How many watts in your system?

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  1. anonymous

    anonymous New Member

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    I'm new to car audio systems and recently got a system in my car. People keep asking me how many watts my system has and I don't know how to respond to them because I don't know how to figure it out. Is it just adding all the watts that the speaker puts out? Someone told me that it's the amount of watts in the amp. I'm confused. Anyone care to enlighten me?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. johnson

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    Watts the amps are rated at, which doesnt matter anyway since more power != better system. Then you have manufacturers who overrate their amps.

    Me - 380W for sub + 150-200W each for the components = 600-800W
     
  3. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Ask those people what does it matter how many watts you have, since as johnson said, watts aren't everything. I kind of despise SPL setups as well.

    Anyway, they are simply asking either the combined RMS (continuous, average, etc., NOT peak or max) power output of either your head unit or amp. If it's a head unit, about 15 watts x4 (or 60W) is a safe guess (yea, it says 50x4 on there, but those are peak). Personally I have 220 watts on each front channel and 250 watts on the sub, for a total of ~700 watts.
     
  4. DaddyThirdLeg

    DaddyThirdLeg SMASH puny humans

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    ^^^ i hate to break it to you but most people who ask "how many watts are you running?" are looking for peak wattage
     
  5. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    I know, it's annoying because then I have to explain things. But if I really don't like the person I'll just throw out a figure like "2 kilowatts".
     
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    generally i will specify if i want sub wattage or full range wattage, or then again just total wattage. it's usually subs tho. I run about 500 watts off of a Viper 5 channel, about 150 to the interior speakers and 300 to the subs, oh and a side note, i've hit 133.9 dB with two Punch 8's. but generally people ask about your sub wattage, especially those that "think" they know about car audio.
     
  7. jm2200

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    I have 2400 rms running to my subs and a little over 400 rms running to my mids/highs. Yes, you come up with the figures based on the amps.
     
  8. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    I hope you compete, and even if you do... :ugh:
     
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  10. pharcyde183

    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    Only run 650watts total, 2 fronts and a 10" sub. Used to run 1750 or so in the past
     
  11. JaJae

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    1200RMS to the sub, 340RMS to the speakers.
     
  12. delussional77

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    8000 watts at full burst for burps.

    Usually only about 5000 for daily

    Yes I compete

    Pair of Tru Technology SH-1 Sledgehammers....150db+
     
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    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    1kw to the sub 400 each to the componets all values are RMS

    old system 2kw to teh subs and i forget how much to the componets
     
  14. SeaMack99

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    500w to my W6 and 100w to the components
     
  15. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    It's interesting to note the trend in here. Only Johnson, JRock and myself are running nearly equal power to components and subs. I don't know how you guys that are running three times the power to your subs as you are to your components listen to music. It seems all you'd hear is bass. Do you usually just turn the gains way down for normal listening?
     
  16. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    What components are you running that handle 400W each? Boston Z6?
     
  17. ittech

    ittech "If You're Not Part of the Solution, There's Good OT Supporter

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    50W X 4 to midrange and tweeter seperates
    200W X 1 to subwoofer...

    it's mostly nakamichi gear, headunit, amps, speakers... sub is a Perfect 10

    Clean, great SQ and plenty loud.

    I guess I don't get the 11tybillion watts thing...
     
  18. Kcomps

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    Watt's have to do with your amp. (usually).

    Im pushing 600 to each of my subs, so totally that is 1200 watt's.
     
  19. Brock_Landers

    Brock_Landers Jailbait FTW!!!

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    315 to my 16" and 65 to each rear door (components) and 95 to each front door.
     
  20. Shogun

    Shogun Turntable tactician

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    4000000000000000 watts, jk 850 running two diamond d9 12"s
     
  21. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    What else would they refer to other than your amp?
     
  22. NisAznMonk

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    I think I have maybe 12watts total. That might be overrating it too :wtc:

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  23. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Is that a joke, didn't you offer to sell some Boston Z6's in another thread?
     
  24. NisAznMonk

    NisAznMonk New Member

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    That's actually my gf's daily driver :mamoru:. Her install

    This is my truck. 2000w RMS to the subs, 360w RMS to the components @ 12.5v...but they matched up with an external regulator and cranked to 15.8v at any given time :naughty:
     

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