Soundstream D200 II or KW KAC-719 - which is better? - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > General Interest > Car Audio
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Gallery Wiki Blogs Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 21st September 2010, 05:59 PM   #1
convert is offline convert  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Default Soundstream D200 II or KW KAC-719 - which is better?

First post here, so please go easy on me. I need some help deciding which components to use in a build I'm planning.

I've been doing some reading on this site and others and have realized that my old Soundstream D200 II is a jewel. Back in the early 90's I used it to power 4 10" subs, and am now looking to add two subs to my new car. I'm not a bass head anymore, but rather than buy a new single sub I'm just going to use 2 old 12" Rockford Fosgate subs (RFZ1812 - never used) I have sitting around. They're 8ohms each and I'll wire them parallel.

I think the Soundstream would put out 200Wx1 @4ohms, or possibly 240Wx1 @4ohms, I'm not sure which since the manual mentions both. Also I'm not sure if that is max or RMS power (or if that even applies to this amp!). If I use this amp I'll need some sort of crossover, so if you think this would be a good setup, please recommend a good, inexpensive crossover that would be suited to this purpose.

On the other hand I also have a Kenwood KAC-719. The manual states 300Wx1 @4ohms max, and 150Wx1 @4ohms "rated" power. It has a built-in low-pass filter, so that would eliminate the need for a separate crossover. But is this amp even comparable to the D200 II? Or does it really matter for a subwoofer application?

Please help clear my confusion! Thanks!
  Reply With Quote
Old 23rd September 2010, 11:22 AM   #2
diyAudio Member
Zero Cool's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MN
The Soundstream is an awesome amp. but the power supply is lacking. it is best suited to full range duty. it might sound a bit anemic for sub duty and honestly it would be a bit wasted there.

I am not familiar with the KW amp. but it sounds like it would be a better choice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 23rd September 2010, 04:21 PM   #3
convert is offline convert  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Thanks for the input! I know I read elsewhere on here that the original D200 had a weak power supply, but I thought that was one of the things that was improved with series 2 (which is what I have)? Or is it better, but still weak?

I guess in the end I can try them both out and see which one I prefer. I'm tempted to expand my project just so I can make use of the D200 II in a full range application instead!
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2010, 03:01 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
tsmith1315's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Doerun, GA
With all due respect ZC, if the 719 is anything like previous KAC-7XX (721, etc) models, the SS would be a better choice in any application.

However, if your system will require 2 amps... the SS would also be a better choice for mid/high, and in that role would cover many more octaves than just the lowest 2-3.

If you have both amps anyway, try them both and share your opinions here for the benefit of others!

As always -my well-biased opinion only, YMMV, etc.
  Reply With Quote
Old 25th September 2010, 02:07 PM   #5
convert is offline convert  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
I think I will try both. Now, I just have to find a way to filter the SS. I have a cheap Pyramid crossover, but I'm afraid it might add noise to the signal. Maybe if I don't use the bass boost feature it will be ok.

It will be a while before I'm able to post the results -- I'm building a fiberglass box for this and it's going to take me a while.
  Reply With Quote
Old 25th September 2010, 03:53 PM   #6
rodolfo is offline rodolfo  Mexico
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: tamaulipas
KW KAC-719 is (for me)" the choise"
  Reply With Quote


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Soundstream Class A 100 II - designed by Pass? Bronson_k Pass Labs 21 28th February 2013 06:37 PM
Soundstream D200 Sillyboy Car Audio 85 30th August 2009 01:22 AM
refurbing d200 soundstream amps. guitarkirb Car Audio 5 31st October 2008 10:23 PM
Soundstream D200, one channel very low Here-I-Come Car Audio 4 21st August 2008 05:07 AM
Kenwood KAC-X301T and KAC-X201T:Do they share the same board? spooney Car Audio 1 25th October 2007 01:08 AM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:05 AM.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2017 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2