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Damping Factor

 

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Username: Jwbulger79

Florida

Post Number: 41
Registered: Nov-04
how important is damping factor when looking at amp specs. i've heard that for s/n, when you get above 90 you cant really tell a difference. it it the same for DF when you get to 200+? is it important to crunch the numbers like this or will i be safe just buying a good brand of amp with the power i'm looking for?
 

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Username: Jwbulger79

Florida

Post Number: 42
Registered: Nov-04
the Soundstream VGA320.4 has some great specs:

80x4 RMS
S/N >115
THD <0.02
DF >500

and it's only $175 new on eBay. from what i have found this is one of the best "specs per dollar" amp out there. are there too many intangible qualities in amps to only look at numbers?
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2655
Registered: May-04
You usually wouldn't notice a difference with a damping factor, most amps today far surpass that required to notice an audible difference. Damping does show quality of materials used, especially the transistors, so higher damping usually indicates more quality materials used in the amplifier, assuming it was rated correctly.
 

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 5955
Registered: Dec-03
http://www.wickedcases.com/caraudio/amplifiers.html
http://www.wickedcases.com/caraudio/ampspecs.html
 

Bronze Member
Username: Jwbulger79

Florida

Post Number: 44
Registered: Nov-04
wow. great reference source. thanks guys.
 

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 5970
Registered: Dec-03
yeah I forgot to mention just skip to the part about damping on both those links.
the rest is relative, but it's not needed unless you want to get a feel for how it all works together.
I get a bit long-winded on the amp fundamentals article. It's a bit long.
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