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Old 10-30-2014, 10:57 PM
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Default My test: Synergy Audio WFO15.1D

Who is Synergy Audio? Well, it seems they are a brick and mortar store based out of South Dakota that couldn't find anything up to their price to performance standards. So instead of "settling", they did it on their own and started their own line.

This is the first of what I understand will be (3) size offerings. They are currently available in their storefront (obviously) and I believe one online store and FB.

Price - $400

Rated (14.4v)
4 ohm - 400w
2 ohm - 800w
1 ohm - 1,500w

This heatsink... it reminds me of something. Something old school. Kicker Impulse, maybe? I can't put my finger on it. But the first thing I noticed was that it wasn't super heavy. It doesn't seem to have as much sink as some competitor offerings, or maybe I'm just used to hauling around a TFE for too long. Either way, my testing is pretty brutal since I do so many back to back and it got hot, but not like... hot. I'll spend some more time with it in a daily application and report back on that.

"WFO" is the 2nd coolest name for an amp ever. I use that term all the time. I don't know if it's the same thing I use it for, but every time I see those letters, I think "Wide fuggin open". Lol.



Solid 1/0 power and ground. 8awg speaker. Hex key set screws for those that like to overtighten shit like I do. Had a little trouble fitting oversized 1/0 in there, but that's nothing new.



Plastic pots. That's ok as long as you don't adjust them with your pocketknife. Strappable. Came with a bass knob. I always mean to take pics of that thing but I forget. Sorry. I bet it's nice. You can see that the plastic end caps double as the mounting feet. You're kinda screwed if you break them. The feet on other amps are pretty wimpy but at least you could replace them if they get jacked. I'd suggest pan head screws and minimal torque when securing this guy.



Guts. One little note here... the end caps have a little tab that help hold the backplate in place, but it makes reinstallation of said backplate nearly impossible without removing one of the end caps. Moral of the story... don't take the damn backplate off.



On to the testing...

My CRX. 300A Ohio Gen. (2) JuiceBox batts. All of this testing is resistive testing. For those not familiar with my testing, the voltage on the AMM-1 is the output.

Unloaded. That's a lot of voltage for a 1.5k. Side by side pic to show the difference of one more click on the knob. We're totally fine at 50v at battery resting voltage (car off).



5 ohms resistive.



That's 620w @ 5 ohms and 14.7v. 86% efficiency. Wait... isn't it rated for 400w @ 4 and 14.4? Anyway...

2.5 ohms resistive.



1,100w @ 2.5 ohms and 14.2v. Umm... I'm seeing a pattern here.

1 ohm resistive.



2,250w @ 1 ohm and 13.8v with 74% efficiency. Whaaa?

One last test. This is sort of an "uncertified" run up to clipping at 1 ohm.



Kidding me. This amp is a little beast. Somebody is messing with my head because this could easily be called a 2k. And a solid one at that.

At $400, this should rocket right to the top of the list of anyone shopping with that budget. Easily places it alongside the AQ2200 or Crescendo BC2k... but cheaper than either. Durability is still untested, but 1 ohm resistive isn't exactly a walk in the park. And not to pick on the DC2k, but these numbers are comparable to/better than its dyno and the Synergy didn't need 14v batts to get there. Just sayin...

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Great review! Very underrated amplifier!

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Nice! It does look like the mid 90s impulse, spot on sir!
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The board layout reminds me of the flat line audio line up from zenon.
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I swear I've seen that board layout before.
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^^^^ You have seen it before, SMD did a test earlier this yr for C2 audio. The Recon 1.6
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It's a great board!
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It's a great board!
I thought of that amp you were selling when I saw the board. Was it the same amp?
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I thought of that amp you were selling when I saw the board. Was it the same amp?
It is!
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SYNERGY


C2 RECON


Recon testing**
12.0 Volt Rating
SMD AD-1 Rating:
1 Ohm Dynamic Burst 2399 Watts
1 Ohm Non-Certified 1923 Watts
1 Ohm Certified 1642 Watts

Oscilloscope Rating:
12.0 Volt RMS power @ 1 ohm mono 1412 watts x 1CH
12.0 Volt RMS power @ 2 ohm mono 939 watts x 1CH
12.0 Volt RMS power @ 4 ohm mono 497 watts x 1CH
Efficiency 4 ohm @ 12 Volts 86%
12.0 Volts 2 Amps strapped @ 2 Ohm Mono 3120 Watts

13.8 Volt Rating:
Oscilloscope Rating:
13.8 Volt RMS power @ 1 ohm mono 1892 watts x 1CH
13.8 Volt RMS power @ 2 ohm mono 1279 watts x 1CH
13.8 Volt RMS power @ 4 ohm mono 696 watts x 1CH
Efficiency 4 ohm @ 12 Volts 89%
13.8 Volts 2 Amps strapped @ 2 Ohm Mono 4130 Watts

14.4 Volt Rating:
SMD AD-1 Rating:
.5 Ohm Dynamic Burst 3285 Watts
.8 Ohm Dynamic Burst 3225 Watts
1 Ohm Dynamic Burst 2859 Watts
1 Ohm Non-Certified 2342 Watts
1 Ohm Certified 2024 Watts

Oscilloscope Rating:
14.4 Volt RMS power @ 1 ohm mono 2080 watts x 1CH
14.4 Volt RMS power @ 2 ohm mono 1400 watts x 1CH
14.4 Volt RMS power @ 4 ohm mono 767 watts x 1CH
Efficiency 4 ohm @ 12 Volts 90%
14.4 Volts 2 Amps strapped @ 2 Ohm Mono 4450 Watts
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