Well about a week ago, I scored a 15" Kicker CompVR and Rockford Fosgate 201S amp for the best price there is.
The amp SAYS "600 watts" on the case. Load of bs considering the RMS is 50x2, and the bridged power is 200, both according this page on crutchfield.com. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-oJPx23p...ml#details-tab
The subwoofer is a Kicker CompVR C15D. 4 ohm, 500-600 peak power depending on where I'm reading.
So anyway, I got everything hooked up and the sub worked for a little bit but as I cracked it up, it acted as if that piddly little amp just wasn't enough. I kept messing around with the amp and it eventually overheated and that smell of blown electronics engulfed my car. Since then, I snagged this off craigslist:
400 watts RMS. Much better than those piddly 50 from that last amp right? Not so much. I'm getting hardly anything out of this subwoofer.
IS there any way for sure to tell whether the "new" amp is blown or is it my sub? The guy I got the amp from buys storage units. Real cool older guy, very old fashioned and said he'd have no problem taking it back if it is found to be defective.