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JL Audio 500/5

500 watts, 5-Channel Amplifier

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JL Audio 500/5

500 watts, 5-Channel Amplifier

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Specifications:
  • Front Channels: 100W RMS x 2 @ 1.5 ohm-4 ohm (11V-14.5V)
  • Rear Channels: 25W RMS x 2 @ 1.5 ohm-4 ohm (11V-14.5V)
  • Subwoofer Channel: 250W RMS @ 1.5 ohm-4 ohm (11V-14.5V)
  • THD at Rated Power: <0.03% @ 4 ohm (F&R), <0.05% @ 4 ohm (Sub)
  • S/N Ratio* (F&R): >108.5 dB below rated power
  • S/N Ratio* (Sub): >95 dB below rated power
  • Frequency Response (front and rear): 5 Hz-30 KHz (+0, -1dB)
  • Frequency Response (sub channel): 5 Hz-500 Hz (+0, -1dB)
  • Damping Factor (front and rear): >200 @ 4 ohm/50 Hz
  • Damping Factor (sub channel): >500 @ 4 ohm/50 Hz
  • Input Range: switchable from 200mV-2V RMS to 800mV-8V RMS
  • Dimensions: 19.7"L x 9.25"W x 2.36"H
Features:
  • Differential-Balanced Input Topology: (3 pairs of inputs)
  • Front Crossover: Fully-variable (50 Hz-5 KHz), selectable-slope BP or HP (12 or 24 dB per octave)
  • Rear Crossover: fully-variable (50 Hz-5 KHz), selectable-slope HP (12 or 24 dB per octave)
  • Sub Crossover: fully-variable (40-200 Hz), selectable-slope LP (12 or 24 dB per octave)
  • Preamp Output: 2-channel (full-range or LP)
  • Bass EQ: Variable boost up to 15dB. Remote bass boost control optional.
  • Infrasonic Filter: defeatable 24dB/octave at 30 Hz
  • Left minus Right Ambience Circuit: ambient effect for rear channels
  • Front and rear speaker output connections: accept up to 8ga. wire
  • Dual mono subwoofer output connections: accept up to 8ga. wire
  • +12V and Ground connections: accept up to 4ga. Wire
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

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.

100W x 2, 25W x 2, + 250W x 1 chan.
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.

100W x 2, 25W x 2, + 250W x 1 chan.
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.

only stable to 1.5 ohm: 100W x 2, 25W x 2, + 250W x 1 chan.

Amplifier Specifications

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.

AB
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.
5
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
1.5 ohms
Minimum Impedance Bridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is 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.
0.03%
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)
Full (AP)
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.

Front/Rear: 50 Hz - 5 kHz
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.

Rear: 50 Hz - 5 kHz, Sub: 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.
Front/Rear: 108.5 dB, Sub: 95 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.
No
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

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
5.0
Features
5.0
Design
4.5
Usability
4.0
Kristen

north las vegas, NV

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
impressive

July 24, 2007

This amp is impressive. It has plenty of power. I am running all three stages on this amp. Focal triple components up front, focal 6x9 in the rear, You can't go wrong on this amp. P.S. get the wired jl audio bass remote, it will save you time tuning and provide control after your install is done.

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Polo

Temple, GA

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Features
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Usability
Oh I love my Yukon

January 17, 2006

Got this one pushin mids and highs....huh, cant hear you anymore...Serious bees knees, this amp is the total package! Make sure you know what you are doing, if not , GET IT PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED. too much power for a noob! 5 nasty channels, Oh, I recommend buying the JL amp wiring kit too for all the do it yourselfers. Be good

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Where is the gain control located?
Teresa H on Nov 11, 2016
Best Answer: Hi Teresa,

The 500/5 has Three gain controls (aka 'Input Sensitivity Control"). We suggest consulting the manual, found on the manufacturer's website (and linked below).

http://mediacdn.jlaudio.com/media/mfg/9013/media_document/live_1/500_5_MAN.pdf?1305758644
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Nov 11, 2016
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

500/5

Weight

22.00lbs

Internal SKU

jl5005

Internal Product ID

1174

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.

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