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Hifonics Brutus BRZ1700.1D

1700W RMS Brutus Series 1-Channel Monoblock Super Class D Amplifier (BRZ 1700.1D)

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Performance meets Value

The new 2010 Hifonics Brutus amplifiers are much more than a good-looking amplifier. Underneath the solid aluminum casing, you will find quality amplifier components that are sure to satisfy any compatible subwoofer. The new BRZ amplifiers have changed the heat sinks on each side to vertical aluminum fins. Since heat rises, these fins draw the heat up and allow it so effectively dissipate from the amplifier. The vertical aluminum heat sinks are located on two sides of the amplifier and effectively maintain the temperature of the amplifier to prevent any overheating. Combined with the other power/protection indicators and the 4-way system protection circuitry, the Hifonics Brutus amplifiers prove to be a safe, efficient, and reliable amplifier for your subwoofer.

Every Brutus amplifier is CEA-2006 certified. That means you can be confident in knowing that you are paying for real power. The wattage that the amplifier is rated at is the wattage that it will consistently produce and supply your subwoofer with. This is typically a feature just found on the higher-end, expensive amplifiers, however all the Brutus series amps are CEA-2006 compliant with a low price tag. By choosing one of these amplifiers, you will be high-grade performance and still have money left over. Performance meets value with the Hifonics Brutus amplifiers!

General Features:

  • Brutus Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating (@ 14.4V):
    • 4 ohms: 600 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 1200 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: 1700 watts x 1 chan.
  • MOSFET power supply
  • Wired HFR-3 remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +10 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
  • Mono channel operation
  • Preamp RCA outputs to daisy chain multiple amps
  • 4-Way System Protection circuitry (thermal, overload, speaker short and DC protect)
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy finned heatsink for maximum heat dissipation
  • Silver-plated unbalanced RCA level inputs
  • Silver-plated molded screw terminals
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Input Level (Unbalanced): 0.2V-9V
    • Input Level (Balanced): 0.04V-8V
  • Variable low-pass filter (35-250 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Subsonic filter (15-35 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Phase Shift: 0-180°
  • Damping factor: >290
  • Frequency response: 35-250 Hz
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Dimensions: 16-15/16"L x 9-1/4"W x 2-7/16"H
  • 2-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits when purchased together with this amplifier.
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

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Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Hifonics BXi1610D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Hifonics Brutus BRZ1700.1D)
Hifonics BXi1608D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1610D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1608D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1606D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BX1605D)

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.
600 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.
1200 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.
1700 watts x 1 channels
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 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.

1700 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.
2 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
1 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.
<0.1%
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.
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)
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.

35 - 250 Hz
Subsonic Filter
Allows you to block (filter) ultra-low frequencies that your subs cannot reproduce.
15 - 35 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 - 10 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.
Yes
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.
160A 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.

Yes

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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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4 Star
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4.7
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4.7
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4.8
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4.7
Shawn

Jamestown NY

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Bad A$$ Amp

November 23, 2012

I have had this amp for almost a year now, I have it paired up with 2 12" Alpine Type R's in a ported box and it pushes them to the max. I have had people asking if i had 2 amps running the system and i only have the amp tuned about 3/4 of the way up. I would highly recommend this amp!!!!!!! Definitely going to get new ones when I redo the system.

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LAYNLOW

Jackson, TN

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Awesome Amp

February 1, 2012

I'm updating my previous review due to some changes i've made to my system. My digital designs 3512 sc subs are now broken in. I have two brutus 1700 amps driving the two dvc 4 subs, coils wired parallel, amps are being presented with 2 ohms each. I can't say enough good things about these amps. My system is intended to be competition level and it's almost there. The most recent spl check was 154.3 in a '09 silverado ext. Cab without the rear seat. For all the people i'm seeing that say hifonics amps are power hungry and their lights dim when the bass hits blah blah blah. You do not start building a system by throwing two huge amps and two subs in a car and go from there. Upgrade your charging system first! You can't expect to blast 1,700 watts off a stock alternator and 4, 6 or on some foreign cars, 8 ga. Charging system cabling. I have two yellow top dura last 1100 cca batteries and a stock hd 160 amp alternator and i have no problems driving two brutus 1700's and a zeus zxi150.4 (1,200 watts). No problems at all. I have gains set properly! This means doing the simple math to convert expected wattage output to ac voltage and setting the amp gains to that number using a test tone with your head unit at reference volume! If you don't know how to set up an amp, get some help! These brutus amps are awesome. And Sonic is awesome. I order on a Monday night and i have boxes on my step by wednesday when i get home from work.

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Jeremy

Holiday, FL

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Great amp for the $$

January 1, 2011

I had the Hifonics BXi2010, which was a good amp but only lasted 7 months then went into protect. I have 2 Alpine Type R 10's & im running them @ 2ohms. I now have the BRZ1700.1 running @ 2ohm's & this amp is much louder than the BXi2010. The BXi might have been faulty & not putting out the 1300 rms @ 2ohms, but this BRZ is putting out at least the 1200 it claims....I highly reccomend for the $$

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Zookz

Atlanta, GA

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AWESOME AMP!

January 2, 2011

I bought this amp a few months ago and man do I love it! It's so heavy and the only downside to it right now is that I only have a stock battery/alternator so I'm sure I'm not getting the most out of it! WORTH THE MONEY!!

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Tim

Elk Grove, CA

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BADASS

December 23, 2010

I had A crappy lanzar vibe amp I got at the flee market at full power hooked up to two Alpine Type R 15 in a ported box in my truck. I was looking for something with more power and damn, this amp pounds my 15s hard! My rearview mirror shakes off and parts of my truck are rattling apart. Good value for under $300 out the door(with tax). highly recommend this amp. Never heated up, not once. Blue illumination looks nice at night. - Dont have capacitor? GET ONE. You will need it.

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brandon

odessa, texas

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worth every penny . thanks hifonics

October 4, 2010

I had amp 1608d 1610d and now brz 1700d u can tell the difference between thees amps. 1608d and 1610d were good amps no problems. The brz line is way better . I got this pushing 2 kicker l7 12s in a 6 cubic foot box tuned at 40 htz . And all i got to say is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Buy this amp its worth it . If u feel like the amp is not putting out properly upgrade your wiring. Also add a yellow top battery and maybe a high out put alternator. And then see what happens . U will be impressed

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Will

Myrtle Beach

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Hifonics BXI1700.1D Amp

August 23, 2010

I own this amp and it is a very nice amp. The remote control bass is a very good feature if you want your bass low or slamming as hard as you can take it. I have them running 2 Kicker CVR's and its definitely getting the job done. Its not the best amp around but definitely not the worst. I would recommend this to someone who loves a lot of power cause this will do it for you. Has only cut off once and gone into protect mode so I'm very impressed.

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CODY

EAST MOLINE, IL

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Pretty happy overall.

September 2, 2014

Most true bassheads will tell you these things suck. i beg to differ in all honesty. this amp has done very well for a year and a half. i torture it with hours of play time at full tilt. it takes it the whole time and barely gets warm. it really isnt all that power hungry like people say. it is one of the best amps you could get in this price range. i had one exchanged because something blew in it due to the bassknob but it was still working fine if the bassknob was not in use. ive had this same amp for 8 months before that i beleive and same deal. very good amp for the cost.

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Jared

Springfield, MO

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amazing deal!

July 15, 2014

This amp is a beast! have it on 2 15's in an obcon box and it pounds for days without breaking a sweat. it stays cool and consistent. no issues and looks great.

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Greg C

Canada

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Excellent Amp

April 23, 2014

What a powerful amp. Woke up my pioneer 12 in subs. Insane bass. Would totally recomend

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keev

Indianola, Ms

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Hifonics BRZ 1700.1

April 22, 2014

I would recommend to any customer the BRZ.1700.1. If your looking for great performance with a reasonable price, this is the amplifier for you.

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Pete

pineville, LA

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Great Amp!!

April 8, 2014

I have this amp pushing 2 12" kicker cvx and the amp is a quarter of the way up and im scared to turn it up cause its slamming them. Amp is a beast. Great purchase for a great price and you cant go wrong dealing with sonicelectronix!! Very pleased customer!!

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Andrew

alexandria, LA

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hifonics amps

April 7, 2014

these amps are the best for good power for less money, sonic electronics also ships very fast and accurate

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Srubio94075

Coachella, ca

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Great product!

April 4, 2014

I like this product. Great seller! Fast shipping. Happy with my product!

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Raymond

higginsville, MO

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Awesome

March 27, 2014

I got this amp to run 2 alpine swr 12s..the amp is doing its job.I took it to my shop and the amp will give you 1400 clean watts before clipping..and for the price that rocks! Will be buying another one.

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The baconator

wilmington, NC

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The Beast aka Brutus

March 26, 2014

I have this amp with 2 orions 124 and it is giving my speakers the business. I have the amp turned over half way down one the external boost control. I Have been told that I could be heard about 3 blocks coming down the street. This amp is a great buy. I plan on getting 2 more orions in the near future and this amp can handle those as well. Get this you will love it , its worth the money.

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daniel1616

SILOAM SPRINGS, AR

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good!

March 23, 2014

I got this product 2 days before the shipping date. I recomend this amp cause its bumps real hard. The problem i had thou was that i got a defected amp so i had to send it back. All in all good amp and great customer service.

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Robert

Morgantown, WV

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Impressive

March 9, 2014

Great amp powers my two sundown sa 12's with ease

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johnny-blaze

Torrington, CT

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Great amp for the money

December 4, 2013

I had this amp on two RE Audio SEX 10's in the trunk of my BMW. It pounded!! I love Hifonics because they are easy to tune and the price is great. I like this design better than the new models. For around $200 bucks, you cant go wrong. If you use 2 gauge wire and a Kinetik battery, this amp becomes a certified beast!!

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oscar

venice, CA

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you get your money to wattage value

November 25, 2013

i highly recommened this its a deal for the the money it is pushing my kicker l7 dual4 to max amp is a t3/4 up not even full up only thing is that its a voltage thirsty amp do big 3 and good capacitor im using a sunami hybrid 5 wich i also purchaesd here

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

BRZ1700.1D

UPC

806576216780

Weight

14.55lbs

Internal SKU

brz17001d

Internal Product ID

23547

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: Hifonics Brutus BRZ1700.1D