For big DIY subs, what is the amp of choise?

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  1. Kenneth Harden

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    Is most everybody running pro gear so they can have 1000, 2000, 3000 watts of REAL power on hand?

    I have a 180 watt Parts Express plate amp hooked up to my JBL Pro 4648A-8 (it would enjoy a few thousand watts), and I cannot push the system at all, I even put a 30 Hz. hi-pass on it to keep it from distorting to hell ($700 worth of wofferage must be treated with respect) [​IMG]

    What do you think a good (new) pro amp in the $1000 area would be?

    Also, what would be the crossover to have? I see parametric ones with hi and low-pass filters and other goodies, for $200-300. Any specific ones that are really good?

    Thanks!
     
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    On the pro side, in every shoot-out I remember, when it concerned bass, the Stewart World 2.1 was the clear winner, over K2, Qsc, Mackie, Peavy, Hafler, SWR, Carver, Carvin, Ampeg and BGW.

    450/ch, 8 ohms
    775/channel, 4 ohms
    1050/ch, 2 ohms
    2KW, bridged mono

    Class H, 17 lbs.

    They have smaller, no-fan models, too.

    Might be something to check out.
     
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    "Class H, 17 lbs."

    meah, i will take a power amp with some guts a hard core iron behind it.
     
  5. Kenneth Harden

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    I do not like the idea of paying for a portable touring amp when I need a install amp.

    It would be like using hi-end touring speakers in a cinema, it would be a waste of expensive cabinets.

    I want a amp thats 6U tall, weights 100 pounds, and, hmmmmm, has a cup holder.

    I wonder how the install amps are, like the Crown CL/CH series? They are big and heavy, with a focus on value (increased weight = less expensive parts) and sound, not light weight with a sound sacrafice.
     
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    Good luck finding a 1000W, 100lb, class A amp for $1000.
     
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    Thanks Dan[​IMG]
     
  10. Kenneth Harden

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    Looks nice.
     
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    David,

    Sorry, for the delay. As the bass players have always said, 'This amp is the sh**'.

    I like this site myself. They have good prices and all the specs.

    Hope it's of help.
     
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    I built a Stryke HE15.2. I power it ith a Crown K2 amp. It delivers 1000 W per channel into each of the 3 ohm voice coils - 2000w total.

    Cost me about $1100. I know, a big nut to bite price wise but wow does it work good. No fan, no thermal shut down, just lots of power and no problems.

    The sub is an end table beside the couch and I have concluded that I don't need a butkicker as the sub shakes the couch all be itself.

    Doug
     
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    my samson s1000 is realey nice got it for 350 and has 1000 wats rms. when i add 2 mor av15 i will get a seccond.
     
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    With the "new" switching amps, size/weight & power aren't mutually exclusive. I've got a decade-old Soundstream DA-2 amp (using Stewart's design) that only weighs a little over 10 pounds and puts out over a kilowatt into a 4-ohm mono load. Everyone should check out the new Yamaha P Series II amps. I heard some the other day, and they were impressive. These new switching amps are very powerful and very affordable.
    JP
     
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    I've been pleased with my fanless Crown K2. QSC is another popular choice (especially since they sell a paramteric EQ that can be plugged directly into the back of the unit).
     

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