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  • Cheap Amp to replace the stock headunit?

    I have installed my Mac Mini into my car, and I have the touchscreen where the old headunit was. (double din size)

    So now I need a cheap amplifier that can do what the headunit used to.

    -I don't need 500-watts
    -I am not replacing my stock speakers.
    -I don't want to run wires to my trunk and back.
    -I do want to play music though my stock speakers from my Mac Mini.

    Does anyone know of a cheap, yet good sound quality Amp?
    I can either buy two 2-channel amps, or a single 4-channel amp.

    The sonic impact amp seems promising, but most all reviews say it's lacks bass. Mabye one step up from a Sonic Impact?

  • #2
    cheap yet good sq amp....those two usually are about as far opposite each other as you can get...usually, but not always

    how much are you wanting to spend? because cheap to you might be expensive to others
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
      cheap yet good sq amp....those two usually are about as far opposite each other as you can get...usually, but not always
      Aint that the truth!

      Try some of those four channels amp that Walmart have. Generally they have issues with noise. But, because you are going from your PC (in the trunk I presume?) to the amp(also in the trunk ) the chance for interference is very slim.

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      • #4
        how cheap is cheap, as there are a couple good amps for sale in the classifieds.
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        • #5
          WE ordered a cheap 4 channel amp. after tons of looking, the wife found an ok model online for under $60 delivered.
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          • #6
            WOW!

            Do I dare ask what brand?
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            • #7
              Audiobahn is probably the cheapest brand I would actually recommend. The Audiobahn A6004T is only $154 at CarDomain.

              There is cheaper stuff out there, especially if you go used, but I'm not going to put my seal of approval on them. You might be able to get a good deal from someone on the forum who has taken good care of their gear, but be carefull on eBay. It is flooded with refurbished and B-stock equipment.
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              • #8
                Are any of these good?
                http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....ry&id=cat03086

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                • #9
                  good for what? what are you trying to do?

                  you might want to start a new thread for something like this. People generally don't like others jumping into their thread to get their questions answered.

                  Jan Bennett
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                  • #10
                    Look on ebay, be prepared to ! I got a refurbished (3months warranty) 200W Pioneer amp for I believe 29.99 buy it now. I also found a ~280W Sony (I know it is not the best choice for car audio) for 37.99 buy it now. Just make sure to get a well known car audio manufacturer, and stay away from those cheap *ss amps.
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                    • #11
                      May i recommend a used A/D/S powerplate? Sevral models to chose from and people dont know what they are losing!

                      Alpine made a small 2 channel amplifier about the size of juice box. I have one laying around. Two of those would easily fit behind a radio in the dash.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
                        good for what? what are you trying to do?

                        you might want to start a new thread for something like this. People generally don't like others jumping into their thread to get their questions answered.

                        Exactly what the OP was asking, and if they aren't, why?
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            just buy 2 MTXRT202's from Circuit City....very small amps....or you can find 'em online for alot cheaper...but i'm just sayin to buy 'em from Circuit City 'cause i work here :P i'm actually posting from work right now... =X

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                            • #15
                              you can always go used for cheap,

                              since you're not going to replace the speakers and want good sq, take a look at david navone's amp-100:
                              http://www.autosound2000.com/linedrivers.htm

                              they are 2x20 wrms which is what you'd get out of any stock head unit but the specs on these are probably a lot better. plus you can hide these practically anywhere
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