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Old     (wakerider42)      Join Date: May 2002       05-30-2008, 9:19 AM Reply   
A buddy of mine is looking to get rid of an ARC 5150 XXK 4-channel + sub amp. I'm wondering if this is a suitable amp to power 1 pair of Wetsounds Pro-60s for now, and possibly another pair or a 485 somewhere down the line.

I did some searching, but couldn't find much about this line of Arc audio amps. Iíve heard good things about Arc Audio amps on Wakeworld, but Iím not sure about this particular model.

To give you an idea of the system this will be used in, the boat will have 2 MTX 10" 9500 subs powered by an MTX 81000D and a 4-channel MTX to power 4 Pioneer TS-D1602R cabin speakers (260W/pr).

I have no idea how old this thing is and whether or not it is any good. Based on all the inputs and adjustments (thereís a bunch more on the backside), it seems to me that this is a very good amp.

Any ballpark on how much one of these should go for used?



Old     (wetsounds1)      Join Date: Jan 2006       05-30-2008, 9:33 AM Reply   

Here are the specs.

5-Channel Amplifier
RMS Power Rating:
4 ohms: 45 watts x 4 chan. + 190 watts x 1 sub channel (at 2 ohms)
2 ohms: 75 watts x 4 chan. + 190 watts x 1 sub channel (at 2 ohms)
4 ohms bridged: 150 watts x 2 chan. + 190 watts x 1 sub channel (at 2 ohms)

So you could use the 4 ch section in 2 ch mode giving the PRO 60's 150 watts rms which is optimum. So you would be good to go there.

However, that would be all you could do with it. You could not run a 485 later as the other section is a subwoofer only section.

So that would leave you adding another amp for the 485 later.

But these were really solid amps. So I would think if you can get it at a good price and are cool with getting it just for the 60's and not using the sub portion of it. Would be a good fit

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Old     (wakerider42)      Join Date: May 2002       05-30-2008, 10:44 AM Reply   

Thanks for the reply. I thought it'd be able to handle 2 pairs for sure, this thing is pretty big! Makes sense though, those Pro-60s are monsters. Thatís all good, I may end up not ever getting another set or a 485 because it seems like 1 pair of Pro-60s should be plenty loud for my needs.

Glad to hear that this is a solid amp - I think I'll go ahead and move on it. I actually spoke with you previously about a Rockford Fosgate T400-2 which we thought would get the job done reasonably well with 120 watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms RMS, BUT, I'm an idiot and the amp I bought was actually a P400-2 which is only 100 watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms RMS and I think would be underpowered and overworked trying to keep up with the Pro-60s. The guy I bought it from failed to correct me when I asked "do you still have the T400-2 for sale?" and I didn't look closely enough at the pictures to tell the difference. Iíll just keep it for a spare or maybe use it for some other in-cabin boat speakers somewhere down the road.

Thanks again for the reply. Now I just need to talk to my friend and try to figure out how much he wants for it.

Old     (wetsounds1)      Join Date: Jan 2006       05-30-2008, 11:05 AM Reply   
you could always use the rf P400-2 4 ohm mono on a single 485 if you add that later!! Amps is rated to do 400 x1 at 4 ohms.

Wet Sounds
Old     (wakerider42)      Join Date: May 2002       05-30-2008, 11:13 AM Reply   
True, true, I didn't even think of that. I kind of wrote it off as being underpowered for any tower speaker stuff. I'll definitely keep that in mind if I want to add to the pair of Pro-60s in the future.



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