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Old 04-14-2012, 06:43 PM
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Default I have $300. What sub amp should I get?


This is not a "want to buy" thread. I am only sharing my opinions on amps for a $300 budget.

I am not the world's foremost amp expert. But I have owned and tested my fair share. I am also cheap. I don't like spending more than $300 for an amp either so that's my wheelhouse.

This is my list, in order, if I only had $300 and was looking for a sub amp. It is subject to change at any time and I am open to other suggestions if I am leaving one out or you don't like my rankings. But if you suggest a crap amp, it ain't making the 1st page.

My list. In order. For a $300 budget. Take it FWIW.

The SoundStream DTR 3400. If you have $300, dig around in the couch cushions and find another 60 bucks. (Now discontinued. Still a good buy used)

- Digital Designs M2a or M2b
- Crossfire 1700
- Used American Bass VFL
- Used AQ2200
- Used Sundown 1500
- Used Skar 1500
- SoundStream DTR 1700
- PowerBass ASA 1500
- Used Massive 3k (2 ohm amp)
- Used Crunch GP Pro 3k
- SoundStream RUB 2500

Noteables (and only because they're discontinued, hard to find or not always priced at or under $300)...

- MBQuart Discus
- Used Atomic or RD stuff (1600, 1750, etc)
- IA 20.1 (if you see one for $300, snatch it)
- Kicker 1500 (solid 2 ohm amp. expensive and not very versatile, IMO)
- Rockford Fosgate t1500


Falling from the list is the Crescendo BC2k. Still a good amp. Not in favor of the price increase though.
Added - Skar 1500

Update: 08/14...

- DD M2a or M2b have gotten awfully close to our target budget now. Move them to the very top of the list.
- Crossfire 1700... while it's a long shot to find one near this budget... it's possible. Top of the list.
- (deleted) - DB Drive pd2000. Still a good amp, but by now they're difficult to find and/or have probably been put through the ringer.
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check out the new FLXX lineup.. Preorders r going on know. Korean goodness
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check out the new FLXX lineup.. Preorders r going on know. Korean goodness
I would have thrown the OA's in there too if I was doing heretofore unreleased amps. At least the OA's have been tested.

I won't let this thread die and get buried. I'll update it when newe amps or info become available.
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lanzar opti2000d?
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I got a Rockford 1501bd for $260 minty with endcaps.
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lanzar opti2000d?
I like the Opti's, but like I said, I don't know the going rate of every amp out there and I can't recall ever seeing one on the boards.

What's the going rate? I'll add it to the noteables if you have some guts or testing info.
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I had a SKAR and a SAZ1500 side by side for guts and really liked the looks of both. I have a SAZ1500 that I bought from db-r as a refurb and it looks great. Don't forget to check them if shopping for that line.

As for the SKAR I really liked the guts of it as well, and the rated 1680 @ 1 for a 1500w amp!

Another notable if not looking for cleanliness and just loudness might be the Stetsom 1K5H...

SAZ on the left, AP1500 in the middle and the SKAR on the right

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I got a Rockford 1501bd for $260 minty with endcaps.
I was going to add the RF, but assumed they came in over budget. CL finds or crackhead deals don't count.
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I was going to add the RF, but assumed they came in over budget. CL finds or crackhead deals don't count.
I meant i would sell it to you for $260 but now u talked me out of it, LOL. J/k.. $260+ shipping broseph
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I meant i would sell it to you for $260 but now u talked me out of it, LOL. J/k.. $260+ shipping broseph
Lmao. This isn't a "WTB" thread. I have more amps than I know what do to with. Lol.
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