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I noticed that Parts Express has their 500 watt Dayton subwoofer amp on sale for $240.00 which appears to be a really good buy. Does anyone have experience with this amp? How well does it perform? How does it compare against the Keiga 5230 within their power limits?
01-12-2006, 11:18 PM
Yes, I have this amp and it works great(running a atlas 15 at 6ohm in a big box tuned 20hz). Seems to have all the power it claims to have and its parametric eq is really nice. Probably the only negative I have to say about it is hum. Ive tried different plug ins, different interconnect between components,etc. I even used the cheater plug and still get a hum. HOWEVER, its slight and IMO, its unoticable unless you turn the gain to full and have dead silence in the room.
By looking at the price of the other one you mentioned, I d get the PE 500 watt one. It has more power, better s/n ratio, and has the eq. The PE amp is also FLAT( that keiga amp has boost i think) and has a steeper x over. All for not much more $. scp53
01-13-2006, 01:31 AM
The 500 watter is a rock solid performer... no complaints after almost a year of daily use... and I don't get any hum with my amp. I use the parametric EQ to dial in a little extra low end...
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01-13-2006, 12:07 PM
by hum, I mean VERY slight... if you turn the gain up to FULL with no signal, is it dead quiet? scp53
01-13-2006, 12:15 PM
> by hum, I mean VERY slight... if you turn
> the gain up to FULL with no signal, is it
> dead quiet? scp53
Haven't tried that... and I'm not sure why I would want to.
1) I have no need to set the gain at full -- about 4 on the knob works for me.
2) I don't listen to my sub with no signal.
3) I don't listen to my sub when it is dead quiet.
The only reason I might perform such a test is to actually try to make it produce hum... something I don't want.
I don't mean to sound harsh, but saying that your amp hums under such conditions is pretty much irrelevant... and should not have even been mentioned... you really can't even call it hum. I have heard real hum from sub amps... and believe me, it reveals itself at normal gain settings, with a signal, at any listening level... and it ain't pretty.
01-13-2006, 12:27 PM
> I noticed that Parts Express has their 500
> watt Dayton subwoofer amp on sale for
> $240.00 which appears to be a really good
> buy. Does anyone have experience with this
> amp? How well does it perform? How does it
> compare against the Keiga 5230 within their
> power limits?
Thanks to all for your input regarding my question about the Dayton subwoofer amp.
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