Cheapest easiest way to power the SVS 25-31CS ?

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  1. Jim Carr

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    I decided (thanks to all the great advice here) to not get the center yet (use my 5th NHT zero as center) and put the extra money into a sub.

    I'm going to get the SVS 25-31CS. Now my only other delima is what should I use to power it? Not really looking to spend 500 on an amp. What is the cheapest most affective way to power this bad boy?

    thanks !

    Jim
     
  2. Chad Isaacs

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    Lemme tell you,it is a BAD BAD BOY!!!

    I have been using an old yamaha dpl reciever to power mine for a yer or so.If you want somthing really cheap,look at stereo recievers at goodwill or somthing.

    Just hook it up like you would hook up a regular speaker and viola!
     
  3. Jim Carr

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    Thanks Chad! I can't wait man.. I'm so phyched.. my neighbors are gonna slip.. LOL [​IMG]
    I found this on ebay.. is this somthing I need? somthing like this.. a "pre-amp" I'm such a newb!
    Kenwood KP-207 Preamp w/ EQ & CD Direct
    thanks
    Jim
     
  4. Jim Carr

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    Will this work

    Altec Lansing Mixer Amplifier model 1715b
     
  5. Brian Fellmeth

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    Niether of those are suitable. You need a power amp. A monoblock will work or you can use one channel from a stereo receiver, power amp or integrated amp. Cheapest would be if you could find a stereo unit with a blown channel (you only need 1). This would be less than $50.
    Here is the sort of thing you should be looking for :
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1315262346
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...em=1315131824
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1314599166
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1314515771
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1314510090
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1314457217
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1314367053
    Good luck
     
  6. JerryW

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    Nope, what you need is a simple amp or stereo receiver (like Brian said). The KLH that's sold at Best Buy is a great cheap way to power an SVS CS.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=...1&cat=3&scat=4
    The KLH normally sells for $99 but goes on sale for $79 every once in a while.
     
  7. SVS-Ron

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    Jim,
    Even we have hailed the KLH receivers as great budget amps to drive our subs, but keep in mind they will NOT get you the most from your SVS (you CAN'T beat them for $80 though!). The sort of used amps kindly listed by Brian might be your best bet in the short run if you are after max power (the hassle of a used amp deal can make Best Buy seem like a warm friend on the other hand). I often tell the story of a 300 WPC Soundcraftsmen stereo amp I got for $150. It powered every prototype SVS for over a year before the company went and sold subs. I STILL use in in a second HT.
    It can be ugly, old, unwanted. But if it gets 300 watts into 4 Ohms you will get just about all an SVS CS can take, and believe me, you will be stunned by the bass.
    Another option is to look at a cheap plate amp like this one, http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...=9388&CATID=43 and just build a little box for it. Defeat the bass boost and you are there. Only mono though, so a second SVS would need a second amp if you even wanted "more".
    That's the beauty of a good old stereo amp. The other channel keeps haunting you...."use me.... USE me" ;^)
    Ron
     
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    I have been contemplating getting a 25-31cs myself and was wondering what to use to power it. That parts express plate amp sounds like a bargain for what it can do. Can I just screw the amp onto a sheet of wood rather than build a little box for it? Is there any kind of requirement of mounting/locating this plate amp? I am very new to all this stuff here and trying to build a system myself. [​IMG]
    SVS-Ron, about the bass boost part, what do I need to do to accomplish that?
     
  9. Jim Carr

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    Thanks to everyoe for the help! I just orderd the SVS and the KLH ( i have close neighbors so the lack of kick will be good for now ) [​IMG]
    thanks again, I'll let everyone know how much I love the sub when it gets here and my super zeroes!
    Jim
     
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    Is the bass boost on that Parts express amp defaulted to no boost when it comes? Therefore you wouldn't have to do anyhing to it? thanks
     
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    Regarding the parts express plate amp, you could request the bass boost mods to be done before shipping at no extra cost.
     
  12. Jason Hammerly

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    So Ron ... if we were to get the parts express amp to power the 25-31, we would want no additional bass boost? Is this right?

    thanks
     
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    I believe that the PE 250 watt amps are shipping with the boost defeated by default, but I'd email them to be sure.

    Ideally, you'd customize the infrasonic filter (which is what the boost is) to fit the sub you're using it with, helping to reduce potentially harmful "bottoming" below the cutoff of the sub at high levels.
     
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    For only $3 more you can get a PE 250 with a remote. Pretty cool, if a little pointless.
    Chris S.
     
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    I'd heard that PE was "pre-defeating" the bass boost on their amps because it was such a common request but do ask about this when you order. The SVS will sound much better without this boost and the amp will run stronger too!

    You really do want to make a box to go around the amp if you get one. The exposed circuits are NOT something you want around. Especially if you have pets or kids.

    As Jack said you could really get into it and customize the subsonic filters to the sub you get but that's beyond what most folks want or need to do, and we can't provide much on this procedure in terms of customer support.

    Ron
     

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