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I used to have a Pioneer 7400MP in my car and my music used to sound clear and loud. It was 50 x 4 Power. Now I just got an Alpine 9857 and now my music isn't as loud as it used to be. I looked up the specs and it says that it pushes 18watts RMS x 4. So obviously the Pioneer is making more power right? Last night I looked for a multi channel amp and I came across a 240 Watts that pushed only 18RMS x 4 at 4 ohms. Now all I want is for my mids and high to be as loud as they were with my old Pioneer. Is a multichannel amp what I need to do this? I played around with all the settings on the Headunit and yet it still isn't as loud as my old Pioneer. Some have any advice for me?
 

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are you sure the pioneer was 50RMS x4? I mean, my pioneer is 50x4, but not RMS. just as a rough estimate i cut the amout of peak power its rated at in half for a rough estimate (i know its not the right number but its close enough) of the RMS power...so you really probably only had about 25RMS IF that on the pioneer in the first place.

and have you played around with ALL the settings? I have some features on mine that I can boost just mids or highs or lows, and i can also play wtih the loudness of the entire system when playing a CD compared to the standard volume of the radio....make sure you've played around with everything.

Yes you can go wtih a multichannel amp...are you running stock components or aftermarket? stock I dont know the specks off hand, but I DO know that most component systems can handle a decent amount of power...i dont think you'd wanna buy an amp that only feeds them 18RMS watts of power...I'd look for something with more power....
 

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Your Pioneer was only putting out about 22 watts rms...I think that's the average. 50 was peak. If you had boosted any of the frequencies in the EQ on the Pioneer, that might have made it sound a little louder, and better, than running the flat curve that most systems will come set on when you first install it. You could amp them (yes multi-channel), but it probably isn't really worth it. Wait until you get some better speakers. If you do go ahead and just buy an amp anyway, you really don't want anything too powerful, like probably under 50watts rms per channel.
 

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i upgraded the speakers. i have kenwood exelons in the back and kenwood components in the front i think i just might have to buy an amp though considering that i played around with the settings and it sounds better but not loud enough
 

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Wrong section and answer is .......... there's a lil blue pill out for problems with your headunit.
 

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Wrong section and answer is .......... there's a lil blue pill out for problems with your headunit.
Actually, contrary to popular belief, the AUDIO section is indeed the right place for problems with a headunit. (FYI - head unit = radio/cd player)

Anyhow, JerseyBoy....man, why would you put excelons in the back and entry level kenwoods in the front? If anything you'd wanna do it the other way around. Anyhow, yeah go ahead and get a multi-channel amp. You probably want an amp that does around 50-65 watts per channel.
 
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