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let it be known i know very little about car audio. I was wondering what the difference is between 2 channel, 4 channel and mono amplifiers? I thought all were 4 channel because our cars have 4 speakers. I bet someone is laughing at me, well sorry, someone educate me. I want to replace all four of my existing speakers and add a single 12" sub. while we are on the subjust, what size are our two front and two rear speakers? thanks.
 

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2ch- speakers or subs
4ch- mostly used for speakers
mono-Subs
 

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ok cool, so for what I want to do would I need a 2-channel or just mono? also are the two back speakers the same type of speakers, just bigger?
 

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Stock rear speakers on a 2 DR are 6.5" so clearance is not a problem (LOL I actually just finished installing my speakers today, did the rears the lazy way without taking the side panel out). You could just use 6.5" speakers for the front as well, but then you need to make more clearance (look at the Articles).

If you get an aftermarket head unit (I recommend Pioneer) I don't feel there is a need for a 4 channel amp. Most people will be more than happy with a head unit & speakers.

If you are only going with 1 12" I say go with a mono & save yourself the money.

If it sounds good to you, that's all that matters, regardless of brand or wattage or whatever.
 

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thanks, thats what I needed to know. one last thing and I will retire. the sub I want is rated at 500 watts rms. does that mean I should get atleast a 500 watt mono amp? As for the four 6.5" speakers i am putting in, well I notice a big difference from the stock speakers. even if lets say I wasnt going to get a new HU or anyting else, does getting some nice 6.5" speakers make a noticeable difference over stock ones? thanks for everyone's info.
 

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yeah, you should notice a nice difference between the stock speakers and the new ones--of course, it'll be more apparent with a new head.
and no, you most likely don't need an amp that big. you'll probably get nice sound out of just a 2-channel bridged or mono amp rated at 200 watts rms (or roughtly 400 peak)
btw, that sounds like a pretty heavy duty 12" to be rated 500 watts rms...
 

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get something 300 watts rms... PM me i can set you up with a system..
 

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the biggest noticable different i notice was from an aftermarket headunit. it takes you from stock into a whole new world of quality sound.

adding speakers will make a difference, only if they are powered by a aftermarket HU, or even better, an amp.

sub woofers have a range that they can operate at. check out the specs on the sub and look at the safety range of the sub and pick a sub accordingly.
 
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