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    Why the iffy on the MTX, Alpine and Xtant?

    I know MTX has a rep for being dirty but their specs are very respectable and their build quality is top shelf. I almost bought them instead of my Crossfires but liked the fact that Crossfires hold most of the DB world records in the USACI. Pretty good selling point! :D

    Alpines I do understand. They seem to not be the best built. Ive only had one amp die on me in my 14 years in car stereo dabbling and it was an Alpine. I do think they are one of the best SQ amps tho, so long as you can keep them working!

    Xtant are awesome, at least I think so anyway. Ive not heard anything negative about them, other than their way, way, way high price!
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    ive always been kind of leary of MTX...i dunno why...ive had a few of the connectors break on me to the power wire and the rca's before
    alpine...egh...not really a big fan of alpine for anything...ive heard about some reliability issues with the 2002 yr models...but havent heard much about it since...
    Xtant...their old stuff was better...i have a friend that swears up and down that he can hear a difference b/t their old stuff and their new stuff...i trust him and hes not one where he hears what he wants to hear...
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    Im just the opposite with Xtant. Ive only heard one of their old amps and a couple of their new ones. I dont hear a difference but Im not that familiar with them other than by reputation and what Ive read.
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    Originally posted by MacLeod
    Great! So Im still the old timer here.

    I should just go hang out on the HT side and talk about how good Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk sound on my home speakers. :(
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    Originally posted by Jstas
    HEY! DON'T KNOCK FRANK!
    LOL!

    Well, mafia guys seem to like him in all the gangster films so I guess he's ok.

    "Leave the gun. Take the canolis."
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    unfortunatly, ive only had experience with Power Acoustik amps, but i havent had any problems with them, ive had the one for about a year and a half now, the other maybe 6 months? no problems...

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    Since there's been a lot of asking along this subject I figured I'd pop it back up to the top of the list for others to read...
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    My $.02 worth:

    $500 and under = Crossfire and MTX
    $500 and up = Xtant
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    500 and up i say US Amps

    some of their smaller ones can be had for less and are of equal quality too.. all around damn find company
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    i emailed speedsound.com and they said that their usamps products sold online are fully authorized...
    i still dont have any usamps connections...damn it...
    i need to work on that so by next year ill have one...lol
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    For the person inquiring about Carver... I owned a Carver M4120 (4x120 watts RMS @4ohms, ) a long time ago. It was a down right AWESOME amp. I ran 2 Cerwin Vega XL15D's off of it with one coil per channel. After that I got a PPI A600, solid amp, but blew up after a couple years. My next amp was a SoundStream Class A 10.0. I still have that amp, 10 years later, and still driving it at 1ohm mono (as I have been for 10 years). Definately the best amp I've ever owned, in quality, reliability, and sound quality. Plus it packs one hell of a punch. Ive had a couple Jenson's, and they are garbage!!

    So, my favorites:
    1. Old School SoundStream
    2. Linear Power
    3. McIntosh
    4. Zapco
    5. US Amps
    6. MMatts

    Garbage:
    1. All the obvious ones (Lanzar, Boss, Pyle, etc...)
    2. Power Acoustik
    3. New SoundStream - bought-out by Epsilon (owners of Power Acoustik
    4. Sony
    5. I'm tired of typing, so any others along these lines....

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    Originally posted by exalted512
    i emailed speedsound.com and they said that their usamps products sold online are fully authorized...
    i still dont have any usamps connections...damn it...
    i need to work on that so by next year ill have one...lol
    -Cody
    yeah, if you take the zipcode they have with their address on the main page and run it through US Amps dealer locator it shows up there too, that's how i knew they could be trusted :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleCar_w/12s View Post

    Kicker: My Kicker DX700 was a bit of a flop. I have had a great majority of good dealing with Kicker equipment and components, but this one was a pain. The amp was always a little sketch, though powerfully pushing 300w to my DB12's, and would switch off. Crossover module seemed a little unecessary, but offers special options if wanted. Seemed to be a great point to get broken off. The module I had fried, causing a "weeeeooouupp.... POP!" then killing the amp for about 5 mins. I swapped for a passthrough module, fixing the problem for a while, then the input stage went completely dead. I have had NO contact whatsoever from their C.S. dept. via e-mail, and I hate to call.
    >>>Good amps, lots of power, but IMPOSSIBLE to repair/troubleshhoot myself due to the way it's constructed. Again, no response C.S. but a good high-power, middle class amp.

    -Jerry
    I disagree with Jerry. I have had nothing but good experiences with Kicker. I have a 2010 Kicker ZX1000.1 2 Ohm stable amp, sounds great with my 2 12" CVX's as well. I've had the amp for about 8 months now, and no problems have risen from them. The amp Jerry is speaking of is one of Kicker's lower level amps, similar to the DS series speakers and the regular Comp subs, which may be why there is not as much quality there.

    Again, with Kicker's customer service, I have had nothing but good results. I actually just asked them a question about 20 minutes ago, and in less than 15, I received a response (yes, that was using the generic support {at} kicker.com e-mail).

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    I was gonna respond just to make fun of a guys first post being a response to a 7 year old thread but I have to admit I got a kick out of reading our old posts. Man we didn't know crap back then did we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I was gonna respond just to make fun of a guys first post being a response to a 7 year old thread but I have to admit I got a kick out of reading our old posts. Man we didn't know crap back then did we?
    Who is this "we" you're referring to?
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!

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    Obviously I wasn't referring to you. You're the smartest guy in the whole internets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Obviously I wasn't referring to you. You're the smartest guy in the whole internets.
    You still dont know much...or else you'd know that I am, in fact, the smartest guy in the interwebz
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    No, you're just the shortest. Oh yeah, I went there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512 View Post
    You still dont know much...or else you'd know that I am, in fact, the smartest guy in the interwebz
    -Cody
    Cody,

    See, you obviously can't read 'cause he said "internets", not "interwebz".

    Get it straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    No, you're just the shortest. Oh yeah, I went there.
    Hey, I'm 5'10.5"...I cant be the shortest...haha

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    Cody,

    See, you obviously can't read 'cause he said "internets", not "interwebz".

    Get it straight.

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    Actually, I'm so smart that I corrected what Aaron was thinking, even after he typed it.:tongue:
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512 View Post
    Hey, I'm 5'10.5"...I cant be the shortest...haha



    Actually, I'm so smart that I corrected what Aaron was thinking, even after he typed it.:tongue:
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    Cody,

    Wow! You really are a fart smeller!

    I mean, smart feller!

    Or...do I????

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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512 View Post
    Hey, I'm 5'10.5"...I cant be the shortest...
    I call BS. The fact that you had to claim that half an inch there makes me think you're trying to add a couple extra inches. And I know something about trying to add extra inches.....I mean.....nevermind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I call BS. The fact that you had to claim that half an inch there makes me think you're trying to add a couple extra inches. And I know something about trying to add extra inches.....I mean.....nevermind.
    Macleod,

    I'll bet you do!

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    speaking of, did anyone get a load of woot's chaulk yesterday? I mean, uh, did you read the article?
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512 View Post
    speaking of, did anyone get a load of woot's chaulk yesterday? I mean, uh, did you read the article?
    Cody,

    I think you mean caulk.

    Learn to spell.

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    What's a woot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    What's a woot?
    Macleod,

    Get with the times.

    http://www.woot.com/WhatIsWoot.aspx

    Troglodyte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Cody,

    I think you mean caulk.

    Learn to spell.

    Love,
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    P.S.: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=17869
    Sorry, I get excited when people talk about caulk. That H just slipped right in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Macleod,

    Get with the times.

    http://www.woot.com/WhatIsWoot.aspx

    Troglodyte.

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    Sorry, if it doesn't involve hot midget porn, I just can't be bothered with it these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I call BS. The fact that you had to claim that half an inch there makes me think you're trying to add a couple extra inches. And I know something about trying to add extra inches.....I mean.....nevermind.
    I heard the last time he tried to add a couple extra inches, he threw the pump through the computer monitor. Something about it not getting any suction...

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