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Old 10-21-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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My 94 Bonneville has an AC Delco amplifier that takes the radio'* speaker output wires and possibly splits up the signal between 6x9 speakers and tweeters while giving them more power. I think. I have some factory service manuals, and I'll check those today, but I'm wondering if you guys know what exactly its point is. It'* a little box, probably about an inch tall, and 4x6 or smaller.
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Whatcha looking to do with it, power the home surround sound system?
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Probably a pair of speakers in some other car. It depends. Did we ever figure out if it'* any good?
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Any good would depend on what you were trying to do. Therefore I tried to get a better understanding of if it would be good in your application. And knowing you Rad...I had to ask ... you would never use anything for it'* stock application.

For what you are hoping to do, it'* probably the most worthless piece of junk you could consider putting in. IIRC your car was an SSE/SSEi (been a long time) and that amp was more of a bass booster than a true amplifier.
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Excellent input! That actually helps a lot considering my latest experience with my 94'* FSMs. Primarily, the intended use is surprisingly as intended. The Alero that my sister drove for four years has an amp and a sub in the trunk, and that takes up space. I was looking into replacing the rear 6x9 speakers with a new set plus adding some tweeters and adding the amp to match the 94'* setup. Sorry to disappoint, but if you'd like, I could probably use it to ignite rocket fuel or something for a YouTube video...

So, the FSM set was useless as usual. Radio info was on 8A-150, of which there were several pages, and each one showed various speaker types with titles like "With Amplifier" on a few pages. However, there was no amp. The only thing that was very nicely covered was the fuse block and its grounding strip. Very nice and thorough. I also looked up Speakers in the Index, and that was on page 9A-25. So, I listed through 9A and came to 9A-12. The next page was 9B-1. So I've got nothing.
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Are you looking to take up less trunk space? If so..I've got all kinds of suggestions there. You know recently I did an install and then helped Max last night too. (intrigue9 Toss the amps up under the speaker deck and there'* no truck space missing from the amp. Build a box for the side that has more room (in the W it'* the passenger side) and then the sub doesn't eat up the trunk space either.
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Great pictures, and I fully believe I could do that in the Bonnevilles. However, that'* actually not possible because of the condition of the Alero now. I was going to sell it including the sub for a couple grand, buy a truck, and move on as if nothing happened. However, my dad stopped sale because my mom had doubts about the reliability of a truck, and she called from home as he and I were at a dealership so she could cancel it all. Now, mere weeks later, the Alero'* transmission is slipping and I'm royally stuck. So, I need to take out the sub and amp and prepare to give it away to a dealership on a trade or, as has been the case with all of my parents' cars so far, wait for it to die outright and then give it away to a charity.

Clearly I'm not in any position to use fiberglass in the trunk. Also, the space under the rear deck in the N body where one can mount an amp is severely limited as compared to a W or H'* surface area. I'd have to suspend the amp on a set of wooden rails and then have it hang below the trunk'* suspension enough so that it doesn't rub. Possible, but tough. As much as I'd like to continue having a sub, it needs to come out soon so I can let the car look stock again. A tiny amp helps since it'* pretty much invisible. If I can find a reasonably functional N-body transmission at a junkyard, then I'll rethink these plans for a different audio setup.
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All right, I've found the circuitry on several 8A-150 pages. Silly me, I forgot to look at the bottom of the page. Well, I've got it. Looks like the amp does take in both the front and the rear speaker inputs, but then it just delivers a rear speaker output. The front door panels have two wires that split up between a 5.25" speaker and a tweeter, so they're not components. The rears just have one output going to 6x9 speakers which then split out to tweeters. Looks like 8 regular speakers, especially since the "tweeters" are really 3.5" speakers. This actually should be much easier than I thought!
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