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Can a computer power supply run a car amp?

Last Updated: 9th February, 2020

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Yes, you can use normal home entertainment system stereo speakers with your "new" computer power-supplied indoor car audio amplifier! First, make sure you have 12v at the dc+ input of the amp and 12v to the remote input to the amp. The amp will not turn on if the remote wire is not hooked up and powered.

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Also asked, how many amps does it take to run a car stereo?

A typical stereo head unit will need about 5 amps of power. If you want to crank up the volume for parties and plan on using a powerful amplifier, then 5 amps likely won't be enough either. We do have power supplies available that offer up to 30 amps.

how many amps does a 1000 watt amp draw? Watt = Volts * Amps so if the amp is putting out 1000W RMS and uses a 12V supply then it requires 83 Amps. There are two other factors to consider. The amp is not 100% efficient so assume 50% efficiency and you have 166 amps. Then because the 1000W is peak, derate to 1/3 of that giving you about 55 Amps.

Just so, how many amps does a car amplifier draw?

You need to start with your given power (power is measured in watts) so your amp puts out 300w with what, 13.8v of potential voltage? So your amplifier, with your charging system sitting at 13.8 volts, puts out 300w, and your current draw of your amplifier is 21.74 amperes (amps).

How many volts does a speaker use?

Since the amplifier is at the same location as the speaker, the speaker requires only a line level audio signal as an input. Line level signals are typically around 1-2 volts, and can be transmitted over much smaller cable (typically 20-26 AWG).

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How do you calculate the current draw of an amp?

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How can I test my car stereo at home?

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How do I hook up a car stereo in my house without a power supply?

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Can I hook up my car stereo directly to battery?

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How many amps does a 300 watt amp draw?

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250 Watts 2.083 Amps 120 Volts
300 Watts 2.5 Amps 120 Volts

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