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SeaKid
04-20-2007, 12:14 PM
Okay guys. Before you hate I did search but did nto come up with anything...

How do you use a car amp in your house? From what I've seen it seems like the most cost effective way to run a subwoofer or two.

If this isn't really recomended what are some cheap home theater amp companys?

I'm knew to this and have many questions....

I'm lost.. :confused:

jdawg
04-20-2007, 12:16 PM
its not cost effective, you need a power supply, buy a plate amp or rack mount from www.partsexpress.com and build a box

tEh koRnDog
04-20-2007, 12:17 PM
contrary to your research...there is a thread or 2 about this.

just buy a plate amp from partsexpress like the post before said.

jdawg
04-20-2007, 12:24 PM
yea i think theres like a thread per week

SCIVIC94
04-20-2007, 12:29 PM
parts express also sells the power supply u need to power a car amp.if you already have the amp i would buy the supply.it is also a handy item to test amps before you try to install them.

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 12:30 PM
My search skills are incompitent...

I am sorrry.

So would I get like a bash 500 watt plate amp and slap it on a mach5 15" for some okay bass for the home?

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 12:31 PM
parts express also sells the power supply u need to power a car amp.if you already have the amp i would buy the supply.it is also a handy item to test amps before you try to install them.

Hmm, okay well I don't have the amp.

I am off to school but I will check this when I get home..

psych0ticnemes1
04-20-2007, 12:32 PM
parts express also sells the power supply u need to power a car amp.if you already have the amp i would buy the supply.it is also a handy item to test amps before you try to install them.

Link?

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 12:37 PM
Yea I couldn't find it either....

Now I am REALLY off to school.

jdawg
04-20-2007, 12:39 PM
http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage.cfm?webpage_id=3&CATID=53&ObjectGroup_ID=427

but one big enough to get any kind of real power to an amp are pretty expensive

thylantyr
04-20-2007, 12:48 PM
Bash 500w @ 4ohms = $228

Buttkicker BKA1000 [1900w @ 2 ohms] = $250
http://home.pacbell.net/lordpk/proamps/buttkicker.jpg

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 12:54 PM
Are the buttkickers going to sound good though? It sounds like they are designed for the 'shakers'.

joetama
04-20-2007, 02:31 PM
Uhhh oo... Seakid just opened a can of worms....

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 06:07 PM
Bahaha, uhm B&W, what do you think would be a decent amp for getting around 2000 watts @ 2 ohms, I am looking to run either 2 12" Q's or a 18" BTL.

joetama
04-20-2007, 06:18 PM
What is the rest of your system? And how much do you want to spend?

JimJ
04-20-2007, 08:20 PM
2kW at home?

Christ...you don't need that much power...unless you're thylantyr...:D

joetama
04-20-2007, 11:40 PM
That's why I asked what the rest of his system was. The subwoofer configs he wants to run could easily over power most high end systems.

SeaKid
04-20-2007, 11:42 PM
What is the rest of your system? And how much do you want to spend?

Uhm, For the amp less then $300 if possible. And the set up.. I have a pre-fab 5.1 right now, KLH speakers with a sony reciever. I will probabbly buy a Yamaha 5.1 reciever and build my front speakers and keep my current front KLH speakers for the rear.

Ground up stuff right here.... And i realize the subs that I choose are going to be rediculously loud, one 12" Q or something like that will probabbly what i end up going with.

It all depends on the power at hand....

myjaja
04-20-2007, 11:47 PM
Any of these would work. That's what I'm using. ;)

http://www.beckerelectronics.com/pyramid.html

Edit: This one is pretty cheap link (http://cgi.ebay.com/PYRAMID-PS-52KX-45-AMP-CB-HAM-RADIO-CELL-POWER-SUPPLY_W0QQitemZ180106257306QQihZ008QQcategoryZ318 8QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) (45 amps)

joetama
04-20-2007, 11:49 PM
Well... You really don't need all that much power. You could get one of those Buttkickers or a plate amp. I am not sure if the buttkicker has any crossover controls with it, nor have I had any practical experience with one. Really, all you would need is 500 watts and a decent sub. Don't go too over kill on it or you neighbors will just hate you.

ballstothewall
04-21-2007, 01:08 AM
2kW at home?

Christ...you don't need that much power...unless you're thylantyr...:D

F' that, I've got more power than that in a dorm room... lol

SeaKid
04-21-2007, 03:01 AM
Yea.. I have neighbors, but I live on 3 1/2 acres and everyone around me has more then that, sooo I am not too worried about pissing them off.

B&W EE, I would love to pick your brain via IM. You seem to have oodles of knowledge in the home audio field...

& balls to the walls, your screen name must fit you nicely then....

joetama
04-21-2007, 10:23 AM
Ygpm

JimJ
04-21-2007, 11:29 AM
You seem to have oodles of knowledge in the home audio field...

He's a n00b...:)

joetama
04-21-2007, 02:19 PM
Thanks Jim...

ballstothewall
04-21-2007, 07:36 PM
& balls to the walls, your screen name must fit you nicely then....

Occasionally.... :up2somet:

thylantyr
04-22-2007, 05:01 PM
Are the buttkickers going to sound good though? It sounds like they are designed for the 'shakers'.

People have been using them to drive subs even though it was made for shakers.

A recent review of three amps;

Crown XLS 402b
Behringer EP2500
Buttkicker BKA1000

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=807801

The majority of amps don't even meet their power spec @ 20hz, low distortion,
even proamps suffer pretty bad. The reason you want a 2kw amp is to get a true 1kw operation.
Most people buying amps to drive subs are mislead about the true power vs. published specs.

************************************************** *******
http://www.thebuttkicker.com/buttkicker%20amplifier_home.html

Model #: BKA1000-4A

1000 Watts @ 4 ohms

1900 Watts @ 2 ohms - will power 2 ButtKicker LFEs wired in parallel , and 4 ButtKicker LFEs used in individual home theater seats.

Class D switching technology

Variable high cutoff, 40 to 160 Hz

Low cutoff, 25 Hz switchable
RCA and ” inputs with 160mVolt and 1.25 Volt sensitivities eliminates the need for a separate pre-amplifier

Five way binding post output

120v or 240v versions available

Convection cooling, i.e. no fan

12"W x 11"L x 4.375"H,

11 lbs / 11.36 kg
************************************************** *******


Just like any product, keep the receipt just in case you need warranty repair or replacement.

SeaKid
04-22-2007, 10:17 PM
Now THAT was helpful. Thanks man.

Buttkicker and a 12" Q... Buahahaha

SeaKid
04-22-2007, 10:21 PM
Im sorry, maybe a bit bigger, how would a 12" soak up the power at 2 ohms?

joetama
04-23-2007, 02:22 PM
What do you mean by 'soak up the power'?

jdawg
04-23-2007, 02:33 PM
I cant find the link but there was a place that was selling refurbished Behringer EP2500 for $200

jdawg
04-23-2007, 02:41 PM
found it, but they dont have them anymore :crap:

joetama
04-23-2007, 03:09 PM
I would probably take teh Buttkicker of the Brokeinger...

ballstothewall
04-23-2007, 07:56 PM
I cant find the link but there was a place that was selling refurbished Behringer EP2500 for $200

Don't bother. I got rid of mine for a reason, and I haven't regretted it.

joetama
04-23-2007, 09:28 PM
Brokinger.... FTL...

dumple
04-23-2007, 09:31 PM
i have an aiwa powered sub i can sell ya

ballstothewall
04-23-2007, 10:46 PM
Brokinger.... FTL...

Especially for the amps, I have NO plans of getting rid of my DCX unit though.

SeaKid
04-24-2007, 12:10 AM
What do you mean by 'soak up the power'?

Like how well can it handle it, sorry I will be more upfront next time.

This is turning into a random thread though... has nothign to do with car amps anymore...

ballstothewall
04-24-2007, 12:26 AM
This is turning into a random thread though... has nothign to do with car amps anymore...

Welcome to ca.com

SeaKid
04-24-2007, 01:28 AM
Welcome to ca.com

Hah, so am I now official??? :naughty: :suicide:

Any home theater of mine will be put on hold though.... I am going to start a project bus.... once i get a bus....


Ohh I am a dreamer.

joetama
04-24-2007, 08:27 AM
Especially for the amps, I have NO plans of getting rid of my DCX unit though.

Their processing isn't too bad. I find it to just not be very SQ compared to other brands, but then again other brands are a lot more money. :laugh:


Like how well can it handle it, sorry I will be more upfront next time.

This is turning into a random thread though... has nothign to do with car amps anymore...

A 12" will take the wattage. ;)

Scoobydoo
04-24-2007, 06:03 PM
you can use a computer power supply to power the car amp

joetama
04-24-2007, 09:33 PM
I'm glad someone finally said the obvious.... :fyi: :rolleyes: