at the mono amp using two 4 ohm dvc subs resulting in two ohm final load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Trailshunn, Kicker makes two models of 15" L3 subs: DVC 4-ohm and DVC 2-ohm models. And when I Google your amplifier, I get no meaningful results. Without better identification, I'm afraid I can't give you wiring advice.

  • Nathen from Uniontown

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Hi buck. I believe I was looking at the wrong diagram. I have a tma t500.1 two ohm stable amp that will power two 4 ohm DVC subwoofers. Is there a way to wire them down to a two ohm load?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Hey Nathan, I'm sorry, I made a terrible mistake. Two DVC 4-ohms subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load, never a 2-ohm load. Seeing as that amp won't work with a 1-ohm load, you'll have to wire it like this diagram.

  • deandre from Phoenix

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    I have two rockwood xplore xr4612 1200 watt subs. With a 2000 watt power acoustic cpt mono app 4/2ohm stable class a/b amp. What would be the best wiring to get the most bass from it? Im not sure what ohm the subs are as they are not listed on them but i believe they are the top of rockwood product line. I cant find any info about them online as ive had them for awhile now..im thinking theu may be either 1 or 2ohm but not sure.

  • Andre from Miami lakes

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    Does the 12 inch Fosgate prime with a dual voice coil have a different wiring schematic than a normal voice call?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    Deandre, I can't find out anything about either your subs or your amp. You could play it safe and wire them together like this. But, a better plan of action would be for you to take your gear to a car audio installer and see if they'll test it or install it for you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    Andre, If you are asking whether a single voice coil (SVC) sub gets wired differently than a dual voice coil (DVC) sub, then the answer is yes. Maybe I misunderstood what you're calling "normal" - but normally subwoofer coils come in single- and dual-coil models.

  • robert from Zwolle

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    I have a mono amp a nd one svc and one svc how would I weird this both speakers are four ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/30/2015

    Robert, If you have two SVC 4-ohm subs and a mono amp, you'd wire them together like this.

  • John from Greensboro, NC

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    I want to run 2 10"subs using one amp and 1 15" sub using a different amp. My tuner/head only has one subwoofer output (rca plugs). Is there any way I can run both amps from the one output without losing signal integrity?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    John, Some amps have preamp outputs so you can "daisy-chain" two amplifiers' inputs from the same source. If your amps don't have that feature, you can use a couple RCA Y-cord adapters, like these to split the signal from your receiver to your two amps.

  • Andy Waldrip

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    i have a memphis single or 4 ohm voice coil and a 2 channel 900 watt bridgeable amp what do i set it at im not sure thankyou

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    Andy, If you have a single voice coil 4-ohm sub you could wire it to your 2-channel amp like this diagram, but without knowing the sub's RMS rating there's no way of knowing whether it'll work with that amp or blow up. To help with tuning your bass, check out this article.

  • Cody from Walterboro

    Posted on 8/4/2015

    Hey I'm looking at getting 2 Pioneer Champion 10" (TS-W259D4) subs, and hooking them up to a 1000 watt 2-channel amp. Being that the subs are 4 ohms each, if bridge them according to your diagram it'd still be 4 ohms at the amp? According to the description, one sub "can be wired at 2 or 8 ohms" does that mean if I had two and bridged them, that it would come out to 4 or 16 ohms? Sorry I'm new at this (first car, first system) and I wanna do it right. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2015

    Cody, Those subs are dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm subs, which means they each have two 4-ohm voice coils. A single DVC 4-ohm sub can be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can be wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load. For your proposed setup, use the 4-ohm diagram.

  • Patrick from Las cruces

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    I have a mt series re 15 inch subwoofer which has a 8 layer aluminum voice coils how do I wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    Patrick, RE Audio does not publish any meaningful specs on their subwoofers, and in fact say that their MT Series subs have customizable coil options but don't say what those options are. Without knowing exactly what coil configuration or impedance your sub has, I can't give advice on wiring it up. I can safely say that you can ignore the "8-layer aluminum voice coil" spec, as that has nothing to do with how you should wire the sub.

  • Blaine Folsom from Tuscaloosa,Al

    Posted on 8/6/2015

    I have a 5 channel amp and I want the best performance of course so how can I make my 1 DVC Sub run at 2 ohms and my other 4 speakers at 4 ohms? My AMP is a MBQUART NA 710.5 My SUB is a AUDIOBAUN 10" DVC SUB. Can you help by sending me a wiring diagram showing if possible everything at 2 OHMS. [email address removed] Thank you any help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/6/2015

    Blaine, You didn't identify the impedance of your sub, but if it's a DVC 4-ohm sub (most Audiobahn subs are), you'd wire it to the subwoofer channel of that amp like this diagram. Almost all full-range car speakers have a 4-ohm impedance, you can't change that, so you hook each up to its own amp channel.

  • doug from crowley

    Posted on 8/7/2015

    ive got an infinity 10 inch dvc and a lanzar vct 2100 amp, are these a good match in bridged mode? its a 2 channel amp and if so how should I wire this?

  • Cory D. Williams from United States

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    Can u bridge 2 4 ohm dvc subs to a single channel amp?

  • William Watkins from Benton , La

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    I have a 8 inch Nissan Rockford fosgate subwoofer in my 05 Sentra replaced head unit and amp head unit is kenwood purchased from you guys.my name is William Watkins. [email removed], the amp I purchased local its a ssl 4.1000 can you suggest the proper hook up for this subwoofer it's a dvc 8 inch with 4 wires that appear to need to be hooked up any help would be appreciated thanks n God bless

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Doug, That amp can put out 150 watts RMS when bridged into a 4-ohm load. Not knowing the impedance or RMS rating of your sub makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Cory, In the world of car audio, you "bridge" two adjacent amplifier channels together to form a single more-powerful amp channel. You can wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to a mono amp like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    William, Rockford Fosgate makes a lot of different 8-inch DVC subs, and Googling an SSL amplifier turns up no useful specs. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. Sorry.

  • Rick Curtis from Gaithersburg.Md.

    Posted on 8/15/2015

    i have an existing Blaupunkt system with a 445 / 600W 4 ch in now. I want to add a Active Blau. 300W Subwoofer but not sure how to bring in input signal. This Sub activates/triggers on Input signal ( no blue wire needed) Do I just splice in to Inputs as a bridge at the Amp Inputs ,? I am using Hi-level / not RCAs. Also want to install a LED line Toggle as a Kill switch. Should that be on power cable or can I series to in Signal also since that triggers the ON Amp internally. is appreciated. Rick

  • ali from london

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    Hi.ive got one pioneer 305c sub and ive got kenwood 9501 amp.the amp is like 2channel mono but the channel is a bit confusing coz is - - ++ i dont know how to wiring it.do i have to bridge it or ...i realy dont know.cud u help me out plz.thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/17/2015

    Rick, If you're going to use high-level inputs for your sub amp, you need to splice into speaker wires, after your amp's outputs. And please do not try and switch the power line directly, that would be dangerous and a fire hazard. You will need to use a remote turn-on lead if you want to be able to turn the sub on and off at will.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/17/2015

    Ali, 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, just use one plus/minus pair of terminals.

  • Geoffrey Davis

    Posted on 8/18/2015

    I'm looking at getting 4 door speakers, 150 watt RMS each and a 700 watt RMS subwoofer for my 04 mustang gt. What size or kind of amp would you recommend or do I need two amps. My receiver is aftermarket.

  • Jeremy from Newton

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    One dual 2 ohm mtx and a mono amp how to wire it at 2 ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    Jeremy, A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only get wired as a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load.

  • thomas from carrollton

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    I have three amps one crescendo 3500d on my two subs and two4 channel crescendo s800/4 on mids and highs I cant get but one 4 ch amp to work because one 4 ch has 4 rcas and I tried to strap it to the outher one but all I get is crazy sound coming from the speakers then I tried to use rca splitters and that didn't work so could you help me with the rcas for 3 amps and what I need to do

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    Thomas, Not knowing how many RCA outputs your receiver has makes it difficult to give advice on how to hook it up to your amplifiers. Normally, you'd use an RCA Y-cord adapter on each channel to send a single signal to two different amp inputs. If your receiver doesn't have a dedicated subwoofer output, you can take the preamp outputs of one of the 4-channel amps and use that for the sub amp's input.

  • Dave from Temecula

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    Hi Buck. I have a Zapco ST-5X 5-channel amp with the sub channel rated at 240watts RMS at 4ohm. Would like to run a Punch 12" sub and need advice on whether the P1S4-12 (250watts RMS, 4ohm svc) or the P2D2-12 (400watts RMS, 2ohm dvc) would be a better choice? Thanks for any help.

  • Ron John from Antigua, Caribbean

    Posted on 8/23/2015

    Hi, I have a Rockford Fosgate Power T1000-1bdCP Sub Amp. I am thinking of purchasing one Alpine SWR10, but am not sure if to go for the D2 or the D4. I am aiming for SQ over loudness, and because of the fact that i am not yet an expert at tuning and often blow my sub because i cannot hear the sub distortion, i would like to somewhat underpower the sub to leave space for error in my tuning. So should i get the D2, or D4, and how should i wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    Dave, The power rating for the P1S4-12 matches that amp's output better than the other sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    Ron, You probably would do best with the D2 model. You could play it safe and wire it as a 4-ohm load at first so the amp will play 700 watts RMS. Then, when you feel confident, you could rewire it like this for up to 1000 watts RMS.

  • Dave from Temecula

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    Hi Buck. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Adam Sanchez from Kerrville

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    Question my svc sub only has 2 +an- terminals how do I bridge it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    Adam, Some amplifiers can have two of their channels bridged together to combine their power for a stronger output. You don't bridge subwoofers, you bridge amplifier channels. The instructions that come with your amp will show how the connections should be made. And your single voice coil (SVC) subwoofer should have one positive terminal and one negative terminal.

  • Tumza from polokwane

    Posted on 8/27/2015

    hi im having 2xpioneer dvc sub1400w each, so I wana know if I can buy 6000watts ice power amp 4Ch/mono?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/27/2015

    Tumza, I'm not sure why you'd consider using a 4-channel amplifier to run your subwoofers, but I suppose it's possible. You'd do much better, however, getting a mono, 1-channel amplifier that was made to run subwoofers.

  • jerry clark from surrey

    Posted on 8/28/2015

    If you what to end up with a 2ohm load, and you have a one 4ohm dvc sub .And you want to run two more subs so a total of three but want to end up with a 2ohm load. Would you run two dvc 4ohms to get 2.7ohms or can you run 2 dvc 2ohms subs with the 4dvc sub? Is there a way to wire those three to get to 2ohm instead of 2.7 load on a mono amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/28/2015

    Jerry, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. For three subwoofers: 3 SVC 2-ohm subs can have 6 ohms of impedance; 3 SVC 4-ohm subs can have 1.3 ohms of impedance; 3 DVC 2-ohm subs can have 1.3 ohms or 3 ohms of impedance; 3 DVC 4-ohms can have 2.7 ohms or 6 ohms of impedance. Sorry, no 2-ohm solutions.

  • Pete

    Posted on 8/28/2015

    I have two, svc 2ohm subwoofers rated at 250 watts rms. If I use a 500 watt mono amp it shows a 4ohm load at the amp according to your chart. Do I get 250 watts to each subwoofer?

  • Kasey from St. Paul

    Posted on 8/29/2015

    I have 2 hifonics brz 1700.1 class d mono Amps with 4 kicker solo barics 4 ohm 10" subs, I need help with wiring, what would you suggest? Please and thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Pete, That's right, each sub would receive half of what the amp puts out.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Kasey, I recommend wiring two subs to each amp like this.

  • Inder from Blaine

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Hi I have 2 alpine type e SVC subs in a sealed bassworx box with a JL JX500/1 mono block amp. I know the subs are 4ohm. I wired everything individually and used all 4 terminals on the amp to power the subs. The amp actually heats up very quick. I am wondering if I need to wire these subs in parallel and only use 2 of the speaker terminals on the amp instead of all 4?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Inder, Your mono, 1-channel amp has two sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience. When you hook a speaker to each terminal it results in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance of what the amps sees in half. It sounds to me that your subs are wired correctly and that your amplifier might need more air space to keep cool.

  • Shay

    Posted on 9/1/2015

    Hello, I have a Rockford Fosgate P3D4 DVC 4-ohm subwoofer and want to get 2 ohms, 750W, out of out of a 1000w sub, it's power levels are 1000W - 1 ohm, 750W - 2 ohm, and 475W - 4 ohms. The amp is a monoblock with two outputs for two subwoofers, two positive terminals and two negative terminals. Does using one set of terminals affect what power I get or will using both be different?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/2/2015

    Shay, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, so 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. If you have only one sub, use only one set of terminals.

  • Brian Z from Milwaukee, WI USA

    Posted on 9/3/2015

    I am trying to help my son install the new Amp and Sub that he recently purchased. The Amp is a Kenwood KAC-9106D and the Sub is an Alpine SWR-12D. I'm getting a bit confused by all of this Ohm, Load and RMS stuff!!!! Simply put, is the wiring diagram at the following link the correct one for this setup? TIA for your valued help . . . [link to this diagram]

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/3/2015

    Brian, You've got an amplifier that can put out 1000 watts RMS into 2 ohms for a subwoofer that can get wired at 2 ohms and rated for 1000 watts RMS - sounds perfect to me. And you have indeed chosen the correct wiring diagram to follow.

  • Cameron from Nevada

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    I've just installed a 500 watt (250 rms) subwoofer with a 1050 watt (200 rms) amplifier. I have the subwoofer wired to 2 ohms. Everything seems to be working fine but I just want to be sure nothing is going to overheat. I'ts also a 2ch amplifier.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    Cameron, Most 2-channel amps are not stable when bridged into 2 ohms, so you may have an issue. But not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Hi, I have single 12" pioneer subwoofer 308 dvc d4 (1400watt, 400 rms) and Sal pro 900 2 channel amplifier which provides 1x900 w on 2 ohm, 1x600 w on 4ohm / 2x300 on 2 ohm, but i don't have any manual for the amplifier and can't find it on the internet, above the left + and right - of the channels it says 4 ohm sub, which way is the best to wire the sub and amplifier ohm and power wise?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Dude, Without knowing exactly what amp you have, I can't help you on how to wire it. If something blew up you'd be angry at me for giving bad advice.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Amplifier is Sal 900+pro, (Somogyi audio line) it has 2 channels, and i found on the net that it has 1×900rms 2 ohm, 1×600 rms 4 ohm, 2×300rms 2 ohm and 2x200 4 ohm.. there is a bridge sign above left positive of the first channel and right negative of the second channel, and above the bridge line it says 4 ohm, it probably means that it is 4 ohm stable when bridged or? I'm thinking wiring it on one chanel, not bridging it.. With sub coils wired paralel (2 ohm) but i'm not sure, maybe it is 2 ohm bridge stable...I hope i wont screw up with something

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/11/2015

    Dude, I would definitely believe what's on the amp over what's on the internet. Your amp probably is stable only down to 4 ohms when bridged. Using just one channel of the amp to drive your sub sounds like the best plan.

  • Dude 88 from Varazdin

    Posted on 9/11/2015

    Thank you for your advice, i've tried it on one channel and it works like a charm.. It hits hard enough, don't need bridging it anyway.. Keep up with your good work and helping people out... Respect!

  • leon from rialto

    Posted on 9/11/2015

    Hello I have one 12 ct sounds meso 2000 rms connected to a hifonics zrx 1800.1d my question is can I wire that subwoofer to 1ohm? With that 2 channel amp?

  • Nate from Uniontown

    Posted on 9/12/2015

    Hi! Recently bought a second hand Rockford T1000-1bd (older style) and wired to two 4 ohm DVC subs for a final one ohm per the diagram. Just to confirm, I linked DVC together per the diagram but instead of the direct connection between subs each side of the box is hooked into the speaker terminals on the amp. Being there are two set to connect at the amp yet it's mono I presume that is just for convenience. Just wanted to run it by you and verify the way o wired it is essentially the same and that the direct connects between subwoofers are not necessary. Thanks!

  • 4SAKEN from Appleton

    Posted on 9/13/2015

    Crossfire vr1000d is amp, 3 12 inch kicker solo baric 4 ohm Svc subs (old school subs round ) Amp is 1 ohm stable. What is wiring diagram to optimize my power. Subs are 1000w peak and 600 w rms. Or do you recommend a different amp? Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015

    Leon, CT Sounds makes two versions of that sub, a DVC 1-ohm model and a DVC 2-ohm model. If you have the 2-om version you can wire it as a 1-ohm load like this. If yours is the other model you can't. And your amp has only one channel. Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have two 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.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015

    Nate, You are correct.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2015

    4, You wire three SVC 4-ohm subs to a mono amp stable to 1 ohm like this diagram. Those subs can take an amp twice as powerful, if you want.

  • Kwamane Powers from Wetumpka

    Posted on 9/18/2015

    I have 4 2ohm dvc kicker compr 15s with the independence switch.. They can either be on 4 ohm or 1 ohm. There 1200 watts rms. Do I need 4 1ohm amps or two 2 ohm amps or 1 big 1ohm amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/19/2015

    Kwamane, Kicker CompR 15" subs are each rated for 800 watts RMS. Four of them would need between 2500 and 4000 watts RMS of power to sound right. Look for an amp that can do that much power at 4 ohms (each of your subs set to 1 ohm) or at one ohm (yours each set to 4 ohms). For your subs, you'd ignore the jumpers between voice coils in each diagram and use the switches as described.

  • Zachary McLain from Joshua

    Posted on 9/24/2015

    I have a couple options as for equipment I be 2 Jenson xs12 subs and 2 Rockford Fosgate r1 12" subs I have a Rockford Fosgate punch 250a2 amp and a dual brand 400 watt What would held the best sound, and what would be my best option for wiring, I'm fairly new to sound systems

  • eric mcelroy from ashtabula

    Posted on 9/24/2015

    Hey buck pomerantz from cruchfeild I have a planet audio rx 4.300 4 channel amp with a 750 watt crunch gtr 12 inch sub and a pyle blue wave pro 1200 watt sub and there bridged to channel one and 2 and the pyle sub dosent play right for some reason how could I fixed this the dual 4 omhs to by the way could u tell me whats going on idk what to do

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/24/2015

    Zachary, If I understand you correctly, you have four SVC 4-ohm subs and two 2-channel amplifiers. The only way to safely wire that equipment together is to wire a single sub to each amp channel. You won't get much bass but you won't blow up your amps because they were wired to the wrong impedance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/24/2015

    Eric, Sorry, I can find no information on that amp and that Crunch sub, and not knowing exactly how you've got them wired together, I can't help you diagnose what's wrong. If you bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is 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.

  • jasonadam from Rhinelander

    Posted on 9/30/2015

    Hello, I have a legacy predator la-2268 4000 watt - 2 channel bridgable mosfet amplifier and two 2ohm dvc 152x mofo 3000 watt subs. How can I hook the three up to get the most power or best sound (bass wise)? Also what guage wire should I be using to power the amp from the battery and ground and what guage wire should I use from speakers to amp? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Jasonadam, The only way I can think of safely wiring that gear together is like this. Use 4-gauge power and ground wires for the amp. For speaker wire, any size from16- to 12-gauge will work.

  • Mike from Betterton

    Posted on 10/4/2015

    I have two 12" DVC Insignia subs wired down to 2 ohms from 4 ohms powered by a 1800W Max, 4-Channel Diablo Series Amplifier (D4504) I am only using 2 channels of the amp unbridged. Is this setup or wiring the best option to get optimal performance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/4/2015

    Mike, Yes, I think you have the best wiring scheme possible for that equipment.

  • Nnamdi from Enugu

    Posted on 10/4/2015

    Please i want to connect three sub-woofer speaker, like in your Diagrams to one semi big box, but the box does not have any divide for the speakers inside just empty and having the space for the three speakers and the air flow space. please must the box be divide in a way and the speakers connected before it will work or can it work with the box empty?

  • Luis A. Colon from Coamo PR

    Posted on 10/4/2015

    I have a audio pipe TXX AP12BL 1600W what kind of amp should be looking for? Thanks ahead for any input you can give me.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2015

    Nnamdi, As long as the subs are the same and the box provides them each with enough space, you should be fine without internal dividers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2015

    Luis, For that sub, look for an amp that can put out from 600 to 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms. A good match would be an MTX Thunder 1000.1 subwoofer amplifier. Give us a call or go online to chat with an Advisor for more information.

  • Nick from boca raton

    Posted on 10/8/2015

    hey there. i have two 12 inch DVC subs rated at 600rms each at 4ohms, totaling 1200rms and 8 ohms. my amp is 1200rms at 1ohm. does this mean that if wired in parallel correctly to get 1ohm impendance that each sub will receive exactly 600 watts? and how to i wire in parallel with my box being that the two subs are seperated by two terminals at the back with one set of postive and negative each?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/9/2015

    Nick, Without knowing your gear's makes and models to verify those specs, I can't tell for sure, but if you really have two DVC 4-ohm subs each rated for 600 watts RMS and a mono amplifier that can put out 1200 watts RMS to a 1-ohm load, then you can wire it all together like this. Each sub will get half the output of the amp - up to 600 watts RMS each.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    I would like to wire 6 svc subs to an ohm load between 1 and 3 the closer to 2 ohms the better it's a mono amp and i have the choice between 2 ohm, 4 ohm, or 8ohm for the voice coils i need to know what will get me closest to the 2 ohm load?

  • Charles from Alaska

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    I have a Kenwood amp that will push 400W at 4O and 600W at 2O, single channel. I currently have a 10" 300W Sub installed. Theoretically, I could install another sub as long as it is 4O and has a RMS of 300W, right?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    Ricky, Using six SVC 4-ohm subs I can get you to 2.7 ohms. Start by wiring three pairs each together in series. Then parallel wire the three pairs with the amp. Each series pair will be 8 ohms and three 8-ohm loads in parallel equals 2.7 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    Charles, If your first sub is an SVC 4-ohm sub, you can indeed add a second SVC 4-ohm sub. Wired like this, each sub would get 300 watts RMS, so a sub with a power rating near that will work.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    So if i'm going to be running them like that what gauge wire do you suggest? Each subwoofer is 100 watt rms 200 watt peak

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2015

    Ricky, You can use 16-gauge, 14-gauge, or 12-gauge wiring for your subs.

  • Ricky

    Posted on 10/17/2015

    So the box i'm building for this project is 3 cubic feet the 6 subs take .5 cubic feet minimum each which will put me at just enough air space if i use polly fill with the box will it give me just enough extra to allow for the displacment of the subs? The displacement of all the subs add to about .5 cubic feet

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Ricky, A half-pound or a pound of polyfill may help with your sub's bass response. It certainly won't hurt to give it a try.

  • Jonathon from Sarasota

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    I have two MTX Thunder 6000 SVC 12" Subwoofers, each at 250w rms and 500w peak. I also have a Boss AR1500M ARMOR 1,500-Watt Mono Mosfet Amplifier. Would it be ok to wire these subs to this amplifier?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Jonathon, You can wire those subs to that amp, just don't expect a lot of bass from the system. Judging by the amp's 30-amp fuse and AB Class, I wouldn't expect more than about 200 watts RMS out of it, 100 watts for each sub.

  • mack from jacksonville

    Posted on 10/20/2015

    3 BOSS AUDIO P126DVC Phantom 12 " Woofer with Dual 4 ohm Voice Coil 2300 Watts MAX 1150 Watts RMS Power Handling 84dB Sensitivity, 31 Hz Resonant Frequency. I will be mounting them in a triple enclosed box. My question is what type of sub would work best with them and how should i wire them. Im looking to get max bass without over powering them. They are going into a Chevy Impala. I was also looking at Infinity Reference 1262w 12-Inch but didn't find to much information on them.

  • Rick from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 10/20/2015

    My daughter recently purchased a 2-sub box from a friend-of-a-friend and wants me to install it for her. It has two Alpine 10-inch subs (SWS-10D4) that I think are wired together as in this diagram 1 - Is there any way, other than opening up the box, to determine how they are wired together? 1 - Can you recommend an appropriate amplifier for me? Her car is a Honda Accord with a factory radio (no nav) and all speakers are factory. Its been 15 years or so since I've done any install work like this and I'm a little rusty!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015

    Mack, I'm not familiar with those subwoofers, but I suppose a mono amplifier capable of putting out between 1500 and 3000 watts RMS at 2 ohms will work. Three DVC 4-ohm subs get wired together to a mono amp like this. The Infinity 1262w is a fine subwoofer and you can find out more about it at Crutchfield.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015

    Rick, The only way to know for sure how your subs are wired is to open the box and look. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together as a 1-ohm , a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load so it's important to know which you've got, and maybe plan to rewire them to a more convenient configuration. I've forwarded your recommendation question to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right amp for your daughter's system. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • mack from jax

    Posted on 10/22/2015

    I am looking to up grade from 3 to 4 12's. Im doing this because im reading it is harder to wires and supply a odd number of 12's on one amp. Im looking at doing the Hifonics ZRX3216.1D Zeus ZRX Series Mono Block D Class 3200 Watt Vehicle Amplifier3200 watt mono block D class amplifier 1 x 800 @ 4 Ohms, 1 x 1600 @ 2 Ohms, 1 x 3200 watts @ 1 Ohm. I choose this amp because i can wires 4 ohm svc at 1ohm or 4 4ohm dvc at 2ohm. Seeing as 4ohm in 12's seems to be very common and cheaper than 2ohm subs. Is this logic correct? This will allow me to by some inexpensive svc subs to run at a max 3200rms untill i can invest in some better svc or switch to dvc while not changing amps. I was looking at these subs: BOSS AUDIO CX122 Chaos Exxtreme 12 inch Single 4 ohm Voice Coil 1400 Watts MAX 700 Watts RMS Power Handling. This will give me 2800rms with 4 subs so the above amp will give 3200rms at 1ohm. Am i correct?

  • mac from jax

    Posted on 10/22/2015

    Hi so i think im going to go with this setup. 4 BOSS AUDIO P126DVC Phantom 12 inch Dvc 4 Ohm 2300 Watts MAX 1150 Watts RMS Power. The amp is SSL EV5000D Evolution Series 5000-watt Class D Monoblock 1 Ohm Stable Amp 1x 200 amp fuse. The book says it is 1700 rms 4ohm x 1, max 3500rms 2ohm, max 5000rms at 1ohm. I was going to run 4 of the subs down to 2ohm at the amp. At 1150rms each sum for a total of 4600 that is 1100 rms less than what the amp can put out w of would this be a problem or should i look for other subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/22/2015

    Mack, You quote a lot of specs for those amplifiers, some of which are relevant, some not. Let's start with that Hifonics ZRX3216.1D. The published ratings are peak power ratings, virtually worthless for planning a system. Judging by the amp's Class and fuse recommendation, I'd say this amp won't be able to put out more than about 2800 watts RMS into the 1-ohm load you can wire four SVC 4-ohm subs - that's 700 watts RMS for each sub: not a bad deal really. The SoundStorm EV5000D claims to be stable for a 1-ohm load, but quotes no RMS power ratings for it - which is suspicious, the amp may not work with a 1-ohm load. Again, judging by its Class and fuse, I wouldn't expect more than about 1900 watts RMS at 2 ohms - that's 475 watts RMS per DVC 4-ohm sub.

  • libra from Gainesville

    Posted on 10/24/2015

    hello I am going to get the BOSS AUDIO CX122 Chaos Exxtreme 12 inch SVC (4 Ohm) sub. it says it can do 1400 Watts MAX 700 Watts RMS. I will be getting 3 with the possibility of 4 in the future. I was going to wire them ( 3) down to 1ohm so i can get the most power from the amp and the most out of the subs. Any ideas? I was looking at a Hifonics ZRX3216.1D. Says it can put out 1 x 800 @ 4 Ohms, 1 x 1600 @ 2 Ohms, 1 x 3200 watts @ 1 Ohm. A Boss AR3000D with Max Power, 1 Ohm: 3000W x 1 Max Power, 2 Ohms: 2200W x 1 RMS Power, 4 Ohms: 1200W x 1 or a Power Acoustik Gt1-6000d 6000W max 2300W at 4 ohm 3000W at 2 ohm 3700W at 1 ohm. I listed all the amps i was looking at because i am not sure which will be the best bang for my buck. I want something ( sub+amp) that will give me a loud hitting system. Thanks for any help!

  • burak from ankara

    Posted on 10/24/2015

    Hi, i am using "alpine pdx-m12" and "digital designs 9912, 4+4", i would like to run amplifier at 8O, is it possible without harming both products, would you recommend it?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015

    Libra, Three SVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together this way to form a 1.3-ohm load, which apparently any of those amps can handle. Of the amps you mention, I'd expect the first one will provide the most power to your subs, although not as much as that peak power specification indicates.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015

    Burak, I'm not familiar with that subwoofer, the models available in the USA come as DVC 1-ohm or DVC ½-ohm, not DVC 4-ohms, but what's available in your country may be different. If you do have a DVC 4-ohm sub, you can indeed wire it safely to that amplifier at 8-ohms. You'd get more output, however, if you wired it as a 2-ohm load.

  • Ethan Ramos from Dallas

    Posted on 10/27/2015

    I have two 12" kicker cvr 4 ohms Dvc coil speakers and a 1000 watt mono block amp. I am running them at 4 ohms do you know how many watts I would be getting to my speakers. I want to try for at least 700 watts a speaker could I wire it up so that's possible or would I need to get a new amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/27/2015

    Ethan, If your amplifier can actually put out 1000 watts RMS to those two subs wired as a 4-ohm load, then each sub would get 500 watts RMS, half the amp's total power. Seeing as those subs are each rated for 400 watts RMS, that's a good match. Applying 700 watts RMS to a 400 watts RMS rated sub might be a bit much and asking for trouble.

  • jake

    Posted on 10/29/2015

    If I have 2 dvc 2 ohm how can i wire them to a mono amp 1 ohm stable?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/29/2015

    Jake, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm load, an 8-ohm load, or a 2-ohm load, the last one being the most useful configuration.

  • Isaac from fort collins

    Posted on 11/4/2015

    I have a small speaker cabinet I built a couple years ago that I would like to throw in the boot of my 4runner. It has a decent 250 watt RMS driver with an 8ohm impendence (eminence deltalite 2512). I'm having trouble figuring out what kind of amp I need to buy to run this speaker as a sub to complement my current system. If I use a dual channel amp and bridge the output, will my speaker work like an 4ohm, in which case an amp that can power 250 watts at 4ohms (bridged) would be sufficient? Or do I need to buy a single channel amp with 500watts at 4ohms to power an 8ohm speaker? I'm not that concerned with it reaching its max volume, I just don't want to damage the driver by having not enough power. Should this be a concern if I just keep the speaker volume in moderate ranges? If it ends costing much over $150, I'd rather just buy stuff to use it in my home.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/4/2015

    Isaac, That driver is a midrange speaker designed for PA use, not for a car subwoofer - but it may work out sounding fine for you. No matter how or to what amp you hook it up, it will always have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms - you can't change that. Most amplifiers will put out half as much power at 8 ohms as they would at 4 ohms, although not all amps behave this way. But I think you'll be safe running that speaker with an amp that can put out 500 watts RMS at 4 ohms. Make sure you set the amp's gain so no distortion plays out the speaker.

  • Eloy from Modesto

    Posted on 11/5/2015

    I have 1 Kicker 10cvx104 sub(600 watts RMS) and a Kicker kx600.1 amp (600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms). I want to wire them both to get the 2 ohm @ 600w. According to Cruthcfield diagrams, would the One 4-ohm DVC Sub, mono amp: 2-ohm load diagram do the trick?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/5/2015

    Eloy, Yes, that's the diagram to follow.

  • Cody

    Posted on 11/6/2015

    I am purchasing 2 Skar Audio IX-8's which are dvc and the Skar Audio MSK which is 1 ohm stable. I want to run these IX-8's at one ohm on that amp. should i purchase the dvc 4 ohm type of the IX-8, or the dvc 2 ohm type of the IX-8??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/6/2015

    Cody, You can wire two DVC 4-ohm subs together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load. Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Oscar from Kingsville

    Posted on 11/11/2015

    Hi Buck, I have 2 12" Memphis Power Reference DVC 4 ohm subs and a Kicker dxa1000.1 amp. How can I connect this setup to get the deepest solid bass sound?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/11/2015

    Oscar, The only way to safely wire your gear together is like this. If the subwoofers are Memphis PR12D4s, then each is rated for 250 watts RMS and that amp wired that way will be able to give them exactly that much power - 250 watts RMS each, 500 watts total.

  • Chris

    Posted on 11/15/2015

    Kicker 40CWD122 With a kicker cx 300.1 amp. Is this a good combo and best wiring configuration

  • Scott Sandbserg from cannon falls mn

    Posted on 11/20/2015

    Hey buck I'm new to this and just bought an Audiobahn 2400 max mono amp 1200 wat RMS and would like to run 212 inch dual voice coil subs I've heard that I need to run 2 dual 4 ohm subs that are 600 RMS each wired to 1 ohm to give them 600 watts each is there anyway I can do to 4 ohm subs dual voice coil to give them each 1200 watts RMS or is that not possible? I could really use some help on what I should wire to this amp and what RMS subs I need to get the most bang out of the this amp I have read a lot of these forums but I still seem lost on the two ohm for and how much power it gives each and which one sounds better any help is greatly appreciated thank you for your time

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/23/2015

    Chris, You could wire that gear together like this, but the amp would only be able to put out 150 watts RMS to the sub. A better match for that amplifier would be the Kicker 40CWD124 wired like this, where the amp can put out 300 watts RMS to the 300-watt rated sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/23/2015

    Scott, If your amplifier can truly deliver 1200 watts RMS to a one-ohm load, then you could wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to it like this, and each sub would receive 600 watts RMS. This would be a good match for a pair of subs rated between 400 and 800 watts RMS each.

  • Charles Mohorcic from North Royalton

    Posted on 11/27/2015

    I have an Autotek SX2300 Street Machine 2ch bridgable 4,2,1 ohm stable mono. 800 watt rms at 1 ohm. Can I run two American bass tnt 10" subs that are DVC 4 ohm 600 watt rms each on it bridged in parallel or would I be under powering them? I used to have this amp when I was a kid and you heard my system from a mile away on two 12" subs. No distortion what so ever, I'm just worried about under powering the subs I'm thinking about getting.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2015

    Charles, You could wire those subs to that amp like this diagram. At 700 watts RMS total, 350 per sub, it'd under power the subs a bit, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distorted signals trying to get more bass out of them than they can handle.

  • nathaniel

    Posted on 12/2/2015

    Just bought a kicker S15L7 solo baric. Cant tell if its 2ohm or 4ohm. Manual says both but also wanna know how to wire it up for 2ohm or 4ohm loads. Would a kicker cx1200.1 work well for this sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/3/2015

    Nathaniel, Kicker Solo-Baric L7 15" subs come in DVC (dual voice coil) 2-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models. If the impedance isn't marked on the label or magnet of the sub, you'll need to find out which you have from whomever you bought it. It makes a big difference. The amplifier you mention will work with the DVC 2-ohm model wired as a 4-ohm load, for instance, but not when wired as a 1-ohm load. The DVC 4-ohm model will work well with that amp as a 2-ohm load, but not as well as an 8-ohm load.

  • Jared

    Posted on 12/6/2015

    I have not purchased anything yet, but im looking at getting 2 sundown audio ev2 12 inch 500w dvc 2 ohm subs as well as a kenwood KAC-9106D 1000w @ 2 ohms amp. Would this gear work well together and how should i go about wiring it?

  • Charles from North Royalton

    Posted on 12/6/2015

    I have an Autotek SX2300 800 watt rms at 1 ohm bridged, could I run four 10" SVC 4 ohm subs that are 250 watt rms each on it? Or would I be again under powering them. Earthquake 10" subs are like $50 a piece and they get great reviews. I wanna put them in an 03 Tahoe but I'm not sure about what box to run. I listen to rock, rap etc, I have always had a trunk and I know when you pop the trunk it sounds bad. I don't wanna hear that in the truck. Sealed or ported?

  • Charles from North Royalton

    Posted on 12/6/2015

    Ok now I see all these wiring diagrams, my question is if you run your wires from the amp to the first sub and the second sub off the first one, won't the first sub get the full load and the second sub get what the first sub can't handle? Or am I incorrect?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Jared, That gear will work fine together wired like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Charles, First of all, that amplifier is not stable when bridged to a 1-ohm load. The only safe way to connect four SVC 4-ohm subs to it is like this. That would enable the amp to send out a total of 700 watts RMS, 350 out each channel, 175 to each sub. That would slightly under-power them, but you should be alright as long as you don't send them distortion trying to get more bass out of them than they can handle. The electrical signals travel so fast that they effectively arrive at each sub's connections at the same time, so each sub will get exactly one-half of what the pair gets. As for your choice of ported or sealed enclosures, check out this article for help deciding that.

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/8/2015

    Would it be a bad idea to bridge a 4 channel amplifier (alpine mrv-f300) to 1 jlaudio sub and 1 kicker 6x9? its a custom box im tryin to make for work.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/9/2015

    Ron, That amplifier will probably be able to drive a 6"x9" speaker with two of its channels bridged together. As for the subwoofer, without identifying its impedance and coil configuration it's impossible to tell. If you want a question answered about your system, you should identify all your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Alwin Lee from Singapore

    Posted on 12/9/2015

    Hi Buck, Would like to seek your advise with regards to sub and amp. Is it possible for Genesis dual mono amp -2 x 200 (2 Ohm) or bridge 1 x 500 (4 ohm) to bridge and link up with rockford P2 aub woofer (Dual 2-Ohm). Appreciate your kind advise. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/10/2015

    Alwin, That gear will work fine together wired like this.

  • Clint from portland

    Posted on 12/11/2015

    Hello was curious if I would be able to add another sub? I have a rockford mono amp and a single voice coil jl w3 2ohm and a rockford p2 single voice coil 2ohm jus laying around would I be able to hook up second sub an still have everything at 2ohms?

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Hello. I have two 2ohms dvc speakers with a 1ohm capable 1000watt monoblock. Can I connect these speakers and if so at what impedance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Clint, Yes, you can add a second sub, but I don't think you'll be happy with the results. Assuming your amplifier is not stable for a one-ohm load, you'd have to connect it all up like this, at 4-ohms, resulting in half the power directed through twice the number of subs. I think that if you want to add that sub to your system, you should get a separate amp to run it. However, if your amp can handle a 1-ohm load, then you can wire it like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Jason, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 0.5-ohm load, a 2-ohm load, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Hello Buck. I had the question about the two 2ohm speakers and 1ohm amp. So is it ok to wire the speakers at 2ohm or will damage my amp and speakers? Or should I get a different amp or speakers?

  • Louis Scott Feldhaus from St. Charles

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    I have a Volfenhag amp 800 Watt 2 channel MOSFET bridgeable and 2 10 inch subwoofers in one enclosed box. Subs are 300 Watts RMS and 600 Watts peak with 2 ohms. What wiring should i get and at which length? My car is a 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS, so it is a relatively small car.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Jason, Without knowing the RMS power ratings of your amp and subs makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. Impedance-wise, that amp can handle the 2-ohm load, but what about the power handling? A 1000 watts RMS amp would probably blow two 200 watts RMS rated subs to smithereens, for example.

  • Jason from Columbus

    Posted on 12/12/2015

    Sorry about that Buck. The 2ohm dvc subs are 250 watts with a 500 watt peak. The A3 1000.10 monoblock amp is 1x1000watts at 1ohm, 1x500 watts at 2ohm, and 1x250 watts @4ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2015

    Louis, I can't tell if you have two subwoofers that are each SVC (single voice coil) 2-ohm rated for 300 watts RMS, or you have an enclosure with two subs that present a total 2-ohm impedance and 300-watt rating. In any case, for subwoofers, you should use 12- to 16-gauge speaker wire. No one can tell you how much wire you'll need without measuring all along the path your wires will run from amp to sub. And always plan on getting more than you think you'll need - you can always trim wires that are too long, but you can't stretch wires that are too short.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2015

    Jason, If those specs are truly RMS ratings, then your gear will work fine together wired this way.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/15/2015

    Hi I have a infinity reference series 611a 2 channel amp, in a previous set up I had it powering 2 15" kicker L5s, I am now trying to power a single 12" kicker L7 DVC 4 ohm, and am having trouble getting the sub to bump right, what's the correct way to hook it up for more power? I'm not sure if I need a different amp or an aftermarket radio- right now I'm using stock radio with a converter

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    Dylan, That amplifier is a mono, one-channel amp. Most mono amps have two sets of speaker output terminals that are wired together internally. The second set 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. The best way to hook your gear up together is like this. That Kicker L7 sub is rated for 900 watts RMS, so that Infinity amplifier, at 657 watts RMS into 2 ohms, may under-power it a bit. If you want more bass than that, that sub can take an amplifier that can put out up to around 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    Thank you! I will give that a try tonight, my L7 is an older one, I believe its 750 RMS 1500 max of not mistaken, being that my amp has two sets of terminals should it be bridged or just hooked up to one set? I was wondering why when I tried looking it up it kept saying it was a mono amp, now it makes more sense, didn't even know they made them like that

  • Andrew from saranac lake

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    Well this is my forst time doin this. And recent got a deck for a ford ranger... Im question my sub more than anything... And well never seen a 10 wit 2 negatives on one side and 2 positives on the other. I have an old 325 watt kenwood 694s amp i believe. Now the question i have os crutchfield is really nice pricin on alot of things and well i wanna be able to get another 10 wit a box. So i can put the 10 i have in the same box. Now the question i have is that. And ive looked to see if i have a svc or dvc but cant find the info on it.... Any dets on wat i can do.... The terminals are paired... One set on one side and one on another... Its a 325 watt amp. And pushes the speaker. But if i can get more from the speaker and the amp. Id like to know. U guys dont even sell the amp anymore....

  • Austin M from TAMPA

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    I had a question about my sub I was wanting to use in my car. Its a Kenwood sub from my old home studio speakers. On the plate it says it is 100w and 8 oph. How and what type of amp do I buy to make this work properly. I am tight on money and trying my best to work with what I can afford. Thank you so much and God bless.

  • dylan from Lincolnton

    Posted on 12/17/2015

    Hey hooking up the way you suggested made a big difference, still not what I'd expect from an L7 but I found another problem I have, I built my box way too big, air space is about 6cu ft not including the port and braces, I'm thinking instead of shortening the box, I may just add another sub in it, if I do, will that be good enough for the sub's? I think they need 3.25 cu ft each, also, my port is 3"x13.25x14.25 deep, will the port change if I have two subs sharing the same airspace? I think I'd need around 2400 watt amp for this, of would it be better to have two 1200 watt amps? On an unrelated note, my old box was way too small and the port wasn't sized right, to get more space in the box, I flipped the sub upside down so there was no sub displacement, is that okay or does it affect performance? I never really noticed a difference and wasn't sure

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015

    Andrew, Without knowing exactly what amplifier and subwoofer you have make it impossible to recommend a matching sub and dual box for them. Brand names and model numbers are usually printed on the device or its label. A Google search for a Kenwood 694S amp came up empty. It sounds like your sub is DVC (dual voice coil), because it has four wire terminals, but without knowing its impedance and power ratings, nor the amp's true RMS output, I can't make any recommendations.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015

    Austin, Speakers and subwoofers for home use are not made to withstand the rigors of constant vibration, high input volume, large temperature changes, moisture, and dirt that speakers designed for mobile use are. You can go ahead and use your sub in your car, but please be sure to secure it so it won't become a deadly flying hazard in the event of an accident. I assume you have the sub installed in an appropriate enclosure - subwoofers don't work very well at all without them. If those specs can be trusted, an amplifier that can put out about 200 watts RMS at 4 ohms will probably put out around 100 watts at 8 ohms, and should work for you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2015

    Dylan, If I understand which subwoofer you have, Kicker specifies a 3.25 cu ft box with a 3x13.25x14.25 port as the maximum size enclosure, and a 1.75 cu ft box with a 2.5x13.25x22.5 port as the minimum. Any size between these will work. That means your 6 cu ft enclosure does have the air capacity for two of those subs, if not the space to mount them both. And each sub requires the same amount of port space, so if you were to mount the two subs sharing one enclosure, you would need to enlarge the port. Mounting a sub facing in or out of its enclosure depends on which way sounds and looks better to you. And if your sub is rated for 750 watts RMS, you should not use an amp stronger than about 1000 watts RMS at 2 ohms. To run two of them, look for an amp that can put out 1200 to 2000 watts RMS at 4-ohms or 1-ohm.

  • Nikko from columbus

    Posted on 12/19/2015

    Buck, I have a little complication, I have a N3 2800w mono amp by massive audio. And I am getting a little confused on what to buy in my situation because I own a 07 Chevy Avalanche and i want to put a aftermarket box under my rear seats. I have looked through a lot of sizes and dimensions and it seems that I am going to need slim subs to accommodate the slim depth in the box. (around 4.5 inch) But the problem I am having is that I think my amp is too powerful for the "slimmer subs". Hopefully you can correct me, so I can get an accurate understanding. Thanks.

  • Marvin from Houston

    Posted on 12/21/2015

    Hello, i was trying to create the best setup for myself....and was wondering if a sundown scv-2000d 1 ohm stable amp would be enough for two sundown x12 dual 4 1250 rms subs wired at 1 ohm or would i need a sundown scv 3000d amp?....my other option is to do 2 sa-12 d4's to the scv2000 at 2 ohm which would give them about 1000 rms. Im not sure if you are familiar with sundown audio but they perform best at the well above their respective RMS ratings.... (150%)....

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/21/2015

    Marvin, Either of those amplifiers will work fine with those subs wired like this. Your second option isn't really viable because those two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load, and at 1-ohm that amp may over-power them.

  • Lenora from Alaska

    Posted on 12/22/2015

    Am I able to hook up a 1000w amp to a 10 inch sub to my stock truck stereo? if so what do I need to do it? a power invert-er or? I'm asking because my dad kept having issues with his alternator going out when he had his speaker system hooked up in his truck. Thats the last thing I need happening to mine.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/23/2015

    Lenora, Without knowing exactly what amplifier or alternator you have make it impossible to know if the amplifier's power usage will overwhelm the vehicle's charging system. We'd have to know the amplifier's highest RMS wattage output (RMS, not peak), the alternators' current capacity in amperes, and what kind of music you listen to in order to predict that. The only way to know for sure is to install your sub and amp and see if your headlights dim when the bass hits hard. If they don't, you're good to go. If they do, you could check out this article for help solving that issue.

  • Justin from Colorado springs

    Posted on 12/24/2015

    I have a kenwood 800w 2 Chanel amp and a jl audio 10 sub dvc what's the best way to wire to get the most bass???

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/24/2015

    Justin, Not knowing exactly what amplifier (is that 800w RMS or peak?) or subwoofer (is it DVC 2-ohm or 4-ohm and what's its RMS rating?) you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/26/2015

    i have an alpine mrv-f300, its a 4 channel amp. i wanted to hook that up to 1 older jl audio (8w0-12) sub which is 8 ohms and about 125 rms and 1 kicker cs6934 which is 4 ohms and 150 rms. my question to you is can i hook that up to this amplifier and if so how should i hook it up to get the best sound? should i bridge each speaker?

  • ron from modesto

    Posted on 12/26/2015

    ^^^ im sorry buck the jl audio sub is 12 ohms not 8 ohms im sorry

  • Blake millhouser from Mansfield Texas

    Posted on 12/26/2015

    I have a MRV-M500 mono power amplifier and a 12" dual voice coil 4 ohm subwoofer. What would be the best way to wire this amplifier to this single subwoofer?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    Ron, You could probably hook that gear up together like this (changing a 4-ohm sub to your 12-ohm sub), but it may not sound like you expect. The full-range 6 x 9 speaker ought to be alright getting 150 watts RMS, but the sub would only be receiving about 50 watts, which probably won't be enough to keep up with the 6 x 9.

  • Sam from Tacoma

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    Hi I have a 600 watt rms 4ohm svc sub and a mono block amp capable of 2-8ohm. If I hook up sub and amp with positive to positive and negative to negative will the amp supply the correct ohm signal to the sub?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    Blake, Before recommending a wiring scheme, we need to know what the subwoofer's RMS rating is, so it won't blow up if the amp is too strong for it. The best way to have a question answered about your system is to identify both your amp and sub by brand names and model numbers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    Sam, Before recommending a wiring scheme, we need to know what the amplifier's RMS rating is, so it won't blow up the sub if it's too strong for it. The best way to have a question answered about your system is to identify both your amp and sub by brand names and model numbers.

  • Blake from Mansfield tx

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    Responding with more info to my post earlier. I have an Alpine MRV-M500 500W RMS x1 at 2 impeadence / 300W RMS x1 at 4 impedance and a Alpine SWS-12D4 high performance dual voice coil sub what is the best way to wire this sub and amp together?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/29/2015

    Blake, Like this diagram.

  • Tyler from Columbus

    Posted on 1/5/2016

    I have a single 4 ohm 1000w rms dvc 12 inch sub and a 1200w 2 ohm stable amp. It says in the booklet 900w rms @ 4 ohms bridged. How should I do the wiring on the subwoofer itself?

  • Kwads

    Posted on 1/6/2016

    would you recommend a Hifonics ZRX1216.1D Zues ZRX Series Mono Block D Class 1200 Watt Vehicle Amplifier for 2 Sony Xplod 1100 watts single 4ohms subwoofer?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/6/2016

    Tyler, A single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load, and most 2-channel amplifiers can't handle a 2-ohm load when bridged. If you have a 2-channel amplifier the only safe way to hook it up to that sub would be like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/6/2016

    Kwads, I can't recommend an amplifier I'm unfamiliar with which Crutchfield doesn't carry. While it may work with those subs wired like this, I'm not at all confident that it will be able to produce its claimed output power.

  • jeremy from flint

    Posted on 1/7/2016

    Buck i have a quick question for you I have 4 18 inch subs that are 2 ohm dvc I want to hook them up to a 2 channel 4 ohm amp is this possible

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/8/2016

    Jeremy, Four DVC 2-ohm subs can get wired to a 2-channel amplifier like this. But not knowing the RMS power ratings of either the subs or the amp, I can't say if it will all operate safely or not.

  • jeremy

    Posted on 1/8/2016

    The amp is a Berringer inuke 6000 dsp. Not sure if you guys sell them. It allows you to set limits on how much power goes to the sub so that will be OK. Thanks for the help

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2016

    Jeremy, I see no indication that that amplifier will work driving 2-ohm loads. The wiring scheme I showed you may work just fine, or the amp may overheat and go into protection mode.

  • Anj

    Posted on 1/15/2016

    4 channel amplifier blaupunkt GTA 470 SF (2 ohm stable) , if 2 channel are bridged (200RMS) to a single 2 ohm Sub (Infinity Reference 1220SE , 2 ohm) (300RMS) and remaining 2 channels bridged to two-4 Ohms each 6X9 full range speakers in parallel (this will give 2 ohm (100 RMS each) load on this bridged channel of amlpifier).pls let me know if this wire connection works.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2016

    Anj, That amplifier is not stable for a 2-ohm load when bridged, so if you were to hook it up as you describe, it will overheat and go into protection mode.

  • anj

    Posted on 1/17/2016

    sir, Can Infinity Reference 1220 SE (2 Ohm) work on Sony XM GS100 (Mono Amplifier) (in bridged mode 600 RMS 2 ohm or single mode 330 RMS 4 Ohm) will this connection work in bridge mode. also what load will be given by reference 1220 se (2 ohm) on this ampilfier in bridged mode or in single mode

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/18/2016

    Anj, I'm afraid you have some terms confused. Sometimes adjacent channels of a multi-channel amplifier can get "bridged" together to combine their power. Very rarely can bridged amp channels handle loads as low as 2 ohms. Amplifiers put out different wattages when connected to different loads (ohms). You can't bridge a one-channel amplifier because there's nothing to bridge. Perhaps you're confused by the amp's two output terminals. Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have two sets of speaker output terminals that are wired together inside the amp. The second pair is there for convenience and if you hook a speaker to both it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Those components will work well together wired like this diagram.

  • Hunter from Goldsboro

    Posted on 1/18/2016

    I'm looking at (2) Sundown 15 inch 500w DVC 4ohm speakers. I was wondering if there is anyway that this could be wired at a 2ohm load? Or if there is an amp that can deliver 1200w at 4ohms? Or if you have any reccomendations! Thank you

  • Oscar Rodriguez from Port lavaca

    Posted on 1/18/2016

    Hi I have 2 (WDX122K DB Drive) DVC 4ohm 2000 watts subwoofers and was wondering what's the best amp I should use without straining my subs so they can last longer. I was thinking the DB drive A6 1900.1D but not sure if it would whip out 1900 to both or just 950 each..

  • Jason Weiser from Placerville

    Posted on 1/19/2016

    I purchased 3 Rockford r2sd4-10 subs. And r500x1d. Amp. I think I should have purchased r2sd2 subs. Am I correct or do I still have enough power? Also if so can this AMP Handel 1.3 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016

    Hunter, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. There are many different amplifiers that can handle those subwoofers. I've forwarded your question to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016

    Oscar, Any mono amplifier correctly connected to two subwoofers will send one-half its power to each sub. That amp ought to work with those subs wired like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2016

    Jason, That amplifier cannot handle a 1.3-ohm load. The good news is that you can wire those three subs to it like this. That would send each sub up to about 133 watts RMS, which is a bit under-powered but should work okay as long as you set the amp gain correctly and don't send the subs distortion in an attempt to get more bass out of them than can be delivered.

  • John from New market

    Posted on 1/20/2016

    I have 2 12" Kicker DVC 4 ohm CVR's. I'm pushing them with a 2/4 Ohm Kicker amplifier. I know that you can wire them for a total of 4 ohms, but I would like to run them at 2 ohms for the advantage in power. It's a mono block amp, but it has 4 outputs so I was just going to wire each sub separately at 2 ohms. Will this fry my amp/subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/21/2016

    John, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. 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. If you wired your subs as you describe the amp will probably start to overheat and then go into protection mode.

  • Wesley from Birkenfeld

    Posted on 1/21/2016

    Buck, I have two 10" Infinity Kappa 100.9s (can be switched from 2-4 ohms) ready to be installed with a RF 750 Prime amp into a ported enclosure. What would be my best set up? I gernerally listen to metal but also listen to just about every genre of music. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/21/2016

    Wesley, Set each sub for 2 ohms, wire it all like this and rock on.

  • Hermann Davila from Beaumont

    Posted on 1/29/2016

    Buck, I am new to wiring subs and would appreciate your expertise. I am confused with what's possible, what's not & what the best setup would be. I purchased 1 12" Kicker 40VCWR122 2 ohm DVC 500 rms sub and the Kenwood KAC-5001PS class D mono amp 300 RMS at 4 ohm and 500 RMS at 2 ohm. 2 different audio shops recommended the Kicker 600.1 amp which puts out 300 RMS at 4 ohm and 600 RMS at 2 ohm. So I bought the Kenwood because it had similar specs and was 1/2 the price. A different forum stated you cannot wire 1 DVC 2 ohm sub to a 2 ohm amp, it would have to be ran at 4 ohm which the amp can do, but that would only produce 300 watts RMS and not take advantage of the 500 watt RMS the sub can handle. Is it best to keep the watt low at 300 or should I go for a different an amp that can do 500 watt RMS at 4 ohm? Would getting a 600 watt RMS at 4 ohm be too much and run the risk of blowing the speaker? What would you recommend? Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/29/2016

    Hermann, That loaded subwoofer enclosure contains a DVC 4-ohm component subwoofer wired to present a final impedance of 2 ohms. That Kenwood amplifier will work fine with it, supplying 500 watts RMS to the 500 watts rated sub. This is how it should get wired, with the voice coil jumper wiring already done inside the enclosure by Kicker.

  • Aaric from Topeka

    Posted on 1/29/2016

    I am planning on getting two 1262w 1200watt infinity subs, and i don't know if it would be better to get a mono or two channel amp, if so, why bridge it to one sub then serial it to the next? why not just use both port pairs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/29/2016

    Aaric, Those subs are DVC 4-ohm and rated for 300 watts RMS each. (Always use RMS ratings, never peak.) Wired together to a mono 1-channel amp they can form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. Look for a mono subwoofer amp that can put out from 450 to 900 watts RMS at 1 ohm or 4 ohms. It will be harder to find a 2-channel amp to work with these subs, but it is possible. Look for a 2-channel amp that can put out 225 to 450 watts RMS per channel into 2 ohms. (This is the same as the amp putting out 450 to 900 watts RMS when bridged to a 4-ohm load.)

  • Akshay from Noida

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    How can i connect my two subs pioneer 1400 wats (310d) dvc and speakers (4 door and two on tray pioneer 400watts) with two amps one is alpine v12 mrv-f705 (4 channel) and worldtech(2 channel) please help me Thankyou !

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    Akshay, I am completely unfamiliar with those amplifiers, so it would be irresponsible of me to recommend a wiring scheme for you. An online search ought to bring up at least one car stereo dealership in your country near you who can help with tech support. Sorry I can't help.

  • Asim from Mississauga

    Posted on 2/4/2016

    Could I wire a dvc 4 ohm subwoofer to a 4 channel amplifier? I have one lying around don't want to buy a new amplifier

  • Janis Helge Reinhardt from Syke / Germany

    Posted on 2/7/2016

    Hello. I have a Lanzar opti 4600d 0,5 Ohm stable. Hol can i connect 4 emphaser ex12t4 a 1000rms 4ohm Svc subwoofer? Thank you!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/8/2016

    Asim, You certainly could wire your sub to one channel of your amp like this, but generally speaking you're wasting a lot of amplifier using a 4-channel amp for a single sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/8/2016

    Janis, I'm not familiar with those products, but generally speaking, four SVC 4-ohm subs can be wired to an amplifier that can handle a 1-ohm load like this.

  • Levi from Las vegas

    Posted on 2/12/2016

    Hey buck, Thanks for the awesome thread! I was wondering if you could help me with wiring a crunch dra1150.2 v drive amp with 2 channels and I have two JLw0-v3 in a bass wedge box. My amp says it supports bridged power at 1100 x 1 at 2 ohms. Can I hook up the bridged amp to the JL's? Or should I hook up the seperate subs to their each channel? What are pro and cons and do you have the wiring diagram for this type of application?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/12/2016

    Levi, According to the information I can find, that amplifier is not stable at 2 ohms when bridged, which means the only safe way to connect those subs to it will be like this.

  • ISAAC NIGO from grand prairie

    Posted on 2/14/2016

    I HAVE A PIONEER GM-A6604 4 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER, 5-1/4 2 WAY PIONEER TS-D1320C COMPONENT SPEAKERS ON FRONT DOORS AND 6X9 PIONEER TS-D6902R SPEAKERS IN THE REAR... I HAVE THEM WIRED AT this diagram... IS IT POSSIBLE TO BRIDGE THE 6X9'S STILL TO GET MORE POWER OUT OF THEM...

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2016

    Isaac, Bridging refers to adjacent amplifier channels that get combined to drive a speaker or sub with double the power of a single channel. Your amplifier would probably blow those speakers to smithereens if you bridged a couple channels together to drive them. You've got four speakers and four channels of amplification - sounds perfect to me. If your present system isn't loud enough for you, consider getting a more powerful 4-channel amp. If you were referring to wiring two speakers together - that won't get you any more output as the two speakers would split whatever power an amp channel, bridged or unbridged, would send them.

  • Calvin Allen from Baton Rouge

    Posted on 2/16/2016

    Hey I'm Calvin I have two Rockford p2's an a SSL 5000 will this set up work fine.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/17/2016

    Calvin, If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers. Rockford Fosgate makes eight different models of P2 subwoofers with different coil configurations and power ratings. And I'm not at all sure what brand or model amp you're referring to. Sorry I can't help.

  • Ben from Pembroke Pines

    Posted on 2/20/2016

    I have a rockford fosgate rfd 1212 dvc dual 4 ohm subwoofer. I also have a rockford Fosgate 800a2 amp bridge ar 4 ohms. How can i wire this?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/22/2016

    Ben, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this.

  • Ahmed

    Posted on 2/23/2016

    how to connect a mono amp 500 RMS @ 4 Ohms x 1, to one dual 4 Ohms voice coil sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/23/2016

    Ahmed, Without knowing the power ratings of the subwoofer, I cannot suggest a wiring solution. For instance, a 500 watts RMS rated sub might work fine but a 100 watts RMS rated sub would probably blow up. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Benard from Indianapolis

    Posted on 2/29/2016

    ok so i see the diagrams but how does it look when the subs are in the box. and the wires are connected to box ports? what wires goes to that from the inside?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/29/2016

    Bernard, These subwoofer wiring diagrams are intended to help a do-it-yourself installer wire their subwoofers to amplifiers. When you're putting together a subwoofer system, you need to wire the component subs and voice coils together before closing the box. These views are as if the boxes weren't there so you can see how the subs get wired together inside. If you've purchased an enclosure which is internally wired in an unknown configuration, you should open it up and verify all the connections before wiring the sub to an amplifier.

  • Bernard from Indianapolis

    Posted on 3/1/2016

    i under stand the wiring inside the box. but what wire goes to the box connection

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2016

    Bernard, If you are asking what kind of wire to use to connect an amplifier to a subwoofer, we recommend using speaker wires of 12- to 16-gauge in size. If you're asking how to wire an enclosure's terminal cup, I'm afraid you'll have to figure out where in the wiring chain that goes for yourself or get a professional installer to do that for you. Every subwoofer system is different - some have multiple subs in a single box and some have each sub in its own enclosure.

  • Eric Y from Louisville

    Posted on 3/3/2016

    I bought a mb quarts OA750.1 amp which is a 750 w at 2o and 350w at 4o and original planed to power two mb quarts rwm254 10s dvc 350w rms 4o for my truck because of space I can only run one. So my question is should I wire at 2o with 750w to the sub and keep the amp settings low or wire at 4o because the rms rating at 4o is closer between amp and sub?

  • Brian from Jacksonville

    Posted on 3/4/2016

    Will a JL jx1000/ 1D be too much power for 2 JL 10tw3 subs in a sealed box?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/4/2016

    Eric, A single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load.

  • Matt

    Posted on 3/4/2016

    My two options for subs(2) are DVC 1 ohm and DVC 2 ohm. I wanted to wire them to a 1 ohm load. Its my understanding that DVC 1 ohm wired in a series/parallel would give me a 1 ohm load. Is this correct? and if not how would i wire to 1 ohm. Thanks

  • jerry from Ladson

    Posted on 3/4/2016

    I have 2 planet audio bbd12 and trq1.3000d for a amp. The amp is 1 ohm stable but the subs are 4 ohm impedance. Can I make my bbd12 1 ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Matt, You are correct: in order to get two DVC 1-ohm subs wired at 1 ohm you'd either parallel wire the voice coils and series wire the subs, or series wire the coils and parallel wire the subs. Sorry, we don't have wiring diagrams for DVC 1-ohm subs.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Jerry, I believe those subs are DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subs and two of them get wired as a 1-ohm load like this.

  • jay from brownsburg

    Posted on 3/11/2016

    I have a mono amp with two speaker outputs which the amp parallels internally. I wired them in parallel for the single output. should I rewire them or leave as is?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/11/2016

    Jay, We made these subwoofer wiring diagrams showing the least number of wires coming from the amplifiers for clarity. As you note, for mono amps with two sets of output terminals 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. It sounds like for your set-up, that's exactly what you did: wired one sub to each set of terminals. That's okay, it's electrically exactly the same as in the diagram.

  • Mike Luciano from Jackson

    Posted on 3/14/2016

    Hi buck ive got a sundown SD3 10" dvc 4ohm sub and a kenwood kac-7204 amp, which is a 2 channel amp. Kenwood claims this amp is 2 ohm capable. Whats the best way to wire the sub and amp to get the most power?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/14/2016

    Mike, I can't find any information about that sub, so I can't be sure what its power rating is and if that amp will damage it or not. That amplifier is only stable for 2 ohms when unbridged, and you'd normally connect it to that sub, if it can take up to 340 watts RMS, like this.

  • David from Dothan

    Posted on 3/18/2016

    Hello Buck, i can't find an answer to this anywhere. I have a 4 ohm stable 2 ch amp, (4 ohm bridged or not), and i have three 4 ohm DVC subs. Is there any possible configuration for me, or do i need another amp for the third sub? Thanks hugely!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/18/2016

    David, 3 DVC 4-ohm subs connect to a 2-channel amplifier like this diagram. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have, I can't tell you if their power ratings match or not.

  • Shea from West Palm Beach

    Posted on 3/20/2016

    I have an old Pyramid amp (600 watt 4-channel 4-ohm Bridgeable) and two MTX Thunder 6000 SVC 10" speakers (recommended RMS watt of 50-250). Is that an acceptable set up? Also, how do I hook both subwoofers up if I only have one left/right RCA input on my receiver? Should I use an RCA y-splitter to combine the 4 RCA's into two? Also, is the age of an amp something to be worried about? The amp is about 15 years old but hasn't been used for about 13 years. Could you recommend a different amp if it doesn't work? I just purchased a new receiver so I can install a sub but I am a little apprehensive about installing such an old amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/21/2016

    Shea, I'm not familiar with that amplifier, but it may work wired to those subs like this diagram. Signal flows from a receiver's RCA outputs to the amp's inputs. If you need to use more amp inputs than there are receiver outputs, you can use Y-cord RCA adapters to accommodate them.

  • Andy from Salisbury, MD

    Posted on 3/26/2016

    This is Andy, I have two Rockford P3SD4-10 paired with a Kicker ZX350.4 amp. I know amp is too small but does work good as I don't lesson to it extremely loud but does hit hard. My question is I bridge to two channel and wired the subs to both of the channels each, I wired the subs with top terminals + and - going to box out terminals to amp and bottom + and - going to each other.? Is this correct? Both subs are wired to its own terminal (separately) is this the best set-up? Is this the 4ohm speaker and 4ohm amp (8ohm) amp signal? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    Andy, 4-channel car amplifiers rarely work well driving subwoofers. You could wire your gear together like this, using just two of the amp's channels bridged together, which would send 175 watts RMS to the two subs, 87.5 watts each. Or you could wire it like this diagram, but each sub would only get about 30 watts RMS. The best you could do would be to wire each voice coil to a separate channel of the amp. That would produce more like 240 watts RMS total, 120 per sub. If you did this, though, you need to be extremely careful to keep all the polarities consistent and feed the exact same signal to all channels.

  • Enrique from Tagum city, Philippi

    Posted on 3/30/2016

    Hi there! How do I properly wire my car sound system. I have 1 targa dvc subwoofer 8" 250 watts, 2 Targa 3 way speaker 150watts and X12 amplifier MRV-F805, 1 tweeter konzert 150watts. Please also show the correct Wire # to be used. Thank you and more power sir!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2016

    Enrique, I am unfamiliar with your audio gear, so I can't offer much help wiring it together. Perhaps this diagram can help you visualize what you will need to do to get your system up and running. Or you could find a local audio dealership that'll do your installation for a fee.

  • Eduardo Hernandez from Chicago

    Posted on 4/2/2016

    I have a 1DUAL 12" SD subwoofer Peak:500 watts Rms:175 watts But i have a 400 watt dual amp I dont if I should get a 600 watt amp instead.

  • Brodie

    Posted on 4/3/2016

    I have dual Alpine SWR-1042D's, want to hook them up to a single monoblock and just wondering what would best suit them and how to wire them. I looked at the diagram for 2 DVC 4-ohm subs to monoblock, but the subs are sealed off from each other inside the box, so do I run the wire that connects the subs around the outside of the box to their separate external connection points?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/3/2016

    Eduardo, If your subwoofer is SVC 4-ohms rated for 175 watts RMS (never use peak numbers), it would best be powered by an amp that could give it from 150 to 350 watts RMS at 4 ohms. If the amp ratings you describe are RMS numbers, then either amp will probably blow that sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/3/2016

    Brodie, If each of your subwoofers are in their own compartment with external connections, you can definitely connect then together, like the diagram shows, using their external terminals. As an alternative, you could drill a hole between compartments and wire them together internally, but then you'd want to seal the hole around the wires to be air-tight.

  • Rj Horning from Gloversville, NY

    Posted on 4/14/2016

    I have 2 diamond d3's, 10", dvc, 4ohms. I have a 2 channel 1000 watt sony explode amp in a 99 blazer 2dr. Is this a good combo? And if so, how should i wire them? Thank you for your time and info.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/15/2016

    RJ, Without knowing the RMS output rating of your amplifier I can't be absolutely sure, but you'll probably be okay wiring your gear together like this diagram.

  • Mikey from London

    Posted on 4/16/2016

    I have a vibe space 3000w amp it puts out 1ohm - 1350w rms 2ohm - 1500w rms 4ohm - 750w rms I am looking at running x2 Alpine Type R swr-12d2 subs they are 3000w and 1000w rms each what would be the best way to wire these up what would be the most power i could put in to each of these subs. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/19/2016

    Mikey, I'm not familiar with that amplifier, but if the specs you quote are true, you can hook up those subs to it like this. That way, the amp will be able to put out 1500 watts RMS, 750 watts RMS to each sub.

  • Mary from Reno

    Posted on 4/21/2016

    Hello Buck, Ok, here's the thing; my boyfriend hooked up my system but, it sounds awful! I don't know very much at all about wiring subs and amps and ohms etc. but I do know that he has done something wrong or hasn't done something that he should have. What I have is two SVC 12" 8 ohm Rockford Fosgate P1 series subwoofers, a Gravity 2 channel 1100 watt bridgeable amplifier, a JVC stereo in a 2001 Mustang. I know for a fact that Fosgate audio products at any size are awesome, but they sound horrible; I've heard 6x9's hit harder then what I've been hearing! So, my question is....given the information I have provided, would it be possible to tell me how everything should be hooked up? Maybe a diagram or something that I can bring to a professional? If you can help in any way I would be most appreciative! Thank you so much.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/21/2016

    Mary, I'm unfamiliar with that amplifier, but if it puts out even one-third of the power the manufacturer claims, then you're lucky those subwoofers haven't blown up entirely. Those subs are rated for 150 watts RMS each, 300 for the pair. To play right your subs will need an amplifier that can put out from 250 to 450 watts RMS at 4 ohms. (Always reference RMS wattage, never peak or max wattage.) And the proper way to wire two SVC 8-ohms subs to a 2-channel amp is like this. On the other hand, maybe you just need a tune-up, in order to make the bass in your car sound its best.

  • Chad B from Vancouver island

    Posted on 4/21/2016

    Hi guys, I just picked up a pioneer gmd8601 that will push 500 watts at 2 ohms. I'm wondering if this amp will work with the 2 kicker comp 4 ohm svc subs I have in a sealed bassworks truck box. Also wondering if I can just run cables to the two terminals on the box from the 4 pins on the amp to parallel the subs without additional wiring.

  • Rocky from Sacramento

    Posted on 4/22/2016

    Hi I have a 18" hx2 dvc 4ohm and a 2-channel amp 2ohm bridgeable and was wondering how I would wire this setup to get the best out of it.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/22/2016

    Chad, That 500 watts RMS amp should handle those two 150 watts RMS rated subs just fine - just be sure to set the amp gain so no over-powering distortion plays that may damage the subs. And yes, you can run separate speaker wires for your two subs to the amp's speaker output terminals.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/22/2016

    Rocky, 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 your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • jon from rosiclare

    Posted on 4/24/2016

    i have a dual 3 ohm sub trying to hook it to a 2 channel 400 watt brigeable amp how do i wire it

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016

    Jon, We don't have wiring diagrams for DVC 3-ohm subs, but you can use this diagram instead. On the diagram and description, replace every 2 with a 3, and every 4 with a 6, and it'd be exactly accurate for your situation.

  • Adam roberts from maryborough australi

    Posted on 4/25/2016

    Hi buck I have a 15 inch 1200w duel 4ohm voice coil sub and a response 2channel 500w monoblock amp what's the best way to hook it up as I don't know what ohms my amp is thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/26/2016

    Adam, An amplifier can be 2-channel or mono (one-channel), but not both. And subwoofer and speaker voice coils have impedance ratings measured in ohms, not amplifiers. Only RMS ratings should be used when planning a system. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you have makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify the gear by brand names and model numbers.

  • Brian Nelson from Ellenwood

    Posted on 4/27/2016

    My amp is 1500 W MAX Power, 1 Channel 1125 W X 1 RMS @ 2 ohm 563 W X 1 RMS @ 4 ohm. Can drop my Q3000/15D 4 ohm 15 DVC Subwoofer / 3000 Watts to 2 ohm will I get the best out of it ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    Brian, You didn't identify the amplifier so I can't verify the power ratings, and I suspect the sub's power spec is a peak wattage rating not an RMS rating, so I can't be sure, but you probably can safely connect your DVC 4-ohm sub to your mono amp like this.

  • isaac from atlanta

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    I have a Kenwood Kac-8105D 1000-Watt Class D Mono Amplifier and just purchased 3 boss audio CX122 subwoofers. First question is which box is best [removed links to online auction site sale of a sub enclosure]. Lastly, want to make sure this amp can handle three of these speakers. They say 700 rms but reviews say they are over rated. The diagram that I saw on this site says the amp will end up putting out 1.3 ohm load so that should be around 700-800 since 2 ohms is 500.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    Isaac, I can't recommend subs or enclosures I'm unfamiliar with which Crutchfield doesn't carry. Amplifiers don't "put out" ohm loads, they react to them. Your amp will react to a 1.3-ohm load by shutting down in protection mode because it won't work with loads lower than 2 ohms.

  • isaac from atlanta

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    is there a way to wire the subs so that they put out a 2ohm or 4 ohm

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    Isaac, Subs put out sound, not ohms - the impedance of their voice coils are measured in ohms. Three single voice coil (SVC) 4-ohm subs, which those subs are, can only get wired together to form a 12-ohm or a 1.3-ohm load. You may want to look into driving just two of those subs with that amp, wired like this, before getting a one-ohm stable amp that can run all three of those subs at the same time.

  • Rafal from Barnsley

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    Another question, ive seen your diagrams for 1ohm mono amp to 2 x 2 ohm subs which is connected the same way as 2ohm mono to 2 x 4ohm subs, my question is, does the sub and amp decides how it is going to work or what because the sub and amp which ive got is capable to work on 1 ohm amp and 2x2ohm subs??

  • Ed from Mindoro

    Posted on 4/29/2016

    Hi, so im pretty new...... Well completely new to the car audio world. Was kinda shoved into it. Been talking for quite some time about getting a system. Been doing ALOT of online searching and investigating. Well i think my girl got sick of it and for my bday bought everything for me. She gave me a Rockville RXA-T1 1500 Watt Peak/750w RMS 2 Channel Car Stereo Amplifier, a DB DRIVE K5 15D4V2 Okur K5v2 Series Subwoofer 15" 1500-Watt, and a Rockville RSV15 Single 15" 2.6 cu. ft. 3/4" MDF Vented Subwoofer Enclosure Box. Can you please tell me if these items are good for eachother. But regardless I need to know whats the best way to hook them up to get a safe stable workload of the loudest hardest hitting bass these can produce. My girl is extremely proud of her self on this gift and cant wait for me to hook it up. So if i dont want play time in the bedroom closed i gotta use these. Thank you!!!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/29/2016

    Rafal, I'm not sure I understand your question, but I'll try. A subwoofer acts like a passive inductive load with its value measured in ohms. An amplifier will react differently to different loads - an amp that can put out 100 watts RMS through a 4-ohm load will often be able to put out twice that, 200 watts RMS, through a 2-ohm load. It's like lifting weights, my arms (the amplifier) don't change when I change weights (the load/ohms), but my effort and work output (the power/watts) do.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/2/2016

    Ed, I'm unfamiliar with that gear but I think it'll work wired together like this diagram.

  • Calob

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    Hi I have a kicker compR12 and a Alpine v12 m1005 amp n blew one speaker already thanks to the warranty I was able to get another one but I'm scared to hook it up cuz I don't want to blow it my amp is digital n really don't know much bout the levels on it any help

  • leroy sprokholt from Eindhoven the nether

    Posted on 5/4/2016

    Hello I just bought a JL AUDIO13w7ae and I want to know what amp with what kind of impendance it safest to play with. With regards leroy

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016

    Calob, That amp, capable of 1000 watts RMS output, can easily blow that 500 watts RMS rated subwoofer. Without knowing whether you have a DVC 2-ohm or a DVC 4-ohm model, I can't offer safe wiring advice. You do have to set the amplifier's input gain properly in order to prevent future blowouts. Check out Tuning your subs for further help.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016

    Leroy, I don't know what's available in your area, but you should look for an amplifier that can put out about 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms. That should work when the DVC 1.5-ohm sub's coils are wired in series to form a 3-ohm load.

  • Jacob from Zavalla,Tx

    Posted on 5/5/2016

    My names jacob and i have (4) planet audio AC12D 4ohm dvc 12's.. Just wondering what would be the best and safest way to hook them up to my planet audio BB2500.1 classD mono amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2016

    Jacob, Four DVC 4-ohm subs connect to a mono amplifier like this.

  • cory from Brooklyn Center

    Posted on 5/9/2016

    I have a "1.5" voice coil Rockford fosgate 12 inch and a dvc sub. How can I wire these two together when I bridge them to a 2 channel 2 ohm stable amp to make them louder. I have never heard of a 1.5 voice coil sub til I got this one

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/10/2016

    Cory, Do you mean a 1.5-inch dual voice coil, or a 1.5-ohm dual voice coil (DVC) sub? I didn't know Rockford Fosgate made one - I know JL Audio does. But without knowing exactly what amp or sub you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers. Most 2-channel amps can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms when bridged.

  • Ed from Mindoro

    Posted on 5/10/2016

    I know you said you're unfamilier with my gear but what is your educated advice or guess as to possiblely getting a safe 4ohm load instead of 8ohm with my amp and speaker!? Or would that just not be a good idea all around for my matched gear?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/10/2016

    Ed, That subwoofer is a DVC 4-ohm sub, and it can only get wired as an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load. That amplifier is only stable down to 4-ohms when bridged, so the diagram I showed you before is the only safe way to wire that gear together.

  • Corey from halethorpe

    Posted on 5/10/2016

    hey Buck, at car audio competitions i sometimes see 2 amplifiers hooked to 1 subwoofer. can you explain how to do that? and maybe show a diagram? thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2016

    Corey, Certain mono amplifiers can get "strapped" or bridged together in a pair, doubling the output power. Only identical amplifiers with that select feature can do this - very few amplifiers have this ability.

  • Marius from Germany

    Posted on 5/13/2016

    Hello Mr Buck..I have an JBL basspro 2 and recently the speker got damaged( the cone is broken) and a recone kit is not possible to get because it is such a rare quad voice coil..My question is can i put there in the enclosure another speaker(woofer) and to use that stock four channel amp?..if so how can i wire that to a dual voice coil or single,and what is your recommendation for the speaker?..Thanks and a have a good day.

  • Ed from Mindoro

    Posted on 5/15/2016

    How were you able to find out that my amp is only stable to 4ohm!? The manual that came with it is completely worthless and doesn't even have this amp in it. Can't get one from their website as they don't even have a manual for it. I can not find any info about this amp what so ever. Any idea's about that or where you went to find out or how you know. don't mean to be pushy i just truely don't know what the hek im doing! And how you tune in the amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2016

    Marius, The only way I can think of to repair your sub is to contact JBL and find out if there is a replacement woofer available. The Bass Pro 2 features a customized 4-channel amp matched with a customized 4-coil sub. I doubt you can find a replacement or repair costing less than a new compact powered subwoofer would, though.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2016

    Ed, First I Googled the exact phrase you gave me: "Rockville RXA-T1 1500 Watt Peak/750w RMS 2 Channel Car Stereo Amplifier" where I found a link to Rockville Audio's site-page for their RXA-T1 amplifier. Under Features, I found 3 sets of power ratings. The one labeled "CEA Compliant" is the only one I paid attention to (the others are of no help). There I found what the amplifier can output per channel at 4 ohms, at 2 ohms, and when bridged to one channel at 4 ohms. What the specs do not show, and would if the amp could, is the amp's capabilities at 1 ohm per channel or at 2 ohms when bridged. The reason they don't list those specs is the amp can't do those things. Check out this article for help tuning your bass.

  • Mike from Methuen

    Posted on 5/18/2016

    I'm setting up an Alpine 10' X series sub that's 4 ohms with a mono Alpine MRX-M110. How should the speaker be wired inside it's enclosure? Which terminals do I bridge to one another?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/18/2016

    Mike, Assuming you have a dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm sub, you'd wire it to that amp like this.

  • Mike from Methuen

    Posted on 5/19/2016

    Thanks Buck..that's how I have it wired..I had hooked everything up and the sub kept cutting out..I backtracked thru everything I'd done, and realized I grounded the amp in a bad spot. I changed the placement and everything's rocking now. On another note..the MRX-M110 has four knobs on the side..gain, low-pass, sensitivity, and one more (can't think of the label)..Any idea how I should have them dialed in for optimum bass in rap/hip-hop application?? Can't wait to hear back from you..Thanks again.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/19/2016

    Mike, Check out How to make the bass in your car sound its best.

  • Anthony Bradford from Millbrae

    Posted on 5/22/2016

    Hi Buck, I just purchased a JL jx1000 amp and I was planning on purchasing the CVS212RG-W6v2: Dual 12W6v2 ProWedge Sealed 4 O. Currently at 4 O the set up would be grossly underpowered (Jx1000 rated @500 watts rms@ 4 O & JL Power wedge rated at 1200rms) but is it possible to wire them parallel @2 O on the amp? If so which wiring diagram would I use? Would it be safe to run at 2 O for long periods of time on the jx1000?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/23/2016

    Anthony, That loaded bass enclosure contains two DVC 4-ohm subs, which can only be wired together to form a 1-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 16-ohm load. It is perfectly safe to run a 1000 watts RMS rated sub with a 500 watts RMS amp, as long as you don't send distortion through the sub trying to get more bass out of it.

  • Anthony Bradford from Millbrae

    Posted on 5/24/2016

    Thanks Buck! Just in your personal/professional opinion which setup would you go with (powered by a single JX1000 amp) A single HO112-W6v3 or the aforementioned CVS212RG-W6v2? And what wiring diagram would you use? Thanks again!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/25/2016

    Anthony, I'd go with the dual sub enclosure. It's safer to drive a 1000-watt sub with 500 watts than it is driving a 600-watt sub with 1000 watts. Plus, it gives you the option of just replacing the amp with a larger one in the future if you want more bass. You wire all sub enclosures the same way, they're pre-wired internally. Connect a single-pair speaker wire (12- to 16-gauge will do) to the positive and negative output terminals of the amplifier, and to the positive and negative input terminals of the sub.

  • Enver from South Africa

    Posted on 5/29/2016

    Hi Buck, I have 2 x Pioneer Premier DVC 2000W each subwoofers hooked up 2 a Powerbass 6000W Monoblock with a second amp at 1000W for the speakers and a capacitor. The question i have, does the capacitor benefit me in anyway since i have a fairly small battery? Or is the battery sufficient enough to handle the sound that i have? One more thing is that my subwoofers are in a box with only 1 bass hole in the middle of them both, so is this the correct box or should the box be partitioned in the middle(meaning seperating the subwoofers) and having seperate bass holes?

  • Enver from South Africa

    Posted on 5/29/2016

    Hi Buck, you have mentioned that speaker wire of 12 - 16 gauge should be used from the amplifier to the subwoofers, could you tell me why you suggest that? For which I am currently using 8 gauge speaker wire now.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2016

    Enver, If your vehicle's electrical system (battery and alternator) can't support your amplifiers adequately, it will show that by dimming the headlights during bass hits. If that is the case, a capacitor may fix that issue. If you don't experience light-dimming, you won't need a capacitor. There is no "correct" box for subwoofers, just different boxes that sound different. You can experiment with yours to find which design sounds best to you. As for wire: the amount of current that will pass through it determines how thick it should be - thin wire resists high current flow and heats up, losing energy. However, the output of an amp doesn't create large amounts of current. For instance, 1000 watts pushed through a 4-ohm speaker results in a 15-Amp current flow, which thin wires can handle with little resistance. Your 8-AWG (American Wire Gauge) wire is wildly larger than necessary for speaker-level signals, being more appropriate for power cable that can safely pass 50 Amps of current. You can use it, but I have never seen a speaker or amplifier that could fit that large of a wire to its terminals.

  • omar from toledo

    Posted on 6/5/2016

    Hey buck I have 2 Brutus dvc 4 omh square sub's 600rms 1200 peak each and a 500 w mono amp also a Brutus 200w mono which amp can properly give the best output...also how can I wire my sub's to get a 1 omh load at amp??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/6/2016

    Omar, I can't recommend an amplifier I'm unfamiliar with which Crutchfield doesn't carry, but it seems to me a 500-watt amp will take care of two 600-watt rated subs a little better than a 200-watt amp would. Two DVC 4-ohm speakers get wired together like this to form a 1-ohm load.

  • Jesus from Monterrey

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    Hi Buck. I have the Alpine mrv-f300 and I'm already using channels 1 & 2 to power a pair of speakers. Now I'm looking to add a subwoofer and I would like to buy the Alpine Alpine SWR-8 but i'm not so sure what is the best option for me (speaking of impedance of the subwoofer and wiring). I'm looking for a complement and best sound rather than power. - I have channels 3 and 4 free to use. - I understand that we can use them in bridged mode at 4 ohms. - The subwoofer has two voice coils. Thanks in advance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    Jesus, Get the dual voice coil (DVC) 2-ohm model of that sub and wire it to the bridged channels of that amp like this..

  • Devin

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    I have a kicker compR 12' I'm wondering if I can power it with a two channel pioneer GM-A5602 900W max power the compR is a 2ohm

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    Devin, That amp will work fine with that sub, wired together like this..

  • Devin

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    Thanks buck, I didn't know if it would work I wired it all up, not to my head unit I got an adapter and spliced it in with my rear deck speakers.. But for some reason my amp won't get power, my power wire is hot so I don't know the problem why it won't get power? Do you have any idea what the problem could be?

  • Devin

    Posted on 6/7/2016

    And my sub is a SVC not a DVC I think due to it only have one - and one + on the side of the enclosure

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/8/2016

    Devin, Open up your enclosure and look inside to see what subwoofer you actually have. A Kicker 12" CompR is supposed to be a DVC sub. If your amp's power wire gets hot and the amp doesn't power up, then something is dangerously wrong. Check all the wiring carefully. If you bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is 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.

  • Devin

    Posted on 6/8/2016

    Thanks buck, and yes it is a Dual voice coil. I'm new with this stuff.. But I took my amp back and got a new one because I just bought that amp brand new from the store I did nothing wrong to it so they sold me garbage, I got the same amp again I'm taking it to a place to get professionally installed. Thanks for your time and all your tips I appreciate it.

  • Antonio from Pensacola/Miami

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Hi Buck. I have two kicker comp r10 4ohm dvc subs with a impedance switch that can be set to 2 or 8ohms and a ct sounds t1000.1d mono block amp what is the best way to hook up

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Antonio, I can find no information at all about that amp, not even on CT Sounds' website. But if it can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 4 ohms, then set the subwoofer switches to 8 ohms and wire them together like this diagram.

  • Antonio

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    The box the amp came in rating are 1ohm at 1000 2ohms at 700 and 3ohms at 400 watts I had the switch at 2ohms it works but the bass goes in and out. Any idea why it's doing that

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Antonio, If that amp can actually put out 1000 watts RMS at 1 ohm, then you could set the subs' switches to 2 ohms and wire it all like this. However, the fact your amp cuts in and out tells me that either it really can't handle a 1-ohm load, or it's defective.

  • Antonio

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Yea I think it is defective. What is a good amp for my subs to run at peak performance

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/14/2016

    Antonio, Check out the Pioneer GM-8601. Wired like the last diagram I showed you, it'll send your subs 800 watts RMS, which matches their top RMS rating exactly. If you buy the amp from Crutchfield, you'll get a 25% discount for the amp's wiring kit, as well as lifetime tech support.

  • Kristaps from Riga

    Posted on 6/15/2016

    Hi, i have 2ch 2ohm amp. And 2x2ohm dual coil sub, how to connect right way?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2016

    Kristaps, The way to connect two DVC 2-ohm subs to a 2-channel amplifier is like this. However, not knowing the RMS wattage ratings of either the subs or amp, I can't tell you if the arrangement will work well or badly.

  • Steven from Safford

    Posted on 6/21/2016

    i just bought two 1262w infinity reference speakers which are rated at 4ohms per voice coil (two per speaker) and a Pioneer GM-D8601 mono amp. If i wire them in the low Independence setup show above i shouldnt have any overheating problems right?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/21/2016

    Steven, You should be alright wiring your gear together like this, as long as you carefully set the amp's gain so no distortion will play that could produce damage.

  • Shane W from Texico

    Posted on 6/24/2016

    I have two rockford p3 dvc 2ohm woofers and a pioneer gm-8601. I was wondering if there was any way I could safely wire them down to 1 ohm or if I should stick with the 2 ohm final impedance? The 2 speaker out put terminals confuse me i don't know how they connect inside the amp to change impedance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/24/2016

    Shane, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together as an 8-ohm, a ½-ohm, or a 2-ohm load. Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a sub to each terminal it would result in the two subs 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. It's electrically the same as in the diagram.

  • Shane from Texico

    Posted on 6/24/2016

    Thanks so much for the help. I was confused about that part. You guys are awesome.

  • Brett Jones

    Posted on 6/26/2016

    I'm planning on buying two Rockford Fosgate R2 shallow mount subwoofers, they are 500 watt peak a piece and 2 ohms. I also want to pair it to a Hifonics Zues mono block 1800 watt amp. Is that too much power for the subs? I also would like to know he best way to wire them up. I have a ford ranger so it limits the size of my sub choices any recommendations would be a plus on subwoofers in your opinion. My box is for two 12s and has a mounting depth of 6-1/4". I want the most bass I can get for under $500

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/27/2016

    Brett, Two Rockford Fosgate R2SD2-12 subwoofers wired together like this would be a good match for that amplifier. And they're on sale now at Crutchfield.

  • Owen Snell from Fair play

    Posted on 6/28/2016

    Hey will a digital multimeter set to ohms, be able to read the impedance from a voice coil, if it can, what I got when I tried it was my dvc 4 ohm sub had dvc 3.2 ohm. Is 3.2 my actual impedance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/28/2016

    Owen, Resistance to DC (direct current) flow is not the same as impedance to AC (alternating current) flow. Impedance is the resistance to AC flow plus the phase-shifting "reactance" to that flow, and its value changes with the signal's frequency. Manufacturers give a nominal ("in name only") value impedance for their subwoofers that is usually around the lowest impedance the voice coil measures while playing a sweep of frequencies.

  • Trey from Fort Smith, AR

    Posted on 6/28/2016

    I have a Treo RSX 1600 amplifier. Can i connect this to a single RSX 12.44 sub woofer? Those should be the model numbers if you need to look it up.

  • Quinten prince from Statesville

    Posted on 6/28/2016

    I have a kicker 10" comp r with a switch between 4 ohms and 1 ohm. It has 2 2ohm voice coils. I also have a 12" kicker comp r in a kicker box. Model 40VCWR122. Specs says it's a dvc with a 2 ohm impedance. How do I wire these to a amp that's 2 ohm stable

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/29/2016

    Trey, You can connect that gear together like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/29/2016

    Quinten, It seems you have a DVC 2-ohm sub (can be one or 4 ohms) and a DVC 4-ohm sub (can be 2 or 8 ohms). You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. Get separate amps for your different model subs.

  • Jared from Litchfield

    Posted on 6/29/2016

    I have two Orion 12in DVC subs. Both are 500 watts each. I tested them and each coil is 4ohm. I tested one with dummy wires connected and it dropped to 2 ohm andI was thinking about hooking them up to a mono 1100 watt amp but I'm not sure if that's possible or if it would have enough power. I don't know if I should get a two channel amp and power each sub individually or what. Plus I'm not sure what the final impedence would be if I wired 2 up to that mono amp. I'm somewhat new to all this and just want to find the best way to hook both of the subs up. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/30/2016

    Jared, Orion makes 12-inch DVC 2-ohm and 4-ohm subs in a wide variety of models. Unless you used an impedance meter, that measures in ohms, or an inductance meter, that measures Henries, any measurement with a normal multimeter measuring DC resistance, also in ohms, is useless for identifying voice coils. Resistance to DC (direct current) flow is not the same as impedance to AC (alternating current) flow. Impedance is the resistance to AC flow plus the phase-shifting "reactance" to that flow, and its value changes with the signal's frequency. Manufacturers give a nominal ("in name only") value impedance for their subwoofers that is usually around the lowest impedance the voice coil measures while playing a sweep of frequencies. Find the model number of your subs and contact Orion's tech support to identify what you have. And I know of only one or two 2-channel amplifiers that could handle a couple of DVC subs as well as countless numbers of mono amps could, which are all designed to play bass.

  • J.D.

    Posted on 7/1/2016

    I have 2 kicker comp 10's and a audiobahn 10. All three subs are 4ohm dvc. The amp I have is a pioneer GM-5400T. What is the best way to hook these up? Also the audiobahn is temporary. What would be a good amp for the kickers or is the amp I have enough?

  • Jimmy from San antonio

    Posted on 7/3/2016

    I have a single soundstream XXX15 its a quad coil ,my amps only 1 ohm stable how do i wire to get 1ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/3/2016

    JD, Three DVC 4-ohm subs get wired together to a 2-channel amp like this. Not knowing the RMS ratings of your subs makes it impossible to know what amp'll be good for them.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/3/2016

    Jimmy, That sub is a quad coil 1.2-ohm sub, and it can get wired as a 1.2-ohm load, which is as close to one as it can get. Check out this diagram. Substitute "coil" for "sub" in the diagram and that's the way you'd wire your sub. Coil 1 and coil 2 are wired together in parallel. So are coils 3 and 4. The two pairs of coils are wired together in series and to the amp, showing it a 1.2-ohm total impedance.

  • JD

    Posted on 7/3/2016

    I'm sorry, the audiobahn is AW1051T. The kickers are 07CVR104 and 01c10vr4. Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    JD, A Pioneer GM-D8601 amplifier wired like this will work well for those two Kicker subs.

  • JD

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    Thank you sir. Preciate it.

  • jesus from hialeah

    Posted on 7/9/2016

    Hi, I have 4 kicker 40cwrt671, 2 are currently installed to stock monsoon amp and sound great but I'm going to replace my single 12" sub and I'm hoping to get good enough bass. Not looking to shake my mirrors just add some decent bass without sacrificing my beetles limited trunk space. They are going to be powered by my current 5 channel amp a Rockford 600-5 found it on here pn 575R6005 puts out 300 watts to the sub channel @2ohm but I'm not finding wiring diagrams for my set up its all 2 & 4 ohm diagrams.

  • Mauricio

    Posted on 7/10/2016

    I have an alpine mrv-500 amp and want to hook up one alpine 8 inch type r sub. Which ohm setting should I get 2 or 4. To get the most out of the amp. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Jesus, If I understand your question, you're asking how to connect two DVC 1-ohm subs to the subwoofer channel of a 5-channel amp. We didn't include diagrams for DVC 1-ohm subs because they're so few of them, sorry. Start by wiring each of your subs' voice coils together like the sub in this diagram, (change all marked 2s to 1s and all 4s to 2s in the diagram), making each a 2-ohm sub. Then wire the two subs together and to the amp channel like this diagram. Hope that helps.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Mauricio, For maximum output, get the DVC 4-ohm model and wired it to that amp like this diagram.

  • jr

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    How do I wire 2 dual 1ohm subs to a 1 ohm amp

  • Mathew from Dekalb

    Posted on 7/12/2016

    Hi there I have a phonics digital amp model number PD-397 AND 2 12 HIFONICS Brutus subs that are 4 ohm I want to get the best sound out if them. I was wanting I run this as bridged from my amp. Can u tell me how to get the best sound from this amp to the speakers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/12/2016

    JR, Use this diagram as a guide - change all 2s to 1s.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/12/2016

    Matthew, If those subs are DVC 4-ohm models, you can wire them to that amp like this.

  • BM from Akron

    Posted on 7/14/2016

    I bought some speakers and amps from a buddy at work and I'm a little confused the best way to hook these up. The speakers are 2 Crossfire CF212D DVC (4 ohm) and I have two amps to choose from. The first is a Boss R535 2-channel, bridgeable, the second is an MTX 801D, bridgeable. My confusion comes in with how the manufacturers rate the amps (or maybe how I'm interpreting it?) The MTX is rated at 400 watts x 1 at 4 Ohms, 800 watts x 1 at 2 Ohms - does this mean for each channel or when it's bridged? The Boss R535 is rated at Max Power 2 Ohm 400 Watts X 2, RMS Power 4 Ohm 150 Watts X 2, Bridged Power 800 Watts X 1. Since the speakers seem only to be rated at 150 RMS (and are old) and assuming that the MTX is 400 x 1 at 4 Ohms (bridged), I'm thinking my best choice is to wire the voice coils in series and the speakers in parallel to get the 400 watts (at 4 Ohm) on the mono channel of the MTX. this diagram Thoughts? Thank you!

  • Jaime from Chino

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    I have a 2-4ohm subwoofers at 2ohms. each sub 250 rms with a 500 watt amp at 2 ohms. will i get 500 to each sub or will it split to 250 to each

  • Ray from Pittsburgh

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    Hello I have 2 lanzar optidrive 15 dvc 1.2ohms And a hifonics brutus brx2000d I'm jus gonna hook up one now how do I wire it to be a 1 or 2 ohm load. The amp is 1ohm stable.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    BM, That MTX amplifier is a mono, one-channel amp, and can't be "bridged." It has two 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. You can wire your subs to that 2-channel Boss amp the way you've indicated in the link, or use the MTX amp wired like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    Jaime, Assuming the two subs are wired together and to the amp correctly, like this for instance, each sub will receive exactly one-half of what the amp puts out.

  • BM from Akron

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    Thanks Buck! Mono vs bridged. I was using the MTX amp and had 2 SVC 4ohms hooked to each channel which gave a 2 ohm load at 500 rms/800 peak. My old MTX Thunder 6000 T6124A's couldn't take it! Thanks for the lesson!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    Ray, A single DVC 1.2-ohm sub can only be wired as a 0.6-ohm or 2.4-ohm load. However, I can't find any Lanzar Optidrive 15" subwoofer with that spec - just DVC-2-ohm models - but maybe you have an older model. You can use this diagram, changing all 2s to 1.2s and the 4 to 2.4 in the captions.

  • Jace from Salt Lake City

    Posted on 7/21/2016

    Buck I have read alot of the comments questions and answers but nothing on 3 ohm or 12 ohm I currently have the jbl w15gti mkii have 2 of these subs im picking out a amp to match up but having trouble making a decision the jbl w15 gti has a ohm impedance of 3 ohm or 12 ohm confusing plus a dvc of 6 ohm can you help me make sence of this in looking at the jbl gtr-1001 2600 watt 1 channel will be hooking up only one sub at this time the amp is 2 ohm at 1000 watts or 4 ohm at 700 watts the rms of the subs are 800 watts each would like to purchase a amp that can be set up for both subs or just one any advise would be appreciated

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2016

    Jace, That JBL amplifier you mention would be perfect for driving one of those DVC 6-ohm subs, being able to put out about 850 watts RMS into 3 ohms. Use this diagram, changing all 4s in the captions to 6s and the 2 to a 3. As for driving two of those subs, you'll need a much larger amp, or a second GTR-1001. Check out the JL Audio HD1200/1, which will put out 1200 watts RMS into 1.5 ohms. You'd wire them like this diagram, changing the 4s to 6s and the 1 to 1.5.

  • Shy from Puyallup

    Posted on 7/23/2016

    Hey so I have an alpine MRX M110 amp and I recently picked up 2 (12") lanzar MAXP124D max pro dvc 1600watts 800rms Impedance 2x4 ohm How on earth would I want to install them into the box it is a bassworx slot port box. Then from the outside of the box to the amp thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2016

    Shy, Two DVC 4-ohm subs get wired together to an amp like yours that can handle a 1-ohm load like this.

  • Avery from Shoreline

    Posted on 8/1/2016

    Hey, I am a bit confused on how an amplifier puts out power. If I were to buy a 1500W RMS amplifier (capable of 2 ohm) and hook it up to two DVC 2 ohm subs would it put out 750w to each? This confuses me because the amplifier says that running on 2 ohm, it delivers 900W of power. Does that only refer to running a single sub? Thanks!

  • Avery from Shoreline

    Posted on 8/2/2016

    Hey, I Have another question. I am looking at getting an Audiopipe APCL-15001D amp and it is capable of running 1500w at 1 ohm. If I were to hook up 2 Soundqubed HDS212's DVC 4 ohm subs, could I wire it and get 750w of power to each sub at 1 ohm? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/2/2016

    Avery, Two subwoofers wired properly together and to an amp, whether they're DVC 2-ohm subs wired like this or DVC 4-ohm subs wired like this, will split evenly and share whatever the amp can output through the final impedance load of the subs. If your amp can put out 1500 watts RMS to two subs, each will get 750.

  • John Pynchon from Fort Wayne

    Posted on 8/3/2016

    Hi Buck. I am wiring a Audiopipe APCL-15001D to two DVC 12' Rockford Fosgates. (2 Ohm). What would be the best way for me to wire these to fit my MONO amp and split the 1500 watts?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2016

    John, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form an 8-ohm, a one-half-ohm, or a 2-ohm load. That amp will put out about 900 watts RMS to the pair of those subs, 450 to each. If that's not loud enough for you, you'll have to get a stronger amplifier. Or, you can replace those subs with DVC 4-ohm models that can get wired together as a one-ohm load, and maximize the amp's performance.

  • shyenne c feist from puyallup

    Posted on 8/8/2016

    I have 2 jl 12w6ae which are 6ohms and a mono alpine 1100 watt RMS amp what I'd the best way to wire these up and can you please send diagram with answer thanks

  • SireeBob from Oakland

    Posted on 8/8/2016

    Bought a skar ddx12 what would be a good amp for max potential

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/9/2016

    Shyenne, Assuming your amp is an Alpine MRX-M110, you could wire those two DVC 6-ohms subs to it like this diagram. In the diagram's captions, change the 4s to 6s and the 1 to 1.5.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/9/2016

    Siree, The Rockford Fosgate Power T1000-1bdCP would work great with that sub, supplying the 1000 watts RMS rated sub with 1000 watts RMS, whether it's the DVC 2-ohm or the DVC 4-ohm model.

  • Keenan from Nebraska

    Posted on 8/10/2016

    Buck, I have two DVC 4ohm subs, how can I wire them to hook into a Monoblock amp rated at 2ohm

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/11/2016

    Keenan, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Justin from Wilmot

    Posted on 8/12/2016

    I have a 4000 watt, 1ohm stable, 3000 watt RMS at 1ohm monoblock amplifier. I am hooking up two 12 inch 4ohm dvc subs. Subs are rated at 2300 max power, 1150 RMS. Would it be bad to hook them up at 1ohm for 1500 watts RMS each because that would overpower them? On the flip side the amp is 750 RMS at 4ohm for 375 watts which would be way underpowered. Should I do 1ohm or get a more powerful amp.

  • Karl from Salt lake

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Bill how do I wire 5 4ohm svc subs and what impedance will I get to my .5 ohm stable amp.

  • Wood from Webb city

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Right now I have 3 soundqubed hds315 and a audiopipe apmi2000 wired at 1.31ohm amps not near strong enough would you recommend a stronger amp or 3amps strapped

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Justin, If the specs you mention are true, you should be fine wiring your subs to your amp as a one-ohm load. Just make sure you set the amp gain low enough so no distortion ever plays.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Karl, Five SVC 4-ohm subs wired together in parallel will present a 0.8 ohm load to an amp. Start with this diagram, and wire your fifth sub in parallel to Sub 1, like the others.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Wood, I've never heard of strapping three amps together, or whether that's even possible. If you meant running your three subs with three separate amps, then yes, that's a good and economical solution, over a single high-priced 3000 or 4000 watts RMS amp. Check out the Pioneer GM-D9601, if you have room for three amps in your installation. Each amp will be able to send up to 1200 watts RMS to each sub, which is their exact RMS rating.

  • James from poteau ok

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Hey buck, I had 3 Qpower 2200 4dvc ran in parallel, powered on a massive audio 4k mono and it sounded awesome but the amp kept getting really hot. I rewired the sub's to the diagram above and it doesn't sound as near as good as it did. Any ideas?

  • Robert from New braunfels

    Posted on 8/16/2016

    Hello I have a 2015 ram 2500 crew cab was thinking about installing a kicker 43cxa1200.1 mono class -d too 2 kicker 40cwrt101 10" comp rt 10" subs is this too big of an amplifier should I use a smaller amp it is saying subwoofers are 1-ohm what would be the best way to wire the amp and the subs Installing amp to factory head unit if that matters

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/16/2016

    James, Three DVC 4-ohm subs should get wired to a mono amp like this. In the diagram, the voice coils of each sub are wired together in series, and the three subs are wired together in parallel. If you had wired yours with the subs and coils all in parallel, then the amp would have seen a 0.67-ohm load, and it's no wonder it got hot. You're lucky the amp didn't burn up.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/16/2016

    Robert, We don't have any diagrams for DVC 1-ohm subs, but I'll show you two diagrams that may help. This diagram shows how each of your subs' voice coils should be wired together - change the 2s to ones and the 4 to a 2. Each sub will be a 2-ohm load. Then wire the two subs together like this. This way, that amp will be able to send those subs 600 watts RMS, 300 to each.

  • Javier Fernandez from Los Angeles CA

    Posted on 8/18/2016

    How should I wire or connect my sound system, I have a hifonics Brutus BRX2416 1D 2400 watts and 2 kickers cvr 12"s. And do I need an epicenter with this amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/19/2016

    Javier, If your subs are the DVC 4-ohm models, then you could wire them safely to that amp like this. That way, the amp will put out 850 watts RMS, 425 to each 400 watts RMS rated sub. If yours are the DVC 2-ohm models, I do not recommend wiring them to that amp at all, as it would probably blow them to smithereens. And whatever amplifier you use will have no bearing on whether or not you need an Epicenter. If you think your music lacks bass, get one. It'll work with any amp.

  • Rasj from Houston

    Posted on 8/27/2016

    I have (1) 4ohm kicker dvc 15L7. Can this single sub be wired to play at 1ohm or do I need to pair this sub up with another 4ohm dvc sub to get a 1ohm result?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Rasj, A single DVC 4-ohm sub can get wired as an 8-ohm load or a 2-ohm load load. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired as a one-ohm load .

  • Rogelio from Mesa

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    I have a kicker zx s1000.1 that i want to connect to two 15" comp vr subs. However, i also have a 4 channel alpine amp that i want to use for voice. I would like to connect all of this with a capacitor and a epicenter. How would I go about doing that, in order to reach maximum sound?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/30/2016

    Rogelio, Check out our Amplifier wiring diagram. It should give you an overview of what's involved. An Epicenter would connect between the receiver and sub amp via the subwoofer patch cables.

  • Jayson from Greeley

    Posted on 8/31/2016

    I have 2 2300 watt 4 ohm subs wired to a 2500 watt mono amp. Both subs are wired separately and connected where they both enter the negative and positive terminals on my amp. I saw there was a different way to wire both subs together then just have wires going from one sub to the amp not both speakers wired to the amp independently. So my question is should I wire it where both subs a are wired like the 2 SVC 4ohm mono diagram shown or if I'm good with keeping the wiring I have. Also my sub went into protection mode last night when I had my amp up to the level I wanted so I thought it would be the wiring. Thanks for you help!

  • Jayson from Greeley

    Posted on 8/31/2016

    Actually my subs are DVCs not SVCs

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/3/2016

    Jayson, You should be fine, either way ends up the same electrically - however, the fact that your amp went into protect mode tells me that something's wrong with your amp or its wiring.

  • Robert from John creek, ga

    Posted on 9/4/2016

    Hi, I have a 2 channel dual xpr 522amp that rms is 150×2 at 4ohm, 300×2 at 2ohm, and 600×1 at 4 ohm loads, with 2 dvc old school ma audio 103xe 10's both with 300rms watts and 600 max at 4 ohm, I was wonder since a single dvc can wire to 2 ohm on a mono amp, can I just wire each sub separate to each channel, two subs and two channels right, just have them at 2 ohm instead of 4ohm? Cuz I know my amp doesn't support 1 ohm and at 4 ohm they're really underpowered.

  • Ethan from Shoenchen

    Posted on 9/5/2016

    Hi, I have 2 10" Orion 2NTense DVC subs. They operate at 500w RMS each. Each coil has a 4 ohm impedance, so when wired in parallel, each sub presents a 2 ohm load. They had been previously hooked up to an older two-channel amp (not in bridged mode), which has since broken. However, I can't seem to find any two channel amps on here that supply 500w or greater of power. Taking this into account, what would be the best way to wire these while still providing enough power to each sub?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016

    Robert, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can be wired to a 2-channel amp this way or that way Electrically, they're equivalent - the amp will put out the same wattage in each case.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016

    Ethan, Most 2-channel amps can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms when bridged, and don't have enough power to drive 2 subs. Two subs are better run with a mono, 1-channel amp designed to work with a wider range of impedances, having tone controls and filters specifically made to help reproduce bass - wired like this diagram, or, if the amp can drive a 1-ohm load, like this.

  • Robert Cohenour

    Posted on 9/8/2016

    I have two Rocker Fosgate R2 12" shallow mounts dual 4Ohm at 250w RMS. Can I wire them in series to drop them to 8Ohm at 250w at the amp? The amp I am using is two channel mono, and 4Ohm at 500w RMS so I figured that 8Ohm at the amp should then output about 250w RMS. Last question, if this would work do I wire each subwoofer negative on one voice coil to the positive on the other voice coil and vice versa; then positive on the voice coil to positive on the amp and negative on the voice coil and negative to the amp?

  • Robert

    Posted on 9/8/2016

    Or is there a way to wire both subwoofers to my amplifier so that they're 4ohm but get 250w each and not 500w each?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/8/2016

    Robert, A single DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subwoofer can only get wired as a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired as a 16-ohm, a one-ohm, or a 4-ohm load. Assuming you have a 2-channel amp that when bridged can put out 500 watts RMS at 4 ohms, and it's wired like the last diagram, each sub will receive 250 watts RMS, which is their rating.

  • William from Toledo

    Posted on 9/8/2016

    Hey Buck. I've got a question for you. I have two 12" Rockford Fosgate P2 4ohm DVC subs. I'm looking to see if I can safely wire them to a 2 ohm 2ch mono amp without any complications.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/9/2016

    William, You can safely connect two DVC 4-ohm subs to a bridged 2-channel amp like this.

  • Ryan C. from Tehachapi

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    I have a Kicker 10cvx10-2 Ohm10-Inch Subwoofer with 1,200 Watts Peak and 600 Watts RMS with 4 terminals. What would be the best way to wire it to a Kicker 43CXA6001 600 Watt Mono Amplifier. So that I get the full 600 rms to the speaker at 2 ohms...?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    Ryan, That DVC 2-ohm sub can only be safely wired to that amp like this, achieving only 300 watts RMS output, because the amp won't work with a 1-ohm load. A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only get wired as a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load.

  • Wood from Chiraq

    Posted on 9/15/2016

    Buck i have an old school mtx thunder 2300x and one L7 4ohm dvc how would you wire it and is 1 sub bridgeable?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/15/2016

    Wood, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this. A DVC 4-ohm sub can only get wired as an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load, and that amp isn't stable at 2 ohms when bridged. Bridging refers to combining adjacent amplifier channels together, like in the diagram, and doesn't apply to subs or speakers.

  • Bayley mooney from Marietta

    Posted on 9/16/2016

    Hey I was wondering if I have 2 12 inch memphis subs rated for 500 watts each what amp should I look for?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/16/2016

    Bayley, Memphis makes at least 12 different models of 12-inch subs. Not knowing exactly which you have makes it impossible to give advice on what amplifier to use. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • JAY AVITIA from dallas tx

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    hey buck i have two alpine type r 1042-d dvc 4 ohm woofer and Kole Audio Xp22000 2 channel amp what would be the best set up to get the best performance , the ratings for the amp say 900 w rms in 4 ohm bridged would that blow the alpines or can the alpines handle that ?

  • JAY AVITIA from dallas tx

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    would two alpine type r 1042-d DVC 4 ohm woofers be able to handle an amp rated at 900 w rms on bridged mode?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    Jay, Wired like this diagram, those subs should handle that amp's power just fine. They're each rated for 500 watts RMS and they'd be getting 450 watts each, 900 together, which is well within spec.

  • Wood from Chiraq

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    Buck i have a mmats 1100.1 amp and 2 12 inch Pioneer champion series subwoofers how would you wire them? Thanks in advance

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    Wood, Pioneer makes Champion subs in SVC 4-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models, and I can find nothing on the web about that amp as described. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together.

  • Wood from Chiraq

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    Buck sorry the subs are Pioneer Champion series dual voice coil 12's and the mmats d1100.1 was made between 2005 - 2008

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/23/2016

    Wood, The only safe way to connect that gear together is like this diagram. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 16-, a 4-, or a 1-ohm load, and that amp won't work with a 1-ohm load.

  • Mason from Mansfield Ohio

    Posted on 9/23/2016

    Hi Buck I have been following this site for almost all of my car audio questions and I am still finding myself kind of confused if you will about something. I have 2 2Ohm subwoofers I know I how to wire them into 8Ohm , but my question is will it be safe to bridge into my amp (which is not 2Ohm stable bridged). Does wiring into series make it safe for my amp or will it still overhead due to the 2Ohm voice coils?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/23/2016

    Mason, Two 2-ohm subs cannot get wired together to form an 8-ohm load. I think you may have two dual voice coil (DVC) 2-ohm subs, and they should get wired to a 2-channel amplifier like this diagram. A variation would be to disconnect the two inner wires from the amp, and then to each other, effectively putting the two subs in series and showing the amp an 8-ohm load while in bridged mode - the amp sees it the same each way. It's a perfectly safe wiring scheme.

  • Mason from Mansfield Ohio

    Posted on 9/26/2016

    Buck, Thanks for the input and I am sorry for my mistake in my comment. I do have 2 DVC 2Ohm American bass subs. My main concern was my amp could not handle .5 ohm or 2ohm (bridged) load I was wondering how different my output would be in 8 ohm bridged, or wire them to their own channels (sterio @2ohm). A bit confusing but I am getting the hang of it. Thank you for the help I greatly appriciate it.

  • Ricky from Weslaco

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Hello Buck I have 2 db drive k3 10d4 900 watt subwoofers connected in series parallel bridged to a db drive A7 750.1. My question is should I stay with that wiring or change it to parallel to get the 1 ohm? Thanks in advance

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Ricky, According to its specifications, that amp will put out 750 watts RMS through a 1-ohm load, which will be fine for those subs.

  • Ricky from Weslaco

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Thanks for the advice Buck my subwoofers sound way better now ;-)

  • Wood from Chiraq

    Posted on 9/28/2016

    Buck how's it going? I had a question I have a mmats d1100.1 amp and 2 12" L7 solobarics 4ohm dvc and I wondering how to drop the speakers down to 2 or 1omhs to get more wattage thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2016

    Wood, Like I told you before, two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load, and I don't think your amplifier can handle the one-ohm load. If you do hook your amp up to the one-ohm setup, it will probably overheat or go into protect mode.

  • Skip from Augusta

    Posted on 9/30/2016

    I have an Alpine CDE-HD149BT HU with built in subwoofer controls. I currently have a SoundStream Picasso amp (old school) running some JL Audio components and full range speakers. I have 1 JL Audio 10TW1 4 ohm sub rated at 300w of continuous power in a sealed .35 cu. ft enclosure. I am looking for a sub amp that will be mounted under driver's seat. There is plenty of room and clearance. I know that 2 channel bridged amp will produce more power into 4 ohms than an equivalent mono amp of the same power into 4 ohms. From a power standpoint it would seem that a 2 channel amp would be best, but it may run hotter depending on what class amp is being used. Given the information above, which type of amp do you recommend and why? What brand and model do you suggest?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/30/2016

    Skip, Sorry, you're mistaken. A 2 channel bridged amp will produce exactly the same amount of power into 4 ohms than an equivalent mono amp of the same power will into 4 ohms. 300 watts equals 300 watts no matter what kind of amplifier it comes out of - a 1-channel or a 2-channel bridged amp. I've forwarded your question to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member will get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right amp for you and your subwoofer. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat - just click on the phone icon at the very top of this page.

  • Josh from Columbus

    Posted on 9/30/2016

    I have a 1 ohm stable amp and two 1 ohm stable DVC subs, would bridging a positive and negative on each sub and then running a positive wire from each sub to a distributor block forming 1 wire going to the amp and the same for the negatives still present a 1 ohm load?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/3/2016

    Josh, It would be better if you had identified your gear by make and model number, so I could give accurate advice. If you have two DVC 1-ohm subs you can wire them together as a 1-ohm load, although I don't see the need for a distribution block, which usually gets used for electrical power distribution. Check out this diagram. Substituting a one for every 2 in the captions labels it accurately for two DVC 1-ohm subs wired to a 1-ohm stable amp.

  • Josh from Columbus

    Posted on 10/4/2016

    Thank you for your response Buck, I have two Kicker Comp RT 1 ohm subwoofers(500 rms each) and a Hifonics 1200w @ 1 ohm stable amp. My next question is will this setup be safe for the amp and the subs? Thank you again.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2016

    Josh, You still have not identified your gear by model numbers. If you have two Kicker CWRT121 subwoofers and a Hifonics BRX1200.1D amplifier, there is no reason they won't work together, especially wired as I showed you in the link provided. Any subwoofer/amp combination can get damaged by misuse. Just set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays and your system will play safely for a long time.

  • Charles Joiner from Tifton

    Posted on 10/14/2016

    Hey Buck, how would i go about wiring 3 15 inch subs and 4 10 inch subs? Would i need two separate amps and would ii need another battery...All of this will be in the trunk of a Grand Marquis thanks.....

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/14/2016

    Charles, How subs and amps get wired together depends on the subs' number of voice coils, impedance, and RMS ratings, not on the size of their cones. If you want accurate answers to your questions, you must identify your gear. Brand names and model numbers work best.

  • Charles Joiner from Tifton

    Posted on 10/14/2016

    it would be 3 Kicker 10CVX154 and 4 Kicker 10CVX104... all dual voice coils at 4 ohms. would i need two amps and 2 battery's

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/15/2016

    Charles, Due to the differences in power ratings and sensitivity of your two models of subs, I recommend using two amplifiers. And big ones like two Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP 2500-watt amps. Three DVC 4-ohm subs (the 15s) get wired to their amp like this diagram. Four DVC 4-ohm subs (10s) get wired like this. Again, due to the difference in sensitivity, the three 15s will play considerably louder than the four 10s, even though they'd be getting the same amount of power (2500 watts RMS each set), so there may be balance issues. And speaking of issues, I know of no car electrical system that can support so much power (5000 watts RMS). At peak demand, this system would try to draw 483 amperes from your batteries and alternator. Even a high-output alternator, beefed-up wiring, and a second battery might not be enough to support this monster of a system.

  • Avery from Milwaukee

    Posted on 10/18/2016

    Hey, I'm currently doing a subwoofer install with 2, 4 ohm DVC subwoofers wired down to 1 ohm and I am trying to figure out how to wire the terminal cups. They will be running 1500 RMS total. Currently I have the subs wired to just one of the two terminal cups on the box and I was wondering if there is any reason that I should wire each sub to its own terminal cup. I used the wiring diagram on your website and it did not mention anything about having two terminals to wire. What should I do? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2016

    Avery, If you have a dual subwoofer enclosure with two sets of terminals, it may be less confusing and save speaker wire if you used only one terminal set and marked the unused one so you won't mis-connect the sub later. Or, you could wire one sub per terminal set, and then run two pairs of wires to the amp, it's electrically the same.

  • Xavier Barrera from CYPRESS

    Posted on 11/1/2016

    I have two DVC 4OHM subs in separate boxes , wired them in Parallel inside,have them connected to a 2 channel amp. so its reading 2ohms on each channel. if i bridge both wires would i get a 1ohm final load?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/1/2016

    Xavier, Just as when two 4-ohm voice coils wired together in parallel form a 2-ohm final load, two 2-ohm subs wired together in parallel form a 1-ohm load.

  • Donnie Winter from Winfield

    Posted on 11/2/2016

    Would you wire up 2 12 inch svc 4 ohm subs to a Kicker 43CXA600.1 amp at 2 ohms

  • Shaun from Crosby

    Posted on 11/2/2016

    Hiya Buck, I'd like to know your thoughts/concerns on my setup before I install. 2- Kicker 10c104, small sealed wedge box(don't have much room behind rear seat in 07 Sierra Crew Classic),4- Kicker DSC654 (doors), 1- Memphis PRX1.1000 (sub amp), 1-Memphis PRX4.50 (door speaker amp), and I'm looking at the RFK1D install kit for power and signal. The head unit is Sony XAV-64BT(ya I know 2v preamp is bleh). So I'm thinking 1/0 to distribution block 1-4ga to each amp, each ground to a Distribution Block welded to truck. And signal in PRX4.50, then out of PRX4.50 to PRX1.1000. Then for sub wire I have a spool of wetsounds 12/2 tinned OFC. I'm not sure if the factory wires in the doors are sufficient for the new amp install. And lastly I realize that with the curent subs I'll be limited to 2ohm, are there any 10" subs that are 4ohm DVC that you would highly recommend? I've looked at the CVR which fits and the CVX which didn't. I'm not partial to the kicker brand by any means, I've considered DC, Fi, CT Sounds, and a few others but am having difficulty finding tens that are decent quality, reputable, and have a mounting depth less than 5 3/4" oh and will handle the wattage that the mono will supply.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/3/2016

    Donnie, Only if each of those subs has a power rating of at least 200 watts RMS.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/3/2016

    Shaun, You might find that a couple of these Memphis BR10D4 subs will handle that amp better than the subs you presently have.

  • Efren Hernandez from Montebello

    Posted on 11/7/2016

    Hey buck I have a 4 ohm DVC 12in alpine type R rated at 1000wats RMS connected to a JL Audio 1000/1. My question is can it be possible to over power the Type R? Because once I put up a good amount of bass on the woofer it just turns off an turn on but right back off till I lower the bass knob. And I have it connected as your diagram shows..

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/8/2016

    Efren, It sounds like your amplifier is being so over-driven it's going into protection mode to save your subwoofer from destruction. You need to re-set the amplifier's gain, with the bass control at the highest setting you use, so no distortion can ever play. Check out our setting gain article for help.

  • John Howell from LaGrange, nc

    Posted on 11/8/2016

    If I have a 1000rms amp and a 1200rms subwoofer 4hms. Can I run both speaker terminals to the one subwoofer and get more power to my sub?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/8/2016

    John, Nope. If the amplifier is 1-channel, its 2 sets of speaker output terminals are wired together inside the amp, so two speaker wires to one sub will accomplish nothing. If the amplifier is a 2-channel amp, connecting two outputs together to a sub will probably damage the amp.

  • Phillip Bowles from Annville

    Posted on 11/10/2016

    I have a kenwood kac-9106d mono amp 1000 watt rms @ 2 ohms and 500 watt rms @ 4 ohms then I have one 15" rockford fosgate p3 2 ohm dvc subwoofer, wiring the sub at 4 ohms its like the amp just wont push the sub at all, if I wire it down to 1 ohm it slams my p3 but my amp is only 2 ohm stable, the amp does not over heat or really even get warm, is this an okay setup or could i have better sound quality with a different wiring option?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/10/2016

    Phillip, The only safe way to connect that gear together is like this, with the sub wired as a 4-ohm load and the amp capable of outputting 500 watts RMS to the 600 watts RMS rated sub. If that isn't loud enough for you, you can double the power by simply adding a second sub and wire it all together like this and get a 1000 watts RMS output, 500 to each sub.

  • Martin from Valencia

    Posted on 11/10/2016

    I have 2 jl w3v3 10 and a hifoncs mono block amp. Is there a way to wire them up to a 1ohm impedance?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/11/2016

    Martin, JL Audio makes two versions of 10W3v3 subwoofers - a 4-ohm model and a 2-ohm model. Two single voice coil (SVC) 2-ohm subs can get wired together to form a 4-ohm or a 1-ohm load. Two SVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together to form an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load.

  • James

    Posted on 11/12/2016

    Buck, I am trying to run 4 svc, 4 omh subwoofers to an amp that is only 2 ohm stable, should i follow the diagram for wiring 2 svc, 4ohm subs to a 2 ohm impedance, and do that for two pairs? or is there another way to achieve this?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/14/2016

    James, Four SVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 16-ohm, a 4-ohm, or a 1-ohm load. If your amplifier can't drive a 1-ohm load, or doesn't have enough wattage at 4-ohms to drive four subs, you'll have to use a second amp in order to drive all your subs.

  • Kenneth from Charles Town

    Posted on 11/29/2016

    Dear sir,i have a mackie swa1801 powered sub that blew the original svc 18inch 4ohm speaker. Would it be ok to use one 4ohm dual voice coil speaker? If so how should i wire it? The new speaker is a precision audio dvc 4ohm per channel 1600rms.the mackie i believe is 900rms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/29/2016

    Kenneth, Seeing as a DVC 4-ohm sub can only get wired as a 2-ohm or as an 8-ohm load, it is not okay to use one as a replacement for an SVC 4-ohm sub. The sub's built-in amplifier has been optimized to run that particular Mackie driver, so I recommend contacting Mackie tech support in order to get a replacement.

  • Mike P from ashby, MN

    Posted on 11/29/2016

    hello, I have an issue that nobody seems to be able to solve/give a solid answer to here..iv'e obtained an amp, called a cadence ultradrive z1200, 2 ch@ 2ohm, and 4 ohm bridged, now i can find a thousand different people who think they know what i have, but my own research only found that there's the exact same model(numbers and all) amp, but its a monoblock...all really want to know is the rms if this gargantuan, as i feel like this may be a little too much for my poor little pioneer svc 4 ohm 12"s (300rms 1300peak each)...i need to solve this dilemma before i decide to tear- down and re- wire, what not..im afraid to hook it up without knowing its approximate rms,..any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2016

    Mike, I see what you mean - a web search came up with a few different amplifiers with different specs. Here's a handy formula for estimating an amplifier's capability. Take the total amperage rating of the amp's fuses and multiply by 14 volts to get the amp's maximum wattage draw from the electrical source. If the amp is Class AB, you multiply that number by ½, taking into account the amp's efficiency, and get the estimated RMS wattage output. If the amp is Class D, you'd multiply the draw wattage by ¾ to get the output wattage. For example, if a Class D amplifier has two 30-A fuses, 60-A total, the potential output power will be 60 x 14 x 0.75 = 630 watts. (If it's a 2-channel amplifier, that's 315 watts RMS per channel.)

  • Zach Creswell from Brunswick

    Posted on 11/30/2016

    I am currently trying to make a triple subwoofer ported box with either: Three 12 inch Alpine SWR-12D2 subwoofer's or Three Alpine SWR-12D4 subwoofer's. I am unsure on which type of subwoofer would be better for making a system with three subs. I also don't know what AMP I should get for this system because i honestly have no idea what would help me get the best results for a ported box. Also, since this system will require a lot of energy, should I purchase an additional battery for this system ? if so, which battery would be best for my situation?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/1/2016

    Zach, I recommend getting the DVC 2-ohm models and wiring them like this to an amplifier like a Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP. This will produce up to 2500 watts RMS of power, which may very well require upgrading your vehicle's electrical system with a second battery, a capacitor, or a high-output alternator.

  • Luis Diaz from Clermont florida

    Posted on 12/6/2016

    Hello Buck, I have a new kickee cx600.1 amp. Specs: RMS Power @ 14.4V, 4O mono, = 1% THD+N : 300W x 1 @ 14.4V, 2O mono, = 1% THD+N : 600W x 1. And just one infinity 1262w subwoofer. Dual voice. Can you tell me the best way to wire it. Im a bit confused wih this. Thanks for your help

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2016

    Luis, That amplifier is twice as powerful as that sub's power rating, so there's a risk you could blow the sub by over-powering it. You can wire your gear together like this, just make sure the amp gain is set very low, so no loud distortion ever plays. A better option would be to get a more powerful subwoofer, or a weaker amplifier.

  • Shawn from DeRidder

    Posted on 12/10/2016

    I have 2 Savard Hi Q 10s 1200w DVC@ 4 ohm in a ported fox box and a Massive E4 amp 1ohm stable 2000w x 1 RMS. Amp has 2 speaker outputs. What is the best way to wire subs for most power?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2016

    Shawn, You wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to an amp that can handle a 1-ohm load like this.

  • Mike from Virginia

    Posted on 12/18/2016

    I was looking at buying a 5 channel jl audio amp to power some components, and two of the jl shallow mount w3's. the amp power at 2ohms meets 80% of the rms for the subs, but the subs are both 4 ohm dvc. I'm curious how to wire this to get the subs down to 2 ohms to match the 2 ohm output on the amp. Is this possible or recommended? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/19/2016

    Mike, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load.

  • James from London

    Posted on 12/23/2016

    Hi Buck. I've got a kicker DXA500.1 amp and I was about to buy a kicker 43cwrt122 @ 2-ohm, but then saw that its a DVC sub. So my question is, would I be better off getting 43cwrt121 sub instead and wiring it in series to get 2-ohms to make the most out of my amp? Thank you and Merry Christmas :D

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/26/2016

    James, The answer is yes.

  • Michael from Tampa

    Posted on 12/27/2016

    Planning on 2 Hifonics BRZ15D4 15" subs, 1200 watt DVC 4-ohm powered by a Boss AR16002 amp, 1600 watt 2 channel amp, rms power 260 watt X 2 channel @ 4 ohm,,, 800 watt X 2 channel @ 2 ohm,,, 1600 watt X 1channel @ 4ohm... What do you recommend on wiring?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2016

    Michael, You wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to a 2-channel amp like this. I'm not at all confident, however, that that amplifier will be able to produce its claimed output power - more like 350 watts RMS x 1 bridged into 4-ohms, in my opinion.

  • Wayne from South Africa from Port Elizabeth

    Posted on 1/1/2017

    Hi Buck. Im about to have 2 pioneer 12s (ts-w3003d4) installed in my 2007 VW Polo. With about 600w rms from each sub i would need atleast 900w rms from my amp to be within the 75% amp power rating. Im considering the Audiobank aab 1.1600db. It can do 800w at 4ohms, 1250w at two ohms and 1600 at 1ohm. I have read a few posts wherr guys say wiring to 1ohm is not the best way to go as you do get more power from your amp but sound quality would be poor and you would not have as much control over sub performance. Do u think this would work? Thank you in advance

  • Adrian from Devon

    Posted on 1/1/2017

    Hello Buck, I have a Fusion CA-AM20650 2ch amp and want to power a Rockford Fosgate Punch Series P2D4-8 sub in a sealed box, Best way to wire it up please as I have got back into car audio and only ever had single voice coil subs. (Happy new year).

  • Sean from Point of Rocks

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    I need help wiring my (4) Polk db6501 components to my JL Audio XD1000/5v2. Can you help me out with a wiring diagram? The 5th channel for the sub is already covered, I have a jl 10w6v3HO. Thanks for your help!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    Wayne, If the amp's specs say it can work with a 1-ohm load, then I see no reason not to hook it up that way. Just make sure you set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    Adrian, Wire that gear together like this diagram. In this configuration, that amp should be able to put out about 230 watts RMS, perfect for that 250 watts RMS rated sub.

  • Cory Laney from Cuba

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    How to wire 2 12" 4ohm and 2 12" 8ohm to one 2 channel amp?

  • Adrian from Devon

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    Thanks for the help Buck.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    Sean, Figure 3 on Page 5 of the Polk DB6501 owner's manual shows how a set connects to an amp channel.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    Cory, If these are all single voice coil (SVC) subs, you could wire the two 8-ohm subs to one channel of the amp like this and the two 4-ohm subs to the other channel like this. Don't expect much bass from this setup, however - most 2-channel amps don't have enough power to drive two subs, much less four.

  • Delmain from Johannesburg

    Posted on 1/4/2017

    Hi Buck. i have two 12inch 4ohm subs rated at 600w rms each. would it be better to power them with a 1200w rms 1ohm stable amp or with a amp with slightly more output (like 1600w rms). Basically I just want to know if its better to have an amp that matches the subs perfectly in power output or to have a bit of headroom. which will deliver the clearest sound with the least ammount of distortion

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2017

    Delmain, Having headroom is always good, for just the reasons you mention.

  • Erasmus from Cape Town

    Posted on 1/5/2017

    Hello Buck. I currently have a pioneer ts-w3003d4 12inch sub but i need to get an amp. The sub is rated at 600w rms. My budget allows me to get a amp that puts out exactly 600w rms but I could get one that puts out 800w rms for not much difference in price. Both reputable brands. Which do u think would be better?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/5/2017

    Erasmus, Having extra headroom by using a more powerful amplifier is always good, allowing the amplifier to play cleaner, cooler, and with less strain. Just make sure the gain is set to never allow distortion to play.

  • greg from montgomery

    Posted on 1/5/2017

    i have a pioneer gmd8601 mono amp and 2-10" pioneer ts-sw2502s4, would it be best to wire them at 2 ohm or 4 ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/6/2017

    Greg, Two single voice coil (SVC) 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 2-ohm or an 8-ohm load. You'll want to wire your gear together like this.

  • Marco from Kuala Lumpur

    Posted on 1/8/2017

    Hi guys,i have a JVC KS-AX3201D Mono Sub Amplifier.So can i connect 2 Sub for Dual 4 Ohm(4+4) 190W RMS to JVC Amplifier?If no problem so how can i wiring it?Thank's

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2017

    Marco, Two DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subs get wired to a mono amplifier like this.

  • 2344 from malaysia

    Posted on 1/10/2017

    Hello.. im new in car audio..i have a monoblock autotek superseries a750.1 750rms 1ohm 500rms 2ohm .. will it match a kicker 12 cvx dvc 4ohm .. thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/10/2017

    23, I can't find any information about that amplifier, but you should be alright if you wired that gear together like this diagram.

  • DizzyDino from Parkersburg

    Posted on 1/11/2017

    I just got a Audiobahn Immortal 15 2 ohm Quad Coil. I know it can be wired to .5, 2, or 4 ohm. I have a mono 3500 1 ohm stable amp. How would I wire the sub to 2 ohm? Could I just use 2 coils and wire it to 1 ohm and not use the other 2 coils and not hurt the sub?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2017

    Dizzy, If you only wire half of a sub's voice coils, you split its power-handling ability in half, threatening to burn the sub out, and increase its distortion, because the sub has to push around the dead weight of the disconnected coils. You can use this diagram as a wiring guide for your sub.

  • joe taormina from turnersville

    Posted on 1/12/2017

    If i get 2 15 inch dvc 2ohm Subs rated at 600 to 900w rms and connect it to an amp giving 900rms x2 @2ohms that should be enough to power the Subs to their full potential right?. What would be the final impedence of the Subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/12/2017

    Joe, 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. I can tell you that two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a ½-ohm, a 2-ohm, or an 8-ohm final load. I don't know how your 2-channel amp could handle that.

  • rick

    Posted on 1/13/2017

    I have one dual coil 2 ohm Alpine type r 1000watt rms. I want to connect negative to negative and positive to positive which gives me 1 ohm load. I want to connect it to an Alpine MRV-M500 which support only 2 ohm @ 500watt and 4 ohm @ 300watt. If I connect it what will be my outcome. Will it be able to deliver 250watt to each coil even tho my amp don't support 1 ohm.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/16/2017

    Rick, If you hook that gear up as you describe, the amp will either go into protection mode or burn out trying to drive a load lower than it was designed for. That subwoofer would be much happier being driven by a much larger amplifier, like a Pioneer GM-D9601, that can drive a 1-ohm load with up to 1200 watts RMS.

  • Dave from New Oxford, Pa

    Posted on 1/24/2017

    I have 8 speakers in a factory system. I want to amplify the entire system as I don't understand just thumping bass. I want full rich sound. I have to keep everything hidden as this is in a van that has to haul cargo and there is no room for sub boxes, I purchased 2 Clarion XC1410 4 channel amps and have replaces all the factory speakers with suitable aftermarket upgrades. I am going to use one amp for rear subs and full range pillar mounted speakers and the second amp to power the front full range door speakers and door mounted tweeters. My question is can I split the outputs from the Jensen VX7020 head unit to achieve my goal? Vehicle is a 2002 Chevy Astro

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/24/2017

    Dave, You can use Y-cord adapters, like this one at the receiver, in order to send the two front outputs of your receiver to your front amp's four inputs and the rear two channels to the rear amp's four inputs. Or you could use ones like this at the amplifier.

  • Caleb from miami

    Posted on 1/31/2017

    Hello sir, I have two 12" inch kicker comp subs, what is an good amp and watts to use?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2017

    Caleb, If your subs are the SVC 4-ohm models rated for 150 watts RMS each, they would work well with an amp that could put out between 225 and 450 watts RMS into 2 ohms, like a Kicker 43DXA250.1.

  • Martin from Odessa TX

    Posted on 2/2/2017

    I have a 1500.1 BD Rockford fosgate 2 channel amplifier 1 ohm capatable. that I AM going to connect to 4 skar audio 8 inch subs the are 600 watts 400 rms 4 ohm what is the best way to connect my subs to my amplifier I would appreciate the help can you send me a diagram if you can

  • Steven from Richmond

    Posted on 2/2/2017

    Hi, I just bought 2 Rockford Fosgate P2D4-12 and a Rockford Fosgate R1200-1D amp. What will be the best way to wire them.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/3/2017

    Martin, That amplifier is a mono, 1-channel amp - you're probably confused by its two pairs of output terminals. Assuming those subs are dual voice coil (DVC) 4-ohm subs you'd wire four of them to that amp like this diagram.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/3/2017

    Steven, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired to that sub amp like this. Make sure you set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Miguel from New Braunfels

    Posted on 2/8/2017

    So I have a 1000rms 4ohm DVC sub wired to a mono amp. Does that mean the sub will be playing at 2ohm and in order to fully power the sub I would need an amplifier of 1000watts rms at 2ohms?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/9/2017

    Miguel, A DVC 4-ohm sub can get wired as a 2-ohm load or an 8-ohm load. Most subwoofer amplifiers produce their highest wattage with a 2-ohm load. Your DVC 4-ohm subwoofer rated for 1000 watts RMS will work best with an amp that can put out between 750 and 1500 watts RMS at 2 ohms. 1000 watts is fine.

  • Troy from Arnold

    Posted on 2/10/2017

    Can u please tell me what wiring u think would be best for 1000w 4 channel amp with 2 dvc 4 ohm subs and my subs are 2000w a piece what size amp would you recommend thank u for your help

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/10/2017

    Troy, normally two DVC 4-ohms get wired to a 4-channel amplifier like this, but I can't recommend an amp without knowing the true RMS power ratings of the subs.

  • Caleb from Longview

    Posted on 2/10/2017

    Hey Buck, A family member was upgrading their car system and was getting rid of two subs and just gave me their "old" 2, 12", 4ohm, dvc , 1200 watt rms 2400 est. max watt subs. Noobishly I went out and bought two class D monoblock bass amps because I saw that at 4 ohms their rms rating is 1100 and max at 2300 since I intended to run one amp per sub. After reading through the comments I'm thinking...crap...I can only wire the one sub to one amp at a rating of 2 ohms, not 4, which the amp would then run rms of 2300w and max at 3500w (according to the manufacturers info sheet). I also see that I COULD wire the two subs to one amp and maintain the 4ohm ratings, but, the music I listen to tends to have R/L fading bass notes which is why I'm thinking I need separate amps for the subs. I don't intend to really push these subs to their limit even properly amp matched, I've upgraded my deck and door panel speakers (door panel speakers rms/max matches the new deck) and intend to balance the audio so the bass hits but doesn't overpower, I also don't intend on everyone for a quarter mile to hear my system. My questions are; 1- If I'm not pushing these subs to their limits is my current amps 2ohm ratings (2300rms to my subs 1200rms) going to damage them no matter? 2- Should I, instead of all this overthinking, go exchange these for amps that put out 1200rms at 2ohms instead of 4ohm? 3- would 2 mono amps maintain L/R fading or is a multi-channel better? It seems the mono's are cheaper

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/13/2017

    Caleb, You're definitely confusing issues by quoting max ratings which are meaningless. And I'd be more confident in any advice I give you if I knew the brand names and model numbers of your gear. An amplifier that can put out 2300 watts RMS at 2 ohms can usually get used to safely power a 1200 watts RMS rated sub as long as the gain is set low enough so no distortion ever plays. A DVC 4-ohm sub rated for 1200 watts RMS will work best with an amp that can put out between 900 and 1800 watts RMS at 2 ohms. If you want left-right separation for your subs, two mono amps will work best. I know of no multi-channel amp that can put out this much power.

  • Matthew Ryan from Diamond Bar

    Posted on 2/14/2017

    OK so I have two Rockford p3d2 10" subs. And I have two different amps one of them is a bazooka el1500 and the other is a kicker zx350.2 I'm not sure which amp would be the best option for those two subs. Or if either of those amps could even power those subs? Please help.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/14/2017

    Matthew, You could use each of those amplifiers to drive each one of your subs. The 2-channel amp can be wired like this diagram. The mono amp like this one. This way, each sub will get up to 350 watts RMS, 700 watts in the total system.

  • Matthew Curland from Diamond Bar

    Posted on 2/14/2017

    Hey buck in those diagrams it only shows 1 sub being wired to 1 amp. What would the wiring be if I wanted to wire both subs to one amp. Or is that even possible

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2017

    Matthew, Two DVC 2-ohm subs get wired together to an amplifier like this.

  • Louis from Colorado Springs

    Posted on 2/19/2017

    I have a 2013 Mazda MX-5 with OE head unit driving JL Audio C3-570x mid and high crossed over speakers using front door (OE) woofer (wires are not filtered) wires, leaving front door OE tweeter wires unused. I want to use the rear tweeter (again unfiltered wires) stereo wires for sub woofer. I'm hoping to use one 6.5" woofer using both channels for max output from OE head unit. Is it possible to bridge it onto a DVC 6.5" sub? Please advice.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/20/2017

    Louis, I don't think there is any factory or aftermarket receiver that can have two of its channels bridged together in order to make more power.

  • Moses from Tucson

    Posted on 2/20/2017

    Ok I have 2 dvc Alpine type r 4ohm swr-1242d and a pioneer premier PRS -d5000spl mono amp how do I wire it to get 2 ohms thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/20/2017

    Moses, You can't. Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Nick from San Diego

    Posted on 2/28/2017

    Ok so I've heard a lot of my buddies refer to you diagrams for wiring up subs and I've used them a few time to help. My last set up got stolen out of my truck so I acquired from a friend 2 kicker compR12 2ohm Dvc 40CWR112, MTX Thunder 5500 dual 4ohm subs with a kenwood KAC-9106D amp. I wired them up in a series and worked but didn't seem to have the power I thought they would. Is there a better way to wire them up without hurting anything or am I better off eliminating a sub? Thanks for the help.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2017

    Nick, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. Get separate amps for your different model subs.

  • Brad from Dayton

    Posted on 3/1/2017

    Hi Buck. I currently have two 12" Lanzar Max Pro Subs. Each with 800 watts rms, 4 ohms. I'm possibly looking at getting the Boss Audio AR1600.2 Armor. It's a two channel capable of 600 W X 2 RMS @ 2 ohm, 300 W X 2 RMS @ 4 ohm, & 1200 W X 1 RMS Bridged @ 4 ohm. I was wondering which way would be more ideal to wire them together? I'm not sure if bridging it will give me an overall wattage of 1200 watts (75% of 1600 watts) or if it'll be 1200 watts for each speaker.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/2/2017

    Brad, In spite of its published specifications, that amplifier doesn't have enough power for one of those subs, much less two. Lanzar makes 12-inch 4-ohm subwoofers in two types: DVC and SVC. If you have the DVC 4-ohm models, I recommend a mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 1200 and 2400 watts RMS at one ohm, like a Pioneer GM-D9601. If you have the SVC 4-ohm models, I recommend a mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 1200 and 2400 watts RMS at two ohms, like a Kicker CXA1200.1.

  • Rick Bergman from Coopersburg

    Posted on 3/2/2017

    I have 3 4 ohm dvc 12's and 1 svc 4 ohm 12. I have a mono block amp that I want to run at 2 ohms. Could you give me a diagram that would make this possible? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/3/2017

    Rick, You should never connect subs of different impedances together to the same amplifier - the lower impedance subs will get more power than the higher impedance subs, resulting in unbalanced sound levels and potentially blown subs. Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. We need to know their RMS power specs as well as the subs' coil configurations. If you want a question answered about your system, you should identify your equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Stephon from Irvington

    Posted on 3/4/2017

    Hi buck ive been wondering is there any eay possible that i can hook 10 8 ohm speakers to a 1 ohm stable amp

  • Dylan Frink from Cedr rapids

    Posted on 3/5/2017

    I have 2 12 inch SVC sub's at 4 ohm. My amp is a 1600 watts 2 channel the sub's are 700 RMS a piece is this amp enough for both should I bridge them or get another amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/6/2017

    Stephon, You can make five pairs of series-wired speakers, and parallel wire all five pairs together, and end up with a 3.2 ohm load. Maybe a better solution for you would be to parallel wire eight speakers together and get a one-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/6/2017

    Dylan, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how they'll work together. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • John from Marion

    Posted on 3/9/2017

    I have 2 12 audiopipes. They are the doubles tacked magnets. Believe they are 1200 watts a piece. I also have a cadence zrs 7500d amp that is 1 ohm. I'm trying to figure out the best way to hook my subwoofers up to that amp to get the most I can out of subs. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/10/2017

    John, Although you've identified your amplifier, you haven't identified your subwoofers. Audiopipe makes a lot of different model 12" subs. Not knowing exactly which you have makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify the gear by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Mike from Tampa

    Posted on 3/10/2017

    I have a pair of Alpine 1243D 12" subs, duel 4 ohm ... They're in a ported box and I plan on hooking up a Boss AR3000D (3000x1) mono amp with a 3.0 farad cap... Will this be enough power for the subs and what wiring do you recommend?

  • Rafael from Panama

    Posted on 3/10/2017

    Hi Bob. I have a pair of Kenwood KFC-W2513PS SVC 4 ohm subwoofers that are 300 watts RMS and a pair of Kenwood KAC-M3001 mono amplifiers rated at 200 watts @ 4 ohm and 300 watts @ 2 ohm. Can I wire both subs to both amps in parallel to get 300 watts at 2 ohm for each one?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/11/2017

    Mike, Despite that amplifier's published specifications, I think that it only has enough power for one of those subs but not two. Assuming your two subs are Alpine SWR-1243Ds, look for an amplifier that can put out between 900 and 1800 watts RMS at 1-ohm or 4-ohms. A good example of an amp that'll fit that bill is a Pioneer GM-D9601, wired to those subs like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/11/2017

    Rafael, Please do not connect the outputs of your two amplifiers together, it could damage them. The only safe way to hook up your gear is to connect each subwoofer to a separate amplifier. If 400 watts RMS total power isn't loud enough for you, there are a couple of ways to go. You could keep the amplifier, get two SVC 2-ohm subs, and end up with a 600-watts RMS sub system. Or, you could keep the subs and get a mono subwoofer amplifier capable of putting out anywhere from 450 to 900 watts RMS at 2-ohms.

  • Branden Fowler from Surrey

    Posted on 3/11/2017

    Hey Buck, i have a Alpine V12 4 ch. amp and two kicker cvr subs and two insignia subs and was wondering what would be the best option for the most bass output and can i hook up all four subs to the same amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/12/2017

    Branden, In order to know if an amplifier will work with a subwoofer, you have to know the sub's coil configuration, impedance, and RMS power rating. 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 gear by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • samuel from Buena park

    Posted on 3/12/2017

    Hey Buck I have gone through the diagrams and understand the wiring for the most part . I have 2 Dvc 4ohm subs and a 1omh stable mono amp but my amp has two terminals unlike your diagrams. So how would I wire them to 1ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/13/2017

    Samuel, 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, with the voice coils wired together as in the diagram, to each set of terminals. It's electrically the same as the 2 DVC 4-ohm low imp diagram.

  • Wayne from South Africa

    Posted on 3/13/2017

    Hi Buck. What would happen if two dual 4ohm subs were to be wired to a 2 ohm amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/13/2017

    Wayne, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. An amplifier itself has no ohms - it senses whatever load is attached to its output, and responds accordingly. An amp that can handle loads only as low as 2-ohms will likely overheat and go into protection mode if it were connected to a one-ohm load.

  • Jeff from Ohio

    Posted on 3/14/2017

    hi Buck. What would happen if a 2ohm stable amp were given a 1ohm or 4 ohm load? i know it can only accept 2ohm and 8 ohm loads however higher than 2 ohm should not be a problem if im not mistaken. Thanks for all the great advice you guys are best

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/14/2017

    Jeff, Saying an amplifier is 2-ohm stable means that it can safely power any load greater than or equal to 2 ohms. Connecting a one-ohm load to an amplifier which is stable only down to 2 ohms will result in the amplifier overheating and going into protection mode.

  • April from Bonney Lake

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    In order to add a better subwoofer to my 2015 GTI with Fender system, the stock sub is a 2ohm DVC. So I removed the stock 6.5 sub and installed a P2D2-10 in a sealed box utilizing the stock wiring to connect the new sub. It sounds good until I turn up the volume and then the other mid and high Fender speakers over power (louder) than the sub. My guess is I need an amp. Can I buy a basic LOC (Axxess AX-ALOC608 or the more expensive LC2iB) and hook up the stock sub wiring to the LOC (instead of using the rear speaker left and right +- for the LOC) then to the amp to power the P2D2-10? Thanks a million!

  • Jeff from Kentucky

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    Hello buck. My question is I have two dvc subs each are 2ohm. I was wondering if any way to run both subs on one mono amp at a final 1ohm impedance. Thanks in advance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    April, A Kenwood Excelon X501-1 or a Rockford Fosgate R500X1D 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.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    Jeff, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 0.5-ohm load, a 2-ohm load, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Neymer Escobar from Houston

    Posted on 3/16/2017

    Hi, I have a 1 channel 1100watt 250 rms at 4ohms Boss amp and wanted to hook it up to a pair of Jl 3w single 4ohm subs.. I know the amp is not greatest but I would just like to know if it's a good idea and how do I wire them.. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/16/2017

    Neymer, Your amplifier possibly has enough power to drive one of those subs, but probably not two. If that lack of power is not an issue, you can wire them together like this. Just don't expect much bass from this system. And don't play a lot of distortion trying to get more bass - that'll damage the subs.

  • Oddne Pettersen from Norway

    Posted on 3/18/2017

    Hi. I have 3 x B2 audio 18" subs with 1-ohm DVC. I have a Digital Designs M5 amplifier. How should I wire them? Thanks

  • Michael T. Cueva from Austin, TX

    Posted on 3/19/2017

    Hi Buck, I am looking to add some simple bass to the rear deck of my 2015 Impala (Generation 8 sedan) by removing the factory rear deck speakers and installing two Kicker CompRT 43CWRT671 subs as free air subs in their place. I plan to run them both off of the Kicker 42PXA2001 mini amp (just one amp). The amp calls for 100W RMS @ 1 OHM. The subs are DVC 1 ohm. My question is this: Can I use this diagram: [edit: link to 2DVC_2-ohm_mono diagram] to wire up both subs together and present a 1 ohm load to the amp? Or is there another wiring setup that would allow me to use both of the subs wired together to present a stable 1 OHM load to the amp? Thanks. Mike

  • John from Cleveland

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    Buck, I have an amplifier rated at 90 watts RMS @ 4 ohms. I have a subwoofer impedance 8 ohms and 100 watts RMS. Would this be a reasonable pairing. Or would it be a better pairing to purchase a second identical sub and wire in parallel to this amp?

  • Steve from sacrameto

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    Hi Buck. I have a pioneer GM-D8601 Amp which is 1600 watts at 1 ohm that I intend to power 2 Pioneer TSSW3002S4 subs which are 1500 watts max, 400 RMS. My question is the amp is supposed to be a mono amp but has 2 speaker outputs. Would I wire each sub directly to its respective output are should I wire it in a different configuration. Is this amp enough power to run these 2 subs? Thank you!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    Odne, You haven't identified those subwoofers enough for me to be absolutely sure, but if they can each take up to 2500 watts RMS, you can wire them to that amplifier using this wiring diagram. Change all the 2-ohm labels to 1-ohm, and the 3-ohms to 1.5-ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    Michael, That amplifier has enough power for one of those subs but will struggle to power two. You can go ahead and wire it up, though, using that diagram with all the 2s changed to 1s. Just be sure to never play distortion trying to get loud bass.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    John, If the specs you quote are correct, you can safely connect that gear together. If the amp can put out 90 watts RMS at 4 ohms, it'll probably put out about 45 watts RMS at 8 ohms, though, which might not sound so good through a 100 watts rated sub. Adding a second sub won't gain much, the amp's output power might double but it'll be playing through two subs, 45 watts each. A better solution would be to get a larger amplifier for that sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/20/2017

    Steve, Your mono, 1-channel amp has two 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. It's electrically the same as in this diagram.

  • ben07 from vancouver, bc

    Posted on 3/21/2017

    My friend gave me 2 alpine type R 10" DVC 2ohm subs (2+2 ohms), he also gave me 2 alpine MRP350 amps (rated at 200Wx1 @ 4ohms, or 350x1 at a 2 ohm load). All these are going into an alpine optimized (floor display model) dual 10 ported box - which will share a common space between the drivers (no internal division). Which will sound louder - driving both subs with a single MRP350 (2 ohm load) or driving each sub with one amp each @ 4 ohms? If 350W gets divided to 175W each for each sub @ 2 ohms and 200W will go to each sub @ 4ohms, is that 25W power difference noticeable specially in a shared enclosure?

  • James tejada from East Hartford

    Posted on 3/23/2017

    I have Four 4ohms PRV 6' speakers, clarion MCD360 another smaller one, and a AR2000M and i want to know if j can siries wire it or what i can do with what i have... i want all vocal but my amo says its a

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/23/2017

    Ben, There are two ways to wire your gear together. One amp per sub, wired like this diagram. Or, both subs powered by one amp, wired like this. The first configuration will have a 400 watts RMS total output, while the second will produce 350 watts RMS. At this level, this 50 watts RMS difference works out to be a 0.6 dB increase in power, which is not really noticeable.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/24/2017

    James, That mono subwoofer amplifier can't reproduce the notes in vocal range. Your system needs one full-range amplifier channel for each speaker.

  • Joe from Baltimore

    Posted on 3/24/2017

    Hi Buck. I have a set of jl 12w3v3-2 subs the are svc 2ohm subs. And a pioneer D-9601 amp. What would be the best way to wire the subs to get the maximum Bass.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/25/2017

    Joe, If by "a set" you mean two, then two SVC 2-ohm subs get wired to an amp like that like this.

  • Blake from OlathE

    Posted on 3/26/2017

    Hi, I am wondering if the DS18 gen-2800 amp at 1 ohm will work with my dual Rockford p2d4 12" subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/27/2017

    Blake, I'm unfamiliar with that amplifier, but it'll probably work with those subs. Just be sure to set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Joe from Baltimore

    Posted on 3/28/2017

    Hi buck. I had a earlier post asking how to wire 2 jl 12w3v3 2ohm subs to a pioneer D-9601amp. I have the subs wired already but not to the amp. Thank you. I have one last question. There are 2 sides with positive and negative on the amp what side do i connect the wires ? + - + - ^ ^ I had a friend tell me to hook it up like this. The positive on the left side to the negative on the right side . I would like you advice.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2017

    Joe, 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. It's electrically the same as in the diagram. Or, use one positive and one negative amp terminal for the pair of subs, it doesn't matter which.

  • Joe from Baltimore

    Posted on 3/28/2017

    Thank you buck. Your a great guy

  • Zaheer from Grandview

    Posted on 3/29/2017

    Hey Buck.. How many speakers you can put on 4 ohms on a Crest 9001..?? 2OStereo Power 3300W 4O Stereo Power 2200W

  • John from West Point

    Posted on 3/30/2017

    I have two Power Acoustik Mofo152x subs and a Crunch GPA 2000.4 amp. What is the best way to completely install these subs with this amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2017

    Zaheer, The number of speakers an amplifier can power at the same time completely depends on what kind of speakers they are, what their impedance is, and what their power ratings are. If you want a question answered about a system, it's best you identify the equipment in question by brand names and model numbers.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2017

    John, Two DVC 2-ohm subs get wired to a 4-channel amp like this. Don't expect a lot of bass out of that amplifier, though - its specs are a bit exaggerated. You should be alright as long as you never play distortion, trying to get louder bass.

  • Steven Boyd from fitchburg

    Posted on 3/30/2017

    Hey Buck, I recently purchased a DVC 10" subwoofer at 2OHM(Power Acoustik GW3-10) and a mono channel amp(Boss r1100M). The amp I purchased is rated at 450watts RMS @4 ohms and 825watts RMS @2 Ohms. Your diagrams show that I would reduce to 4 OHM with my DVC when using a bridged wire on the subwoofer terminals. Is there anyway to get the 2OHM DVC sub to go into the amp at 2OHM so it is able to push that higher RMS rating?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/31/2017

    Steven, A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only be wired as a 1-ohm load or a 4-ohm load.

  • Sal from Chicago

    Posted on 3/31/2017

    I have three DVC 4 ohm 12 in subs, is it possible to wire them for 1 ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/31/2017

    Sal, Three DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 24-ohm, a 6-ohm, a 0.67-ohm, or a 2.67-ohm load.

  • michael from medford oregon

    Posted on 4/8/2017

    Hi Buck, I have a SVC 2ohm 8" single sub and two 4ohm svc 6x9 and two 4ohm svc 6.5 that I would like to power with a four channel Punch amp 200.4, is there a way to do this by bridging the rear channel to push the 8"?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/9/2017

    Michael. That amplifier won't work with two channels bridged to run a 2-ohm sub, it'll overheat and go into protection mode. I recommend running your four speakers with that 4-channel amp, and getting a separate mono amp for your subwoofer.

  • Joe from Florida

    Posted on 4/11/2017

    Question about wiring, I have 2, 12" Alpine type R subs ( swr-1243d ) and a precision power black ice amp (2600.1D) Would running the subs at 1ohm work?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/11/2017

    Joe, That amp's specs say it can work with a 1-ohm load, so you should be okay. Your two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together to form a 1-ohm load like this.

  • Joe from Florida

    Posted on 4/12/2017

    Thank you Buck! Them alpine subs hit hard with the PPI amp! But I have one more question, hope you can help... At high volume the amps goes into protection mode and shuts off.... I do a 3.0 capacitor wired... The amp and cap have their own grounds, power wires are 4gauge ... But at high volume and deep bass notes amp shuts off...and everything is band new ...what do you think/suggest.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/12/2017

    Joe, It sounds like either your amplifier's gain is set too high, or the amp doesn't handle the 1-ohm load very well after all. You might benefit by re-wiring the system like this, increasing the total impedance to 4-ohms, which the amp can handle better.

  • Jesse

    Posted on 4/16/2017

    I have a 2ohm clarion mono amp.is it possible to hook up 2 alpine DVC 4 ohm subs?thanks

  • Mike Dodds from Blenheim

    Posted on 4/17/2017

    Hi, is their a significant difference between wiring 2 2ohm subs in series to a bridged 2 channel amp vs wiring each 2 ohm sub independently to 1 of the 2 channels? Thanks Mike

  • Jesse from Red deer

    Posted on 4/17/2017

    Just to clarify Buck I have 2 Alpine swr 12d4 subsand 1 clarion DPX11551 amp.thanks again

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/17/2017

    Jesse, The only safe way to connect those subs to that amp is like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/17/2017

    Mike, There is no electrical difference between those two wiring schemes. The amplifier sees the same load on its outputs and the subwoofers receive the same amount of power.

  • Eric from Houston

    Posted on 4/21/2017

    ok i have 2 dvc cvr kickers one is 2ohm and the other is 4ohm and i have an ssl 4000.1 how could i wire these speakers to the amp if i could? the amp is 1ohm impedence

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/21/2017

    Eric, You should not wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. That's a recipe for blowing subwoofers. Use separate amps for your different model subs.

  • Johnny Wilson from Morristown

    Posted on 4/30/2017

    I Have four 4ohm dvc planet audio 1500w subs wired to a Lanzar 4000w, 4 channel amp. It's wired just like your diagram shows for "four 4ohm DVC subs, 4 channel amp: 4x 2ohm loads". My question is for rca's, do I need a separate set for each channel? Which would mean 4 sets of rca's. Or will splitting it once and having an "in" on channels 1 and 3 and "out" on channels 2 and 4 work?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/1/2017

    Johnny, If your receiver only has a pair of subwoofer outputs, the simplest way to feed all four of your amplifier's channels is to use a couple of Y-cords to split the two channels into four. I'm not familiar with that amp, so I couldn't tell you if using one channel's preamp output to feed another channels' input would work or not.

  • Richard from Milwaukee

    Posted on 5/2/2017

    I have 3 speakers total. 2 DVC 2ohm Speakers and one SVC 4 Ohm Speaker. What wiring options do I have into a single Channel.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/3/2017

    Richard, If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers. Normally, you shouldn't wire different impedance subwoofers together to the same amplifier because the lower impedance sub will get twice the power of the higher impedance sub, possibly under-powering one while over-powering the other. However, your DVC 2-ohm subs can each get wired as a 4-ohm load and could work with the SVC 4-ohm sub. But without knowing the RMS power ratings of each sub and the amp you plan to use, I can't tell how or even if it's safe to wire them together.

  • Richard from Milwaukee

    Posted on 5/4/2017

    Here goes. I have 3 Speakers. They are DS18 Troublemaker Midbass 12". Just received them today and I actually received 2 single 4 ohm, and 1 Dual 2 ohm. Model TM-MB12 These speakers are 2500 RMS and 3750 Watts Max each. I will be using these with a Taramps HD8000 This amp is a one channel that will do 8000 RMS at 1 ohm. 5000 at 2 ohm. And 3100 at 4 ohm. I have 3 Optima Bluetop Batteries and Rockford Fosgate 10 Farad Comp. Capacitor. Whats your advice on wiring? I am Considering using the DVC to 4 ohms. And wiring all three to 1.34 ohms I believe? Which should put out maybe 7000 Rms ? Thanks for the help.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2017

    Richard, If the specs you quote are accurate, you can wire the DVC 2-ohm sub to form a 4-ohm load, and then wire that sub along with the others in parallel, like this, to that amplifier.

  • Ethan Harrison from Anaheim

    Posted on 5/5/2017

    "If you're planning on driving a single DVC 4-ohm subwoofer with a 2-channel amplifier, then wiring it either way will have the same result. Just remember, if you do drive each coil with its own amp channel, the input signals of those channels must be identical or the subwoofer will distort." Quoting Buck. I wanted to clarify. If running one DVC 4-omh speaker off of two channel amp both inputs would need to left(or right) side signal? Could I use a "y" spliter for the input? Would running stereo burn up the woofer? Would running in stereo make the amp run hotter?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2017

    Ethan, Using a Y-cord is a good way to ensure that the two signals are identical. Whether a 2-channel amp plays in stereo or bridged mode has no bearing on its or a sub's running temperature. That's dependent on how loud an amp plays into its impedance load.

  • Pablo from Elizabeth City

    Posted on 5/5/2017

    I have 2 alpine type r 12" dvc 4 ohm subs 600 rms/1200 peak power and a kicker dx 1000.1 mono d amp 550 rms @4 ohm and 1000 rms @2 ohms. I have a ported box with a positive and negative outlet on each side. Is there anyway to wire my subs in my box to get a 2 ohm load to have more power?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2017

    Pablo, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Pablo from Elizabeth City

    Posted on 5/5/2017

    Thanks Buck. Also I was wondering with my 2 type r dvc 4 ohm12" subs is it possible to get them down to 2 ohms without connecting them together and just run the speaker wire from each sub to the 2 outlets in my ported box to my kicker dx 1000.1 mono d amp that's 2 ohm capable?

  • Pablo from Elizabeth City

    Posted on 5/6/2017

    Hey Buck, I was wondering which subs would be better between alpine type s dvc 2 ohm 12 or kicker cwr dvc 2 ohm 12 for my kicker dx 1000.1 mono d amp that's 2 ohm capable?

  • Matt from Los Angeles

    Posted on 5/7/2017

    Can I run my four-channel (Rockford Fosgate Power T400-4) to three 2 ohm DVC subs (Infinity Flex 8") if I run two subs in stereo on the front two channels and the third sub in mono by bridging the rear channels? I was thinking I would run the front channels at 4 ohms stereo and the rear at 2 ohms bridged. The goal is for the front to give mid-bass and the rear to give a true sub using one 8" driver with two 8" passive radiators. If this works, the two mid-bass drivers would run at 60w each at 4 ohms, and the sub would run at 200w at 2 ohms. Thanks in advance!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/8/2017

    Pablo, As long as the gear is the same, the answer is the same: two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired to a mono amplifier as a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/8/2017

    Pablo, You've picked out two subwoofers that will work great as a pair with that amp wired like this. Seeing as both companies make excellent subwoofers, and the specs on the subs are identical, I leave it to you to choose which one.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    Matt, A single DVC 2-ohm sub can only be wired as a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load, never 2 ohms. You can connect each of those subs to that amp as a 4-ohm load; one to each of the two front channels, and one to the bridged rear channels.

  • joshua from norfolk va

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    what would be better for a monoblock amp? 2 12 inch alpine type R dvc 4 ohm or 2 ohm. there both 1000 watt rms and what would sound better. also what would be the best monoblock amp. or your recommendations for best

  • Matt from Los Angeles

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    Thanks for the response, Buck! To clarify something I mentioned above, one of the three subs is the single voice coil (SVC) and the other two are the dual voice coil (DVC) - all 2 ohms. Is mixed impedance a concern under the following configuration? Rockford Power T400-4 w/ 3 Infinity 8" Flex Subs Front L/R: 2 DVC x 60w @ 4 ohms Rear Bridge: 1 SVC x 200w @ 2 ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/10/2017

    Joshua, Most mono subwoofer amplifiers put out maximum power when driving a 2-ohm load. When driving two subwoofers, you'd look for DVC 2-ohm models and wire them to an amp like this diagram. As for the best subwoofer amp for a pair of those subs, check out the JL Audio HD1200/1.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/10/2017

    Matt, Surpisingly enough, that amplifier is stable at 2 ohms when bridged, so I think you'll be okay hooking it up the way you intend.

  • John Smith from Kansas City

    Posted on 5/11/2017

    I'm looking to get this sub: Sundown Audio Ev3 12 Subwoofer E12v3 500W E SERIES. It has an RMS rating of 500W and comes in either dual 2 ohm or dual 4 ohm. I'm also looking to get these speakers: Image Dynamics ID65CS 6.5" 100 Watts RMS. Would it be better to bridge a 4 channel amp to run the sub and 2 speakers, or would it be better to get a mono channel amp for the sub and a 2 channel amp for the speakers? Which amps would you recommend?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/11/2017

    John, Check out the JL Audio XD500/3v2 3-channel amplifier. It'll power your speakers and sub from one compact chassis.

  • Church

    Posted on 5/19/2017

    How do I wire 2 dvc 2ohm subs to an 2ohm amp??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/20/2017

    Church, I assume you mean an amplifier capable of driving 2-ohm loads. Amps themselves don't have ohms, that's what subwoofers have. Two DVC 2-ohm subs get wired to a 2-ohm stable amp like this.

  • Ignacio from Lompoc

    Posted on 5/29/2017

    How do i connect 2 dvc 4ohm to an amp that its 2 channel. If bridged its a 2ohm amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/30/2017

    Ignacio, If the amp's power isn't so much that it'll blow the subs, the way to wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to a 2-channel amplifier is like this.

  • Jose from Victorville

    Posted on 6/10/2017

    I have a hifonics zrx 1016.4 amp. Can I run in Briged mode 2 12 Inc 2ohm dvc Fosgate to it. Amp says 250 rms ×2 @4ohms

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/10/2017

    Jose, Hifonics claims that amplifier can put 500 watts RMS out two channels into 4 ohms each when bridged. Rockford Fosgate makes six different models of 12-inch DVC 2-ohm subs. The amp has more than enough power to drive whatever model you have wired like this. Make sure you set the amp's gain low enough so distortion never plays.

  • Bill L. from Austin

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    I have a Kenwood KAC-304 4-channel amp running my four speakers in my jeep. The amp is really overpowering the speakers, so I purchased one 10" sub to fit on my rear tailgate to get the bottom end I need. How do I wire this sub to this amp? I do not want to add a mono amp if I don't have to.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    Bill, Without knowing exactly what subwoofer you have (impedance, coil configuration, RMS power ratings) makes it impossible to give advice on how to wire it in a system. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the gear by brand names and model numbers. Generally speaking, a 4-channel amplifier can run four speakers and a sub by wiring the front and rear right hand speakers to one amp channel, the front and rear left speakers to another, and bridge the other two amp channels together to run a sub - however, the subwoofer must present a 4-ohm load to the bridged channels and you lose the front-to-rear fade function of your stereo.

  • Nathan from Shiprock

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    Hello Buck, I have 2 4ohm dvc Rockford Fosgate 10" p3 subwoofers and a piomeer gm-d9601 amp. I have them in separate boxes and was curious as how to wire them to the amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/14/2017

    Nathan, Those two DVC 4-ohm subs get wired to that 1-ohm stable amplifier like this. As an alternative, you could wire each sub to a set of output terminals. Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a sub to each terminal it results in them being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. It's electrically the same as in the diagram.

  • Callie from Florida

    Posted on 6/19/2017

    Hi Buck Apologies if off topic. I have a factory head unit. So a hi low converter would have to be installed... the question is, if I turn the bass all way down on the radio, will the sub still have bass coming to it through the hi low? Want to run the front speakers only on mid and treble and have the bass come from the sub... Thank you in advance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2017

    Callie, You are referring to a line output converter (LOC), which attenuates amplified signals down to preamp level. If the signal used lacks bass, there won't be any for the sub either. By the way, most amplifiers have speaker-level inputs, built-in LOCs, so you won't need a separate device. A good way to prevent speakers from playing low notes is with Bass Blockers.

  • Dylan Repass

    Posted on 6/21/2017

    Hey Buck, I'm thinking about buying 2 sealed truck boxes and wiring them both to one amp. But I don't know how. The truck box has a negative and positive coming out on the right and the subs in each box are a dual voice coil already parallel wired. And also what type of amp would I buy, like mono or

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2017

    Dylan, Not knowing exactly what subwoofers you're referring to make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about a system, it's best that you identify the gear by brand names and model numbers.

  • David ball from Anderson

    Posted on 7/4/2017

    I have two sundown audio SA dvc 4 ohm 12s. Im trying to get my system planned out before I hook up all the gear. I was going to go with an AUDIOPIPE APMI-2000 Audiopipe Mini Design Class D 2000W Amplifier or the 1500 watt version of this same series. Which one will work better with my set up? Also, can these speakers be wires to 1 ohm? Thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2017

    David, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired together to form a one-ohm load like this. Either one of those amps will probably work fine with those subs.

  • David Flanagan from Columbia

    Posted on 7/6/2017

    If I have 2 subs that have dual 2 ohm voice coils and I hook them up to a mono amp what are my optiins for ohms drawing from the amp?

  • Steve from Albright WV

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    I have a kicker cx600.1 amp a 12" 2ohm comp r kicker and a 12" 4ohm kicker comp is there any way to wire these safely to my amp?Can the impeadance of either sub be wired to change the value

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    David, Two DVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 0.5-ohm load, a 2-ohm load, or an 8-ohm load.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    Steve, Although you could wire your DVC 2-ohm sub as a 4-ohm load to match the other sub, the power ratings are so different that it would not be wise to wire them together to the same amplifier. The 150 watts RMS rated Comp would be getting twice its rated power, so would probably blow. I recommend getting separate amps for your different model subs.

  • Zak

    Posted on 7/18/2017

    I have a planet audio trq1.3000d amp. And a friend gave me a pair of the planet audio ac12d subs rated at 18000watts each. Would I be better off wiring these together to 4 ohm or 1 ohm?

  • Sikholiwe from Cape Town

    Posted on 7/26/2017

    I had a sound system installed in my car with the following sound system parts: - AMP rated at 6900 Watts RMS, I don't know the impendence. - Two Subs each rated at 2000 Watts RMS, I don't know the impendence. Four days after installation the subs blew up. Using your guidelines for matching Subs and AMP, my calculation results reveal that an AMP rated between 3000 to 6000 Watts RMS would have been suitable for the 2000 Watts RMS Subs which I have. Similarly, Subs rated between 2300 to 4600 Watts RMS would have been suitable for the 6900 Watts RMS AMP that I have. I would like to know if the mismatch between the AMP and the Subs could have been the reasons for the Subs to blow up.

  • Michael

    Posted on 8/11/2017

    I have 3 Kicker CVR compvr12's, dual voice coil, 4 ohm, watts peak 800, watts RMS 400, im a sealed box, and a Pioneer class D mono amp 2400 watt max, 1 ohm stable, to power them. Is this a correctly powered setup? And what would be the best way to wire them? Parallel or series? Which would provide the better sound? I've seen pictures, that show coil 1 going to the positive and negative to the amp, and coil 2 positive and negative connected to each other. Is this correct? And if so, is this parallel or series.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/14/2017

    Michael, Three DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 24-ohm, a 9-ohm, a 0.67-ohm, and a 2.67-ohm load - wired like this diagram. In this configuration, the voice coils of each subwoofer are wired together in series, while the subwoofers themselves (Sub 1, Sub 2, and Sub 3 in the diagram) are wired together in parallel. I assume you're referring to Pioneer's GM-D9601 amplifier, which can put out up to 1200 watts RMS through a 1-ohm load. Seeing as the load of your three subs totals 2.67-ohms, and the amp will only put out about 700 watts RMS through that, you might want to look into getting a larger amp. Look for one that can put out from 900 to 1800 watts RMS at 2-ohms, like a Kicker CXA1800.1.

  • Mike

    Posted on 8/22/2017

    Hi, Buck, I'm adding a passive subwoofer, your Polk Atrium 10, to my patio system. I'm powering it with a Dayton Audio SA230 sub amp. I'm using my AV receiver to power everything, and the sub out on the receiver to the LFE jack on the amp. I'm not sure of the impedance of the DVCs; I'm assuming they're 4 ohms each if it's an 8 ohm speaker? The amp is only stable down to 4 ohms; it looks like I can achieve either a 2 or 8 ohm load (230w and 150w respectively) by wiring in parallel or series with this sub (obviously the 2-ohm parallel won't work with this amp). What would you suggest here? Is there a way to get a 4 ohm load? Like everyone else, I want all I can get out of the amp, but I don't want to burn it up. Am I stuck with 150w 8 ohm via series wiring? Thanks! Mike

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2017

    Mike, The two 8-ohm voice coils of the Atrium 10 subwoofer are not wired together at all, and were designed to get connected separately to the right and left output channels of a stereo amplifier. I don't know what would happen if you wired them together in parallel to make a 4-ohm sub to be driven by a mono amp. According to the specs, you should be alright.

  • Chris from Lafayette

    Posted on 9/14/2017

    I have two audiobahn 12s special edition D.Jones. It has 2 positives besides each other and 2 negative next to one another on one side of the speaker and on other side of the speaker its the samething As well. I'm trying to connect it to a Memphis. 16-srx1.750D monoblock2channel amp. 400w ×12ch@4ohm. 750w×1ch@2ohm. I tried a couple different ways from the internet and once it reaches a certian volume you can hear some kind of distortion,and almost a kinda pop sound. What you think

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/14/2017

    Chris, Your two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. That amplifier isn't stable for a 1-ohm load, so that's probably what you're hearing: the amp freaking out. Even wiring the subs to form a 4-ohm load won't do you much good, producing only 400 watts RMS for the two 400-watt rated subs (800 together). Those subs will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 1-ohm.

  • Scott from Aspen

    Posted on 9/26/2017

    Hi Buck. I just got a Rockford Fosgate Prime R250-1D mono amp and Rockford Fosgate Prime R2D4-10 10" 500 Watt Dual 4 Ohm sub. Do I need to bridge this amp to push this sub in a sealed box under the back seat of a Ram crew cab or will it run well wired straight to 4-ohms? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2017

    Scott, You can't bridge together the channels of a 1-channel amplifier. Your amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience when driving multiple subs. Just use one set for your application. That DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load - so you'll get the most out of amp wired like that.

  • David from BATTLE GROUND

    Posted on 10/3/2017

    I know this has been answered but there are a lot of comments to go through. - I can power 2 SVC 250w rms subwoofers with one 500w rms amp with correct wiring of course?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/4/2017

    David, What impedance are the subs? How does the amp perform with different impedance loads? Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you're referring to make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together or even know if they'd work together at all. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Grant

    Posted on 10/4/2017

    I'm sure this has been answered already, but I have two Kicker CompVR 43CVR104, which are dual Voice Coil 4 Ohm subs, and I had not done enough research before I purchased them, but am I going to need an amp that can push 350 watts RMS at 1 ohm?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2017

    Grant, Two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 350 watts RMS each, 700 together, will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 525 and 1050 watts RMS at 4-ohms or 1-ohm, like a Pioneer GM-D8601.

  • Grant

    Posted on 10/5/2017

    Buck, thanks for your suggestion on the Pioneer GM-D8601 amp. How would you recommend wiring it all up if I have a sealed box that has a divider in the middle, with wiring terminals on the outside of the box?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/5/2017

    Grant, Two DVC 4-ohm subs get wired to a 1-ohm stable amplifier like this.

  • Forist Johnson from Cutler Bay

    Posted on 10/5/2017

    Mr. Pomerantz in your drawing of the Mono Amp to the DVC Sub: Does the Sub have 2 DVC 2 ohm plugs or is the wiring of the Amp and Sub giving the Sub the 2 ohm level?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/9/2017

    Forist, A sub's impedance depends on the impedance of its voice coils, how many of them there are, and how they're wired together. The amplifier has no effect on a sub's impedance. For example, a DVC 4-ohm sub has two 4-ohm voice coils that can get wired together in parallel to form a 2-ohm load, like this.

  • Ridge from Beech Grove

    Posted on 10/10/2017

    I have a 1100 watt crunch amp it says it gives more bass at 2 ohms I don't think through bridging but I have two svc subs at 4 ohms how could I wire it together to get 2 ohms into each channel run in parallel then each sub to each channel of the amp ?

  • Charles from North Royalton.

    Posted on 10/10/2017

    Ok. I have four American bass VFL 8D4 subs, 4 ohm DVC 400 watt rms 800 watt max. These things are monsters, I'm having trouble finding an amp that can power these things without buying something that has way to much power. I know they can be wired at a 0.5, 2 or a 4 ohm load. Do you have any recommendations on amps? I have a 160 amp alternator and plan on buying a second battery. I'm just driving myself nuts looking for an amp. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/11/2017

    Ridge, Without knowing exactly what subs you have, I can't tell for sure, but I think the only safe way to wire that gear together is like this.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/11/2017

    Charles, Check out Kicker's CXA1200.1, which will put out 1200 watts RMS total, 300 to each sub, wired like this diagram.

  • Vicente Nolasco from Dallas

    Posted on 10/17/2017

    I have 2 L7 12s dvc 4ohms and a 2000 watt hifonics amp 1 ohm stable... if I wire it to 1 ohm that means I'll get 1000 Watts each sub ? And if so is that to much ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/18/2017

    Vicente, Two subwoofers connected to an amplifier putting out 2000 watts RMS will receive 1000 watts RMS each. For Kicker L7 subs, that's great.

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