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Car Amplifier Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy mobile amplifiers.
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Car Stereo Amplifier Buying Guide

Getting Started

Amplifiers for cars can provide clean and clear sound for all sorts of volume levels. Adding an amp is an easy way to upgrade your vehicle's existing sound system, improving music's clarity while you drive. There are three types of amplifiers: mono car amplifiers, two-channel car amplifiers and multi-channel car amplifiers.


Mono Car Amplifier

A mono car amplifier is designed for low-frequency reproduction and features built-in bass boost and low-pass filters. The best choice would be a class D mono amplifier, because they produce less heat, draw less current, and are more efficient unlike conventional amplifier designs.

Two-Channel Car Amplifier

A Two-Channel Car Amplifier is used for full-range and or component speaker systems. When using these types of amplifiers, they must have high-pass filters.

Five and Six - Channel Amplifier

Five and Six - Channel Amplifiers can be used for vehicle speakers located in the front, rear, and or the subwoofer of the whole system.

Multi-Channel Amplifiers

Multi-Channel Amplifiers can be used for full-range speakers and or subwoofers. When purchasing an amplifier, you should consider the level of power you want the unit to have.

Power Ratings

There are two types of power ratings: Root Mean Square Power (RMS) and Peak Power.

RMS Power

RMS Power measures the amount of continuous power a car amplifier uses to deliver the power to your speakers. Make sure that the power of your amplifier matches the power of your speakers and subwoofer. If the RMS power of your amplifier is too powerful it can damage your speakers.

Peak Power

Peak Power is always higher than RMS power. Peak power indicates how many watts a car amplifier has available for short and sudden increases in sound.

Upgrade Your Car Audio at Abt

Abt has everything you need to build an incredible sound system in your vehicle. Whether you drive a truck or a sedan, our team of experts will get the job done. Contact our Mobile Audio department to learn how we can upgrade your vehicle with a totally customized setup.