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Hey guys,

So I was just mourning over how expensive car audio equipment was, and so I wondered if I could make a pretty impressive amp (inspiration: JL Audio, Pioneer, Kicker) without breaking the bank. Pairing up with a couple of my EE friends, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a car amp with these specs:

50Wx4 RMS @4 Ohms peak, potentially bridgeable to 100Wx2 RMS
Class D efficiency- less current draw, smaller size amp, more power
Adjustable HPF and gain
RCA in (with daisy chain out)
Screw/push terminals out
Gold-plated contacts
Status and warning indicator LED's
Full aluminum enclosure- not set in stone yet, probably ~8"x6"x2"

$90 new, not including shipping. What do y'all think? Input is appreciated :feedback Sorry if this isn't in the right subforum, but I'm looking for comments and ideas, not really sales (yet). Thanks!
 

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That's how you start a business man! Whats your profit margin selling at $90? I bet it's pretty good. Invest in advertising and start mass producing.
 

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Actually, profits aren't high- I've been aiming for really good (hopefully, as I haven't actually built it yet) audio output

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I think there's more money to be made in sub amps. I would think more people buy sub amps nowadays than component speaker amps. Most cars have a decent sound system but just lack some bottom end.
 

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I've got some rudimentary plans for a sub amp too. Probably around the same price range, possibly a couple dollars more. Aiming for 600Wx1 RMS or 300Wx2 RMS bridgeable, with adjustable LPF and gain
 

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Honestly, I'd rather put my money into an established brand with proven results and a proper warranty.
 

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So now we're talking market penetration. Every established brand with proven results and a proper warranty had to start somewhere close to where I'm at, +/- a proper website and people majoring in advertising being paid to advertise the brand

I was thinking that I could offer a couple amps for free if people would review them and compare them to their brand name amps. Something like that, just to get the name out. Although doing that without biasing the reviewer is slightly more complicated
 

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You're not going to beat internet prices. It's all made in china cept the extreme high dollar stuff. If you want into the market get to building speakers.
 

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Honestly, I'd rather put my money into an established brand with proven results and a proper warranty.
agreed i think this would be the biggest challenge with this being a common mindset among people especially with electronics.

with that being said Ive been using the same Pioneer premier PRS-D1100 mono channel amp for 6 years now in 3 different cars lol. Never had a problem and its still bumping my alpine type R like a champ.
 

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Ok I'm finally behind a computer.

To the OP - I used to be into car audio hardcore. Back in the day I bought an explorer for the sole purpose of building an SPL sound system for it. Custom built enclosures, high end sub and amp, SPL comps on the weekend, ect.

I've seen start up companies thrive (RE Audio) from when I started, and other's fail. More often, fail. Unless you can get some kind of cult following online and generate a buzz about your product, the market is so saturated the odds are against you.

Couple that with the falling trend of - who actually is into car audio anymore like they used to be say 10 years ago? Back when I was into it, if you didn't have one your car wasn't complete. Couple that with "boom car" laws and cop crack down, the market isn't nearly what it used to be.

Being that the market isn't booming like it used to be to affordable, well-known names are already on the market, you will have a tough road ahead of you.
 
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