Sony Xplod amplifiers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts. They provide excellent sound quality, sturdy build quality, and are generally an excellent value for the money. A car amplifier is designed to operate on a 12-volt DC (direct current) power source, but you may have occasion to wish to use one in your home, where outlet power is 100-volt AC, alternating current; so you can't just plug it in. But there is a way to use an Xplod amplifier in this application.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 12-volt power supply
- power and ground cable
- 18-gauge single conductor wire
- ring connectors
- wire cutters/strippers
Purchase a 12-volt DC power supply. Power supplies come in many different configurations. You'll want to have one that provides ample power output in amps, and also provides the correct voltage. A car amplifier operates on 12-volt DC current, as stated previously, and typically draws anywhere between 25-50 amps. Be sure your power supply can provide the necessary power at the correct voltage, or performance will suffer.
Cut power and ground cables long enough to reach from the power supply to the amplifier. Use at least 8-gauge wire for effective power transport. Strip 3/8-inch of insulation from one end of each wire and attach to the power inputs of the amplifier.
Connect a length of 18-gauge single conductor wire to the "REM" connection on the amp.
Connect the power and ground cables to the power supply output. Consult the power supply's manual for details, but be sure to connect the (+) output to the wire leading to the (+) input of the amp, and the (-) to the (-) or "ground." Use ring terminals for a solid connection, if the power supply accommodates them.
Connect the 18-gauge wire to the (+) output of the power supply. Plug the power supply into the wall outlet.
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