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As soon as the heat breaks I'm installing my Pioneer head unit, Axxess controller and Boss amp. Phase 2 will be replacing the speakers with JBLs. Phase 3 amping the speakers with a classic Precision Power 4100M from 1990. Phase 4 will be a sub amp and big subs. I already have this amp - * NEW * CAB-1600.1 Amplifier - Car Audio Bargain and will have at least a pair of 10s under the seat. I also have a pair of 15's for the times I want to raise the seats and really bring the bass. https://web.archive.org/web/20070623145031/http://www.tcsounds.com/tc3000.htm
One thing you will want to be careful doing is using a vintage amp with a modern head unit. I attempted to do this by using the very first amp I ever had when I was 16 with my new Pioneer HU. The Pioneer has high volt (4V) pre outs and the amp couldn't handle it. It would go directly into protection mode the second it turned on. You may not have this issue with your PP, but just be prepared to purchase a new amp if it doesn't work.
 

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I didn't think about that but I will be careful on the gains. As for frying a PPI amp, I did that last year to my 2150AM. It had been in storage since I ran my Honda CRX under a Toyota pickup in 1994. I bridged it to run a 15" sub and it lasted about 2 minutes before the magic smoke was released. I've read from guys who repair amps that some older PPI models have caps that will not last 20 years.
Lowering the gains wouldn't help in this instance. If the amp has built-in circuitry protection, it won't even allow the amp to turn on. Nevertheless, amps were heavy and well-constructed 20-25 years ago. I can't blame you for wanting to tap into that quality. Today's amps are much more efficient and affordable. If you end up having to get a new one, you won't be disappointed with a quality product.
 
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