Things to Consider When Buying a New Amp
Spring boarding off my last article, ATV & UTV Speaker Buying Guide, I talked briefly about options for amps for your ATV/UTV sound system. This article is a more in depth look at amps for your ATV/UTV. One of the most important factors you must consider when buying an amplifier for your ATV or UTV is how durable the amp is. Amplifiers on vehicles like these will be constantly be exposed to the elements. They have to be resistant to the elements so that they can be used in any environment. Another important factor to consider is how compact the amp is. Obviously, the amount of space you have on an ATV or UTV is going to be limited. Therefore, you must get an amp that will be able to supply enough power to your speakers while remaining compact enough so that it won’t take up too much space.
In the last article, one of amps that I mentioned was this Kenwood KAC-M1824BT. The reason this amp would be so effective for this usage is because it is a marine amplifier. Therefore, this amp is water resistant and sealed. It also can provide 180W total RMS power. One especially nice thing about this amp, in particular, is that it has a water-resistant remote included. Therefore, you can utilize the Bluetooth connectivity and the remote which eliminates the need for a head-unit. This amp also comes in a small package as you see by the example above.
There are many other compact options similar to this Kenwood amp such as the NVX VAD10004. The NVX amp packs a much bigger punch in a similar size (below). This amp produces 1000W RMS and can be configured in 2 or 4 channel operation. It is water resistant and it has a conformal coated, marine-grade circuit board.
The final option worth mentioning is the MTX Audio 2-Channel Power Sports Amplifier. This MTX amp also contains Bluetooth connectivity which can be controlled via a Bluetooth controller. This amp can still provide 100W RMS all the while keeping the device protected with IP66 water resistance. Durability with this amp should not be an issue. The biggest bonus with option is its affordability at $149.95.
There are many other options out there when it comes to water resistant amps. You just have to consider what factors are most important to use as a consumer. Are you looking for power? Ease of Use? Or Affordability? As I pointed out in the previous article there are also options that offer a more all-in-one experience. There are speakers and soundbars that come with the amp and Bluetooth included. Whatever choice you end up going with, make sure to visit our website to see all of the options available to you.