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Unread 02-26-2010, 05:09 AM   #1
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I'm probably going to buy a sub this weekend, to go with my 200W MTX amp - how's this capacitor look to you guys?

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I wouldn't. Maybe this Pyle
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but that a lot bigger than what your system needs and its awful cheap for its rating.
I use this one http://www.google.com/products/catal...528&sa=title#p
It's more expensive, but they are built extremely well. And actually operate at the spec listed. Mines been powering my system for 4.5 years now.
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You don't need a capacitor...

A capacitor simply helps smooth out the voltage coming from the battery due to massive power draws (subs pounding). With a 200W amp you won't have any problems unless your battery or alternator are screwed, and even then, a capacitor won't help.

You would be much better off upgrading 'the big 3', the wires connecting your ground, battery and alternator to each other.

Most vehicles should have a ~100A alternator, your 200W amp is pulling ~20A

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Hmmm, ok. And my wires should be overkill already - I've got 8-gauge wire from the battery to the amp to ground.
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Got a buddy who wired up his own system. I don't know much about stereo systems but he had 2 8" subs being powered each by 800W amps and a single 12" with a 1500 watt amp. Even without the 12" sub it's one of the loudest systems I have ever heard but it also sounds great. He has a very large range with all the different speakers he uses. He custom built all his amps.

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I am no expert, but i don't know how the wire gauge would have any effect on it, i don't see a need for a capacitor though.
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I am no expert, but i don't know how the wire gauge would have any effect on it, i don't see a need for a capacitor though.
Different resistances, and the amount of current that can pass through easier.

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Bigger = better. Just like everything else in life, really.

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Bigger = better. Just like everything else in life, really.

Except speeding tickets.
Bigger ticket means you had a better time getting it!
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Bigger = better. Just like everything else in life, really.

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And body counts....

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