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What Car Amplifier Do I Need for My JL Audio W3v3 Subwoofer?

In this week’s What Amplifier Do I Need? we will be looking at JL Audio’s W3v3 Series Subwoofers. The W3v3 subwoofers are available in a 6.5”, 8”, 10”, 12”, and 13.5” size option that will satisfy any personal preference. The woofers range from 150W RMS to 600W RMS depending on the size of the woofer. JL Audio is known for manufacturing amazing drivers that are able to produce unsurpassed bass reproduction but even these amplifiers can’t power themselves up, they need the right amplifier to perform.

JL Audio XD200/2


If you are going to go with a JL Audio subwoofer might as well go with a JL Audio amplifier. The JL Audio XD200/2 is the perfect amplifier when wanting to get your feet a little wet. This amplifier works perfectly when wanting to amplify a single 6W3v3-8 or a single 8W3v3-4 subwoofer when bridging the 2-channels. The amplifier will put out 150W RMS at 8 ohms bridged or 200W RMS at 4 ohms bridged. There really is nothing better than a JL Audio amp, this amp will be extremely efficient and features technologies like Advanced Thermal Rollback in order to eliminated thermal shut-down events. The amp features low and high pass filters as well as noise killing differential-balanced inputs for clean and reliable power output.

Alpine MRX-M50


The Alpine MRX-M50 is rated at 500W RMS @ 2 ohms, making it the perfect amplifier when wanting to run a 10W3v3-2, 12W3v3-2, or a 13W3v3-2 subwoofer. Its small design and both high-level and low-level inputs allow this amp to be installed in virtually any vehicle, not many other amplifiers can offer that. The amplifier also features a variable bass boost along with a low-pass filer and subsonic filter that will allow you to manipulate the frequencies to your personal taste. When purchasing an efficient sub like the W3v3 you need an amplifier that is just as reliable and also affordable.

Boston Acoustics GTA-100m


Boston Acoustic’s GTA-1000m monoblock amplifier is rated at 600W RMS @ 4 ohms. This amp will allow you to run a 10W3v3-4, 12W3v3-4, or 13W3v3-4 subwoofer to a final super efficient impedance of 4 ohms. This is going to give you the best performance, the amplifier won’t have to work as hard and draw less power for lower thermal output. The woofer will run more efficiently as well due to the constant supply of undisturbed power. The GTA-1000m features balanced asymmetrical inputs for noise cancellation and fully adjustable and selectable low and high-pass crossovers for complete customization of sound reproduction.


Factory Stereo OEM Integration

Factory Stereo OEM Integration

In the past 25 years, there has been a drastic change in the type of car stereo systems that vehicle manufacturers have been incorporating into their new models of cars. Most premium models of new cars are built with high quality In-Dash CD players that you simply cannot remove without re-doing the whole system because it is part of the vehicle’s network. However, this does not mean that you have to settle for the lack of extra features the factory radio contains. To keep up with today’s technology, manufacturers such as Scosche, Metra, PAC, iSimple, Axxess and many others created convenient OEM Integration products. These integration products allow you to add on some of today’s most sought aftermarket components such as Bluetooth, GPS Navigation, iPod, HD Radio, Amplifiers, Subwoofers, and much more with the benefits keeping the factory receiver. In most cases, factory receivers are built with higher quality components than aftermarket headunits and usually last just as long as the vehicle itself.

Now-a-days, with the “no cell phone use while driving” law, the most popular add-on most people want to integrate into their vehicle is Handsfree Bluetooth. No matter what vehicle you drive, there is a very good chance there is a Bluetooth Integration product that will work for you. This is all made possible by companies like Metra, Scosche, and PAC who created easy plug-in harness’s that are compatible today’s most popular Bluetooth Handfree Kits. First you will need to purchase a Handsfree kit like the Parrot MKi9000 if you don’t have one already. The next step would be to find the harness that is compatible with your car and Bluetooth Kit, get it installed, and that’s it, you have yourself Bluetooth with a factory system.

With CD’s almost becoming a thing of the past, most people keep all their music on their iPods. Luckliy, these same great companies I have mentioned above, also make iPod interfaces kits that allow you to connect an iPod or an iPhone to your factory stereo with simple plug-n-play installation. One quality interface you can use is the iSimple PXDP. The PXDP is a universal iPod Interface that allows you to control an iPod directly from the factory radio and is compatible with most popular makes of vehicles. Most iPod interfaces do require a vehicle specific harness to install.

If you are not completely satisfied with the sound quality of your factory car audio system, it is possible to add an amplifier, speakers, or even a subwoofer to your vehicle without changing the factory receiver. To add an amplifier, all you need is the amp of your choice, a matching extension cable, and a vehicle specific T-harness to avoid having to splice into your factory wiring. Blaupunkt is known for making quality vehicle specific amplifier solutions that provide a crisp, clean sound to your factory system.

If you’re looking to add some bass to your factory system, but don’t want to lose any precious cargo space, MTX has come to your rescue. The MTX Thunderform Enclosures are custom fit solutions that are designed specifically to fit into a convenient spot in your vehicle. They come in a pre-loaded or an empty option and are made for mostly all makes and models of vehicles.

OEM integration is the best way to keep your factory system while adding on any aftermarket component that you may desire. Whether it be adding a CD Changer, iPod integration, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Amplifier, Speakers, Subwoofers, or more, it can all be accomplished while keeping your vehicles dash untouched.


New 2011 Line of Audiobahn Amplifiers

New 2011 Line of Audiobahn Amplifiers

Since 1997, when Audiobahn was first introduced to the mobile entertainment industry, they have been known for producing cutting edge car audio products. Not only does Audiobahn produce products with quality of sound and performance in mind, but they also focus on the appearance of their products. All of Audiobahn’s car audio products are designed with eye catching chrome-plated accents that add style to any sound system. This holds true for their new line of 2011 Amplifiers, not only do the amps look awesome, but they were built with precision and quality. Audiobahn’s new 2011 line of car amplifiers features 3 different series with numerous wattage and channel configurations.

Class D Series

Audiobahn’s Class D Series are single channel (monoblock) amplifiers that feature 2 different models. The A18001DJ is the bigger one of the two and has a power rating of 2500 watts when wired at 1 ohm, 1300 watts wired at 2 ohm, and 700 watts wired at 4 ohm. Its little brother, the A12001DJ features a power rating of 1500 watts when wired at 1 ohm, 800 watts wired at 2 ohm, and 450 watts wired at 4 ohm. These two monoblock amps share features which include dual cooling fans with chrome flame fan grilles, double-sided glass epoxy circuit board, cobalt blue illumination, nickel-plated block terminals, 4-way protection circuitry, large display volt meter, and many more. Check out our Audiobahn Monoblock Amplifier product page to see these amps for yourself.

High Current Series

The High Current Series Audiobahn amplifiers are powered by a class AB PWM MOSFET power supply. There are three different models which include two 2-channel amps that operate in a single channel configuration, and one monoblock version. The A2300HCJ will put out 2400 watts when wired at 1 ohm in the single channel configuration, or 1000 watts wired at 1 ohm in the 2-channel configuration. The A2200HCJ puts out 2000 watts when wired at 1 ohm in the single channel configuration, or 850 watts wired at 1 ohm in the 2-channel configuration. The single channel version has a power rating of 2200 watts wired at 1 ohm, 1100 watts wired at 2 ohm, and 600 watts wired at 4 ohm. The High Current Series amps also feature a remote mount bass boost control with clipping indicator, chrome plated flame design accents, dual cooling fans, nickel plated block terminals, 4-way protection circuitry, digital meter output response, cobalt blue illumination, and numerous other cool features. Not only do they look great, they are ideal for competition.

Intake Series

the Audiobahn Intake Series Amplifiers are produced in 5-channel, 4-channel, 2-channel, and monoblock configurations. The intake series amps are powered by a PWM MOSFET power supply and features an on-board cobalt blue digital volt meter which allows a quick assessment of your vehicle’s charging voltage to the amplifier. These amplifiers also come with a remote mount digital volt meter and a remote mount bass boos control. The intake series car amplifiers share features which include an air intake fan with chrome plated flame grilles, 3-way protection circuitry, high gloss chrome plated finish, RCA & high level inputs, cobalt blue illumination, and bass boost on/off option. One more cool feature that caught my eye are the nickel plated block terminals. These terminals provide a more efficient power transfer and are encased in black ABS plastic to prevent short circuits and wire entanglement.

Audiobahn’s new 2011 line of car amplifiers will definitely enhance the appearance and performance of any sound system, and SonicElectronix has them all.


Types of Car Amplifiers

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By Ricky C. – Product Specialist

When searching for a car audio amplifier, it may seem intimidating when trying to narrow down which type would be correct for your application.  Out of our selections, we categorize amplifiers by the amount of channels and occasionally by their circuitry class.  You can choose from Amplifiers that are Monoblock, 2-Channel, 3-Channel,  4-Channel, 5-Channel, and even 6-Channel.  Now it’s apparent that some of these amplifiers have more channels than others, but what does this mean?

A 2-Channel Amplifier, like the Kenwood KAC-7205, is primarily used for outputting audio towards two door speakers, or to two subwoofers.  However, you can even bridge the two channels together for higher output towards one channel, like a subwoofer that requires more power.

4-Channel amplifiers like the MTX Audio TC6004 are more popular to be used primarily for amplifying four door speakers.  4-Channel Amplifiers are one of the most popular amplifier choices, purely because most cars have 4 locations for door speakers.

A Monoblock amplifier is also an extremely popular amplifier to chose.  These are single channel amplifiers which usually have more dedicated power built in.  Most of the time, Monoblocks are used to drive a subwoofer, or multiple subwoofers wired together.

So far, what we’ve learned is that if you want to amplify both of your door speakers and your subwoofer you are going to need multiple amplifiers.  The most common combination is a 4-Channel and a Monoblock setup.  This may be common, but you want to save more space.  You want to have less components to manage.  Enter the 5-Channel amplifier.  A 5-Channel Amplifier is basically two amps built into one, a great example is the Kicker ZX700.5.  It’s a 4-channel amplifier which will output a moderate amount of wattage to four door speakers.  But then, it has a little surprise found in its fifth channel.  The fifth channel has dedicated power to output made for higher powered applications, like a subwoofer.  One thing with 5-Channel amplifiers is that they have been designed to do the work of two amplifiers, so they may not have as much overall dedicated power as the previously mentioned 4-Channel and Monoblock combination.  A 3-Channel amplifier, like the Kicker ZX550.3 operates very similar to a 5-Channel, but it will be basically a 2-Channel amplifier and a Monoblock combined.

Finally, the 6-Channel Amplifier. This type of beast wasn’t designed like a 5-Channel with the large fifth channel.  The 6-Channel amplifier usually follows the 4-Channel amplifiers design, but is made for a few more speakers.  These are perfect for adding an extra few custom speakers, or perfecting that audiophile setup.   JL Audio’s XD600/6 is a great example of a hi-fi audio amplifier that pushes dedicated power to 6 separate channels!


Sony XM-GTR2022 Xplod 2-Channel Amplifier


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Face it—your car audio system is missing something. You’ve heard your friend’s great systems and it makes you long for some thump in the trunk. You know you want bass, but you are not sure where to turn. The time is now to add the Sony Xplod XM-GTR2022 to your stereo system.

The Sony XM-GTR2022 Xplod GTR series 2-channel amplifier Is rated at 1200 watts of max power. With power like that, it’s no wonder why this amp causes subwoofers and speakers to thump to the beat. To get the most out of this amp, bridge it at 4 ohms for 500 watts of continuous power. With all of that power and bass, you will have no choice but to keep your head bobbing to the music.

In terms of features, you will appreciate the flexibility of this amp. Sony designed this amplifier with speaker level inputs, which makes it possible to connect this amplifier to stereos without RCA outputs. It also includes one pair of RCA outputs to be used with stereos that have RCA output connectivity.

This amp’s design is superior all across the board. Its slim stature makes it easy to mount this amp in tight spaces. The inverted heat-sink design helps it operate fully and efficiently without shutting off. On top of that, its 3-way system protection circuitry helps ensure that you won’t blow your speakers or overheat your amp. The end result is an amp that is extremely durable and built to last.

Sony’s engineers did not leave any detail uncovered when they designed the XM-GTR2022. Even the RCA level inputs and screw terminals are gold-plated, a perfect touch that sets off the amp’s high tech design. The front of the amp reveals flashy blue LED lighting. This LED lighting serves as an indicator of the internal capacitor’s powering activities. Overall, the appealing aesthetic design of the amp is indicative of the amplifier’s excellent performance capability.

This Sony amplifier is a great way to add the missing bass to your system. To hook up the Sony XM-GTR2022, we recommend using 4-gauge power and ground wiring for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits when purchased together with this amplifier.