can someone tell me if I really need an amp when adding rear speakers?

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by ericgelectra, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. ericgelectra

    ericgelectra Member

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    Hi, yall. I ride a 07 electra classic, I have a aftermarket sony head unit, with 2- 5.25 front speakers. I want to add 2 rear 6x9s and install them in my hard bags. EVERYWHERE that i read i hear about guys adding an amp when installing rear speakers, can someone tell why this is? I mean, I have 4 speaker connections coming out of my head unit, cant i just plug the 2 6x9s and go enjoy my tunes? NEED HELP clarifying.. thanks..
     
  2. Scrappy

    Scrappy Active Member

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    i think they would sound great with out the amp.. you putting them in the bags? what is your plan? let us know how this goes.
     
  3. Lancer

    Lancer Junior Member

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    I would think as long as the unit has the power to drive the speakers you would be ok without an amp. But if they sound muffled or you can't get the volume out of them.......
     
  4. harley@16

    harley@16 Junior Member

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    the only time you have to add an amp is if your using the pre-amp outputs, they are designed for use with an amp usually a subwoofer output.
     
  5. 03classic

    03classic Junior Member

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    If you have a CD player the amp makes all the difference.if you are going with a stock radio dont bother
     
  6. ericgelectra

    ericgelectra Member

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    Yes, I know a guy who put 6x9s on the inside of his bags, facing the rear tire, and drilled small holes (not visible) for the sound.. MAN, his set up sounds NICE!!! he has the same head unit I have a sony with 50wx4. I bought new 5.25 sonys for the front, and have the spare 2 speakers wire for the rear, so I just bought some pioneer 5way 6x9s for the rear. I will try this off in the next coming days and post pics..



    well actually its not a marine unit. I debated with this option and figured the marine unit was not needed in MY situation. I dont tour alot, plus i dont like to ride in the rain alot. Plus, the guy who installed my head unit did a terrific job customizing my kit. Man, this guy is good, he custom made the kit that sorrounds the head unit to make it nice and tight. I doubt any water will penetrate it. All labor, kit, parts and installed the speakers at the same time for $75.. I want to take on this 6x9 challenge on my own, seems pretty easy..
     
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