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TaylorFade
06-17-2013, 07:36 AM
So, I've been wanting to test a Taramps for a bit. I really want the HD8000, but I figured I'd get this little guy first just to see what they're about. And when I say little, I mean that literally. Bish is tiny.



I knew of a guy relatively local to me that is a Taramps "dealer" so I gave him a ring and I pulled the trigger when I heard the price. I quote "dealer" because some people will tell you that there aren't any Taramps dealers in the states. Well... this guy orders amps from Taramps and sells them with warranty. And Taramps knows he does that. So, I dunno what their definition is of "dealer".



Anyway... see what I mean by little?

http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2612_zps792b3123.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2612_zps792b3123.jpg.html)



It comes shrink wrapped. It also comes with a big *** windshield sticker. That's cool if you like big *** stickers. A manual and a single hex key is also included. The Dew is for size reference. I've already tested it.



My first impressions are that it's small, obviously. It's not nearly as beefy as a Korean. It weighs in at just under 7lbs. It has plastic end caps that double as mounting feet. The sink seems rather thin, but I suppose the fan offsets the heat dissipation of a beefier sink. It's super clean looking though and I dig it.


http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2613_zps125c1393.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2613_zps125c1393.jpg.html)


These are conservative 4awg power and ground. How do they do it!? The Cadence wire I used fit in there fine, but you'll play hell getting anything oversized in there. Obviously has a fan too.


http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2617_zps0c38a530.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2617_zps0c38a530.jpg.html)


Remember when I said it comes with a single hex key? Well... that's all you need. The same wrench fits every terminal and I would like to take this time to personally thank Taramps for that. Is that so hard to do!? Hellloooo, Korea? Are you listening? Same size ****!



8awg speaker terminals. Single pair. Clean. All good. The pots can be adjusted by hand. That's nice sometimes. They were pretty difficult to adjust, but I imagine that's from them being brand new. Subsonic is the "HPF" but it isn't marked that way. I guess you have to figure that out on your own. That "monitor" port is for a remote LED box that's basically a dash mounted version of the status lights on top of the amp. Power, protection and clipping. Apparently that's sold separately because mine didn't come with one. There's no gain knob on the "monitor" and I can't tell you if it's any more accurate than the ones that come with some Korean amps, but still cool to have, I guess.


http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2618_zps9271ac9a.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2618_zps9271ac9a.jpg.html)


Here she is in the buff. Bye-bye warranty. I thought I was gonna be all slick and pull the warranty sticker up all stealthy and what not, but it's one of those security sticker thingys. Oh well. Lol. Speaking of warranty... they come with a 1 year.


http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2615_zps4d06c469.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2615_zps4d06c469.jpg.html)


Anyway... on to the testing!!



94v clean. That's very promising.

http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2619_zps65bac8b8.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2619_zps65bac8b8.jpg.html)



Here's the status lights I was talking about. I ran it into clipping just to see when/if the light came on. Pretty nifty for setting the amp. Fuzzy wave... pretty light. And this is handy because you can't set a Brazilian with the square root DMM method because they make a ton of voltage. Something about half bridge vs. full bridge or some ****. If you used the DMM method, you'd wind up at 77v and leaving a ton of power on the table.



http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/taylorfade/Amps/IMG_2620_zps4982cf16.jpg (http://s848.photobucket.com/user/taylorfade/media/Amps/IMG_2620_zps4982cf16.jpg.html)



Okie dokie. For anyone not wanting to watch the lame *** vids or doesn't care to do the math, here's the Cliff's...



1,429w rising to 5.1 ohms dropping to 12v

2,360w rising to 2.2 ohms and dropping to 10.9v

2.3k dropping to ten point nine f'n volts. It fell short of 12.6v rating at that voltage, but anything that can make good power at half lowest rated impedance and 10.9v is a winner in my book. Taramps says 2k @ 4 at 12.6v and 1.2k at 8 at 12.6v so it's not crazy under rated like some, but still pretty **** solid. I have no doubt that it could make the 3k rating at alternator charging levels. Even though Taramps might be a little optimistic on their end. Well... clean anyway. I bet it gets rowdy as **** with a soft clip.



Interestingly enough, I DC clamped it pulling only 100A but making 1.4k at 13.5v. Now... I couldn't do the DC clamp and output clamps simultaneously because I couldn't watch it all the meters and there is obviously something amiss with my math, but even with a HUGE margin of error, this is one hell of an efficient amp.



So, in conclusion... I'm liking this little bish. Considering the size, the price, the output and the efficiency... I just found my daily for the BMW.



I actually have vids of clamping it on my YT if anyone is interested.

pickup1
06-17-2013, 07:52 AM
But How does it sound with music and what's retail price on it?

black05alti
06-17-2013, 08:02 AM
I'm interested on the price as well

TaylorFade
06-17-2013, 08:25 AM
But How does it sound with music and what's retail price on it?


I'm interested on the price as well

I actually played music on it. It's on my YT. I set it with a 0db tone and the track I was playing was -5db so it was only making like 200-300w, but whatever. It was doing just fine. You can see the amerage draw in that music vid too. It's crazy efficient.

I can't give you a subjective impression because I haven't installed it yet.

The prices are VERY competitive. I apparently can't post prices, but PM me if you want my guy's number.

black05alti
06-17-2013, 09:01 AM
PM coming your way..

quakerroatmeal
06-17-2013, 09:36 AM
That's crazy impressive...depending on price. Still impressive for small foot print and that board.

black05alti
06-17-2013, 09:41 AM
You can find these amps on eBay for price reference

pickup1
06-17-2013, 11:57 AM
My phone search found nothing on eBay...

black05alti
06-17-2013, 11:57 AM
Then I'll post the link here..
Taramp's HD 3000 2 Ohm High Power Car Audio Amplifier Brazilian Car Audio | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Taramps-HD-3000-2-ohm-High-Power-Car-Audio-Amplifier-Brazilian-Car-Audio-/111065422659#vi-content)

quakerroatmeal
06-17-2013, 01:35 PM
Yikes way more than I expected.

supereikenator
06-17-2013, 01:39 PM
$600 seems to be a bit much...I know it's small, but the power isn't much, so unless the SQ is great that's ALOT.

black05alti
06-17-2013, 02:08 PM
The price may be different from his guy.. $600 still isn't bad though compared to other amps

TaylorFade
06-17-2013, 03:30 PM
My contact sells them for way less than that eBay listing.

And they get cheaper (dollar per watt) the bigger you go. The 8k approaches AudioPipe's dollar per watt prices. And the crappy AP's. Not the Korean ones.

trumpet
06-25-2013, 06:44 PM
I'm not a "dealer" for Taramps but I have been getting e-mails from someone at their company. Joao Wurth. Obviously not spelled correctly but I don't care to bust out character map to get the foreign letters. They obviously want these sold in the US.

black05alti
06-25-2013, 06:45 PM
I'm not a "dealer" for Taramps but I have been getting e-mails from someone at their company. Joao Wurth. Obviously not spelled correctly but I don't care to bust out character map to get the foreign letters. They obviously want these sold in the US.

Start selling them :)

trumpet
06-25-2013, 06:48 PM
Start selling them :)

What the hell, I sent a reply e-mail to see what comes back.

cfox10
06-25-2013, 06:48 PM
I'm not a "dealer" for Taramps but I have been getting e-mails from someone at their company. Joao Wurth. Obviously not spelled correctly but I don't care to bust out character map to get the foreign letters. They obviously want these sold in the US.

If you do decide to, I'd be interested in running one of these.

Spooney
06-25-2013, 07:01 PM
What the hell, I sent a reply e-mail to see what comes back.

If you decide to sell them Trumpet let me know. I e-mailed taylorfades contact and have not received a response yet. Really thinking about an hd 3000 or larger

NoLoud4U
06-25-2013, 07:08 PM
They are already sold at that dj supply online store.

Spooney
06-25-2013, 07:13 PM
They are already sold at that dj supply online store.

True but they cost way more than what taylorfades contact can get you one for.

trumpet
06-25-2013, 07:19 PM
True but they cost way more than what taylorfades contact can get you one for.

They may have to advertise certain prices in order to be an authorized dealer, if in fact they are an authorized dealer. I hope to get that kind of question answered soon.

black05alti
06-25-2013, 08:53 PM
They may have to advertise certain prices in order to be an authorized dealer, if in fact they are an authorized dealer. I hope to get that kind of question answered soon.

Keep us posted. I'll be interested in the HD5000

NoLoud4U
06-25-2013, 11:55 PM
True but they cost way more than what taylorfades contact can get you one for.

$900 for the 8000. If they cost any less I would begin to question thier quality.

SounDrive
06-26-2013, 12:51 AM
$900 for the 8000. If they cost any less I would begin to question thier quality.

Cheaping out on the heatsink and adding a little fan reduces the build cost by a lot..

I have a feeling this will be the next forum boner

phemps
06-26-2013, 02:01 AM
Cheaping out on the heatsink and adding a little fan reduces the build cost by a lot..

I have a feeling this will be the next forum boner

sure wouldnt doubt that ha

NoLoud4U
06-26-2013, 02:10 AM
Cheaping out on the heatsink and adding a little fan reduces the build cost by a lot..

I have a feeling this will be the next forum boner

Can't be any worse then the audiopipe boner. That one made me sick.

SounDrive
06-26-2013, 12:15 PM
Can't be any worse then the audiopipe boner. That one made me sick.

As long as these perform and prove to be durable, I don't see anything wrong with them (unlike AudioPipe as you mentioned)

trumpet
06-26-2013, 02:24 PM
I got a price sheet, but that's all. I don't see this as something I should pursue unless they really make it easy to buy very small orders. This is a total dead end with my local customers, so it would be entirely online sales to make it happen. My feeling is if I had 20 people tell me they want at least 1 amp then only 1 or 2 would follow through and pay.

trumpet
06-27-2013, 12:51 PM
I talked to a Taramps rep this morning. Since I can order whatever quantity I want this seems to be a "go". I have all of their products available to order.

cfox10
06-27-2013, 01:08 PM
I talked to a Taramps rep this morning. Since I can order whatever quantity I want this seems to be a "go". I have all of their products available to order.

Is your price sheet something you can share or private? I know you have to make a profit.. so pm price on the 5k?

trumpet
06-27-2013, 01:15 PM
Is your price sheet something you can share or private? I know you have to make a profit.. so pm price on the 5k?

I have a confidential price sheet that's private. Do you mean the HD 5000? 1 ohm or 2 ohm?

cfox10
06-27-2013, 01:39 PM
I have a confidential price sheet that's private. Do you mean the HD 5000? 1 ohm or 2 ohm?

Sorry, I'd like to get 5k @ 1ohm. Which of the amps do that power?

trumpet
06-27-2013, 01:40 PM
sorry, i'd like to get 5k @ 1ohm. Which of the amps do that power?

hd 5000, t 5.0kw

black05alti
06-27-2013, 01:41 PM
sorry, i'd like to get 5k @ 1ohm. Which of the amps do that power?

hd5000

cfox10
06-27-2013, 01:46 PM
hd 5000, t 5.0kw

When you figure out your pricing shoot me a pm.

Spooney
06-27-2013, 02:27 PM
hd 5000, t 5.0kw

When you figure out your pricing I would be interested in a quote for the HD3000 and HD5000 in one ohm versions

WCefai
07-07-2013, 12:09 AM
I'm also interested. Pm me price of the hd-3000, hd-5000, and hd-4000 all at one ohm if you can

VWGolfMKVI
07-07-2013, 12:28 AM
Depending on price, I am interested in the HD1600 @ 2ohms

trumpet
07-09-2013, 06:39 PM
Right now I have what I hope is a temporary issue with the cost of shipping. Do you guys want to pay $150 to cover shipping on a single amplifier?

Spooney
07-09-2013, 07:25 PM
Right now I have what I hope is a temporary issue with the cost of shipping. Do you guys want to pay $150 to cover shipping on a single amplifier?

I guess it really boils down to what the total cost of the amp comes out to be. If they perform and are reliable I don't think anybody would care so long as the shipping cost doesn't make the total considerably more expensive than other options that are out there.

ThatChevyGuy
08-01-2013, 01:52 AM
that amp defies everything i know about making power. how the hell?

Pyromaniac4food
10-01-2013, 07:18 PM
Bit of a gravedig but anyone find a solid supplier?