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  1. Today we are taking an in-depth look at the Taramps Smart 3, a somewhat revolutionary product in the inexpensive, full bridge amplifier design area. This amp promises to deliver 3000 watts across 2, 1.8, 1.6, 1.3 and 1 ohm loads. The equal power portion is nothing new as JL Audio has shown the Slash series amps that incorporate equal power across several ohm loads as well for almost 20 years now. In addition, Rockford Fosgate has the BDCP design in their Power Series amps which performs a similar function. That said, this Taramps Smart 3 provides one huge benefit...price! This amp at the time of filming is $265 shipped from Amazon, an incredible value! Watch the detailed review of this amp including overview of the features, Amp Dyno test, subwoofer demo and a super technical dive into the design of this amp from our friend across the pond Sam from Barevids. Make sure to check out Sam's channel if you want to learn more about amplifiers and more. Note: I bought this amp, the review was unbiased with no input from Taramps as far as reviewing the content or having any input in my thoughts. That said, this is an incredible value for a 3kW amp and is proof they are moving forward in the right direction.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
  6. 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?
  7. $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:
  8. 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:
  9. 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:
  10. 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:
  11. 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:
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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:
  15. 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:
  16. C'mon Feel the Noize! Today we look at the Boss Riot 1100m, which has been the best selling car audio amplifier for 2019. The amp was $49.99 when I purchased it, now $54.99 shipped via Amazon. The amp promises 1100 watts "Max" and comes with a remote bass knob, uses Class A/B technology and is a monoblock design. The included 30A fuse warns us of the limited power output, but again, 50 bucks...how can you complain? Let's take a closer look at this cheapo amp and see how it performs not only on the Amp Dyno, but also powering a 6.5" subwoofer. Shop for this amp on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NMXFsK Boss AR1500 Amp Video: https://youtu.be/omK1eyFqc08 See playlist of Budget Car Audio Amps Tested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu98-M_EowHMtCIiCz0v6_2gLnsmdLL0V Watch on YouTube in full 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  17. #AmpDyno #Jensen #OldSchool As many of you know, I'm a big fan of the oddball amps including Flea Market, cheap and wacky looking designs. I recently came across this purple and pink Jensen JXP460 from 2002 and knew I had to pick it up to show off and try it on the Amp Dyno. This amp is a two-channel model rated to deliver 85x2 at 4 ohms, 115x2 at 2 ohms or 230 watts bridged at 4 ohms. Let's find out how it performs! Search for Jensen Amps: https://is.gd/jensenampsebay Check out 12V Talk: https://www.youtube.com/12VTalk
  18. Time to test some tiny amps! I recently found a good deal on an NVX MVPA1 micro monoblock amplifier and decided it would be fun to test this amp as well as it's replacement, the VADM1. Both amps are almost small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and offer between 300-500 watts of output, depending on the model. NVX stepped up to a cast aluminum heatsink on the new VADM1 amp and although it's slightly longer than the MVPA1, it is still small enough to fit almost anywhere. Today we will test both amps head to head...which one is more powerful? Stay tuned to find out! Watch the video on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  19. Back when cheating was a good thing? Yeah, in the 90's, some organizations used 4 ohm stereo wattage to divide competition classes. How could you "cheat" the system? Get an amp rated for high current, low impedance operation. Today I'm going to discuss the Old School SPL challenge and the details. I'll also show a couple of (lame) SPL runs with a Lanzar 50c (50 watt) and Crossfire CFA-30HC (60 watt). This is all for fun, but feel free to join in by taking some of those old school amps off the wall and joining in on the fun! See more about Old School SPL Challenge: https://www.oldschoolstereo.com https://www.is.gd/osspl2019 Search for these amps for sale: Lanzar 50c: https://is.gd/lanzar50cebay Crossfire 30HC: https://is.gd/crossfire30hcebay See playlist of Amp Dyno Drag Races: https://is.gd/ampdynodragraces See my other videos on Old School Cheater Amps: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6519F5277A57F8BA
  20. Back when cheating was a good thing? Yeah, in the 90's, some organizations used 4 ohm stereo wattage to divide competition classes. How could you "cheat" the system? Get an amp rated for high current, low impedance operation. Two shown today are the Lanzar OptiDrive 50c and Crossfire CFA-30HC. Both amps are from approx 1998 and are some of the most powerful sub "100 watt" amps ever made. Let's find out which one is king! Search for these amps on eBay: Lanzar 50c: https://is.gd/lanzar50cebay Crossfire 30HC: https://is.gd/crossfire30hcebay See playlist of Amp Dyno Drag Races: https://is.gd/ampdynodragraces See more about Old School SPL Challenge: https://www.oldschoolstereo.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/oldschoolspl2019/
  21. I go crazy finding mint flea market junk. Easy to find old, expensive amps in mint condition, but usually amps like this are beat up. I've got some strange obsession with them, not sure why honestly
  22. Today we look at the Kingwood RK-904 "1000 watt" amplifier I recently found. This is a cheap, Flea Market car audio amplifier designed to rip off the unknowing consumer. Sure, it looks like a Rockford Fosgate amp, but what's inside this beast? Let's take a closer look at the amp and try it on the SMD AD-1 Amplifier Dyno! Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  23. In a quest to find a powerful amp under $75 for the $150 SPL challenge, I came across this amp which seemed too good to be true. I've never heard of DTI, but this amp promises 2500 watts at 1 ohm, 14.4 volts at 2% THD. If true, it would be the best watt per dollar amp I've ever tested...but, is it true? Heck, even at 1/2 of rated power it would still be a supremely good deal. Let's take a closer look at the amp and try it on the Amp Dyno. Is it the deal of the century or just a bad joke? Time to find out... DTI MA2500D Amp: https://is.gd/dtima2500debay Savard Hi-Q 6.5" Subwoofer: eBay - https://is.gd/savardhiq65ebay Amazon - https://amzn.to/2X21no4 HiFiVega - https://www.youtube.com/HiFiVega 12V Talk - https://www.youtube.com/12VTalk Watch the video in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  24. Today we check out a 1997 Thump THA-2000 amplifier I picked up for cheap off eBay. I'll unbox, clean up, test the amp, try it on a subwoofer and more. This amp is a direct knockoff of the Phoenix Gold M series amps from the same time period, but does it perform as well? We'll find out and also check out the internals to see what makes it tick. Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
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