Re: Soundstream Car Audio?
Soundstream was great stuff up to around 97 when the owner passed on. His wife Donna took over, They had the highest defective rate I've ever seen in the industry going off shore when that wasn't a good thing. Their loan was called and they filed for bankruptcy. They are currently owned by Power Acoustic, which isn't the best stuff out there. At this point though, almost all car amp are made in 3 factories in Asia. It doesn't make sense to buy a brand like Rockford Fosgate when the build quality is no better than the other brands. There is a premium charged to cover their huge marketing budgets that created the brand recognition in the first place.
I've been recommending MTX lately for an inexpensive amplifier. Mitek, the parent company, didn't reach their sales projections and due to some loophole in their contract, the factory in China is permitted to sell the product themselves. That should cut a few lines of distribution and make the product easy to find on the net cheap.
In the end, it used to be $1 = 1 Watt. Now, they can build 1 Watt for around $.80 When you buy that amp that says 760 watts on the heatsink for $169, you can be sure that it won't do better than around 200 watts. There is no magic to building an amp, just BS marketing driven meaningless specs. Unless of course you are:
- Only listening to a 1,000 Hz test tone.
- You only listen for 1 second at a time.
- You don't listen at all, instead you have a shunt resistor connected to the amp to see the pretty lights it has and keep the impedance @ 4 ohms.
- Your car is always 65 degrees F.
- You have an HP 5000 watt power supply in your car.
What kind of car is it going into?