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Kicker ZX500.1 (10ZX500.1)

500W RMS, Class D Monoblock ZX Series Amplifier (ZX5001)

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Why Choose Kicker Amplifiers:

Kicker Performance Audio has been around since 1980 and has been producing amazing products since then. Kicker’s drive to consistently produce products that not only are great but also push the standards of the car audio industry is very apparent in all series of their amplifiers. All Kicker amplifiers are CEA-2006 Compliant, assuring you are receiving a continuous certified RMS power rating. Kicker will always exceed the rated power because Kicker is notorious for under rating their amplifiers. So really you will be getting more power than you actually pay for, which is not true for other lower end performance amplifiers that generally over rate their amplifiers. Kicker amplifiers will provide a choice of three automatic turn-on modes; remote, DC offset, or signal sense, which make them compatible with any car audio system. Along with their high-density convection heat sink for extreme heat dissipation and high efficiency MOSFET power supply, Kickers amplifiers are great way to go when selecting the perfect amplifier for your car audio system.

Kicker Always Exceeds Rated Power
  • ZX Series Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating (14.4V):
    • 4 ohms: 250 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
  • High efficiency MOSFET power supply
  • LED power and protection indicators
  • Remote bass level input (Kicker 10ZXRC remote level control sold separately)
  • Tuned Bass EQ (0-18 dB bass boost at 40 Hz)
  • Preamp RCA outputs
  • Muting circuit cancels out unwanted noise
  • Boost, gain, and crossover frequencies are top-mounted for easy access
  • Balanced differential inputs for noise elimination and factory-radio compatibility
  • 3 Automatic turn-on modes (remote, DC offset, signal sense)
  • Optional edgy vinyl skins for personalizing heat sinks available
  • Optional Kicker 08ZXEC endcaps are available for all ZX amplifier models
  • High-density convection heat sink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Gold-plated RCA level inputs
  • Gold-plated screw terminals
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Low level: 125mV-5V
    • High level: 250mV-10V
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • High-pass subsonic filter (24 dB at 25 Hz)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 25-200 Hz
  • Dimensions: 12"L x 9-5/8"W x 2-1/8"H
  • Actual power exceeds rated power, documented inside each carton
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended. Contact us for information regarding a discount on a select amplifier kit when purchased together.
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2-year Manufacturer's warranty

Extend your Kicker warranty to 3 Years when you install your new Kicker amplifier with a compatible Kicker power kit! For a limited time, you can register your Kicker amplifier and power kit to qualify for an additional year of coverage. This offer is only available through official Kicker dealers and will only last for a limited time. With this amplifier, the following power kits will qualify for the extended warranty program: Kicker 09PK4, Kicker CK4, Kicker 09ZCK4, and Kicker 09PKD1.

2011 Kicker Authorized Online Dealer and eBay Seller

Product History:

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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.
250 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 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.
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 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.
Not Stable
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.
Not Specified

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 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.
4 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
2 ohms
Minimum Impedance Bridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is bridged.
Not Bridgeable
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.
<1%
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.
Yes
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)
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.

50 - 200 Hz
Subsonic Filter
Allows you to block (filter) ultra-low frequencies that your subs cannot reproduce.
25 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 - 18 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.
60A x 1 
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.
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.

Yes
Sonic Certified Amplifier
Sonic Certified amplifiers have been tested by the experts at Sonic Electronix to meet or exceed the wattage ratings provided by the manufacturer. If this is marked as Yes, then you can trust the wattage ratings. If marked as No, then we have tested the amplifier and it did not meet the advertised wattage ratings. If marked as Not Tested, then the Sonic Electronix experts have not yet been able to test the amp.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
89%
4 Star
6%
3 Star
6%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.9
Value
4.7
Features
4.6
Design
4.7
Usability
4.9
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os mississippi

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great amp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2011

This is a great amp I have had it for two years and it makes my subs beat harder than bigger amps I had before. It has never went into protection mode and I have cranked it the other guy must got some thing wrong trust me great amp

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John

Douglas, GA

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Great Amp

February 17, 2013

I purchased this amp in decmber of 2009. I installed it in my single cab fullsize truck. I connected it to 2 JL Audio 12W1v2-4 subwoofers I also purchased from here. It made my whole truck shake. The clarity, power, and preformance was amazing. It never got hot or went into protection mode and held continuous low tones at loud volumes with ease. About 2.5 years after I got the amp, the bass/gain remote quit working but it still preforms just fine. I never sent it back to have it fixed because it wasnt that big of a deal to me at its age. I now have it connected to 2 kenwood 12" KFC-W3012 in my wifes car and the amp just out preforms any other I have owned. I have recently purchased another kicker amp and i am waiting for it to be shipped. This amp is still working like new exept for the bass/gain controle and its over 3 years old. I would recommend this amplifier to anyone whos looking for Quality, Durability, and Power for Everyday use.

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vincent

Pleasanton, TX

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Awesome amp

July 26, 2012

I have 2 of these amps. One for my 06 expedition punching 2 JL w3's and one for my girlfriends pushing 1 diamond audio D3. I am very impressed with the performance of these amps. The one in my truck get hot, but never turns off. I also have the bass knobs on both amps. Overall very good amp.

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Steve

Tewksbury, MA

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Awesome Power!

May 24, 2012

You can never go wrong with Kicker products. I was suggested by a Sonic Electronix employee to buy this to power my 600W RMS Alpine type R. At first, I was a bit skeptical, seeing as though the wattage is only 500W RMS. I decided I'd give it a shot and I'm glad I did! It pushes my Type R all day long! absolutely love it, great amp!

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John

Adams, Ma

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This amp has power!

April 1, 2012

I have this amp hooked up to an Alpine type r 15 and it slams. I will soon be upgrading to the zx750.1 to give my sub its full potential but this thing gets the job done well.

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James

Miami, FL

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Great item

February 25, 2012

This a great amp for any system that is limited on space. The small footprint allows the flexibility to install in various locations. Besides the fact that I have always been a kicker fan this amp is under rated or should I say accurately rated for continuous power. I would recommend this amp.

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Michael

Pittsburgh, PA

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Kicker always underrates there amps, its awesome!

February 16, 2012

Installed this amp for a friend paired with two 12" Rockford P2's and boy did this amp makes those puppies slam! Birth sheet said 571 rms at 2-ohms, what a deal! Kicker FTW!

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Acid Alchamy

Las Vegas, NV

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The Ultimate Amp!

January 29, 2012

This amplifier is amazing. I got this Kicker ZX500.1 and 2 Kenwood 10" 's and all I can say is my Chevy Silverado 1999 15000 is BUMPINNN Now. Very pleased. Customer/Techincal Support from Sonic Electronix helped me come about this choice and I am very pleased! Thanks Steve!

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freddie

kodak, TN

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best amp ive had

January 2, 2012

For this 500 watt rms amp this little thing is mean and it will push every bit of 500 watt rms like nothing. I put a meter on it and mine was putting out 550 watt rms a little more than its rated at.

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Josh

Sheridan , WY

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You cant go wrong with Kicker

January 1, 2012

Great amp at great price. Solid amp that actually puts out the power it is rated at.

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Ken

Grants Pass, OR

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WOW!

December 29, 2011

This amp kicks **s! I just installed two of these in two different vehicles, both using Kicker CVR 12's in Kicker ported boxes and they hit hard! Great amp for an excellent price!

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Darrell

Grovetown, GA

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Really bangin amp

December 18, 2011

Bought this amp to push an old Kicker L5 solo baric 12". It definately does the trick, being a single channel amp on the one sub. Would highly recommend this for overall good quality sound and cost. Been using Kicker products for years and have always loved them.

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Vette

BIRMINGHAM, AL

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WOW.

November 2, 2011

Ok this amp pounds. And I mean POUNDS. I have it powering two kicker CVR12's and they make my '07 4runner shake and my passengers want to sit in the back seat just for the back massage. i am buying a second one so i can fully power both of my subs (one for each) and i would reccommend this to anyone. I've had it for about 5 months now and i love it.

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Steve

Clifton, NJ

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Very Very Tough

October 9, 2011

Fantastic. This amp is so great, and what a deal! Great quality, 2 year warranty. My Earthquake 12dbxiD sounds like nothing I have ever heard. Thanks Andrew in Tech Support for this recommendation. Says 500 W the certificate that came with this specific amp say 590. I am not complaining.

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jeff d

Milwaukee, Wi

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awesome lil amp.

October 6, 2011

This amp makes my 2 15 inch kicker comps blow up my trunk. Excellent quality amp thanks Sonic for the great shipping and awesome customer service!!!! Milwaukee Luvs Sonic!!

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Josh

Fort Wayne, IN

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Great quality amp.

July 15, 2011

I bought this amp to replace my old pioneer. What a world of difference. The lows that this amp pushes to my 15 inch comps is incredible. Pioneer has always made good stuff but this kicker put it to shame. Very happy with this amp, prolly gonna stick to kicker for amps.

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slamarama

homestead pa

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kicker 500.1

March 9, 2011

I have this amp now and let me tell you its crazy I have it hooked up to a 12in Alpine Type R at 2ohm and it pounds in your chest for just one 12...

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DJ

Laramie, WY

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Good enough to not bother to send it back

November 11, 2010

I am using this amp to power a 12 in, JL Audio W6, 4 ohm DVC. A Sonic Electronix sales rep recommended it to me when i expressed my desire to power one W6. He claimed that Kicker underrates the RMS power of their amps (which I'm sure they do on the site, but they overrate them on the certificate that comes with the amp). The certificate from kicker that came with my amp stated that they tested it at 620 watts of RMS output. Don't get me wrong, the sub plays loud enough for me but it frequently goes into protect mode on deep bass or complicated bass beats with many ups and downs. The JL sub should be much louder so don't buy if you're looking to power a 600 watt sub.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

10ZX500.1

UPC

713034050919

Weight

10.50lbs

Internal SKU

10zx5001

Internal Product ID

21955

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: Kicker ZX500.1 (10ZX500.1)