DIY with Mike Stiers www.maxxsonics.com Study this tutorial and get the most out of your car audio investment by understanding your electrical system. It takes power to make power and if you don’t have it, you will not get rated power from your amp and you decrease reliability. Back to Basics — Car Audio 101 By Mike Stiers So you’ve decided to upgrade your car stereo system? A great deal of research and planning should go into this purchase since there is a lot to consider. Do you desire a nice upgrade of your factory speakers, are you looking for a Sound Quality overall of speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers, or are you designing a vision-blurring SPL machine? It is important to make a list of exactly what you are looking to replace or add to your audio system so that you can prepare your electrical system for the investment to come. Many people do not realize that their vehicles’ factory electrical system was not designed for aftermarket audio equipment. In fact, most factory electrical systems can only handle an audio system of 600 to 1200 watts. The lower end of the scale being the smaller vehicles and most foreign rides, and the upper end being large trucks and sport utility vehicles. As you increase demand, you need to look at upgrading your battery, alternator and most importantly your “Big 3.” BATTERY The battery provides reserve to the engine during starting, discharges current to accessories, acts as a buffer between the alternator and all accessories and after
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