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Old 7th November 2007, 11:12 PM   #1
skooter is offline skooter  United States
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I was looking at the Kicker amps at a sterio shop today and they seem a little pricy to me. The worker there said that kickers are 100% what they are rated at. are they? they worth the money or is there another amp in that price range that is more bang for the buck. Thanks.
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Old 8th November 2007, 12:46 AM   #2
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If we knew which amp it was you were looking at and the price of it, maybe we could give you a little help.
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Old 8th November 2007, 12:49 AM   #3
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I know Kicker amps come with a "birth sheet" that states the specs and every one I have seen is over the "rated power" that its suppossed to have
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Old 8th November 2007, 03:53 AM   #4
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I have a ZX700.5 5ch, the sheet says 920watts max. As far as how it works I'm not sure yet. Have used a lot of older amps in past like the alpine, ppi, coustic, soundstream, and kenwood...some from the 80s. The sub side on this kicker is pretty good at 2ohms and 420wrms, it thunders good compared to others I have used near that power. The high 4ch part I'm not sure about yet, at 4ohms it seems weak to me. Could be drivers or power; still don't have it tuned in and things all the way I like them so I can't call it out yet. Also have a cap and small battery to run on it yet with the 5ga wiring that should be large enough, but the high side fades out at same volume on HU even with the subs off. It dies right when the subs start to shake the car, just where I like it when I feel the urge now and then. So, I am going to bridge the high side and try to run mids with it and add an amp for highs....when I get time to play with it again.

Bought it because I found a deal on it, plus a few times they were described as well built by techs on different boards even though they are not an expensive amp. Some have said the Soundstreams are good budget amps and others say Lanzar Optis. Personally I am leaning towards my being right before I thought of buying this 5ch for simplicity, and that is to use whatever big thing does not melt for subs and get a quality amp for anything else if that is what your budget provides for. I tend to more SQ though, so I don't use huge sub amps.

I am running 4 12s IB with this 700.5, and I can't even max out the subs really because it blows the high side so far into the weeds. Hard to tell what they sound like when you can't hear the rest of the music. Also IB subs don't work like box subs often do, so hard to compare to other subs. These subs go much lower than the boxes I had in there on other amps.
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