Factory Amplifier?
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    Factory Amplifier?

    Has anyone replaced the factory amplifier on a 06 Azera Limited? Or would they happen to know how many channels it is? Crutchfield says that the amp needs to be bypassed and replaced with another or the factory speakers will harm an aftermarket headunit.

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    The '06 azera limited has one external amplifier: a two-olm abomination that drives the rear-deck mounted sub exclusively. The front speakers and the A-pillar tweeters are each driven by the internal sub within the head unit. (Not sure what drives the front center speaker, though.)

    Crutchfield probably referred to amp and external sub (which are 2-olm. You can safely swap the door speakers, each of which is 4-olm, with quality aftermarket thumpers. Retrofit is definitely a headache, though, since all the speakers are riveted into the door panel AND the speakers are encased in a large custom plastic enclosure AND you will break the plastic door panel clips when you yank that thing free. My point: Don't expect to knock out this job in one afternoon. You'll need to fashion (or purchase) a speaker adapter ring, purchase speaker connector adapters for each door, and buy a bag of door panel clips. If you own a 3D printer, you have the perfect opportunity to apply your CADD knowledge and custom parts fabrication skills! yay!

    If you plan on replacing the sub, the job is no less onerous--but at least you don't need to repeat it three more times. You gotta use a 2-olm speaker or you will break the amp. Finding a 2-olm subwoofer bare driver is difficult. But, the much more expensive and complicated alternative--which is what Crutchfield may have been alluding to--is, purchase a new mono-block amp to drive a new 4-olm subwoofer. For the uninitiated, swapping these two OEM components aftermarket will easily consume an entire afternoon.

    You may as well replace the crappy headunit, 'cause why not toss several hundred dollars more into that '0d Azera shithole. Here, again, you will need an aftermarket mounting adapter kit and a wiring harness adapter. You will also loose your control of the unit from the steering wheel, so consider yourself forewarned.
    Last edited by lothian; 01-18-2021 at 06:24 PM.

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