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    Which way to power Germaniums?

    I just installed my Germaniums and DLS A7 amp (4-ch x 60w, + sub ch @ 440w), and am in the process of experimenting/tuning.

    There are several ways I can configure this install, and wanted to get some educated feedback from the forum. Please let me know your thoughts and/or suggestions.

    1. (current configuration). Run in passive mode...bi-amp with 60w per
    Pros: Utilize attenuation and tweeter protection of Rainbow crossover

    2. Active in bi-amp with 60w per.
    Cons: Lose attenuation and tweeter protection. May be too harsh on top end?

    3. Passive mode, but bridging the A7 to get 200w per.
    Pros: attenuation and tweeter protection. More power.
    Cons: More power...need to be careful with gains. Germs rated at 150w

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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    1) better safe then sorry...




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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    option 1.

    I'd say option 4: Get a more powerful 4ch amp and maybe even an active crossover if you can afford.



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Option 1 still going to sound good if you do the install right and deaden the doors and such.




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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mx3guy View Post
    Option 1 still going to sound good if you do the install right and deaden the doors and such.
    The doors (and the rest of the car) are solid...did the deadening a few months back.

    Just need to take the time and do some fine tuning matching the levels of the mid drivers and tweeters.



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Dont make life harder for yourself. Start by going passive. The freq selection options that passive gives you independently for both drivers should keep you busy before itching to go active.



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3.5Max6spd View Post
    Dont make life harder for yourself. Start by going passive. The freq selection options that passive gives you independently for both drivers should keep you busy before itching to go active.
    Agreed. But passive in bi-amp mode of 60 x 4, or passive with bridge mode at 200 x 2?



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    3. My germs love power. Yours will too. 200x2 is not too much. My 4150xxk is rated @ 320x2.



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Quote Originally Posted by TSC17 View Post
    Agreed. But passive in bi-amp mode of 60 x 4, or passive with bridge mode at 200 x 2?
    Bridged. Thats a rather soft 200 x 2 to boot, those tweets should sound nice and silky off the A7.



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    Re: Which way to power Germaniums?

    Thanks guys. I'll probably do a little tuning at the current configuration (and write down the settings), and then try the bridge mode for comparisons. I did the same with a Zapco amp and eD comps, and found that they really performed much better with the higher bridged power.



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