Originally Posted by a townn
so do you think i should look for a less powerful amp? my thinking was that i may want to add more at a later date (i.e. another sub, higher quality sub, etc) so i would go with that amp. please correct me if my logic is wrong, still learning as much as i can
honestly, if you can get a deal on the amp, get it. it's a solid powerplant. the ratings on that amp are pretty accurate. i'd pretty much hold them to it when looking for a sub.
turning the gain on the amp down is not really a solution to running a lower powered sub on a higher powered amp. the gain **** doesn't reduce the amount of power going to the sub. a 600 watt amp is going to send 600 watts of power to the sub whether it's a 200 watt sub or a 1000 watt sub. the gain is more or less a volume control..not a power control.
it would be best to get what you want at once instead of getting one sub now, and another one later. this is for many reasons, one of which is you can get two of the exact same subs, run one for a month alone and then add another one and since it is not broken in, will sound much different. not to mention, if it takes two subs to run off that amp properly, you would be way over powering the one sub you want to run in the meantime and damage it.
one higher powered, higher quality sub will outperform 2 lower quality subs any day.
here's the breakdown with using that amp:
-to run 1 sub at 600watts you will need: 4 ohm DVC sub
-to run 1 sub at 500watts you will need: 2 ohm DVC, an 8 ohm DVC sub, or a 4 ohm SVC sub
-to run 2 subs at 600watts (300w each) you will need: two 2 ohm DVC subs, two 4 ohm SVC subs, or two 8 ohm DVC subs
-to run 2 subs at 500watts (250w each) you will need: two 4 ohm DVC subs
keep those things in mind when looking for subs. should help to narrow down the list, and give you a better idea of what to look for.