Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Central, Minnesota
Shark amp/radio review
I Just recieved my 600 watt amp/radio today, so I just wanted to do a review for any riders that are interested in a sound system for their bike.
So I headed out to the shop tohook it up and see how it worked. It's the model #5800 with the FM radio, usb port and SD card port.
The FM radio works flawless. Even in my shop with a steel roof, the reception was better than the shop stereo (which has an outside antenna)
Now to test out the SD card port, so I plugged in the SD card from my MP3 player to see how it worked. It displayed each song selection on the amp screen which is a nice feature. The remote allow you to select any song with a numbered key pad, so you don't have to go thru all the selections to get to the song you want, which is nice if your looking for a particular song or artist from your list.
AND... what's this? An equalizer botton on the remote! So I pressed it and sure enough, you detail the sound! Nice option to have if your speakers can't handle the power or alot of bass, which can make them sound distorted with the volume turn up. With my 5-1/4" 3-way speakers, it has plenty of punch for highway speeds.
Did I mention the power?!! This thing turns fat into muscle!! I knew it would power my fairing speakers, no problem. (my 250 watt amp did that with volume to spare)
So just for sh!ts and giggles, I hooked the amp up to my shop speakers, which are 3-way home stereo speakers with 12" woofers. Holy crap Batman, it shook the windows in the shop! More volume than one would ever need in a lifetime, that's for sure.
The amp itself is 4.5" X 4.5" X 1-3/4" which is small enough to mount on the right side of my handlebars, where my 250 watt amp is mounted now.
OK, the Shark 100 watt system is probably good enough for most riders and has just enough power to get by for a reasonable price.
The 250 watt system works alot better, and has plenty of power for all practical purposes, but the FM radio function does not sound all that great.
But 600 watts? Ya, I kinda thought it may be going over board to some degree. I wanted a good radio, that gets good reception, which it does. I also wanted to get MP3 songs without having to hook up an extra device (MP3 player) so the SD card port is just what the doctor ordered, and works perfect. With a 4GB SD card, I have 1000 songs (and 1000 more on another card if need be) to chose from at the touch of a button.
So to sum up, this amp ROCKS! It does everything it claims it can do, and does it very well. For $50~ off Ebay or around $60 from Gooddeals18.com, it's well worth the money.