I currently have 2 Pioneer TS-W304R (12") running with a Kenwood KAC-8405 amp. I have the subs bridged to the amp in parallel (2Ohms). I know there is no rating for this amp at 2Ohms. It's rated at 180Wx2 at 4Ohms. I also have 2 speakers that are 40W RMS at 4Ohms each wired to the amp. I'm running, I believe, 4 AWG, possibly as small as 8 AWG, wire to the amp (the packaging the wire came in didn't state the size) and I have a 1 Farad capacitor as well, which I'm most likely going to remove.
I had a single 10" kicker comp hooked up to this amp before I put the two Pioneers in.
I only upgraded to the pioneers because I was looking for more punch from the sub(s).
I know that my amp cannot push 600W RMS when it is bridged no matter what.
I believe the amp is overheating because it started to cut out when it was pushing quite a lot of bass. Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think it's because of the subs wired at 2 Ohms. I talked to a guy at car toys saying I could run a DVC sub OR 2-4 ohm subs at 2 ohms to this amp and would give me ~300W RMS. I don't believe he was completely right.
Is the amp overheating because it's trying to push more power than it can handle to the subs, or because the impedance is too low; or could it be the wiring? Is there another way I could wire my subs/amp so that I can still get the most out of it; or would I have to get a different amp completely?
Any advice for better performance of the amp and sub is appreciated!