Best Amplifier for Component Speakers with Pros, Cons & Recommendations

 

Welcome to the Best Amplifier for Component Speakers Award Show!

I’ve spent the last 15 days locked in my garage installing amps, tinkering, soldering, checking fuses, and fine-tuning while skipping on house chores and bedtime stories (sorry honey, I will make it up to you…), to bring you the very best amps for Component Speakers.

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Finding the perfect amp for Component Speakers comes down to two things your current setup and your budget. As soon as you know these, it will become easy to find the perfect fit.

For more than 20 years, I’ve been installing all sorts of car audio tech. I know myself around the block, so I’ve decided to share my experience to help you out. By reading this article, you not only will cut down research time drastically, but you might as well find the perfect amp you’ve been looking for.

I’m ranking the top 3 amps for Component Speakers on looks, ease of install, clarity, power rating, and, of course, value for the money.

Now picking any amp from the list below is a guaranteed winner. I’ve personally tested these, and I’ve only let the true champions on. You can rest assured that this amp will do a great job for you.

Let me see those amps already!

 

 

#1 Rockford Fosgate P400X4 Punch – The Best Amplifier for Component Speakers Overall

We have a WINNER!

Oh man, oh man, what we have here. Besides being a great present for Christmas or any occasion for the man of the house, it’s one of the best amplifiers to get the best performance out of component speakers.

After unboxing, you can feel the weight, and you can anticipate the raw power output that this amp has. You can see that it’s a quality amplifier, and it feels durable. So let’s peek under the hood.

This Rockford Fosgate is a Class A/B 4 channel amplifier which means you’re getting the cleanest and very best sound for your component speakers. Here’s what else is important.

Power Specs:

  • 50 Watts RMS power ratings x 4 @ 4-Ohm
  • 100 Watts RMS power ratings x 4 @ 2-Ohm
  • 200 Watts RMS power ratings x 2 @ 4-Ohm Bridged
  • 800 Watts maximum power output

The SQ is high, and the sound output is crisp and clean. People are recommending it left and right. Best of all, it can do justice to all kinds of music.

Did you know that it’s underrated? Yes, it’s true you will be getting a lot more power than advertised.

This is why it’s top of my list:

  • Ultimate Solution for Component Speakers: Wow, simply wow, this amplifier can drive any component speakers effortlessly, meaning you’re getting the cleanest sound without compromises
  • Reason for an Arrest: If the speakers would bleed, then I’m pretty sure you would be charged with assault with battery. There’s no other way to get this type of performance though
  • Best Sound without System Makeover: By simply installing this amp, you’ll be getting away better sound than you’re original system; even with the stock system, you will feel the night and day difference

A few drawbacks to consider:

The good news is that there’s a bass boost. The bad news is that you will hardly ever use it. Since it’s a heavy unit, you have no choice but to install it under the seat, which means getting to the bass boost will be difficult.

This Rockford amplifier comes with an equalizer; sadly, the documentation is very weak, and for beginners, it will be extremely difficult to set up correctly.

This Rockford amplifier has a lot going for it. Yes, it has a few flaws, and that’s nothing compared to what you’re getting. Your component speakers will produce the best possible sound ever.

Since this amp is quite affordable and people love to get a deal, there were shortages reported. The last time I’ve checked, there were only a few units left. Now, you might get lucky if you move fast to get the last one. Grab it right now or risk waiting for weeks.

If you want something cheaper, then check out #2 on my list.

 

Pros:

Underrated, you’re getting a lot more power for the price

It puts the speakers on notice and cranks every performance out of them

Every music genre will sound amazing

Cons:

Getting access to the bass boost is difficult

EQ instructions are weak

 

#2 Polk Audio PA D5000.5 – Best Value Amplifier for Component Speakers

This amplifier is surprisingly tiny, and you shouldn’t underestimate it. At full power, it will make your ears bleed.

This is a perfect solution who wants to run component speakers without the need of having a second amp or taking up way too much space.

Thanks to the Class D design, this 5 channel amplifier is tiny and super-efficient. Here’s what’s under the hood.

Power Specs:

  • 70 watts RMS x 4 + 200 watts RMS power output x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 4 + 400 watts RMS power output x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 200 watts RMS x 2 in bridged mode at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm

Besides being a tiny, but loud unit, it has more than enough power to rock the hell out of your vehicle. Since it’s small, you have flexibility with the install. The SQ is amazing, and it comes at an unbelievable price.

It’s a killer amp that flat-out rocks. The mids and highs never sounded this clear.

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

  • Ultimate Singe Amp Solution: Why spend money on two amplifiers and lose precious space when one can do the job perfectly. Your component speakers never sounded better than with this amp
  • Top-Down Car Certified: Finally, an amp that is loud enough to use with top-down cars. Best of all, I’ve tested it on the highway, and the music was perfectly loud, and the wind was blowing in my hair. A priceless experience
  • Sounds Amazing: If you want those perfect mids and highs, this is the amp to deliver it. It’s absolutely clean, and the crips sound will blow you away.

Here are a few drawbacks:

If I were splitting hairs, I would say that there’s a tiny thing missing from this sub. This would be more power for the subchannel. Of course, having more power is always better with subwoofers.

For some reason, the bass control knob is not working as it should. It’s not that accurate for my taste.

Sadly there’s no such thing as the perfect amplifier. All of them have flaws. With this Polk amp, on the other hand, you’re getting a bunch of perks, and you will forget about these flaws. It’s simply perfect for running a full system.

Polk Audio is known to give the most power for the money. This secret is out, and now people are standing in line in draws. You need to grab one quickly, or you risk waiting for weeks to come. Get one right now before the stocks run out.

Pros:

The perfect option for amazing sounding highs and mids

A killer amp that replaces two inferior ones with ease

Best way to rock the hell out of a truck

Cons:

More power for the sub would’ve been nice

The bass knob is not that accurate

 

#3 MTX Audio THUNDER75.4 – Best Affordable Amplifier for Component Speakers

Holly cow, what do we have to hear? Probably it’s the most affordable high power amplifier for component speakers. And it will turn heads too.

Warning! Don’t set the volume too high because it will make your ears ring. My absolute highest value was at 30%. Even so, people were impressed by it, and I didn’t mind the compliments either.

This MTX audio amplifier is a 4 channel amp Class A/B amplifier designed to make your component speakers shine. Here’s what’s under the hood.

Power Specs:

  • 75W x 4 Channels at 4 Ohms
  • 100W x 4 Channels at 2 Ohms
  • 175W x 2 Channels Bridged 4 Ohms
  • Maximum power output: 800 watts x 1 channel (peak power rating)

You simply won’t get enough from the sound quality. It’s a broad spectrum which means that the highs and mids will be simply perfect.

There’s no hiss, hum, or any type of distortion, only clean sound. Music enthusiasts can vouch for this.

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

  • Thumping on the Budget: If you’re on a budget, look nowhere else to power your component speakers. This is a real gem delivering a lot of power without forcing you to take on a second mortgage
  • For the Music Enthusiasts: This amp will make your system loud, plus it’s crisp and clean, and you can adjust the front and back channels separately to get it perfectly fine-tuned
  • Steal of a Price: I hope MTX doesn’t realize that they have underpriced their amplifier because it delivers so much power for not a lot of money

Here are a few drawbacks:

As I’ve mentioned before, this is a Class A/B amplifier which means it’s bigger and heavier than its Class D counterpart. This means that you might get limited install options, and in hotter areas, you will need a cooling fan or two because it produces a lot of heat.

The blue LED logo light is pretty cool, yet it can be distracting at night, depending on where you install it. In most cases, it will be under the seat, so no biggie.

All in all, this MTX audio amplifier is a great budget amp for component speakers. You won’t find a better deal without making compromises. If you want a clean and loud sound, then you shouldn’t make any compromises.

This is a very popular and super-affordable amplifier, so no wonder that it’s flying off the shelves. The good news is that there were still a few left when I’ve last checked. The bad news is that I don’t know how long it will last. Grab one right now.

Pros:

An affordable, powerful Thumper system

Great for bragging rights

The perfect amp if you value distortion, static, hiss free music

Cons:

It’s a Class A/B amp, so you will need cooling fans in hot areas

The blue LED light might be distracting for some

 

Buyer’s guide for finding the perfect amp for your component speakers

I wanted to include a small buyer’s guide to making sure you’re getting the best amp for the job. As I’ve mentioned above I’ve only selected true winners on the list above. There are no lemons or duds over here.

However you need to match the amplifier to your current setup. For this to work you have to take a look at two crucial numbers so you get it right.

Types of Car Amplifiers

The easiest way to categorize car amplifiers is by saying how many channels do they have. There are many channels and these are the most important ones.

Mono or single-channel amplifier: this has just one channel output. Typically it’s a class D amplifier and it’s used to power subwoofers. Also these typically put out way more power than others

Two channel amplifiers: these have two channels for output, and these are always good for speaker systems

Four channel amplifiers: now these are meant to get the best SQ possible and these are typically Class AB amplifiers.

Five channel amplifiers: these are quite similar to four channel ones the only difference is the dedicated 5th channel for a subwoofer.

Amplifier Classes

I’ve already mentioned a bit earlier that there are two main amplifier classes the AB and D one. Although there are hybrid solutions and other classes these are the most widespread ones.

Class AB is best for delivering the cleanest SQ and it’s not that efficient and creates a lot of heat.

Class D is the most efficient amplifier however it creates distortions and there’s a hissing sound on low volumes. This technology is evolving rapidly and soon they will eliminate these issues.

Power outputs

This is one of the most important numbers to check out. Also make sure you’re looking at the RMS value because the max power output is highly exaggerated. You have to match this amplifier’s RMS value to your systems. The ballpark range is 70-100%. Make sure you don’t underpower it or it will blow the system.

Frequency response:

Full-range frequency response means 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and typically subwoofers go from 20 Hz to 250 Hz.

Car Amplifier Impedance

It’s a fancy word meaning the ohm value. Make sure this is a match if you have a 4 ohm system the amp needs to be 4 ohms as well.

This is the end of this short buyer’s guide. I hope you’ve learned a lot and put it to good use.

 

Conclusions on the Best Amplifier for Component Speakers Awards

We have reached the end of this award ceremony. I had so much fun blasting these speakers with these amplifiers. I hope you had fun reading the reviews and maybe you have just found the perfect fit for your needs.

Now it’s your turn to take action. As you have seen these amps are rare so you have to step on them or you will miss out. To my knowledge it takes a few weeks until a new shipment comes in. If you hate waiting then buy it now.

I’ve done my best to give you a few choices in amplifiers. First of all I’ve matched these amps to the most popular systems and also I’ve considered different budgets.

Suppose you happen to have tips or questions feel free to reach out to me. The best way is by email and I will do my best to reply.

Roger and Out

 

Does component speakers need amplifier?

Yes, you will need an amp for component speakers if you want to bring the best out of them. The amp will deliver more power to your component speakers thus they will sound better.

How do I match my component speakers to my amp?

Depending on the number of channels of your amp you need to match it with the single wire from the speaker pair (component speaker). Also try to match the watt RMS of the speakers with the amp. Typically if the amp delivers 70-100% of the component speakers watt RMS you’re good.

How many channel amp do I need for component speakers?

Two channel amp or a 4 Channel amp if it’s in bridged mode for a good component speaker setup. Now if you want to power a subwoofer or speakers then you have to pick an amp according to that setup.

What amp is best for door speakers?

These are the very best amps for door speakers:

  • Rockford Fosgate P400X4 Punch – The Best Amp for Doors Speakers Overall

  • MTX Audio Thunder75.4 – Best Door Speaker Amp for the Value

  • Alpine MRV-F300 – Best Affordable Amp for Door Speakers

  • Rockville Krypton-M3

  • Kenwood KAC-M300

  • Kicker CXA300

If you want to find out more about these amps for door speakers check out my post and you will learn pros & cons plus recommendation in my best amps for door speakers.

 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ):

What are the features of these car amps?

If you must insist then here are the features of these amp, they are boring don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • Rockford Fosgate P400X4 Punch 400 Watt 4 Channel  amplifier (car amplifier); digital amplifier; variable bass boost; low level audio signals; preamp outputs; mosfet power supply; energy efficient; top sound quality
  • Polk Audio PA D5000.5 900W RMS, 5 Channel Amplifier Class D PA Series Car Amplifier PAD5000.5 (car amplifier) ; preamp outputs; speaker level inputs; mosfet power supply; energy efficient; strong bass output; good quality amplifier; best sound quality
  • MTX Audio THUNDER75.4 Thunder Series 4 channel Amplifier (car amplifier) ; variable bass boost; short circuit protection; preamp outputs; speaker level inputs; remote subwoofer  control; input signal; energy efficient; great sound quality

All of them above care class d amplifiers (class d amps)

How much power component speakers need?

Just like with any car stereo car speakers the manufacturer sets the power needs. Typically these speakers don’t need that much power and either way you will need the correct amplifier to power all the speakers (plus front and rear speakers of the car’s sound system) for good sound quality.

Which car audio amp didn’t make the list?

The car audio industry has so many amps so I had to cut a few car audio maps such as boss audio system. There’s no sugar coating it boss audio system is a cheap brand. Their strength isn’t good sound quality or good sound quality.

What’s the best setup for a quality sound car audio system?

The best setup for a quality sound car audio system needs the following a 4 channel amplifier or a 5 channel car amplifier; speakers; subwoofer and a head unit. Important note the head unit will not be sufficient you will need the right car audio amp for the best sound quality (music sound) car audio systems.

Last Updated on December 6, 2021