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Old 01-31-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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I have finally decided to put something into my RS. I didnt want a show stopping or neighbor shaker system, just something for the small amount of driving I do..

Arming the flame suit!

Pioneer DEH-P7700MP
Arc Audio KAR DVC 4ohm 12" 300rms. PERFECT for what I want.
Arc FD2100 FOOSE(yes, Chip Foose) 2 channel 100 watt amp.
Audiopipe 6.5" 4ohm coaxes, 125rms. Very nice sounding speaker for $90.
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Boss amp kit. Yes, I know. It is IDENTICAL to a stinger kit I have, and it works just fine. 8ga
SoundStorm amp kit. 8ga

If you dont know yet, Arc is a series/brand made by Zapco.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:12 PM   #2
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Arc isn't a brand made by Zapco...some of the Zapco engineers left and started Arc years ago.

Good set of gear going on there nonetheless.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:17 PM   #3
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Here's a real quick bit of history of Arc from Rick (aka raamaudio, who is friends with the Arc crew).

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(disclaimer:long time Arc Audio competitor, OEM dealer for their subs in our underseat systems, personal friend with the whole crew there

Both great companies with great products, some of the best around in both regards.

But, a little history might be called for.

Robert Zeff founded Zapco and was the head engineer.

He sold Zapco to focus on engineering instead of marketing, etc that it takes to run an manf company.

He founded Nicola Engineering.

Demetrious Karbinis founded Arc Audio, he and others from Zapco left to found Arc Audio.

Nicola Engineering designes all Arc Audio high end gear.

The Arc Audio SE line is a very high end product at a more reasonable price than some of the other super high end gear on the market. Balanced inputs, audiophile grade crossovers and signal components, I will be running some as soon as I get the car ready for them

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Old 02-01-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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Here's a real quick bit of history of Arc from Rick (aka raamaudio, who is friends with the Arc crew).
Hmm, up here in tha wiz kon sin we arent the best news hearers, ya know, right eh? I was told that they were made directly by Zapco, but after the MADE IN CHINA stickers I didnt buy it a whole lot. thanks

anyways, finally wrapping up the sub amp. its about -4* in my garage, and probably a good 5 above in my car. 2 1/2 hours of work= wired Profile, wired/mounted sub, 2 RCA's ran, and a remote wire, and the whole harnessing done!
I swear this is the easiest car I have ever worked with! As soon as you use some thinking, stuff is soo easy to do!
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:24 AM   #5
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Believe they were designed here, but then the designs were handed over to chinese mfgrs for production... which is pretty common these days since assembly of electronics is considered prohibitively expensive here in the US compared to the cost of overseas assembly.

I have yet to really hear anyone say anything bad about ARC. Dealers seem very happy with the product base on both quality and reliability. I don't think you can go wrong with em so long as their product matches your needs.

Oh and... -25 here outside, +50F inside the garage... heated garage FTW!!
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:21 AM   #6
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I win!!! it's 50 degrees here, but raining like a mofo. I want snow

Yeah, supposedly the Arc's are identical to the older Clarion amp range, right down to components on the boards, so it's pretty safe to say that they were copied in China for Clarion as the Arc's came out first if memory serves me.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:06 AM   #7
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I think your a bit jumpy Jake.... no need for the flame suit...
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:08 PM   #8
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Not bad stuff there dude, it should sound pretty dern good. Oh wait you have a flamesuit on, in that case I'd be embarrassed to use that crap as a paper weight! I'd rather listen to a dying baby giraffe! Rabble rabble rabble rabble
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:39 PM   #9
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zapco = LOVE
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:45 PM   #10
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zapco = LOVE

Zapco is good stuff, but I despise many of their people (not ALL their people, but many, especially the dealers themselves). They think they are God's gift to car audio, they talk down on you like you're scum, they just have this superiority complex that makes me not want to touch their overpriced equipment ever again.
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:31 PM   #11
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Zapco is good stuff, but I despise many of their people (not ALL their people, but many, especially the dealers themselves). They think they are God's gift to car audio, they talk down on you like you're scum, they just have this superiority complex that makes me not want to touch their overpriced equipment ever again.
They are good and they know it, thats the problem.
AS FOR RETAILERS, anybody with a big enough pocket book can get Zapco, as far as I know. But of course that place in particular will be like "we are soo much better than XX shop because WE carry Zapco!"
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:08 AM   #12
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Interesting mix Jake... your right about the BOSS wiring kit... same stuff from the smae off shore manufacturer.

Arc: really classy stuff. I know several higher end builders & shops who have switched from Zapco to Arc or had Zap & picked up Arc as well.

Another amplifier that has really surprised me is Cadence.

Rob
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