If you experience distortion at your desired volume level, you probably need an amplifier. To power a subwoofer: When you add a subwoofer to a car audio system, you almost always need to add an amplifier at the same time.
How do you know if a speaker needs an amp?
Generally you should pick an amplifier that can deliver power equal to twice the speakers program/continuous power rating. This means that a speaker with a “nominal impedance” of 8 ohms and a program rating of 350 watts will require an amplifier that can produce 700 watts into an 8 ohm load.
How do you know if your car needs an amp?
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Do cars come with a amplifier?
But the fact is that every single car audio system actually includes an amplifier, even if its just a weak built in amp, and your stereo literally wouldnt work without one. Most car audio systems have an amplifier built right into the head unit.
Do cars have built in amplifiers?
Car audio head units in all basic factory sound systems have small, built-in amplifiers to power a handful of speakers. Since an amplifier is typically buried in the car, youll rarely see it in an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sound system like you would a head unit and speakers.
Can you mix passive and active speakers?
Generally speaking: You can chain the active speakers with the amp of the passives any way you like. However you should make sure that ALL your cable-ing is XLR type and that all the pieces on the chain have inputs AND outputs of the signal.