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  1. After you guys begging pleading for almost 10 years, I finally finished the video on the Rockford Fosgate Power 650. This $1500 amp was made between 1984-1993 and at the time was in the middle of the lineup for the power series amps (prior to the Power 100HD, but we don't include that as a Power series anyway). The Power 650 is a four-channel amp rated to deliver: 125 watts x 4 channels at 4 ohms 162.5 watts x 4 channels at 2 ohms 325 watts x 2 channels bridged at 4 ohms Let's find out what this 30 year old amp can do! See Wayne Harris' 1960 Terminator Hearse: https://youtu.be/tPtJUa9CdIc SMD Test the Power 300: https://youtu.be/85ONEmjGYmE BigD's Test of the Power 1000: https://youtu.be/MEuEbuNbcHc Watch the Power 650 Test on YouTube in 4K or embedded below:
  2. Audiopipe has stepped into the full bridge game with the APHD-3000D-H1 shown here. This amp is tiny at 8x6x2.5 inches and rated to deliver 3000 watts at 1 ohm. But wait, this amp looks a lot like a Taramps HD3000, is there a reason? Maybe, watch the vid including a tech segment from Sam at Barevids (YouTube.com/Barevids) with more to come on this controversy. Watch the video in 4K UHD on YouTube or embedded below:
  3. Awe yeah! Gonna have Barevids comment on the Audiopipe too and we have more fun stuff in mind.
  4. #Sundown #AmpDyno #SundownAudio Today we are taking a closer look at the smallest model in Sundown's new SFB lineup. SFB stands for Sundown Full Bridge and these amps have many benefits over traditional half-bridge Class D amps. Namely, they can be much smaller and less expensive than the traditional Class D amps. But does this small size and big power come at a cost? Only time will tell. In this video I'll take a closer look at the SFB-1000, the "1000 watt" amp which currently sells for $239.99 online. Buy the SFB-1000D: https://amzn.to/2WY2P9x See other SFB Models: https://amzn.to/36rsVEV See Sundown Audio Unofficial's Test of this amp: https://youtu.be/3oM7PGrKJlI FAQ's about the SFB Models: https://youtu.be/_auP0ASYFF8 Jon Dub's Unboxing of the SFB-1000D: https://youtu.be/Cmu8skYrG_Y
  5. 8000 watts for $145? Say it ain't so...ok, it ain't so! Let's take a closer look at this Audiobank P8000.1 monoblock amplifier to see how it performs. 8000 watts yo momma!
  6. One of my "bucket list" RF amps just recently came to me from a fan on the west coast...the Rockford Fosgate Power 1000 "25 to LIFE" anniversary edition amplifier. These were announced back in 2005 for Rockford's 25th anniversary, but didn't go on sale until 2006. They were hand built in Tempe, AZ by RF employees, all 2500 of them! This was Rockford's first five-channel version of the Power 1000 rated for 100x4 plus 600x1 at 4 ohms for the 1000W, but was stable at 1 ohm on all channels for 150x4 plus 800x1 on sub channel for over 1400W total! Don't think all of this power came cheap or in a small chassis as this amp retailed for $1499 and measures 24 x 13 x 2 1/2" so it's not going to be easily hidden in a stealth install....but who would want to hide this beauty? With the chrome-plated covers and LED VU meters, this amp screams "look at me" and "show me off". With only 2500 of these to go around, finding a nice example that's affordable is not an easy task. Luckily I was offered this one at a reasonable price from someone who knew they would get to see a video of their old amp! Works out for all of us, right? I've seen these on eBay with sellers asking in excess of $1000 USD and who knows, it may still be worth that amount. In this video I show some history of the Power 1000, back to 1988. I also talk about the importance of the 25 to LIFE amps and how the Power 1000 version was the creme' de la creme' of RF amps. I not only talk about the amp, specs and price, but perform Amp Dyno Test, show the internals, bump some subs and do SPL Tests. Lots of fun here, so enjoy! Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below: https://youtu.be/NW3Je09hdQY
  7. Yes friends, the Toro MR2 is the smallest 500W amp I've ever seen. It fits in the palm of your hand and also in many pant pockets...crazy! This micro sized subwoofer amp is rated to deliver: 230W at 4 ohms 320W at 2 ohms 500W at 1 ohm Let's take a closer look at this 80 US Dollar micro sized subwoofer amp to see what it includes, how much power it puts out, how it powers a 12" subwoofer and what's inside. Watch on YouTube in 4K or embedded below:
  8. Time for another Flea Market amp test. Today we will look at the American Legacy LA3090D, the largest monoblock from Legacy's 2005 amplifier lineup. Although the amp states "3000W" on the plexi panel, the manual mentions 1200W RMS or 3000W max. It is not unusual for amps like this to have bloated ratings and usually they don't even state RMS numbers. Not sure why, but this amp just looks cool to me and it would be really cool if the amp could perform as advertised. The LA3090D sold for $140 back in 2005 although the "retail" price was over $300. Yeah, right, that's the price they would show at the local Flea Market before slashing the price to over 50% off...today only! I must say if I saw an amp like this I may have been swayed to pick one up. Could it possibly be a legit flea market amp? Ratings as shown in the manual: 4 ohms - 400 watts RMS 2 ohms - 800 watts RMS 1.3 ohms - 1200 watts RMS 1 ohm - 3000 watts "MAX" Other than JL Audio and maybe MMATS amps, I don't recall companies giving ratings at 1.3 ohms. It was my thoughts this amp couldn't really handle 1 ohm. Well, it does, kinda. You'll see what I mean in the video. Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Buying a new car or truck can be a very stressful event. Nowadays most car makers offer "premium" audio systems that are said to provide concert quality sound in your car. I recently purchased a 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 as an end of the year deal and my vehicle came with the B&O (Bang and Olufsen) Beoplay premium sound system. This premium system includes 10 speakers (8 physical speakers), 675 watts including an 8" subwoofer. In this video, I'll provide info on the system, do sound tests, test the SPL output of the system and get a professional opinion from Dean & Fernando at Five Star Car Stereo. Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  14. Awe yeah, here's a video I made back in 2018 and just getting around to editing and posting it. This Phoenix Gold Xenon X2000.1 is a prototype and the model was never produced for retail sales. Why, might you ask? Well, the amp supposedly incorporated the RIPS technology (like JL Audio Slash series) which allows it to produce the same power across multiple ohm loads by varying the rail voltage. This amp is rated to deliver 2000 watts at 4, 2 or 1 ohm loads. Let's take a closer look and test it out on the SMD Amp Dyno to see how it performs at 4, 2 and 1 ohm loads. Watch on YouTube or embedded below:
  15. Let's check out Rockford's budget 500 watt monoblock and see if it's a worthy component to the Alpine MRV-M500 we've already tested... The Rockford Fosgate Prime R500X1D is rated to deliver 300 watts into a 4 ohm load or up to 500 watts into 2 ohms. The amp is not rated to handle 1 ohm loads and is optimized for 2 ohms or greater. Watch as we put this amp through the tests on the Amp Dyno as well as powering the 12" Lord of Bass sub inside the Gately Audio acrylic box. There is a new design of the Prime 500 coming out in 2020, we'll be sure to get one of those to try out as well. Disclaimer: I purchased this amp off Amazon and the video was not reviewed by any 3rd party interest. All of the opinions in this video are mine and not swayed by any corporate interest Watch Video in Full 4K UHD quality on YouTube or embedded below: .
  16. The Alpine MRV-M500 has been around since 2012, but now is available at a discount on Amazon. These amps usually cost around $250, but now are available at $129 for a limited time. I picked up one of these due to the popularity and deep discount. I figured people may like to see more about this amp and how it performs. Make sure you watch all the way until the end so you see additional tests! Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  17. 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:
  18. 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?
  19. $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:
  20. 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:
  21. 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:
  22. 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:
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