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retaining stock stereo and adding rca outputs for amp question

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by victorramse3, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. Sep 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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    I am new to the car audio scene and have been researching how to add an amp or two while retaining the factory headunit. I see that many people on here are using something like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002T4XR78 to add rca outputs.

    I was speaking with a buddy of mine that did his and he used a couple of these for his setup. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001EAWS3W/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1379828502&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

    my question is what is the advantage/difference between these products?

    Would the PAC units be sufficient to get a good amp/speaker combo going?
     
  2. Sep 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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    the PAC is sufficient unless you need the additional outputs or want the equalization or optional sub output level control features of the AudioControl units. our stock radios are only lacking in power.

    i would actually recommend the EQL/EQX/EQS over the LC boxes. all take speakers level input and the EQ parts add equalization and crossovers in the higher end units
     
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    What are the EQL/EQS/EQX and LC boxes? I'm not familiar with the terminology.

    As for the equalization and sub output level, isn't the amp normally able to control those?
     
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    Oh ok I understand now. Since all I'm looking for are RCA outputs for an amp the PAC units will suffice. Thanks for your input!!!
     
  6. Sep 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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    You might also consider using amplifiers with high level inputs. This would eliminate the need for converters. It will limit your choice of amplifiers but there are some good ones out there.
     
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    That's a pretty nice mod you made there!

    I ended up just going with the PAC RCA output adapter. Down the road if I decided that I want to tweak it a little more I may choose to add some of those Audiocontrol boxes, but being that i'm still learning i'm trying to keep it simple.
     
  9. Sep 24, 2013 at 4:56 AM
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    Thanks, it was easy, just take your time...cut...fit...cut...cut...fit! Nothing wrong with the PAC at all, they do their job. Only reason I went with the AC unit is my amp didnt have any xovers in it so my sub was playing full range and was horrible.
     
  10. Sep 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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    What are crossovers? Are they like the Hi/Lo audio filters that are used? I just ordered my amp, JL Audio JX 500/1D am I going to need something similar?
     
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    yes, exactly. The JL you purchased has the xover built into it for the sub so you're golden.!!
     
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    Ah ok!

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Yep one or the other of the ones you listed would work.
    High level (speakers) to low level (subs) or a straight through line converter. Speaker to rca. If the amp is of pretty much any quality these days it'll pick up the frequency band you need for either a subwoofer amp or speaker amp.

    If you are keeping the stock speakers, you can just lift the rear plastic piece long the door sill and it should expose enough of the speaker wire to splice onto. As well for your switch wire or remote wire, you can just attach that to a speaker wire as well. I had a set up like this for about a year.
     
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    You can attach the amp remote wire to an existing speaker wire? I was planning on tapping into one of the stereo wires behind the stock head unit.
     
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    Really you don't even have to remove the head unit.

    The remote wire just needs a tiny bit of power to ensure the amp stays on.
    As well, depending on the rca adapter this may also need a remote hook up.
     
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    Good to know!
     
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    so how did the PAC end up sounding?
     
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    The PAC unit sounds great. No complaints here.

    I had some issues initially but it was due to my installation skills (or lack thereof).

    I definitely recommend the unit to anyone who is interested in adding an amp.
     
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