Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
I am thinking about trying one of the Peavy IPR-1600's for my mains. Probably will order it tomorrow.
The adult* version of the IPR-1600, the Crest Pro Lite 2.0, is now available, and not much more expensive than the IPR-1600. (The Crest has a slightly better feature set too: a dedicated bridge-mode output, and a bit more capacitance.) So you might want to look at that instead.
I recently picked one up and gave it a spin on an Aurasound NS12-794-4A in a 65L closed box. It will eventually drive two of the four subs in my sister's basement theater (an NHT B-20 will drive the other two.). Worked just fine, every bit as good as my much more expensive (but also much more dense, as it fits 8 500W/4Ω channels into a 2RU package) multisub amp, an ElectroVoice CPS-8.5.
On the subject matter, S/N, the Crest is clearly not as quiet as my Sherwood Newcastle A-965 on my amp-noise test (Eminence APT tweeter on one of their horns, plugged in), but then again I've not found anything near the price of the A-965 that's as low in self-noise as it is. (Similarly low-noise amps are things like Brystons, Anthem Statements, and McIntoshes.) I'd recommend one for the OP, but they're out of production, and 3dBW less powerful than desired. (Though with 102dB/W/m speakers, 20dBW of power with 1.5dB headroom per channel should be more than sufficient domestic audio use....)
*black rather than cheap-looking silver, no blue lasershow on the circuit board, heavier metal chassis. I think the fan might be better, too. The Pro Lite 2.0, at least, is a lot quieter than the IPR-3000 I briefly had.Edited by DS-21 - 3/24/13 at 10:00pm