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Old 12-28-2008, 07:55 PM
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Focal advice

Hi,just bought some 165 K2P's to replace my 165 vrs slims.I have been powering the Focals with a Alpine MRP-F550 -250 watts bridged at 4 ohms. I have been told this is an entry level amp. and not up to the task of powering the K2P'S.Have Eclipse 7200 and Focal 27 KX as HU and sub. Opinions or suggestions if the amp.isn't up to the task.I'm NOT looking for loud-just very high quality SQ.Thanks.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:10 PM
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It is not a bad amp at all. There is a deal on the Eclipse ICEpower Class D XA2000 right now. It would be a amp to short list if you want more power and a upgrade.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:11 PM
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not a fan of alpine amps on focals . Audison makes a good stereo LRx Amps. the 2.4 is quite powerfull or you can go up to the 2.9 very strong and reliable amps!
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Originally Posted by rlspence View Post
Hi,just bought some 165 K2P's to replace my 165 vrs slims.I have been powering the Focals with a Alpine MRP-F550 -250 watts bridged at 4 ohms. I have been told this is an entry level amp. and not up to the task of powering the K2P'S.Have Eclipse 7200 and Focal 27 KX as HU and sub. Opinions or suggestions if the amp.isn't up to the task.I'm NOT looking for loud-just very high quality SQ.Thanks.

The Alpine amp sounds like it would be up to the task, but if you want more power the K2Ps will appreciate the headroom. I would definately stick with a class AB amplifier for the components.

A higher powered 2 channel and dedicated mono amplifier would be a nice upgrade.

Focal has a few amps that would also work for your application. www.focal-america.com

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Old 12-30-2008, 04:23 PM
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you're giving them 250 rms per side...how much more do you think the Focals need to sound "better"? Honestly, you won't get better SQ with any other amp, this goes back to the same old amp debate as always(all amps sound the same ala Richard Clark). If you want a different sound, you're better off getting an eq, as any other amp that sounds different will just be "eq'ing" the signal in some way. Better SQ is more a function of installation (positioning) and tuning than amplifier brand or model.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Denonite View Post
you're giving them 250 rms per side...how much more do you think the Focals need to sound "better"? Honestly, you won't get better SQ with any other amp, this goes back to the same old amp debate as always(all amps sound the same ala Richard Clark). If you want a different sound, you're better off getting an eq, as any other amp that sounds different will just be "eq'ing" the signal in some way. Better SQ is more a function of installation (positioning) and tuning than amplifier brand or model.
Now thats a load of BS but hey - my ears didn't lie when once I moved from Alpine to Audison.

-Midrange was full and detailed compared to spaced out and unfocused
-Treble was smooth compared to grity and harsh
-Sub bass is dynamic and accurate compared too boomy and lacking
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^^isn't that what they all say, but can't proove...anyway, not my money, so knock yourself out!
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:54 PM
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what do you guys think of the rockford 400-4/600-4 amps running
these components?
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Originally Posted by Denonite View Post
^^isn't that what they all say, but can't proove...anyway, not my money, so knock yourself out!
I'm not going to get into a debate with you but not all amps sound the same. Ten years ago when I worked for a shop I used to A/B between PPI art series and Soundstream Class A amps and there was a difference!

And no it's not your money but you ears will only be suffering!
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same argument everybody else uses but can't seem to hear it when they are put in a controlled test. Anyway, like I said...not my money!
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