Bought a P3 12" - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Audio (and aftermarket electronics) This is your place for alarms, remote starters, to brag about your system, exaggerate your db levels, or simply ask questions for stock or aftermarket audio. No Flames! (except from roasted amps)

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-11-2007, 11:56 PM   #1
Senior Member
True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, _______Canada._______ West Coast Bonneville Fest ___05,06,07 Survivor___
Posts: 8,134
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SSEimatt93 is on a distinguished road
Default Bought a P3 12"

a few weeks ago, havent done anything with it yet.
I need to buy a wire kit, Capacitor,and a sealed box....all that good stuff...
Im gunna be getting another amp as well...i know what I want already, 1300 watt sony mono amp...only thing is, im out of outputs on the back of my deck...what do I do?
SSEimatt93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:07 AM   #2
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 15,928
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BonneMeMN is on a distinguished road
Default

You can do a few things. Some amps have outputs on them, so you can feed into another amp. You can also get passive, and powered splitters, EQ'*, crossovers, etc.

If you get a standalone crossover, you can have a seperate box that will control what frequencies are sent between your sub amps vs your speaker amps. You will need to run power to this box. You could also upgrade your deck as well.

I really wouldn't get a Sony amp unless it was the ES line. My roomate has an ES in his firebird that works well, but their car-fi stuff isn't up to par for the money IMO.

Other Advice: Build your own enclosures and walls and what not. If you get a cap, get a good sized one, and understand that you still need a good electrical system.
BonneMeMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Posts: 7,545
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hans is on a distinguished road
Default

sony amps are junk.

its my opinion and it generally shared by anyone that has run them before.
Hans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:21 AM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, _______Canada._______ West Coast Bonneville Fest ___05,06,07 Survivor___
Posts: 8,134
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SSEimatt93 is on a distinguished road
Default

Sony amps are junk? Funny, thats all we run here..lots of people i know...joel has two of them in his car.
regardless.....
Ill look into it all
SSEimatt93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:27 AM   #5
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 12,432
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
J Wikoff is on a distinguished road
Default

I've heard and experienced bad things with Sony amps as well. I helped install one in my friend'* car. It fried within a month. Went to exchange it for a new one straight up at Best Buy and the sales guy pointed us to a cheaper more powerful more reliable Rockford Fosgate. It'* lasted 6 years.

Maybe quality has improved since then, who knows.
J Wikoff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:36 AM   #6
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Red Deer, Alberta WCBF_'05_Survivor WCBF_'06_Survivor WCBF_'07_Survivor
Posts: 191
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Slayer636 is on a distinguished road
Default

My 600w Sony powers my 10" rockford just fine. It hits so hard you feel it in your hair. Seems to be taking the beatings I have given it over the past 2 years.
Slayer636 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:36 AM   #7
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Posts: 7,545
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hans is on a distinguished road
Default

If you want a cheap high quality amp, look into a elemental designs amp or a similar "internet sales only" company, they are sorta like the INTENSE/ZZP of car audio, they dont have authorized shops etc.

http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/index.php?cPath=22

If you want to buy something local go with Alpine, Rockford Fosgate, JL Audio, Phoenix Gold, Orion, Kicker.

Other brands out there but those came to mind, I have 4 years on my Elemental Designs E12A gen2.5 and 800.2 Amp.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slayer636
My 600w Sony powers my 10" rockford just fine. It hits so hard you feel it in your hair. Seems to be taking the beatings I have given it over the past 2 years.
Joel - I'm guessing the rating is 600W max, there was a test done by a guy over a CAF where he tested around 20 amps to see what the actual output was under the same conditions, Sonys saw around 2/3 of the RMS rating, so therefore your 600W (max) amp is only putting out 200watts top. However in reality thats probably all you want for a 10" sub.
Hans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 12:48 AM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Red Deer, Alberta WCBF_'05_Survivor WCBF_'06_Survivor WCBF_'07_Survivor
Posts: 191
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Slayer636 is on a distinguished road
Default

yeah its 600w max, and it works out to about 250rms.

And I agree with those other selection of amps, except for Phoenix Gold, they are crap. They are nothing more than a glorified Pioneer.

As far as the sony amp matt wants to get, I'd say go for it. 1200watts, probably about 500-600rms, and for 300 and change in cdn its the best bang for your buck.
Slayer636 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 01:41 AM   #9
Senior Member
True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, _______Canada._______ West Coast Bonneville Fest ___05,06,07 Survivor___
Posts: 8,134
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SSEimatt93 is on a distinguished road
Default

I dont know, I will look around...even that shitty Panasonic one I had lasted me three years...still works..but not for this aplication
SSEimatt93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 02:19 AM   #10
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Posts: 7,545
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hans is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slayer636
As far as the sony amp matt wants to get, I'd say go for it. 1200watts, probably about 500-600rms, and for 300 and change in cdn its the best bang for your buck.
far from the best bang for your buck. For $100 more you can double the RMS output going with a slightly lesser known brand.

However whatever you end up getting, make sure it has a good warranty/return policy..if it does it does not matter what the quality if you return it...so in that case I'd get whatever. In my case I went with a lesser known brand for cheaper and took the chance that if it broke I'd have to send it in and wait for them to repair it then have them send it back. If you go buy something at walmart/best buy/local car audio shop you have a better chance as far as the "support" goes if something dies on it

I chose the cheap method with a company thats extremely well respected for putting out quality amps for about half the price of their key competitor, JL Audio
Hans is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"ban him" in "new car" thread ga93sle Lounge 3 09-23-2006 09:23 PM
The difference between "guts" and "balls" sse1990 Lounge 8 08-31-2006 11:31 PM
Where is the "chime" / "dinger"? PPrash 1992-1999 6 11-21-2005 09:11 AM
'91 L "snakes" intake on a "C" engine ? padgett 1987-1991 5 07-21-2003 08:12 PM
"D" or "OD" ? BusMaster007 1992-1999 23 01-09-2003 03:09 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:41 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.