Proton D-1200 specs?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Tim Dogg, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Tim Dogg

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    Anyone have specs for the proton d-1200 amp.Ive seached all over the internet for info on this amp with nothing coming back.
    Has anyone used these to drive subwoofers before?I have 2 12" 8 ohm subwoofers in a sealed encloser and need some serios juice for these subs.Ive narrowed it down to this proton for $500 or a bryston 4b for $800.I no the bystron is a better amp but i really like the way the proton looks with the green power meters im just worried about power output more than looks. Tim Dogg
     
  2. Danny Tse

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    Tim,

    This is just going by my memory....I remember the old Stereo Review magazine has a test report done by the late Julian Hirsch on this power amp. If I am correct, this power amp is rated at 120 watts/channel. However, Proton amps/integrated amps from that era (late 80s) are famous for their dynamic power....able to have 6 dB's of dynamic power on tap. And I remember this Proton power amp was able to deliver over 1,000 watts per channel when driven into 2 ohms. NAD integrated amps/power amps had a similar feature called Power Envelope, with model numbers ending with letters PE.
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Hi Tim,

    Welcome to the Forum!

    To answer your question, the D1200 is definitely cool looking...


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    ...but it’s practically an antique. Proton sold them in the mid-to-late 80s. According to my Audio Annual Equipment Directory archives, the power rating is 100 watts @8-ohms, and 160 or 200 @ 4-ohms (according to the Directory, the 4-ohm rating went up with the later models).

    $500 seems pretty stiff, since they sold for $700 list when they were new. Considering the typically discounted street prices, $500 practically the price of a brand new one. Someone’s recently been trying to sell (what’s described as) a “new” one on eBay for $440, and it’s gone down twice without a bid - a sure indication that it’s overpriced.

    It doesn’t take anything special to drive subs. Using a Bryston for a sub would be considerable overkill, in my opinion. Many people on this Forum have had satisfactory results using cheap pro-audio amps.

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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     

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