How to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack
Upgrade your car stereo with this compact, powerful amplifier
I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.
For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.
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This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack bumps up the power output of your Alpine stereo to 45-watts RMS per channel, giving your music increased clarity and detail. You get the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.
Note: Since this video article first appeared, Alpine replaced the KPT-445 model with the KTP-445A, which works the same way as the KTP-445.
In this short Crutchfield video we're borrowing a coworker's Jeep to show you how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack. The Power Pack is an add-on, 45-watts per channel amplifier module that works with Alpine stereos.
Installing the Power Pack is really simple. It connects between the stereo and the original Alpine wiring harness. First you'll have to remove your stereo from the dash. Carefully pull off the trim ring as we've done here and use the removal tools that came with your stereo to release the locking clips on the sides. Then pull out the stereo and carefully unplug the wires and set it aside.
Next find a place to mount the Power Pack behind your dash. Alpine made the wires long enough to reach the stereo from just about anywhere in the dash. In our case, we were easily able to stick the Power Pack right behind the Jeep's glove box.
Now it's time to hook it up. Plug one end of the Power Pack's wires into the harness that's already connected to your cars wiring, then grab the stereo and plug the other connector from the Power Pack into the back of it. One nice thing is that the plugs only fit one way and that makes it easy to get right.
Now carefully re-install your stereo and guess what? You've more than doubled the power in your Alpine stereo without the extra work of installing an outboard amp and that extra power will bring out musical details you weren't hearing before. You can learn more about the Alpine Power Pack at crutchfield.com/KTP445 or give us a call at 1-800-555-9408.