I'm looking at building a new sub in the future and will definitely be upgrading the power as my NHT MA-1A amp will just not cut it for my future plans. I thought it was a 60 watt mono amp but researched to refresh my memory and it's 80W into 8ohms and 120 Watts into a 4 ohm load which my JL Audio dual vc sub is set up for. It plays great with this amp now, but in the future I plan on an XMC-1, and an XPA-5.
Any decent moderately priced amps out there with balanced inputs. I will probably build another bandpass enclosure for this sub so I won't need a ton of power. I'm looking for around 200watts at least but nothing ridiculous.
Here is where I am green. Will the XMC-1 sub outs and the processing give me crossover functionality or am I still looking for an amp with a crossover to handle those duties.
This will be for a 50/50 music, home theater set up.
In the past, I bought all of my speaker components from Meniscus Audio, and they also did my custom leap designed crossovers for my main speakers. They sell plate amps that do what I want but are only $200-$400. This may suit me well, but if I can get a much better product for a bit more I would like to see what's out there. I have not done much research into this as I am just getting back into the hobby after building my speakers a long time ago.
Not sure if they would be of any benefit. I have never used balanced inputs and not sure if they'd be a waste of money and resources to integrate into the sub(s).
I do know that my sub as it sits rivals some pretty damn expensive ones I've heard and for my space does what I need. When the basement project is done and I step it up a few notches, I will want more. That is where the new enclosure and possible re-thinking of the frequency my sub is currently tuned to will come into play. I will undoubtedly want more power. That will also give me the flexibility to build a few other subs and try them out. The bandpass enclosure is very efficient but I am also thinking of building a few other designs to see what I like best in my system and I know to get the most out of them will require more power.