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Old 05-28-2003, 07:27 PM   #1
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Should I bypass stock amp?

Ok... here's my problem.. i know that BMW's crossovers for their speakers are a little weird. They're built into the amp and not into their speakers so therefore aftermarket speakers won't work their full potential with the stock amp(my aftermarket speakers are recommended that a full signal go to it because they have crossovers also) I don't have money to buy an aftermarket amp yet because I'm going to get a head unit next. Now, if i use the speaker outputs on the headunit, would it be better if I took the signal and make it go directly to the aftermarket speakers(w/o stock amp)? Thinking of getting alpine 7897 that already has built in amp(i know it's a weak one but i'll have to wait till i have money for an amp) To the pro's out there, what's your advice. BTW, mine is non-HK...
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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You shouldn't connect the speaker outs of a new head unit to the stock amp. The stock amp is expecting balanced differential inputs from the head unit.

I'd probably get a new amp before a new head unit. The head unit is probably the strongest link in the stock system. Why spend the money on nice speakers and then let their potential be wasted?

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that's what i was wondering... should i bypass the amp and go from the speaker outputs of the HU to the speakers?
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