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  1. Here is a short segment from Episode 28 of 12V Talk where Rob and I discussed car audio dealers. This piece discusses Jonathan Price and his unique place in car audio as an "online dealer". We discuss why we think JP is the smartest man in car audio with his business model. We also talk about Crutchfield and show Rob's winning entry in a 2008 contest. See full Video Podcast: https://youtu.be/UieaS8TuNjU Subscribe to 12V Talk: https://www.youtube.com/12VTalk Rob's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/HiFiVega Rob's Winning Wheelchair System: https://youtu.be/aL7cPmNzxqY
  2. I used the 400x4 for many years and it's a great sounding amp. As always, with the older amps you take a chance of having issues. The 400x4 is from 1996, so it's 24 years old. That said, I'm still using a 1993 Punch 200 DSM in my daily driver and have been for almost 5 years with no issues.
  3. Recently, I reviewed the micro-sized Sundown Audio SAM-500D amplifier and it appears a lot of folks are looking for small amps. While browsing Amazon, I came across this Skar Audio SK-M5001D for $119, which is almost 1/2 the price of the Sundown amp. I just had to get one of these in to try out. Let's find out how it performs and welcome Sam from Barevids as he joins us as our technical amp guru for the "amp guts" portion of the video.
  4. I get asked almost daily when I'm testing the next Orion amp. Well, those who continually ask, here ya go! Today I try out the baby brother of the XTR-2500.1dz, the XTR-1500.1dz. At the time of the video, this amp was available on Amazon for $220 shipped. Who knows what the price will be when you check, but I've been told by Orion this amp is discontinued and will be replaced with a more powerful version. We will get one of those to try for sure! Let's take a closer look at this 1500 watt amp and see how it performs on the Amp Dyno! Make sure you stay tuned until the end of the video as I sneak in another amp and test after the end credits! Yeah boi! Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD video quality or embedded below:
  5. Here are my thoughts on this. The amp is sold as a "3000 watt" amp and NO mention of mid/highs use. How many people buying these are using them for mids/highs? Probably less than 5% of buyers here in the US. If the amp is only designed for mid/high use, then you should EXPLAIN this to the consumer CLEARLY. Otherwise stuff like this is going to happen. Timpano made a follow up vid saying the Amp Dyno couldn't measure this amp properly, but they didn't get into the why. The amp puts out a lot of noise and distortion making it almost impossible to get a certified reading using this amp. They show an o'scope and say the signal is clean. You can't see THD on an o'scope and in many cases can't see clipping until it's too late. The worst thing to do here is to blame the person testing the amp. Take the data, make the amps better and let's try again. Oh yeah, maybe think about some overcurrent protection?
  6. $229 for 3000 watts sure sounds like the deal of the century! These Timpano amps have been showing up lately online and at the prices and rated RMS power, they sure seem like interesting amps. Today we take a closer look at the TPT-3000EQ 1 ohm model. Unfortunately, the amp didn't survive the Amp Dyno tests, but what happened? Was this a fluke? Incorrect test? Bad design? Let's take a closer look and find out... Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  7. Today we are taking a closer look at this sub $25 amplifier available on eBay. It touts "600 watts MAX" and we know how that goes, but how much power does it really do? We take a closer look and test it out on the Amp Dyno and also try it with a subwoofer. How big is the lie? Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  8. Join me on a recent tour of the Kicker World HQ facility in Stillwater, OK. See custom cars, speaker and amplifier testing and then the incredible 23,000 watt "Wall" of Kicker speakers... In person it will knock your socks off! Also, see Five Star Car Stereo's Behind the Scenes Tour of Kicker - https://youtu.be/Bhh6rnHFnI8 Watch the Tour in Full 4K UHD quality, or embedded below:
  9. It has been known over the years some car audio companies provide unrealistic wattage numbers on their amplifiers in order to sell more. Sure, we've seen "1000 watt MAX" amps since way back in the 90's, but here lately the lies are getting out of control. Example in point, the WUDI Car Audio C-266, which is rated "5800 watts MAX" into 4 channels and 100x4 RMS. It's quite obvious with the $45 price tag, this 5800 watt number is a figment of someone's imagination. Possibly Chinese math misinterpretation? Must be! Either way, let's take a closer look at this amp and find out how much power it actually puts out. We'll also look inside and try it with some speakers. Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  10. Harrison Labs has been around since 1979 and even touts creating the first automotive power amplifier back in 1974 under their previous name Audiokintecs Corp. Who knew they made an amplifier rated to deliver 20,000 watts back in 2000? I had never heard of this unicorn amp, but my friend Jason had one to show off during my recent visit to Texas. I posted a photo on Instagram and Facebook and got a ton of feedback from my audience saying they wanted to see more. Well, check out this amazingly rare, one of 5 amplifier, in this video. Can't wait until you see what's inside... Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  11. Today we take a look at the smallest amp in Taramps "Bass" series, the Bass 400. This mini amp is rated to deliver 214W at 4 ohms and up to 400W at 2 ohms at 13.8 volts. As usual, we don't always believe what manufacturers say about amplifier ratings, so we test them ourselves! Let's fire up the SMD Amp Dyno and see how this little "bass" amp performs. I'll also show the internals and some subwoofer action...check it out! Note: this video is NOT sponsored by Taramps. I bought this amp from Amazon so all of the opinions are mine. I will ALWAYS let my viewers know if a video is sponsored and this one is not.
  12. I would contact Ampere or one of the techs on FB. Can't believe they didn't put it in the manual, that's crazy!
  13. Today we are going to try out an inexpensive powered subwoofer for your car from Walmart...the Dual TBX10A. When I bought this unit a few months ago, it was only $50, now bumped up to $80. This sub offers a 10" driver in a compact, truck style enclosure, along with a 100W RMS power amplifier. Seems like a lot for $80, but it is any good? Let's take a closer look at what makes this subwoofer work and find out how much power the amplifier puts out. Make sure to watch the video all the way to the end so you can see my scooter fail from years past. Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD video quality or embedded below:
  14. Today we'll test out the Quantum Audio QAZ4000D. I recently came across this amp selling for $119 on eBay as a refurbished amp. Ratings suggested 4000 watts at 1 ohm, however with 120A of fusing, it is easy to expect these ratings are inflated. I decided to pick it up anyway so we all can see how the amp performs. Are you ready? See this amp on eBay: https://is.gd/quantumaudio4kebay Newer QAZ4100D model: https://is.gd/qaz4100debay See the "4000 watt" Boss Amp: https://amzn.to/2ZTnxd9 Video on Boss AR4000D: https://youtu.be/aO8cp76Gotw Budget Car Amps Playlist: https://is.gd/budgetampsbigd Watch video on YouTube in 4K UHD quality, or embedded below:
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