Amplifiers are one of the most common components added to an audio system. These devices boost the audio signal to help drive speakers and maximize the output. For those in the process of upgrading their sound system with new speakers, many will wonder if installing an amplifier is necessary or worth the cost and time. In this article, we will explore that question in more detail to give you more knowledge to make the best decision.
What are the advantages of adding an amplifier
Now that you have your new car speakers purchased, you can replace your existing speakers and leave things as is, without an amplifier. Most head units have built-in amplifiers that will help power those new speakers.
However, most head units, especially factory-installed stereos, will be much weaker than an external amp. If you are happy with the power and sound of your new speakers with your existing stereo and without an amplifier, then adding one would not be necessary. This can be especially true for those that do not enjoy loud music or audio levels. You can also add a high-pass crossover if distortion is an issue and that alone can work well for your needs.
What many customers find, though, is that once the new speakers are installed and they crank up their favorite tunes, they still desire a bigger sound with less distortion. If this is the case, then an amplifier is the component that should be installed to take those new speakers to the next level.
The main reasons you should install an amplifier
- As mentioned, a solid external amplifier will provide higher volume, more power, and less distortion. These external amps provide cleaner audio signals versus your head unit and factory equipment.
- Amplifiers bring out the most detail and clarity from your audio, even if you are not listening to it loudly. Want to hear the cymbals better? The fine details from the piano or other instruments? Speakers that do not have an external amplifier will have trouble handling that clearly.
- If you have a subwoofer, an amplifier will be needed to power it properly. Since subs require a lot of power, a separate amplifier is a necessity.
- Adding an amplifier does not require a large investment but can make a huge difference. Amplifiers do not have to break the bank. With tons of brands and options available at various price points, an amp is a relatively easy, cost-effective component that will noticeably improve your system.
- Using a factory amplifier with new speakers can cause degradation of sound quality and the lifespan of the speakers. The power handling of your factory amplifier may also not match up to the speakers. For example, if your speakers can not handle the power output from your factory amp, speaker damage can occur.
As you see, there are many clear benefits to adding an amplifier with new speakers. If you go this route, you will need to ensure that the power ratings on the new amplifier match that of your newly installed speakers.
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