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knightsdaze
12-26-2010, 05:27 PM
Review of Amplifier: I made the mistake of purchasing 2 soundstream rubicon amps.. the 4.5 and the 2.25. both units functioned normally and adequately for a year and a half. they both "died" a couple weeks apart despite Pristine wiring, power -ground-rca's etc, and never driving the hell out of em.. now i know why i got them for a total of $335.. I guess you get what you pay for, eh? Still, the low price should reflect the overall performance level of a product, not a limited lifespan. I also have a soundstream cap that worked for a grand total of 10 minutes before the volt/amp l.e.d's stopped working. Moral of the story.. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON SOUNDSTREAM CAR AUDIO.

RAM_Designs
12-26-2010, 05:33 PM
Sounds like user error to me.

akheathen
01-10-2011, 09:21 AM
interesting..... i was wondering about the new line of soundstream amps.....i say new line, referring to anything since they closed their doors about 8 years ago. and at that point, they were awesome true/under rated amps. i have 2x 1000sx amps, and a 500sx. one was damaged buy cap failure (no amp to my knowledge is impervious to cold-weather failure of electrolytic capacitor discharge failure) and the other 2 were cooked pushing excessive clipping that cooked the 2 hx2's and shorted the amps. guys i know cooked a total of 5 amps on these subs and never learned.......oh, well, i got a kicker ix960 out of the learning experience, anyway.... needless to say, i'm casting a vote toward soundstream, in response to the ending comment

RAM_Designs
01-10-2011, 01:37 PM
Sad to hear those great SX amps got ruined. :(

Oh6AcCoRd
01-10-2011, 01:43 PM
i have a rubicon 2500d. works fine and puts out around rated it seems like, maybe youre just a dumbas$?

RAM_Designs
01-10-2011, 02:23 PM
i have a rubicon 2500d. works fine and puts out around rated it seems like, maybe youre just a dumbas$?

No need for name calling broski. The guy doesn't even come here anymore anyways...

akheathen
01-10-2011, 02:30 PM
Sad to hear those great SX amps got ruined. :(

actually, i still have them... just never have the time to huck 'em up on the bench and get parts ordered...... i might just drop 'em off and have someone else take care of them.

RAM_Designs
01-10-2011, 05:25 PM
actually, i still have them... just never have the time to huck 'em up on the bench and get parts ordered...... i might just drop 'em off and have someone else take care of them.

I'd keep them if I were you...old school godness right there.

Do you have any idea what's wrong?

akheathen
01-11-2011, 01:15 AM
honestly, i don't even remember......i believe it was just in the power supply circuits (transistors and diodes) and, i thinkj i stopped when i could not track down replacements......an that was before i found mouser, so i may just try a gain someday soon. all tech info was locked out when the company shut up shop. otherwise, i'm looking at a long day of mapping and calculating the properties of each semi-conductor..... that's why i mention just dropping them off at a shop, along with other monsters i have locked in the cabinet..

SilveyPuck08v2
01-12-2011, 02:08 PM
SS Rubicon amplifiers are the ****. user error :fyi:

CRXBMPN
01-12-2011, 02:11 PM
well, i am a ss nuthugger, but my xxx's ran on 12v stock charging (extra batts/wire of course) and never had problems... just picked up a bunch of rubicon 2500d's and from what i've heard they should do everything I want, and probably put out more than the xxx4000d did on 12v.

bigbangin
01-22-2011, 12:30 AM
I cant speak on the Rubicons but I am running 2 new reference amps and they are every bit the quality of the old school reference amps. The sq is amazing and they do every ounce of the rated specs.

SmartAsss
01-23-2011, 02:47 AM
Soundstream went down hill for many years, but they recently hired a new engineer who is slowly turning it back around, he started by revamping the reference series. im just not sure if he got to the lower lines yet. but still I say it was user error.

Team TH (Donny)
03-03-2011, 04:57 AM
I had a Soundstream TRA1000.2 and it was a great amp. Seemed very solid, and rather big and heavy for what it was.. Pretty decent amp over all.

SoCalNoob
03-03-2011, 05:12 AM
i run ss 10kd's and ran the DTR series a couple times with zero problems love me some soundstream.

subzero
03-03-2011, 05:38 AM
Review of Amplifier: I made the mistake of purchasing 2 soundstream rubicon amps.. the 4.5 and the 2.25. both units functioned normally and adequately for a year and a half. they both "died" a couple weeks apart despite Pristine wiring, power -ground-rca's etc, and never driving the hell out of em.. now i know why i got them for a total of $335.. I guess you get what you pay for, eh? Still, the low price should reflect the overall performance level of a product, not a limited lifespan. I also have a soundstream cap that worked for a grand total of 10 minutes before the volt/amp l.e.d's stopped working. Moral of the story.. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON SOUNDSTREAM CAR AUDIO.

look at tdis niqqa... joined just to ***** then cut out...

Bettr n' Revrse
03-03-2011, 05:41 AM
Have one in the bosses ride and its running great so far....

BnGRacing
05-31-2011, 03:11 AM
I'm not familiar with the newer SS stuff, is it made in China? That country isn't exactly known for their tight engineering & manufacturing tolerances.

The things that would smoke old SS amps of yore were your usual suspects; kids trying to find the elusive ZERO Ohm, poor grounds/chassis ground on speaker wire, 10ga power wire, and throwing crap on top of them so they'd overheat. Rarely would a Soundstream amp just let out the smoke a year later without something gone awry. If they lasted a year, they'd last forever. Look on eBay and you'll see the $$$ they fetch...even the blown ones.

If the new ones are anything like the old ones; you probably have a wiring issue. Either your ground screw backed out causing the power supply to really strain or your positive battery lead is corroded and/or loose. Since the amps are powering different drivers, the chances that something on the output side of the amp blowing in both is quite slim. So it's the power supply that's probably roasted and the most common causes for that would be the install. CCA wire might also be a culprit as that crap can corrode & start to react to the insulation anywhere within the run. Might look good under the hood and a 4-5" section under the back seat may look like it came out of the Titanic. That would choke a power supply too.

BreakinTHEbank
06-01-2011, 01:51 PM
So, if you were going to try your luck on a Soundstream, would one of the new RUB class Ds be something to look at? The lower end ones, I think 1.400 and 1.700 have THD .02% (same as the whole REF line), while the higher power models jump to .5%. Not that My ears could tell the difference. I was actually contemplating the RUB1.700 and either the TX1 or PX1.1300. That TX1 or PX1.1300 fuse ratings seems to suggest they might be slightly over-rated, while the RUB series looks right on or a little under-rated.

CRXBMPN
06-01-2011, 01:55 PM
Well, I cant discern the difference between my 5% THD XXX4000D and my __% THD on the Rubicon 2500d in my car @ .67 ohm right now. I like these amps, dont know about the lower power ones though.

BreakinTHEbank
06-01-2011, 02:05 PM
I wish the logic worked that if the higher power onces are good, then the lower power ones should be just as good! I think I'm just gonna pull the trigger and see. I get 45 days to make sure I want it.

ChevyRidinLow
06-01-2011, 02:14 PM
Review of Amplifier: I made the mistake of purchasing 2 soundstream rubicon amps.. the 4.5 and the 2.25. both units functioned normally and adequately for a year and a half. they both "died" a couple weeks apart despite Pristine wiring, power -ground-rca's etc, and never driving the hell out of em.. now i know why i got them for a total of $335.. I guess you get what you pay for, eh? Still, the low price should reflect the overall performance level of a product, not a limited lifespan. I also have a soundstream cap that worked for a grand total of 10 minutes before the volt/amp l.e.d's stopped working. Moral of the story.. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON SOUNDSTREAM CAR AUDIO.

ive run lots of soundstream, even their cheap lines go forever and provide very clean power. their subs are great and their amps are even better, rubicons are one othe best lines they made. you either messed em up or got them messed up. i hope you didnt secure them to the box...

knightsdaze
01-31-2012, 07:08 PM
Wow. I just happened to see my old review here today, and the responses to it for the first time. I guess that I shouldn't have been critical of Soundstream as a whole. My REVIEW was intended to be for the RUBICON 4.5 and 2.25. The amps didn't fail because of a wiring issue, and not cuz i'm a ******* either, Enchalada. Great input from an Elite member though. To note, the cap worked fine.. there was loose wire in the l.e.d. display which was an easy fix, BUT it has a cheap plastic housing, and for the price I paid I found it to be sub par as well.

wenn_du_weinst
01-31-2012, 07:16 PM
to many factors to know if it was amps or not, It is very highly unlikely that both amps would die at same time.

Clifff150
01-31-2012, 07:26 PM
I don't think name calling is required. I almost bought a rubie but got a **** good deal on a older amp with more power. It ***** you are out that much money. After everything I read I figured they would last longer than that

brodeisel
02-07-2012, 05:35 AM
user error was the problem but no one will want to admit it.

05fronty
02-08-2012, 06:27 PM
electrical probs maybe?

knightsdaze
02-11-2012, 01:37 PM
IT'S NOT USER ERROR.. CERTAINLY NOT A POWER OR GROUND ISSUE.. 200 amp alt-optima yellow top- 4awg stinger to each amp(from batt)+big 3-hpm3 rcas-chassis grounds are bolted thru w/ bench soldered ring terminals-2ohm load on 2 ch and 4ohm on 4ch.. i dont hack. i prefer overkill on power+grnd. the amps DIDN'T die at the same exact time, but about month apart.. I put a pdx 4.150 and 2.150 in the same spot after the rubi's went with zero problems or alterations to power or ground scheme.. they're working just fine.. believe what you want though.