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    Phoenix Gold or Alpine? Any experienced?

    I'm looking at putting a system in my VW Bug, I'm thinking all alpine or all phoenix gold? If I go Alpine, I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Alpine amp MRP-F240 ? It claims its 4x 40 RMS.. Anyone that could tell me anything about that would be appreciated or if you don't think it owuld be big enough to run a set of components and a set of 6x9's in the back recommend a different alpine amp. I like my music loud and full of bass.
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    ... but yet clear. In my explorer I currently have a pioneer deh 7600mp, infinity kappas, and 2 audiobahn subs wiht a A275HCT amp pushin "1200 watts" rms... I'd like something a little louder and more clear for speakers the subs are about the right size.
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    I have alpine amps and think they'er great. very clean, very efficient. I have the MRV-F540 4 ch for my mid range and tweets and a MRV-T420 2ch pushing one Perfect 10.1 sub.

    The 4 ch doesn't even break a sweat pushing my infinity kappa components and 2-ways ... but the 2 ch it cranked to give the 10.1 enough juice. Sounds good tho.

    I haven't used PG amps tho ... so can't tell you.

    As for if your 4x40 will be enough, it all depends on the specs of the speakers. you want your amp to be able to match the speakers. In my opinion it's better to get an amp that's too powerful ... you can ease off on the gain, and have some room to grow.

    If you like it loud look for more than 40w per channel.

    If you like bass you will need a sub. You simply can't get sufficient bass out of components without blowing them
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    The Alpine amps are really quite nice IMO... especially for the price... if you end up going with Alpine amps, I have an MRD-M501 sub amp up for sale on eBay... its brand new, never been hooked up, not a refurb, and I'm make a smokin deal on it if you are possible interested. I was going to use all Alpine amps in my system but got another great deal on an Arc Audio five channel amp... so I'm streamlining things. If your interested, lemme know... later!
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    I definitely planned on getting a sub, but im only looking at Decks, speakers, and a speaker amp right now. I've interested int that amp coachreed I'll be in touch within 24 hours.
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    Do not buy the MRP models. Stick with the MRV's or MRDs...

    Are you looking at brand new or used?

    If used, you can pickup a MRV-F400 (true 4x40+) on ebay.. or a 3554, old school 50x4.. around $100 or so.

    The M501 shown above is an excellent amp.. Not a bad price either.

    Im going all used alpine in my truck setup, which will be:
    RMS ratings as they will be used:

    Old school 3522 for center channel
    MRV-T420 rear speakers
    MRV-T757 front speakers
    MRV-1005 Subs

    The speaker amps are overkill, but i look at it this way.. its better to have the power and not use it, then be crankin the gains wishin you had more!! The amps run cooler, and put out much higher quality sound if you arent pushing them hard. (ie using a bigger amp and keeping the gains down).
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    Both or good but I would stick with PG. Many people like to have matching amps and PG also makes good subwoofer amps. I would consider PG better than alpine. Alpine is definitely an overhyped company. There isnt anything special about them but they arent bad. 40 rms is good just make sure your speakers arent that power hungry.

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    Ever consider running one 4-channel amp in 3 channel mode? Channels 1&2 fronts, 3&4 bridged to a sub. May be more rewarding than running rear speakers esp. in such a small car. You really can't go wrong with either brand... they each offer products to fit anyones budget.
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    Anyone here sell and install both Alpine and Phoenix in their store? I do. Those of you thing PG 'rocks', haven't seen my (huge)pile of pg warranty pieces waiting to go back for service. PG lines for years have been nothing but grief... QS, XS, Tantrum, Octane R. imo... JUNK. Unless you like paying more money for inferiour product that likes to blow up...then it's awsome.
    But thats just my opinion.

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