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  1. Today we look at the largest AudioControl bass amplifier, the LC-1.1500. This amp is rated to deliver 850 watts at 4 ohms and 1500 watts at 2 ohms. Let's find out if it does rated power and try it out with a subwoofer... Note: amplifier was sent to me by AudioControl to test, however I was free to give my own opinions of the amp. This was not a sponsored video.
  2. Time for another oooolllldddd skooool Amp Dyno test! This time we try out one of my dream amps from the early/mid 90's...the Phoenix Gold MS-2125. No, this is not a mega-thousand watt Chinese made amp...this is an SQ amp, made here in the USA and has one of the most beautiful guts of any amplifier out there. 24ct gold plated 2 sided circuit board, solid copper (along with 24ct gold plating) buss bars, etc. No built in crossover, just pure, raw, clean power. Trust me, this amp sounds as good as it looks! The MS-2125 was available from approx. 1992-1996 at a cost of $820 USD. Let's see how this beauty performed on the Amp Dyno... Watch in 1080P on YouTube or embedded below:
  3. Those on a budget and needing extra power for a car audio system are in luck these days. You can get a lot of power for the dollar these days and since the budget amps are so popular, we decided to try the new Ignite R3000/1D vs the established Boss Audio Armor Series AR4000D in the popular "Amp Dyno Drag Race" format. Let's take a closer look at these amps and then strap them up to the Amp Dyno for a side by side battle! Watch on YouTube in Ultra HD! or embedded below:
  4. A while back, I tested several 3000-3500 watt Korean amps in a shootout. Since then I'm continually reminded of the amps I "forgot" to include. Heck, I tested what I could get my hands on at the time! Recently, Ethan P. from TheAmpLab.net contacted me about trying out a Crossfire C7 3k amp. He said I would be impressed. Was he right or wrong? Let's watch and find out! Watch on YouTube or embedded below:
  5. Today we'll look at the Rockville RXM-T2 (clone to RXD-T2), which is a 2 channel, high powered, mini-amplifier. At a footprint of approx. 12 x 7 x 2, this amp can fit virtually anywhere. Rockville rates the amp at 400x2 at 4 ohms, 600x2 at 2 ohms and 1600x1 at 4 ohms (or 1200x1 depending on where listed). So, how does this $115 amp perform? We'll take a closer look at the amp, try it on the Dyno and powering subs and BigD gives his thoughts on this amp. Check it out! Watch on YouTube up to 4K UHD video quality or embedded below:
  6. I got a lot of feedback from the unboxing of the MA Audio COM 1 “Command Center”. I made two videos so I could attempt to get more info about this massive amplifier. YouTube commenters came through, mainly previous dealers of MA talking about this piece being showcase pieces when you bought other MA Audio gear. Makes sense, but MA not showing it off to the masses did not make sense!! Let’s hook this amp up to the Dyno, try out those channels, then take a closer look at the internals. Is it as impressive on the inside as out? Only one way to find out... Watch on YouTube in 4k UHD Video: or embedded here:
  7. In 2002 MA Audio introduced their flagship amp, the COM 1. This is a six channel amp which includes dual 30 band EQ's and is one of the biggest amps most people have never seen. Let's unbox this monstrosity and see what it's all about... Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD Video quality
  8. The Alpine PDX amplifiers have been around for many years and models such as the monoblock PDX-M12 were introduced at the 2010 CES. Almost considered "old school" by some people's definition! Today we'll take a closer look at the PDX-M12 and try it out on the Amp Dyno. Can this amp, which is smaller in footprint than a sheet of notebook paper, put out the rated 1200 watts at 4 ohms? Gotta watch to find out... Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  9. Ok, so some big dummy wired the Stetsom amp incorrectly for the first video, so I decided to make a follow-up one showing it wired correctly for the Dyno test. Let's see if it can do rated wired correctly... Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  10. Today we take a look at another Brazilian amp, the Stetsom IR400.4. This handheld 12V car audio amplifier promises 100 watts x 4 at 2 ohms or 200x2 at 4 ohms. Quite a claim from such a small amplifier! We'll take a closer look, test on the Dyno, look inside to see how it works and also try it with speakers. Let's go watch! Watch on YouTube in 4K UHD
  11. If you don't know by now, I LOVE VU meters! This V2000T from Visonik is a visually appealing amp in my eyes. From the red anodized finish, to the polished aluminum handles down to the dual VU meters in the middle of the amp...it's just beautiful! This amp was made in 2001 as a 2002 model and the brand was well known as a usual at the local "flea market" electronics section. Well, thanks to Brad at LegendsOfCarAudio.com, we have a chance to try this amp out to see how it performs. Let's fire it up! Watch on YouTube in full 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  12. So you only have $75 to buy a subwoofer amplifier and while browsing Amazon, you come across this brand you have never heard of before, Ignite Audio. They have an amp promising 4000 watts Peak for the low, low price of $75 shipped. This can't be real! I thought there may be a few thousand of you out there who had the same question as me...what does this amp actually do? I took the dive and purchased the amp and put together what I hope is a thorough review. Check it out! We test from 4 ohms down to 0.5...does it "Ignite" or survive? Watch on YouTube in full 4K UHD quality or embedded below:
  13. Alright guys, I am all done hearing about "clamping". The numbers generated from that are so far off and don't account for many factors. I just did a quick little dyno run vs the clamps tonight to show how drastic the error is. If you want to know more detail about why clamping doesn't work, there is another video on the D'Amore Engineering youtube channel that describes the problems in detail. Clamps vs Amp Dyno vid here: Detailed explanation of why clamping is wrong vid here:
  14. 800 watts in a mini amp? The Massive Audio N2 "Nanoblock" promises to be CTA-2006 certified and is rated 200/400/800 watts respectively at 4/2/1 ohm. What does this certification mean? Let's find out together. Watch on YouTube in 1080/60P HD or embedded below:
  15. I was recently browsing Amazon looking for another amp to test when I came across the Boss AR1500M as it is touted as the "#1 selling car audio amplifier on Amazon". I was like, wait....did anybody watch my video on the AR4000 "4kW" amp by Boss? I also noticed a lot of guesses in the comments as to how much power this "1500 watt MAX" amp could make. It has a 30A fuse, so it should make around 300 watts. Or the other method of saying 1/2 of Max power = RMS...that would be 750 watts. Who to believe? What can we do? Oh yeah, you know it, da truf is bout to be told! Watch video on YouTube in 1080/60p HD or embedded below:
  16. The very budget friendly Skar Audio RP2000.1D promises 2000 watts of clean power for $229 (or less refurbished, mine was $179 shipped direct from Skar Audio). You've seen me test amps before that turned out not quite meeting expectations. Is this amp different? Forget my expectations of the "minor cosmetic flaws" or the fact it was a miracle this amp survived the horrible packing job....we just care about results, right? Only one way to find out...let's see more about the amp and make sure you watch all the way to the end....I always give you a little extra! Full disclosure: Amplifier was purchased by me for the purpose of this test. All of the opinions in this video are my own and the content wasn't reviewed by anyone prior to posting. Skar Audio is an advertiser on the SMD Forum and not affiliated with this test or review. Watch on YouTube in Full 4k HD Video or embedded below:
  17. I'm guessing many of you here are not interested in the test (not enough powa), but I'm betting a few are. Yes, this amp is a bit expensive (price per watt), but some people need something to power one or two subs and want it to be easily hidden. This tiny XD600/1 is smaller than a piece of paper and can fit in some pretty tight places. Either way, here is the video and results: Rated @ 4 ohms - 300/400w (12.5/14.4Vdc) Rated @ 2 ohms - 500/600w (12.5/14.4Vdc) See Video on YouTube in 1080p or embedded below:
  18. I can't take credit for this idea, it was one of Meade's from a while back...test two amps on the Amp Dyno head to head! Since I'm all about the old school amps, I decided to throw up two "50 Watt" high-current cheater amps from the late 90's on the Dyno. The Orion 225 HCCA vs. MTX Thunder 225HO. Both rated at 400x1 at 1 ohm...which one is more underrated? Would you put your $ on Red or Black? Check it out! Watch on YouTube in 1080P or embedded below:
  19. You guys know I love amplifiers, but I'm really intrigued by small amplifiers. When I came across this TINY amp, promising 400 watts or more, I just had to pick one up to try on the Amp Dyno. The SounDigital SD400.1d comes in 2 ohm and 1 ohm versions, I opted for the 1 ohm version mainly because it was the only one I could find in stock. This micro sized amp is (almost unbelievably) rated at 400 watts at 12.6 volts or 500 watts at 14.4 volts....say what? This amp will literally fit in the palm of your hand! We recently tested the Kicker PX200.1, which is about the same size and it barely reached 150 watts. Well, since I was curious, I figured many of you would be as well, so here we go! Watch on YouTube in full HD or embedded below:
  20. Let's retrieve some old footage from the OSS archives and see this test of the Kicker 1997 ZR1000 from 2015. Be warned, you will hear the large, 240V 250A power supply in the background! We test the amp at both 4 ohms and 2 ohms mono. Amp is rated to deliver: 1000 watts RMS power at 4 ohms mono 700 watts RMS power at 2 ohms mono Full disclosure: Amplifier was purchased by me for the purpose of this test. All of the opinions in this video are my own and the content wasn't reviewed by anyone prior to posting. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel so you'll receive notifications when I upload the next exciting video! Thanks for your support and remember to keep it Old School! Watch on YouTube in 1080/60p HD or embedded below:
  21. Hey everyone! Here is our latest amplifier dyno video! We are making our way through the SKv2 line. Next up is the SKv2-200.4D and then on to our bigger mono amps! Enjoy! - Devin
  22. Yes, time for another Brazilian amp! This time we will look closer at the SounDigital SD 3000.1D EVO II. I purchased the 1 ohm version and it is rated to deliver 3000 watts at 12.6 volts in a heatsink smaller than a piece of paper! Rated to deliver at 12.6 volts: 3000 watts at 1 ohm 1650 watts at 2 ohms Rating spec doesn't mention frequency, but I believe it is either 100Hz or 1kHz. Both of these would be "easier" on the amp than the brutal 40Hz test. Let's see how she performs... Watch on YouTube in HD or embedded below:
  23. The 2017 HiFonics Brutus BRX3016.1D has a spec of 3000 watts at 1 ohm, but no mention of this being an RMS, MAX or Peak rating. We know many of you out there are interested to know as well, so BigD coughed up $260 to buy one of these amps to test for you guys. Make sure you watch all the way until the end...there are quite a few extra tests after the credits, including some very surprising results! Please like, comment and share this video! Watch on YouTube in 1080P HD or embedded below:
  24. Step back to 1987 and it your parents bought you a BMW or Audi as your first car, you could probably afford an amp like the a/d/s PQ20. At $770 USD, it was an expensive amplifier ($1641 adjusted for October 2017 dollars), aimed at those who wanted the best sound quality (and had deep pockets!). The PQ20 is a four channel amplifier rated to deliver 80x4 at 4 ohms or 200x2 at 4 ohms or 80x2 plus 200x2. The amp has no built-in crossovers to color the sound, it is just a pure gain block. Let's take a closer look at the amp and see how it performs on the SMD Amp Dyno. Watch in 4k HD on YouTube or embedded below:
  25. Dayton SPA250 vs Yung SD300 Plate Amplifiers Not exactly a direct comparison, but I decided to try both amps to replace the non-working 75-watt amp on my Boston Acoustics CR400 subwoofer. The 300 watt Yung SD300 is actually the cheaper of the two amps, yet rated to be the most powerful. It is a Class D design and has an open back. Will this cause problems if mounted inside a subwoofer enclosure, due to vibration? Only time will tell. I also purchased the Class A/B Dayton Audio SPA250 to try out. This amp is rated 252 watts at 4 ohms with less than 1% THD. This is a VERY popular plate amplifier on Parts Express with nearly 5 star average with well over 200 reviews. You may be asking...why 250 or 300 watts to replace a 75 watt amp? Well, because I can? Honestly, I wanted to choose popular models and have flexibility to use them in different applications in the future. Plus, I thought you guys would want to see these models tested, so I did this for you! Full disclosure: Amplifiers were purchased by me for the purpose of this test. All of the opinions in this video are my own and the content wasn't reviewed by anyone prior to posting. Watch on YouTube in 4k HD or embedded below:
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