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Audio gurus, please help...

i am installing a 4-channel amp, 4 speakers, and a powered sub to the stock shaker 500 (no nav) head unit tomorrow. i bought a 4-channel line out converter to do the job correctly, but forgot that i might need a 5-6-channel line out converter to install the self-powered sub too. is there a way to hook up the sub correctly to the stock shaker 500 head unit without using a line out converter for it? this is a link to the sub that i have. maybe you can tell me if i even need a line out converter for it, or if it has the built-in features that will not require one. thanks....

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Why don"t you call the manufacture and ask them your question,they should be in the best position to help you out, that way you won"t have to spend any unnessary $$$ and you won"t cause any damage to your equipment.

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A 4ch Line Out Converter needs the 2 pair of wires from your front speakers and 2 pairs from either your shaker subs or the rear wires. I personally would use the front speaker and the shaker subs for the Line Out Converter. They are all up front and keepa it tidy.

Once that is decided you'll have 2 sets of RCA plugs to work with your amplifier. I would amplify your front speakers and the subwoofer. Leave the rear speakers on stock headunit power.

From there you just need to decide where you want to place everything. Run power wires on the opposite side of the car from speaker wires etc. If you dont u can have "noise" coming thru your speakers.

Just do a bit of reading first. But I always find it helpful to just grab a piece of paper and draw out the whole install. You'll be way more prepared. Its just hooking up wires and placement. Once its all drawn out its just execution. It can be easy if you want it to be.

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I did something similar a few years back in my Civic.

Used a 6 channel LOC to run the tweets and door speakers up front to an amp, left the rears on the head unit and then tapped into the "sub" channel and ran my subs to an amp.

Worked quite well.

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It seems to me you're making it harder than it is, but that's up to you.

I'm on my third mustang with the shaker 500. You can do whatever floats your boat but this is my recommendation:

Upgrade the front door speakers. Factory speakers are weak and flat sounding. The rears are even worse. I've had subs in the 2012 I had. Even at low volume, standing outside the car, the car is a rattle trap. If you want to spend more money on Dynomat, or enjoy embarrassing yourself with your car rattling like a $ 500.00 Honda, go for it. I opted to change the front speakers and amplify the rears. They will sound much better.

You can run a 5 channel amp that will solve all of your issues. Or you can run two amps, line out from amp 1 to line in on the 2nd amp for subs. All you need to do is cut into your rear speaker harness, connect your LC2 converter, feed it into your amp and you have your rca output for your amp(s). Then send your audio feed back into your rear speakers from the amp. It will drastically improve the sound of the rear speakers and you'll have a more balanced sound.

If you think that the factory sound level of the front speakers (once replaced with good aftermarket replacements) is low, or not loud enough you have hearing loss. I replaced the fronts with infinity's and at 75% they are loud enough to hurt your ears. Good luck.

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I moved the audio forum to the top of the forums list so we can have these kind of issues answered in one place.

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It seems to me you're making it harder than it is, but that's up to you.

I'm on my third mustang with the shaker 500. You can do whatever floats your boat but this is my recommendation:

Upgrade the front door speakers. Factory speakers are weak and flat sounding. The rears are even worse. I've had subs in the 2012 I had. Even at low volume, standing outside the car, the car is a rattle trap. If you want to spend more money on Dynomat, or enjoy embarrassing yourself with your car rattling like a $ 500.00 Honda, go for it. I opted to change the front speakers and amplify the rears. They will sound much better.

You can run a 5 channel amp that will solve all of your issues. Or you can run two amps, line out from amp 1 to line in on the 2nd amp for subs. All you need to do is cut into your rear speaker harness, connect your LC2 converter, feed it into your amp and you have your rca output for your amp(s). Then send your audio feed back into your rear speakers from the amp. It will drastically improve the sound of the rear speakers and you'll have a more balanced sound.

If you think that the factory sound level of the front speakers (once replaced with good aftermarket replacements) is low, or not loud enough you have hearing loss. I replaced the fronts with infinity's and at 75% they are loud enough to hurt your ears. Good luck.
This is exactly what I'm wanting to do. I like the "surround sound" effect. I've changed all four of the 5x7's to Infinity's, which was a major improvement, but the rear speakers don't put out much volume or bass. So basically the only wires you have to run to the rear is the power wire for the amp because all of the other wires come off of the rear speakers. Is this correct or am I missing something?

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