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Old 02-27-2007, 07:03 AM
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any Soundstream experts out there?

hi
i have a few questions about the Soundstream Rubicon 604

1. are there different generations of this model? like 604 and the 604-2 ?

2. Im looking for info on the first generation old school model with the blue covers/exterior. is it a fairly sought after amp and what makes it so?

3. how much was it sold for before being discontinued?

4. what are the differences between the Reference 604 and Rubicon 604? which is better?

thanks and sorry about all the questions!!
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by 95prober
hi
i have a few questions about the Soundstream Rubicon 604

1. are there different generations of this model? like 604 and the 604-2 ?

The 604-2 is probably the rubicon version which followed the original reference line. Still a great amp.

2. Im looking for info on the first generation old school model with the blue covers/exterior. is it a fairly sought after amp and what makes it so?

They are very sought after and in good condition, can still garner some high prices on eBay etc. The original Reference lines were capable of driving 1 ohm (or eve, 1/2 ohm loads) in Stereo. In addition to this the sound quality was (and still is in my opinion) some of the best ever. This combined with the vast flexibility of these amps to drive such a variety of loads made the possibilities of working with these amps almost limitless.

3. how much was it sold for before being discontinued?

Can't remember exactly, but very pricey. The 644 is even higher priced.

4. what are the differences between the Reference 604 and Rubicon 604? which is better?

Some feel that the Rubi was a slight step down but I don't really think so. Some of the original power supplies on the first Reference amps were known to be unreliable. I believe Soundstream did address this however the Rubicon was just an evolution of the Reference amp with a more reliable power supply however when the Rubicon came out, they did not go down to 1/2 & 1/4 ohm in stereo and they stayed at 1 ohm as a minimum load.
thanks and sorry about all the questions!!
See above also...

I am currently running a Rubicon 502 as my sub amp hooked up to 2-10's and it is an awesome little amp with power to spare for everyday commuting systems in my opinion. I can rattle the windows and make my ears ache if I want. I don't have any complaints. I like the crossovers that the amp has as well although ZED Audio amps crossovers are much better (IMO).

If you can get a good deal on it, I'd get it if I was you. You won't be sorry.

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