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audioman2007 
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I already have an amp for my system BUT I am looking to get a better brand. I dont want to spend anymore than $200 though. I want a well known, respectable, and reliable amp for its price. The amp will be powering 2 12" earthquake DBX SVC handling 800 a piece. Thank you.
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audioman2007 wrote:
handling 800 a piece

You want an amp that makes some ~1500 watts that is well known, respectable, reliable, and costs $200?

best amp for 200 -- posted image.

Good luck with that.

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Posted: March 29, 2008 at 12:53 AM / IP Logged  
James is right... A GOOD 1500 watts is going to be twice that money, to start, probably more in the 3 to 4 times that range.
50 cents a watt is where I'd start looking for any kind of respectability.
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audioman2007 
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I dont need an amp that will push the subs at their rated RMS. I dont need a 1500 watt amp. Could I go with an amp that is lower in wattage?
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audioman2007 wrote:
I dont need an amp that will push the subs at their rated RMS. I dont need a 1500 watt amp. Could I go with an amp that is lower in wattage?

Sure but that isn't how you phrased your question. 

The bottom line is that 200 is a pretty tiny budget for a sub amp - if you could get that to 3 or 4 you'd have a zillion decent choices.

If I absolutely HAD to purchase a budget sub amp -

http://www.cadencestore.com/ProductCart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=125&idproduct=380

I stress the word 'budget'

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audioman2007 
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Well I cant really spend alot right now, because I am getting married and also getting ready to move into a house, but if this was any other time, I would easily spend more.  Anyways, I really like Earthquake products. I also have their speakers and a 600 watt 4 channel TNT amp. Would any of their amps work good for my subs?
sedate 
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Wow congrats - I'd rather have my own home than a fancy amp anyday.

Now a wife or fancy amplifier - that's a lot tougher. best amp for 200 -- posted image.

Anywho - earthquake amps look pretty cheezy - IMO the best rule of thumb is

http://www.earthquakesound.com/tnt.htm

"If the amplifier specs mention "max" or "peak" power - don't buy it"

On the other hand, the equipment doesn't look expensive and you said you like the 4-channel - go ahead and purchase it if you feel like a low budget solution is right for you.

I think most people here would tell you a REAL couple of hundred watts or so would be more desirable than these other options, including that budget Cadence I linked to above - you're still pretty constrained at $200 though.  I'd much rather have a modest, high-quality amplifier than a hifonics or a earthquake - or heaven forbid a sony or pyle or something.

http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=249

All I got for ya.

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I have to agree that anyone would be hard pressed to find a good amp at the $200 limit that would be able to put out that kind of power! Of course, I completely understand your budget situation so check this amp out:

http://www.online/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?Productid=19341

Definitely a "decent" amp putting out plenty of power for your subs and it's under your $200 budget. How do you like them apples?

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Um the only amp I can think of for around that price range and is a decent amp is the HIfonics BXi1606D. You can get it for 210 shipped on ebay. Thats the best one I can give ya. Good luck
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Go for a used product on ebay if you've only got 200 singles to blow.
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