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#1 (permalink) Old 01-28-2005, 07:45 PM
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I had ordered some alpine type r component speakers for my 95 318ti and they ended up being to deep to fit. I went to ultimate elec. to get some new ones that would fit and they told me that i need an amp if i wanna put component speakers in my car? Is this guy trying to rob me blind or do i really need a 250 dollar amp? I dont know to much about this topic so if you could give me some feed back id appreciate it. Thanks, bob318


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he could be right... I know in my gfs car it had to have a secondary amp to power some components

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most of the time when you get new component speakers there is a need for a new amp. the factory amp/headunit usually isn't powerful enough to properly power the aftermarket speakers.

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Sean is right, most decent speakers require amplifiers to reach their optimum performance. My analogy is this: Picture a 100 lb guy trying to lift 50 lbs. He may do it but he struggles, fights, and barely gets it off the floor. The same 50 lbs and a 350 steroid-induced muscle maniac. He can lift it with one hand and have the strength in his other to lift another 50 lbs or eat a powerbar or whatever else he wants.

In the car audio world his second hand is like an amplifiers headroom. You have more power to do other things like control your speakers movements accurately. The sounds you hear can be clean, sharp, and pleasant to the ears. Have you ever been in a buddies car and after listening to it loud for a long period of time and your ears feel sore, or want to turn it down on some tracks? This is listening fatigue. Your ears are sensitive towards certain frequencies and if they arent produced well in a car audio enviroment, your ears will let you know.

My suggestion, get the amplifier if you can afford it, or have credit with the store. the more power you can get to those speakers, the better they will sound and the money you spent on those nicer speakers will be well spent. This is especially true if you like to listen to music loud.



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