Originally Posted by jeremyhelling
Makes sense. Is there an amp then that's more capable to handling both of these subs for a slight increase in price? From what I've seen, buying two turbo amp kits for my subs will cost a pretty penny. These posts above are talking about a fix that's is substantially less money. Is there an option somewhere in the middle but closer to the lower pricing that would work? It doesn't sound like the guy who posted about this fix is having too many problems with his but more details on his experience would be appreciated.
As Mark had mentioned (and I think I did earlier also), your best bet for 'economy' would be to buy a pro amp, maybe something like a Behringer, Crown, etc... I bought a Behringer EPX3000 from an online dealer for a screaming deal, $230 w/ free shipping. I was planning on ditching my V2 amps, blocking off the cutout with some MDF, and attaching some speaker terminals to it.
I ended up 'impulse buying' a Dayton Ultimax 15" woofer thinking it would play nice with the MFW15 cabinet. Everything mounted up nicely, I wired up the woofer for a 4ohm load, and gave it a 'go' with the Behringer. Well, despite maxing out the gain on the amp as well as the pre-amp, I still can't get the thing to play loud. I know it must be some error on my part, and I haven't had time to troubleshoot it. But I do know that my repaired MFW15 sounds better than my pet project.
So I plan to put back in my other repaired V2 amp, and just run both MFW15's stock. I also will power down the woofers when I am done watching things, and hopefully that will buy me some additional time.
What to do with the Behringer? Well, I have an old Hsu VTF3 mk 2 whose amp has crapped out (despite all caps appearing fine), that I plan to convert...
As for the Turbo kit, after some deliberation, I've concluded that the upgrade is actually an 'economical' as well as sonically superior solution. Thinking about the pieces you'd need if you were to try to DIY:
1) upgraded woofer, one that is matched to the qualities of the MFW cabinet = $200
2) 1000W amp, again modded to match the driver and cabinet= $400+
3) nice aluminum block off plates for both amp and EQ = $30 (or possibly more)
So, the price they are asking is actually quite reasonable when you think about it (they do have to make some profit after all)...