So I finally got my new HU and speakers installed. I got an Alpine 9815 w/ the MM6's in the front and the dB650's for the rear. I'm definitely a newbie to aftermarket car audio, but I've been following a lot of the posts in here for a few months now.
As I suspected, my HU isn't nearly powerful enough for my speakers. My MM6's can take 150W RMS and the dB650's can take 60W. I believe my HU is only good for 27W or so RMS. I'm looking for a good SQ amp that I'll normally keep at "safe" listening levels, but that I can turn way up when I'm in the mood. I guess the plan is to power the coaxials until I get a sub, then I can just bridge the rear channel for the sub, and run them off the HU again. Is that a good idea? I know that PBDodge has often recommended the Hifonics NX880 and ZX6400 for less powerful speakers. I don't know why the Zeus is a lot more expensive, but has less RMS power. I'd like to spend less than $300 for the amp, hopefully closer to $200 if I can get it online somewhere, but I realize that might not be possible.
In short, I guess I'd really like to know:
1. How much power do I need to make my MM6's sound like the quality components they are? (The coaxes are just for rear fill, and I suspect when I get some real power to my fronts, I won't even need them hardly at all for sound)
2. Staying under $300, what is the best 4 channel SQ amp I can get that puts out a decent amount of power? I don't care what the amp looks like, since I'm trying to keep this as hidden as possible. No need to advertise "Steal Me" :)
I really appreciate all your guys advice. This is one of my favorite forums to visit, as I can always count on solidly founded, objective advice. You guys are great. Thanks in advance