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American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier

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The American Audio VLP300 power amp delivers powerful performance with unmatched economy. Pumping out 150W RMS per channel at 4 ohms, 100W RMS per ch...Click To Read More About This Product

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Clean power and plenty of versatility highlight this bargain-priced amp!

The American Audio VLP300 power amp delivers powerful performance with unmatched economy. Pumping out 150W RMS per channel at 4 ohms, 100W RMS per channel at 8 ohms, and 300W RMS mono at 8 ohms, the rackmountable American Audio VLP300 cranks out big wattage for the dollar. Frequency range is 20Hz-20kHz. TRS and XLR inputs, binding post, and Speakon outputs.

FEATURES
  • Output Power: 150W RMS Per Channel @ 4 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.1% THD / 100W RMS Per Channel @ 8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.1% THD / (Bridge Mode, Mono)
  • 300W RMS @ 8 Ohms, 1K Hz, 1% THD
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less Than 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHz @ 8 Ohms)
  • Frequency response: (+/-01db, @rated output Power, 8 Ohms): 20Hz-20KHz
  • Slew Rate: 15V per usec
  • Damping Factor @ 8 ohm: 260
  • Impedance: 20 Ohms balanced / 10 Ohms unbalanced
  • Cooling system: 2 individual fans
  • High/low pass filter
  • Input sensitivity selector
  • Ground lift

A real find in the big-performance-for-small-bucks category. Order this power amplifier today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 13-1/4"L x 19"W x 1-3/4"H / (1-rack mount space)
  • Weight: 24 lbs.
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American AudioVLP300 Power Amplifier
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Two years and still cooking.

I thought I should comment on the performance of this amp since I have owned it for two years now. I use it to amplify my acoustic guitar in small clubs and restaurants. The...Read complete review

I thought I should comment on the performance of this amp since I have owned it for two years now. I use it to amplify my acoustic guitar in small clubs and restaurants. The amp could not perform better. It is quiet, stays cool and has very low fan noise. Sound is excellent with no audible noise and everything works the way it did when I bought it. I gig three to four times a week, so I move it around a lot. Hope this helps someone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Low priced amp, low quality sound

The small size is convenient, the price is low. If you want high quality sound, you have to pay more and lift more. The imperfections I hear in sound quality matter to me...Read complete review

The small size is convenient, the price is low. If you want high quality sound, you have to pay more and lift more. The imperfections I hear in sound quality matter to me because of the style of music I play but for a band or monitors, this amp would be ok.
The VLP300 amp has decent inputs and outputs and recessed volume controls. It's best feature is its small size.
I got the VLP300 to replace a larger heavier QSC 1400 in my PA system. I perform solo with an acoustic guitar and Shure 55 mic. I love the size of this amp at just 1 space. I've performed once with it and have been rehearsing with it at home. There is audible distortion at lower sound levels and I get more feedback at higher frequencies as compared with the QSC. I can distinctly hear the difference in sound quality and have decided to just lug my heavier QSC amp, even though I cannot fit it into my current rack setup. The VLP300 seems like it would be ok for a band, maybe for monitors, but not for something intimate like acoustic guitar and vocal.
The VLP300 does have good value in that it's got enough power and compact size for many applications.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Two years and still cooking.

By LM Brounley

from Florida

Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

I thought I should comment on the performance of this amp since I have owned it for two years now. I use it to amplify my acoustic guitar in small clubs and restaurants. The amp could not perform better. It is quiet, stays cool and has very low fan noise. Sound is excellent with no audible noise and everything works the way it did when I bought it. I gig three to four times a week, so I move it around a lot. Hope this helps someone.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VLP300 Review

By John Rhodes

from northeast PA

Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

This was purchased to replace a 70's era Tapco CP-120 in my home studio. I gained an extra space in my rack (always a plus), more power, and no more scratchy controls and arbitrary level changes. The price was very reasonable, and the unit performs nicely. Ordered from MF on Monday night, arrived Thursday evening. Free shipping. Can't beat that!
A single rack space amp with lots of LOUD.
Two small but effective cooling fans.
Recessed front panel controls.
Speakon and binding post output connectors.
XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs.
Stereo, bridged mono, and parallel mono modes.
Too soon to tell, but seems plenty robust for my purposes (home studio).

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No problems - like it

By Blues 90

from Near Sacramento, CA

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Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

I really like this amp. I use it with an older DOD 8-channel mixer and the two Kustom speakers, even though I have bigger things, but I don't need them currently. I have not pushed it hard, not trooped it around a bunch, but it has gotten some live use outdoors on at least 5 occasions, and it was just fine. It's small, has quiet cooling fans," and overall performs well for what I ask for it.
I bought one of these to power my Kustom 12"" 100w monitor speakers/small PA", and it has performed very well. I have also loaned it to a guy to DJ with, two years ago, and he had no problems, either. I used it twice in very hot sun in a parking lot solo situation," and it was fine.
It seems to be rugged and good quality - I was surprised. I thought it would be ""cheap"" in some way", but it isn't.
Good value for the money.

(5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I guess you get what you pay for....

By Miteykwin

from Fletcher, Oklahoma

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Pros

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Paperweight

    Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

    It was a listed as refurbished and in stock. Well, after paying for it, I was notified that is was back ordered so it took over a week longer that expeted to arrive and once it did and I had time to open it and hook it up, I discovered that all of the switches on the back were caved into the unit (almost umreachable) and, one channel didn't work. I'm trying to get a refund!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Monitors & Subs

    By JamDaddyVA

    from Manassas, VA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I have 2 of these and use one to drive subs in stereo (2 subs) and bridged (1 sub) and the other I use to drive a pair of PA monitors (Carvin 2 way). The amp works well for both application, all uses have been indoors and I have driven the amps from near low-end to the highest output possible. I have never had an issue and the oldest unit is a few years old. For the price this is a great unit, very little distortion, clean bass, and plenty of power for most applications. I also have the larger 600 and am just as happy with it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice clean amp

      By eric castine

      from Millers Falls MA.

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      No noise or heat and this powers both of my behringer monitors really good.
      This amp is a work horse.
      Totally worth every penny.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT

      By samuel shin

      from seattle, wa

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      im a satisfied customer.
      it is what it is! straight forward and easy to figure out.
      gave it nine only because some of the finishing touches were not there. outside of that, this is abslutely a beast. well made, built like a tank. the led lights are bright, connections fit perfectly, no janky craftmanship. heavy as hell. after about two hours of practice, still ran cool. makes a little bit of noise/hum- non issue for a live setting but if it were to be used as an amp to power studio monitors in a recording setting, which is something i also do, the hum would definitely be audible. if used in a listening only environment, non issue, as the hum is not loud. but for a project studio where you'd be tracking in the same room you monitor in, youd have to turn the amp off.
      for the price, unbeatable. also takes up only one rack space and runs cool. provides enough power for a small/medium venue PA's monitoring system. good quality.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No problems here...

      By Metalfish

      from West Virginia

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I have owned this amp now for about a year or so and use it in my home studio to drive a set of Behringer Truth passive nearfield monitors. I have had no problems with it, knock on wood..Provides good clean quiet power, and I guess I could have spent twice as much money on a Crown, or a QSC, but why?

      (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Low priced amp, low quality sound

      By Mike

      from Southern Maine

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      The small size is convenient, the price is low. If you want high quality sound, you have to pay more and lift more. The imperfections I hear in sound quality matter to me because of the style of music I play but for a band or monitors, this amp would be ok.
      The VLP300 amp has decent inputs and outputs and recessed volume controls. It's best feature is its small size.
      I got the VLP300 to replace a larger heavier QSC 1400 in my PA system. I perform solo with an acoustic guitar and Shure 55 mic. I love the size of this amp at just 1 space. I've performed once with it and have been rehearsing with it at home. There is audible distortion at lower sound levels and I get more feedback at higher frequencies as compared with the QSC. I can distinctly hear the difference in sound quality and have decided to just lug my heavier QSC amp, even though I cannot fit it into my current rack setup. The VLP300 seems like it would be ok for a band, maybe for monitors, but not for something intimate like acoustic guitar and vocal.
      The VLP300 does have good value in that it's got enough power and compact size for many applications.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't do better for the money

      By Rocket Scientist

      from Huntsville, AL

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I use the American Audio VLP-300 to power two passive studio monitors with no problems. When I first received the VLP-300, I was surprised at how well built it was. The metal casing is very sturdy and the rear connectors seem to be good quality. The rear panel layout is neat and well organized. All switches (sensitivity, mono, etc.) are all recessed, so you don't have to worry about accidentally bumping and changing them. I'm not sure you could by a much better amp period.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best value for the price

      By toeknee73

      from Imperial Valley

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      Since I'm just starting to DJ again, I'm starting with a small budget. This amp has more than pleased my needs. I'm using it with my 2 Kustoms 15's & wow do they sound nice for small house parties/gigs. This amp is built tough plus the features are all good. Hasn't disappointed me at all. Trust American Audio.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Product -- Has Made My Life Easier

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      Well, I've been very please with the American Audio VLP 300. It's worked great. It seems very sturdy and has worked flawlessly for me so far. I really appreciate how it safties-out to protect my speakers. There have been a few times I may have blown out my speakers if it weren't for the American Audio protection, which shuts down the signal path immediately, and saved my bacon.It's built very well. It stays cool. It does what you need it to well and has all of the features you'd need with a 300 Watt amplifier.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW!

      By L34R

      from Kansas City, MO

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I bought two of these little amps to run four monitor channels in live sound applications. I've used them probably about thirty times now and have had no problems with them at all. I've used them for FOH amps on my Kustom KPC115Ms and they went full power all night with no complaints, and ran ice cold. My only complaints are that the volume controls on the front aren't exactly accurate [if you set them both to the same setting, you will get different output levels], and it's hard to see where the switches in the back are set. Other than that, these amps are an outstanding buy and work fantastically well.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      VLP300

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I use the VLP300 as a main amp with my Mackie board for home use and as a stage monitor amp. It has a very clean sound and works well. I have had no problems. It has plenty of power and weights much less than fullsize amps. A good buy.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Small weight ...big sound

      By Marshall-eE-1h

      from NW Arkansas, USA

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I recently purchased this amp partially because of the great price but mainly because of the light weight and single rack space. I was very pleased with the power it produces as I am running 10" cabs for small venues. The entire weight of my rooly box (Board, EQ,Amp and etc is around 40 pounds. I get all the power I need and don't have to worry about added weight. I would rate this a top buy for the price!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Looks good!

      By upcRP73Iy

      from Hackensack, NJ

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      Only had it a month but I'm impressed with this amp. I rate amps by how much they weigh and this 24 pounder is compact. It fits inside a Gator portable rack case, with lots of room for cables. It uses two small fans mounted in the rear for cooling and they make only a small amount of noise in a home setting. The amp was quality double boxed at the factory!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reliable!

      By DJ Btaka

      from California

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I needed to save some money so I bought the VLP300. I had this amp run for 5 hours straight at 3/4 volume and the amp was still cool. There were no problems and now I plan on buying the VLP1500.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

      By Dewey1992

      from Morrison, IL

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      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I bought this amp about 2 weeks ago and let me tell you it is amazing. Its got a nice clean sound, and it just packs a punch. I use it to power my two Kustom Cabs and they just sound great. I will probably have this amp for a long time.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME VALUE

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I use this amp to run a single 300 watt monitor using the bridged mono setting. I was skeptical of it's quality, but at this price it was worth taking a chance. To say the least, I have been amazed by the quality of this amp in every way. It has plenty of power, is very clean and quiet, and looks fantastic in the rack. It does not look, or perform cheap. I will buy more of this product. An unbelievable buy at this price. Finally, a single rack space amp you can actually afford.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better than expected

      By Civ4addict

      from Eveleth, MN

      Comments about American Audio VLP300 Power Amplifier:

      I bought this amp to power a small 10" monitor cab, and it has worked fine for about 6 months now. We play mostly small clubs and bars, so I had never really opened it up, until we played an outdoor show a few weeks ago. I swaped out the 10" for two 15" and ran the amp to it's limits and it did great. The fact that it only takes one rack space is what sold me though, as rack space is always at a premium.

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