Top 5 Sub Amps Under $200 (2020)

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Pioneer GM D9701

Audiopipe apcle 1500

Rockford Fosgate Prime 500

Alpine MRV M500

Taramps HD 3000

Hifonics Zeus 2416

Orion XTR 1000.1

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Audiopipe 1500

Alpine MRV M500

Rockford Fosgate Prime 500

Pioneer 9601

Taramps HD 3000

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  1. Greg Blau on February 1, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    About 15 years ago I got the old m450 version of that alpine. I did replace it recently to get more power, a bass knob and non spade terminals but it still works just fine. The new one is the power acoustik razor 2500 Ryan from budget gem or bust reviewed and I’m very impressed for under $100.

  2. Ryan Moore on February 1, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Had me till hifonics..anything made by maxxsonics is garbage.

  3. TJ Amos on February 1, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Looking to put some sound in my Nissan Altima SR

  4. jasonneal on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I just picked up 3 Orion XTR amps. Got the 2500D and 2 of the 1500.2. I tell you the power and clarity is insane. I have the 1500.2 on my mids/highs and is way more power than I needed. Best money spent.

  5. Billy Jameson on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    One thing I really like about the Orion and Taramps is that they’re rated at 12 volts also. Good picks.

  6. Spoon Al on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Power Acoustik RZ1-3500D.. thoughts? It’s going for less than $150!..

  7. Learnin' 2 Live on February 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    So i have the audio planet pl1500.1m amp installed on the back of my box with 2 alpine 12" bassline subs. Everything is ran professionally. Could i just unplug the pl1500.1m and install the pioneer gmd-9070. This is my first system and from the dyno numbers ive seen it should be a pretty big difference. Hopefully icould just use the existing wiring and bass remote and just plug into the pioneer.

  8. Randy Hunt on February 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I have no idea where you got that the Hifonics Zues amp was in that category but you are sadly mistaken. I you would have said one of the Brutus amps that was CEA2006 rated then it would have made the grade but no way the Zues does. Many of the Zues amps even have a dummy fuse to fool people into thinking it can put out more power. Stay away from their Zues amps. They are not to be trusted. Actually Hifonics is not to be trusted after that chicken shit stunt.

  9. Ignacio Ramirez on February 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Skar for the winnnn

  10. Francisco Mendez on February 1, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    What you think about the soundqubed 2200.2

  11. Gabriel Aca on February 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    No se escucha nimadres 😧

  12. Lite Flexin on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Lil D Wiz. Love it

  13. Gilbert W on February 1, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    I know Skar has hatred following its name but they make legitimate power on the cheap.
    My SK1500 2nd gen was nice

  14. Damaso Diaz on February 1, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    i know it was a while now since you made this video but i would love it if you can dyno the lanzar vector 6000 watt amp its surpringly cheap under $150 which is crazy so def would love that amp to be dyno and if you can give your thoughts on it thanks

  15. Colby Berry on February 1, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    I have a 12in kicker comp s 4ohm 300w rms and I’m looking for a good amp that can handle had. An audio shop in my area said ds18 amp that’s 1500w would be good but it looks really cheap. Thank you for the video would you recommend anything?

  16. Sonja Williamsin on February 1, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    What about the Soundstream AR8000.1D overrated but makes 2K RMS at 1 ohm for way less than $200.00. Or maybe these don’t have the best reputation for being reliable? I’ve yet to hood mine up.

  17. JBreezy87 on February 1, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Whats the best budget amp for 2 kicker Compvr’s

  18. SS Reaper on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I was waiting for his mom to bust through the door pissed off because he won’t get a job the whole time

  19. Laurants Mccloskey on February 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Where’s the dynos? Reading their specs means nothing. At least reference a dyno

  20. Ruben Calderon on February 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm


  21. Dennis Randall on February 1, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    I got the Rockford Fosgate Prime as a swap for the older version. Love it.

  22. Dj Keys on February 1, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Power acustic rz3500.cheaper than every thing on the list..and performs EXTREAMLY well and is verry reliable but I know what kills the brand for alot of ppl RATINGS!!! I’m running 4 of the 2500ds but I’m experienced in car audio over 30yrs so it allows me to run budget gear I be wishing PPLE could hear my truck and what it sounds like. It’s amazing !!! I’m not into name brands I need my gear TO JUST WORK and don’t fail.i know power acustik over rate there amps .but they perform AND THEY’RE CHEAP.

  23. Yapaul Aung on February 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    How is Dual Walmart brand didnt make this list??

  24. Zixyr on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    whats wrong with 4 gauge? just getting into audio and would like to know

  25. Cjaise Wetzel on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks to videos like this every one of these amps is 200$ or better except the audio pipe and the Rockford

  26. Bill Pittman on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t usually comment on anything, but I’ll tell you what. I have a pioneer d8601 in my 92 Honda Accord. I bought it because I saw big d test it. I think I paid $120 on amazon a few years ago. Previously I had a 1200 watt hifonics Brutus that worked well for about 6 months. It dimmed my lights and was never as clean sounding as the pioneer. I’ve had kicker Cvx 15”, Lanzar pro 15, and fosgate p1 15” in the same sealed box in my back seat. I have Rockville 15 d4 now, because I wanted to see if they sucked as bad as I’ve seen and read. At this power level they don’t. I was so impressed by this sub amp that I bought the 4 channel amp , d8704 to rum my ct sounds meso 6x9s and alpine 6.5 s with old school German made mb quart tweets up front. Alpine deck. Daily. I’m not a spl competition guy. I crank it up every time I get in the car. I have 120 amp alternator. It hits hard and super clean and never gets warm , 4 gauge quality wire . Some songs can blur your vision. My rear view mirror is useless. I put half a tube of superglue on it and it lasts like 3 days

  27. Robert Puente on February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    I got that pioneer 9701 with 2 american bass elite wired to 1 ohm box tuned to 40 hz and im impressed hitting hard and never overheats.

  28. william fenton on February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Power Acoustic 4500w?

  29. Rolling Thunder on February 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Harmony Audio HA-A1500.1 Car Class D Amp Mono 3000W Sub Amplifier w/ Bass Remote

  30. Shortybx183 Shortybx on February 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    U the man thanks for showing me about those amps😎

  31. Richie Ramharter on February 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Can’t hear shit

  32. Sokha Chin on February 1, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Way to much talking

  33. JohnnyOhh-yt on February 1, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Do you consider having HPF and LPF filters and the filters’ slopes as part of your criteria? To me, besides honest power figures….. those are pretty important features because if you have good crossovers, you might be able to eliminate other equipment upstream of the amplifiers. Curious. Thanks for posting! Interesting group of amplifiers.

  34. Jack Gardner on February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Well I have the gm-d8604 and audiopipe 2k mono 👊😎🤛🇺🇲🎶🔊

  35. Robert Lusk on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    What’s a good five channel amp for not to much?

  36. Peter Ou on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    had two rockford r500 amp and a hertz 1xd. All blew within 5 years, what’s a reliable brand?

  37. Justin Kelsey on February 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    There are so many powerful budget amps under 200 bucks that actually meet or exceed ratings. Ive heard good things about the Skar amps, sound qubed, and plenty of small and powerful full bridge amps. There is also no shortage of big subs on the cheap that can take the power and sound decent. Used to be if u wanted a 1000 RMS sub u were spending $500 minimum now u can get a beast 12 for 150 bucks.

  38. John BassHead Work on February 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm


  39. Enner acosta on February 1, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    I have a pioneer ts-1200m sub and I don’t know what amp I should get, what would you recommend

  40. Tony Montana on February 1, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    What’s a good amp for 2 American bass 15 inch subs

  41. Jonathan Rivera on February 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Kenwood all dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  42. Evan Field on February 1, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I think Orion is the better amps at any power level

  43. Brandonn _32 on February 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Best amp for 4 12s?

  44. Sean Wiggins on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Do you think any of your top 5 are good starter amps

  45. Aaron Davis on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Dumb question, but what’s the issue with the 4 guage inputs?

  46. c s j on February 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Skar 800.1d and Skar 1500.1d are my budget picks. I bought a brand new 800.1d for $150 shipped. I’m BLOWN AWAY how loud it is on 2 cheap 10" subs. (Skar SDR-10d4 at $90/each) i’d go so far as to say it’s comparable to my last set-up. (JL Audio 500/1 on 2 Sundown SA-12d4) Droppin’ Quad boyyyy!

  47. Alexandre Scherrer Bernardo on February 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Hello friend! Do you know a good chinese amplifiers in aliexpress to buy? Thanks.

  48. Thomas Marshall on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Those Pioneers are pretty great amps for the price. They sound awesome. The one thing I don’t like about them are the plastic mounting tabs. They break really easy if you use anything other than a screwdriver and if you don’t use pan head screws when mounting them they’ll split. I picked up the APCL1800.1d a few years back because of Big D’s first dyno of the APCL1500.1d. It was $209.00 and for the price, you couldn’t beat it. It was a beast. I had it on 2-06 CVX 12”s and it popped one. I loved that amp. What up. V!

  49. BelAir Vlogs on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I just got a couple alpine 10in. Dual voice coil subs. I’m pretty sure they’re 300 watt rms running 4ohm resistance. What amp would be good with that?