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Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       08-13-2012, 1:14 PM Reply   
I just ordered two pairs of these on Exile's demo deal. Now I need to power them.

Currently have nothing on the tower (all wiring already ordered). Head unit is an Alpine iDA-X100M (with multiple remotes and Sirius).

Sub will likely be upgraded over the winter, currently an Infinity Basslink. Hits a lot harder than you would think but still isn't a proper sub...purchased by the boats original owner:

Speakers are stock Malibu Infinity dash 6.5" speakers. Rears are Polk db651:

Eclipse 3640 (old 4-channel 40x4 I've had for about 10-12 years) running the in-boat speakers.

What I want: something that will run all 4 towers and all 4 in-boat speakers. SYN6 would be perfect for my needs - not working with my budget (which I already blew with the tower speakers).

What I can probably afford: 2-channel running at 2ohm powering the towers, running the in-boat speakers with the Eclipse.

Budget: under $300 online. Used okay as well. Timeline - this week. Quality...important. Don't care if it is Marine rated - my Eclipse isn't and has worked perfectly. I am thinking I need at least 200x2 RMS @ 2ohm, running the speakers in parallel. Perhaps they need more - they are rated @ 125 watts RMS.

Here is a list of amps I've come up with. Tell me if any of them suck (I'm not brand loyal). Please make any budget-minded suggestions as well:
JL M400/4
Kicker ZXM450.2
Boston Acoustics GT-2200
DLS CA 23 (have never heard of this company)
Rockford Fosgate Punch P500-2
Rockford Fosgate Power T400-2
Polk Audio PAD2000.2
Image Dynamics Q700.2
Arc Audio KS300.2 (had a member suggest a place I may be able to get it for $300 shipped).

Slight budget buster but could also run my in-boats as well:
Rockford Fosgate P1000X4D (can get it for about $370 new). 250x4 @ 2ohm; would have to back down the gains a lot for my in-boat speakers, obviously.

Could run all my speakers (on paper at least), well within budget, but not sure how good of an amp this is:
Polk Audio PAD4000.4

Please be brutally honest. If one of these amps suck, please tell me. If any of them are overrated on power, sound like crap, etc...let me have it.


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