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    Which brand of sub/amplifier is most reliable

    Simply put. What brand do you all highly recommend for two 10-12" subs along with which amp? I've had bad experiences with audiobahn and boss in the past and I'm not going back to either. So far my pioneer and power acoustick seem to be doing fine. I'm looking into JBL subs as I type. Just post back your opinions and experiences please.
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    jbl is good, rockford is ok, they used to be better but seem to have gone down hill a little. Phoenix gold seems to be up there too. Focal im sure would sound good

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    any high quality amp and sub should hold up well. jl, zapco, focal, audison, pg hasn't always had the best rep and they jsut got bought out so quality may be questionable. image dynamics and ed have some nice equipment as well. anything they sell at an auto parts store is not going to last.
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    Yeah audiobahn and boss are pretty low end companies

    First what you need to do is decide on either an amp OR sub then work your way to finding the appropriate match.

    You could also decide how much power you want your stereo putting out and then find an amp from there etc etc

    Its a dynamic process. You might find a sub you like find a good amp then keep the amp and find another sub. Best i can say is do your research on everything

    you may want to check out this tread about speaker/amp matching:
    Speaker and Amplifier Matching
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    Oh and btw DO NOT USE: audio legacy, pyramid or pyle

    yeah they are all the same company under different names...and if you thought boss was bad... these are WORSE....

    I blew a pyramid sub using thier recomended pyramid amplifier ... and everything was hooked up properly too!
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    hifonics, ESX and crunch are made by the same company also, so i wouldn't say "they're made by the same company so the company produces *****... but you're right about thos three brands though
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    Quote Originally Posted by IC-C30 View Post
    hifonics, ESX and crunch are made by the same company also, so i wouldn't say "they're made by the same company so the company produces *****... but you're right about thos three brands though
    Are you serious? God I REALLY didnt believe anything decent came from them...!
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    I'm not looking into spending too much money on this since I'm working on the car computer still. I'm only going to get one 1 sub for now most likely and get another after I graduate. I'm probably going to stick with these 2 subs I've been looking at cheap and I've heard good things about them.

    JBL GTO Series GTO1002D
    JBL GTO Series GTO1004D

    The only difference is obviusly the GTO1002D runs on 2 ohms, while the other runs on 4 ohms. I'm not too sound savy yet. But either works. I'm not quite sure on a good amp that is good for just one and that I can switch to two when I plan on getting the other. If you can suggest some amps that would be great.

    Yeah my friend's pyle nearly caught on fire one time somehow... so... yeah never going near those. Please help, I'm a major newb at sound stuff. I'm amazing with electronics though haha. I understand the basics, but that it's >_<.


    OH and I'm looking for something with a rather low profile. So if anyone could actually find the depth on those subs it would be great because I searched a lot of sites don't bother giving you descriptions.
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    When looking for technical information, go straight to the manufacturer's site, if they are any good they should have a tech sheet on the sub. If not, email or call the company they are usually very willing to give you anything that will help you buy their stuff. As amps go, Find one that will be about twice your sub power. And then while you have one sub, keep the volume low. OR get a 4 ohm sub and a mono amp that is equal to the required power @ 4 ohms and stable at 2 ohms (and which will give out twice the power at 2 ohms) That whay if you wire a second 4 ohm sub in parallel you will get twice the power because the parallel wiring will drop the ohm number.

    That was probably kinda confusing. Look up how parallel and series circuits work (Check it out on wikipedia). Then you will probably get it better.

    Its late now so i dont want to go through and make it all nice and all... but im happy to clarify if you have questions
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    look at elemental designs equipment (they have a forum discount for icix.com members) or maybe even used stuff
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