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Old 07-09-2014, 12:50 AM
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Hey guys, I recently purchased a 2014 Express Ram QC with the base audio system with the 5" uconnect head unit. Today I decided to replace the 3.5" speakers with some JL C2-350x's. With the build in crossovers I was hoping for an amazing sound difference; however, I was slightly disappointed. Judging by what I've read so far it is the result of reduce ohms and the fact that I'm using my factory HU so I'm looking to install and amp for these and future upgrades.

Below the plan for my end result in regards to speakers.

Font Dash- 3.5 JL's installed
Front Door - 6.5 midbass drivers
Rear Door - 6.5 JL 2 ways
Sub - Single 10
Head Unit - for now I will use a converter until I decide to replace the unit

My confusion is on amplifiers. After some consideration I am thinking about going with (2) 4 Channel Amps.

Amp # 1 (Front HU Signal) - Dash speakers & Front doors w/ midbass drivers
Amp # 2 (Rear HU Signal) - Rear Coaxials & Sub

I know that I need to have an amp that is 4/3/2 so I can bridge the 3/4 channels for the sub. Also, I know with the factory head unit I will have limited control with concern to tuning from the driver seat in regards to reducing sub volume without changing the volume of the speakers on the same amp. I'm wanting to order an amp now for the dash speakers so I want to plan ahead and ensure that I order the correct amp now. Thanks in advance for the help and I won't be offended if someone says this is a horrible idea and try idea X.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:12 AM
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I'd run a really nice 5 channel amp.
I wouldn't run rear speakers, and if I did, they would not need to be amplified,,,,the HU can power them
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:24 AM
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That does make sense and would be one less amp. In the past I've used Precision Power (power class) amps. Do you have suggestions for any other brands that should look into?
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:35 AM
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Sure
As usual Iam biased with amps I have personally used in the past, but my main concern with amps is foot print (our trucks are some what limited with space) accuracy of power rating, class, fulfills system needs, reliability, very low noise, and manufacturers reputation and customer service.
Arc Audio
JL Audio
Precision Power
Alpine
Image Dynamics
Skar
Mosconi (if they are in your budget)
Audison (if they are in your budget)
All these amps are power house amps, some are a bit "boutique"
Some offer more on-board processing than others.
Iam currently running all Arc Audio (USA made)...their KS series are very powerful, dead silent, smaller, flexible, and pretty affordable. Their customer service is wonderful.
Hope that helps....as there are many, many other very fine amp manufacturers, but these are brands I have used in the past and would be very willing to use again!
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I would also suggest a 5 channel and ditching the rear fill. It would be a good idea to get an amplifier that allows you to cross the dash speakers at ~250Hz ↑ and the doors at 80-250Hz. That will bring your front stage up while protecting the 3" mids from damage. It's also nice to have a subwoofer amp that comes with a gain controlling bass knob and that's not something you'll get with full range amps.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:48 PM
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Seems like the way to go. Right now I'm trying to find that 5 channel amp.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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After looking at various 5 channel amps, I'm loving the ability to crossover my 3.5's, midbass, and my sub along with the ability to turn the sub up and down independently with the bass gain knob. However, I do have a question concerning the 5th channel. I'm looking at the specs of some of these amps and they have listings in watts for both 4ohm and 2ohms. Would I have the ability to run channels 1-4 (front and rear) at 4 ohms, and run the sub channel at 2ohms with the proper wiring?
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:39 PM
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Actually I did a little more research and was able to answer my own question. Furthermore, it looks like I can run the front channel at 4 ohms to my 3.5's and run the rear channel to my midbass drivers at 2 ohms to get more power to them. Lastly, I will run the sub at 2 ohms to get the most power to it. Right now I'm looking at the PPI Phantom 5 channel amp below. Looks like it has everything I need with the crossovers and the ability to use the front inputs to provide signal to my 3.5's and midbass drivers (front doors) and run the sub channel off the rear signal from the HU. I'm going to leave the rear doors speakers alone and power them off the head unit for some rear fill as they will get overpowered from the sub.

Link to amp.

http://precisionpower.com/store/prod...l#!prettyPhoto
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