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Hifonics Brutus and Zeus Amplifiers are now CEA-2006 Compliant

Hifonics Brutus and Zeus Amplifiers

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

The CEA-2006 Standard is an official testing and measurement method for amplifiers established by the Consumer Electronics Association.  In order to standardize the power ratings of mobile amplifiers, the CEA-2006 compliancy ratings where established to inform the customer that they are getting the wattage that they paid for.  In defining this standard, CEA tests and rates the ”performance of amplifiers designed for use in mobile (vehicle) applications”.  This statement found on the CEA website continues to define the types of amplifiers that they will test.  It is applicable for single channel and multi channel amplifiers that rely on the vehicle’s primary electrical system and have a power output of greater than 5 watts.  When an amplifier is tested, CEA uses the following method to ensure that the ratings are consistent.

For RMS Power Handling of Amplifiers
1. Tested at 14.4 Volts
2. 4-ohm Impedance load
3. <1% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)

When looking for an amplifier, it is important to see if the manufacturer has received a CEA-2006 compliancy for the amplifier.  If so, then the ratings can be trusted at the advertised wattage.  If they are not CEA certified, it could mean one of two things. First, the manufacturer has not submitted the amp for testing and it may or may not perform as advertised.  Second, the specifications of the amp are not considered to be CEA-2006 compliant.

Recently, Hifonics has submitted their Brutus and Zeus series amplifiers to CEA to be tested for the amplifier power standard.  The wattage that they advertise and have listed in their manual under the CEA-2006 compliancy section are true ratings that have been tested.  This means that when one of these amplifiers is purchased and installed, the installer can be confident that the amplifier will produce the power that Hifonics says it will.  The knowledge of this rating system is helpful when putting together a car audio system correctly.  Matching the power handling of speakers to an amplifier becomes easier when considering CEA compliant amplifiers.  Some of the trusted companies that have compliant amplifiers include: Kicker, MTX, Rockford Fosgate, Kenwood, Hifonics, and others.


CEA-2006 Compliant – Amplifiers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Have you ever read the line that says “CEA-2006 compliant” on an amplifier’s features and thought to yourself, “I wonder what that means..”? CEA-2006 compliant is not just an advertising claim. If an amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant, that means that this amp has been tested by the Consumer Electronics Association to verify its ratings. By meeting the CEA 2006 standards, you can trust that the amplifier’s ratings are accurate. CEA 2006 tests the two most important amplifier ratings (and the two ratings that are the most likely to be fabricated): RMS Power (how loud it plays) and Signal-to-Noise ratio (how clearly it sounds). Both car amplifiers and car stereos undergo CEA 2006 testing in order to verify their external amp power rating. The CEA logo will appear on the boxes of products that meet the standards.

Are manufacturers required to submit their products to the CEA-2006 testing? Unfortunately, the answer is no. CEA-2006 testing is voluntary, so not all manufacturers send their products in for testing. Some manufacturers may overstate an amplifier’s power ratings to make it seem more powerful, and as a result, appear more valuable. This is why CEA-2006 testing is so important. In order to avoid buying amps with inflated power numbers, you should only believe the ratings of CEA tested products.

In order to make the testing uniform, CEA uses a standard that measures an amplifier’s RMS power and signal-to-noise ratio. This allows consumers to compare amplifiers across the industry. The consistency of the testing guarantees that all car amplifiers are measured equally, and most importantly, that they have accurate ratings. The CEA logo is officially licensed by the Consumer Electronics Association to guarantee that the product ratings comply with the CEA 2006 standard. Besides a CEA logo, CEA tested products mention CEA compliancy in the manual and on the manufacturer website. Avoid false marketing schemes and buy CEA tested products.