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#1 Z2TT

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

Hi Guys,

I've always heard people say things along the lines of "Old V12's are the best"
or "The older Alpine amps are the best". I once had a 3554 I think it was,
didnt' know anything about it never used it, and had lots of interest when i put it up for sale.

I have run Alpine MRV-F250, not too bad, then upgraded to an MRP-F450, what looks like a newer V12 series and it sounded better.

I'm wondering which of the old V12's (or any series) were generally the best, or even non V12 older alpine models as from what i've heard the new 2006? upwards Alpine amps weren't the best

Any ideas?

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Edited by Z2TT, 25 April 2012 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:29 AM

I swear by the old Alpine MRV-1507 series amps. Only downside was the footprint. Big amps. BUT... they were powerhouses. Clean power, strong damping factor, all round solid amps.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

The 05/07 series that Tiger refers to were definitely good IMO. Some powerful multichannel amps there.

For me though, I rate the series after, which saw the introduction of V12 monoblocks. The series included the MRV-F340/F540 4-channel models, the T420 2-channel, and MRD-M500 and M1000 monoblocks (class D); and also saw the exclusive MRV-F900 F1 Status 4-channel (one for sale in FS Forum from Woody!!). I have used an F540 + M1000 combo and that packed grunt and plenty of transparency.

I didn't like the concept that the subsequent MRV-F345 and F545 series offered (asymmetrical bridging).

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

The 05/07 series that Tiger refers to were definitely good IMO. Some powerful multichannel amps there.

For me though, I rate the series after, which saw the introduction of V12 monoblocks. The series included the MRV-F340/F540 4-channel models, the T420 2-channel, and MRD-M500 and M1000 monoblocks (class D); and also saw the exclusive MRV-F900 F1 Status 4-channel (one for sale in FS Forum from Woody!!). I have used an F540 + M1000 combo and that packed grunt and plenty of transparency.

I didn't like the concept that the subsequent MRV-F345 and F545 series offered (asymmetrical bridging).

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I've owned every single amp in that series - except the F1 gear...MRV-T320, MRV-T420, MRV-F340, MRV-F540, MRV-F450, MRD-M300, MRD-M500, MRD-M1000 and I currently use an M1000, F540 and F340 in my SQ system in my navara. It was a definate "upgrade" from my series one PDX in terms of sound quality and lack of system noise.

Quite often you will get an amp with far more power than it is rated at: I've owned a 650w RMS MRD500 and my current MRD1000 is well over 1100w RMS.

Yes there are far better amps out there but value for money they are terrific considering their 2nd hand price these days

Edited by broadz, 26 April 2012 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:14 AM

Thanks guys what years are those series? 2001-2005?

Are the OLD OLD V12's any good or any older amps as in the ones with Black Ribs only, no white/silver etc?
Or I might be confusing this for some other series?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

MRV-T320, MRV-T420, MRV-F340, MRV-F540, MRV-F450, MRD-M300, MRD-M500, MRD-M1000


^^^ These are from 2004, maybe 2005.

The monoblocks underwent minor changes to become the M501 and M1001, I think in 2005-6. I don't know what design features changed; the cosmetics changed slightly, but very similar.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

i have 2 MRD-M1001s and love them but selling one as i dont need that one right now and the other is staying in my car until i get a new amp with double the power atleats for my new setup :) but the mrd-m1001s are great!!!! plenty of power ready to be used :)