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Old 10-21-2006, 12:42 PM
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Suggestion about the power wire

I will have a Ultimate T2-1400 amp with, for now, 1 Ultimate T1-150 Sub.
The amp will put 400W rms of power and the sub will handle 200W rms 600W peak power. Theres 2x30A fuse on the amp, I dont really want to crank up the sound to impresse someone, dont want to clipping. Do you think a 10gauge (~10ft) power wire will be fine? And the 12 gauge? What inline fuse should i put?

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Old 10-21-2006, 12:44 PM
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sry bout the double post, my ie problem.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:50 PM
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To find the right fuse size for the near the battery, total up all the fuse rating on all your amps. So if the amp has two 30amp fuses than you need at least a 80amp fuse. The fuse is actually to protect your wire, not the amp, so with a larger gauge of wire you might consider a larger fuse. If you plan on upgrading your system later, I would recommend you skip straight to at least 4awg. Even if you never add anything else you will ensure your amp has plenty of clean power, and reduce the possibility of voltage drop.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:52 PM
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I wonderin if the 10awg could catch fire with that amp lol?
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:55 PM
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If you are going with 10ga to save money on wire, don't cheap out, do it properly and get a 4 gage (8 gage will work too). It might be overkill for your needs, but what the hell. You don't know what you would want to do next, maybe you will add more amps or something. It's nice to have headroom so to speak. Just do it right the first time.

And 10ga won't catch on fire with that amp 95% of the time, because you won't be pulling the max current the amp can take anytime.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:58 PM
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lol college student tight on budget, I have those 10gauge wire for free, ofcorse ill buy 4awg l8r. I just want to use 10awg as temp wire, but I dont want to it burn in my car.
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Ya you can use the 10awg it should be fine. Go to your local welding supply store, they will have high-flex welding cable which is the same, if not better, than audio shop power cable at a quater of the price.
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While it will work, it is not recommended and basically will be starving your amp of power.
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what will work but will starve it for power?
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The 10 gauge wire will work. An amp cannot make power unless it gets power. Imagine trying to breathe through a garden hose, that is what you are doing to the amp whilst expecting the amp to do the job it was designed to. Bad idea in my books, use the proper wire, in this case, 4 gauge.
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