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    Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    Hey guys, I want to know what you would do in my situation, I have two Skar ZVX 12s and they are dual 2 ohm so would you guys get a solid amp ( im thinking a AQ 3500) and run it at 0.5 ohms (assuming I have proper electrical) or would you guys run two of the same type of amps at one ohm each on each sub? Please let me know (I havent done any big electrical upgrades so if I go with 0.5 I may have to shell out a bit more on electrical upgrades but meh, should have solid electrical anyways)







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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    If your worried about one 3500 at half ohm you can't run two 3500's at one ohm



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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    i would run the single aq. less can go wrong in the gain setting on one amp. if the subs will share the same airspace in the enclosure u will run into loading and phase issues, unless u strap the amps at 2 ohm.




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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbjunior View Post
    If your worried about one 3500 at half ohm you can't run two 3500's at one ohm
    I would be running different amps if i was strapping

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    Quote Originally Posted by shauncox26 View Post
    i would run the single aq. less can go wrong in the gain setting on one amp. if the subs will share the same airspace in the enclosure u will run into loading and phase issues, unless u strap the amps at 2 ohm.
    Thanks man, I think Ill just end up going with the single AQ 3500




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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    The running 2 amps strapped will be cleaner sounding. Also strapping amps you only have to worry about the master amps settings You'll also get more power from 2 amps that one of the same rated power. Just a FYI. A 3500 rms amp needs extra batteries and a ho alt. so either way you need to upgrade the electrical




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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    Quote Originally Posted by mylows10 View Post
    The running 2 amps strapped will be cleaner sounding. Also strapping amps you only have to worry about the master amps settings You'll also get more power from 2 amps that one of the same rated power. Just a FYI. A 3500 rms amp needs extra batteries and a ho alt. so either way you need to upgrade the electrical
    Can you explain why it would sound better? Yeah man about electrical I'm going to run like 4-5 C&D 78 AH batts and get a HO ALT a little down the road. I didn't even know what voltage drop was until I put my car on a meter while bumping and read 10.0v




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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPL.Pantie.Soak View Post
    Can you explain why it would sound better? Yeah man about electrical I'm going to run like 4-5 C&D 78 AH batts and get a HO ALT a little down the road. I didn't even know what voltage drop was until I put my car on a meter while bumping and read 10.0v
    By sounding better means the subs will get a cleaner signal from the amps. So more efficient. Easier on the electrical




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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    I would strap 2 1500-2000 rms amps. Going to have to upgrade your electrical either way. But when strapped you only have to set gains on the master amp like mylows10 said.



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    Re: Run an amp at 0.5 ohms or strap two amps?

    You won't hear a diff running 1 @ .5 vs 2 strapped @ 2ohm. I've run numerous set ups both ways.

    You also won't gain much power wise with 2 @ 2ohm. So I'd upgrade electrical and run the single amp at .5. I've been running AQ and Crescendo amps at .5 for several years with no issues...




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