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brettweir
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 budget amp dilemma: hifonics, lightning audio, or profile?

hello, i've been a lurker for some time now, and i'm a n00b (albeit a somewhat informed n00b) when it comes to car stereo. anyhow, i'm trying to determine which of the following 3 options i should go with in terms of amps: hifonics zeus zx8000 5ch amp, 4x50w rms (ch 1-4), 1x200w (ch 5) @ 4 ohms, 2x50A fuse, $200 shipped lightning audio strike s5.700 5ch amp, 2x75w rms (ch 1-2), 2x45w rms (ch 3-4), 1x250w rms @ 4 ohms, 2x20A + 2x25A fuse, $170 shipped profile ha1040 4ch amp + profile ha700m subwoofer amp, (ha1040 specs) 4x80w rms @ 4 ohms, 2x30A fuse, (ha700m specs) 1x200w rms @ 4 ohms, 1x40A fuse, total $172 shipped the amp(s) will power the following in a 1999 contour sport: (4) pioneer ts-a6880r 4-way 6x8 coax speakers, 10" mtx terminator subwoofer in a ported box, approximately <1.0 cu ft. volume. head unit is undecided, i'm looking at entry-level clarion, jvc, pioneer, and panasonic mp3 decks. please help!

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personally i would rather go with the hifonics if you plan on purchasing it retail. If you look for lightning audio on ebay, you can probably get a much lower price for that amp. i got a s4.300 for 50 shipped and a 250.1 mono for 65 shipped, both new, and it puts out more power then a single 5ch lightning audio.

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thanks for your reply! all prices are quoted from ebay and/or millionbuy.com. i searched ebay for prices for the lightning audio s300.4 and 250.1, and they were $99 + shipping and $149 + shipping respectively. you must have gotten a hella deal! oh, i misquoted the hifonics amp price, it's $220 shipped. fwiw, my old amp (which i've given to my girlfriend) is a 1 ohm stable 4x50 rms @ 4ohms hifonics taurus-x. i loved that amp. so the hifonics zeus would be worth the $50-60 extra? or should i spend $100 more for a soundstream van gogh? i dunno if i can stretch my budget that far, though. i'm leaning toward a single 5ch amp for convenience and trunk space.

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this one has a half an hour on it and its at 52 and the shipping is bad, i'd go for it

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4950&item=5742452208&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=18797&item=5744044528&rd=1

and these amps are not that big, btw. click on my profile to see my lightning audio amps, not big at all imo.

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brettweir
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thanks for the links!

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ok, i won an bid for a lightning audio bolt b400.4 for $31.14 + shipping, so that takes care of my fronts and rears. now i'm trying to decide between the lightning audio bolt b250.1 linked above for $39 + $22 shipping (1x150w rms @ 4 ohms) or a profile ca400m for $56 + $22.99 shipping (1x200w rms @ 4 ohms) for my sub, which is a 10" mtx terminator. in addition, my brother said he might let me have his 10" jl audio sub. please advise!

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get the lightning auido amp and get the JL Audio from ya bro....and will the sub be 4 ohm? so you can bridge the amp to get the ouput at 4 OHM?

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the jl audio sub is 4 ohm. i'm looking at mono amps for the sub, so they can't be bridged. additionally, i'm intrigued by these factory refurbished deals direct from profile: 400msx, 1x200w rms @ 4 ohms, 2x20A fuse, $60 shipped; 600 msx, 1x300w rms @ 4 ohms, 3x20A fuse, $70 shipped. is lightning audio really that much better than profile? i know rockford makes lightning audio, but i've seen praise for the profile amps as well. thanks for everyone's help and input!

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