Just like buying any amplifier whether for your home theater sound system or for your Fender telecaster, there are a couple of things you have to consider before ordering your heart away. Then again, is there really a need to secure an amplifier for your car, at all?
On Car Amplifiers
All cars have their own, sort of, built-in amplifier and honestly, for many car owners, this sound system is already enough. However, a car’s own amplifier is quite limited since the head space and dash board area is quite small to house a strong amplifier inside; it offers only around an unremarkably 10-watts per channel. This is mainly why many car owners turn to purchasing external amplifiers.
There is a wide range of choices for amplifiers in the market and this is why it’s important for you and any car owner to know what exactly you want. Today, there are even car amplifiers that could already detect output offset voltage in order to prevent burnout. Still, this feature should not be the sole factor to determine whether you should buy or not buy the amplifier. Here in Stephen Ville Lights, we will look into some of the factors that have to be taken into account before you purchase an amplifier.
Things to Consider
- Channel Configuration
Basically, the number of channels your amplifier needs depends on the number of speakers you plan to connect. Simply put, you need one channel for every speaker you wish to amplify. A single-channeled speaker actually works out fine but it seems to be too limited and so, if you wish to be more flexible, going for a 5 or even 6-channel amp would be best. Now, you might be asking “what is the best 5 channel amp?”, reading reviews regarding this would be the best way to determine which amp fits your needs.
- Power of the Amplifier
Power is measured through wattage. It is very important that your amplifier is not under-powered, otherwise, what you paid for becomes worth less; it’s better to choose an amplifier with great power even if you won’t use it to its maximum power abilities. Typically, 500-watts RMS works perfectly for almost all uses.
- Warranty of the Amplifier
Try to avoid purchasing an amplifier that has no warranty; this just seems too sketchy. A trusted brand would always secure a warranty for what you purchased.
- Size of the Amplifier
Before you let the specs and features get the best of you, determine first if the size of the amplifier will fit wherever you wish to place it in. Usually, it’s placed under the seat of the car or the trunk.
- Wiring Decisions
Along with the decision of which place will house your amplifier, you must also decide on the type of wiring kit and the gauge of the wiring system. Without a doubt, oxygen-free copper is the best deal. With regards to the gauge, if the amplifier is to be placed under the seat of the car then a small gauge wire will work out fine. Needless to say, the farther the amplifier, the greater wiring gauge is needed.