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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    How expensive are the FET component parts? Couldn't be more than a few bucks for those at some online electronics outlet or ebay. You might just try replacing all of them yourself (maybe you can even source something of better quality) and see how it goes. It looks like an easy job with 3 solder points per FET and some heat synch compound.







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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by raptor727 View Post
    I have always mounted to the box abd have yet to have a problem... quality amps should not have an issure with this imo
    wow. that makes absolutely no sense.



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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by jockhater2 View Post
    wow. that makes absolutely no sense.
    Lol when i read that comment i had to read it like 4 times, and it still didnt make sense to me.




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by CaddieJapan View Post
    Time to go with something better, Used AQ, Crescendo, or Sundown. Onlinecarstereo may take care of you, it's worth a shot.
    I was actually going to buy the AQ1200. but i did not have enough for it yet. I have $198 in my account, and if there was anyway i could send it bacc and get the $209 i paid for it, i would really like the Saz 1500 or the Cresendo 2200.




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by americannight View Post
    How expensive are the FET component parts? Couldn't be more than a few bucks for those at some online electronics outlet or ebay. You might just try replacing all of them yourself (maybe you can even source something of better quality) and see how it goes. It looks like an easy job with 3 solder points per FET and some heat synch compound.

    Repairing an amp ain't that easy young warrior. A lot of parts go bad without any physical damage and some needs to be matched in order to be reliable or it'll blow out again. You'll also need quite a few test and repair equipment before you can perform surgery at all, not to mention the education needed to know what everything does and what NOT to do.

    Electronic parts are fairly cheap, the hard part is knowing how to repair... and that's beyond what most people can do.



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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by americannight View Post
    How expensive are the FET component parts? Couldn't be more than a few bucks for those at some online electronics outlet or ebay. You might just try replacing all of them yourself (maybe you can even source something of better quality) and see how it goes. It looks like an easy job with 3 solder points per FET and some heat synch compound.
    Yea that is a possibility, I would really like to just get a refund and purchase a better amp. I have enough in my account that if there was anyway i can get a refund, i will almost have enough for an SAZ, or a Cresendo.




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman0121 View Post
    Repairing an amp ain't that easy young warrior. A lot of parts go bad without any physical damage and some needs to be matched in order to be reliable or it'll blow out again. You'll also need quite a few test and repair equipment before you can perform surgery at all, not to mention the education needed to know what everything does and what NOT to do.

    Electronic parts are fairly cheap, the hard part is knowing how to repair... and that's beyond what most people can do.
    I agree with you 100%. In my case since i dont have the knowledge, or any kind of baccground repairing an amplifier, i would end up doing it more worse than good.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman0121 View Post
    Repairing an amp ain't that easy young warrior. A lot of parts go bad without any physical damage and some needs to be matched in order to be reliable or it'll blow out again. You'll also need quite a few test and repair equipment before you can perform surgery at all, not to mention the education needed to know what everything does and what NOT to do.

    Electronic parts are fairly cheap, the hard part is knowing how to repair... and that's beyond what most people can do.
    You're right he may have fried more than the obvious FET parts that are visibly blown. But I live dangerously and have gotten away with easy $5-10 repairs before on amps just by taking a risk. If it were me, I'd give Soundstream a chance to swap it out or fix it. If they don't I'd try fixing it and probably would learn something in the process. But that's just me, MacGyver. This route isn't for the faint of heart, though, and you have to be ready to accept failure from the outset. If it's just the FETs then it could be easy. If you replace those and something still is fried, then the troubleshooting could be a learning experience, that's for sure.




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    Quote Originally Posted by americannight View Post
    You're right he may have fried more than the obvious FET parts that are visibly blown. But I live dangerously and have gotten away with easy $5-10 repairs before on amps just by taking a risk. If it were me, I'd give Soundstream a chance to swap it out or fix it. If they don't I'd try fixing it and probably would learn something in the process. But that's just me, MacGyver. This route isn't for the faint of heart, though, and you have to be ready to accept failure from the outset. If it's just the FETs then it could be easy. If you replace those and something still is fried, then the troubleshooting could be a learning experience, that's for sure.
    Honestly i would not have a problem trying to fix it myself. I think this amp is pretty beast! Just a dam shame I mounted on my enclosure =[ When i purchased the Rubicon it was the best i could afford at the time, i really wanted to get the AQ 1200, or the Sundown SAZ 1200 or 1500, but i was a few dollars short so i settled with the Rubicon. If there was anyway i could get a refund that would be awesome. I have $198 right now and that would bump me up to $407 and the Sundown SAZ 1200 in $399. I have been eyeballing that amplifier for awhile now.




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    I wish i could get paid out on all my blown electronics..

    It was installed incorrectly, and possibly water damage. And you want your money back?



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    Quote Originally Posted by esmokah View Post
    I wish i could get paid out on all my blown electronics..

    It was installed incorrectly, and possibly water damage. And you want your money back?
    Not necessarily, i would like to see if i can get swapped out for a new one or have Soundstream repair it.




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Just had a Soundstream Rubicon 2500.1d take a crap on me as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by VWGolfMKVI View Post
    Just had a Soundstream Rubicon 2500.1d take a crap on me as well.
    Looks like we are in the same boat bro, only problem is we're stranded w/o any paddles atm...




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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    Just sent mine in for exchange. Bought from a local authorized dealer. They should have my fried one tomorrow and i will hopefully have a new one by next week.



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    Re: This cannot be good! Fried my amp. (Gut pics inside)

    What about vibration on amps in general? Lots of pressure in my trunk and even with the amps mounted on the side walls, they've got to be shakin' a little. Here's the setup I'm running:

    Volvo S60 build resurrected! Old School!

    Should I be concerned about vibration or is this more of an issue when the amps are mounted directly on the box? Aren't the better built amps designed to withstand the typical vibrations of a car audio system?




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