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Old 01-24-2014, 02:35 AM   #1
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Question What aftermarket amp do you recommend?

I have a 2007 Ford Focus and I'm looking to install an aftermarket amp, but I'm not sure which. What would you guys recommend? I was thinking an SSL F4.400, but I'd rather have expert audiophiles help me decide. Here is what I require:

Must have 4 channels.
I'm using the factory speakers so nothing crazy powerful
It must be as cheap as possible. I just want the basic features and nothing I else
I will be using the factory speakers, so I should be able to connect the amp to a metra speaker harness with speaker cable
It must have two pairs of RCA-in ports for the 4 channels


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Why do you want to power the stock speakers with an amp?
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:46 AM   #3
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Why do you want to power the stock speakers with an amp?
I want to install a Nexus 7 in my car, and that's gonna need an amplifier. I really wanna make this project as budget-friendly as possible so I don't want to buy aftermarket speakers (or anything else) unless it's 110% necessary.
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If you haven't put in an after market head unit I would do that instead of an amp if you already have one then.....

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Stock amp is fine for your stock speakers, a new aftermarked HU will be a Huge upgrade. Then get a mono block amp to power the SW.... Kenwood has some of the best "bang for your buck" amps/subs out there... Modestly priced and good name brand quality.
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I want to install a Nexus 7 in my car, and that's gonna need an amplifier. I really wanna make this project as budget-friendly as possible so I don't want to buy aftermarket speakers (or anything else) unless it's 110% necessary.
This really isn't a budget-friendly build.

How is it going to fit in the dash?

Pre-amp set up? What is the plan, you can't just hook the nexus 7 into the amp, You need to send the audio to a pre-amp or line driver. Some simply stick an aftermarket deck in the glove box, this would work. You can use a bluetooth, if by chance you have sync in your car you might be able to use this. Otherwise a bluetooth module would be required, (something from isimple might work for you). Last option is a DAC, (digitial audio converter), this pulls audio signal from the usb converts it to something you can use. The Bluetooth/DAC usually leave you with only 2 channels to use (left/right) so you will still need to get more out of it, A line driver (something similar to audiocontol matrix) would allow you to split up to 6 channels, and adjust the voltage to the amp.
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This really isn't a budget-friendly build.

How is it going to fit in the dash?
The nexus 7 fits the dash alright, i just got one and test fit it in a spare bezel i have. The length is tight, would need to shave a bit from the left and right. The height is plenty, you would need to fill the extra space.

I didnt buy the nexus for my car but i have thought about doing something down the road, so i am paying attention to these threads. I was leaning towards the usb DAC route for digit out and then to an amp but still not sure after that what would be all needed for a proper sounding setup.

would look nice if you could fiberglass or resin it in then sand, prime, paint ect...

(remember this isnt sitting flush, really tight fit left/right would need to remove some material from the bezel but plenty of up/down space to play with)
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yeah, I'm slowly workign on a similar set up. This is actually getting re done, because I didn't like how the tablet sits.


Depending on the DAC, barebones you might be able to just split and plug in. However, that means your tablet is powering the 3+volt signal. It would be much better to use a line driver to give you 4-6 channels of good signal and you can even get some that have an eq built in and volume knob. Which for this kind of project makes life easy.
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Last option is a DAC, (digitial audio converter), this pulls audio signal from the usb converts it to something you can use. The Bluetooth/DAC usually leave you with only 2 channels to use (left/right) so you will still need to get more out of it, A line driver (something similar to audiocontol matrix) would allow you to split up to 6 channels, and adjust the voltage to the amp.
I was planning on using a USB DAC. I would split the DAC's RCA out ports and connect them to the amp. Maybe a ground loop isolator too if static occurs.

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The nexus 7 fits the dash alright, i just got one and test fit it in a spare bezel i have. The length is tight, would need to shave a bit from the left and right. The height is plenty, you would need to fill the extra space.

I didnt buy the nexus for my car but i have thought about doing something down the road, so i am paying attention to these threads. I was leaning towards the usb DAC route for digit out and then to an amp but still not sure after that what would be all needed for a proper sounding setup.

would look nice if you could fiberglass or resin it in then sand, prime, paint ect...

(remember this isnt sitting flush, really tight fit left/right would need to remove some material from the bezel but plenty of up/down space to play with)
What year Focus are you planning to install this in? My tablet doesn't fit as nicely as yours in my factory panel. I need to get my hands on a Scosche dash kit and see how I'd get it to sit nicely.


I have pretty much the same set up and I have everything planned out, I'm just looking for an amp now. What amp were you thinking of going with? Also, I have an amazon wish list made if you would like to take a look at that.

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yeah, I'm slowly workign on a similar set up. This is actually getting re done, because I didn't like how the tablet sits.


Depending on the DAC, barebones you might be able to just split and plug in. However, that means your tablet is powering the 3+volt signal. It would be much better to use a line driver to give you 4-6 channels of good signal and you can even get some that have an eq built in and volume knob. Which for this kind of project makes life easy.
I was thinking of using this DAC. I've read that other people don't have problems with it.

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Stock amp is fine for your stock speakers, a new aftermarked HU will be a Huge upgrade. Then get a mono block amp to power the SW.... Kenwood has some of the best "bang for your buck" amps/subs out there... Modestly priced and good name brand quality.
I thought the stock amp was inside of the factory head unit? Does the 2007 focus have a separate amp? I don't really like the idea of using an aftermarket head unit. Seems kinda hacky to me. (Not that this whole project is lol)
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This depends on what your actual budget is.

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