OEM setup; vehicle settings; AMP gain?

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OEM setup; vehicle settings; AMP gain?

Post by AmazinglySmooth » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:00 pm

In my setup, Kenwood 6705S and factory amp, I find a menu to set the factory amplifier gain from 10 to 100 in increments of 10 (i.e. 10, 20, 30, etc.). What do these mean? Is one better than the other? I notice with a higher number, the maximum volume is louder, but can I damage my amp or speakers with the wrong setting?

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Re: OEM setup; vehicle settings; AMP gain?

Post by JustinFerroni » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:57 pm

Gain is used as a way of matching the signal from the source units output to the amplifiers input. For example if the maximum input the amplifier is only 2volts and you have a radio that is outputting 4v of signal you would not want the gain to be set to 100% but rater 50%. if you exceed the input signal of the amplifier you will clip the input side which can cause the audio to cut off intermittently. most OEM amplifers have an input range of 2v-5v and a good rule of thumb it to set you radios volume to approxiatemently 3/4 volume then increase the gain until you hear the sound starting to break up then back it down a hair.
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Re: OEM setup; vehicle settings; AMP gain?

Post by AmazinglySmooth » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:09 pm

If I overdrive the amp, will it shutoff or just clip the audio? I have the factory JBL in my 2011 Toyota Sequoia. the Kenwood I am using is rated for 4V outputs.

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Re: OEM setup; vehicle settings; AMP gain?

Post by JustinFerroni » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:15 pm

i usually set it to 80 to 90% on those. This allows you to go to full volume of the radio if you want to and not worry about clipping the amplifier.
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