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    Hey guys, I've decided to buy a set of components, but need a few pieces of last minute advice. I've been researching prices on ebay and several sets are available for about $150, which seems to be a very reasonable price. A couple of sets have caught my eye so far and I need your help with which one to get. The decision so far (based mostly on price) is between the Kenwood KFC-XR51P, the Alpine Type-R SPR-136A, and the Pioneer TS-C130R. From what I can tell, a set of components will nicely compliment the sub I am planning on getting (Audiobahn AW1200Q). I believe the power range for the three sets listed here is around 8-40w RMS, which brings about an important question. I am getting the Kenwood KDC-MPV7019 receiver, which puts out 22x4 RMS and 45x4 Max. With the speakers rated at a max of 40 RMS, will they be in danger of blowing when bridging two channels of the receiver to each crossover (22x2 RMS = 44 Speaker Max = 40)? Also, if there are any other sets that you would recomend considering (around that price range, which works out to be approximately anything under $230 retail), please feel free to list them; I am new here, so any other advice is welcome.
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    ... Don't bridge the HU? Does that mean I can only send one channel (16 watts RMS) to each pair of speakers without any danger to the system?




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    That makes sense, thanks for the heads-up. That brought up a question regarding the sub setup I hope to get, though. I want to get the Audiobahn AW1200q, which has gotten mixed responses on every review site I have found; people either love it or hate it. It has a RMS range of 50-700, which sounds extremely powerful to me, so I figured it would sound cool in a small car. To get a good amount of power to it, I was thinking about buying a 2-channel amp, which people have told me would be the easiest and best for just one sub. I looked on Crutchfield and found a brand called Profile that had excellent specs relative to the other brands on there. The model was the Clarus CL800. It said that it would put out 300x2 / 600x1 RMS, which would mean bridging both channels from what I understand. That, however, is into a 2 ohm load. With the sub being DVC, I believe you have to go either 8 ohm or 2 ohm. When I looked at the detailed specs on the amp, it said that the minimum impedence when you bridge both channels was 4 ohm. The way I interpret that is that I would have to wire the sub in a series, making it 8 ohms. If this is the case, how much of the power would be sacrificed? It seems that going from 600x1 RMS into a 2 ohm load could drastically change to something like 300x1 RMS into an 8 ohm load. I'm sorry I don't know much about this stuff, if this question isn't clear, I'll try to re-word it. Thanks for all your help.
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    Is the JBL stable to 2 ohms when you bridge both channels? I'd like to get the maximum power out of it. If it isn't possible to get it down to 2 ohms, how much of a difference would wiring the sub in a series make?




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    Yeah, the answer is simple; price. I am a running start student and an athlete, so I don't have any time for a job. I've been talking to all my relatives and for Christmas I'm going to get a joint present from everyone: a stereo. My dad is covering the HU and my mom is on the speakers. I got my grandparents to agree to a sub, but got about a $100 limit. Looking on ebay, I found the Audiobahn line for extremely cheap. I can get that sub fully shipped for pretty much $100. I had considered many others, Kenwood Tornados, Db+, Alpine Type-R and Type-S, and the MTX Thunder 6000 and 8000. One of my friends suggested that I should consider Pioneer's premier line, too. I don't know about Pioneer subs, though. If that Audiobahn is going to sound terrible, please let me know. I don't have anything in the car yet, building completely from scratch. From what I've heard, I figured the Audiobahns would be fine for me. After considering the reviews and your comment, though, I've kind of realized I prefer SQ over SPL. I was just getting a bit of an ego I guess. Theres a kid that keeps telling me about all his stuff (Thunder 6000 10") and how much my system will ****. I guess I just wanted to smoke him. If there are any cheap subs that sound good and will put out decent base, I should probably look into those more. Do you have any suggestions?
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    What about the MTX thunder series? How do they compare to these? One of my friends has a Thunder6000 10" DVC in a Ported (possibly bandpass) box that he wants to sell for about $100. I haven't heard a lot of systems in cars, only those at stores, so thats all I have to compare to. But ****, that thing is loud as hell. His bronco was actually shaking from just the one 10. Some other kids that know a lot about car audio came to look at it the same day as me and thought he had 2 12's in there. How do you think this sub would compare to that Alpine Type-R? For $100, that sounds pretty good.




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    So you think that the Audiobahn AW1200Q in a good sealed box (Sealed better for SQ I think) would sound better than the Thunder6000 in a ported or bandpass? BTW, for sealed box SQ, is a larger space better or a smaller space better?




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    save up a little more money for the sub and check out the elemental designs k series... as for components, take a look at JL Audio XR series... real nice comps for the price, and they hold up pretty well to middle end brands like mb quart, diamond, boston acoustics..




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