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homerb 
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Posted: April 12, 2006 at 10:19 AM / IP Logged  

Hay guys

i've been told the system in my car needs a capasitor 2 work properly and i might even damage 1 of my amps if i turn it up too loud. i would like to know if thats true. i have everything running on the stock car battery and alternator. the details of the system are as follows:

1 Pioneer 4 channel 'GM-X354' amp runnig at 35W x 4 at 4 ohms powering a pair of 6.5" coaxials and a pair of 6"/9" oval coaxials in the rear.

Current consumption: 18 A (at continuous power, 4 ohms)

Average current drawn: 6.6 A (4 ohms for four channels)

2 x 'Earthquake PowerHouse 2.3' amps running at 300W RMS mono powering 2 MA Audio MA100XE 10" subs.

Current consumption: Idling - 400 mA

                                     Typical with music - 16 A

I am using the recomended fuses and wireing. Does this system need caps? If yes then how many and what rateing should they be and how do i connect them?

Any advice would be much apriciated. Thanx.

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Posted: April 12, 2006 at 10:48 AM / IP Logged  
upgrade the alternator first, and posiblely the battery depending on age. capacitors are mainly for looks. Turning it up to loud shouldn't damage your amps.
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Posted: April 12, 2006 at 10:49 AM / IP Logged  
No... you dont need any caps for a system that small, (or any system, really) and unless your alternator is REALLY small, you should be ok there as well... Your total system draws less than my mid-bass amp... Does my system need capasitors? - Last Post -- posted image. I estimate a total continuous draw of less than 30A or so...
It all reminds me of something that Molière once said to Guy de Maupassant at a café in Vienna: "That's nice. You should write it down."
homerb 
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Posted: April 13, 2006 at 12:34 PM / IP Logged  

Thanxs 4 the advice guys

tht must b one mother of a mid bass amp haemphyst

Cheers chaps

Does my system need capasitors? - Last Post -- posted image.

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Posted: April 13, 2006 at 8:35 PM / IP Logged  
Yeah, I pull about 120 Amps, like 65 average....and a cap hasn't even crossed my mind. Liek haemphyst said...bump it. Buy more speakers!!! Does my system need capasitors? - Last Post -- posted image.
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