PE 250W amp died... need replacement...

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Stephen Hopkins, May 10, 2005.

  1. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,598
    Likes Received:
    0
    My PE 250W amp died today. It acted as if there were a short and all 5 resistors on the bottom of the board burnt up. My dad is taking it to the electronics repair shop he works at but doesn't think they can do much with it. I'm going to have to replace it. I'm considering the Rythmik 250W Basic, 350W Basic, APEX Sr., or maybe a refurbished Samson S700. I currently have an AV12 but plan to pick up one of the closeout Avalanche 12s from Ascendant. Either will be in a ported encloser. Any suggestions on which to get or something i've missed? I'd like to stay as close to $150 for the amp as possible.

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Ryan Schnacke

    Ryan Schnacke Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2001
    Messages:
    876
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would think 350 watts is the absolute minimum I'd want to use with either of those woofers (500 watts preferably). Otherwise, why not save some money and get a Shiva, DVC or Atlas 12.
     
  3. MarkRoberts

    MarkRoberts Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2002
    Messages:
    167
    Likes Received:
    0
    I can recommend the Rythmik amps. I have a basic 250 and a friend of mine has a basic 250 also. Both have performed flawlessly. I believe they are "supposed" to be better than the PE amps as far as ground hum and distortion. I would imagine the 360W would be nice.
    About woofers I have a 12" atlas and 2 15" atlas. I think you should consider them you can get a pair of them for roughly the same price as the avalanche 12".
    I just threw my 12" atlas in a 85l inclosure I built for a Dayton DVC 12" and it embarrases the DVC. I was stunned with the difference. Chad recommended shorting the 2nd coil for low qts even though it was in a ported box and he was right. The sound quality is amazing. The best sounding ported sub I have heard first hand. I am not trying to dis any other products or anything. Just my opinion.
     
  4. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,598
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm planning on going w/ the Avalanche on recomendation from the guys at Ascendant and because I'm trying to get away w/ a smaller box than i currently have the AV12 in (5.35 ft^3). I'm probably going to go w/ the Avalance 12 in their reference 3 ft^3 box w/ a single 4" percision port. I'm leaning towards the rythmik 350 basic or Apex Sr. 350. Anyone know of any pro amps available in the $150ish price range (other than Pyle/Pyramid... blah)? I'm going to keep my eye out for a used Samson S700 or S1000 on the for sale forum too, i've seen a few recently, but none on there currently.
     
  5. Ryan Schnacke

    Ryan Schnacke Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2001
    Messages:
    876
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Cult-of-the-IB guys are always looking for cheap reliable pro amps. So far, the cheapest reliable amp they've found is the Nady XA-900 for $180 at www.musiciansfriend.com and a few other places. It'll do
    400W x 2 at 2 ohms
    300W x 2 at 4 ohms
    200W x 2 at 8 ohms
    675W bridged into 4 ohms

    I think that's the best deal you'll find new. Maybe you can snag something used for $150 or less.
     

Share This Page