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Old 05-21-2006, 08:53 PM
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typical question, no? how much of an amp do i need?

just got a single pioneer 10" tsw256c /box combo at futureshop and was wondering how much amp i needed.
http://www.pioneer-racing.com/pna/pr...020668,00.html

i'm looking for something that is inexpensive but isn't crap. it's for an echo and i just wanted a little low budget kick for my daily commuting. i also got a sony gt200 deck on sale. now i'm looking for an amp.

how much power do i need? i really like heavy bass but am on a budget too (the type that is called 'spend as little as possible' budget). the sales people are saying i need at least 200w. i want something that will match up nicely with the components i bought (ie. i don't want an amp that will put my other components to shame but, i don't want an amp that won't do justice for the sub and deck i just bought either)

specific models or links are appreciated as well. thanks.

oh yeah, do i need a monoblock amp or will bridging be ok? i'm assuming mono amps come with features that i want running a sub?
thanks again.
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Old 05-21-2006, 09:26 PM
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Most mono amps are designed to do more power when at lower than 4ohm loads so you'd be best to shop for a 2ch amp.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_183982242_291559003,00.html

would be a great choice or anything else ~200-400rms brdged at 4ohms.
If money is a premium you might consider shopping the For Sale section here.
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Old 05-21-2006, 09:29 PM
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Ya a nice 2 channel bridge mono to give you a 4 load. What he said ^

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Old 05-21-2006, 09:38 PM
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A killer amp for under $200 is a USAMPS Xterminator XT800.2 Lots of power and sound quality to boot. Not sure of your budget....but some people say Im bias but the USamps have always had stellar amps.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:46 AM
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thanks guys. was wondering why the mono amps cost more...
so the hardworker pointed to has a 360w rms rateing to 4ohm bridged.

you think that's what i should aim for? the rms power handling of the sub? (350w). thanks again.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:58 AM
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Yes aim for the RMS value handling of the driver not the peak value. Those numbers you may as well throw out the window. Way out of wack. And its ok to over power a sub in moderation. Approx. 10-20% is ok and you end up with more SQ and control over the driver and less clipping at higher volumes.

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Old 05-22-2006, 10:25 AM
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what do you guys think of this one?
290w 4ohm mono http://www.jbl.com/car/products/prod...=CA&region=USA
it's on sale right now at bestbuy..
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That is a great amp. And lots of real power. They sound nice and perform well and its a nice price to. Grab it its almost at cost.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:43 AM
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for $70 more i can get <url>http://www.cardomain.com/item/KENKAC7202</url> 460w 4ohm mono
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Ya thats US though and then you are going to pay duties, shipping, brokerage so its most likely a little more then the $70
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