Originally Posted by jluv
Open your eyes and open your mind, man. There are still newer amps on the market now (besides Audison) that are far better than anything that came out back in the 90s. Technology has come a long way. There are still companies that are putting time, money, and energy into R&D, engineering, design, and using new patented technologies that weren't even a dream 10-15 years ago. Sure, a lot of companies are playing the market by mass-producing cheap garbage to sell tons of units online and in big retail stores, but all hope is not lost.
I was a big fan of old school amps myself. I ran a system using 4 PPI (3 of them Audio Art) amps, and they were really nice. I was so set on keeping them that when they finally started crapping out on me after over 10 years, I would send them into the shop for repair. That got expensive, so I finally swapped them out for Slash amps. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. These things are solid and have never given me any issues. I use my own processing, but it's nice to know that if I didn't, there is a ton of tunability right there on the amp itself. I recently purchased one of the new JL HD amps (600/4) to replace the A600 running my mids, and I have no doubt that it will blow the PPI amp away in every category.
I'm still a big fan of the old PPI amps, but I'd take a Slash, HD, PDX, etc over an Audio Art amp any day of the week. That goes for anything made in the 90s, for that matter.
I said JLs are almost an exception... I've heard JLs and they sound good, but I honestly haven't heard them sound better than a PG ZPA or TI... ok, those are LATE 90s early 2K amps, but still holds true... The ZPAs in my dad's car are fucken phenominal, and I haven't heard anything honestly to compete with is EXCEPT the Audison VRx line... The new Focal amps sound DAMN good too, so that is another exception.
I've been in the game a long time too, and worked at a few local shops, so I am not talking out of my ass... I've been into this shit since 1992 when my dad got his first real system in what is now my Porsch.
The 3558s in that car are STILL one of the best amps ever made... Even call Alpine and ask them. The techs said they even piss on their $2-3K F1 crap.
If you don't have any clue what a 3558 is, there is no reason in continuing this debate.