Subwoofer And Amp Buyer's Guide - Thunder From Down Under

Subs And Amps To Die For

Chad Lucas
Sep 1, 2006
Before a lot of us were mini-truckers, or at the beginning of our mini-truck-inspired lives, the stereo is where the do-it-yourselfer usually begins. Not everyone had welders and plasma cutters sitting around, but everyone has a set of wire cutters. The first stereo you hooked up just to hear it blare into your eardrums, the first set of subs you blew, and always having to carry spare fuses to keep that amp pushing. Here's a compilation of some heavy metal for you to gaze at while you save your money to make it happen.
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Audiobahn AW100T
What is it?: Excursion Series subwoofer
Sizes available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: 4-ohm
Mounting depth: 5 inches
Power: 400 watts RMS
Additional: 60-ounce strontium magnet
(800) 488-8595
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Boston Acoustics G110
What is it?: G1 Series subwoofer
Sizes available: 10-12-inch
Impedance: Single and dual 4-ohm
Mounting depth: 4.75 inches
Power: 200 watts RMS
Additional: RadialVent voice-coil cooling design
Boston Acoustics
(978) 538-5000
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Kenwood KFC-W2510
What is it?: Typhoon cone-shaped subwoofer
Sizes available: 10-inch
Impedance: 4-ohm
Mounting depth: 4.606 inches
Power: 175-watts RMS/350 max
Additional: Typhoon-shaped injection polypropylene cone
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Lightning Audio Strike 12" VC2
What is it?: The power of Zeus in the palm of your hands
Sizes available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: Dual 4-ohm coil
Power: 500 watts RMS/1,500 watts max
Additional: Aluminum cone and a 3-inch, 4-layer voice coil on an aluminum former
Lightning Audio
(480) 967-3565
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Alphasonik PSW210
What is it?: Alpha 200-Series subwoofer
Sizes available: 8-15-inch
Impedance: Dual 4-ohm
Mounting depth: 4-13/16 inches
Power: 300-watts RMS
Additional: Inverted dome, mineral-filled composite cone
(714) 988-0370
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Audiobahn A12005DN
What is it?: Air intake series class-D amplifier
Stability: 2-ohm stable
Size: (L) 11 1/16 x (W) 10 1/4 x (H) 1 7/8
Power: 1200-watts ACH (achievable power)
Additional: Air induction fan-cooled system
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Digital Audio DAB1800X
What is it?: Mono-block power amplifier
Stability: 2-ohm
Power: Up to 1,600 watts at 2 ohms mono
Additional: High-level speaker inputs to hook up to a factory stereo
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Digital Audio DAD5005D
What is it?: 2-ohm class-D amplifier
Stability: 2-ohm
Power: 500 watts at 2 ohms
Additional: Variable bass boost up to 18dB and 4-way protection circuitry
Digital Audio
(866) 897-7155
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Pioneer Premier PRS-D2000T
What is it?: Premier reference series amplifier
Stability: 2-ohm
Size: (L) 8 x (W)12 x (H) 2-1/4 inches
Power: 150x2 at 4 ohms, 600x1 at 4 ohms bridged
Additional: Utilizes ICE ultra-compact ICE digital power
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Audiobahn ALUM10N
What is it?: Small airspace powerhouse
Sizes Available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: Dual 6-ohm
Mounting depth: 5 inches
Power: 800-watt RMS
Additional: Heavyweight, high-pressure cast aluminum basket
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Swiss Audio SPL1090
What is it?: Ultra excursion woofer
Sizes available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: Dual 4-ohm
Mounting depth: 6.65 inches
Power: 600 watts RMS
Additional: FATT 50mm treated foam surround
Swiss Audio
(714) 988-0380
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Digital Audio DA8010X
What is it?: Extended low-frequency driver
Sizes available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: Dual 4-ohm
Power: 700 watts RMS
Additional: Oversized 200-ounce, double-stacked strontium magnets
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Rockford Fosgate P210D2
What is it?: Punch Stage 2 dual voice coil woofer
Sizes available: 10-12-inch
Impedance: Dual 4-ohm and dual 8-ohm
Mounting depth: 5.6875 inches
Power: 250 watts RMS/500 watts peak
Additional: Injection- molded parabolic polypropylene cone
Rockford Fosgate
(480) 967-3565
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Kicker CVX10
What is it?: Comp VX Series subwoofer
Sizes available: 10-12-inch
Impedance: 2- or 4-ohm DVC
Mounting depth: 5-15/16 inches
Power: 600-750 watts RMS
Additional: Cast aluminum basket
(800) 256-3746
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Kenwood KAC-X812D
What is it?: Kenwood's 25th Anniversary-style amplifier
Stability: 1-ohm
Power: 533 watts at 4 ohms; 919 watts at 2 ohms; 1,600 watts peak
Additional: Built-in Infrasonic Filter and AMS (Amplifier Management System)
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Alphasonik PMA1000HCA
What is it?: A powerhouse amp that laughs at heat
Stability: 1-ohm stable
Size: (L) 26 x (W) 9-1/16 x (H) 2-5/8
Power: 2x500 RMS at 4 ohms; 3,000 watts RMS at 1 ohm
Additional: 24dB-per-octave high, low, and subsonic filters and a remote digital voltmeter
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JL Audio E1200
What is it?: "E" Series amp that doesn't hold back
Stability: 2-ohm
Size: (L) 9.8 x (W) 9.25 x (H) 2.36
Power: 120 watts RMS at 4 ohms and 200 watts RMS at 2 ohms
Additional: Absolute Symmetry class-A/B circuit
JL Audio
(954) 443-1100
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Lightning Audio S4-400-2
What is it?: Lightning Audio's new offering for the power freaks
Stability: 2-ohm
Size: (L) 12.4 x (W) 10.5 x (H) 2.2
Power: 100x2 at 4 ohms; 200x2 at 2 ohms; 400x1 at 4 ohms
Additional: Thermal protection circuitry
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Swiss Audio SDX1000C
What is it?: Stylish high-current, low-impedance amplifier
Stability: 1-ohm
Size: (L) 12-3/4 x (W) 9-1/2 x (H) 2Additional: True class-D amplifier with a digitally controlled power supply
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Boston Acoustics SPG555
What is it?: Race-track-shaped super sub
Sizes available: Roughly 12-inch
Impedance: 4-ohm and 2-ohm
Mounting depth: 8-1/4-inch
Power: 1,000 watts RMS
Additional: Replaceable voice-coil technology; neodymium magnet system
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Earthquake Subzero-12
What is it?: Eardrum crusher
Sizes available: 10-15-inch
Impedance: Adjustable between 8 and 2 ohms
Mounting depth: Don't worry. It will blow through all barriers.
Power: 1,000 RMS; 2,000-watt max
Additional: 3-1/2 inches each way
(510) 732-1000
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Kicker ZX2500.1
What is it?: All the muscle you'll need for an absurd amount of bass
Stability: 2-ohm
Size: (H) 2-1/8 x (W) x 9-5/8 x (L) 27-1/2
Power: 2,500 watts
Additional: 24dB/octave low-pass electronic crossover, and remote bass control
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Earthquake PHD10000W
What is it?: Enormous, linkable, efficient (for 10,000 watts) amplifier
Stability: 1-ohm
Size: (H) 2-1/2 x (W) 10-3/8 x (L) 16
Power: Max 5,000 watts
Additional: More copper per square inch than any other amp
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Kenwood KSC-WD250T
What is it?: 10-inch powered subwoofer
Included: One 10-inch sub and a 200-watt class-D amplifier
Additional: Wired remote control
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Kicker TS10L7
What is it?: 10-inch sub in a wedge enclosure
Impedence: 2- or 4-ohm designator
Power: 600-750 max
Included: 10-inch L7 square subwoofer in a solid wood enclosure lined with black and gray carpeting
Additional: Boxes are available ported.
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Swiss Audio SPB10
What is it?: 10-inch subwoofer in an MDF enclosure
Power: 150 watts RMS
Included: 10-inch sub
Additional: Top firing port design
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Alphasonik PB2310
What is it?: Band pass enclosure with three subwoofers
Included: Three 10-inch subs with multi-ported enclosure
Impedance: 4-ohm hook-up
Power: 900 watts RMS
Additional: Tuned ports made of spun aluminum and a plexiglass viewing window



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