I was an idiot and got an 8 gauge cable, that overheated fast. Now it has a 4 gauge and that's still too small, I figure I'll need a 0 or two for next time.
I'm getting a new Vic, and this time I want to do everything right. I want good sound quality but I'm pretty big on heavy bass. I really love the way my sub has performed, so I was planning on getting 2 of them and a big ported dual-chamber box to place them in. I am not sure that one amp could drive them both though- perhaps it is just because my cable is too small, but it still gets pretty hot. I also might need to use the amp to hook up the door and rear deck speakers, and on a related note I need to pick those out.
Should I get two of those amps? Is there a better one anyone would suggest in a similar price range, or any risks I am taking using those? I might need a capacitor but I'm not sure. In terms of finding door and rear speakers, my current strategy for finding audio equipment is searching Amazon by size and picking whatever has the best reviews, but if someone wants to advise me towards anything specific I welcome your wisdom.
Re: First full build in Crown Vic, need advice for noob
Not too surprised to see you don’t have any responses. You start off saying you want good sound quality, but with a lean toward heavy bass. Nothing about your equipment selection says that to me. My very first suggestion is to spend some time browsing these forums and doing searches for threads that address specific questions you may have.
It is pretty obvious you are trying to a do a budget build, but I would avoid Pyle for the most part. They do have a rare exception that some on this forum have used successfully (15” subs in IB), but it is a pretty crappy brand otherwise. For instance your “4000 watt (1000W x 4)” amp puts out nowhere near that much power. A similarly fused (40a x 2) Clarion XH5410 makes 90w x 4 @ 4 Ohm. Your Pyle would be lucky to push 1/10th what it claims. I’d also be curious how you wired your 4 channel amp to power a single sub.
For lower cost amplifiers, I would take a look at the Black Ice line from Precision Power, or Onyx from MB Quart. A 4 channel amp + a 1 ohm stable mono amp to power those Dayton subs would run you about $280 - $310.
For less expensive components or coax that still sound pretty decent, I would take a look at the db line from Polk. And you should select your power wire or amp kit(s) after you have selected your amps, speakers and subwoofers. If you are going the kit route, my preference is Amp Installation Kits