Originally posted on 12-19-2007 by sqliberty
Please explain why to avoid Alpine amps
Really enough said right there. I owned one alpine amp (large v 12 when they first came out). It wasn't stable at whatever it claimed to be, was over-rated, (unless you have 14.4V somehow), got very hot, went into protect a lot, and didn't really sound that impressive. From the buily quality and cheap looking components, I'm guessing they haven't really invested heavily in this.
Alpine used to have a phenominal head unit (and still does have damn nice ones), but I've been underwhelmed with their amps and speakers for the money.
The above amp's MSRP is 500$ LOL...can be had for around 260ish online. 400 watts at 4 ohms and 1% distortion.
For starters, you can get an AMERICAN made amp that'll do more real world power for the same or less money:
OR if you absolutely must pay 250$ for a Chinese/Korean made amp, you could get something like this:
or probably a dozen others.
Anyway, you could find more power, better performance, more reliable, AND American made for the same money.