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Looking to start a discussion on what makes an amplifier a good sound quality amplifier. I'm a believer that it's the components inside the amp and not the amount of power output. Think efficiency. I'm pretty much clueless on the subject & believe that bigger is not always better. Would like to get a better understanding of good amplification in regards to good clean accurate sound. With tons of amplifiers on the market, how do we know what to look for & what to avoid? What about amplifiers strictly designed for subwoofer duty as opposed to full range duty?
What are the benefits / differences in the classes of amplifiers, such as A, A/B, & D etc?

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Class A and A/B tend to be larger and very clean sounding along with expensive...kind of "old school"
Class D tend to be more compact and efficient, price can vary from cheap to pricey.
Most name brand companies have multiple series of amps ranging from inexpensive to higher cost models which tend to be better quality. Think Chevy vs Cadillac or Ford vs Lincoln.
Subwoofer amplifiers are designed strictly for low frequency and tend to require larger gauge wiring to power them, usually a minimum of 8 gauge or larger.
Full range amps work well for powering speakers such as 6 1/2" or 6x9's ....50 watts per channel is sufficient.
 

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Thanks, but I've already read through that one and version one, 2 times. Awesome info.
Was looking for a bit more on amplifiers, specifically about peformance & sound quality.
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Sorry, between Crutchfield and XR that's all I have.
 

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No Problem Blasirl.
Just researching amps right now. I have a couple low powered amps I will use & considering other options.
Contemplating setting up a subwoofer to go along with XR's front stage set up. I may go with the alpine swr-8d4 & see if I can get XR to build a box for it. He's hard to get a hold of lately.

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