AMP suggestions - sep'r8 real from hype -

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I was told by an installer shop that McIntosh amps are top of the line and extremely clean; however, they also mentioned that McIntosh overrates their power ratings and will not give you the kick or dynamics of amps such as JL or the new MB Quarts-type amps.

Is there any truth to this?

I'm looking at possibly purchasing a McIntosh MC4000M 6-channel locally that produces 4x100 and 2x300 watts. I'm gonna do MB Quarts components and 1 13"JL W7 ported, OR 2 JL W6's in a sealed enclosure in an '02 Range Rover. I'm hoping the McIntosh will be appropriate and a perfect mate for this setup.

They're suggesting that their in-house JL 450.5 and JL 1000.1 would be a better match.

I'm not worried about the money spent of the McIntosh in comparison to the JL stuff, but I do want the best sound.

Your comments and opinions are appreciated.

Thanx.

 

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I was told by an installer shop that McIntosh amps are top of the line and extremely clean; however, they also mentioned that McIntosh overrates their power ratings and will not give you the kick or dynamics of amps such as JL or the new MB Quarts-type amps.
Is there any truth to this?

I'm looking at possibly purchasing a McIntosh MC4000M 6-channel locally that produces 4x100 and 2x300 watts. I'm gonna do MB Quarts components and 1 13"JL W7 ported, OR 2 JL W6's in a sealed enclosure in an '02 Range Rover. I'm hoping the McIntosh will be appropriate and a perfect mate for this setup.

They're suggesting that their in-house JL 450.5 and JL 1000.1 would be a better match.

I'm not worried about the money spent of the McIntosh in comparison to the JL stuff, but I do want the best sound.

Your comments and opinions are appreciated.

Thanx.
it is NOT powerful enough to push a 13w7 OR 12W7 OR 10 W7

 

limitkid7
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pls don't spend that kinda money on an amp and have it not be stable....

u need at least 500 watts for the 10

need 750 at least for the 12

and need at least 1k for the 13

invest in something else........ go w/differne tsubs if u have to

mtx9512

 
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pls don't spend that kinda money on an amp and have it not be stable....
u need at least 500 watts for the 10

need 750 at least for the 12

and need at least 1k for the 13

invest in something else........ go w/differne tsubs if u have to

mtx9512

The MC4000m is stable down to 2-ohms. I would consider trying another sub type of the w7 requirements were a little too high. The requirements on the w6's should be in my ballpark.

 

helotaxi
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i disagree...usually when u bridge an amp the min ohm load is 4ohms
True. And usually a sub (or any speaker for that matter) will not present its nominal impedance in a real world application. It will be something higher and will vary depending on frequency and enclosure.

I agree that there is no reason in the world to spend that much on that amp, stable or not.

 
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