8 Best 2000 Watt Amps Review

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1SCV-2000D 16.53 * 8.25 * 2.32 inches21 pounds1 Check
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2Hifonics ZRX2016.4 22 * 2.4 * 10 inches13.45 pounds
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3Pyle PLTA580 26 x 15.5 x 6.75 inches24.6 pounds
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4Skar Audio RP-2000.1D 24 x 3.2 x 7.0 inches11.4 pounds
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5Rockford Fosgate R500X1D 11.8 x 10.5 x 4.2 inches6.3 pounds
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6BOSS Audio R1004 7.8 x 9.1 x 2.2 inches3.1 pounds
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7BOSS Audio Elite BE1500.1 14 x 8.9 x 4.2 inches5.39 pounds
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8Hifonics BXX3000.1D Brutus 25.1 x 3.6 x 10.2 inches16.6 pounds
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SCV-2000D
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Hifonics ZRX2016.4
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Pyle PLTA580
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Skar Audio RP-2000.1D
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Rockford Fosgate R500X1D
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BOSS Audio R1004
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BOSS Audio Elite BE1500.1
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Hifonics BXX3000.1D Brutus
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Before actually describing each model, I`ll tell several words about how I was choosing amplifiers for the top.

The criteria

What I was looking for was:

  • The value

I was trying to choose the best performing devices in several price categories in order to get the best quality-to-price rating. This is for squeezing as much as possible out of the manufacturers.

  • The durability

I was obviously looking for the amplifiers, which would serve for a long term. It means a solid build, reliable materials, etc. However, some amplifiers, which are not that durable are in the list as well, as they have other outstanding features.

  • Reliable brand

Although some new companies have some ridiculously good offers, I was only looking through brands, which have been around for a decade at least. This, in my opinion, is more reliable.

The process

There were three steps:

  • An internet research. I looked through the brands and offers, checked internet-shops out, read a lot of the feedback (really a lot of it), and contacted owners of the models, which I considered to be the most interesting.
  • Technical analysis. I didn`t do it personally, but I contacted a friend of mine who is an experienced technician. He looked through the mechanical parts and said how durable in his opinion these models are.
  • Listening. I bought a couple of amps, I borrowed several from my friends and studio, but after all I managed to have a live testing of all of these amplifiers, to deliver my personal experience.

Well, now that you know what exactly had been done, let us proceed to reviewing.

SCV-2000D

Showdown is an American company, that manufactures different musical equipment. Audio Monoblock Amplifier is the product they should be proud of.

Features

When I first saw this amplifier, the first I`ve had was about how solid it looked. After testing it, I can say, that it is solid indeed, and here are the advantages:

Tip:Not does it only look solid, it is solid and well-built indeed. The metallic body is nicely crafted. Though I haven`t done a crash test on purpose, SCV-2000D did fall once from a table. It continued working afterwards as if nothing happened.

The most important feature of any amplifier is how it actually amplifies the sound. Showdown`s product is doing its` job great. The sound gets louder with no distortion and feedback.

Although the amplifier is undoubtedly great, it has to be treated accordingly

Tip:If we were comparing amplifiers and cars, SCV-2000D would have been a Jeep. It does what it has to do, but requires lots of fuel and is massive. As this model isn`t a budget one, I don`t think an owner will have any problems with electricity bills, but the fact, that a lot of energy is required should be kept in mind.

How it works

I tested it as an amplifier for studio playing sessions. Showdown made a great product for the musicians is what I can say. SCV-2000D would be a great pick for musicians, who prefer calm style, as the amplifier removes the necessity to smash to get a loud sound.

Short conclusion

This is not a budget model, so it is not the most suitable one for the beginners. But, if you are an advanced player or have enough money to invest and want to get the maximum value out of your budget, SCV-2000D is the best 2000Watt amplifier in that price range, so feel free to get it.

Pros
Physical durability
Nice amplification
Cons
Huge energy consumption

Hifonics ZRX2016.4

Hifonics is another American company that, guess what? Right. Manufactures amplifiers.

Features

One thing that I`ve heard about Hifonics amplifiers is that they make powerful bass. Indeed:

The bass and the sub-bass were above all the expectations. It sounded like something you would see in comedy gangster movies, when bad guys are driving. This is one the maximum power level though, can easily be adjusted to sound simply loud.

Tip:There is a lot of knobs and handles. All those things that make you confused first, but once you find out the way to use them, make you feel like a genius. All those knobs can be used to control different aspects of amplification, like frequencies and equalization, which makes it possible to create the perfect sound.

There is a downside though:

Tip:Feels like manufacturer saved a little on the “smaller” details, like wires. It feels like that because the amplifier is warming up a lot, while working at maximum power. Honestly, it is exactly what you expect from a cheap amp, so nothing too disappointing here.

How it works

It works great as long as you know your limits and let it rest. It only starts warming up after more than an hour of extreme amplification. So, if you are planning to drive through a desert during 10 hours with the loudest music in the state, you should choose something more durable.

Short conclusion

This is an amplifier that provides great value. It`s price to quality ratio is good. On the other hand it has to be treated with care, as it may break after pushing the limits too far.

John, 28, a driver

  • I`ve always been loving big cars. I`ve always enjoyed loud music as well. So, no surprise I decided to buy a powerful amplifier for my Hammer. The first thing that attracted me in Hifonics product is how massive and well-built it. I was not surprised, when I found out, that it is actually a great amplifier as well. I`ve been owning it for 7 months now, and not a single problem has occurred during that time. It started heating up a little lately, but as long as it doesn`t affect functioning it`s all right for me.
Pros
Powerful bass amplification
A lot of adjustability
Cons
It gets hot

 

Pyle PLTA580

Here is a product from Pyle Trucker series.

Features

The first thought you have when looking at it is “looks brutal”. At least mine was. A little research has shown that indeed, designers were working on this amplifier, to make it look professional.

Tip:It is one of those things, that look really simple, but you feel the true power looking at them. There is nothing excessive, yet all the necessary things are placed conveniently and are emphasized with colors and shapes. Holding Pyle Trucker and looking at it provides some esthetic pleasure.

Yet another amplifier that can be adjusted for different types of listeners. It has a high-pass and low-pass filter, input control filter, bassboost controller and crossover mode selector.

Tip:The windows of your car will not be crashed, when you turn it on. The whole street will not wake up because of you listen to music with this amp. It will provide enough volume for a small truck, but nothing outstanding.

How it works

It works exactly as decent semi-budget model is expected to work. The sound amplification happens. If you are not a professional musician or that type of person, enjoying extremely loud music, this one will be suitable for you.

Short conclusion

Pyle Trucker is a device that will be serving you well, once you chose it. It is like a diligent old butler. Will be doing his job the same for several decades, never getting better or worse.

Pros
Great design
Adjustability
Cons
Not powerful enough

Skar Audio RP-2000.1D

Skar is the most successful manufacturer of car amplifiers. Let me present you Skar Audio RP-2000 – Skar`s product from the budget RP line.

Features

Again, I thought how badass Skar`s emblem looks. But after holding a Pyle Trcuker, I can not say, that this design is outstanding. It has other positive sides though:

Tip:I`ve met like a dozen people, who all said, that they couldn`t expect a better performance from an amplifier, that has quite an affordable price. They especially praised the bass, as it sounded extremely powerful and juicy.

A typical downside you would have expected from a cheap loud thing is distortion and feedback. This is not the case. There was neither of these two. The sounds is equally clean and clear, not depending on how loud the volume is.

Tip:There is a serious con though:

Well, this is what I expected as well. There are hundreds of people on the internet, claiming that they received a badly or non-working amplifier. The problem is not critical though, as Skar`s managers always respond, and the company is always ready to compensate the losses.

How it works

It does work powerful. For me (not a loud music lover) even have the volume felt overwhelming. I then gave the amplifier to a friend of mine, who is a truck driver, and he was absolutely amazed with RP-2000D.

Short conclusion

This is a budget amplifier, that will provide a loud bass for a continuous period of time. Purchasing it is sort of a lottery though, as you may always get a bad-built version. So, if you have enough time to wait for a replacement from the company, then there is nothing, that should be stopping you.

Pros
A lot of value
Clean sound
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Cons
Doubtful build quality

Rockford Fosgate R500X1D

Another American manufacturer and another amplifier. Good amplifier.

Features

The first impression was: it looks vintage. Well, the model isn`t new indeed, it`s been around for almost ten years. Quite a long term for an amplifier. Here is why:

Tip:I`ve done an internet research and found several people, who were using this amplifier for more than five years. None of them has reported any problems. Neither mechanical nor functional part did not get any worse during all the time.

While finding out how complicated things work feels satisfying, I personally believe that simple things are the best ones. Rockford Fosgate is as easy to handle as you can imagine. There is an input, an output, several controllers and not anything else. No excessive wires or stuff like that.

Tip:Simple things still have their downsides:

If you are used to hearing every tone and frequency and feeling it, than you`ll be disappointed. Although Rockford`s amp produces clean sound, it is not juicy. People describe as static.

How it works

I had an opportunity to listen to music amplified buy this amp. As a musician I can say that sound is flat indeed. As a simple guy, who is just about to listen to some loud music, I saw nothing too bad. The sound was satisfyingly loud.

Short conclusion

It is a simple amplifier for a simple person. If you want to listen to complicated and emotional music genres, like blues or classical music, you`ll not be amused. If you are just a fan of loud bass, Rockford Fosgate will do perfectly.

Dan, 32, A truck driver

  • I was going to go to a long trip, through the whole Canada. I really needed something to cheer me up during that trip. Rockford`s amplifier was a perfect choice. It managed to cheer me up and energize me during all that time.

It was really easy to connect and activate it. The only controller I was using was the volume controller. I love how the sound quality remained the same. It didn`t depend on how loud I was listening to music.

My wife, however, said that the sound quality was awful. I honestly don`t know why, as it sounds perfectly fine to me.

Pros
Impressive solidity
Simplicity
Cons
Flat sound

 

BOSS Audio R1004

BOSS is a company, that is all about using innovative techonologies.

Features

Although the BOSS Audio R1004 looked average, not like thing from the future, the short test has shown, how good it is:

Tip:A/B type of build means both optimal energy consumption and clean sound. While A amplifiers consume too much energy and B type amps have distorted sound, A/B combines their positive features and reduces negative ones.

I personally had no problems with overheating, but even in case they show up, BOSS Audio R1004 has an automated protection system, that saves the insides from melting in a hot temperature, by cooling them down and automatically reducing the amount of energy consumed.

Thinking of all these modern things, developers kinda forgot about the most important thing:

Tip:I can`t say that it was the worst sound I`ve ever heard in my life, but it definitely isn`t good. BOSS Audio R1004 has problems, that you would expect from an amplifier of a lower class: the louder the sound gets, the more distorted it is.

How it works

It is an average amplifier. You get as much value of it, as the manufacturers claim. They managed to make a budget amplifier, that has all the modern features. The reason is not even that they did something wrong. I just believe, amplifier of this price range should have a simpler construction.

Short conclusion

If you feel like you need a cheap innovation in your life, than go for it. You`ll get some new experience for sure. However, if what you are looking for is a sound quality, that is above average, consider other options.

Steven, 25, a web-developer

  • I needed to buy a present for my father, so a friend of mine came up with that brilliant idea to buy an amplifier. As none of us is an expert in terms of sound amplifiers, we just looked through the internet offers. BOSS`s production looked about right, with all the construction decisions they suggested. And it is indeed well-constructed.

Well, when it came to unboxing and actually testing the thing, this amplifier didn`t shine. Well, it didn`t fail as well, but I expected a better quality. Father is happy with his present, so I believe the things worked out fine in the end.

Pros
A/B type
Modern protection system
Cons
Sound quality

BOSS Audio Elite BE1500.1

Audio Elite is like a big brother to R1004. It has all the same features, but has a bigger development budget. This resulted in it naturally being better.

Features

If R1004 looked like a piece of plastic, BE1500 looks like a solid piece of plastic:

Tip:The previous model was consuming optimal amounts of energy. This one is an A/B class as well, but with better transistors and better materials overall. It has additional stabilizers, which, I think, make it possible to call this model one of the most eco-friendly ones in terms of energy consumption.

Manufacturers provide a five year warranty. It means, that you`ll feel calm for at least five years. As the model still comes at a low price, I consider it to be a really promising investment.

Tip:Something felt wrong though:

There is so many knobs and controllers, that you stop feeling eager to find out what each of them does. I never felt that I needed an input sensitivity controller in my life. Well, some may still find this attractive.

How it works

In all other aspects it is a decent amplifier. I would say above average in the price category. A great value purchase, especially considering that warranty for five years.

Short conclusion

If you are not afraid of experimenting, there is nothing that can stop you. However, if you feel, that turning a dozen of knobs for listening to music is not what you want to do, try a simpler model.

Pros
High efficiency
Durability
Cons
Excessive complexity

Hifonics BXX3000.1D Brutus

The only Brutus that will not betray you (historical joke included).

Features

I`ve reviewed one of Hifonics products already and was satisfied completely. Brutus is good as well:

Tip:Hifonics products are amplifying sound better, than you expect them too. Brutus isn`t an exception. All the bass frequencies that go through it, come out in powerful waves, which can literally shake your car (a little).

Metallic parts included. It means at least, that durability is better than it would be, if the amplifier was made of plastic. The insides are decent as well, it doesn`t get hot to the point of critical temperature.

Tip:Such a machine requires a lot of energy:

I tried using one battery and after a while I decided, that the best decision would be to go for two batteries instead. It is understandable, as the amplifier is powerful, but still this should be kept in mind.

How it works

It is a simple amplifier, that is simply doing its` job. There are some things you might adjust, but not much of them. The power of bass compensates minor downsides. It will be a great amplifier, for as long as you have enough energy to keep it working.

Short conclusion

If you are looking for something simple and powerful, Hifonics Brutus is one of the best options. However, it is not looking great and has no modern features, so if you are an innovative person, you should consider other options.

Pros
Great sound quality
Solid build
Cons
High energy consumption

Big Conclusion

There is no perfect amplifier, all of them have positive sides and negative sides. So, while choosing one think of how important this amp is for you and whether you can afford it. When I first asked a friend of mine, what algorithm I should follow to get a great amplifier, he gave me a simple scheme, which you can use as well. Here it is:

  • Check the price

It should be somewhere between 100 and 500 dollars. More expensive amplifiers are designed for professionals and it is likely, that you`ll not be able to use their full potential, while cheaper amplifiers are usually just bad.

  • Check the manufacturer

Although I only recommended famous ones, there is nothing bad in giving new one a try. In fact, some new manufacturers are trying to make products of extremely high quality in order to attract new clients. If you decide to choose a new one though, be extremely careful and try to find as much feedback as possible.

  • Check what people say

Read the feedback from the people, who already own the product you are going to purchase. Remember, that there is always a chance to get a defective device. This is why it`s important to check how many people actually received one and whether it was replaced.

My final recommendation is not too worry too much about the amplifier. If you are choosing among several models in the same price category, just pick any of them, as all amplifiers are pretty much the same.

Thank you for reading and good luck.

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