Can you hook up a line out converter

can you hook up a line out converter

How does a line out converter work?

A line out converter (LOC for short) is a device that you hook up to the head unit of your stereo system to convert the head unit signal into a signal better suited to drive the preamp inputs in amplifiers. In other words, a line out converter is a way to get the most out of your car’s stereo system without replacing the amplifier and head unit.

How hard is it to install a line output converter?

Installing a line output converter in your vehicle is relatively easy for those that are comfortable with the above steps. You can also check out the video above for a step by step walkthrough from one of our professional installers.

What voltage should I set my line out converter to?

So if your amp’s max gain input level is 8V, then you want to set your LOC to 8V output. Do line out converters require an external power source? It depends on the kind of line out converter you get.

What should I look for when buying a line out converter?

Before buying, make sure you are familiar with the following features of line out converters. The output level of your line converter is basically a measure of how “hot” the output signal is.

What is a Lineline output converter?

Line output converters (LOCs) are used to convert a head units speaker outputs or the outputs of an OEM amplifier into a signal suitable to drive the preamp inputs of an amplifier.

What is a line output converter for a car radio?

A: A line output converter, or LOC for short, converts a speaker-level output signal into an RCA preamp-level signal. This lets you connect the radio to the amplifier. It can also be used to connect a new radio to a cars factory amp (see below).

How does a line output converter (Loc) work?

Most line output converters (LOCs) used in the past few years are designed for high output head units. The speaker output of a high powered head unit is designed to operate in a bridgedconfiguration. The speaker wires from the head unit each have half of the DC battery voltage on them when the head unit is on.

What are the extra wires on a line output converter?

Shield ground wires: There are usually 1 or 2 extra wires on a line output converter (often brown in color). These wires are used to ground the shield of the RCA output cables to the head unit.

Check out our selection of amplifiers with speaker-level inputs. This amp includes an adapter that lets you connect your speaker wires directly, without needing a line output converter. The adapter plugs into the amps high level input connection. Q: Would I ever want to use a line output converter over an amp with speaker-level inputs?

Do I need a line output converter for my car?

Are line out converters worth it?

Line out converters tend to be less expensive than buying new external amps with speaker-level inputs. Line out converters are a great way to get the most out of your factory stereo system without having to replace the head unit or amps.

Do I need a line output converter for my car?

Many factory stereos included in cars are, frankly, not that good, so many audiophiles opt to install a custom line output converter to connect to their car’s speaker system. In short, a line output converter is a good way to turn a mediocre speaker system into something that really pops.

What is a line output converter (Loc)?

Many times, even with all of these installation hurdles, the proper device to handle the job is simply a version of the classic Line Output Converter, or LOC for short. LOCs, sometimes called Hi/Lo’s, convert speaker level signal, between the radio or factory amp and the speakers, down to a low-level RCA signal that your new amp can understand.

What should the voltage output of a line out converter be?

In general, you want the voltage output of your line out converter to be the maximum gain input that your amp can handle. Doing so ensures that your amp is being used to the fullest but you are not overtaxing it.

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