Ok, now that I've had a job for a while and have some money set aside, I've decided that I want to go ahead and get an amp for my system. Considering size limitations and prices (I'm fairly confident I can get some pretty good deals on Memphis), I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with Memphis Car Audio. I know they're not the best, but they're not bad and they're sure better than what I've been using!!
So, here's the deal. I've done just a little bit of research today on the net. Since I haven't actually talked the store here in town, I don't know prices and thus don't know exactly where to head. However, I have narrowed it down to a few choices.
First off, should I go with a 2-channel amp (about 100 - 150 wpc) to go to my crossovers for my components? Or should I go with a 4-channel amp so I can bypass my crossovers and use the one that's (hopefully) on my amp? Or should I just go ahead and spend some more dough now to get a 5-channel amp for when I get a sub? Or would just the front two channels of a 4-channel amp be enough for my components while I bridge the rear two for my sub? Or a 4-channel amp and then a separate sub amp later on down the road?
One thing I've decided today: Despite what some people have told me, I want a lot of power going to my components. I want about 120 wpc if I use the crossovers (2-channel) or about 55 wpc if I bi-amp (4-channel amp). Now, if I go with a 4-channel amp and bridge the rear two for my sub (whenever that may be), I'll be left with 55 watts per crossover. I don't want that. This is why I'm suddenly drawn to the 5-channel stuff. 55wpc to bi-amp and still 200+ watts for a sub.
ANY suggestions you have about my scenario and what kind of amp to use and so forth would be extremely appreciated. I'm actually meaning to move on and get this done sometime before the year is out.
Here's some of what I found:
16-MCA300. 150 watts x 2 channels @ 4 ohms.
16-MCA2004. 50x4@4. Here I get to biamp, but I want more power.
16-MCA3004. 75x4@4. Now here's the power!
16-MCH600. 55x4@4 and 400x1@1. Now I'm giving up some power over the previous amp, but I'm also gaining that 5th channel for my sub while not giving up my ability to biamp. I wonder what the 5th channel will do into 2 ohms, as that's what most subs are, right? Or are they 4ohms like the speakers? If they are...that sure isn't going to be a lot of power to it. Though, I'll only want a single 10".
So, what do you guys think? I've also thought about doing something like the 16-MCA3004 (75x4), and then getting a separate sub amp whenever I get a sub and stick it under the other seat. That way I could biamp with lots o' power and have a sub (prob the best scenario, in my mind). However, I don't know how the money will work out that way.
I guess right now I'm just waiting 'til I can talk to the guy and find out what prices are. However, I'd appreciate any info/suggestions/comments/guidance you wanna throw at me.