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    Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    I always like posting pics of amp internals when I pull them apart. I had my 500.1 apart because all the wire set screws were stripped... so I took pics and threw them up... it's hard to imagine this thing does 500w






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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    also does anyone know what those switches are for? there is 1 on the top and two on the bottom



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    wow nice clean amp




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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    wow, that looks wimpy



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    Quote Originally Posted by nauc
    wow, that looks wimpy
    that's what I thought, but the rubicons have a good rep and it's never given me problems. I specifically bought it for it's small size and high output. It'll come in handy in my new 4runner, I can tuck it away so it won't make my install look bad. I think the diamond will look better... unless I can get rid of it! I want an Arc or Zapco.



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    its not how it looks that counts, its how its designed, and the parts used

    makin an amp do 500w with a small footprint is tough (well how big is it anyways?)

    seeing an amp full of components doesnt mean its necesarily good.




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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    Quote Originally Posted by flakko
    its not how it looks that counts, its how its designed, and the parts used

    makin an amp do 500w with a small footprint is tough (well how big is it anyways?)

    seeing an amp full of components doesnt mean its necesarily good.
    footprint is 10.5x8.5 on the base, the board is somewhat smaller



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    oh i thought it was smaller than that

    but still, if it puts out 500+w, who cares wat it looks like




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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    Quote Originally Posted by flakko
    oh i thought it was smaller than that

    but still, if it puts out 500+w, who cares wat it looks like
    the 1000-2 is 16x12 I believe. Not too shabby for a 1000 watt a/b amp .



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    well those Rubi's are the last of the good Soundstreams...I had a few Rubi's and SA/USA series, some of which I still have...all have the same heatsink design- solid amps



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    I like it well I'm off to find the parts I need



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    I'd take a old reference series over a Rubi any day of the week. I just got my hands on a working alpine amp, (well it will be here next week), that is about 30 years old, serial # 0001. It looks like a two story brick with large multiple heatsinks on it than run up and down instead of end to end.



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    Quote Originally Posted by AcidicDreams
    also does anyone know what those switches are for? there is 1 on the top and two on the bottom
    Two on the top are Phase 0 or 180 and the other is sub sonic or hawkins bass control.



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Blazemore
    Two on the top are Phase 0 or 180 and the other is sub sonic or hawkins bass control.
    Duh, I can't beleive I forgot those go through the case, I was thinking they were only inside the case...



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    Re: Soundstream Rubicon 500.1 gut pics

    I wish I could soder(s/p) that nicely. Yet I've only done it once in electronics class.



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