Tag: Monoblock Amplifier

Why Consider A 5-Channel Amplifier?

When getting into car audio, you’re bound to have to purchase an amplifier sooner or later to get clearer sounding, or louder audio. It’s always best to plan ahead of time before making this crucial purchase, and properly researching your options should always be something to keep in mind.

Hifonics Zeus ZXi60.4 + 1K

The 5th channel of this Hifonics Zeus ZXi60.4 + 1K is powerful enough to drive many competition grade subwoofers.

In order to fully power four door speakers and a subwoofer, you’re more than likely going to need more than one amplifier – a 4-Channel Amplifier to power the door speakers, and a Monoblock Amplifier to power the subwoofer. Not interested in two separate amplifiers you say? Not a problem. That’s where 5-Channel Amplifiers come in. These amps have their benefits and can really save a lot of time and hassle in an installation, not to mention valuable space.

The multiple amplifier configuration previously mentioned with two separate amps can present a couple of potential issues. First, in order to install two amplifiers, you’ll need to carefully plan how you’re going to wire the amps. Without the proper hardware and planning, you’re not going to be able to adequately supply power to your amplifiers, which can lead to low performance in your brand new audio system. A huge benefit to 5-channel amplifiers is just the ease of installation. Instead of dealing with multiple amps, now you’re just running one wire from the battery to the amplifier. This can be huge depending on your installation experience, and can save you money when you’re browsing for an Amplifier Wiring Kit.

Kicker IX1000.5

The Kicker IX1000.5 is only about the size of a textbook, but is capable of powering a full audio system.

Practically all 5-channel amplifiers are designed to emulate a 4-channel and Monoblock configuration. On 5-Channel amplifiers, it’s common to find the front four channels producing power similar to a four-channel amplifier. The all-important 5-channel is like an added bonus, as it is capable of pushing enough power to run one or two subwoofers. An amplifier like the Kicker IX1000.5 is a perfect example of a high powered, space efficient 5-channel amplifier.

So the next time you find yourself in the market for amplifiers, don’t forget how beneficial a 5-channel amplifier can be. These marvels of manufacturing can help you save time, space, and make tuning a system much easier!

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What Car Amplifier Do I Need For My Kicker CVR Subwoofer?

Continuing on our series of What Amplifier Do I Need? this week we will be matching amplifiers to Kicker’s CVR Series Subwoofers. Kicker CVR woofers are one of the most top rated woofers in the car audio industry. They are extremely affordable and more than anything else they are dependable. These woofers can really take a beating making them a value purchase. CVR woofers are available in 8”, 10”, 12” or 15” sizes with either a Dual 4 ohm impedance or Dual 2 ohm impedance.

Kicker 10IX500.1

10IX500.1

Kicker’s IX500.1 amplifier is the perfect amplifier for a 10CVR104, 10CVR124, or 10CVR154 subwoofer. The amplifier is rated at 500W RMS @ 2 ohms which is just what any of those subwoofers needs to perform at their peak. The subwoofer you select will have to run at a 2 ohm final impedance while wired in parallel. The amplifier’s extreme efficiency keeps it running cool during all listening sessions. Its compact design allows for easy mounting and convenient installation. The IX series is Kicker’s most efficient and reliable amplifiers and are designed to work perfectly with other Kicker products. The amplifier also features low-pass and subsonic filters for complete control of your sound reproduction.

Cerwin-Vega STEALTH500.1

STEALTH500.1

If you are looking to power up a 10CVR102, 10CVR122, or a 10CVR152 subwoofer to a final impedance of 1 ohm, then look no further than Cerwin-Vega’s STEALTh500.1 monoblock amplifier. This amplifier offers a power rating of 500W RMS @ 1 ohm giving you all the power you will need. The use of a Thermal Management System, monitors internal thermal output by reducing power output when the amplifier begins to overheat. This allows the amplifier to have a continuous performance giving you uninterrupted bass reproduction. Apart from being very small Stealth amplifiers feature a full range Class D chip set that improves efficient and performance and increases reliability. It also reduces noise and filters out other sonic disturbances.

Earthquake Sound PH2000W/D1

PH2000W/D1

The Earthquake Sound PH2000W/D1 amplifier is able to output 500W RMs @ 4 ohms. With this amp you can properly power up a 10CVR102, 10CVR122, or a 10CVR152 subwoofer to a final impedance of 4 ohms. At 4 ohms the amplifier and subwoofer will run to the best of their abilities and will have lower heat outputs. The Power House series amplifier features high and low-level inputs giving it the versatility to work in any car with any car system. The amplifier also offers a 5 year warranty making it almost impossible to pass up. If efficiency and high performance is important to your audio system, then this is the way to go.

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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

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

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

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.

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