Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
I'm running JL Audio XL400/4 V2 with 4 Hertz HCX 165's. Sounds fanfuckintastic. Clarity to full volume. It could use maybe just a little more bass. I previously had the Rockford Fosgate 300/4 compact amp with 2 JL Audio 5.5's in the front and 2 JL Audio 6.5's in the lids. It sounded good and actually had a little bit of base hitting but as volume increased it got fuzzy and lacked clarity. I'm very happy with what I have now. If you do the JL Audio XL 400/4 make sure you get the V2. The original version needs a line out converter from your bike into the amp and loses something in the transition. Lacks clarity again.
Now for those on a budget the Sound Stream Picassa series are pretty good amps but you'll interfere with your radio input signal if you rely on your radio at all for tunes. I ran a Sound Stream 320 (if I remember correctly) on my Road King using 4 JL Audio 5.5's. It sounded pretty damn good. In my opinion way better than the RF amps.
As another aside save your money if you're going to use one of those hidden antennas, powered or not. Thay all suck. Get your soldering iron out and a solder a 3-4 foot piece of wire onto an antenna plug and you're done. Plug it in to your radio and drape it around the out portion of your fairing. Best antenna you'll have.
I'm not an audiophile by any means. What I've learned I've picked up over on choppedbaggers dot com. There are better systems and countless dollars you can throw ate this stuff. Only you can make the judgement call as to how much you want for how much buck. But then again it's only money.
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2003 Big Bear Choppers DA
2000 Chopper Guys rigid EVO
1995 FLHTCU w/Hennigan sidecar
1990 FXRS Convt
1986 Honda CX650C