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Best Amplifier Power Wire

I'm going to be running two amps. I have some questions about the install of my 2nd amp.

Kicker - DX Series 400W Class AB 4-Channel MOSFET Amplifier with Variable Crossovers - DX4004
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I have the 4-Channel already installed already but with only 8-Gauge power running right now.

How big do I need to go to be optimal? Will 4-Gauge do the trick?
Can I tie the remote turn-on from my current 4-Channel amp into the Mono amp as well?
What brand is the best and where is the best place to find it?

Best Buy install kits are rather expensive and I've seen some other cheaper ones but have seen mixed reviews on them.
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what is the mono amp going to be pushing?

its best to do 0 ga personally for multiple amps, but if its only a 300 watt mono amp, a single quality 4ga would prolly be sufficient.

streetwires is really good wire, so is kicker wire ( ultra flexible also) so is jl, but i don't think they sell their kits anymore...

stay away from anything with acoustics in the name... i got one of their 2 ga kits and it was in reality about a 6 ga max.

my local shop has some pretty decent wire, i forget the name but its priced right.

there used to be an interactive power wire chart on streetwires site, but that has been gone for a few years now i believe...


largest wire is the most optimal, but not always the easiest on the wallet.

yes, you can have more than 1 amp on the same remote turn on wire.

look online for the power cable, or @ local audio shops that buy it in 50 to 200 ft reels...

yes, best buy is expensive, they figure your just gonna buy it cause u need it.

then again, my 1/0 streetwires kit was about 130 bucks online.


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im planning on pushing 2 of them @ 500 watts, so 250 each.

assuming the amp actually puts out 200 watts rms @ 4 ohms x2, it'll be ok, won't get the most out of the subs, but will be safe and should sound good.

are there 2 channel amps like a 500/2 amp in the same price range or do you already have that amp?


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I haven't bought the amp or subs yet. I ordered the box from Tech12Volt on Wednesday.

I get confused how the amps break down. The optimal levels for the subs are 300W RMS at 4-Ohms correct? The amp says it runs 300W RMS x1 at 4-Ohms. So does that mean I'm sitting at like half the optimal power for two?
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well, its a 4 channel amp... it can't do mono operation.

did you paste the wrong amp link?

the specs for that link amp are

Continuous Watts Bridged 200 x 2

if the amp your talkin about is 300x1@4 ohms, then it would be perfect... for 1 sub tho.


if you bridge 2 of those subs you will either be at 2 ohms, or 8 ohms.


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yea, wrong link lol, i was wondering wtf u were talkin about...


that amp will do 600rms @ 2 ohms mono, so it will be 300 watts to each sub = optimal match/ right at rated rms input of subs.

wire the subs in parallel and you would have a 2 ohm mono load.

and yes, with those 2 amps i would also suggest a 1/0 gauge power wire, your @ 1000 watts rms. you will also at that point need a power distribution block.


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OK good. I thought it seemed right but you made me second guess myself there for a while I was planning on ordering the subs and amp this weekend and trying to pick up the wiring kit and getting it installed sometime this coming week before the box got here so I could just kinda plug everything in as the parts came.
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For parallel, that just means both positives and negatives from each sub will go together onto the single channel on the amplifier right? And since they are single voice coil subs, it drops it down to 2 ohms right?
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yes, that is correct

i did some searching and there are a few power wire kits on amazon for around 100-120 that are acceptable quality...

there is a cadence one that is cheap as hell for a supposed 0 ga kit, i would actually order it just to check it out but my amazon prime was up as of 1hour10minutes ago lol.
it looks legit, but the price is tooooo cheap imo, but i would consider ordering it cuz with amazon if its not as stated you can ship back free.

there is a tsunami kit also, it includes 0ga, and 4ga and a power and ground dist block, its for multiple amps. that one is trustable, tsunami used to be what circuit city carried and it looked like good quality when i had shopped their... its not as flexible as the jl, streetwires, stinger, or kicker wire, but as long as its warm out its not too bad running stiffer 0ga.

stinger is good wire, about the same as streetwires, good quality.

this is the tsunami kit...

http://www.amazon.com/Brand-Tsunami-Amp1040d-Wiring-Distribution/dp/B003642VK4/ref=sr_1_131?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1316235697&sr=1-131 http://www.amazon.com/Brand-Tsunami-Amp1040d-Wiring-Distribution/dp/B003642VK4/ref=sr_1_131?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1316235697&sr=1-131



this is the cheap ass cadence kit...


http://www.amazon.com/Cadence-Amp-Kit-Professional-Installation/dp/B0042ETE8Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316236447&sr=1-2 http://www.amazon.com/Cadence-Amp-Kit-Professional-Installation/dp/B0042ETE8Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316236447&sr=1-2


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Thanks man, I appreciate the help. You've given me a lot of good information in a few different threads.
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You can try a welding supply for you power wire. They carry big wire with tiny strands so it's easier to bend the wire. Works just as good or better than the audio branded stuff. They sell it by the foot. Though the welding stuff comes only in black.


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I didn't do the install for my 4 channel amp. How long does the power cable need to be to make it to behind the rear seat in a DC?
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