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I'm about to have my amp, cap box professionally installed and connected to my stock radio....the amp is a sound stream 5 ch. Tarantula amd pushing two 10's....the amp "claims" 1200 watts.....will I have any issues of it pulling too much on the stock battery?
I worry about this since so much of the car already is electronic and digital that adding the BOOM may be too much. I feel naked without my
( ( ((BASS)) ) ).

Any suggestions?
 

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Hey Bass what kind of music do you pump through there - sounds like a sweet setup!
 

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I'm usually on the EDM side of music, from Trance to Drum n Bass to Break Beats. Usually that's when I'm listening to CDs which is most of the time. If I switch on the radio then it's always Rock and Alternative. I'm old school and I think back in the days is when Hip Hop was good so that's why I usually swing away from it these days. It just isn't the same. LOL, but for some reason I've been on a huge Classical trip recently. Channel 113 POP ( i think) on XM has some good Classical on it.
 

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I went to the audio place and asked if it would pull too much on the battery and he said that it won't. I'm getting it installed next Tuesday and the cool thing about it is that the material around the box matches the material in the trunk. It almost looked stock.
 

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Oh Mr. Bass man:
I'm no audio expert but if your speaker system were able put out the full 1200 watts the math comes out like this : 1200watts / 12v battery = 100 amps. So you might want to use very thick power wires.

You'll likely never be able to pull the absolute full power out of the amp. But if you come close you may notice your lights dimming when you crank it up.

Next time I take a trip down south via Rt 4 I'll watch for the Bu bouncing to the beat.
Let us know how it goes, best of luck.


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whats up all i just thought i drop in i love my 07 malibu i got a 143.2 d.b. of bass with a 7" touch dvd deck pushing the 1000 watt amp its a great car for it but the body dose flex with the bass a good amount tho, but all is good
 

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I posted some pics of the install I got done. It sounds nice but not what I was expecting. I know connecting it from the rear deck speakers would make it hard to have a tru mono sound just for subs but I don't feel I'm getting the sound I was expecting. I can deal with it since it just adds to the overall sound of the car which is what I was going to shoot for but sometimes you just want that extra boom.

Then again I'm using the sub only part of a 5 channel amp so I think I should invest in going for just a mono amp made for subs. I'll leave it for a bit and see how I like it.
 

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Bass,

I think I know why you are not that impressed with the sound from your subs. With the factory GM radio you will not have the bass you are expecting since the GM radio has a circuit (compensated loudness) which decreases the bass when the volume is turned up. This circuit is used to protect the factory speakers, but is a problem when adding aftermarket subs. I know about this problem since I used to be a manager at a specialist consumer electronics store. You already have a mono sub amp running your current system and replacing this amp with a bigger one will make it slightly louder. If you want the best sound you will have to replace the factory radio with an aftermarket one. Another alternative is to buy an oem interface which re-equalizes the system. Once I get my Sub system installed interfaced to the factory radio, I'll let you know if I have any tricks to make sound better.
 

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Cool beans...thanks for the info. i was fiddling around with the settings on the amp and I have it at a point that I like. These days I swing between Techno and Classical and it's at a good level for both. Let me know how yours comes out when u work on it.
 

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Bass, is you sub pulling audio off of the head unit or off of the rear speakers?

As far as the power amount... it depends on the alternator really. The battery should be fine, it's just a question of if the alternator can keep up with it. 1200 isn't too absurd so it should be fine as long as you are running low gauge wire to power the amp. I used to run 1000 watts to the system in my Lumina and it never had any problems. If anything, Chevy has probably bumped up the rating on their alternators a little since then.
 

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I'm running it off the rear speakers. I guess the amp isn't as powerful as I thought it was. I had a professional place install it and he said I'm not going to pull anywhere near enought power to be concerned. So far I have not noticed anything bad yet. I need to do a night time run to see the dash lights and how they react.

I have pics up in the gallery
 

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Ahhh much better - Charlotte Niner' Football much more acceptable than "NINERS' FOOTBALL"!!!!

Then I'll say GO NEW YORK JETS!!! LOL
 
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