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Kicker DX500.1

500W RMS Monoblock Class D DX Series Amplifier

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Kicker DXA500.1 (41DXA5001)

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Why Choose Kicker DX Amplifiers:

Kicker Always Exceeds Rated Power

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 FIT Fail Safe Integration Technology

Kicker Fail Safe Technology (FIT):

Kicker has manufactured a new Fail-Safe Integration (FIT) technology into all of their amplifiers. The FIT technology uses isolated differential inputs in order to reject noise or electrical interferences, caused by engines, alternators or any other audio or video component throughout your vehicle. The differential inputs will use a muting circuit that will block out any additional noise that may stream down the line. The FIT technology will help created the cleanest and purest sound possible for any audio system. The Kicker FIT technology is setting the standard for high quality sound.

  • DX Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating (14.4V):
    • 4 ohms: 275 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 1000 watts x 1 chan.
  • High efficiency MOSFET power supply
  • Wired Kicker 10ZXRC remote bass level control included
  • LED power and protect indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 40 Hz)
  • Mono channel operation
  • Preamp RCA outputs
  • FIT (Fail-Safe Integration Technology) utilizes differential inputs to reject noise and electrical interference for the quietest operation possible and ultimate audio clarity
  • Muting circuit cancels out unwanted noise
  • Balanced differential inputs for noise elimination and factory-radio compatibility
  • Dual input sensitivity differential RCA inputs which receive high or low level signals
  • Speaker-level input compatible (switchable) through RCA connection, Kicker 09ZISL required and sold separately
  • 3 Automatic turn-on modes (remote, DC offset, signal sense)
  • 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, 18 dB/octave)
  • Variable high pass subsonic filter (10-30 Hz, 18 dB/octave)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 20-200 Hz
  • Dimensions: 10-1/4"L x 8-5/16"W x 2-1/4"H
  • Actual power exceeds rated power, documented inside each carton
  • 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.
  • Item is a part of Kicker ProFit Group
  • 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, and Kicker 09PKD1.

2011 Kicker Authorized Online Dealer and eBay Seller

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kicker DXA500.1 (41DXA5001))
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(previous model, replaced by Kicker DX500.1)

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.
275 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.
DX (Kicker)
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.
10 - 30 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 - 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.
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.
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.

Yes

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

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
5.0
Features
4.7
Design
4.9
Usability
4.9

Alex

San Diego, CA

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AWESOME DEAL!

February 23, 2014

I bought this amp for my small Hatchback since space is limited, I can put this amp anywhere hidden because it's so compact. Although small but packs a lot of punch to my subs.

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Pauly P

Cotati, CA

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Good Bang For Your Buck!

May 5, 2013

Running 2 kicker comp 10's 4ohms paralleled to 2ohms in a sealed fiberglass box and this amps give you plenty of juice sounds awesome! The customer service over the phone was excellent gave me an extra discount on my items just because! The staff is very knowledgeable on mixing and matching products so don't be afraid to ask questions!

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eric

beverly hills,fl

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good value!

December 18, 2012

good power for the buck! when you buy kicker you buy quality

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Phillip

Bonaire, GA

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Kicker DX500 is great

July 21, 2012

I am only running 1 6.5 CompCVT with this and of course it sounds great. Even though it is overkill for this setup I couldn't find a better deal on an amp that had the dimensions I was looking for. There were a few other amps that were the size I needed but they cost more and were less powerful. Amp looks great and has more features than I needed.....WINNING!!!

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Ms

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awsome amp

May 24, 2012

Small footprint, but very powerful. Have it hooked up to 2 Kicker CVRs wired in parallel. Dual 4 ohm subs wired to 1 ohm. Insane BASS. KICKER DEFINITELY LIVIN LOUD!!! The only con is that the adjustment knobs are on the side. Just a minor inconvenience once the amp is bolted down.

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Greg

Sparks, NV

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great amp for the price,...... i take that back... just a great amp!

February 29, 2012

I'm the owner, operator, installer for an installation company. This is an amazing amp, ive yet to sell one to a customer, mainly because i only install remote starts, and alarms, but i installed this in my wifes 04 escalade! Small enough to fit under the driver rear passenger seat, and pounds my 12" alpine type-e, in a hatch back box!

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donald

bakersfield, CA

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good amp

January 24, 2012

I would recommend this amp for the normal listener that needs bass but not too much, pushing 2 12" infinitys 800 watt max putting out about 350 and it sounds great in my truck, the amp hasnt overheated yet and hasnt blown a fuze. I have had to tighten the screws alot until i found the miricle of lock tight lol.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

11DX500.1

UPC

713034054474

Weight

8.00lbs

Internal SKU

11dx5001

Internal Product ID

29817

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 DX500.1