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Buttkicker amp died, need a replacement for TC-2000 sub

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I have a Buttkicker BKA 1000-4A amp that I have been using in a sonotube sub with a TC sounds 15" TC-2000 since 2006! It is true old school but I really like it and I want to stay with it for the time being. That said, I think my amp may have bit the dust. The standby light turns green but I get no output. Any thoughts? How can I check to see if I am getting output to the sub?

If it truly is dead, any suggestions on what I should get to replace it? I would like to future proof the amp in case I decide to do another DIY project down the road....Devastator or Full Marty.

Here are the specs to the TC sub in case that makes any difference.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-d...000-specs.html

Thank you for the advice!

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It is probably worth checking out what a repair would cost. If else, most people on here use pro amps like crown, behringer, clone amps and so on. They usualy have some fan noise to go with them though.

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They usualy have some fan noise to go with them though.
The fans are easily replaced for silent ones.

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Thank you for the replies. I will look into a repair. I may also look new. I am thinking of maybe the NX3000. Would that work for my currently setup? I was thinking 1 channel would work for what I have now, then I could also use it if I decided to go with something from GSG audio in the future.

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I have one of those I use for outdoor movies. With it's very high distortion, when it dies I will throw it out. They would not be worth the cost to repair...
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I am just learning more about its high distortion and crap output levels compared to spec. Back in the day (2006) it was pretty well regarded but the facts soon became known. I think you are right that getting a new instead of fixing this is likely the route I will go.

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I'd get an inuke DSP model so you can tailor the response.

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Get the 6000dsp if you are planning on adding more sub later. One channel of a 3000 is not enough to get the most out of the bigger drivers.
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Thank you for the responses.

1. Do I go with or without a DSP model? Or get a miniDSP? I run Macbook only at home, will the NX edit software work with Macs?

2. My currently setup was being pushed by ~900 watts at 4 ohms. The 3000 would be about the same with each channel. Then if I went with a Devastator, I could use the same NX3000 in bridged mode, correct? If I am not doing anymore than 1 sub, do I need the NX6000?

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Thank you for the replies. I will look into a repair. I may also look new. I am thinking of maybe the NX3000. Would that work for my currently setup? I was thinking 1 channel would work for what I have now, then I could also use it if I decided to go with something from GSG audio in the future.

Thoughts?

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That's a great option, I have the NX3000D powering the TC 2000 drivers, and it rocks. The TC 2000 is still a fantastic driver. Tons of Xmax. I have two TC 2000 drivers, and would love to eventually put them in the GSG Audio dual driver cabs they're coming out with.

Definitely get the NX3000 with DSP, it allows for so much more control.

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Thanks for the reply! Should I power with just the one channel or would bridged give it some headroom?
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I am just learning more about its high distortion and crap output levels compared to spec. Back in the day (2006) it was pretty well regarded but the facts soon became known. I think you are right that getting a new instead of fixing this is likely the route I will go.

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I used a couple of those back in the day on my first build, ('05?) until they were tested and I realized how bad they were for sub duty. Shakers are one thing, but subs not so much. So, other than the monetary loss, it may be a blessing in disguise. You will most likely end up a with a better amp with much lower distortion and much more low end grunt.
It is a shame, because they are a great form factor and package. It would be nice if there was a similar product with better specs.

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Yeah, I agree. The more I research now, the more I realize the Buttkicker is not the way to go to power my sub. I guess, once I got done building it, I just went on enjoying it not realizing the was a much better option out there to power it. Thanks for the reply!

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