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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Stereo wattage affect volume?

I have a 99 wrangler and i am upgrading my speakers and plan to upgrade my deck as well. what i don't know is the wattage necessary for that deck. Since i want to pump through the loudest it can be, i expect the wattage comes into play. I also don't want to install an amp. i see everything from 30watt max to 15 X 4channel to 60 watts/channel and beyond. I am not a big audio guy and am not looking to build some crazy pimped out jeep. I am an old man that listens to country music and talk radio and just want to be able to hear it. I have added some front facing speakers to the dash to avoid getting a soundbar 3 inches from my head.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Upgrading all 4 of the speakers and installing a new deck is the best that can be done. It's not going to be crazy loud, but you should be able to hear it just fine.
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You're not an old man and you don't have a V4 as there is no such thing. Infact you do not even have a V6. To answer your questions, Yes wattage effects volume. More watts equals louder sound. You buy speakers to match the output of the head unit. So if your head unit produces 60 watts max then your speakers should handle atleast that amount.
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Do you know what the specs are on your speakers? As said above, you match the head unit output to the speakers. With that said, speakers have 2 ratings: Peak and RMS. Most advertised wattage is PEAK, which you will likely never experience. You really want to look at the RMS wattage.

A 30W head unit is actually a 4 x 7.5W (30divided by 4). A 60W is a 4 x 15W. If you find that your speakers have an RMS rating of 15W or higher, you can get an inline, mini, amp. Alpine makes a nice one. It's plug and play with their head units. I put one in on my son's ZJ and it worked our really well. It's a true 60W RMS unit. To mount it, you tuck it behind the dash in the void.
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You're not an old man and you don't have a V4 as there is no such thing. Infact you do not even have a V6. To answer your questions, Yes wattage effects volume. More watts equals louder sound. You buy speakers to match the output of the head unit. So if your head unit produces 60 watts max then your speakers should handle atleast that amount.
You might want to google V4 engines. They do exist however they are not common. They are normally used in pumps and generators.
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You might want to google V4 engines. They do exist however they are not common. They are normally used in pumps and generators.
REALLY!! Letís be real. We are talking about JEEPs here, not generators and pumps.
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REALLY!! Letís be real. We are talking about JEEPs here, not generators and pumps.
Point is your statement was wrong. You said there was no such thing as a V4 and there is.
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Point is your statement was wrong. You said there was no such thing as a V4 and there is.
Get real dude. We are on a JEEP Forum. My statement was correct. No such thing as a V4 in a JEEP. If you can post a pic of a V4 in a JEEP that would be great. Otherwise STFU!!!!
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Don't think to hard about it. As someone mentioned already only look at rms power on the speakers and HU. Most decent HU are going to be 15-17 watts x 4 channels. Most aftermarket speakers are 30+ watts. It ok to under power them so hook it up with no amp and keep it below 80% volume or just where it is not distorting and you won't have an over heat issue. Only other thing you need to look at is most HU are 4ohm so buy 4 ohm speakers or if your HU is different match the ohm to the speakers(this is more important than watts). Amazon of course, eBay, are good to shop. I usually buy my stuff at woofersetc.com
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I am not sure i understand the hijack part of the thread, but thank you to everyone who responded. It was very helpful and i got it all squared away.
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I am not sure i understand the hijack part of the thread, but thank you to everyone who responded. It was very helpful and i got it all squared away.
Glad you got it all straight. What solution did you go with?
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Get the most wattage you can afford. The volume is controlled by the little knob on the left but the clarity is determined by the wattage as long as the speakers are OK. Putting front speakers are a good idea. Make them at least a two way with internal crossover, three ways are better. Talk radio and most country isn't bass dependant and in fact too much bass on voice muddies it. I bought a pair of marine box speakers that I mounted low on the rollbar behind the seats also. Having a decent surround envelope will make it easier to hear in high interference areas like an open Jeep.
By getting the extra wattage you can leave the volume lower and not push the amp past it's sweet spot and still have it loud enough to hear. I know you've heard the teen new drivers cranking their parents minivan so hard you can't make out more than a general beat, more crackle and hiss that anything else.
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