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Old 26th November 2003, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default Best used $200 Sub Amplifier

What are some good things to look for when buying a used subwoofer amplifier?

Intended use would be home theatre with a single ported 15" driver.

Looking for slightly overkill.

Anyway, when looking through various classifieds at older bridgeable or mono amps, what are some good specs or brand/models to look for, that would be good for this single-minded purpose?

I want to keep the budget at about $200 and DO NOT want a plate amplifier.

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Old 26th November 2003, 02:55 PM   #2
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Default maybe DIY?

If you feel like building your own, for that price you could buy/build the LC Audio Zappulse 2.1 class D amplifier. I'm working on doing this right now. Total cost is a little over the $200, but that's because I don't have a junk box with spare parts lying around. It can deliver upwards of 400 watts into 4 ohms!

I can't say much about how it sounds, as right now it appears to have a problem, and I haven't had time to dig in further yet. But, its at least worth looking into.
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Old 26th November 2003, 04:02 PM   #3
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If you feel like building your own,

nahh
I've never done that sort of thing before, and I don't know how to read schematics.

Have you seen my soldering work?
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Old 26th November 2003, 04:10 PM   #4
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This is not a direct answer to your question, just what I use.
Pyle PT2800
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Old 26th November 2003, 04:18 PM   #5
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This is not a direct answer to your question, just what I use.
Pyle PT2800

Incredible price! How loud are the fans on it? How well does it control your sub setup?

I wasn't able to find any reviews on the net, but did see prices as low as $169 on eBay.

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Old 26th November 2003, 04:28 PM   #6
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Incredible price! How loud are the fans on it? How well does it control your sub setup?

I wasn't able to find any reviews on the net, but did see prices as low as $169 on eBay.

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I sit about 10 feet or better from the amp and play movies loud enough that I can't hear the amp. I feed the Sub out through a BFD to help with room modes, other than that I'm pretty happy with it. I'm driving a vented Tempest and a Shiva QW tube with it.




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Old 26th November 2003, 04:54 PM   #7
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you should keep an eye out for used lab amps on ebay and you might find yourslef a bit of a bargin, as I saw a few a while ago on ebay that looked almost good enough to buy (if only I had a three phase supply in my room). Admitedly, they were a bit more expensive than what you want, but if you have alook, it should give you some idea of what to look for.

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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...gory=7321&rd=1

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Old 26th November 2003, 05:03 PM   #8
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bigparsnip, that's not a sub amp.... it's the freekin backup generator for the empire state building!

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Old 26th November 2003, 05:05 PM   #9
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that thing's only the step down transformer so that the amps can bre run from uk mains instead of US canada mains, so you owuldn't need that .
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Old 26th November 2003, 05:06 PM   #10
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for a used Crown amp

take your time and don't get something too old - I've seen a lot of older ones that I thought were over priced.

You can probably pick up a used com-tech 410 for under $200 - I did and am happy with it

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