Alpine "Power Pack" vs. a standard amp

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by JRD761, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. JRD761

    JRD761 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I have a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab

    I've installed an Alpine CDE-103BT Stereo receiver, 6" Kicker KS600 speakers in the front, and 4"x6" Pioneer TS-G4643R speakers in the rear (am looking into upgrading the rear.. they aren't doing too well..)

    I was looking around at amps, and came across the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack "Amplifier" that basically installs behind my CDE-103BT Stereo and acts as an amplifier

    Has anyone tried installing this?
    I don't plan on installing subs, just want to keep some nice speakers. Maybe this "Power Pack" is better for me, or should I still look into getting an amp?
  2. HawaiiKid

    HawaiiKid Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    I loved my power pack, installation doesn't get easier and the power is noticeable. I would say if you want more bass you should get a mono amp and a sub set up, but the power pack will get you really good mids and highs.
  3. randomsandwhich

    randomsandwhich Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    Is the alpine power pack exclusive to alpine head units or can it be installed with different head units?
  4. JRD761

    JRD761 Rockstar 100 Posts

    From what I've read about online is that it will work with any radio.. the connectors won't work, but you can direct wire it into your sound system and it's suppose to work just fine
  5. 1flyfisher

    1flyfisher Rockstar 4 Years 100 Posts

    I have an Alpine ida-x303 with Alpine SPS-600 speakers. It initially wasn't loud enough for me. When I open the windows the wind noise would drown out the system. I added the power pack for $109 from Best buy they installed it for free. The system is now perfect with plenty enough volume for me now, the sound has improved and is cleaner.
    If you don't need a full on amp, the power pack will have plenty of juice. If you are into boom boom bass then get a true amp.
  6. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    It adds about 40 watts to your system per Ch.. For the price and ease of install it can't be beat. As you said above get rid of those 4x6 over sized Pioneer tweeters and get a Kicker 4in mid with a 4x6 plate and enjoy the sound...
  7. JRD761

    JRD761 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I went out and replaced the Pioneers with PolkAudio DXi 460P.

    Haven't gotten the Alpine Amp Kit yet, Best Buy was sold-out. I'll order this week from Crutchfield, but it's already sounding much better just by upgrading the speakers!
  8. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    You should always stay with the same brand front and rear so you have matching tweeters and a Cleaner sound..
  9. JRD761

    JRD761 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I wasn't too impressed with the ratings on the Kicker 4"x6". I understand what you're saying, but the Polk speakers had a rating of 2-50w RMS, and the Kickers were only 6-30w RMS..
  10. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    You could have gone with the Kicker KS40 4in would match the front...

    Woofer (in., cm)4, 10.0Tweeter (in., cm)1/2, 1.3Impedance (Ohms)4Max Rec Amp Power (watts PEAK/RMS)*60/30Sensitivity (dB 1w/1m)88Frequency Response (Hz)60-20kMounting Hole Diameter (in., cm)3-11/16, 9.4Mounting Depth (in., cm)1-13/16, 4.6Grilles

    But The Polk does have a good sound You should be happy..

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