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Old 22nd December 2007, 05:02 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

Im looking to power a peerless 830845 in a sealed box which will be used mainly for music.

I want to find a nice musical amp to suit but the options in Australia seem limited when compared to o/s. I would rather not order from overseas and stick to what can be found down under. Currently i am considering a Behringer Reference Amplifier A500 from DJwarehouse which can be bridged into 500Watts (8ohms)

What experience have you guys had with this amp?? Nice sound? Good quality?

If any of you Aussies out there know of some good local places that sell a reasonable PA/plate Amp for roughly $300 i would appreciate some feedback!

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Old 22nd December 2007, 06:17 AM   #2
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I'm using an A500 (not bridged) to run a pair of Lambda PB12's in sealed boxes. I only run them from about 150Hz down (sometimes more, sometimes less). I've had no complaints about the box, but it's not really running at any more than 20%. Good grip on the bass at that sound level.

That's a pretty good price, and the amp is versatile, if not the n-th degree in sound quality. But it'll play all day, shut off gracefully if too hot, and it's probably the best quality*watts/dollar of anything.
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Old 22nd December 2007, 09:27 PM   #3
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Here's my page on Aussie amp options

Includes a link for StoreDJ who also have good prices
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Old 23rd December 2007, 12:07 AM   #4
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Cloth Ears,

It sounds like a pretty good unit! Others seem to be pretty happy with it.



Collo, cheers for the link! Have you heard the Jaycar/Altronic stuff? How do you reckon they stack up??

I want to avoid the Jaycar/Altronics amps. There seems to be a lack of documentation on them. I also dont really want to try and remove any of the boost sections myself - the A500 seems to be priced pretty competitively.

Also, Collo, checkout the prices at DjWarehouse (posted a link before) they seem to be pretty good!

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Old 23rd December 2007, 08:54 PM   #5
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I've used the 80W, 150W and 350W Jaycar amps as well as the Behringer EP2500.

They all worked as expected, and gave no problems, although I have not tried any of the modifications.

I'll have a look at the DjWarehouse with a view to adding them to the amps page
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Old 24th December 2007, 06:31 AM   #6
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What about active cross overs?

Ive found a matching a matching 2 way Behringer cross over (CX2310)...

Currently i have an oldish NAD C350 amp and a decent pair of speakers which are a bit modest when it comes to bass. Im thinking of adding the CX2310 and A500 to integrate a sub into the current system. Connected something like:

- Preout from NAD into CX2310
- High Output from CX2310 to NAD main-in
- Low Output from CX2310 to A500

Ive opted to use the low output rather than the sub output because it has a 25Hz high pass filter which can act as a rumble filter.

Any problems with the set up or a better solution/cross over??

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Old 26th December 2007, 09:50 PM   #7
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The DJ Warehouse prices are cheaper than the ones I had listed, so thanks for that!
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Old 26th December 2007, 11:03 PM   #8
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If you can, save the few hundred extra bucks for a Behringer DCX2496 crossover. It's one seriously handy bit of gear, and an amazing bargain in my opinion. Mine cost $440 from a store in Melbourne. The parametric eq is invaluable for sorting out subs in bad rooms. Can you tell how much I love this thing?
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No worries collo!


Foxx510, the Behringer DCX2496 looks like one nice piece of kit! But main speaker upgrade first i reckon
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Old 28th December 2007, 03:55 AM   #10
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I have a Reckhorn A-400. Just saw that Darcher Audio in Tassie stocks them for A$395. A bit over your budget but worth stretching it I think.
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