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wiring front speakers for boat w/ no amp

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Posted: June 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM / IP Logged  

Hi Guys,

What is the best way for me to wire a pair of 7" component speakers to my Kenwood Headunit (KTS-300MR)?  

Bascailly, I am looking to get the most power to the speakers without using an amp.   If it sounds bad, I will probably then install an amp, but with money tight, i want to try no-amp at first.

My Kenwood says:

Maximum Output Power: 4 X 50W

Full Bandwidth Power: 4 X 22 W

The speakers are JL Audio M770-ccx  and the specs are:

Continuous Power Handling: 100W

Recommended Amp: 40w-175W

Impedance 4 ohm

I was thinking that if I wire this like my subs (bridged), I could cut the impedance to 2ohm and maybe get more power out of the speakers (making the 22W something like 44W).   Would this work?  Becuase it's a center console fishing boat, I don't care too much about loosing the right / left effects as using this method they both would be wired to either the right or the left speaker.   Positive to Positives, Negatives to Negatives.    

I appreciate your help.


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Posted: June 23, 2008 at 1:29 PM / IP Logged  

Asking for issues by doing so. Wire them to each separate channel and be prepared right now to add a amp when you listen to the speakers. A small amp even will bring those speakers for life. Do it once and do it right.

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Posted: June 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM / IP Logged  

Thanks....Your right, I really should do it right and use an amp.     


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