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JL Audio 500/1

500 watts, Class D Monoblock Amplifier

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Features:

  • Differential-Balanced Input Topology: (1 pair of Inputs)
  • On-board Crossover: fully variable (40Hz - 200Hz), selectable-slope LP (12 or 24 dB per octave)
  • Preamp Output: 2-channel (independent active filter, parallel with amp filter or full-range)
  • Bass EQ: parametric with variable boost up to 15dB and Remote Bass Control (optional)
  • Infrasonic Filter: fully-variable 24dB/octave from 15-60Hz
  • Signal-Sensing Turn-On:  permits operation without remote lead
  • Dual Mono Speaker output connections: accepts up to 8ga. wire
  • +12V and Ground connections: accepts up to 4ga. wire

Specifications:

  • Rated Power: 500W RMS @ 1.5 ohm-4 ohm
    (11V-14.5V)
  • THD at Rated Power: <0.05% @ 4 ohm
  • S/N Ratio: >95dB below rated power
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz-500Hz (+0, -1dB)
  • Damping Factor: >500 @ 4 ohm per channel/50 Hz
  • Input Range: switchable from 200mV-2V RMS
    to 800mV-8V RMS
  • Dimensions: 13.4"L x 9.25"W x 2.36"H

Product History:

JL Audio 600/1v3 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
JL Audio 500/1v2 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by JL Audio Slash 600/1v3)
JL Audio 500/1 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by JL Audio Slash v2 500/1v2)

Power Specifications - Full Range Channels

RMS Power @ 4 ohms

The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far.

If the final impedance of your speakers or subwoofers equals 4 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound.

500 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 2 ohms

The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far.

If the final impedance of your speakers or subwoofers equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound.

500 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 1 ohm

The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far.

If the final impedance of your speakers or subwoofers equals 1 ohm, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound.

(at 1.5 ohms) 500 watts x 1 channel

Power Specifications - Subwoofer Channel

RMS Power @ 4 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 4 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
RMS Power @ 2 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
RMS Power @ 1 ohm
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 1 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent or low bass hit. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison. This is the peak power output for the amplifier's 5th channel.

Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Series
This designates the series of the amplifier. Many amps are available in a litany of different wattage and channel configurations, but maintain consistent features throughout the product line.
Amplifier Class

An amplifier increases the power of the signal being fed to it by taking energy from its power supply and matching the signal but increasing its amplitude. Amplifiers use many different methods for converting these electrical signals and have been categorized into classes.

Class A/B: Greater than 50% of the input signal is amplified while the other percentage is “off”. These amplifiers have a small amount of current flowing through the output transistors all the time which almost eliminates crossover distortion. Class A/B has great sound quality but is not as efficient as class D. These amps are most commonly used to drive speakers.

Class D: Also known as switching amplifiers, class D amps have output transistors that are completely turned “on” or “off”. This means that when the transistors are on, there is almost no voltage across them but when they are off there is significant voltage but no current flowing through it which makes these amplifiers very efficient at the cost of sound quality. These amps are most commonly used to drive subwoofers.

Other Classes: You may see classes such as GH, bD, X, FD, etc. by some manufactures. These amplifiers tend to be either class A/B, D or a hybrid of the two but with improvements to their designs that can make them more efficient or offer better sound quality.

D
Number of Channels
Each channel on an amplifier will power one speaker using a positive and negative cable. There are various types of amplifiers, each designed to power a certain number of speakers. Monoblock amplifiers, also known as single channel, are designed to power one or more subwoofers. These amplifiers often have very high power ratings. On the other hand, multi-channel amplifiers power multiple speakers, usually at lower power ratings. 2-Channel and 4-Channel amplifiers can power car speakers or low powered subwoofers. Occasionally you might see a 5 or 6-channel amplifier that can power speakers and subwoofers at the same time. The most common setup is a monoblock amp to run subwoofers and a 4-channel amp to run door speakers. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
1 - Mono
Total Peak Power Output
The total peak power output is measured as the wattage per channel multiplied by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

It is measured during a brief musical burst, such as a sudden drum accent. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal.

The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

Total RMS Power Output
Total RMS power is measured by multiplying RMS power per channel by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

RMS power is the amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS figure, the louder and cleaner your music sounds.

The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.

500 watts
Maximum Input Gauge Size
This is the largest gauge wire that will fit into the power and ground terminals of this device. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire is. For example, a 4 gauge wire is thicker than an 8 gauge wire and thus has higher current carrying capacity. Always do your best to get this size wire to reduce the risk of damage to your components.
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
1.5 ohms
THD at Rated RMS Power
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.05%
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
No
Preamp Outputs
Many amplifiers are equipped with RCA preamp outputs which pass the original music signal from the source to additional amplifiers. This is known as daisy chaining because the source connects to the first amp, and the first amp connects to the second amp, etc. The advantage to daisy chaining is you only need one 2-channel RCA cable to transfer the signal from the head-unit to the amplifier, and then one additional cable for each amp being daisy chained.
1 pair
Built-in Crossover

A crossover is a type of filtering system that permits only certain frequencies to play. A Low-Pass (LP) crossover allows only frequencies below its setting to get through which is good in the case of some subwoofers. A High-Pass(HP) filter allows frequencies above its setting to pass through, this is normally used on speakers.

When a crossover is set to FULL it means no filtering is added and the full frequency spectrum is allowed through the amplifier. Filtering is important because feeding a speaker frequencies it cannot reproduce effectively creates distortion.

Low-pass (LP)
High-pass (HP)
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
The high-pass crossover frequency can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable high-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies above the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies below the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

40 - 200 Hz
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
The low-pass crossover frequency is typically used for subwoofers. It can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable low-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies below the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies above the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

40 - 200 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
95 dB
Bass Boost
The objective of the bass boost is to get more kick out of your subwoofer. It is a circuit that emphasizes the lower frequencies at a given point. The bass boost should always be set first before setting the gain. This feature is known for destroying subwoofers and is commonly used incorrectly, so be cautious.
0 - 15 dB
Bass/Gain Remote
If the amp comes with a bass/gain remote you will be able to control the level of your bass from your dashboard. Typically bass remotes also include a 16-20 ft. wire for installation.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Fan Cooled
A great feature to have if an amp generates a large amount of heat. Cooling fans can help regulate the temperature to prevent the amp from overheating (burning).
No
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
50A x 1 
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Strappable
Some amplifiers can be "strapped" together in order to increase the output of a single audio channel. These amplifiers feature RCA preamp outputs, allowing you to pass the signal directly from one amp to the other to ensure consistency.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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4.7
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4.8

DNA

Great Neck, NY

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JL 500/1 Thumbs up

June 12, 2013

I bought this amp when I decided to have a decent system in my car....since then, it was all downhill. The setting were so easy to follow and the sound was pretty good. The processing portion of this amp is pretty spot on as well. This was not the loudest amp I've owned, but it is one of the clearest one. The first set of subs this powered was a band-pass set of two 12" alpine type "S", they did hit pretty hard and clear.

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jaybrummett

marion ind

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best amp

September 7, 2012

i have a alpine 15 dual voice coil and 2 mtw 12s single voice coil hooked up in a caviler it never shuts down and pounds hard best amp ever if any one wonts a good strong powerful amp jl is the way to go i wouldnt have any other amp

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christian

Valencia, CA

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omg

January 24, 2011

i 1st got this amp and had it running 2 10 w3 and wowww the i had it run a w6 12 this amp never stops

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Monty

Sarasota Fl

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reliable

March 5, 2009

I\'ve had this amp for about 5 yrs. I had it hooked up to 2 w3 10\'s (old model) and the back window of my trans am would flex a couple inches. I just recently hooked it up to a single w7 8\" the box replaced my center console. it sounds really good but its not near the bass of the 2 10\'s... having said that, I don\'t think you can kill one of these things. I would recommend jl products to anyone..

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David

Mount Pleasant, SC

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great

July 10, 2008

This is a great amp had it for a couple years never a problem.

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george

delton, MI

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Great Amp

April 30, 2008

I have this amp running two 12w3v2-d4's and they sound amazing. Crisp and hard. I'm planning on getting the 10w7 in that tank prowedge enclosure though and can't wait to save some space and just get a w7. This amp is awesome and I really like the RBC-1 with it. If I ever have problems with it I will fix it or get a v2.

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kevin

Abilene, TX

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great amp...

December 12, 2007

I had this amp hooked up to three 10's for about three years. It performed very well. The price on this amp may be a little high, but it is a very underrated amp. The features are great but can be a little confusing. If you want deep, clean bass, this is the amp I would recommend.

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tyler

Bethalto, IL

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500/1 ?

November 26, 2007

i have this amp.. this is a powerhouse for a 500 watt amp i know it is underrated because i have 2 1000 watt memphis subs and this beats them to death . this is a great amp you will not be disappointed

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Benjamin

Kihei, HI

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love this amp

August 29, 2007

I just installed this amp in my jeep thinking I'm losing power from a Kenwood 1100 watt amp but in fact its even louder. highly recommend this amp to any who is serious about car audio. I'm now hooked on JL audio products.

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Eric

Southfield, MI

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Musical Bass

August 8, 2007

I've been rather disappointed with my Alpine Type R12 until I hooked it up to this JL Audio 500/1 amp. I've had it hooked up to a MTX at 250 watts and an MA Audio at 400 watts. This amp makes my sub sing, it sounds like music instead of just noise. Couldn't be happier, I'm sold on JL Audio technology

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Daniel

Monterey, CA

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Excellent Sub Amp

July 13, 2007

I have this amplifier hooked up to a 12W6 and I've never heard such musical bass. It's a great buy and has an endless array of controls for fine tuning the sub. Worth the money.

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Luther

La Porte, TX

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Awesome JL power for sub!

July 13, 2007

After buying the JL 300/2 for my components and being 200% satisfied, I decided to power my Focal polyglass 27v2 with this amp. The amp is probably a bit more than the sub needs (300 nominal, 600 max), but I was tired of being shy on sub size and power. The match seems right on target, delivering as much bass as I need. This system is part of a total SQ system, matched with Focal KPs in the front, and JL XR650-cxi in the back. The sub sonic and other crossover controls allow for very specific tuning, and make it easy for the sub to fit right where you need it to. It's JL power with JL clean - at a great sonix price.

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Enrique

Edison, NJ

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Awesome Amp

March 1, 2007

This is a great amplifier. I have it hooked up with my JL W6V2 and it sounds awesome. Its not the cheapest mono amp out there but its def worth every penny. I highly recommend this amp and sonic has them at a really good price. Good buy.

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lance

San Angelo, TX

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Ahead of the Curve

February 26, 2007

This amp is truly a breakthrough on many different levels. the R.I.P.S technology is an ingenius design that makes guesswork a thing of the past. I have this amp pushing two 10" rockford fosgate punch hx2's in a custom sealed enclosure of a 87 mustang gt convertible sending 500 watts to each sub(mono-blocks are capable of this)and the amp is not even turned up all the way...This amp never gets hot on me, and has lasted me two years with no decrease in performance at all...BUT...DONT! blast your stereo at full blast all the time just because somebody said that " It doesn't hurt it" or " They can take it"...All equipment has it's limitations..Before you spend a lot of many on high quality equipment. Do your research and know how to take care of your equipment to keep it running at it's peak potential for as long as possible.

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Eric

Walnut Creek, CA

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Best 500/1 amp money can buy.

July 5, 2006

A high end product, best amp on the market for 500/1. Jl Audio makes the best amps hands down. I own this and a 1000/1 amp. I have owned this amp for 2 months and never regret getting it. Thanks Jl

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jennifer

Susquehanna, PA

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Best Buy

March 30, 2006

I have this amp pushing an alpine type x 12" subwoofer....it pushes it very very hard.....it is definitlry a true 500 watts.....dont be afraid of the price its the best amp out there for its price......and sonic sells em the cheapest........(of course)

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James

FPO, AP

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Great Amp

February 9, 2006

This amp has to be one of the best amps out there and SonicElectronix offers it at a great price. I had one powering a JL12W7 and it produced chest pounding heart stopping bass. The flexibility is also great. I recommend this to anyone who wants great bass from a sub requiring anywhere from 450 to 800 watts RMS.

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Eric

Castro Valley, CA

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Pretty good

February 6, 2006

My friend used this amp in his BMW suv (opentrunk) and I loved how it it. It was powerful, but for the price he paid ($1000 for this amp and the W7) it wasn't worth the price. Maybe if he matched the RMS it would hit a little better, but o well. Good price though. I'm running 2 Alpine Type R's our of 2 mono kenwood 500 rms amps and it BLOWS this away and only cost me 600-700. Shop around.

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Matt

Tualatin, OR

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Awesome Amp

February 1, 2006

I own a JL audio 500/1. It is a amazing amp i have pushed 3 12inch fosgate subs off it didnt ever heat up. Always enough power on hand.

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marc

Metairie, LA

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love it !

January 23, 2006

It has been wonderful I will never buy anything else for subs

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Your Price $149.99

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4 Meters (13 ft.) 2-Channel K-Series RCA Audio Interconnect Cable

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25 ft. of True 12 Gauge 100% Copper EnvyFlex Speaker Cable/Wire

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

500/1

Weight

14.00lbs

Internal SKU

jl5001

Internal Product ID

1173

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: JL Audio 500/1