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Need advice between 3 Amps to power a subwoofer:

I have already ordered up this sub:
Sony Xplod XS-L104P5B 10" 4-ohm subwoofer at Crutchfield.com

And have already designed, drawn, and measured out a diagram for a custom 0.78CI sealed box for it to be downfired in my truck; I am at a draw currently deciding what Amp to run - I don't need 500 million watts, I'm keeping it respective at 330-425 watts, which will give me a nice solid thump in a sealed enclosure. I also have some proper baffling ordered, very high quality Polyfill.... just need help deciding which of these 3 amps to run.


I can say, I am heavy towards the JBL... but they all sound pretty dang good for the match up.


Would someone mind taking a peek at all of them and offering any advice? This will all be run with 4gauge wiring when I get around to finally putting things in.



JBL GT07001 Mono Subwoofer Amp Class D
JBL GTO7001 Mono Subwoofer Amps Car Amplifiers Car Audio Car Audio, Video, & GPS Navigation - Sonic Electronix


Sony Xplod XM-ZZR3301 Mono SubWoofer Amp Class D
Sony Xplod XM-ZZR3301 Mono subwoofer amplifier — 600 watts RMS at 2 ohms at Crutchfield.com


Kicker ZX750.1 MonoBlock Class D
Kicker ZX750.1 Monoblock Amp 750 Watt Class D Amplifier


Big thanks for any advice given!
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None of them lol, I would have to go with the kicker, if those are only the three choices...
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Toss up some suggestions if you want.. I'm just looking or something midrange to give me some oomph and to get the low's away from my main speakers :-)


And I'm not a big fan boy of any given type.. quite open actually
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I've never heard anything good about Sony Car Audio, at least from anyone I've known who has run that stuff. I'm a big fan of Rockford-Fosgate, and actually have had good luck with a 4-channel MA Audio amp as well. I know you aren't looking for a 4-channel, just throwing them out there. Lightning Audio is a subsidiary of Fosgate, it's fosgate quality for a cheaper price (as far as i've seen or read).

What is your price range??
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~anywhere from 150-250ish is what Im looking for - Im not looking into throwing a quick thousand into subs, wiring, and equipment for the sound..

hence, a 10" sub in a small sealed enclosure pushing ~300-400 watts.


Actually jsut got back from town, picked up a sheet of 3/4" MDF, some screws, and a belt sander (Been needing one.. this gave me a reason to get one)
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A friend on mine had a TMA (made by JL) 360.2 hooked up on a sealed JL 10w3 in a reg cab ranger and it bumped. it will do 360 rms at 4ohms. should push that sony really well.

Total Mobile Audio T360.2 Amp: 2-Channel - Car Amplifiers at Onlinecarstereo.com

and only $129
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Not a fan of that sub but thats your choice, and for an amp check out power acoustik amps. Ill get you a link for one that would go good with that sub.
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Here:
POWER ACOUSTIK PA-BAMF 1200/4 4 CHANNEL CAR AMP SUB - eBay (item 360178309919 end time Sep-07-09 14:51:40 PDT)
That amp powered my friends 12" pioneer with no problem so I know it can handle that 10".
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Not a fan of that sub but thats your choice, and for an amp check out power acoustik amps. Ill get you a link for one that would go good with that sub.
Model A1000DB is the one that pushes about 450 watts at 4 ohms, will look into its stats a bit - checkign for a nice clean sound.


As for above - I use JBL exclusively for my job, and they make fantastic speakers and audio equipment... I am currently using full 6x9 JBL GTO's in my truck, both sets of doors... great speakers, later down the road I'll amp them, but I'm fine with them as is right now.




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The DB Ratio is pretty bad on the power acustic's.. the A1000DB is running a 100db, compared to the JBL's 107.. Stat for stat, I'm mostly looking for a good quality - I dont mind spending the extra 60 on the JBL - Still open to good suggestions - throw your favorite out.. and ill check on reviews and compare teh stats of them.. I am fairly competant at reading audio lingo by the way

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That BAMF is a good amp for sure. Not saying that any of those other amps arent good. It would be a good amp to start out with for your sub then if you ever got a bigger/better sub you could use it to amp your doors. What my friend did in his F150.
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gah. if you wanna good amp, go with the kicker.

or...i know some might hate it...but elemental designs makes great amps. i love em.

as for subs....stay away from the cheaper ****.....cuz itll sound just like what you paid for.
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gah. if you wanna good amp, go with the kicker.

or...i know some might hate it...but elemental designs makes great amps. i love em.

as for subs....stay away from the cheaper ****.....cuz itll sound just like what you paid for.
I picked up the one I got because it was on sale for 50 bucks..

and most of the time, its also the amp that makes a sub sound good - you can turn a crappy sub into a good one with the right decision. Most people believe in more watts = better, and obviously dont understand the applied physics of how sound actually works - hence, getting the proper wattage for the proper speaker, and a very clean crisp signal from the amp.


I did look around alot - and actually, the one I did choose to get has some fantastic reviews, and great power handling for sound performance

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