Has anyone recently installed either one of these units? I'm looking for a compact amp that will help out the very poor sound in my JK. I'll most likely be pairing this up with new speakers all around and a head unit. I like the compact amps due to their size and I should be able to stuff them in the dash somewhere. The Clarion seems to be better spec wise but any insight on either would be much appreciated.
Well be it that my current stock head unit likes to eat CDs (won't eject them all the time) and my passenger front speaker is shot, I'm probably looking at replacing everything. The Clarion seems to give out more power so I was kind of leaning that way but wanted to get some feedback. Both units have great reviews.
Being you are replacing everything over time. Base your power choice on which head unit you settle on. Plug and play is kinda nice. I can clearly hear my alpine system with dedicated amp for the 6.5 sub in the center console with the top off at 65+. Pick your HU first is your using one of these compact amps.
97 zj 5.2 40,000mi
locked front and rear, 242, 3.5 iro lift, 32x11.5 kenda klever, 28 laredos for the road
4x 130 watt 6" spots on the roof rack, h3 leds in stock fogs, 2 40w leds on the grill
Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking I probably won't be putting in a sub. I'm looking for a good inexpensive HU to start with. Any suggestions on where to start? I've heard good things about Pioneer and Kenwood. I'm also thinking ill do new tweeter and mid range speakers up front and speakers with built in tweeters for the sound bar. That sound like a good direction to start with?
I have the clarion installed it's solid but I'm already looking to upgrade it had it for a month it does not dissipate heat well and has over heated multiple times sitting behind the dash of my 06 lj but sq is very good and plenty of power for my2 components up front 5.25 in speaker pods if i can find an adequate spot for ventilation I'll end up keeping because it can make your ears bleed
If you don't really need a CD player because you use an ipod or andriod phone or whatever, look into the new media players that forgo a cd drive all together. I just bought a Pioneer model and use a 128gb USB thumb drive that holds every single song I own. The Pioneer is a nice unit and dirt cheap.
I have installed several 445A units (straight plug and play for the Alpine Head Units) and they have all performed flawlessly. I really like the simplicity and for most listeners plenty of power even with the top down at interstate speeds. I have no experience with the Clarion but given the info posted above about having it overheat I would probably steer clear, the extra 5 watts of power is probably not noticeable (although at 2 ohm 75 watts looks nice but may cause it to overheat). Which ever one you do run I highly recommend running a thicker gauge power and ground wire (not the stock wires) straight from the battery or a power block (make sure you properly fuse, 15 amp should be suffice).