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Old 07-26-2002, 05:52 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bandgeek
Seems like a cap might be the thing to try. . . how do I know what size to get?

Will I have to change my fuse by the battery? The cap goes with the amp, right?
Seems like the most common car audio caps are either 0.5 or 1.0 Farad electrolytics. I don't think many people realize just how powerful a 0.5 Farad cap is, but I digress...

The cap itself will not require any fuse changes. It'* role is to smooth voltage spikes: Without a cap, when there is a huge bass hit and the battery/alternator can't supply the current fast enough, the voltage would drop and cause distortion. With a cap, when the battery/alt can't supply the juice, the cap takes over for a split second and keeps the voltage (virtually) constant.

Place the cap as close to the amp as possible to maximize its filtering properties.
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