Is there a bargain Sub amp out there?

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  1. MattBu

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    Im looking for some kind of car amp bargain and basically have found the internet to be no help so far. Car Audio to me has always seemed like kind of a brand name contest, and I'm looking for a very bargain sub amp in the $200 range. There are JBL 600 watt amps on the net NIB for this price, but I want to make sure that the 600.1 amp isn't a piece, and secondly that there isn't some hidden bargain like Crown or Samson in the home audio market. Anything you can provide would be VERY helpful.

    If it helps I am powering a JL Audio 10W3 DVC sub.
     
  2. Jonty Rees

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    I like Cadence amps, and they can be found pretty cheap. Reliable, good power, US built.
     
  3. Sean^M

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    JBL or Cadence are the cheapest two companies I'd recommend.
    the JBL BP600.1 is a terrific amplifier for the money.
    etronics.com has good pricing.
     
  4. MattBu

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    I myself thought that the JBL BP600.1 looked like a great value but it was just SO cheap that I thought maybe it was over-rated.
     
  5. Sean^M

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    the JBL amps are actually underrated a bit.
    the 600.1 actually puts out about 660WRMS on a scope.
     
  6. Dan KW

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    I was going to suggest the jbl as well, I got beat to it[​IMG]

    IMO 600+ watts to a 10w3 seems a little excessive. You'd have to be careful with that much power. I have a pair of them with 400 watts total and that enough to get them going real well
     
  7. Scott L

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    For a single DVC you'll need an amp stable at 1-ohm since you'll be wiring it in parallel.

    I have a HiFonics Brutus BX1000D bought for $180 new on ebay. It does 700wx1 RMS (1000w peak) @ 1-ohm. Gonna power an ED 12a though which can handle more power than that.
     
  8. Sean^M

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    all of JBL's BP series sub amps are 1 Ohm stable.
    the output is regulated however so that the amps put out the same power at 1 Ohm as at 2 Ohms.
    in the case of the 600.1, that'd be 600WRMS.
    if you want a less powerful amp, there is also a 300.1 and 150.1
     
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    I've got the 1200.1 (big brother of the 600.1) and couldn't be happier with it. I've had it for about 3 years now, hasn't missed a beat. I'm running it at 2 ohms and never had had a heat issue.

    Moral of the story: They are really nice amps
     
  10. Sean^M

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    If you do have the JBL sub amplifier, use a pair of Y splitters to give line level signal to both front and rear inputs on the amplifier.
    It makes a world of difference for some reason.
    This fact has been noted by countless JBL users on another forum I frequent.
     
  11. Andy Hardin

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    I did that as we probably visit the same forum! I didn't know if the 600.1 had 1 or 2 inputs, but a good suggestion Sean.
     
  12. JimmyJK

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    JBL
    Hifonics
    DEI (directed)
    MMATS
    MTX
    Phoenix Gold

    stick with one of those
     

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