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Year / Model Reviewed:
Class A 10.2
Pretty much everything, the amp puts out a TON of juice for subs, yet it is easily clean enough to run mids and highs. Soundsteam placed generic specs on the 10.2 at "S/N >100db" and "THD <.1%", however the actual rated specs are S/N 112-115db, and around .02% THD.
The only kinda funky thing I could find was that during initial setup the built in crossover quirked a little and would only put out full range to the subs... however it seemed to correct itself and I haven't had any problems sice... I bought the amp used, so I don't know how it was treated prior.
I have been in the novice competition circuit since I was 16 (around 8 years) and I have installed / heard many systems in that time frame (in my cars, friends cars, etc...). I personally am a huge Soundstream fan, ever since the days when I ran my Reference 700 and 404 amps, due to their outstanding musical quality and very underrated output. This amp is no exception. I am currently running a Soundstream Rubicon 604 on my mids and highs, and the Class A 10.2 is pushing two Soundstream SPL12, 12" subwoofers, in a 1 ohm load (I have 2 more that I could use to drop it down to a 1/2 ohm load, but I feel they are unnecessary in my current car). The amp is rated (underrated) at 1000 Watts to 1 mono channel at 1 ohm, however I am guestimating that the subs are realistically getting around 700-800 Watts each (haven't had the chance to test the actual output, however from experience with Soundstream and from the subwoofer response this seems about accurate). I am running the amps off of a Alpine CDA-9815 headunit, and the signal pushed through the system is clean and pure. I have heard that the amp gets pretty hot, so I am running a fan that draws air up the heatsink to ensure that it stays cool. I haven't had any problems yet, and I honestly don't anticipate having any. This is among the best amps I have ever dealt with, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants 1000+ (probably around 1500) watts of continuous, raw, clean power and has an electrical system and speakers that can take it.
Similar Products Used:
A few older Hi Fonics, older Rockford Fosgate Punch 200.2 (not their new crap), Soundstream Reference 700sx, Soundstream Rubicon 702, a few Phoenix Gold, Adcom, many others... As stated in the review,