Got a quick car audio question for anyone who knows quite a bit about it. I know a bit to keep up but im no expert. I just sort of fell into this 10" clarion 1600 watt peak 800 watt RMS sub in a ported box and I'm looking for an amp for it. Guy said its running on 2 ohms. I heard its better to over power a sub than under power it, because underpowering causes distortion and blows speakers. But I also heard overpower can melt the coils or something. Sooo we tested a 600RMS on the sub quickly and my buddy who knows more than me said it was "clipping" - meaning it was pushing the sub to its max or some shizzz. So maybe a smaller amp will do. Or should I get a 800 rms or 1000rms amp and run it at like 75%
Specs on sub:
- 3” Black Anodized Aluminum Voice Coil
- 4-Layer CCAW Voice Coil
- Black Anodized Cast Aluminum Basket
- Bumped and Vented Bottom Plate
- Butyl Rubber Surround
- Spider Exhaust Technology
- Rubber Mounting Gasket
- Gold Spring-Loaded Terminals
- Dual Strontium Ferrite Magnets – 171 Oz.
- Tooled Magnet Boot
- 800 Watts RMS, 1600 Watts MAX"
*Spark Notes: What size amp do I need to properly power a 800RMS sub?*