5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-12-01
This is a great amp - period! I've read reviews on this amp - after I bought it! I have NO problems! I will admit that I am ONLY using it as my home entertainment amp [for now]. Nevertheless, THIS AMP is going in my studio as soon the wife goes to visit her sister. It has 2 cooling fans - that some reviews claim to be so loud and noisy. I've been running this amp now for 8 hours now and so far, I can only assume that these fans kick in when the amp is extraordinarily pushed, which stands to reason - due to the advertisement of it claiming 1000 watts!, etc... Well, how many decibels can the human ear withstand, before going deaf? Then again, if it's good music, it's a good way to go! :]
4 Stars By Corey340 on 2013-09-25
Less than the sum of it's parts
Extremely loud fans
I bought this unit primarily for the case (a bare rackmount case is well over the price of this amp) and particularly because it is so easy to retrofit with other components. It is a dual-mono design with amp modules and heatsinks on either side and a 33/33 toroidal transformer in the center with the power supply unit (PSU).
First thing, the fans are NOISY!! If you've heard the expression "howl like a banshee", in comparison to this amp, the banshee would be near silent. Fortunately, the design of this amp is a single 2SC5198/2SA1941 pair for each amp and generates about as much heat as a 5 watt bulb under the worst conditions so unplugging the fans turns it into (... wait for it....) a very nice sounding 70w/ch amp.
Speaking of 70w/ch, I put it on my test bench with an 8ohm dummy load and got 70w/ch before clipping set in. Quite an accomplishment. Bridge mode was not so great yielding only 107 watts but as with many amps in this price range, the small power supply capability hampers them.
So how does it sound?? Well, pretty much like any other slow A/B solid state amp. It does not turn in a memorable performance with any music and in fact is quite undramatic. Perfect for background music. The Toshiba transistor pair is very common in a lot of low end equipment and for good reason.
Now the bad.
For me, I did not intend to use this amp for much other than a parts bin. In parts alone, this amp is worth three times the selling price but for those keeping it be aware that it is hampered by poor build quality. The amp modules are of low grade single layer construction and notably, already bowed despite being mounted on their side. The power supply board fares much better. Although did not remove it for a closer look, it is clearly of better quality than the amp boards. The best part is that the rear input/output board is monolithic and connected to the front panel so the amp modules have only power, speaker and pre-in leads. Perfect for a project amp!
One last thing. The meter lights might have been useful but they're calibrated to light when it's too late. Once the signal light flashes, that's peak output before distortion rears it's ugly head. If you see the "vu" meter lights, it's distortion city. Since this chassis is used for other models, I suspect, they're not calibrated for the bottom end amp (which this one is).
So that's it. I posted a photo of the internals for the hobbyists (hopefully, they didn't delete it). Hope you find this info helpful.
1 Stars By FishmanTx on 2016-10-05
Bought in July and already it's dumped the left channel. Same crap as the one I had before. In 3 years Pyle still hasn't fixed the one recurring problem with losing the left channel. I only play at just under 50% in stereo mode, so it's not a blown channel. The problem is either a solder connection or the relay (or both).
4 Stars By Peter A. Levine on 2015-03-31
Perfect for low-use, non-musical events. Noisy fan.
I was asked by their PR team to write this for a free 15 month extension on their amplifier. However, I have been using this since 2010, for about 20 6 hour days a year. I have trucked this thing all over the country. It still continues to work. The fans are very loud. I work in a quiet therapy setting, so we have to always be off to the side. However, it is VERY inexpensive, along with Pyle Speakers and the Yamaha MG series mixer, you are talking $300 for a decent PA system for non-musical events that pays for itself after 6 days or renting equipment, and it will perform as well, if not better, than the rentals. Save your money and pay for good microphones and a decent audio tech. That is where the ACTUAL magic happens.
Of course, if you are a musician, I would probably reconsider. This thing is heavy AND noisy.
4 Stars By K. Hamblin Jr. on 2016-01-10
Works for us
I bought this because we are a band on a budget. I'm using it to power two behringers with 15" speakers on one side and two wedges with 10s on the other. I've been using it for about a year and it works fine. We can fill any room we play and it will cover a 2 acre field. As long as you hook it up correctly and power it on correctly (post mixer) should hold up well.
4 Stars By Wide Glide on 2013-07-05
Keep your expectations in line.
This unit comes at a great price, but remember most often, you get what you pay for. We only needed a second amp for occasional work so going "big" was not an option. We are using this amp to push two Seismic Audio dual 15" PA speakers; and it will definitely push them well for the venues we play.
While setting up the amp though, had quite a time figuring out why it wasn't working properly. In the first configuration, I was using the XLR inputs to drive our floor monitors and discovered two problems, one XLR input channel B does not work; two, XLR inputs are labeled backwards, channel A in is actually channel B out in stereo mode. when using the standard 3-prong inputs, everything works great and the labels on those are correct.
I could have returned the unit but we needed to play a gig and needed the power, so I went with the standard inputs and switched our monitors to our other amp. Everything works, so I guess we will live with "glitch" on the XLR inputs for now.
2 Stars By bap on 2014-01-07
Low quality & workmanship
I use this Pyle Pro PTA1000 amplifier to power 2 small home theater speakers (rated at 150 watts each). Only one channel works, but the sound is HORRIBLE. At times, I think something wrong with my speakers. Then I switch the speakers, again only 1 channel works. The sound is still muddy as before. After about 10 minutes, this Pyle Pro PTA1000 switch to "protection mode" because the malfunctioning channel overheated. Duh..... Working chanel gives poor sound quality, and the malfunctioning channel overheated !
Later, I hook my speakers to my old "over kill" QSC power amplifier (800 watts rated), everything sounds beautifully. Ok, immediately request an refund and return from BTA-MALL.
First encounter with Pyle Products, and it's not a good feeling at all :((
4 Stars By A. Garrison on 2012-03-07
Not a bad amp for the price. The Speakon outputs are more secure than 1/4" phone plugs, so I am less concerned with the cables being disconnected. And XLR inputs mean I can deliver balanced audio from my mixer for better sound. It also has a ground lift switch to eliminate the hum created by the almost inevitable ground loop in any system.
However, a couple negatives I've found are: first and foremost, the unit is about 1/8" taller than 2 standard rack spaces. That creates something of a logistical nightmare when juggling a limited number of rack spaces, and you have to waste one because this thing is intruding into it. The other problem is that the holes in the rack ears are punched for the center holes in each rack space. That's all fine and dandy except when your rack doesn't have center holes. I was able to solve both problems at once by positioning the amp in the bottom space of the rack, where there is a little space left over below it, and I used a Whitney punch and made my own holes in the rack ears to line up with the holes in the rack in such a way that the amp hangs down that extra 1/8" instead of intruding into the space above it. Something of an inconvenience to have to modify the case like that, but still not a bad unit for the price.
5 Stars By Om Network on 2013-08-19
perfect price power
The amp has a slightly noisy fan, but if you're running this to the proper speakers, you won't hear anything but the bass. I run this to my Pyle PAW15, 15" subwoofer, and it kicks hard. I wasn't expecting earthquakes like I think some people are, but it hits like a beast in a house. GREAT VALUE, I cannot believe how cheap it was. I can't say how long it will last, but it worked extremely well out of the box. If you hear fuzz, adjust your levels to see if you can get rid of it. I'm running this with my subwoofer nad a Rolls Tiny two-way crossover, and if I turn the low frequency level down it starts fuzzing, but with it all the way up it's clear and powerful. Buy this if you need it, but as always make sure you shop around and look at EVERY OPTION. It took me almost 24 hours to decide what equipment to buy for my PA system.
1 Stars By Michael A. Compton on 2017-09-04
Not sure where Pyle got their specs, but not very accurate. Also, construction shoddy, connections cheaply made causing connectivity problems. If you want something to look nice in a rack, this might be your thing for the price but don't plan on it working as you might have thought.