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Quick guide to matching subs & amps

How to put together the best amp and sub combo

Subwoofers and an amplifier

When you're ready to add a subwoofer and bass system to your vehicle, there are a lot of options to choose from. Once you get past the basic question of the size and number of subs you want in your system, you need to decide on the type of sub(s) and the type of amplifier(s) you'll use.

When choosing subwoofers, you can choose between single voice coil (one set of terminals) and dual voice coil (DVC) models (two sets of terminals). Dual voice coil subs give you more wiring options than single voice coil models. Usually, but certainly not always, dual voice coil models are built for higher power handling and performance.

When choosing an amplifier, the most important thing is to pick one with the right amount of power for your subs. Once you've decided how much power you need, you'll need to decide which type of amp to use. For most bass systems, you'll want to choose either a mono (single-channel) amp or a 2-channel amp.

To get you on the fast track to big bass, let's look at four common combinations of subwoofers. We'll check out the advantages of each, the best wiring configuration, then discuss the type of amp to choose. We'll even show you how to hook 'em up!

If you already have either an amplifier or the subwoofers and need help choosing the other piece, be sure to check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps

One single 4-ohm voice coil sub

Advantages
Simplicity, price, and compactness are the big advantages of a single sub system. A single sub is pretty easy to hook up, there are a lot of reasonably priced models to choose from, and it won't take up too much room (although a 15" sub isn't exactly small!) You may not knock over small buildings with one sub, but you can still get a lot of solid bass.

The right type of amp to use
This is a perfect place for a 2-channel amp. By bridging the output of the amp, you'll get lots of power for a relatively low cost. Avoid using a mono amp here — they work best at a lower impedance than 4 ohms.

SVC sub

A single 4-ohm SVC sub, connected to a bridged 2-channel amp.

One 4-ohm dual voice coil sub

Advantages
Don't be confused about dual voice coil (DVC) subs — having two voice coils simply gives you more ways to hook them up. In addition to wiring flexibility, the advantages of using one dual voice coil sub are power handling (most dual voice coil subs are built for heavy-duty use) and compactness.

The right type of amp to use
This is a perfect situation for a mono sub amp. Why? Mono amps are built to provide the most power at lower impedances, typically around 2 ohms. By wiring the voice coils in parallel, we can present a 2-ohm impedance to the amp and get maximum power output. Check the diagram below for how to hook it up.

DVC sub

A single 4-ohm DVC sub — best when connected to a mono amp.

Two 4-ohm single voice coil subs

Advantages
When you're looking for big bass, having two subs makes a lot of sense. After all, sound is just the movement of air, and with two subs you can move lots of air! As before, price can be an advantage when selecting 4-ohm single voice coil subs. Sure, two subs will take up more room, but what do you want — trunk space or bass?

The right type of amp to use
This setup is perfect for a mono sub amp. By wiring the two subs in parallel (see the diagram) you'll show a 2-ohm impedance to the amp. Mono amps are built for just this kind of situation, so you'll get maximum power output from your amp investment. Check the diagram below for how to hook it up.

SVC subs

Two 4-ohm SVC subs — a great place to use a mono amp.

Two 4-ohm dual voice coil subs

Advantages
Wiring flexibility is the key here. You've got lots of different ways to hook up this combination. With two subs, this is a great way to get the pounding bass you're looking for. Hook 'em up and hold on tight!

The right type of amp to use
This is a great place to use a 2-channel amp. When you wire the subs as shown in the diagram below, the total impedance will be four ohms. A bridged 2-channel amp can provide plenty of power at a reasonable price. Get some good subs and a good amp and let it rip!

DVC subs

Wire two 4-ohm DVC subs this way, add a 2-channel amp, and your car will be the "Temple of Boom!"

Want to see more options for subwoofer wiring?

These examples are just the starting point. If you want to explore other ways to wire and configure your subs and amp, check out our subwoofer wiring diagrams. Just select the number and type of subs you have, and we'll show you how to wire them to your amplifier. For more information about how to choose the right subs, read our subwoofer buying guide. And as we mentioned above, if you already have one or the other, check out our more in-depth article about matching subs and amps.

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  • Robert laws from Yadkinville NC

    Posted on 7/28/2018

    I have a compRT 10-inch subwoofer,2 Ohm Dual voice Coil what's the best mono amp for this sub

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 7/31/2018
    Robert, A great match for that sub would be Kicker's KXA400.1. You'd wire them together like this diagram.
  • brandon-lee bl Naidoo from port shepstone

    Posted on 7/20/2018

    if the amp has 2000w rms at 1ohm and the dvc subs are 1000w rms at 4 ohms .they are 4 ohm subs but could i wire them at 1 ohm to get the full power off the amp? or will it better to use a subs rated 800w rms at 1 ohm ?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 7/21/2018
    Brandon, Two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 1000 watts RMS each will work well with an amplifier that can put out 2000 watts RMS through a 1-ohm load, wired liked this diagram.
  • Beto from Hooker, Ok

    Posted on 6/13/2018

    I have 2 12in 4 0hm subs with a 2 channel 600 watt and a capacitor what wiring be best Parallel or series

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 6/13/2018
    Beto, Without knowing precisely what amp and subs you're referring to, we can't help you with wiring advice. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the gear by brand names and model numbers so we can get the right information to you.
  • Jay Gross from Waterloo

    Posted on 6/7/2018

    If I have a dvc sub would I be able to power it using two amps wiring an amp to each voice coil?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 6/7/2018
    Jay, It is possible to power a dual voice coil sub with one amp per coil, but to avoid distortion, both amps must be gain-matched and play identical signals.
  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/31/2018

    Jerry, Those subwoofers come in two different models: a DVC 2-ohm and a DVC 4-ohm version. You may have the 2-ohm models and have them each wired as a 1-ohm load and the amp goes into protect mode when pushed. If you have the DVC 2-ohm subs, the only safe way to wire one to one of those amp is like this diagram. If you have the DVC 4-ohm models, you can wire each to an amp like this and take advantage of the amp's full power. Whichever way, it sounds like you may benefit from checking out Tuning your subs for some guidance in setting amplifier gain.

  • Jerry Rodriguez from Sylmar

    Posted on 5/30/2018

    I have 2 Kicker Q class L7 12" sub and powering each sub, their own amp, the Kicker cxa1200.1. So I'm having a problem when I turn up the volume any higher than 3/4 my amps cut off but I just lower the volume and then they work fine I'm guessing it's because the subs need to be dropped to 2ohms because at 4 ohms my amps only give out 600 Watts rms and the subs are 900 Watts rms. How would I wire them and is it worth a try? Sounds like that's the problem to me but I don't know much just recently got into car audio so just want reassurance from professionals.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/23/2018

    Twiist, Peak wattage ratings are useless for planning a system. Without knowing precisely what the RMS rating of the subs you're referring to, we can't help you with advice. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the gear by brand names and model numbers so we can get the right information to you.

  • TWIIST3D from Knippa

    Posted on 5/22/2018

    I have 2, 12in pioneer DVC 4ohm 1200w peak. What kinda amp should I use to get theses bumpin hard? And is it cheaper to use a mono amp vs 2/4 channel amp (on a $150 - 350 budget)?? Should I be using a capacitor if running to main battery?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/14/2018

    Joshua, Those two subs will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 525 and 1050 watts RMS at 2 ohm, like a Memphis Audio SRX750D.1

  • Joshua

    Posted on 5/14/2018

    So I have two pioneer TS-W126M subs that have 350w RMS and 1300w max. They each have 4 ohms impedance. So if I wire them parallel the impedance drops to 2 ohms right? So what I'm wondering if what specs should I look for when choosing an amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/24/2018

    Raramai, That amplifier will work with one of those subs just fine, wired like this diagram. To run both of those subs together would take an amp at least twice as powerful - something that could put out more like 700 watts RMS at 4 ohms.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/24/2018

    Chris, The only thing I can think of is that you're not bridging your amplifiers' correctly. I suggest checking the manuals and your wiring again. If you bought your gear at Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number would on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.

  • Raramai Mandinga from Harare

    Posted on 4/23/2018

    I have a Kenwood KAC M615D 600W amplifier and two 10 inch JVC subwoofers CS GW1200 Will this set work for me. Is the amp powerful enough or I need a bigger amp or one subwoofer which matches the app?

  • Chris Nadeau from Allen Park

    Posted on 4/20/2018

    Hi! I have a kicker 10" 44cwcs104 4 ohm sub and an old school Rockford 40.2 amp. It's hooked to my factory system via the line to rca adapter. I want to bridge the 2 channel amp to the sub, but for some reason it won't work. Each amp channel will power it individually. But when I bridge it per the amps instructions, I get no power. I installed another amp to try...another old Rockford 201s..same scenario. What am I missing? It's a 4 ohm load to a 4 ohm svc sub..I'm stumped.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/12/2018

    James, If you have a mono amp like Boss's R1100M, the only safe way to wire it to that sub is like this diagram. It'll under-power the sub, but it should be alright as long as you don't play distortion trying to get more bass out of the system.

  • James Greene from Cocoa

    Posted on 3/10/2018

    Hello, I have a Skar evl 12 DVC 2ohm with a Boss 1100w amp 2/4ohm. What's the best way to wire these together? Thanks in advance!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/21/2018

    Brian, In order to optimize your amp's power output, you'll want to get two subs that can be wired together to form a 2-ohm load and can handle 150% to 75% of their rated power. In your case, look for either two SVC 4-ohm subs rated for 400 to 800 watts RMS each, like a JL Audio 10W3v3-4, or two DVC 2-ohm subs rated for 400 to 800 watts RMS each, like a Kicker L7S82.

  • Brian McCullough from Tampa

    Posted on 2/20/2018

    Hello and Thank you in advance. I have a kicker cx1200.1 amp and am looking to purchase dual subs for it. It is capable of 2 ohms 1200x1 watts rms or 4 ohms 600x1 watts rms. Can you give me the range for single and dual voice coil subs for rms wattage? I have a lot of options for the subs I am looking to buy.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2018

    Steve, That subwoofer is single voice coil (SVC) 4-ohm with a power rating of 300 watts RMS. The first amp you mention can send the sub up to 220 watts RMS, and the second one 200 watts RMS. This should be all right, unless you turn up the source music past distortion levels trying to get louder bass. Then, the amp would be sending clipped, distorted signals to the sub, as well as double the power, possibly damaging the sub's voice coil.

  • Steve

    Posted on 1/31/2018

    Hi Buck, great articles, always a good read to educate myself on car audio...anyways I thought I matched my sub and amp correctly but apparently I have a problem (so I need to run some diagnostics). Anyways, do these look like good matches? Clarion 10" WG2520 and a Alpine MRP M450 amp? Also same sub and P-400 Rockford Fosgate Punch amp. Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/19/2018

    Jordan, We have no diagrams for a single sub wired to a 4-channel amp, but you can use this diagram as a guide. You bridge two channels together and they'll send that sub up to 120 watts RMS.

  • Jordan T. LeGrand from Moses Lake

    Posted on 1/18/2018

    Hi! I have a Kenwood kac-749s 500 watt amplifier and a Rockford Fosgate R2 dual 2-ohm voicecoil 12". What would be the best way to wire this to get the most power? I also have an mtx 7500 svc 4-ohm 12 that I could hook up if that would be better for some reason. Thanks for any and all input!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    Danny, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this diagram. This way, the amp will be able to put out a total of 900 watts RMS, 450 watts RMS to each sub.

  • Danny from Hastings

    Posted on 1/12/2018

    If I have 2 comp r 4 ohm subwoofers rated at 500 rms, can I run them both with a kicker cx1800.1 and if so how much power will I be putting to both of them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/21/2017

    Stanley, Two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 600 watts RMS each, 1200 together, will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 900 and 1800 watts RMS at 4-ohms or 1-ohm, like a Pioneer GM-D9601.

  • Stanley Hatcher from Gainesville

    Posted on 11/21/2017

    Thanks so much your a life saver my next question is what type/size amp will I need to properly power these subs?(Considering I'm on a tight budget)

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/20/2017

    Stanley, The best way to wire your gear together is like this. That amplifier can supply about 42% of the total RMS rating of the subs, which is a bit small, but will work as long as you don't play distortion trying to get more volume.

  • Stanley Hatcher from Gainesville

    Posted on 11/20/2017

    Hey buck I have two diamond d6d12d4 4 ohm speakers at 600 watts RMS each and and Sony xplod 1200watt 2 channel amp (untill I upgrade) with the specs of 200 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.1% THD) 250 watts x 2 into 2 ohms (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.15% THD) 500 watts bridged into 4 ohms (20 Hz to 20kHz, 0.15% THD) what is the best way to wire my subs to get the most out of my amp/subs? (PS I'm using a sealed box)

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/12/2017

    Jeff, That amp will work great with those speaker and subs.

  • Jeff from Birmingham

    Posted on 11/11/2017

    Buck, I have 1 set of MB Quart 6.5" Component in the front, 1 Set MB Quart 5.25" coaxial in the rear, and 2 Kicker 10" CompRT 2 Ohm DVC subs in a sealed box. I would like to run just 1 amp and was looking at the Pioneer GM-D9605 5 channel amp. Would this amp be enough power to run this set up or would you have another recommendation?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/25/2017

    Marcos, You'll get the best bang for your buck with an SWR12D4, wired to a subwoofer channel like this diagram.

  • Marcos Hernandez from Round Rock

    Posted on 9/24/2017

    Hi Buck I have two pioneer gd9605 5 channel amps 75x4 rms 4ohms 350x1 rms 4 ohms each and I wasn't sure which alpine SWR12D2 or SWR12D4 I should get for this setup.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2017

    Jack, A 1200 watts RMS 1-ohm capable amplifier will work well with a DVC 2-ohm subwoofer rated between 900 and 1800 watts RMS, like that L7. A subwoofer's power rating is for the whole sub, not the individual voice coils.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/13/2017

    Adil, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can get wired to a 1-ohm capable amplifier like this diagram. Just be sure to set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Jack from South Bend, IN

    Posted on 9/13/2017

    Hi Buck, I have a Kicker KX1200.1 Amplifier that is rated at 1200 watts x 1 ohm. Is my ideal sub for this going to be a dual voicecoild 2 ohm sub rated at 600 watts? I was thinking of getting a Kicker L7 15, rated at 1000 watts x DVC 2 ohm, but if my thinking is correct on this, my amp will not be powerful enough.

  • adil from mumbai

    Posted on 8/23/2017

    sir i have 2 pioneer ts w1211d4 400w RMS each and i hv a pioneer GM 9601 amp it gives 1200 @1ohm how it shld b wired for good accurate bass without damaging any of these ....

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/14/2017

    Diane, Rockford Fosgate makes ten different models of 15" subwoofers with various power and impedance ratings and coil configurations. Not knowing exactly which you have makes it impossible to know what amp will work with them. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Diane

    Posted on 8/13/2017

    I have 2 15 500 watts Rockfords subwoofers what size and brand amp should I use and what # of channels should I use and should I do each channel at 2 ohms to make 4 ohms or do 1 ohms on each channel to make 2 ohms all together

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2017

    Mason, Alpine Type R subs come in DVC 2-ohm and DVC 4-ohm models. The DVC 2-ohm versions will work best with that amplifier, wired like this.

  • Mason from Exmouth

    Posted on 8/3/2017

    I have an Alpine MRD-M501 and want to run 2 Alpine Type R 10"s. Will I be better off with the 2 ohm or 4 ohm version and which is the best way to wire them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2017

    Josh, Two subs rated for 400 watts RMS each, 800 watts RMS together, will sound best with an amplifier that can deliver between 600 and 1200 watts RMS into a 2-ohm load, like a Pioneer GM-D9601.

  • Josh Brummett from Wichita

    Posted on 7/30/2017

    Going to wire two Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 SVC 4 ohm subs at 400RMS a piece to a 2 ohm mono amp like shown, what wattage amp should should I get?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2017

    Stanley, Your SVC 4-ohm subwoofer rated for 300 watts RMS will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 225 and 450 watts RMS into 4 ohms, like a Kicker CXA600.1. A 2-channel amp that'll work is the Rockford Fosgate P300X2. It isn't that 2-channel amps are better for running a subwoofer, it's that often it's a more efficient use of power.

  • Stanley from Artesia

    Posted on 7/24/2017

    Hi buck, i got a SVC 10" kicker comp s with 300w rms.. just wondering what kind/spec of amplifier to match on it.. at first,i'm planning to get a kicker cx300.1 mono.. but when i read your article that says 2ch amp is better for a 4ohms sub that a mono amp, i back out. I hope to get an answer from an expert like you. Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2017

    Martin, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. Is your dual voice coil subwoofer 2-ohms or 4-ohms per coil? Are those W ratings you mention RMS or peak power specs? Is your amplifier stable at 2 ohms when bridged? If you want a question answered about your system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • Martin from Leeds

    Posted on 7/20/2017

    Hi quick question. Can I connect 4ch amplifier 4x 100W to dual channel 400W speaker? I think to bridge channel 1-2 and 2-3 so thah will give me 2x200W and connect one channel to one coil and another channel to second coil. But can i do that? Thanks Martin

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2017

    John, That amp will work great with those subs. I don't think you should get a capacitor until after you experience light-dimming with the music.

  • John Miller from Newark

    Posted on 7/15/2017

    I just purchased 2 kicker 43cwrt122's for my underseat split truck box(2016 Silverado). Trying to figure out the best amp to fit the bill. I was thinking the kicker cxa1200.1 . I haven't built a system in almost 20 years and just want to be sure I'm doing the best thing for my trucks electrical system. I was thinking about adding a cap also to try and help keep the lights from dimming. Help?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2017

    David, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this. In that configuration, the amplifier should put out about 600 to 728 watts RMS per channel, depending on whose specs you trust.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2017

    Jason, Two DVC 4-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a one-ohm load, a 4-ohm load, or a 16-ohm load. A good amp to run them would be the 1500 watts RMS into 1-ohm Memphis Audio PRX-1500.1.

  • David Flanagan from Columbia

    Posted on 7/13/2017

    I have 2 contralto 10s that are dual 2 ohm. I was thinking about getting the orion hcca 2000.2. How much power would I be drawing from each channel and what are my wiring options? I have never had a 2 channel and I was also wondering how well it will sound. Would I be able to change the settings on the amp to where only bass comes out of the subs

  • Jason ramsey from Indianapolis

    Posted on 7/12/2017

    I have 2 American bass xr12 4 ohm DVC wired to 2 ohms what amp would work best

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    Nathan, Check out Kicker's CXA600.1, which'll send that 600 watts RMS rated sub 600 watts RMS.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    Eric, How would anyone know if your amp is strong enough for your subs without knowing what amplifier and subwoofers you're talking about? If your subs' and amp's RMS power ratings are compatible, you can wire them together like this.

  • Nathan Garcia from Corpus Christi

    Posted on 7/7/2017

    Yes I have a Kicker S10L7 - 4 Ohm - 600w RMS - it's recommending anywhere from 350 to 625 RMS for a Vented box I am trying to keep everything Kicker what amp do you recommend.. Thank you

  • Eric from OKC

    Posted on 7/6/2017

    Hello Buck, could you please tell me how best to wire two DVC 2 ohm subs to a 3000w monoblock one channel amp? Also could you tell me if I need a stronger amp or will that one do fine? Thank you in advance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/25/2017

    Joel, If you are referring to Kenwood's KFC-W3016PS, rated at 400 watts RMS - never use peak specs - then two of them would sound best with an amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 2 ohms, like a Pioneer GM-D9601.

  • Joel from Foresthill, ca

    Posted on 6/23/2017

    I have two 12" kenwood subs 4 ohms 2000watt . What amp would you recommend.? Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2017

    Steven, The subwoofer output of your PA is a line level signal available for you to send to whatever kind of powered subwoofer you want - large, small, or in between. You don't have to consider impedance-matching as the manufacturer of the powered sub will have taken care of that design issue for you.

  • Steven from Kent, Washington

    Posted on 6/21/2017

    I have a Fender Passport 300 Watt PA with 4ohms. The system provides an out jack for a powered subwoofer. Evidently, there is a 120hz by-pass that is triggered when the out jack is used, sending the lower signals to the subwoofer. Since the Passport does not power the subwoofer, is the wattage and ohms of the subwoofer as restrictive as if the sub was non-powered? Can I hook up a much higher or lower wattage subwoofer since its powering itself? What do you recommend for the proper wattage and ohms of the sub, using only one subwoofer?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2017

    Enrique, A SVC 4-ohm sub rated for 300 watts RMS will sound its best with an amplifier that can put out between 225 and 450 watts RMS at 4 ohms. A good mono amp is a Sound Ordnance M-1500, which puts out 300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms. A good choice for a 2-channel amp for the same application would be a Rockford Fosgate P300X2, which can put out 300 watts RMS x 1 bridged at 4 ohms.

  • Enrique from Worcester

    Posted on 6/17/2017

    Hey, I have a Kicker CompS 10inch sub with a 300w RMS and 600w peak (SVC, 4ohms). I am looking for an amplifier and having trouble. Should I be looking for a monoblock amp that can do 300w RMS x 1 @ 4 ohms? Or should I get a 2 channel amp & bridge the channels, that can do 300w RMS x 2 @ 4ohms? Does that even make sense?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/24/2017

    Craig, A DVC 2-ohm sub rated for 800 watts RMS will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 1-ohm or 4-ohms, like a Pioneer GM-D9601.

  • Craig Sunn from Columbia

    Posted on 5/23/2017

    I have a Skar Audio 12inch sub, it's RMS is 800 watts running and dual 2 ohms. What type of amp would be compatable? Brand and specifics?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/17/2017

    Jacob, That sub will work great with a mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out between 250 and 500 watts RMS at 2 ohms, like a Jensen DUBa1450.

  • Jacob from Odessa

    Posted on 5/16/2017

    I have a pioneer ts-w256dvc sub with 800 peak power and 350 RMS what amp should I use for just the single sub.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2017

    Steven, Your two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 400 watts RMS each will work best with an amplifier that can put out between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 1 ohm or 4 ohms. "2-ohm stable" means that each channel of the amp will safely work with loads as low as 2 ohms - no problem with higher impedances. There are almost no benefits in using a 2-channel amp to drive a subwoofer system. Most 2-channel amps can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms when bridged, and don't have enough power to drive 2 subs. Mono, 1-channel amps are designed to work with a wider range of wattages and impedances, and have tone controls and filters specifically made to help reproduce bass.

  • Steven

    Posted on 5/12/2017

    I think i am getting a grasp of all this , but I have a couple of questions and i would like an input from someone that is more experienced. im looking for a amp thats not to pricey, but isnt going to go out on me in like a week. And the best hookup. I have 2 Pioneer ts-w309d4 in a sealed box. I pulled out the subs to see how they are wired and they appear to be wired so they show 1 ohm at the amp. Thinking of rewiring so show 4 ohm at the amp bridged on a 2ch as you described above as "the temple of boom". To my understanding, and from what i see while browsing i should be looking at an 2 channel amp in the 1200w - 1500w range thats putting out 800-1100rms bridged? does this sound correct? If so, a lot of amps ive been reading on say 2 ohm stable, is this okay? or should it say 4ohm stable because thats what my subs are showing?

  • Brandon from Houston

    Posted on 5/11/2017

    I have a JL audio M700/5 what is a good compact subwoofer to use with this amp in my Jeep.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/4/2017

    Nick, Unfortunately, we're only licensed to sell gear in the United States and Canada. I don't know what car stereo equipment or even what model vehicles are available in your country. An online search ought to bring up at least one car stereo dealership somewhere near you.

  • Nick from Beira

    Posted on 5/3/2017

    Hi, I want to set up a sound system for a 4x4 wagon, want to blast at the beach and etc...want 2 powerful subs, I'm in doubt about running a 2ch or a mono amp. I want the best, I even considered running a 2 mono to each sub. And also want to replace 4 factory speakers, add other 2 close to the subs and 2 pair of tweeter, which type and how many amp should I run to achieve the best quality sound? Room and budget aren't problems. P.S: want the best, the louder and the cleaner sound. Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2017

    Edward, There is no good way to wire all three of those subs to that amp. I suggest you start with two, wired like this. If you want to run three of those subs, you'll need to get an amplifier that can handle a 1-ohm load, and you'd wire it like this.

  • Edward J Baker from Dayton

    Posted on 4/27/2017

    If I have 3 svc 4ohm subs and that rms @ 200 watts and a mtx tn 4501 what's my best wiring option

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2017

    Steve, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Even without knowing the power ratings of your subs, I'd say the only safe way to connect that gear together is like this. In this configuration, the amp should put out 236 watts RMS, 118 watts to each sub.

  • Steve from Fayetteville

    Posted on 4/26/2017

    Hey, I have a jbl cs series 200.1 amp. I know .1 means mono but it has 2 channels to hook up to. I have 2 Rockford dvc 4 ohm speakers to go with it. The amp is old and I have no information on it but I'm pretty sure it is 2 ohm stable. I'm kind of confused on how I should wire them up.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2017

    Alfredo, Those two DVC 4-ohm 600 watts RMS rated subs will work best with an amplifier that can put out from 900 to 1800 watts RMS at 4 ohms or 1 ohm. A Memphis Audio PRX1500.1 wired like this will give you 1500 watts RMS output.

  • Alfredo from Hobbs

    Posted on 4/25/2017

    Hi, I have 2 planet audio AC8D 8" Dvc 4ohm subs 1200 watts and 600 rms. What would be the best amplifier to push these to the max and also the best wiring? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2017

    Michael, You want the DVC 2-ohm subs, so you can wire them to the amp like this.

  • Michael from CA

    Posted on 4/24/2017

    Hi I have a mtx thunder 1000xd mono amp that says 500 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (1,000 watts x 1 at 2 ohms) Im looking to get 2 Kicker 12'' comprt dual voice coil subs but cant figure out if I need the dual 2ohm or dual 4 ohm. They both take 500w power so however i wire it im assuming the connection at the amp is going to have to be at 2ohms so i can get the 1000w out of the single channel amp to power my subs. 2 subs needing 500w each, right? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/24/2017

    Daniel, You wire two DVC 4-ohm subs to a 1-ohm stable amp like this.

  • Daniel Cortes from Kissimmee

    Posted on 4/24/2017

    I have an american bass vfl 100.1 (1 ohm stable) and two american bass 1244 (speaker indepence? 2x4)

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/19/2017

    Tony, You wire a DVC 4-ohm sub to a mono amp like this.

  • Tony from Bristol

    Posted on 4/19/2017

    Hi, I decided to get a Sony XM-GS100 to drive the Sony XS-GSW121D sub. What is the best way to wire this, across both channels for a 2 ohm load? Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/7/2017

    Kyle, The only safe way to wire that gear together is like this.

  • Kyle from Oakley

    Posted on 4/7/2017

    I have an Alpine M850 2 ohm mono block amp that I am going to power a single 12" Alpine Type R SWR12D2 (2 ohm). Can you give me the correct wiring diagram? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/4/2017

    Jarrod, Those subs would do best powered by an amplifier that can put out between 375 and 750 watts RMS at 2 ohms, like a Jensen DUBa1450.

  • Jarrod Davis from Sumrall

    Posted on 4/4/2017

    I have 2jvc drvn 12's,250 watt,single 4ohm,whats the best amp for these

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/2/2017

    Nikki, That first amplifier you mentioned, the DM-D8601 will work better with that subwoofer than the second amplifier, which is too powerful.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/2/2017

    Tony, Position your sub in your vehicle where it sounds best to you.

  • nikki villanueva from dubai

    Posted on 4/2/2017

    hi i have this Pioneer 1400W 30cm Enclosure-type Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer - TSW311D4 what amplifier best match for it i want pioneer also. Pioneer 1600W Class D Mono Car Amplifier with Wired Bass Boost Remote [GM-D8601] can i use this? Pioneer 2400W Car Audio Mono Car Amplifier With Bass - GM-D9601 or this?

  • Tony from Bristol

    Posted on 4/1/2017

    Thanks Buck, much obliged for the advice, and as for the amp position any opinion on that or does it not matter that much?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/1/2017

    Tony, You can wire that sub to that amp's rear channels like this diagram (that's for a 2-channel amp). Make sure you set the filter to Low-pass, for the subwoofer. The amp will be able to put out 160 watts RMS to the sub in this configuration. That should be alright as long as you set the amp gain properly and avoid playing distortion.

  • Tony from Bristol

    Posted on 4/1/2017

    Hi, I have just purchased a Sony XS GS121sub. Can I use the rear channels with the pass filter set to H of the Sony XM GS4 to power the sub? Its in a 1966 Rover P5 in the boot, sorry I mean trunk!!!! Facing sideways. Best wiring solution too please.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/27/2017

    Dwayne, A good solution for you would be to get a 5-channel amplifier, like a Pioneer GM-D9605, that'll take care of all your speakers and sub from one compact chassis.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/27/2017

    Adam, Not knowing exactly what amplifiers you have make it impossible to give advice about them. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Dwayne from Jersey City

    Posted on 3/27/2017

    I have 2 rockford fosgate front door speakers 6.75 at 60w RMS. A 12" kicker at 500w RMS. What size amp will I need? How many channels?

  • Adam from Green bay

    Posted on 3/26/2017

    Hello. I have a pioneer ts-3003d4 12" championship pro sub. 600 rms, 2000 peak. I have a pioneer amp, 2 channel, 900w peak, and a kicker mono block 750w. What would be the best way to go?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/23/2017

    Kenneth, If the specs are true, it'll play louder with the second amp.

  • Kenneth from Jeffersonville, In

    Posted on 3/21/2017

    Right now I have a Memphis 16-MC1000D on 2 mofo 124x subs but I was looking at a bamf1-5000d, what are your thoughts on either?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/17/2017

    Steve, Your mono, 1-channel amp has 2 sets of speaker output terminals, wired together inside the amp, for convenience, and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. For your set-up, that's exactly what you can do: wire one sub to each set of terminals. In this configuration, that amplifier will put out 500 watts RMS, 250 to each sub.

  • Steve from Sacramento

    Posted on 3/16/2017

    Hi there. I have a pioneer GM D8601 mono amp 1600 watts at 1 ohm going to run 2 pioneer TS-sw3002s4 subs that are 4 ohm svc 1500 watts max 400 rms. My amp even though is a mono has 2 speaker outputs. Do I just wire each output to each speaker? Is this enough power? Thank you.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    James, Either one of those amplifiers would be perfect for that subwoofer, putting out 300 watts RMS at 4-ohms, exactly the sub's power rating. And as a bonus, both amps feature speaker-level inputs, so you won't need an LOC.

  • James Bouchard from Bonney Lake

    Posted on 3/15/2017

    I plan on buying a Rockford Fosgate R500X1D or Kenwood X501-1 to power a Rockford Fosgate P2D2-10 in a sealed box. Can either of these amps be used to wire a DVC 2 ohm sub? My 2015 Toyota Highlander JBL system has a DVC stock sub. I plan to replace and relocate a sub to another location besides on the rear hatch. I do believe the stock HU will not be able to power a sub the way I need it to so I more than likely will have to use a LOC from the rear speakers, to an amp, then to the RF P2D2-10. Your thoughts please?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2017

    Beni, Subwoofers are designed to play with all voice coils fed the exact same signal. Otherwise, the sub will distort. By the way, peak specifications are worthless for planning mobile sound systems.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/28/2017

    Jason, That amplifier can power those subs just fine, sending them 1000 watts RMS, 500 to each.

  • Beni from Israel

    Posted on 2/28/2017

    Hello can I hook up a 2 subwoofer outs from 7.2 system to a stereo EQ then a stereo power amp then each channel to each voice coil ? + can I make one voice coil play 30hz and the other 60hz ? what will happen if the voice coils are out of phase in this config ? will this work - amp is 550w rmsx2 @4ohms 5000w peak (so I'm guessing its 2500w peak each output right?) to Pyle PLPW15D 2000w peak 1000w rms ?

  • Jason from Las vegas nv

    Posted on 2/26/2017

    Can a JL Audio Slash Series 1000/1 Mono Amplifier handle two 12' w7's or should i run two of the same amps for each subwoofer

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/21/2017

    Andre, That amplifier is twice as powerful as what those subs can normally deal with. But you should be alright as long as you set the amp gain so no distortion ever plays.

  • Andre Tate from Houston

    Posted on 2/20/2017

    I have a Kicker cx600.1 and two 12" Kicker comps 600watt peak 300rms. Is this a good enough amp to push my subwoofers?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/25/2017

    Chris, I think Diamond Audio only makes dual voice coil (DVC) subs. If that's so for your sub, you'd wire it to that amp like this.

  • Chris from Kinston

    Posted on 1/24/2017

    I have a diamond 15 sub (500w rms 4ohm) and an american bass 1600w 1 ohm stable amp (800w 1600w max). Best way to wire them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/23/2017

    Teo, Your two subs are wired out of phase of each other. Run a positive lead from one sub to a negative of the other, and run the negative and positive leads of the two subs to the amp. It may produce twice the volume you presently have, so be careful.

  • Teo from Miami

    Posted on 1/22/2017

    Hey. I have (two) dvc 4 ohm kicker l5 solo baric 12 inch subs. And i have a mmats 1400.2 amp 2 ohm. I have a sealed box separate chambers. I wired my subs individualy parallel to bring them down to 2 ohm each (+) to (+) and (-) to (-) so outside in the connectors i connected the (neg) of sub #1 to the (neg) of sub #2 and i used both (pos) as the (pos) and (neg) that goes to the amp. I bridged the amp and connected the (pos) of sub #1 to the (pos) of channel 1 and the (pos) of sub #2 to the (neg) of channel 2 and im getting a pretty good bass. Is this setting ok ? Or do you suggest doing otherwise? Please help. Thank you

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2017

    Eddie, To successfully drive two of those subwoofers will require a 2-channel amplifier capable of putting out between 450 and 900 watts RMS when bridged to a 4-ohm load, like a Focal FPX 2.750.

  • Eddie from Tempe, AZ

    Posted on 1/9/2017

    Quick question. I am getting two Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Punch subs. They are both 10 in., 4 ohm, and DVC. What specifications should I be looking for in a two channel amp so that I will have enough power to bridge the channels in order to run these subs as shown above? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/9/2017

    Josh, Four DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 1000 watts RMS each could be driven with a single mono amplifier, capable of putting out between 3000 and 6000 watts RMS through a 2-ohm load. Another option would be to use two 1500- to 3000-watt amplifiers, each driving two subs, like a couple of Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP amps, capable of putting out 2500 watts RMS through a 1-ohm load. In either case you will probably need to upgrade your vehicle's electrical system in order to accommodate such a large system.

  • Josh from Nashville

    Posted on 1/8/2017

    I have 4, 15 inch Pyle power subwoofers, 1000 watts RMS / 2000 watts max power , dual 4 ohm independent. I'm trying to figure out what watt or brand amp I should get , any options you'd recommend ?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/30/2016

    Sidney, It's my understanding that Kicker Comp 12" subs are SVC 4-ohm subs, not DVC. And Kicker presently makes three different amps designated "500.1" - which one are you referring to? If you want a question answered about a system, you should identify the gear by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Sidney brock from Southaven

    Posted on 12/30/2016

    Simple question i have 2 kicker comp 12's (DVC) and a kicker comp mono amp 500.1 is this cool?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/14/2016

    M, I recommend using a mono, subwoofer amplifier for those subs. Most multi-channel amps can't drive loads lower than 4 ohms when bridged, and don't have enough power to drive 2 subs. Mono, 1-channel amps are designed to work with a wider range of impedances, and have tone controls and filters specifically made to help reproduce bass. For those two 400 watts RMS rated DVC 4-ohm subs, look for an amplifier that can do between 600 and 1200 watts RMS at 1-ohm or 4-ohms. A great choice would be a Pioneer GM-D8601, which can put out 800 watts RMS to those subs, wired like this.

  • M Abdul

    Posted on 12/14/2016

    Sir i am thinking of installing 2 pioneer TS-1211D4 in my car. Should i go for 2channel or mono amplifier? And i'll be installing a pair of jbl GTO609c component speakers in front door. Will the amp cover subs as well as speakers? Thanks in advance :)

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/13/2016

    Jason, Most mono, 1-channel amplifiers have 2 speaker output terminals that are wired together inside the amp. The second speaker output terminal is there for convenience and if you hook a speaker to each terminal it would result in the two speakers being wired in parallel, cutting the total impedance in half. Wire a 2-ohm sub to each terminal, and the amp sees 1-ohm as its total load. Or you can just use one pair of terminals like you suggest, it won't matter which pair.

  • Jason from Dayton

    Posted on 12/13/2016

    I have 2 Dual 4Ohm Power Acoustik MOFO 12's and a Hifionics BRX3016.1 amp. I know this is a dumb question, but when running the subs into 1 ohm, the wiring on the amp wouldn't matter which port its on correct? Meaning as long as one wire is on positive and the other on negative, it should be fine. I have never had a mono amp before and I don't want to hook nothing up the wrong way. I noticed there is two negatives on one side and two positives on the other.A little clarity on this if you could help would be great. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2016

    Ron, Two DVC 4-ohm subs get wired to that amp's sub channel as shown, or like this, for a different view. The voice coils of each sub are wired in series, and the two subs are wired together in parallel. You could also wire the voice coils in parallel and the subs in series and produce the same load conditions. I just think that would make a messier subwoofer wiring diagram.

  • Ron T from Charlotte

    Posted on 12/10/2016

    I am trying to power 2 Kicker C12D4 subs off the sub output of a pioneer D9605. The subs show a parallel voice coil configuration by wiring tof the +/- of one coil and then paralleling them to the second coil therefor producing a 2ohm load. But if I do this anday then parallel the two speakers I will end up with a sub 1 ohm load which the amp can't handle. Would I be OK to wire it as you show and connect the + of coil 2 to the - of coil 2 and then connect the amp outputs in parallel to produce a combined 4 ohm load that the amp could handle?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/5/2016

    Mark, Without knowing the model numbers of your subwoofer components, or how they're wired together, I can't tell for sure. But if you have two DVC 4-ohm subs rated for 500 watts RMS each, and they're wired together as a 1-ohm load, then a great amp would be a Pioneer GM-9601, which can output up to 1200 watts RMS at 1 ohm.

  • Mark R from Virginia Beach

    Posted on 12/4/2016

    Hi Buck. I just bought 2 kicker 12's duel voice coil,4ohm, in a ported box. Only one input on the box. They are at a max of 2000w,1000w to rack speaker and 500 rims per speaker. Having trouble picking the right amp. I'd like to get the most bang for my buck.haha.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/2/2016

    Dharshan, You could wire those subs to that amp like this, but you'd still need some way to power the amplifier. Car amplifiers use high-current 12-volt power supplies. In your amplifier's case, you'd need to have a 12-volt supply capable of passing at least 15 amperes of current. A 20-amp supply would be better.

  • Dharshan from Johannesburg

    Posted on 12/2/2016

    Hi Buck, I have the following: 2 x Pioneer TS-W311D4 1400w 12" DVC Dual 4 Ohm Subwoofer 1 x Starsound SSA-R-5000.4 (5000W) 4CH Amplifier Product Features: - Mosfet power supply amplifier - Variable low pass & high pass crossover - 2 OHM Stable circuits - Power output 4ohm - (60W x 4ch) & (120W x 2ch Bridged channel pair) - Frequency response (+-1db) 20Hz - 20KHz I will run this in my home as my home theater subwoofers. What will be the best way to wire these up please? Thanks!

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2016

    Nelson, Two SVC 2-ohm subs can only get wired together to form a 1-ohm or a 4-ohm load, so you cannot optimize the amp's output using those subs. I showed you a link in one of my answers that shows how two SVC 4-ohm subs get wired as a 2-ohm load. You might want to go back to that plan.

  • nelson from londonderry

    Posted on 11/30/2016

    Last one, I promise... I actually ended up going with the amp you suggested but with Rockford p1s2-10's (2ohm). I saw the specs on the amp and saw that it pushed out more RMS to the subs under a 2 ohm load. How do I go about wiring it properly?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/29/2016

    Nelson, Those components will want to use more power than the coaxials in order to sound good, but they'll do nicely as substitutes. If you get an amplifier with speaker-level inputs, like the amp I suggested, then you won't need any line output converters.

  • nelson from londonderry

    Posted on 11/28/2016

    I'm assuming I'd be okay if I swapped one of those DB652's for a DB6502 components for the front, right? Also, would I need an adjustable line output converter since it is the stock navigation radio, or a bass restoration signal processor?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016

    Nelson, If you want to just power those subs, any amplifier capable of putting out 500 watts RMS into a 2-ohm load will work fine for those two 250 watts RMS rated subs (wired like this). A great way to power a complete system would be to get a 5-channel amp, like a Pioneer GM-D9605, to take care of your four speakers and two subs.

  • Nelson from Londonderry

    Posted on 11/23/2016

    I'm about to pick up a couple 10" Rockford punch P1S4's. not trying to get crazy or break the bank. What should I power them with? Also replacing all 4 stock 6 3/4" speakers in a 2016 wrangler with 2 sets of Polk audio DB652's. If I wanted to power those too, what would you recommend, and how should I wire them?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/21/2016

    Brady, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofer you're referring to make it impossible to give advice on how to match them up. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by model numbers as well as brand names.

  • Brady

    Posted on 11/19/2016

    Hey would a 4 channel 250 watt kicker amp be able to power a kicker sub with a RMS of 100W and a peak of 300W?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    Michael, Two of those DVC 4-ohm model subs, wired like this, will work with that amp, but a better match would be the Rockford Fosgate T1500-1bdCP amplifier.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    Alan, Those two 1000 watts RMS rated subs will need a beefy amp, like a Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP, in order to play to their potential.

  • Michael Prine from Blythe

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    I'm looking at getting the fosgate power 1000 mono amp but my new sub box calls for 2 12in kicker l7's...would this be a good combination and if so do I need 2 or 4 ohm subs...if not whathe would be an ideal fosgate power series amp for these l7's

  • Alan from Sterling Heights

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    Hi Buck, I was looking at getting 2 XFL1244's but I cannot decide on what amp to get. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/18/2016

    David, Under-powering subwoofers by itself will cause no damage - playing clipped distorted signals can. A great match for those subs would be a Pioneer GM-D8601, which can put out 800 watts RMS, the subs' exact RMS rating, when wired like this diagram.

  • David from Louisville

    Posted on 10/17/2016

    I just picked up 2 Rockford fosgate p2d4 4 ohm 12s. P2s duel voice coil 4 ohm. Installed in ported box with a output for each speaker. So I wired each one at 2 ohm seperate from each other to get the most out of the amp that I had. The amp is a 2 channel said it would push 155 rms at 2 ohm vs 100 rms at 4 ohm per channel. I believe these speakers are 400 rms each so I'm thinking this amp is under powering these speakers. Was wondering if this amp or wiring could cause damage to speakers? And I'm pretty sure I need to upgrade the amp, any good suggestions for these subs?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/12/2016

    Lee, Wired as you describe and as the third diagram in this article shows, each sub will receive half of what the amp puts out. In this case, each sub will get 150 watts.

  • Lee F from Berrien Springs, MI

    Posted on 10/11/2016

    Will and amp with a single channel 2 ohm 300 watt rating power two 4 ohm 12's with 150 watts each if I run them on the same port?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/16/2016

    Peter, The only safe way to wire that gear together is to use only one channel of that amp (NOT bridged) wired like this diagram. Like most 2-channel amps, that one's not stable at 2-ohms when bridged, and doesn't have enough power to drive that sub very well.

  • Peter Botros from Westminster

    Posted on 8/16/2016

    I bought a 12 inch kicker comp vr 4ohm how should I wire it to a hiphonics centurion x 2x 100w amp

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Keenan, It sounds to me that either the subs are wired as a load too low for the amp to handle, or the amp's gain isn't set to prevent distortion like it should. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number would be on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.

  • Keenan from Gardena

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Hello I have 2 3000 watt 12 inch subwoofers being pushed by a 4000 watt planet audio 1 channel amp it's distorting and keep cutting off and smoking amp runs extremely hot

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    Jalen, Not knowing the watts RMS power rating of your sub makes it impossible to know what amp'll be good for it. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the gear by brand name and model number.

  • Jalen from Monroe

    Posted on 7/4/2016

    I have a SVC 10 inch subwoofer 4ohm & Im wondering how many watts I need for the mono block amp.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/27/2016

    Terrence, If your vehicle's headlights dim a bit on big bass hits, a capacitor might help.

  • Terrence Guyden from high springs

    Posted on 6/26/2016

    I have two boss amps 1500 wat rms im not really sure I have two ps1 punch I was wondering should I run them with a cap

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/20/2016

    David, The only safe way I know of to hook two DVC 4-ohm subs to a 4-channel amp is like this diagram.

  • david Benson from Akron

    Posted on 6/19/2016

    i have 2 planet audio dvc 4 ohm subs at 750rms and a 1600 watt planet audio 4 channel amp (til i can upgrade)....wat is my best option for wiring?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2016

    Josh, Those subs are DVC (dual voice coil) 4-ohm subs and I can only think to run four of them using two high-power 1-ohm capable amplifiers, like the Rockford Fosgate T2500-1bdCP, each amp running a pair of subs. You'd wire each pair like this, and the system would be capable of putting out up to 5000 watts RMS.

  • Josh from Princeton

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    I have 4 P128DVC Boss Phantom 12's. 2400 watts a piece and 1200 rms. I was wondering what kind, ( wattage, channel, ohm) of amp I should be getting?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2016

    Daren, Although virtually any of those subs can get driven by any of those amplifiers, the best matches that stand out to me are: The Hifonics amp driving the MTX subs wired like this for 2000 watts RMS. The Alpine amp driving the kicker Solo Baric subs wired like this for 1500 watts RMS. The MTX amp driving those Memphis subs wired like this for 800 watts RMS. And a single DVC 4-ohm sub can only be wired as an 8-ohm or a 2-ohm load. Wiring two 4-ohm voice coils to the two terminals of a mono amp is the same as wiring them in parallel, resulting in a 2-ohm load.

  • Daren Obrecht from diamond bar

    Posted on 4/27/2016

    hello Buck, i have a Hi-fonics Hercules mono block amp. its rated 2000 watts at 1 ohm, 1300 watts at 2 0hms and 650 watts at 4 ohms. i have 2 kicker solo baric dvc 4 ohm subs rated at 650 watts each, 4 kicker cvx 12 inch dvc 4 ohm subs rated 750 watts each . , 3 pioneer 10 inch champion series pro rated at 800 watt eachs, 2 mtx 9500 12 inch dvc 4 ohm subs rated at 1000 watts each and finally 2 memphis bass reference s4 12 inch svc subs rated at 400 watts each. i also have a alpine mrx-m240 mono block rated at 1000 watts for 1 0hm, 2400 watts at 2 ohms and 1500 watts at 4 ohms. lastly i have a mtx 7801 thunder mono block rated at 400 watts at 4 ohms, 800 watts at 2 ohms and 1200 watts at one ohm. i am trying to match up the best pairings for each amp. but i get confused with the amount of watts a sub or subs can be plus or minus in comparison to the subs watts rating. shoukld i ignore the 4 0hms hook ups as a waste considering what i have ? also would a single 4ohm dvc sub wired to 8 ohms present a a 4 ohm load if i hook them up individually to the amp since thge 2 channels for speakers is really just 1 inside the amp?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/20/2016

    James, Not knowing exactly what amplifier or subwoofers you have make it impossible to give advice on how to wire them together. If you want a question answered about a system, you must identify the equipment by brand names and model numbers.

  • James from Hastings, MN

    Posted on 4/20/2016

    I have a 4000 watt amp running one 4 ohm SVC sub. If I were to add another 4 ohm SVC sub, do I just splice into the existing speaker wire and run them to the new sub? And what is the suggested speaker wire gauge if I were to do this? Thanks

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/12/2016

    Daniel, If your subwoofers can each handle 62.5 watts RMS, then you can wire them to that amp like this diagram.

  • Daniel from Abilene, Tx

    Posted on 4/11/2016

    Have 2 kicker dvc 4 ohm subs and a kicker dxa 250.1 amp what is the best way to wire.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/30/2016

    Christopher, Wired like this, any mono subwoofer amplifier that can put out from 1100 to 2100 watts RMS into 2 ohms will work well. For example, this amplifier may be perfect for you.

  • christopher michael chustz from Ham lake

    Posted on 3/30/2016

    I'm trying to figure out what rating and type of amplifier would best power 4 pioneer TS-W261D's and what would be the best way to wire them. The subs are 350 RMS and 1200 peak and they are DVC 4ohms. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  • james from norwood

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    Thank you so much ,the diagrams are awsome

  • Ken from Vancouver, Canada

    Posted on 11/7/2015

    I agree with Sam, helped make yet another buying decision a lot easier, thanks!

  • Sam from Washington

    Posted on 10/16/2015

    This was amazingly clear, concise and therefore extrememly useful

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