View Full Version : help---buying sub amp 1200wts
08-15-2004, 01:23 PM
its that time of year again -
I am doing an outdoor show and want to upgrade to a new sub amp for my jbl mp418's. I have a mix wiz 16;2, sm450's monitors and 1521's for tops and have put a deposit on a crown ce4000 amp. My question is should i go for 1200 wts stereo and settle with a ce4000 or is there a better amp and go mono on the sub amp?
my previous amps were crest fm901 800wts per channel
12-02-2004, 03:03 PM
Looks like no one else wants to help, so I'll give it a shot. If you are looking to properly power your existing subwoofers, you are definately on the right track. I find that there isn't much of a point of driving your speakers far past the program level of performance, in fact it can be quite detramental both to your sound and your gear. However if you are looking for more bass for your system, you may want to step up to some kind of double sub. I used to own both the JBL SR4718's and some Community dual 15 type subs and much to my surprize the Community's were both louder and bassier even though they were a lower wattage.
Also, you didn't mention a crossover in your list of gear. That is another almost vital piece of a live sound system. I have tried going with and without with the exact same speakers and amps. There was more clarity, bass, and volume.
Sorry, I realize I went into a bit more detail than I meant to, I did not mean to insult your intelligence by offering ideas you were already aware of.
12-02-2004, 09:33 PM
I think the CE4000 is ok, but personally, I'd rather get a K1 (maybe you'll need the K2), and biamp the thing. This will be a better amp for you in the long run. It will likely last longer, etc. It looks like you're trying to get that kind of gear.
12-03-2004, 09:41 AM
If you are going to go Crown, I highly suggest trying to get in to the Macrotech Line. Otherwise maybe look at Crest CA series, or any of the QSC Powerlights.
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