Currently I have a Kicker ZX700.5 running my system. I'm looking for an upgrade, but I can't afford any Zapco, Audison, DLS, or ARC amps. I was looking at the Soundstream Picasso PCA5.540 for $239.99 on SonicElectronix but it doesn't give me enough power on the sub channel with only 180 watts. I like the other specs and I have heard really good things about the Picasso series. I find it odd though that it still has a 30a X 3 fuse rating just like my Kicker.
I also saw the Tarantula series TRA 880.5. It seems to have even better specs such as a higher S/N ratio and more power on the sub channel (400watts). for $299.99. It also has the ability to run an active setup from the amp provided you use the highpass on your head unit to crossover your mids. I havent heard anything about it though. It is a good amp? Does it put out its rated power?
The reason that I am looking around is that I want to see if there is a difference in SQ from my Kicker. My kicker was tested at a 1.2% THD which seems very high to me.
Any help would be appreciated.