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.