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600W 2-Channel Tarantula-NANO Series Class D Amplifier

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600W 2-Channel Tarantula-NANO Series Class D Amplifier

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Tarantula-NANO Series: Product Overview




General Features:

  • Tarantula NANO Series 2-Channel Class D Car Amplifier
  • Full range SMT Class D circuitry
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 200 watts x 2 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 300 watts x 2 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 600 watts x 1 chan.
  • Double sided composite epoxy PCB
  • 2 or Mono channel operation
  • Delayed on/off circuit
  • Variable high-pass filter (20-4,000 Hz, 12dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-5,000 Hz, 12dB/octave)
  • Subsonic crossover (12dB)
  • Signal to noise ratio: 94dB
  • Tri-mode capable
  • Three-way protection circuitry
  • 8 gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation
    • Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits from our website when purchased together with this amplifier
  • Dimensions: 6.75"W x 6.825"L x 1.75"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Power Specifications - Full Range Channels

RMS Power @ 4 ohms

The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far.

If the final impedance of your speakers or subwoofers equals 4 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound.

200 watts x 2 channels
RMS Power @ 2 ohms

The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far.

If the final impedance of your speakers or subwoofers equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound.

300 watts x 2 channels
Bridged RMS Power

Bridging refers to combining two channels on an amplifier to create one channel with double the voltage and an increased power output. A 2-channel amplifier will bridge down to 1-channel and a 4-channel amplifier can bridge to create 2-channels. An amplifier is most commonly bridged to drive a subwoofer.

Remember, once you bridge two channels down to one its final impedance will be 4 ohms unless otherwise specified. This rating lists the RMS power created once an amplifier is bridged.

600 watts x 1 channels

Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Series
This designates the series of the amplifier. Many amps are available in a litany of different wattage and channel configurations, but maintain consistent features throughout the product line.
Tarantula-NANO (Soundstream)
Amplifier Class

An amplifier increases the power of the signal being fed to it by taking energy from its power supply and matching the signal but increasing its amplitude. Amplifiers use many different methods for converting these electrical signals and have been categorized into classes.

Class A/B: Greater than 50% of the input signal is amplified while the other percentage is “off”. These amplifiers have a small amount of current flowing through the output transistors all the time which almost eliminates crossover distortion. Class A/B has great sound quality but is not as efficient as class D. These amps are most commonly used to drive speakers.

Class D: Also known as switching amplifiers, class D amps have output transistors that are completely turned “on” or “off”. This means that when the transistors are on, there is almost no voltage across them but when they are off there is significant voltage but no current flowing through it which makes these amplifiers very efficient at the cost of sound quality. These amps are most commonly used to drive subwoofers.

Other Classes: You may see classes such as GH, bD, X, FD, etc. by some manufactures. These amplifiers tend to be either class A/B, D or a hybrid of the two but with improvements to their designs that can make them more efficient or offer better sound quality.

D
Number of Channels
Each channel on an amplifier will power one speaker using a positive and negative cable. There are various types of amplifiers, each designed to power a certain number of speakers. Monoblock amplifiers, also known as single channel, are designed to power one or more subwoofers. These amplifiers often have very high power ratings. On the other hand, multi-channel amplifiers power multiple speakers, usually at lower power ratings. 2-Channel and 4-Channel amplifiers can power car speakers or low powered subwoofers. Occasionally you might see a 5 or 6-channel amplifier that can power speakers and subwoofers at the same time. The most common setup is a monoblock amp to run subwoofers and a 4-channel amp to run door speakers. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
2
Total RMS Power Output
Total RMS power is measured by multiplying RMS power per channel by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

RMS power is the amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS figure, the louder and cleaner your music sounds.

The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.

600 watts
Maximum Input Gauge Size
This is the largest gauge wire that will fit into the power and ground terminals of this device. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire is. For example, a 4 gauge wire is thicker than an 8 gauge wire and thus has higher current carrying capacity. Always do your best to get this size wire to reduce the risk of damage to your components.
8 AWG
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
Yes
Preamp Outputs
Many amplifiers are equipped with RCA preamp outputs which pass the original music signal from the source to additional amplifiers. This is known as daisy chaining because the source connects to the first amp, and the first amp connects to the second amp, etc. The advantage to daisy chaining is you only need one 2-channel RCA cable to transfer the signal from the head-unit to the amplifier, and then one additional cable for each amp being daisy chained.
1 pair
Built-in Crossover

A crossover is a type of filtering system that permits only certain frequencies to play. A Low-Pass (LP) crossover allows only frequencies below its setting to get through which is good in the case of some subwoofers. A High-Pass(HP) filter allows frequencies above its setting to pass through, this is normally used on speakers.

When a crossover is set to FULL it means no filtering is added and the full frequency spectrum is allowed through the amplifier. Filtering is important because feeding a speaker frequencies it cannot reproduce effectively creates distortion.

Low-Pass (LP)
High-Pass (HP)
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
The high-pass crossover frequency can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable high-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies above the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies below the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

20 - 4000 Hz
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
The low-pass crossover frequency is typically used for subwoofers. It can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable low-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies below the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies above the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

50 - 5000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
94 dB
Bass Boost
The objective of the bass boost is to get more kick out of your subwoofer. It is a circuit that emphasizes the lower frequencies at a given point. The bass boost should always be set first before setting the gain. This feature is known for destroying subwoofers and is commonly used incorrectly, so be cautious.
0 - 12 dB
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
25A x 2 
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
17%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
33%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.0
Value
4.3
Features
3.7
Design
4.5
Usability
3.3
sirbOOm

Atlanta, GA

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Overall, a Good Amplifier

October 16, 2014

Why this amp? The only reason I purchased this amplifier (along with a TN5.950D) is because my $1,000 (new) ZED Leviathan III amplifier and, get this, my $700 (new) ZED Minotaur II amplifier both have to be repaired. One was isolated to be the cause of noise, the other cuts on/off at anything above half volume - nice. Being a professional installer (disclosure: part-time; I have a "career job" - I install because the career job is not nearly as fun) , I also have installed numerous amplifiers from Alpine to JL to Helix to Audison and Hertz. What I know is that the TN5.950D shares the same PCB and components (not sure what percent) of the same components as a similar Hertz 5-channel amplifier that sells for much more but looks surprisingly similar in physical design (hmmm!). So, I figured the 2-channel might have a similar level of value, which,after using it for a while, I think it just might.

Looks/Aesthetics/Build: aside from the ridiculous blue light up spider, this amplifier is quite good looking. The spider light isn't too bright so its tolerable. The aluminum case is manufactured well, although the black plastic grommets included in the holes for accessing wire terminal screws come out easily when you pull out your screwdriver (the terminals use #2 a Phillips head screw driver, not annoying Allen keys). IMO, you'll want to just take the grommets out after finishing your installation (using them just to protect from scratches) because the finish work on the aluminum under them is beveled and thus better looking anyway. The aluminum looks almost white in photos but I'd equate it in-between JL HD amplifiers and JL Marine amplifiers.

Sound/Power/Output: I'm using it to power Pioneer Stage 4 midbass speakers which are on the power hungry side and capable of producing quite a lot of bass and midbass if you ask them to, albeit I'm not impressed with their upper-midrange mellowness. I had these same speakers powered by the ZED Leviathan which is capable of 190 watts at 4-ohms per channel (though I had the gains down). In theory, this amp outputs 200 watts at 4-ohms per channel, so about even. To be honest, I really can't tell much of a difference. I'd say the ZED amp created a bit more controlled midbass, but you need to be paying attention to truly notice the difference. I certainly have no noise issues with this amplifier - it is dead silent for me, even after a processor. Then again, any noise is usually in a frequency range that my midbass is not playing so I guess I wouldn't know unless I purposefully looked for it (which, after having two ZEDs need repair for no reason, I'm not going to do... these are temporary amplifiers for me).

I haven't tried the amplifier on a subwoofer but I really don't think it'd be suited for that job. Sure it may say it can output the power but, in reality, it's better to use a dedicated sub channel or sub amplifier for the job as they're (theoretically, anyway) built for the difficult task. I've always noticed tighter, more controlled base from a mono when switching from a bridged 2-channel. But that's just me and could certainly be a function of increase wattage (though I am referencing instances where the wattage delta was only 100 watts or so).

Size/Fitment: This amplifier is a nice width and length, nice and compact in that department. But, you can find other amps of a similar size. Where this amp shines in the size department is its height or depth, whatever you want to call it. It is a very "short" amplifier which means it'll fit with ease behind the rear seats in a pickup truck (on the back wall), under a lot of seats, and I'd bet I can find a few cars where I could fit this particular model behind the dashboard or a plastic panel. I wish more amplifiers were this "short", personally. I really am not the type to display my amps and I always end up with cars (trucks) that are not well suited to "tall" amplifiers. The only amplifier "shorter" that I've come across is the current tiny Kenwood Excelon models. I've tried them and was not particularly impressed with their SQ so I let them go.

Features/Other Stuff: if you are a "run your speakers active" guy like me (or gal) but can't afford a processor yet, this amplifier does have bandpass capability so you can low and high pass the speakers that you hook up to it. This is an excellent feature that really should be included with every single multi-channel amplifier... ever. I am not using the crossovers on the amplifier so I can't comment on them, though.

Cons/Problems: for some unknown reason, Soundstream decided to use two rounded screws on the very bottom to hold the bottom casing to the PCB board (or whatever those screw into). They cause the amplifier to not sit flat. The TN5-950D came with flat screws in these same locations which still don't allow it to sit flat but at least it's much closer. With these rounded screws, the amplifier will tilt back and forth if on a hard surface. You don't really notice this when mounting to a carpeted surface but I just find it ridiculous that Soundstream did this. This is the only thing that makes this inexpensive amplifier actually seem inexpensive Well, aside from the stupid blue spider, which I'll let slide as that seems to be the thing with this company and is at least executed without flashiness on this model line.

I can't help but recommend this amplifier.

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Dan

ca

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Great lil amp

August 12, 2015

I have two of these amps, bridged down running two 8s and one 3inch flare horn each, On my hse pro trident boat tower speakers. great power and great sound also has a bph filter which is perfect for my application. Nice and small fit anywhere and never over heats.

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Juan

Chula Vista, CA

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Great little amp !

June 21, 2015

Very compact amplifier that puts out clean rated power. Nothing more you can ask from an amp, very happy with it. It has a very good crossover section that's capable of being band passed.

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Matt

DeWitt, Michigan

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Good value

June 4, 2016

Using this amp to drive 2 JL Audio 10" subs at 2 ohms. A little underpowered for my application, but works well. Runs a little warm, but to be expected considering what I am asking of it. Well built, small size, looks nice. Tuning was a bit difficult because the filter switch seems to be marked wrong.

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Caliche

Houston ,texas

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SOUNDSTREAM TN2.600

December 13, 2015

This amplifier is only good for reproduce medium sounds anything else.

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Carlos

Houston ,texas

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SOUNDSTREAM TN2.600

December 13, 2015

Don't waste your money in this amplifier is only good for mid sounds and for anything else is a very bad quality

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

TN2.600D

UPC

709483043299

Weight

4.90lbs

Internal SKU

tn2600d

Internal Product ID

79504

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Soundstream TN2.600D

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