07-30-2017 10:19 PM
I have an install appt coming up for my 4 channel Amp:
I have Amp, Amp Kit and Line Out Converter.....
I know 4 channel amp install is 119.00 (based on geek squad pricing), but I cannot see a price for the line out converter anywhere......
Can someone please help me find a price or give me a guesstimate?
Any other charges I should know about? Shop fee (5-10.00)?
I'm in California if that makes a difference.....
08-01-2017 06:46 PM
Thanks for joining the forums. Getting a 4 channel amp installed is pretty sweet and can sound amazing! Having unexpected cost could put a damper on that. I would be more than happy to try and answer your questions for you.
I do have some questions of my own if you don't mind. The 4 ch. amp, is it for subs or your door speakers?
The reason I ask is because they are different installs and 1 single LOC will not be sufficient for a 4 ch. amp. doing a sub amp, or mono block, would work with 1 LOC but a 4 ch. amp will need a 4 ch. integration. We do sell a 4 ch. LOC that can be found here. There will also be other parts needed for that like speed wire, along with 1 extra set of RCA's because the amp kit will only come with 1 set.
This all changes if you are only doing a sub woofer amp (mono amp) install. You will not need the extra set of rca's, speed wire, and the single LOC will cover it.
With that being said, what kind of vehicle is it? This will help me determine the cost of the LOC install. This may be around $24.99-$49.99 depending on the vehicle and if you are doing the 4 channel vs. a mono block amp. The material fee for all installs is $5.00. So the ball park quotes may go as follows:
4 channel amp
Material fee: $5.00
4 channel amp install: $119.99
Amp integration: $49.99
speed wire: $31.99
4 channel LOC: $49.99
extra RCA's: $12.99
not including the amp kit because you stated you have one.
sub amp install
Material fee: $5.00
sub amp install: $99.99
Loc install: $24.99 it may vary depending on the vehicle.
the parts you stated you already have.
I hope this answered your questions, the best thing to do would be to contact the store you will be working with to get an exact quote before the install so there are no surprises. There may also be a mod stopping by to maybe fill in some stuff I may have left out.
Thanks again for your inquiry and welcome to the forums!
08-01-2017 07:35 PM
08-01-2017 10:49 PM
I’m going to hop in here, but the content in this thread from both you and @autotech521 has been incredible. Thanks for providing us with what you were hoping to do with your 4 channel amp, and I’m hoping to add as much as possible without overloading too much.
4 channel amplifiers will normally run substantially below most mono-block or single channel amplifiers. While bridging may ultimately get you to the RMS values of the subwoofer(s) you are pushing, you are going to be putting some strain on that 4 channel amp. While your way sounds like it could work, another great solution would be to save the other outputs for the rear speakers, and purchase a mono-block amp to run your subwoofer(s).
If you were to run the separate amp setup, you could leave the other two channels open from your 4 channel amplifier, for your rear speakers should you want to also boost your back speakers in the future. Speed wire would be a single covered looking “wire” which conceals all the speaker wires, and a remote wire. This allows for a cleaner installation look, and a less intrusive installation. Many of times these wires can be found at a factory amplifier or behind the radio itself, speedwire allows the best "factory like" look for installation with all colors standard EIA color coded inside.
It sounds like you have all the right parts, but you may want to speak with the location performing the work to inform them of how you were intending to use the 4 channel amplifier. We have two SKU’s, which are used for scheduling a mono amp or a 4 channel amp, and I only want to make sure our Geek Squad Auotechs have the appropriate times being scheduled, and the proper installation quotes are being provided.
Let us know what you find out, after you speak with the store, and always stop back if you have anything else we can help you with!
08-03-2017 01:29 PM
I can definitely explain the amp integration fee and would be happy to do so.
The amp integration fee is for installation of the 4 channel LOC, this is not part of the initial amp install because this is unique to installation on the factory radio. The amp installation fee is the base for installation of a amp. If it is going to a aftermarket radio, the RCA's just plug in and there is a remote wire connection already there to be attached too.
In a factory radio situation, we need to find a level output to connect to in order to provide the amp with the correct signal levels. The amp will need low level input (RCA) to get signal. The LOC takes the high level output of the factory radio and converts it down to the low level signal. The amp integration fee is because this takes around half an hour to add into the vehicle in order to provide that signal.
The amp install fee covers running the power wire, connecting the remote wire to a switched source, adding in the ground wire and finally mounting the amp with all the connections in place. It does not cover how the signal is provided.
Please let me know if you have any further questions and have a great day!
08-03-2017 05:35 PM
Hello Again RunDougRun-
Great question! @autotech521 did an excellent job of explaining the scope of work with the SKU's in question. A single LOC would require an additional installation charge of $24.99, but since this is a 4 channel installation the factory amp integration SKU will likely be used, $49.99.
Be sure to still call the store though, they should be able to provide you with your out the door labor and parts estimate!
Best of Luck!