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How do i properly bridge a 4 channel amp to a 2 channel?

Discussion in 'ICE (In Car Entertainment)' started by mrchyzy16, Jul 14, 2011.

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    mrchyzy16 New Member

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    Hey, I think I kind of have it figured out but I just want to make sure Im doing it the correct way. First off the amp is a JL e4300. Its 45x4 or 90x2. Now Im doing this so I can run more power to my front components and just use the headunit's power for the rear fill. Do I connect the first speaker to the positive on the first channel and the negative on the second channel? And so on for 3 and 4? If that is correct then how do I go about it when I adjust the gains? Do I just keep them at the same voltage? I never bridged an amp before so any help would be great. Thanks
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    Ok so I did a little more reading. Now from what I read it sounds like I am only running one pair of rca's to my hu connected to front. My rear wont be connected on the hu. Then I have to run two y cables from the other ends to the amp? Does that sound right? Also, im still confused on how to go about setting the gain controls when im bridging the channels.
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    look at JL's web site.


    NEUMAN
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    I am looking right at the manual and it is just confusing me a little bit. I would prefer someone that has done this before to give me some insight.
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    that owners manula should state the maximum voltage the channel can produce as output to be formulated to watts. you can do this with a normal voltage tester but unless you are in the perfect world its not going to be 100% accurate. teh best way to tune and the only way i tune gains is with an o-scope. any good shop should have one of these.

    as for the rca's yes. a simple y adapter is all you need.

    bridging is printed on teh side of teh amp. jsut above or below the speaker terminals.


    NEUMAN
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    Ok so I set the gains to the same voltage for all the channels then. This will be stereo bridged correct? not mono?
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    Mrchyzy, Neuman here is our resident audio guru. I would take everything he says at a pretty high regard (unless he doesn't like you). He's helped me out of a jam or two. And yes, set both gains matching. As far as the stereo/mono, i dunno.
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    Yea I kinda figured on the gains. I have bridged a amp before but that was for a sub. I have never done a 4 channel amp to be used by 2 speakers. I thought I read somewhere that the reason for the splitting of the rca's into a y adapter was to get a stereo output. I just wanted to make sure that I was doing it correctly. Thanks

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