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Old 06-25-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Will I need an amp?

Just purchased a pair of Focal Components and a pair of Focal coaxials. I am currently using the stock deck. Will I need an amp? If so, what kind should I get?
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:58 PM   #2
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No you wont need and amp.
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Old 06-25-2006, 09:05 PM   #3
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If you want to get the full potential out of your component set you should upgrade your stock deck because you are not getting more than 10watts per channel RMS out of it and then you should get an amp to get the full potential of the components because you still are not getting anything close to what your component set can handel, the more power that you can give your components the better it is going to sound. You dont absolutely need to get an amp or a new CD player but if you want to get the best sound out of your speakers then yes this is what you should think about doing.
If you really want to know what kind of power your speakers like take a look at the RMS requirments of the speakers and then the peak power of the speakers and try to get something closer to the peak power. You dont need to spend a lot of money to get a good 2 channel amp that will make your components sound great. I am an installer and I always suggest to customer who purchase component speakers to go with atleast a small 2 channel to get the best performance and sound from their speakers.
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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These speakers say that nominal is 50watts and peak is 100.

I am thinking about getting a Pioneer DEH-P4800MP deck. Is there something else I should go with?

I don't know what kind of amp to get at all. Anyone want to chime in?
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:24 PM   #5
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If you want to run your new drivers in the best possible way get a decent aftermarket headunit and an amp that puts out around 75-100x2 RMS that'll make a world of difference. Now, if you are short on cash, want to keep weight down, etc just get a deck that puts out a decent RMS. I don't think any out put out more than 22w RMS though...
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:28 PM   #6
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What model Focals did you get? I have the 165k components and LOVE them. However, they need good power. Previously, I ran them off my Kenwood Excelon deck in my SVT Focus...they sounded better than stock, but not to their fullest potential. Plus, their sensitivity was lower than my stock speakers, so I needed to turn the deck up more to get the same volume out.

In my WRX, now, I am running them and the same deck, but I'm using an old school Sony ES amp to drive them. The amp is awesome, despite it's ten year age and claims to produce 120 x 2 when bridged. Honestly, I believe it because the amp is only turned about 40% up and they pound. Between the Focal components, the amp, and the Raammat, I am debating the necessity for a sub...but I'm definitely NOT going to even consider running rear speakers....these are just that good.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:00 PM   #7
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I got the 130a and 130ca's. They're the Access line. I heard them at a local audi place and they sounded really good but the guy was asking $475 OTD and couldnt find them for anywhere cheaper until the other day I found them for $300 shipped.

I know just about nothing about audio stuff. Need to find a decent amp.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:38 AM   #8
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I would change the head unit first; you'll never get "good" sound with those components out of the stock unit. If you go Pioneer don't buy the base Pioneer unit buy the Premier unit, it's only 10 bucks more MSRP and has a few more features and a better warranty. Do your self a favor and run the amp remote wire and RCAs when you install the head unit just to save yourself time from doing it later. If you are happy with the sound once replacing the head unit you’re good to go, but I think you'll like them better with a small amp. Either way you'll need the head unit for the preouts, wattage, and sound adjustment. Those kind of components don't deserve a stock head unit. I like Memphis amps personally, but this could turn into a never ending debate

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