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neonpachyderm
02-15-2012, 09:59 AM
OK, here's the deal.

My tops: Peavey PR15 x2
My subs: Peavey SP118x (8-ohm) x2

Other gear: Yamaha MW12 mixer, DOD SR835 crossover

I asked this over on the Facebook DJF page and got a few ideas, but more suggestions are welcome: I need power amps to power this rig. My old rig is SEVERELY underpowered and overweight (Peavey M-2600 at 85WPC at 8 ohm for the tops, Peavey M-3000 at 210W into 4 ohms for the subs.)

So, I'm looking for suggestions. Let's say budget of around $750 to get two new or used amps. Obviously weight and rack space are something of a consideration. My current rack has 4 spaces available. I CAN kick the amps out to a separate case, as I have a 6-space case currently empty. Logically though, the amps and X-over need to be together. The DOD is a single-space, so that leaves 5 in the case.

I had a lead on a pair of Peavey PV-1.3Ks for $600, but not sure they're still available and can't get ahold of the guy at the moment. Nice specs, but they're 4-space amps and weigh 55 lbs apiece. Would require some creative rearranging.

PV-1.3K: 650WPC RMS at 4 ohms; 1000WPC at 2 ohms (per channel, both driven)
1300W at 8 ohms; 2000W at 4 ohms (bridged)

I AM partial to Peavey gear, but I'm not fiercely brand loyal. Would make sense for the two amps to be the same brand though.

Any thoughts, comments, ideas, suggestions?

Al Poulin
02-15-2012, 10:16 AM
Look into the Peavey IPRs. They are lightweight, affordable and come with a great warranty (5 years if you register the product). A single IPR 3000 should be OK to handle your tops and subs. Each top and sub will be getting up to 420 watts RMS - which is plenty IMO. (the amp puts out 840 watts per channel @ 4 ohms)

AL

unsafe8989
02-15-2012, 12:40 PM
I have two IPR 3000's love them enough power for me.

monomer
02-15-2012, 04:43 PM
IPR1600 here, on my tops.


Couldn't be happier. Watt per dollar is just right, and my back loves me.

DJHoss
02-15-2012, 05:34 PM
Crown Amps, DriveCore series for tops. Use something else for subs, though, the DriveCore class D aint responsive enough for subs...according to someone on here:tup:

neonpachyderm
02-15-2012, 09:00 PM
Both my back and my wallet are thinking either Crown DriveCore or Peavey IPR. 1600 would be perfect for the tops, but I feel like I'd need a bit more for the subs. Seriously considering getting a 1600 for the tops and a 3000 for the subs.

unsafe8989
02-15-2012, 10:20 PM
Both my back and my wallet are thinking either Crown DriveCore or Peavey IPR. 1600 would be perfect for the tops, but I feel like I'd need a bit more for the subs. Seriously considering getting a 1600 for the tops and a 3000 for the subs.

IPR's buddy feels like theres nothing in the box and it slams on subs. My 3000's scared me when i played them and i was like 7lbs is doin this monstrosity.

djscrizzle
02-15-2012, 11:01 PM
I'd get a pair of used QSC GX-5s (or GX-7s) and call it done, then make up a connector panel with the required in/out connections on the rear of the rack to hook it all up.

neonpachyderm
02-18-2012, 11:46 AM
If I get the QSCs, I shouldn't need any extra panel...the GX-5 is a 2-space amp, so I could fit both in the available space. (Same with the IPRs, actually.)

Depends on how quick I can get the funds together, there's a couple of good possibilities floating around right now.