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    New setup questions

    Hi all, new to the forum. Looking at getting a relatively cheap but clear sounding setup going. Diamonds in the rough so to speak (nothing comp worthy, just something clear hitting that can be cranked when needed). I'm new to setting up car audio, but I've been reading up on it for the last week or so. It's helped a great deal finding these forums (searches and stickies).

    Car: 2004 Dodge SRT-4 with stock Livin' Loud Kicker System (sounds pretty good minus the crappy woofer)

    Here's what I've got so far ordered:

    Head: JVC KD-HDR1

    Sirius Tuner: JVC SIR1

    Subwoofer: One Boss Blade BL220 DVC 12" Sub (600W RMS) - jumped the gun and got this because of a really good deal. Since reading in here that Boss maybe a name to avoid, I hope I didn't make a mistake, but the specs seem ok.

    Here's what I need:

    Enclosure for sub (already noticed someone here on the boards who builds them in my area)

    Amplifier - I really need help on this. Like I said I want to go cheap, but not at the cost of quality. I've been looking at either the MA Audio HK1000D($186) or the Hifonics Brutus BXi1606D ($250). In comparison both seem good.

    MA Audio HK1000D:

    1000 watt RMS Digital Class-X Mobo-Block Amplifier
    Temperature, Voltage & Output Level LCD Display
    RCA Outputs: 1 Pair
    Thermal, Short & Overload Protection Circuitry
    Platinum Plated Screw Type RCA Jacks
    Double Sided Black Epoxy PCB Board
    Strappable with another HK-1000D
    Platinum Plated Block Terminals
    Fully Unregulated Power Supply
    Stainless Steel Finish Heat sink
    Quiet Fan Cooling System
    Remote Gain Control
    Full Mosfet Circuitry
    Frequency Response: 10Hz - 350Hz
    24dB Low Pass Filter: 50Hz - 350Hz
    24dB Subsonic Filter: 15Hz - 50Hz
    Variable 0 - 18dB Bass Boost Control at 45Hz
    RCA Input Sensitivity: 0.2 - 8V
    Low level Input Impedance: 22K Ohms
    Damping Factor: 200 @ 4 Ohm
    1 Ohm Mono Stable

    Hifonics Brutus BXi1606D:

    1600W x 1 RMS @ 1 ohm
    Illuminated Heat-Sink Design w/Blue LED Light Pumps
    Ultra-Fi MOSFETS
    Fully Adjustable Accu-Cross Crossovers
    180 degree Variable Phase Control (15-35Hz)
    Variable 24dB Subsonic Filter
    18dB Variable Bass EQ @ 45HZ
    Pulse Wave Modulated MOSFET EXVP
    Twin-Turbo Torroid Coil Design
    Surface Mount Design
    Balance Line Inputs
    RCA Line Output for Amplifier Daisy Chaining
    2 Ga. Oversized Gold Power Connectors
    Dash-mountable bass remote included

    From just a pen and paper aspect from what little I know so far, these seem fine minus the fact that the MA Audio shows Class X. I've never heard of a Class X amp, is that just a buzz word? I've also seen it referenced as Class T, and once site even claimed it was Class D, so I'm clueless as to what it actually is. Plus I read on here that the MA Amps were excessively power hungry.

    The Brutus looks to be a solid class D, and while it doesn't have a fan, my guess is that it doesn't need it. Are these pretty power hungry as well?

    Any other recommendation on amps between $150-250 (brand new preferred)?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Clarity; 01-31-2007 at 07:58 PM.

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