Factory Amplifiers and Aftermarket Radio Head Hnits

Do you have a factory premium sound system? If so read on to find out why your sound system has a factory amp,  if it will work with your aftermarket radio head unit and what your options are.

Factory amp what it is, will it work with my radio and what your options are.

What is a factory amplifier?

A factory amplifier is just like an aftermarket amplifier except that you dont have any adjustment, other than what is done through the factory headunit. Car manufacturers put a factory amplifier into vehicles with the "permium" or upgraded sound system to help get better sound quality and crispness out of the cheap speakers they put in the doors as well as to have something to power the subwoofer which is part of most factory premium sound systems. 

Let just be real, no matter the manufacturer of your vehicle or factory sound system, factory or stock speakers can always use a major helping hand or upgrade. I can say any vehicle I have ever purchased, removal of the factory door speakers and or amplifier is one of the first things I do.

Where is the factory amplifier located?

Next you may find yourself asking, where is the factory amplifier? In most cases the factory amplifier is no where near the radios head unit. In fact, 90% of the time the factory amp is located in the rear of the vehicle in a side panel. This can make bypassing it a difficult and very time consuming process. Their is a number of ways to go about this, some better than others. We recommend hiring a  trained professional to do this for you as this is alot more in depth than swapping a radio and their isnt guides readily available for this process.

Will my factory amplifier work with my aftermarket radio head unit?

Now that you have a good base of knowledge of factory amplifiers to build off of next up is the big question, "If I replace my factory radio, will my factory amplifier work my new aftermarket radio?" And the quick answer, for the most part, is a big let down, sadly no. In most cases your factory amplifier will not work with your aftermarket radio head unit but, their is hope. Some amplifiers work with adapters called "stepdowns". We will touch on that subject more soon. 

Where is the factory amplifier located?

Next you may find yourself asking, where is the factory amplifier? In most cases the factory amplifier is no where near the radios head unit. In fact, 90% of the time the factory amp is located in the rear of the vehicle in a side panel. This can make bypassing it a difficult and very time consuming process. Their is a number of ways to go about this, some better than others. We recommend hiring a  trained professional to do this for you as this is alot more in depth than swapping a radio and their isnt guides readily available for this process.

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Where is the factory amplifier located?

Next you may find yourself asking, where is the factory amplifier? In most cases the factory amplifier is no where near the radios head unit. In fact, 90% of the time the factory amp is located in the rear of the vehicle in a side panel. This can make bypassing it a difficult and very time consuming process. Their is a number of ways to go about this, some better than others. We recommend hiring a  trained professional to do this for you as this is alot more in depth than swapping a radio and their isnt guides readily available for this process.

Professional Assistance

If you still feel in over your head with this project, not to worry, Xplosive Audio San Antonio has your back! Our factory trained technicians have the tools, supplies and know how to help with any automotive customization project! Just reach out to us by phone, text or email and one of our technicians will do anything and everything in their power to ensure your vehicle has a top of the line installation leaving you to do the most important part of the installation, JAM OUT! 


Did someone say warranty?

At Xplosive Audio San Antonio we are confident in our installers capabilities so much so that we offer a lifetime warranty on all labor pertaining to the installation of any automotive customization or 12v avcessories! At the end of installation our tech will provide you with a detailed statement of work completed as well as provide pictures of every step of the process, this ensures that you as the customer know exactly what was done to your vehicle as well as fully understand the warranty!