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Precision Power PPI PC400.4

400W Power Class Series 4-Channel Car Amplifier

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  • Power Class Series 4-Channel Class A/B Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 70 watts x 4 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 100 watts x 4 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 200 watts x 2 chan.
  • Individually regulated preamp/crossover power supplies ensure signal purity
  • Low ESR capacitance banks compensate power supply ripple currents
  • Extra low current drive stage increases efficiency and sound clarity
  • Large TO218 MOSFET Transistors
  • Full signal path low noise/distortion circuitry topology
  • Wired remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 30-90 Hz)
  • 4-Channel operation
  • Differential drives divide pre-amp and power-amp stages, eliminating ground looping
  • Close tolerance signal path components - 1% resistors and 5% capacitors
  • Sequenced delays eliminate residual power-up/power-down pops
  • Differential RCA inputs isolate 12V/audio to ground
  • Triple Darlington audio output stages
  • 2 Oz. Copper traces transfer high volume internal current
  • 3-Way System Protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Separate capacitor charging/discharging current paths prevent rail switching spikes and ground traces from entering signal stages
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heatsink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Nickel-plated RCA level inputs
  • Gold-plated screw terminals
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Level: 200mV-9V
  • Variable high-pass filter (15-4,000 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-4,000 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • Damping Factor (100Hz @ 4 Ohms): >2000
  • Frequency Response: 15-50,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 102dB
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.02%
  • Dimensions: 13-3/4"L x 10"W x 2-5/16"H
  • 4-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

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.

70 watts x 4 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.

100 watts x 4 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.

Not Stable
Bridged RMS Power

Bridging refers to combining two channels on an amplifier to create one channel with double the voltage and an increased power output. A 2-channel amplifier will bridge down to 1-channel and a 4-channel amplifier can bridge to create 2-channels. An amplifier is most commonly bridged to drive a subwoofer.

Remember, once you bridge two channels down to one its final impedance will be 4 ohms unless otherwise specified. This rating lists the RMS power created once an amplifier is bridged.

200 watts x 2 channels

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.

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.
4
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.

400 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.
4 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.
0.02%
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.
No
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.

15 - 4,000 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.

50 - 4,000 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.
102 dB
Channel Separation
Also referred to as crosstalk. The amount of interference on one stereo channel caused by the leaking of the other stereo channel. The higher the rating in decibels (dB), the better the Channel Separation.
74 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 - 12 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
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
60A 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.

No

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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 Star
40%
3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
4.8
Features
5.0
Design
4.6
Usability
4.4

Frank

Marlborough, NH

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Clean & quiet

November 16, 2012

A clean and very quiet amplifier. Some of this is due to the Balanced input option that I am using. With the gains set properly, the noise floor is eerily quiet. It is the nicest sounding amplifier that I have owned. I'm running two sets of 2 ohm comp's on this. More than enough power. It only gets slightly warm to the touch when running it at stupid loud levels. Make sure you use full-sized power cables. It ran very hot with #8, which was there from a previous install. Now with #2 cables it's fine.

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Mike

Lincoln, NE

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Great Amp!

April 30, 2012

I am using this amp to power mids/highs in my Toyota Avalon. All channels working at a 2 ohm load. Various crossover options for the front/rear to match highs/lows or mid/tweet. Gets a little warm, but the sound is unbelievable! PPI continues to produce great amplifiers that will play both LOUD and ACCURATE!!

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James

Orlando, FL

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Love PPI amps

September 17, 2013

I have been a fan of PPI amplifiers for 20 years. They sound great and are very durable. Although I haven't had this one long, I am impressed with the quality of this amp. This only issue I have had with it is using the balanced inputs. I am glad that they have them and wish it would become a standard with car audio. But the DIN connector could use some work. The connector is not very well secured to either the amplifier or the RCA to balanced module. I've had the connector fall out/off when going over bumps in the road. PPI needs to look at having a locking mechanism for this connection.

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Sergey

Russian Federation

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Excellent amp for this money

August 13, 2013

I installed this amp half a year ago. Head unit- Pioneer 8400, Speakers - Morel Tempo 6, Sub - Alpine 1243. The amp has enough power, the sound is clear and bright. Amp was installed without outer cooler and after approx. 4 hours of work (30 degrees outer temperature) it was switched off (It was one time for 6 months). The amp has balanced inputs but I used RCA because my H.U. doesn't support Balanced outputs. I recommend this amp for budget installs.

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corie

chippewa falls, WI

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awesome

June 14, 2012

This amp is awesome. Loud, clean, crisp sound, a lot of options with the cross-over filters and multipliers. Considering new options as a result. Does get a little hot, and the owner's manual could give more info on set-up given the number of options such as band-pass and use of multipliers. Over-all, VERY COOL.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

PC400.4

UPC

709483035775

Weight

10.00lbs

Internal SKU

pc4004

Internal Product ID

24572

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: Precision Power PPI PC400.4