The factory audio system in the Acura TL is powered by a factory amplifier that powers a total of 8 drivers most likely rated at a total power of 140W which equates to roughly 20 watts each channel and then 40 watts for the sub. Our plug and play amplifier works with the factory radio or with an aftermarket radio if installed with our accessories. The plug and play amplifier will work with your factory speakers including the subwoofer but installing the amplifier will result in the loss of the center channel audio.
This upgrade is plug and play so it doesn’t require any new power or ground lines. These are the amp ratings.
- POWER @ 2-OHMS = 4 x 80W + 1 x 200W
- POWER @ 4-OHMS = 4 x 40W + 1 x 100W
The factory door speakers are 2 ohms and the factory subwoofer is also 2 ohms so if your factory speakers are all in great shape the amp will make them sound great. If a speaker is blown and you didn’t notice it before you will notice it now.
When installing the amplifier we also recommend replacing the factory subwoofer at the same time. The factory subwoofer works with the PNP amp but it will require that your turn the amplifier output down significantly leaving a ton of power on the table. If you are planning to also upgrade the speakers we recommend using 2 ohm speakers from companies like JBL, Infinity, Powerbass, Focal or Audison. Two ohm speakers will allow you to get the most power/volume from the new upgraded amplifier. Also if you are upgrading the subwoofer you want to look for an 8 inch free air capable subwoofer or use the subwoofer output of the amplifier to power an enclosed subwoofer that you can store in the trunk.
Installing the amplifier is simple. You will remove the passenger kick panel cover and unbolt the factory amplifier. Then you can proceed to unplug it and install our plug and play amp in its place. The amplifier shares the same connectors as the factory amplifier so no wiring is necessary. If you plan to install the bass knob that comes with the amplifier you will have to snake the wire for the bass knob to your chosen location. To mount the amp you will either need zipties, velcro or you can use the supplied mounting screws. The new amplifier will fit in the factory location you will just need to maneuver the wiring harness into the area next to glove box and then mount that amplifier.
This package is not meant for bass heads who want to shake the neighborhood when they drive by, it is for someone who wants a balanced audio system with great bass response. This upgrade will make your car noticeably louder and you will feel the bass. Installation is easy and the system comes preconfigured depending on your selections.
If you feel that this package does not have enough power you can use our bypass kit to install your own amplifier easily. Please keep in mind that if you are going to power each speaker with more than 100 watts RMS then we recommend running new speaker wires and suggest you do not use our amp bypass.
Joe Diaz –
Excellent product much needed to have my speakers come alive highly recommended plug and play easy to install
Rating the 500.5 channel kit 4 stars. Why? The only knock came from the amp not being configured giving me a slight heart murmur thinking the speakers were bad. But overall this is a true plug n play system. Orlando takes out all the guesswork. Being an engineer I love to get involved in tuning and configuring so it might need a little brainpower to understand what speakers, power, and gains needed but for the avg person, you cannot go wrong getting this kit. The subwoofer bracket is slightly smaller than the stock holes but if you come at a slight angle they will conform after time. Wish the kit was even bigger with rears, front, center, and tweeter added. Paired the kicker with Alpine S65 rears and S65c front, and Infinity REF3022CFX 3.5 center. My sound has never sounded better. I’m more audiophile than bass head so only heaven sounds better than my Acura TL.
Carlos Ramos (verified owner) –
I really like my new upgrade in my TL. The factory amp was not putting much power. With this amp kit, It gives it an extra boost without the hassle of splicing wires. They truly did make this plug and play. Taking the rear deck was the hardest part but after that it was a breeze. I wish the screws for the subwoofer mount were a bit longer. They’re not really biting into the mount but they will do for now. Make sure to take your time and use the Killamat provided in the kit to its extent to avoid rattling. Overall great purchase I’m impressed, Thank You!
Carlos R –
Great upgrade to my TL. The factory amp was not putting out much power to the speakers and sub. With this kit, you don’t need to go through the hassle of splicing wires because they truly did make this plug and play. I wish the screws for the subwoofer mount were a bit longer because they’re not really biting into the mount but they will do for now. If you really take your time and cover the rear deck with the Killamat provided you shouldn’t get any rattle noises. Overall great purchase, thank you!
Lawrence W –
Good deal for the money
Matthew F –
It really is plug n play and my car is easily twice as loud!
Pavle Lozevski –
FANTASTIC! Install was super simple, tuning it was easy and clean. Night & Day difference going from stock amp to this one, we have a set of JL Audio 12″s in the back and it sounds freaking incredible now! Thank you!