Massive Audio unleashed it’s bulk at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 by displaying a 2010 Cam-Am Spyder that they decked out with their audio gear. Beauty is more than skin deep as portrayed by the matte black finish which hides the inner audio components and upgraded engine parts. A custom built suspension system with prototype chrome swing arm could easily be seen glistening away under the lights at CES. LED encircled projector fog lights and headlights as well as wide swept fenders gave the already fierce Can-Am Spyder an even more aggressive look. We are glad Massive Audio got their speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers integrated into this beautiful vehicle, it seems more than fitting. You must be wondering what Massive put in the system? Good, wonder no more!
Three pairs of speakers and a subwoofer are easily seen on the outside of the vehicle while two amplifiers are less visible along the smooth exterior. Massive Audio RK6 speakers are lined up in the back running 120W RMS each side while providing great filler audio on the highway. In the center of the RK6 component speakers is the TW10 10″ Dual 4 ohm subwoofer with 500W RMS power handling which was punchy and accurate in it’s small enclosure. Up front were two pairs of CK 5 Stage III Component Speakers that also handle 120W RMS each side and were aimed directly at the driver for great sound imaging and staging. Powering the rear speakers and subwoofer is the new 2012 NX3 3-Channel power amplifier which output 240W RMS at 2 ohms for 2-channels and 600W RMS at 2 ohms for the sub channel. The amplifier uses a Class D and class A/B topology to keep the heat down but the quality up. Lastly, the Massive NX4 4-channel amplifier powered the front speakers effortlessly at 100W RMS each channel. An integrated iPad in the center controls the entire system giving you your entire music collection at the touch of your fingertip. A beautiful Can-Am Spyder combined with Massive Audio equipment was a big hit at CES 2012 and easy on the eyes and ears.
I couldn’t finish the What Amplifier Do I Need? series without talking about one of the best square subwoofers in the car audio industry, the Kicker Solo-Baric L7 Series Subwoofer. This woofer is available in 4 sizes, an 8”, 10”, 12”, or 15” with each size having the option of a Dual 2 ohm impedance or Dual 4 ohm impedance. The RMS ranges from 450W to 1000W depending on the size of the woofer.
Massive Audio N2
The Massive Audio N2 Nano series amplifier is the perfect match for when looking to amplify a S8L74 L7 woofer or even two of those woofers to a final impedance of 1 ohm. If you want a little more power this amplifier can also properly power up a single S10L72 or S12L72 subwoofer to a final impedance of 1 ohm, offering multiple wiring capabilities. This amplifier features a relatively small chassis along with built-in noise reduction circuitry. Its Nano technology provides ultra efficient power supplies, while the low-pass and subsonic filters allow you to really tweak your sound reproduction.
Hifonice Brutus BRZ1200.1D
The Hifonics Brutus BRZ1200.1D amplifier allows you to take full advantage of the power handling capabilities of the S15L72 to a final impedance of 1 ohm and the S15L74 to a final impedance of 2 ohms. You can even wire up two S8L72 woofers together to a final impedance of 2 ohms. This amplifier will give you so many wiring options you won’t know what subwoofer you really want. The amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant meaning that the stated rated power is accurate. Its 4 way System Protection circuitry will keep your system running efficiently without problems and at the same time provide protection if needed. The BRZ1200.1D brings power, efficiency, performance and affordability.
DLS CAD 11
Another great amp would be the DLS CAD 11 classic series amplifier. Much like other amplifier this one also provides you with a number of wiring options. You can wire a single S8L72, a single S10L74, S12L74 or even a single S15L72 subwoofer. DLS is considered a very high end company but their products speak for themselves. This amplifier will offer supreme clarity, efficiency, performance and a nice constant flow of power to avoid cutting and clipping. The amplifier also features low-level and high-level inputs allowing this amplifier to accompany any car audio system be it aftermarket or stock.
Here at Sonic Electronix we give our customer the option and opportunity to ask us questions regarding car audio. One of the most common questions that we receive is What Amplifier Do I Need? For the next couple of weeks we will be looking into some of our top rated woofers and we will be pairing them with the perfect amplifier to make your car audio system run efficiently and smoothly. This week we will be taking a look at Alpine Type-R Series Subwoofers.
Kicker’s ZX500.1 monoblock amplifier is the perfect choice when looking to amplify a single SWR-1043D or a single SWR-1243D Alpine subwoofer. The ZX500.1 has a power rating of 500W RMS at 2 ohms which is enough power to properly run any of those two subwoofers when wired in parallel to a final impedance of 2 ohms. The Kicker amp will actually exceed the rated power meaning you get more bang for your buck. The ZX500.1 features a tuned bass EQ, variable low-pass filter, and a subsonic filter for complete control of the sound reproduction. The amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant meaning you get the power you paid for and also features a high-density convection heat sink for extreme heat dissipation, allowing you to run the Type-R for long periods of time without losing efficiency.
Massive D 1200
Massive Audio’s D 1200 monoblock amplifier is the amplifier to go with when wanting to amplifier a single SWR-1023D or a single SWR-1223D Alpine subwoofer. These subwoofers can be wired individually to either a final impedance of 1 ohm when wired in parallel or 4 ohms when wired in series. The D 1200 will require you wire which ever subwoofer you go with to a final impedance of 1 ohm. The amplifier offers a small chassis for convenient installation and a 6-way protection circuitry for complete protection of the car audio system. It also features an N-channel circuitry for high-efficiency eliminating clipping and cutting that usually occurs on less efficient amplifiers.
Polk Audio PA D1000.1
The Polk Audio PA D1000.1 will allow you to run the SWR-1023D or the SWR1223D to a final impedance of 4 ohms. This is the best way to go, the amplifier will run at the up most efficiency and so will the woofers. The PA D1000.1 can also be used if wanting to amplify two of these subs instead of just one; this will have to be done to a final impedance of 1 ohm on the amplifier. The amplifier features a variable bass boost, low-pass filter and subsonic filter for a custom sound reproduction. While the included wired remote bass level control adds convenience.
Small chassis amplifiers are the way of the future in the Car Audio industry. More and more companies are re-designing and re-structuring the way consumers look at amplifiers. By now it is not only important to have a powerful car amplifier, but also one that doesn’t require a lot of space. Massive Audio’s Digital Block Series amplifiers are able to provide just that. It seems that most people today, especially the younger generation, are more concerned with hiding their amplifiers rather than showing them off. Also advances in technology have allowed for smaller vehicles throughout the years and thus less space for a car audio system. With this new 2011 line, Massive Audio is looking not only jump into the competitive world of small chassis amplifiers, but to make themselves out to be one of the top leading manufactures in car amplifiers.
The D 2400 is one of Massive Audio’s new Digital Block Series Monoblock Car Amplifiers. This amplifier is rated at 350 watts RMS @ 4 Ohms, 650 watts RMS @ 2 Ohms, and an impressive 1200 watts RMS @ 1 Ohm. Being that the amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant; the power ratings provided are tested and accurate. With these ratings, this amplifier is equipped to work with just about any combination of subwoofers, anything from entry-level to high-end sound systems. N-Channel Circuitry and Class D technology make this amplifier highly efficient and reliable by reducing distortion and providing a cleaner continuous power output. Unique to the amplifier is the FreQ feature that controls the boosted center frequency from 30Hz to 80Hz. Combined with an adjustable bass boost level from 0 to + 12dB, the amplifier will allow for complete control of the boosted frequencies. The D 2400 uses a 6-way protection circuitry and Limit Indicator, which lights up when the amplifier clips or overheats and then reduces or holds the power output to protect the subwoofer and amplifier. With these protection parameters this amplifier will not only protect your car audio system but also your car from any shorting or unforeseeable events. This amplifier also features an adjustable low-pass filter and adjustable sub harmonic filter, allowing you to fine tune just about every aspect of your subwoofer. The D 2400 has a brushed aluminum finish that gives it a nice clean look that will compliment any car interior. The D 2400 along with 8 other models with different power ratings, make Massive Audio Car Amplifiers the right choice when looking for power, efficiency, and space.
Getting the most power out of the smallest chassis is all the rage right now in the car audio industry. Manufacturers from across the world are competing to create the smallest amplifier that is capable of producing the most power. Luckily, the advanced Class D technology has made it possible for this smaller design. If you have been following the blog, you will have recently read about the Kenwood XR-5S. It was a five-channel amplifier encased in an extremely small chassis and incredible power ratings. Other compact amplifiers include the Kicker IX amplifiers and the Alpine PDX amplifiers. While the manufacturers of these amplifiers are big names in the car audio industry, there are some smaller companies engineering some extremely efficient, powerful, and compact amplifiers. One of these companies is Massive Audio.
Massive Audio has developed a reputation for creating car amplifiers with high output and a smaller chassis, especially in their latest N2 Nano series of amps. Consider the Massive Audio N2 monoblock amplifier. It is a 1600 watt amplifier that measures only 7-1/4″ L x 5-1/2″ W x 2-1/8″ H. That is an incredibly small amplifier chassis for the amount of power that it outputs. Despite the compact size, this subwoofer amplifier is perfect for powering the subwoofers that require a lot of power. Subwoofers like the Kicker Solo-Baric L7, Rockford Fosgate T1 Power, MTX Audio Thunder Square 8500, or the Kicker CVX will match perfectly to this N2 car amplifier when wired to 1 ohm. Even with the high output that comes with the installation of this amp, it does not stress out your vehicles existing electrical system. Due to the tiny size, it becomes the ideal subwoofer for mounting under seats, in glove boxes, in center consoles, of in other areas that are lacking in space. Not only will this amp save on space, but it will also provide high power output to your components.