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Year / Model Reviewed:
2003 Kenwood KAC-859
Multiple channels for easy install.
Warm, clean mids and crisp highs.
Kenwood quality and reputation.
Lack of RCA full-range pass-thru.
The reviews by the other users demonstrate the ignorance of most inexperienced amateur installers. Claims that this amplifier is not as powerful as a head unit, or that it has anemic bass output are completely ludicrous. I am using this amp to power nine speakers plus two Aura Bass Shakers in a '93 Aerostar and the output is nothing short of awesome. If you lack the installation know-how to install this amp correctly either fork over the money to have it installed properly or enjoy your car's factory stereo, otherwise don't write slanderous reviews about this amp when your ignorance gets the best of you! I have two tweeters, two 4", two 6x9", two 3-1/2", and one 10" speaker (a 400-watt Audiobahn) plus the aforementioned Aura Bass Shakers (25-watts each) running off this amp, and my system has been running clean and strong for well over a year now. The key is using a decent CD player (mine a Panasonic with front/rear/sub RCA pre-outs @ 2.5volts each), decent power wire (4-gauge minimum), and quality RCA cables. I play my music very loud for extended periods of time...the mono channel is running at 2.67ohms and the rear two channels are at 2-ohms (the fronts are at 4-ohms) and I have none of these supposed "overheating" issues.
Purchase this amp with the utmost confidence! Just be sure to install it correctly, and don't expect it to run two 15" competition woofers!
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As an ex-installer I have personally installed amplifiers from the majority of the current manufacturers and believe this amp is on-par with the top percentile.