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Old    Cunning Linguist (jro)      Join Date: Sep 2002       06-24-2003, 1:54 PM Reply   
Well I finally got some Tower speakers and am looking to get a second amp to run it. HOWEVER, since that will have to wait awhile (Funds and wife), I need some advice on utilizing my current amp and on a new amp for the tower. Here are some specs for the amp and speakers...

Amp: Kicker IX406 (All RMS)
40w x 6 4ohm
55w x 6 2ohm
115w x 3 bridged mono 4ohm

Speakers: 4 stock JVC cabin speakers
1 10" Kicker comp sub
4 6x9 tower speakers (Clarion Power series)

Currently I am running the sub bridged on 2 channels and am running the cabin speakers in parallel on 2 channels. I took out the second sub that I had to make room for the tower speakers. I was thinking of daisy chaining the tower speakers 2 in series and that pair in parallel for a 4ohm load. But it will only give each speaker about 30w (115w/4). Can anyone think of a better way to wire these speakers up? I am even willing to run the cabin speakers off the deck. I know I won't get a whole lot of sound out of the tower yet but need to make due for now.

PS This amp is definitely underrated wattage wise, these are the printed RMS wattages. Thanks for any help
Old    andy zarlengo (colorider)      Join Date: Jun 2001       06-24-2003, 8:47 PM Reply   
All depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to hear the tower speakers while riding, then 30 rms is probably not going to be enough and you are going to have some foul distortion when trying to get to those volumes. IF you want all around good sound while cruising, that wiring will work. If your goal it to hearing them while behind the boat, Run the cabin speakers off the head unit and give the tower and sub the rest of the power/channels. Just be aware of your ohm loads on the amp. From what it looks like, you have a good comprehension about ohms/series/parallel, so it should not be a problem.
Old    Cunning Linguist (jro)      Join Date: Sep 2002       06-30-2003, 10:53 AM Reply   
Well I went ahead and hooked the tower box up to 2 of the amps channels bridged together and daisy chained them to a 4 ohm load. Well all I can say is DAMN! Either the box is incredibly efficient or the amp is very underated. You can hear it loud and clear at 80 feet back with no distortion. Thought I would pass this along so others who are worried about not having enough power can stop. Props to Kicker and wetbox!

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