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Old 06-14-2015, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I really want to install a sound system in my 2010 Honda Insight Ex w/Navi. I picked out my ideal setup but don't know if my car can handle the power it would require. Here is what I want:

1x Monoblock amp (Rockford Fosgate P1000X1BD 1000 watt RMS @ 1 OHM)
1x 4 channel amp (Pioneer GM-D8604 100 watt RMS @ 4 OHM)
2x 12" subwoofers (Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12 DVC 600 watt RMS @ 4 OHM)
4x 6.5" coaxial speakers (Kicker 41KSC654 100 watt RMS @ 4 OHM)


Can my car handle this system? And if not what could I do to get the power I would need to handle it?

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Old 06-14-2015, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a different car.
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i wish the police would enforce the laws against useless noise. it so depressing to sit next to one of these wanna be gangsters with their rap and hate music blasting away at all of us they need to intimidate. makes me wanna pull out a gun and shoot them.
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I am constantly tempted to buy one of those little http://www.amazon.com/Shoreline-Marine-Horn-Mini-Ounce/dp/B004UOVAO2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434313059&sr=8-2&keywords=air+horn&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011 in a can.

With my luck, I'd be the one cited for noise ordinance violation.

I particularly love it when cruising along in nice weather with the windows down and stopping at a light alongside a twenty something jackass with HIS windows down and his system "bumping."

Fortunately, my 10 year old daughter doesn't ask about "da bitches" anymore after a few explanations on my part about being considerate and what's appropriate.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That much sound power in an Insight will probably blow out the windows and puff out the door skins! It's a small car interior wise, so easy to get full sound with a lot less power.

A small woofer, 4 upgraded door speakers and 200-300 watts would be more usable in a small car. Insight could handle that, without having to add solar panels or tow around a backup generator.
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This car has no alternator, but you could install one. The battery is maintained with a max 70 amp converter when the engine is on. When its off all you got is the little motorcycle battery under the hood to power stuff.

Install the biggest alternator you can find and add a battery bank. Plan B? Limit it to 700 watts max.



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Alright thank you. I appreciate the constructive answers to my questions. Anymore thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just do the math. Figure out how much power you need. Figure out how much power you have. If it's not enough figure out what you need to do to make up the difference. Since you have no alternator and a tiny battery it won't be easy in this car.

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The only thing that matters is the RMS of your amps... 1100w.

Your battery will buffer the peak draws, and no matter how bad you ghetto-blast it, you're never going to draw even close to 1100w continuous.

Translation: you'll be fine, though you may want to add a second 12v battery nearer your amp(s) to reduce momentary high draws on along cable run from front to back of the car.
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i have tried to talk people into using the regular 120V AC type amplifiers and plug them into the IMA pack for power directly from the battery. i would recommend going around the input rectifier to the input caps and applying the IMA battery leads there but i think the voltage is high enuff to drive the amplifier. but nobody wanted to try it.
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