Too Bad (For You) It's been Discontinued
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I have been kinda conditioned to expect some certificate certifying what an amp's true power is, so I was surprised when I peeked into the box to see that the only paperwork was a set of instructions. This amp...I have no idea what it's true power rating is, but I can tell you that the 110x4 that is listed on the box is extremely conservative. It is pushing two sets of Alpine SPR-60C's to their limits (although I suspect that is a partial function of trying to get the tuning right). In any event, there is something sexy about being able to say that I have a vacuum tube amplifier in the car and I guess I got the very last brand new e400 that Crutchfield had available. It is definitely a very clean and powerful amp and I know I couldn't have done any better given the sale price I got it for at the time of purchase. It is a shame that Helix opted to get rid of their middle of the line offering and also a shame that their competition series does not incorporate vacuum tubes. I'm having a Punch p300x2 (also purchased from Crutchfield) in a few days to power an 8" R-type sub and I cannot wait to hear how all of the speakers play together.
Pros: Clean and powerful, exclusive, cool factor, great price.
Cons: If you could call it a "con," the amp is way more powerful than the stats let on.