Originally Posted by davidwarner1979
Made sense to me...also I've always been on the understanding that the gain was used so that your volume would increase gradually, and not all of a sudden. I've read that you should turn your radio up 3/4 and then adjust the amp's gain, so that the music is as loud as you would really ever want it.
Yes and no.
Gain is how sensitive the amp is to input voltage.
The 3/4 volume deal is right on the money. However for reasons your not away of. You want avoid clipping at all costs. This is what blows speakers, melts voice coils. This is the most common failure. When the signal clips basically the speaker stops moving and overheats the coil. The more time the speaker isn't moving the faster it will die.
When you get your amp setup open the doors and walk away. You may need to do this somewhere without people. Walk until the music is at a comfortable level where you could talk to someone without yelling. Now listen for distortion, crackling, and other odd sounds. The human ear has a hard time picking this up at loud db levels. At a distance its easier to hear.
Ever wonder why that "system" sounds like crap driving by? Its because they cant hear the noise. Im not talking about the rattling tin cans in the trunk, but the music that sounds way off form what it should be.
If you can get an amp to run the kappas. You should do it.
Every head unit amp is really crap. How can the little 52x4 amp the size of a cell phone inside the HU be any good. When a real 50x4 amp is the size of a good book.
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