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Old 05-16-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hello friends,

I have a 2011 lariat and I am looking to upgrade the sound system. I want the 4 speaker stock system to sound better at high volumes, and to support hooking up an external "band" speaker for events (such as tailgating). I don't have much experience with audio systems, and have been having trouble figuring out what I'll need to do this.

I originally thought there was a 5 channel amp out there that would be able to run it. But when I talked to a salesman, he said that the 5th channel is only for subwoofers, and that I would need two 4 channel amps - one to run the inside 4 speaker system, and the other amp solely for the external speaker.

Does anyone have a set up like this? Trying to figure out what kind andd how many amps I need first.
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Hello friends,

I have a 2011 lariat and I am looking to upgrade the sound system. I want the 4 speaker stock system to sound better at high volumes, and to support hooking up an external "band" speaker for events (such as tailgating). I don't have much experience with audio systems, and have been having trouble figuring out what I'll need to do this.

I originally thought there was a 5 channel amp out there that would be able to run it. But when I talked to a salesman, he said that the 5th channel is only for subwoofers, and that I would need two 4 channel amps - one to run the inside 4 speaker system, and the other amp solely for the external speaker.

Does anyone have a set up like this? Trying to figure out what kind andd how many amps I need first.
You can use the 5th channel to run your external speaker. Just don't get a 5 channel amp that has a crossover or you will be filtering out the high notes
Or use a 4 channel and a single channel amp for the external speaker
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You can use the 5th channel to run your external speaker. Just don't get a 5 channel amp that has a crossover or you will be filtering out the high notes
Or use a 4 channel and a single channel amp for the external speaker
There were some older (late 90s) 5 channels that would do full range on channel 5 from back when in-car video was a thing. You might be able to find a full-range 6 channel
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Thanks for the suggestions!

So, for example I was looking at this 5 channel amp:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113XR90...n-XR900-5.html

It says it has a "variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)". Does the mean this one wouldn't work? It cannot have any sort of filtering or crossover on that 5th channel?
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Thanks for the suggestions!

So, for example I was looking at this 5 channel amp:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113XR90...n-XR900-5.html

It says it has a "variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)". Does the mean this one wouldn't work? It cannot have any sort of filtering or crossover on that 5th channel?
That will not work. The 5th channel will only output bass
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