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  1. Hey mate, Thanks for raising your issue here! Looks like a faulty connection somewhere, so I suggest the following; check power, ground, remote wires, from car battery, behind your head unit, check RCA cables; use multimeter to check resistance on the subwoofer, could be a faulty voice coil ; Disconnect subwoofer output wires and use a test speaker with your amp to see if the problem persists, if it does, most likely your subwoofer is the culprit; Take your amp out and test with another amp to see if the subwoofer works , then possible cause could be a fault with the amplifier; Check amplifier grounding point, remember, power runs from negative to positive, hence the 12v negative ground notice! Check amplifier settings that its not high passed or the frequency is set to run tweeters resulting to low frequency being restricted to feed the signal to your subwoofer; Hopefully if you attend to all of these tasks, your issue should be sorted

    Newbie needing sub tips/advice

    Ok, so you are definitely not chasing SQ and more inclined towards SPL, so a ported boxes subwoofer system would be your choice along with a dedicated monobloc amp , a 1000rms dedicated amp will be a good start Now since you mentioned you are not keen on prefab boxes, then only choice you have with a box is to custom made one to fit your vehicle area. That leaves you to either dosh out the greens to get one made or do it yourself, or, give your mate a slab of beer for doing one for you. would also suggest you visit some car audio shops around your area to see what they sell and recommend. If you are after a particular brand, you could suggest or ask if they could get one for you but it all depends on what is available in your country Not sure about your car audio options but in Australia, we have best of both worlds, European goods like Focal, Audison, Hertz, Vibe (British) and also goods from US brands such as Rockford Fosgate, Soundstream, DB, Arc Audio, Audison, then we also have the generic Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, Soundstorm, Audiobank, etc. Lastly, it all comes down to how much dough you wish to spend on a subwoofer/s system and if you are chasing BIG bass, then a pair of 15's would certainly keep you happy., but then 12's are also good depending on the box tuning and size to fit your ride!

    Speakers cut out when value too... Low?

    OK, speakers are not performing as it should. I suggest the following; Get a test speaker, possibly a pair, and from your amps output going to your car speakers, disconnect and connect the test speakers and give them a run to see if the issue remains; If it does then it could possibly be your amp; so you may want to give another amp a go from a mate to see if the issue remains; If the problem goes away then it could be your amp. Also check the RCA wires and may want to replace them to see if the problem persists; Also, check your speakers if they are not touching 'vehicle chassis' causing them to short circuit; Also check if your amp is not going into 'protection mode' when the issue occurs; Let us know how you go mate!

    Sub very quiet help!!

    Few issues come to mind, but could be RCA setting set to speakers (does the head unit opt you to chose either speakers / subwoofer??? If it does not give you the option, chances are, you are running them as speaker and it only jumps when there is bass thump Low voltage from head unit - Those and most head units these days don't have a high voltage output hence your only hear something when you turn it up 3/4 volume and your amp gains set high Again, agree with my man, Jeffdachef to try another head unit to see if the problem persists, If you can borrow from a mate and run one, then that can be confirmed as well The head unit could be faulty too, so get a replacement and / or upgrade to a higher spec unit with more RCA's as the one you have is only entry level one and does not offer other features such as subwoofer volume / subwoofer frequency choice,/ subwoofer volume/ phase option. Also get a unit with built in high pass filter so you can run your front and rear speakers on high pass.

    What song are you listening to right now?

    This is my pick up for 3.00pm today!

    Looking for speaker choice advice

    Mate, its kinda hard to make a suggestion for you as what sounds good to me may not be your cup of tea. I suggest you visit a car audio shop to audition a few components as that is the best way to choose speakers to your liking and budget. Once you know which particular model/brand you are after then you have to option to buy it from there or look on-line. Regardless of any component you choose, don't forget to apply sound deadening to your doors as well as that will increase your mid-bass performance dramatically and also quieten your cars interior as well....winning!!! lastly, I am not sure if you would go the whole hog and do a custom door trim to accommodate 2 way or 3 way system as you have that Ford., but would be a good option to look into depending on your budget. I had Infinity speakers before and did not like their over-bright tweeters which used to down the mid-bass so they did not provide a well balanced sound as they tweeters were too efficient compared to the mid-woofer and that is the case for most entry level / cheap component speakers. Best to go listen to a few and don't forget the size of your stock speakers so you can accommodate them with minimal modifications. Also speaker depth is also an important factor. Would be a good measure to open one door trim and take out one of the woofers to see clearance space at the back. You could wind down the glass and then measure form the speaker screw points to the glass scissors / mechanism to get a measurement impression. Let us know how you go mate!

    Assistance required for Speaker replacement

    OK, so the speaker plays but it starts to sound bad at mid range frequencies. So in theory the speaker voice coil is not fried as yet if you have not opened to door to actually inspect the speaker, you cannot assume what the issue is, could be something hindering the speaker itself so my suggestion to you would be to remove the door trims to access the speaker, take it out and run it using some sort of music source. If it sounds perfect then there may be something hindering its performance. If it turns out being faulty, then you may have to contact some car wreckers around your area, for a start to find a replacement. If you are happy with how the stock speakers sounds then there is not point replacing the whole components. Now if your search is up to no avail, then you will be left with finding alternative / aftermarket components. I do hope you find a replacement from the wreckers but lets not go there first, as you have your work cut out to take the necessary steps into rectifying your issue. Good luck and let us know how you go mate!

    old school amps vs new amp sound quality

    This is something I did not know, much better headroom. Thanks for that valuable information, Jeffdachef!
  9. Would suggest you take the following steps: check if your amp lights up or not in protection mode; If it is, then chances are, you have fried the amp or may need fixing; check speaker output connection on the amplifier to the subwoofers; check RCA connection to the amp is secure; check power, ground, remote wire; With adding a new subwoofer, you will need to re-adjust your amp to suit your subwoofer so you don't drive it into clipping; check your new subwoofer with multimeter so its not faulty or has a dead voice coil in between. If you have access to another amp, replace your current amp to see if the problem remains; Hopefully troubleshooting with the above suggestions may remedy your issue. Let us know how you go mate!