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2 Channel or 4 Channel

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by hpeeler, May 8, 2013.

  1. May 8, 2013 at 3:56 AM
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    hpeeler

    hpeeler [OP] Active Member

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    I am planning to add a small amp and line out converter to my factory head unit. I'm only looking for a little more volume and clarity, especially with my ipod. I'm not interested in changing head units or adding a sub.
    My question is do I need a 2 channel or 4 channel amp? If I go 2 will I lose the balance or fade control? Thanks.
     
  2. May 8, 2013 at 5:29 AM
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    CrazyDiamond

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    What could you do or what should you do?

    You could accomplish this with a 2 channel amp (assuming 2 ohm stable). Run the Front and Rear Left speakers in parallel, and do the same with the Right speakers. This way, you will clearly lose the fader - which I personally wouldn't care for.

    You could also run a 2-channel line coverter, and split the signal into two pairs, and use the gain on a 4-channel amp to fade the sound front to rear. This is OK - it just requires you to manually adjust the levels at the amp.

    Or you could run a 4-channel line coverter (or, this could be the high-level inputs on the amp). Then, run a 4 channel amp. Once you set your gains, the 4 channels will work properly with the gain/fade controls on the head unit. This would be my choice, but I'm not paying the bill :)

    I'm sure there are other solutions here as well...
     
  3. May 8, 2013 at 5:34 AM
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    dtopgun515

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    I would go 4channel as well but if you are planning on hooking the amp up to the factory speakers they will be toast in no time.
     
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