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Old 31st December 2008, 16:43   #1
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Default Kenwood 8401 vs 8404

As everybody knows, The most VFM kenwood amp KAC-8401 has been replaced in turn by the 8402, 8403 and the latest 8404.

However, the 8404 has a major difference from the other three. Its rated at 50W RMS 4ohm x 4 ch whereas all of the others are 60 W RMS x 4. The other specs ( like bridged power at 4 ohms is 180 W RMS) are all exactly the same. Any reasons for this ?

Does this make the 8401 the better buy or is it overrated ?

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Old 31st December 2008, 17:05   #2
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Usually, there definitely is a prominent improvement from a version 1 to version 4.
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So you want to say that 8401 is replaced by 3 amps 8402,8403,8404 ?

i think i'm confused here,someone please confirm
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Old 31st December 2008, 17:18   #4
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8401 was replaced by 8402 which was replaced by 8403 and now the latest one is 8404.
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got it,thanks

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since 8404 is rated 50w(rms) x 4,isnt it supposed to be less powerful than 8401.so isnt 8401 better?
please excuse i am a bit new to technicalities of i.c.e
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since 8404 is rated 50w(rms) x 4,isnt it supposed to be less powerful than 8401.so isnt 8401 better?
please excuse i am a bit new to technicalities of i.c.e
more power doesn't usually means amp is better.

Desi alpine is 250x4 @ 4 ohm, you can't really say its a better amp than the ones discussed here.

Have not used 8404 but 8401 is sure a good amp.
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more power doesn't usually means amp is better.

Desi alpine is 250x4 @ 4 ohm, you can't really say its a better amp than the ones discussed here.

Have not used 8404 but 8401 is sure a good amp.
Bhai u own 8401 right ??
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Bhai u own 8401 right ??
yes bhai he has one and i own one to
its a great amp for the price it was offered at
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yes bhai he has one and i own one to
its a great amp for the price it was offered at

Sad part is that it WAS offered ;(
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ya thats the sad part,that it used to be offered..cant we have 8401 now?any dealers still left with them here in delhi?
the kenwood india site still shows the 8401.
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It sure is an awesome VFM amplifier. I dont think it is available anymore. I had a real real hard time finding one.
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Sad part is that it WAS offered ;(
yeah,right... Like the world stopped making VFM amplifiers!
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