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Old 09-20-2020, 04:14 PM
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Putting together a small system for our new boat and have a question about amps. Running a pair of 6.5”and a pair of 8” with a single 10” sub. I’ve read as much as I can and am still unsure on whether to go with a 5 channel amp to power everything or a 4 channel amp for mids and highs and a mono amp for the sub?
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Depends on where you have the speakers. If you have to run a amp, get a 5 ch. I run a 5 in the pontoon and it will run you out of there.
Put a 2000W in the ocean boat but put a new top on the boat and mounted the speakers head high I can't use a amp. ITs all the volume I can handle without it.
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Originally Posted by SneakAttack View Post
Putting together a small system for our new boat and have a question about amps. Running a pair of 6.5”and a pair of 8” with a single 10” sub. I’ve read as much as I can and am still unsure on whether to go with a 5 channel amp to power everything or a 4 channel amp for mids and highs and a mono amp for the sub?
what 10 will you be using?
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It doesn't make much difference as long as you have the room and money for what you buy. A speaker getting X number of watts form a single channel amp or a multi channel amp is still getting the same power.
Multi channel amps can be really convenient and save some wiring but then your also limited to that configuration. My boat came with a 2 channel amp on 2 speakers. I added a 4 channel amp for the other 4 speakers and then a single channel amp for the sub. I was buying used gear and that's what was available and fairly inexpensive. 5 channel amps were harder to find and cost more on the used market. I had plenty of room and I don't mind wiring.
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Ditto what KD says. You can go either way.
A 5-channel is nice, and easy to connect, but you need to run heavy power to it.
Separate amps break up the load, but need to be powered separately, so it's a toss-up.

I might add, that some head units come with decent power, and can add to your options. You might want to look into that.

My Wellcraft is running a budget 7 speaker system. It has (4) 6.5" 2-way speakers, (2) 8" Kenwood 2-way speakers, and (1)Kicker LS 12" sub in a box. For power, it has a Sony 300W head unit (75x4), a Kicker 125x2 amp and a Kicker 300x4 amp. I initially thought it would need more power, but it has more than enough!

The front 4 speakers (6.5") run from the head unit directly. They sound good when not running the boat, but get a little tinny when turned up running the boat fast.

The two big 8" Kenwoods are in the back facing forward, and are fed 300W each. They are powerful and sound amazing. When you hit the switch, the music really wakes up.

The sub is connected to the 125.2 amp bridged, giving it 250 watts. Hit the sub switch, and the lows fill in very nicely, making the whole boat resonate with bass.

When doing water sports, we turn it all on and let it rip. But 90% of the rest of the time, the 300 watt head unit is more than enough.
Having everything switched separately really makes it easy to get the sound you want for the situation.

FWIW, in my center console, I only have a 300W head unit, a pair of 8" Kenwoods and a pair of 6.5" Boss speakers, and it sounds so good, I skipped adding amps or subs. I think the Kenwoods have a lot to do with the sound quality. They were the most expensive components in my system, and are well worth it.

Have fun building your sound system!


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