Things to Know When Considering KICKER 4-Channel Car Audio Amplifiers
Not many experiences compare to the feeling of blasting good music when you're out driving. On the road, power or audio output problems from an amp that isn't functioning properly can be frustrating. Before choosing a KICKER 4-Channel audio amplifier for your car, there are a few things you'll want to know to help ensure you'll get the most out of your system.How is power output measured for an amplifier?
One of the most important factors to take into consideration with your Kicker car audio system is its power output. Understanding the power output measurements of the amp you're interested in is important.
- Peak power rate: The peak power is the amount of power output an amplifier produces at the maximum of its limited bursts. This measurement is important because it can help you avoid amp and sub pairings that won't work.
- RMS power: The RMS power output measurement is the amount of power that is continuously put out when the system is running. This measurement is a good guideline to use when pairing subwoofers and speakers.
There are many different types of amplifiers. One way that they are differentiated is by their number of available channels. There are a few main types of amplifiers, including:
- Mono channel: A mono channel system uses a singular channel and works well with one of many subwoofers. The channel can be connected to one, two, or more subs.
- 2-channel: A 2-channel device utilizes two output channels. You can power multiple speakers and subs simultaneously. This kind of system works well in a vehicle's audio systems because you can power the front door speakers of your car and a pair of subwoofers at the same time.
- 4-channel: A 4-channel variant suitable for powering multiple pairs of speakers. They can be used to bridge the output of the other available channels and to drive a subwoofer.
- 5-channel: There are also 5-channel variants. They allow you to power an entire system with a single device. They will usually contain four channels that power front and rear speakers with an additional fifth channel that has higher power and is meant for powering subwoofers. If you want flexibility and room to grow with your system, a 5-channel system may be a good option.
These devices can come with a wide range of available features. Knowing what features to look for may be helpful when considering your options.
- Filters : High pass, low pass, and subsonic filters are helpful for regulating sound output.
- Bass boosters: These help to augment low-frequency outputs. A bass boost frequency may be fixed or variable. With a bass boost, you get louder and more composed bass output from your speakers and subwoofers.
- Speaker level inputs: These are a good way to help preamp output regulation. They help you to receive signal correctly.