Originally Posted by KidHorn
They had a bad batch of amps with their legends. Other than that, as far as I know, they haven't had any more problems than other vendors.
The Phoenix is an older model so the amp probably failed due to fatigue. Not because the amp was faulty.
i'm not sure about this. David's Phoenix amp is here, is fixed, and ready to come back. i also have a late model Legend amp here that is burned up due to a driver failing. the amps are identical, even down to the date codes on the transistors. that pretty much tells me that they came from the same batch. David's amp was actually in really good shape. some parts were replaced with new, but did not really need to be.
Originally Posted by graphicguy
As mentioned, the Phoenix was a generation before Epik's last batch of subs. They were robust. I had heard about what happened with the last batches of subs/amps, which was touch and go. Never a good sign for a small boutique manufacturer.
it is quite possible that the Legend drivers were a downgrade from the Phoenix... ( i do not know much about Epik's drivers ) after all, that is what caused Elemental Designs downfall. when a company gets into financial trouble, or finds a way to cut costs, sometimes quality suffers.
sometimes, it is the manufacturer of the product that downgrades parts without telling the customer. they will change parts to cut costs. this is not the case with the amps, but may be for the drivers. but i have seen this happen to many companies that i work with. that's the typical peril of dealing with an overseas manufacturer, and companies have to keep a close watch on this.
the problems here is, is that low quality drivers are often hard to detect... some of them appear to be quality. they look beefy and well made... yet, are not. some of eD's Philippines made drivers fit that description perfectly.
drivers do not last forever. and when using a low quality driver, one can expect a shorter life than usual... or in the case of some of the ones eD sent me, bad right out of the box brand new.
either way, a low quality/bad/old driver is a sure way to insure an amplifier's short life.