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Old 06-12-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default 02 gt head unit power?

I just bought this car and am thinking about putting in an after market head unit. Does anyone know how many watts the factory unit puts out? If I buy a new head unit will it sound better with the Mach 460 system? Also, are head units fairly easy to install?
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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most all head units put out the same amount of power. Everyone (OEM and aftermarket) chooses from the same library of 4-channel BTL power amplifier chips made by ST, Toshiba, NXP, etc. They're all approximately 16 watts RMS per channel, clean, into 4 ohms. The "peak" ratings some aftermarket head units advertise are unmitigated BS.

Now, if you have the Mach 460 system, your job is a lot harder. In that system, the head unit only powers the mid-tweeters; the woofers are driven by external amplifiers and you'll need some kind of integration kit to make them work with an aftermarket deck. Ford's line output to external amplifiers is/was some funky 250 mVrms balanced output, where most aftermarket line outputs are 500 mVrms/1Vrms/2Vrms/4Vrms single-ended.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:43 PM   #3
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Oh that sounds pretty complicated haha. Thanks for replying! If I do keep the factory unit would you recommend installing the pie ipod adapter?
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