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front OEM speakers power rating?

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Hi all, I'm considering installing an amp but wondering if anyone is running an amp to the OEM front speakers? Does anyone know how much power they can take and/or are rated for? Thanks in advance for any input.
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Alpine power pack should be plenty - 45w rms
Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack Upgrade any car radio to 45 watts RMS X 4 at
Clarion makes a similar product but the RMS ratings are slightly higher. both can be affixed behind the head unit (factory or otherwise) and concealed in the dash
Hi knwldg thanks for the Alpine link. I researched the Clarion XC1410 Compact 4-channel car amplifier — 50 watts RMS x 4 at
previously. Both the Alpine and Clarion units are nice and small, I think I could tuck either one under my dash on the firewall behind the glovebox.

I'm also considering the Kenwood KAC-8405 4-channel car amplifier — 60 watts RMS x 4 at
because it has the bass boost feature, however that unit is bigger so I'd have to put it under my driver's seat sandwiched with my existing Kenwood Kac-716 monoblock amp.

Still concerned about putting an amp on the OEM front speakers, can they take the increased power? Also considering
Rockford Fosgate Punch P1675-S 6-3/4" component speaker system at
to replace the front speakers but more $$$.
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^ crutchfield is also currently having a sale on all alpine speakers (buy one pair/sub, get another half off)

I know it was ur goal to maintain the factory speakers, but i have always been told that the Type S speakers are decent and a good improvement over most factory sets; they are good without an amp, and most likely even better with a small 4 channel. just something to consider. you can get 2 pairs (one coaxial set, one component set) for under $200.
Thanks for that tip. I've been rethinking the amp vs. OEM speakers thing, and now I'm thinking that I'll replace the OEM front door speakers first, before (or maybe not even) getting an amp. (I've already replaced the rear door speakers with Kicker components.)

I'm thinking of the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1675-S 6-3/4" component speaker system at component speakers. They are very resonably priced on Amazon or eBay. The 2011 base stock head unit literature says it puts out "60W/channel max" which I'm guessing is about real-world 15W/channel RMS. Maybe not mind blowing power, but probably enough to push the speakers decently.

AJ_Gil was happy with his OEM head unit pushing 4 Boston Acoustic speakers: Plus, I already have a sub.

Thoughts or suggestions, anyone?
What head unit do you have?
The base OEM Scion/Pioneer head unit that came on my 2011. It has pre-amp outputs that I'm using for my subwoofer, and no bluetooth. See the picture in this article:
Scion xB Receives New Audio Head Unit For 2010 With No Increase In Price
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