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Old 06-14-2021, 11:05 PM #1
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Angry How do I fix this audio issue (amp ripped out)?

I know absolutely nothing about audio or wiring or car amps so I need the wisdom of the group here (although I realize this is a complete longshot with just photos). The prior owner appears to have ripped his amp and sub out of my 2002, and by that I mean he tore it out like an ape. It's a mess of RCA plugs and exposed power wires that I had to tape off myself after I took these photos.

At this point, the system plays zip, zilch, nada. No sound at all. But I think it works?

I'm wondering what the cheapest option would be here? I called some local audio shops and they offered to inspect everything in the system for $50... but that didn't include hooking an amp up. So they want me to throw my money away. The best they could offer is the cheapest amp they sell ($199) and two hours of labor ($200) which is ridiculous considering I'm going to upgrade the entire system in a couple of years. I would do it now but I recently bought the rig and my remaining liquidity will be used up by some other more pressing items to take care of.

Can anyone glean any information from these photos? I would love to be able to buy a cheap $50 amp off CL and just hook it up so it all works, quality be damned.

My hope is I could buy one that works for cheap and then just pay an audio shop to hook it up (if I can't figure it out myself).

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This is good option for you. Pay them for their work to trace everything out and give you some options. No one will be able to make sense of the wiring from your photos. An even better option would be to learn about car stereos and figure it out yourself. Do some google and youtube searches on car stereo system installations. They are actually quite simple.
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This is good option for you. Pay them for their work to trace everything out and give you some options. No one will be able to make sense of the wiring from your photos. An even better option would be to learn about car stereos and figure it out yourself. Do some google and youtube searches on car stereo system installations. They are actually quite simple.

Sorry maybe I should have been more clear. They offered to inspect everything in the system as in test the speakers and make sure the head unit works but not the connection between the two or the efficacy or the system. Essentially itís a ďare these speakers blown?Ē test which isnít worth it imo
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Judging by the amount of small gauge wires the previous owner used a 4 or 5 channel amp to power the speakers. The RCA cables are the audio input to the amp from the head unit, and the smaller gauge wires are going to the door speakers. You'd need to pull each door panel off to verify what wires go to what speaker and make sure that you have power and ground in the right order for the correct phase.
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Judging by the amount of small gauge wires the previous owner used a 4 or 5 channel amp to power the speakers. The RCA cables are the audio input to the amp from the head unit, and the smaller gauge wires are going to the door speakers. You'd need to pull each door panel off to verify what wires go to what speaker and make sure that you have power and ground in the right order for the correct phase.
That's simple enough, I'll give it a shot. Saving my butt this morning man
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