Titanic or Shiva?

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  1. Rick Westfall

    Rick Westfall Stunt Coordinator

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    Which 12" driver is recommended? I'm piecing together my first DIY sub. I think I'm settled on the 360W amp from MCM http://mcm.newark.com/NewarkWebComme...jsp?id=50-6282, and am now trying to decide on the driver. If I go with a Dayton, can I still use the plans from the Adire site or are their plans specific to their drivers?

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  2. Rick Westfall

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    bump...

    Follow up...does anyone not recommend the amp from MCM?
     
  3. Wayne Ernst

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    Rick,

    I believe Frank Carter purchased an amp from MCM for a sub that he's building for his parents. I don't think he got the one that you linked to - but, rather, the 250 watt one. Maybe, you could ask him more about the amp quality, etc.

    In regards to the amp that you linked, it seems like a good, powerful amp. Also, having the remote control option is a nice feature, too.
     
  4. Wayne Ernst

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    Rick,

    Also regarding the Shiva: You missed a good sale that ended on 12/24. You could have gotten a Shiva for $110 - shipped. The price is now back up to $125 - shipped.
     
  5. Brent_S

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    Ricky,

    why not stick with one of the tried and true Parts Express 250 watt plate amps? I know it looks like the MCM has a little more power for the same money, but something looks fishy with the MCM specs...the THD is spec'd at 250 @ 4 ohms, despite the 360 watt into 4 power rating. The PE amps spec THD at rated output.

    Just something to think about....


    Brent
     
  6. Rick Westfall

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    Thanks Brent. I completely missed that. After calling both stores (not specifically about this) I received much more help and support from PE...kinda makes me lean towards them.
     
  7. Frank Carter

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    I got the 250W MCM amp, the sub's coming along slowly but I won't be able to get it done until after new years. I did test it out though with a few subs...my vented AV15, DIY SVS, and a Dayton DVC12 in the DIY SVS enclosure. For the SVS and DVC12 it was plenty, but not enough for the AV15, but this was compared to my 750Wx2 Samson amp. If I never had the Samson amp and ran one of these to each of my Stryke's I couldn't say I wouldn't be pleased.

    Build quality seems good to me but I've never had another plate amp or another amp with similar output to compare it to. I talked to MCM tech support(very helpful to me via email) to verify the amp had no sort of boost and to verify that it has a 1 yr warranty. They said the earlier versions of this amp was an exact copy of the PE amp with the built in boost, then he went on to say that they upgraded the amps to the current model which is a different design but he didn't go into any details about what was different.

    I have the manual and schematics to the amp saved on my computer. If anyone wants, I can upload them to my webspace and provide the link here.
     
  8. Frank Carter

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    Also, I just want to add that free shipping ends no Jan 5 from MCM.
     
  9. Brendan_Lewis

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    I just used one of the 250 watt MCM plate amps in a project for my neighbor. It looks very similar to the PE model and works well.
    I would recommend it.

    Also, you may want to check out the AV12 driver.
    I've never seen one, but they have some fans here.
     

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