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Blaupunkt GTA 2 Special

2-channel car amplifier — 60 watts RMS x 2

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by Buck Pomerantz
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My system has plenty of power. Who needs an amp?

You might think you don't need an amp because you have a 400-watt system in your car, or because your new stereo puts out 50 watts a channel. But those are peak wattage ratings, which may boil down to 15 or 20 watts per channel, using the more realistic RMS rating. An amp sends your speakers the power they need to deliver your music with clarity and impact, whether you're using factory speakers or high-performance components. And low-frequency reproduction requires lots of power, so an amp is an absolute must if you're adding a sub to your system.

Blaupunkt GTA 2 Special amplifier

Enjoy lots of power and superb sound, all wrapped up in a sleek case that'll inject some style into your car audio system. Blaupunkt's GTA 2 Special 2-channel car amplifier dishes out 60 watts RMS per channel, a good choice for driving a pair of full-range speakers or components. Switch this amp over to mono mode, and you can run a subwoofer with up to 160 watts RMS. You can adjust the built-in frequency filters to get the most out of your speakers, while the bass boost will kick up the lows when the craving for bass strikes you.

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Highlights:

  • 2-channel car amplifier
  • 60 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (85 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms)
  • 160 watts RMS x 1 bridged (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • adjustable high- and low-pass filters (50-250 Hz)
  • adjustable bass boost (0-12 dB at 60 Hz)
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • fuse rating: 25A x 1
  • 10"W x 2-1/4"H x 9-11/16"D
  • warranty: none (Crutchfield's 60-day satisfaction guarantee applies)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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60 x 2
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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190 x 2
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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85 x 2
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)
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160 x 1
Minimum Impedance Bridged
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4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
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2
Best Frequency Response
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10-25k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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90 dB
Input Voltage
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Features
Amplifier Class
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Not Given
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-250 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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N/A
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-250 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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N/A
Bass Boost
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0-12 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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60 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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25
Speaker Level Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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10
Height (inches)
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2-1/4
Depth (inches)
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9-11/16
Parts Warranty
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60 Days
Labor Warranty
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60 Days
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What's in the box?

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  • Two channel amplifier
  • One 25-amp ATO fuse (installed)
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ German/ French/ Spanish/ 18 other languages)

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Controls
Connections

Controls

Level Control: rotary gain control; continuously variable from 300 mV to 8 V

Crossover Mode: three position switch; Low Pass, Full (crossover is bypassed), High Pass

High Pass Crossover Frequency: continuously variable from 50 to 250 Hz

Low Pass Crossover Frequency: continuously variable from 50 to 250 Hz

Bass Boost: rotary control; 0-12 dB; centered at 60 Hz

Connections

Power/Ground: screw terminals; 0.5" wide, 8 gauge wire recommended

Remote Turn-on: screw terminal; 0.35" wide

Speaker Terminals: two pair of screw terminals; 0.35" wide

Line Level Input: one pair of stereo RCA jacks

Line Level Output: one pair of stereo RCA jacks

Fuse: one 25-amp ATO fuse

 
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1 out of 5

Should have bought a better amp

Written By Smixon, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, September 15, 2014
 
Yes this is an ok amp for under 100 bucks. However, if you want something that is going to last longer than a year than you need to spend the extra bucks and get a better brand. Or you could just keep buying cheapies?
Pros:
Cheap price! That's it!
Cons:
Cheaply built! Constantly overheats even with fans blowing directly on it and gain set to halfway. Measured sub impedance and it is 4.02 ohms. Checked voltage drop across power cables and remote line and voltage drop is less than .1V. This amp just gives out under use!
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5 out of 5

Big Bang for my Buck!

Written By JKissell, Weiser, ID on Friday, February 15, 2013
 
I have this Amp installed in my 91 Ford Escort Pony, i have it running two Rockford Fosgate P1572 5x7 full range speakers. very simple to hook up even with out the instructions (mine did not come with any paperwork , it was bought brand new from this site) for what you pay it feels just right and dose a tremendous job putting out the power and quality of sound to make any speakers sound incredible.fits under the seat and even has enough room to be out of the way if you have a passenger in the back seat. i have been using this device for abut two months now and have had no problems with it.
Pros:
Great power, Dials right in for perfect sound out of my speakers, small
Cons:
Did not come with instructions, but who needs them it was simple to set up.
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5 out of 5

Great amp

Written By Alex, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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I have this amp in my 1991 Subaru, powering two 6.5" and two 5-1/4" speakers in parallel. Sound is clear and gets painfully loud without distortion. It's too big to fit properly under my seat and feels cheaply made, but it works very well and is easy to set up. The manual that comes with it is a bit useless, but there's plenty of information on Crutchfield's research section if you need help.
Pros:
Inexpensive, stays cool, powers all 4 of my speakers, sounds great, all of the controls I need
Cons:
feels cheap, sort of big, useless instruction manual
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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