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Old 04-14-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Adding an amp, need suggestions - 2011 Wrx

I've decided that I want to keep the factory look to my 2011 Wrx stereo and think that adding an amp will add a nice boost to the factory system. In terms of adding an amp, what you would think would be the maximum wattage to aim for, or continuous RMS to add to the sysyem? i'm thinking the factory speakers could stand something in the 300 watts or around 60-70RMS per speaker.
just looking for thoughts or input. The last thing that I would want to do is add to much power and pop a speaker...
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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Depends on what speakers your car came with. The ones mine came with say 40w on them, but they are also the ones that came with the nav H/U. I seriously wouldn't push any more than 50w to any stock speaker.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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The stock speakers that came in mine were 80w I'm not sure if that's rms or Peak power. I'm guessing if you run 50 rms to each speaker you should be good.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Default Stock Speakers

I just couldn't stand my stock speakers! Way too much bass. Are you sure you wouldn't want to spend the extra $100 or so for some Alpine S or Polk Audio components? Although cheap, I found them a world over stock. I just put them up front and left the stocks rear for a while. Then I moved up to a kenwood HU and then a used Apline PDX amp(really small). Everyone who rides in my car compliments me on the sound.

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Old 04-16-2012, 04:23 AM   #5
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"Boost your Factory Sound System?"

^JBL MS-8. Why? You havn't said anything about upgrading your OEM speakers & your lack of audio knowledge. You also havn't listed a budget so I don't have a problem tossing out a $8-9xx piece of equipment.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:25 AM   #6
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What brand are the 10" subwoofer?
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:25 AM   #7
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What brand are the 10" subwoofer?
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:58 PM   #8
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Much, you have to learn.

Your factory fronts are 20w RMS / 40w Max.

Get a nice 4 channel. At least that way when you DO want more bass, you can just bridge 2 of the channels to make it a sub channel. I wouldn't mess with the rears at all, not enough ROI.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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Default RE: Amping factory speakers

When you amp factory speakers you do not have to turn the amp all the way up. I work at a stereo shop and amp alot of vehicles factory speakers. I also have a 2006 sti that i have amped the speakers and my rears are still factory, with a alpine 4 channel on them and it is a 100 watt rms amp. If you gain it correctly you will have no problem. But make sure you set yout filter to HP (high pass) so you don't sent to low of a frequency through the speaker!
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