Review 5 of 5
, from Hampstead, NH, USA|
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Clean power, forced induction cooling, chip upgradeable/customizable, built in cross-over, easy to clean, looks, name, 4 yr warranty
Stainless finish shows every finger print. I have been told that the power terminals do not easily accept wire 4 AWG or larger (a kit can be used). Amp fan emmits a small hum (if anyone cares). Sharp edges on metal case.
One way of judging an item's quality/performance is pushing it 'til it breaks and then realizing that it's limits are above (or below) yours. I am more interested in SQ than SPL and I choose not to break and replace my gear constantly; I have never had the 301a clip noticably, overheat, or otherwise fail. This does not mean that it has been babied. I have driven it to my listening levels and it has performed very well (this includes everything from acoustic to techno). I have a LFQ45 chip upgrade which boosts 45 hz frequencies up to 12 db and power is delivered with 4 AWG wire. It drives a single 4 ohm a/d/s/ A12s 12 inch sub in a sealed enclosure which can make passenger's hair tingle, my mirrors blur, and, of course, my license plate rattle. Even then, the amp is within touching temperatures (brief touching).
The Mono 301a's power is very clean and abundant. I expected to need more than 300 watts. Using a mono amp for a single speaker is better than bridging because when you bridge, you also multiply the distortion. This amp should drive all but the most power hungry drivers.
This amp was used for a month before I purchased it for $300. The previous owner was driving 2 Boston Acoustic Pro 12.5s and reports (from many people) are that it POUNDED! He ended up going through more 301a amps in a month than I do underwear.
I would recommend this amp to someone who appreciates sound quality who wants to buy an amp to power ONE sub (unless they're 8s). It is my opinion that this is a perfect amp for a starter (or veteran) system which will impress, not compete, for a long time. This is a rather expensive amp at around $600(?) new. It is for this reason that I would not recommend this amp to someone who just "wants more sound"; it can be done cheaper, but with Xtant, you pay for the quality (sound quality, that is).
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