Which unit is better . what about the RMS?

The Pioneer says:

Maximum Watts per Channel: 50W x 4

RMS Wattage: 14W x 4

Kenwood says:

- 50W peak power x 4 channels (22W RMS) for powerful sound

Which is better?

3 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It depends on what type of features you want. If you plan to get an amp(s) for your audio system, you don't have to worry about the deck RMS. Look for a deck with 3 sets of rca outputs (front, rear, and sub). When looking for an amp match the RMS of the amp(s) as close to the RMS of the speaker as possible. The 4 things I look for is:

    1. Brand name (known)

    2. THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) should be less then 1%

    3. Wattage of amp

    4. Ohm load

    I know there are other things to look for, but this is what I look at.

    I'd say to get your audio items from a authorized dealer, don't purchase from a Dept. store like Walmart.

    With an amp(s) you will have more power, cleaner sound (changing speakers is a must), and more flexibility.

    With the installation of an amp(s), if you decide to do so, speaker change is a must (IMO) to achieve the full potential of your listening experience.

    Speakers....which one do you chose. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! There are so many on the market it will get confusing. Check out the authorized dealers in your area and listen to different brands. Keep in mind this is not a 1 day shopping deal. It is more like a couple of months deal of in some cases years.

    A lot of people, friends, dealers will tell you what brand to get, don't let them tell you what to buy. Who is listening to the audio, you or them. My point exactly. Like I said "DO YOU HOMEWORK!!!"

    Also keep in mind, that it will get expensive. You most likely to change your audio system in pursuit of a good audio system. Once you have found what you are looking for, you will be "tweaking" it forever.

    Check these sites out...it is a good reference.





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    - EpiCenter (by: Audio Control)

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    Amp: JL Audio 300/4 and 500/1 (constant 800 watts)

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    Front: MB Quart 216

    Rear: Boston Acoustics (6x9) SX65

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    Battery: DieHard AGM Battery, Platinum P-4 - Group Size 34/78DT

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    14 Watts Rms

  • 8 years ago

    kenwoods arnt cea compliant ... so power isnt much

    of a difference .... i like both kenwood and pioneer

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