AudioControl has a long history of quality products designed, engineered and manufactured by people that care. It is a smaller company when you compare them to the big names like Pioneer, Kenwood, or Sony. However, despite their size, AudioControl is one of the most well respected names for sound processors. That is what makes The Epicenter such a unique piece. It is the first car amplifier made by a company that is so heavily focused on sound processors and while a general rule of thumb is to not purchase the first generation of amps from any given company, these AudioControl amps are probably the biggest exception to that rule.
Let’s get this out of the way first. The AudioControl The Epicenter 1200 is not just an amp. It is an Epicenter, line output converter and an amplifier all-in-one and all that technology does make it more expensive. However, as we will break it down later in the article, it isn’t really THAT expensive. The build quality of the amp is brilliant. The chassis is milled from a single piece of aluminum with fins on top for heat dissipation. The controls are hidden beneath a removable panel that makes for a clean installation. All the input and output connections are all conveniently placed on a single side of the amp which makes installing under a seat that much easier. It supports both RCA and line level inputs for compatibility with any and all car audio systems.
Is the AudioControl The Epicenter 1200 worth it?
As I’m writing this article, the street price for the Epicenter 1200 is $699.99, but I’m going to round up to $700 because I don’t like typing decimals. This amp has a built-in Epicenter (current priced at about $150) and a LC2i (priced at about $70). So if we factor out those costs as “extras”, then we are looking at a $480 amplifier that puts out a clean 1200 watts at a 1 ohm. That power output is compatible to a JL Audio HD1200/1 at $1000, a Kicker 40KX1200.1 at $630, and a even more powerful than a Rockford Fosgate T1000-1bdCP at $700. So instead of buying a quality amp and then adding on the Epicenter and LC2i, the AudioControl Epicenter puts it all in one convenient package. Looking at it from that perspective makes it seem like a really good deal.
The AudioControl The Epicenter 1200 is an advanced amplifier for those that want quality bass. The price seems high at first, but isn't so bad once you start to look at all the built-in features.