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Default Battle of the Budget Friendly 5 Channel Amps

I've always pondered the idea of going with a single 5 channel amp to simplify things a bit. It'd be nice to have one amp to power your entire system and to have all of the wiring going to this one amp.

There's quite a few threads on choosing a 5 channel amps but most of them advised the OP in going with a high end and expensive model such as the Alpine PDX-5. As much as I would love to buy a PDX-5, I just don't have the budget to spend that much on an amp . So what I've been looking at are sub-$250 5 channel amps and these are the ones that I'm the most curious about.

As we all know, Maxxsonics is the parent company of MB Quart, Hifonics, and Crunch. Unfortunately for people like myself, the same company offers three different 5 channel amps under three different brands. This makes it hard to speculate if there is a jump in quality going from Crunch to Hifonics or from Hifonics to MB Quart. Maxxsonics does, however, make three very budget friendly 5 channel amps that seem to have pretty promising numbers on paper.

Crunch P5000.5 $149 shipped @ onlinecarstereo.com



# PowerZone Series 5-Channel AB Car Amplifier
# Peak (Dynamic) Power Rating:
* 4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan. + 300 x 1
* 2 ohms: 200 watts x 4 chan. + 500 x 1
# Max Power Output: 1300 watts
# MOSFET power supply
# Soft start
# LED power and protection indicators
# Tuned Bass EQ 0-12dB at 45Hz
# DC, short, thermal, overload protection
# Full range line output
# Unbalanced input(RCA jack)
# Variable input level control: 0.2V-5.0V
# Phone jack for remote control
# Bass boost remote control module
# Illuminated Crunch badge for a clean appearance
# Frequency response: 15-300 Hz
# Dimensions: 20.94"L x10"W x 2.16"H

Hifonics ZXi8010 $199 shipped @ ebay



# Zeus ZXi Series 5-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier
# RMS Power Rating:
* 4 ohms: 55 watts x 4 chan. + 200 watts x 1 chan.
* 2 ohms: 110 watts x 4 chan. + 300 watts x 1 chan.
* Bridged, 4 ohms: 220 watts x 2 chan. + 200 watts x 1 chan.
# Pulse width modulated (PWM) MOSFET power supply
# LED power and protection indicators
# Tuned Bass EQ (0-10 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
# Variable input control
# 5/4/2 Channel operation
# Soft turn-on circuitry
# DC, short, thermal, and overload protection circuitry
# Heavy duty aluminum alloy heatsink
# Chrome-plated RCA level inputs
# Chrome-plated screw terminals
# Variable high-pass filter (50-4000 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
# Variable low-pass filter (250-4000 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
# Channel 5 variable low-pass filter (30-150 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
# Frequency response: 10-30000 Hz
# Dimensions: 15.98"L x 9.45"W x 2.4"H

MB Quart PAB-5400 $230 shipped @ onlinecarstereo.com



# Premium Series Class AB 5-Channel Amplifier
# RMS Power Rating:
* 4 ohms: 55 watts x 4 chan. + 200 watts x 1 chan.
* 2 ohms: 80 watts x 4 chan. + 300 watts x 1 chan.
* Bridged, 4 ohms: 160 watts x 2 chan. + 200 watts x 1 chan.
# Max power output: 400 watts x 5 chan.
# PWM MOSFET power supply
# Wired remote bass level control included
# LED power and protection indicators
# Tuned Bass EQ (0-9 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
# Soft-start
# Preamp RCA outputs
# DC, short, thermal, and overload protection circuitry
# Wire concealing detachable end panels
# Focused mass aluminum heat sink
# Gold-plated RCA level inputs
# Gold-plated screw terminals
# Crossover for 1+2 channel
* Variable high-pass filter (50-4000 Hz, 24 db/octave)
* Variable low-pass filter (35-250 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
# Crossover for 3+4 channel
* Variable high-pass filter (50-150 Hz, 24 db/octave)
* Variable low-pass filter (250-4000 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
# Crossover for channel 5
* Variable low-pass filter (50-150 Hz, 24 db/octave)
# Subsonic Filter (included in high-pass filter)
# Frequency response: 30-30000 Hz
# Dimensions: 19"L x 10.4"W x 2.25"H

And the last 5 channel amp I'm looking at isn't made by Maxxsonics..

Powerbass ASA-700.5 $190 shipped @ sonicelectronix.com



# ASA Series 5-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier
# RMS Power Rating:
* 4 ohms: 50 watts x 4 chan. + 200 watts x 1 chan.
* 2 ohms: 100 watts x 4 chan. + 400 watts x 1 chan.
* Bridged, 4 ohms: 200 watts x 2 chan. + 400 watts x 1 chan.
# Max power output: 1400 watts
# PWM MOSFET Power supply for a high power output with the best stability
# Remote bass level input (remote level control sold separately)
# LED power and status indicators
# Soft delay start for remote turn-on
# Variable Bass EQ (0-18 dB bass boost at 40 Hz)
# 5/3 channel operation
# Preamp RCA outputs
# 4-Way System Protection (SSP) circuitry against impedance over-load, speaker short circuit, thermal overheating, and DC output
# Variable gain input
# Aluminum alloy heatsink for heat dissipation
# RCA level inputs
# Screw terminals
# Variable high-pass filter (40-250 Hz)
# Variable low-pass filter (40-250 Hz)
# Frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
# Dimensions: 2"L x 15"W x 9-1/4"H

I honestly wouldn't mind picking up any of these amps under the condition that they are not specifically known to be prone to problems.

The Crunch P5000.5 is a steal at $149, granted that it works well and doesn't overheat. The power numbers are strangely listed at peak power and Maxxsonics has advised that the RMS is roughly half of the listed peak power. At only $149, it's kinda fishy...that's where the Hifonics Zxi8010 comes in. Would the extra $50 net me some extra quality? And if I step up to the Hifonics Zxi8010, what's keeping me for paying $30 more of the MB Quart PAB-5400? You see this is what is frustrating, three products made by the same company with very similar numbers with less than $50 price difference between each of them. I mean how do I know that when I'm paying $80 more for the MB Quart PAB-5400 that I'm pretty much not getting a Crunch P5000.5 with an aluminum case?

Personally the two that I'm looking closely at are the MB Quart PAB-5400 and the Powerbass ASA-700.5. I'd be lying if I were to tell you that it isn't because I'm drawn to the aesthetics...because it is. But other than that, I'm hoping these also have a bit more quality in them. But when it comes down to it, if the Crunch P5000.5 works perfectly fine and has no glaring issues...that is what I'll be picking up for $149.

If anyone has any insight on the amps listed above...please please please chime in and make my decision a little easier because right now it all seems like a crapshoot.
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Are you hung up on buying a new amplifier?

nicer stuff can be had.

What power do you need/want and at what price?
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Default Re: Battle of the Budget Friendly 5 Channel Amps

I've been thinking about these amps too. With the first 3 amps you posted being from the same parent company how different are they really on the inside?

Sometimes you pay for cosmetics, sometimes tuning, sometimes quality... I have no idea
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Look at HI-FI sound connection. I just picked up a Kicker zx700.5 referb for $230 shipped. I was considering the Hifonics and MB Quart myself until I ran across the hi-fi site. Kicker ZX700.5 ZX Amplifier Car Stereo 1520 Watt Multi-Channel Amp
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Look into the jbl 755.6. It's a 6 channel with a pair of class d channels that can be bridged for an underated 300x1 or something like that. I ran one for a short time and it did the job nicely for the install and goals it was presented with.

Out of your original choices I'd go with the powerbass.

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Are you hung up on buying a new amplifier?

nicer stuff can be had.

What power do you need/want and at what price?
Yeah I'm shopping around for new amplifiers (4 channel and mono) and was curious about the 5 channel solutions. My price range is less than $250. Power wise I need something in the area of 50-70 x 4 and 300 x 1 RMS.

I just thought I'd get some input one some of the amps I listed. I've found that alot of people are curious about them because of their specifications and their pricing. I've kinda consolidated all of the cheaper 5 channel amps in one thread because there are tons of threads about each of them but it seems like none of them get a clear cut answer on how well they perform.
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Look at HI-FI sound connection. I just picked up a Kicker zx700.5 referb for $230 shipped. I was considering the Hifonics and MB Quart myself until I ran across the hi-fi site. Kicker ZX700.5 ZX Amplifier Car Stereo 1520 Watt Multi-Channel Amp
I almost included the refurbed zx700.5 in my thread as well but the refurb part had me kinda iffy. Refurb stuff only carries a 90 day warranty which honestly isn't that much time...still $230 for a zx700.5 is very tempting. How long have you had yours? Did it come with a birth sheet like all of the other kicker amps? If so, what kind of power does yours put out?
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I would have to agree with Hillbilly on taking a chance on the Powerbass amp. The quality on the other units are suspect in MHO. Not saying that there not any good, just not sure.
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Hillbilly provided a much nice amp in the JBL.

The kicker would be my second choice - they do come with birthsheets, but ignore those

Powerbass is third
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Oh and what I should have included...what audio components I have.

Headunit: Pioneer DEH-4900ib
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I almost included the refurbed zx700.5 in my thread as well but the refurb part had me kinda iffy. Refurb stuff only carries a 90 day warranty which honestly isn't that much time...still $230 for a zx700.5 is very tempting. How long have you had yours? Did it come with a birth sheet like all of the other kicker amps? If so, what kind of power does yours put out?
The birth sheet that came with my ZX700.5 tested at 900 watts total power at 4 ohms. I've had mine for about 3 weeks and have been waiting for the weather to get better to install it. This weekend looks promising .
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Id do the kicker, the jbl or this directed

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Description of Directed Electronics D2205:

* Directed 5-Channel Class D Car Amplifier
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* RMS Power Rating: 4 ohms: 80 watts x 4 chan. + 280 watts x 1 chan.
* RMS Power Rating: 2 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan. + 400 watts approx. x 1 chan.
* RMS Power Rating: 1 ohm (subwoofer channel only): 600 watts x 1 chan.
* Max power output: 2200 watts
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* Chrome plated wire and RCA jacks ensure maximum signal transfer
* Rugged extruded two piece heatsink and cover
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* Adjustable input sensitivity: 500mV - 8V
* Output for optional cooling fan / LED lighting

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Oh and what I should have included...what audio components I have.

Headunit: Pioneer DEH-4900ib
Front Speakers: Infinity Reference 6020cs
Rear Speakers: Infinity 63.7i
Subwoofer: Infinity Kappa Perfect 10.1d VQ 4ohm DVC
LOL! That looks a lot like my setup. I am swapping my DEH-P5900IB for an Eclipse CD7000 so I can go active on my front end and I just got that same sub.
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All things considered, they are all pretty much in the same class and performance envelope. In fact I wonder if they are all the same board and parts inside.

$250, eh?

How about a surprise contender? The Scosche EFX amps are at or under your budget, but should perform admirably. At your price range, you can actually get a LOT of clean power. The HD1800 mono is capable of 1ohm loads (but does fine w/ 2ohm too), and runs a measly $149. The HD1400 is only $99 but makes more power than the other amps you've selected here. Its match, the 4ch HD4300, will serve your other channels with power to spare, or you could go up to the HD4600 for a few bucks more.

The money left over could be spent on getting you out of Infinity "abortions" for speakers. J/k, that's only my opinion.


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How much room do you have for amps? If you have the room, Fourthmeal's suggestion may not be a bad idea. You could get more power to your sub that way as opposed to the output of the sub channel on a 5 channel amp.
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You seem to like Infinity so much. Here ya go!
INFINITY REFERENCE 5350A 5 channel 350-W RMS AMPLIFIER - eBay (item 220292062201 end time Apr-06-09 11:44:09 PDT)

You could bid on this.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Phoenix-Gold-Sap...3A1%7C294%3A50

These aren't bad and comes with a free volt meter!!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Alphasonik-PMA57...3A2%7C294%3A50

Here's a cheaper Infinity.
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Here's a JBL.
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A Soundstream class A 5.2 you could bid on.
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Something a little different.
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Finally, the Kicker. There seems to be quite a few of these.
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6 channel JL Audio amp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/JL-AUDIO-6-CHANN...3A1%7C294%3A50

6 Channel ADS amp up for bids.
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Thanks for all the help guys! I'm glad I stumbled onto this forum...you guys are super insightful!

I've actually looked at the Scosche amps before I stumbled on 5 channel amps. I think there are many reasonably priced and adequately powered 5 channel amps that I might as well get one since I like the idea of one amp to power my entire system.

Haha at Fourthmeal. When I first got my car I thought it'd be cool to have Infinity speakers in my Infiniti car and my friend worked at bestbuy and got me crazy good deals. Personally I'm happy with them...though the highs are sometimes overpowering and too tinny and the midbass is somewhat lacking.

I think what it comes down to is the Refurbed Kicker zx700.5 or I might go out on a limb and try out the Powerbass ASA-700.5.

There's no problem mixing different ohm speakers on these amps right? Like if I wired 4 ohm components and coaxials and then a 2 ohm sub up to it.

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As much as I hate to say this(sigh), I would go with the Kicker.

Mixing ohm loads are how 5 channel amps are made to work, so 4/2 ohm is perfect.

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If not the kicker, seriously look at the directed I posted. Its a very solid amp with a powerful 4 channel and class d section. I used it (previous model) for a few years in my last car.

For the price I would take it over the kicker for the more power but either are the really good decisions here.

I dont know why youd take a chance on the powerbass when you have the kicker or directed option for the same price.

Considering you have a 2 ohm sub, you really want a class d channel with these inexpensive 5 channel amps. Other better options are not available in your price limit. I wouldnt recommend running a 2 ohm sub on any of your initial choices. Even though theyre rated 2 ohm stable, they tend to overload often when driven hard. Talking about the maxxsonics (mb, hifonics) specifically.

Directed or the kicker ftw

Unless youre open to two separate amps I dont see a better option.

So Id recommend a class d sub and 4 channel a/b amp instead of all the 5 channel a/b classes because of your sub.

Your options under $250 then are:

Kicker
Directed
Infinity posted earlier
And the JBL if its class d

But seriously, take a look at this one

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...dio+D2205.html

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Is the car deadened yet?

If not, expend money on that.


Now then, 5ch ONLY, eh? BTW, I think that is a BAD idea unless you need the space savings. Why? Because you are putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Amp fails, you're done. If one amp of a 2 amp system fails, you're only 1/2 screwed and you can buy another amp.

Anyway, place a bid on this thing, hopefully you can snag it relatively cheap.

Boston GT-50 5 channel amp - eBay (item 170311090029 end time Mar-18-09 16:13:40 PDT)

If you prefer not to wait, or if you lose the deal, this is a BIN deal:
NEW BOSTON ACOUSTICS GT-50 5-CHANNEL CAR AMPLIFIER - eBay (item 110357528607 end time Mar-29-09 16:35:10 PDT)

You can also place a bid on this beauty:
Jl Audio 500/5 Car Amp New! With Monster Power Cables. - eBay (item 170312108288 end time Mar-21-09 14:08:45 PDT)

And look at this monster!!
BNIB Massive Audio 5 channel P950.5 amp - eBay (item 110365451882 end time Mar-24-09 14:30:23 PDT)

There are a lot of good options here, but you need to place some bids and get the ball rolling.

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The car isn't deadened yet but it.s something I eventually plan on doing...it's on my "finishing touches" list.

But since you brought up the topic of preparing for so much power, I'm starting to become a little concerned about my power delivery. These amps take a ton of juice...amps like the DEI have 40Ax3 fuses. Honestly that's why I kinda skipped over it because thats ALOT of amps. Something like the Kicker is only 30Ax3 which is still alot but seems manageable.

Currently I have probably 16' of 4gauge wire running all the way back with a 100A inline fuse. My car's alternator only puts out 100A so I will definitely need to pick up a capacitor. Do you guys think 4ga is adequate or should I make the step to 0/2gauge?

And what was mentioned about having all your eggs in one basket...that's also something that came to mind. These amps produce a ton of power and that means they produce a ton of heat. It looks like all of them are passively cooled...could this pose any sort of problem? I live in the South so the summers can be pretty brutal...so would these 900w RMS pressure cookers be able to tolerate this sort of climate?
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These don't get enough attention IMO...ALPHASONIK PMZ12005A 800 WATT 5 CHANNEL CAR AMPLIFIER - eBay (item 220376653835 end time Apr-10-09 22:52:04 PDT)
.I really liked a4 channel and the small mono they have, can't beat it for the money....and for the price, you can't go wrong. Not sure on the seller, but they can be had most places pretty close.....
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The car isn't deadened yet but it.s something I eventually plan on doing...it's on my "finishing touches" list.

But since you brought up the topic of preparing for so much power, I'm starting to become a little concerned about my power delivery. These amps take a ton of juice...amps like the DEI have 40Ax3 fuses. Honestly that's why I kinda skipped over it because thats ALOT of amps. Something like the Kicker is only 30Ax3 which is still alot but seems manageable.

Currently I have probably 16' of 4gauge wire running all the way back with a 100A inline fuse. My car's alternator only puts out 100A so I will definitely need to pick up a capacitor. Do you guys think 4ga is adequate or should I make the step to 0/2gauge?

And what was mentioned about having all your eggs in one basket...that's also something that came to mind. These amps produce a ton of power and that means they produce a ton of heat. It looks like all of them are passively cooled...could this pose any sort of problem? I live in the South so the summers can be pretty brutal...so would these 900w RMS pressure cookers be able to tolerate this sort of climate?
120 amps of fuses is because the sub channel gives 600watts at 1 ohm. You wouldnt be draining that much power at 2 ohms. And I think youd be fine with your alt and a 4 gauge wire. Im running about 1200 watts off 4 gauge. No cap needed either.

Class d produce less heat and use up less current, especially when theyre not driven at their minimum impedance. Also why I still think its the best option.

The bostons are a good choice and use forced cooling but are also class a/b which means will get hot especially with a 2 ohm sub. Lil out of budget though.

My suggestions remain the same.

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Here's the skinny on how you're going to solve the problem.

Alpine PDX5.

It will cost more than you budgeted, but it is one of the most efficient amps out there, and is tiny to boot. It does everything you ask of it, and will probably last you near forever.

Problem solved.

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Yeah the PDX5 is what I'd most definitely get if I had the money. Maybe I should put this off for a little while and get a PDX5. I gotta get in touch with some of my friends who work for best buy since they get pretty good deals on car audio stuff...around cost +5% but with the economy I'm not sure if bestbuy is still doing that.
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