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Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by 1044InProgress » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:03 am

Hey guys,

after reading the post about some of the Sunfire amps giving the impression of a little less power than oughta be.. it reminded me of my favorite bargain power/amp.

The Kenwood Basic M2a

2 channel, 35lbs, Dynamic Linear Drive (DLD),

220 x 2 amp (8 ohm) 350 (4 ohm)

350 Clean Watts Per Channel into 4 Ohms

It will bridge into 8ohms @ 700w


Guys, this is a powerhouse amp and is built like a tank. The fan on this thing is big enough for a small car ( not really, but it's freakin big ) It's not extremely powerful, but it puts down honest numbers and will put the power down at high volumes for long periods of time. I own one and I would buy another one in a heart beat.

The stats are very impressive for the money. I hate saying "for the money," but it's something we have to consider. Regardless of how much money you have, an intelligent thing to do is always find a good performance to price ratio, regardless. 8)

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by TNRabbit » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:17 am

Is that $400 per channel? 8)




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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by Don » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:46 am

Best Power Amp under $400:

No doubt about it. Our tube amps we are building at Carverfest. =D>
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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by 1044InProgress » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:34 pm

Don wrote:Best Power Amp under $400:

No doubt about it. Our tube amps we are building at Carverfest. =D>

See, nobody told me that there was gonna be a fully functioning sweat shop at CF! Now I'm really pumped! \:D/

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by TNRabbit » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:43 pm

1044InProgress wrote:
Don wrote:Best Power Amp under $400:

No doubt about it. Our tube amps we are building at Carverfest. =D>

See, nobody told me that there was gonna be a fully functioning sweat shop at CF! Now I'm really pumped! \:D/
I think the window has closed; talk to Toy Maker if you want in...not sure if that's possible now....
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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by 1044InProgress » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:14 pm

TNRabbit wrote:
1044InProgress wrote:
Don wrote:Best Power Amp under $400:

No doubt about it. Our tube amps we are building at Carverfest. =D>

See, nobody told me that there was gonna be a fully functioning sweat shop at CF! Now I'm really pumped! \:D/
I think the window has closed; talk to Toy Maker if you want in...not sure if that's possible now....
Ah, it's no big deal, really.. This will be my first CF.. so I'm just looking to meet cool people, see cool things and listen to good music. Hell that's all I want outta life in general. So, no worries. 8)

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by mbskeam » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:50 pm

I bet that a few more amps will be there than needed......

The Kenwood Basic M2a

I have 2 of these, 20 years, still going strong (1st real amp I ever bought)

these things on fleebay bring okay $$$....
better than the new that you find at all the box stores.....
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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by 1044InProgress » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:54 pm

mbskeam wrote:I bet that a few more amps will be there than needed......

The Kenwood Basic M2a

I have 2 of these, 20 years, still going strong (1st real amp I ever bought)

these things on fleebay bring okay $$$....
better than the new that you find at all the box stores.....

haha, funny you should chime in.. I noticed your Kenwoods in a picture from the forum earlier today.. I said.. this guy has two Basics! He knows what I'm talking about!

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by beemers417 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:54 pm

I like the True Image CM-2500.
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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by Planerguy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:16 pm

I have a Kenwood Basic M2A and it is a very good amp! For the money; truly a bargain. It handles the infamous power hogs Dahlquist DQ-10's without breaking a sweat, and it's always smooth, clean , dynamic, and grain free. It's a sleeper to be sure. The only speakers it's struggled with are the carver ribbon spkrs, and we all know those need some major power behind them., and that only for higher volume levels. If you see one in good shape, grab it as a backup, at the very least. Don't be surprised if it sounds as good as whatever you are using as your primary amp.

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by 1044InProgress » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:26 am

Planerguy wrote: The only speakers it's struggled with are the carver ribbon spkrs, and we all know those need some major power behind them., and that only for higher volume levels.

Don't forget that it can be bridged into 2/ch only and put out 700 watts. 8)

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Post by ddbroderick » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:59 pm

Since it seems most are leaning towards Japanese gear, my pick is the Luxman M -03. I have no idea what a used one goes for but this is a really cool amplifier. The specs are very similar to the Kenwood.

I recently heard one at a party and was really impressed with the sound. Later, when I had a look in the audio cabinet I had never seen anything like it. A relatively uncluttered black box with a couple of knobs and switches with two LED NUMERIC power indicators (one for each channel). The output is actaully expressed as a number with two decimal places and the numbers go up and down with the music. It was really mesmorizing to watch.

Anywway, if you have not seen one of these before, here is a link . . . http://www.thevintageknob.org/luxman-M-03.html

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Re: Best Power/Amp under 400 dollars..

Post by thuffman03 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:09 pm

IMO it all would depend on several things since there are a lot of amps that would fit the bill on price but would never work on some speakers.

It would have been a better thread if you have asked "What $400 amp be the best for X pair of speakers".
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Post by jjptkd » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:17 pm

Adcom GFA 5500 or 5800 @ 200 wpc or 250 respectively. These Mosfet amplifiers sound incredibly smooth on Klipsch speakers.

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Post by OconeeOrange » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:45 pm

thuffman03 wrote:IMO it all would depend on several things since there are a lot of amps that would fit the bill on price but would never work on some speakers.

It would have been a better thread if you have asked "What $400 amp be the best for X pair of speakers".
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