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Planet audio AC5000.1D Actually a pretty great value!

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I just wanted to make a quick post about the Planet Audio AC5000.1d I purchased this amp for just over $140 USD on eBay shipped to my door just for fun with very low expectations of actual RMS output and am pleased to say it has surprised me with the amount of power it makes for the price.

This was by no means a very sophisticated or scientific test but just a quick real world clamp. The amp was on mostly stock electrical on 1 15” Fi BL wired to 1 ohm in about a 3 cube ported box tuned in the low 30 range for this test and it clamped as follows.

 

Planet audio rates this amp

3750x1 @ 1

1875x1 @ 2

 

28hz

1,842 Watts

55v 33.5a 13.8v

1.64ohms rise.

 

31hz

1,917.4 Watts

55.1v 34.8a 14.1v

1.58ohms rise.

 

33hz

1,871 Watts

56.2v 33.3v 13.8v

1.68ohms rise.

 

36hz

1,952 Watts

59.1v 32.7a 14.1v

1.80ohms rise.

 

42hz

1,475 Watts

59v 25a 14.2v

2.36ohms rise.

 

46hz

1,027 Watts.

58.4v 17.6a 14.1v

3.3ohms rise.

 

These numbers were all most likely into clipping because I don’t have any good indication set up and don’t have access to a scope.

 

Within this data you can clearly see where my tuning falls off and efficiency goes out the window but despite not achieving it’s ridiculous rated numbers I was genuinely impressed with the numbers this $140 budget amp put out! It has been very reliable so far too, have been beating on it for about a year now and just recently performed this clamp.

 

What does everyone think? Anyone else have any planet audio experience to share?

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omg man the 1500 tested at 180 rms at 2 ohm.. the #'s they say mean nothing thats like me saying my car will go 700mph (it will if u drop it from high enough) the 4k boss tested at 900rms i'd bet it's about the same as that

what ***** the most is if u had asked us we coulda got u a amp that really does 1500rms for $150-$200 bigblank here (thats his video look at his other video subscribe to his channel) he has a hifonics that tested over 1500rms $150., he had a dual amp that tested over 1500rms for like $95 couple weeks ago.. god!! wasted $ i hate that..

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Peak hold #s im sure

 

And a few % thd probably

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Your numbers are likely off by a fair margin if your using Peak Hold on your Multi and Clamp (Assuming that's the gear you used). Also that's not taking into account the Power Factor, which will yield a lower number. This is why straight clamps usually generate a higher number than an Amp Dyno or a Termlab clamp at a comp. With that being said, that amp is still likely around a 1400-1500+ amp @ 1ohm. The AC5000.1D Likely shares a board with the Boss PD5000 I tested

and DroppinHz did a dyno on that specific amp and got 1700W+ Dynamic (They likely used more gain overlap than I typically do).

 

For $140 they are not a terrible amp power wise (Longevity and Sound Quality are different matters all together). The issue I have with Planet Audio and Boss, is the more we give them money, the more they will continue to rate amps this way... If consumers demand real ratings MFRs will likely follow suit....

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Peak hold #s im sure

 

And a few % thd probably

 

Yes and yes. As I mentioned those numbers are likely into clipping I was just surprised it made even the power it did. Expectations upon purchase were very low lol

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For $140 they are not a terrible amp power wise (Longevity and Sound Quality are different matters all together). The issue I have with Planet Audio and Boss, is the more we give them money, the more they will continue to rate amps this way... If consumers demand real ratings MFRs will likely follow suit....

 

That’s pretty much where I’m at. I was just curious what it would do so I bought it to play with. Manufacturers advertising flase numbers can really screw someone over that is just getting started. That said I think I would recommend this amp to someone new to car audio. It’ll make as much power as most people ever want and for very little cash really

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Yes and yes. As I mentioned those numbers are likely into clipping I was just surprised it made even the power it did. Expectations upon purchase were very low lol

 

If the meter was on peak hold they are way off.

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That’s pretty much where I’m at. I was just curious what it would do so I bought it to play with. Manufacturers advertising flase numbers can really screw someone over that is just getting started. That said I think I would recommend this amp to someone new to car audio. It’ll make as much power as most people ever want and for very little cash really

 

Can't say I agree with you there... For the same money I would recommend several other amps over the Planet Audio....

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Can't say I agree with you there... For the same money I would recommend several other amps over the Planet Audio....

 

Just out of curiosity what would you say out ranks it? Bang for buck wise?

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Just out of curiosity what would you say out ranks it? Bang for buck wise?

 

same $ soundstream 1200 tested over 1200 rms (same amp as my ppi).. for like $190 blank has kicker 1200 marine amp over 1200, even skar 1500 is $179.. blank can tell u i think the jbl 1200 or 1k tested like 1400rms $199 just vastly better amps.. belva 5k did 2100 $199 not saying it ton better but just don't buy maxxonics amps unless u seen it tested to do what u want.. that hifonics he did was pretty nice for $150

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Just out of curiosity what would you say out ranks it? Bang for buck wise?

 

For around $150

PPI P1000 and it's sister amps (Soundstream TN1.1200 etc..)

Skar RP1500 (Granted they are $179 at the moment but they fluctuate down at times...)

Rockville DB15

Soundstream AR8000.1D (Most power at $150 by far)

PPI Black Ice 2600

Soundstream Picasso 3500

Audiopipe APCL-1500

Audiopipe APMI-1500

Hell I just picked up a refurb Skar RP2000.1D (That FINALLY CAME IN!) and it looks like new unlike BigD's and I paid $179 for that..

 

Or if I could stretch just $29 more I would get the JBL GTR1001 - which will do almost 1600 Dynamic and is the best built of any of these amps.

 

It's a buyers market if you know what to look for........ And happen to watch a YouTube channel dedicated to Budget Amps.. (Second Shameless plug of this post).

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If I only have $150 to spend I’d rather have a better built 500 watt amp then a grossly inefficient 1k that needs an alternator to get that 1k out of it.

Be honest, if you only got $150 to spend you don’t have $500 for an alternator.

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The JBL is 86% Efficient

 

Also the PPI is not bad either... The rest I agree... They are current pigs.

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Yes and yes. As I mentioned those numbers are likely into clipping I was just surprised it made even the power it did. Expectations upon purchase were very low lol

 

any junk amp will make massive power numbers when clipped to hell for a peak hold clamp. This is why clamps with no oscope are useless.

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For around $150

PPI P1000 and it's sister amps (Soundstream TN1.1200 etc..)

Skar RP1500 (Granted they are $179 at the moment but they fluctuate down at times...)

Rockville DB15

Soundstream AR8000.1D (Most power at $150 by far)

PPI Black Ice 2600

Soundstream Picasso 3500

Audiopipe APCL-1500

Audiopipe APMI-1500

Hell I just picked up a refurb Skar RP2000.1D (That FINALLY CAME IN!) and it looks like new unlike BigD's and I paid $179 for that..

 

Or if I could stretch just $29 more I would get the JBL GTR1001 - which will do almost 1600 Dynamic and is the best built of any of these amps.

 

It's a buyers market if you know what to look for........ And happen to watch a YouTube channel dedicated to Budget Amps.. (Second Shameless plug of this post).

 

What YouTube channel? And wow that’s quite the list! I’m definitely not up to date with a lot of what’s out there I guess. I know the RP series is alright. It’s the same as the APMI and the shark as far as I’m aware though. The sharks were a steal back in the day for $100-140 depending on when purchased.

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any junk amp will make massive power numbers when clipped to hell for a peak hold clamp. This is why clamps with no oscope are useless.

 

Fair enough. I definitely see where you’re coming from on that one.

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What YouTube channel? And wow that’s quite the list! I’m definitely not up to date with a lot of what’s out there I guess. I know the RP series is alright. It’s the same as the APMI and the shark as far as I’m aware though. The sharks were a steal back in the day for $100-140 depending on when purchased.

this u tube channel i showed u like twice i think https://www.youtube.com/user/bigblank69/videos?disable_polymer=1

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Okay didn't catch it before will have to check some of those out, I watch a lot of BigDwiz I think he's great

 

he is but he does alot of old amps.. subscribe to ryans page channel.. ryan (bigblank) does new amps most are 2k or less so lower priced., he got the dual amp on amazon for like $87 tested like 1600rms as soon as he bought it like in mins price went to $200 lol.. anyway he test amps peeps here wonder about and we find out that like the american bass amps are same as skar amp guts etc.. your pa is a good deal if it does say 1400rms it's great price (cheaper than my amp) if it's kinda clean and last u 2 yrs but i doubt either well be true.. i have a autotek 1600 over here in box practically new remote works better than ever seen but it's like 350rms, was in my car 3 months or so just wish i had spent twice the $ got amp i have now then and even if i upgrade ata least id have decent back up or something easy to sell no one wants used pa, at, boss or hifonics amps so it's $ u don't get any $ back on.. u probably have to sell that for $50 so hopefully u keep efficient subs that the pa will push good and maybe u can keep it yr or 2 get your $ out of it.. but the word is orion coming out with nicer low cost amp this yr so u probably want to switch for it or something else and the pa be sitting in closet..

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he is but he does alot of old amps.. subscribe to ryans page channel.. ryan (bigblank) does new amps most are 2k or less so lower priced., he got the dual amp on amazon for like $87 tested like 1600rms as soon as he bought it like in mins price went to $200 lol.. anyway he test amps peeps here wonder about and we find out that like the american bass amps are same as skar amp guts etc.. your pa is a good deal if it does say 1400rms it's great price (cheaper than my amp) if it's kinda clean and last u 2 yrs but i doubt either well be true.. i have a autotek 1600 over here in box practically new remote works better than ever seen but it's like 350rms, was in my car 3 months or so just wish i had spent twice the $ got amp i have now then and even if i upgrade ata least id have decent back up or something easy to sell no one wants used pa, at, boss or hifonics amps so it's $ u don't get any $ back on.. u probably have to sell that for $50 so hopefully u keep efficient subs that the pa will push good and maybe u can keep it yr or 2 get your $ out of it.. but the word is orion coming out with nicer low cost amp this yr so u probably want to switch for it or something else and the pa be sitting in closet..

 

The planet audio was just purchased for my daily (I have a walled cavalier on about 7k as well) but it has definitely given me its money’s worth in my opinion, however even the daily has now outgrown it lol. I did just pick up a stetsom 3k to play with in the daily now though but that’s beside the point. It’s only purpose for me was to push my Fi BL 15 until I got bored with the setup and it bottomed that sub out no problem.

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