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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Adding Tweeters Vs Amping Speakers

I currently have an Alpine CDE 151 powering Kicker 6 1/2's up front, Rockford Fosgate 6x9's rear. Don't remember what models but do know they're 35-40w RMS each. Would a 45w x4 Power Pack from Alpine be overkill? If so, i'll do just this:

Adding tweeters for some highs by mounting them on the door fins. Will this be as good as just amping the speakers? Most 4-channel amps are 40+ watts x4 so I'm not sure right now til I feel like adding better wattage speakers down the road then amp them.

Obviously it'll sound better If I did both

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Well, considering your Alpine head unit puts out somewhere between 45-55W per channel, adding an amp won't likely do much at all. Not to mention, adding power won't add the additional treble range/capacity that a set of standalone tweeters will.

That said - it's generally best to go with a full component setup in this case - that would be a dedicated mid/woofer in the door, and then a tweeter up top. You'll obviously need crossovers regardless, but you won't have a second tweeter in the way of the woofer on your 6 1/2" coaxials.

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Going for a 45w amp wouldn't necessairly hurt anything as far as your speakers are concerned, it is more than close enough to their rating and as long as you tune it all in right and don't max it out you should never have a problem... obviously it would sound better with both haha

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That head unit won't push anymore than 18WRMS per channel so I'd say amp your current speakers. Most speakers have tweeters mounted on coaxial anyway so more tweeter won't sound as good as a balanced, amped set of coaxials, which you already have.

Besides, tweeters are the least appreciated type of car audio speaker in my experience.

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