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Autotek Mean Machine M1000.4

1000W Mean Machine Series 4-Channel Car Audio Amplifier

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The Most Aggressive and Powerful Autotek
With over 10 years of Maxxsonics power, the 2011 Autotek line is bringing an entire new evolution of car amplifiers to the table. The newly designed Mean Machine amplifiers are the most aggressive and most powerful amp that the series has ever seen. The new chassis of these Mean Machines is an all black aluminum casing that also acts as the heatsink. The sides of the amp have heatsink fins that will more effectively dissipate the heat to keep the amplifier cool. Along the top of the black chassis is a blue opti-surround illumination that adds a unique style to any car. The entire Mean Machine line is made up of 8 different amplifiers that can suit any your every need.

  • Mean Machine Series 4-Channel Class A/B Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 63 watts x 4 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 250 watts x 2 chan.
  • Dynamic Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 250 watts x 4 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan.
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
  • Soft Start Turn-on
  • 4/3/2 channel operation
  • Illuminated badge and heatsink
  • Preamp RCA outputs to daisy chain multiple amps
  • 4-Way System Protection circuitry (DC, thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heatsink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Silver-plated RCA level inputs
  • Silver-plated screw terminals
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Level: 200mV-6V
  • Variable high-pass filter (60-13,000 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (30-250 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Damping factor: >180
  • Frequency response: 30-13,000 Hz
  • Dimensions: 12-15/16"L x 9-1/16"W x 2-1/2"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

Product History:

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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.

63 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.

125 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.

250 watts x 2 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 occurring. 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.

500 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.
Mean Machine (Autotek)
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.
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Total Peak Power Output
The total peak power output is measured as the wattage per channel multiplied by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

It is measured during a brief musical burst, such as a sudden drum accent. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal.

The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

1000 watts
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.
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.
0.05%
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.

60 - 13,000 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.

30 - 250 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.
>90 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.
>80 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.
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.

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

5 Star
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4 Star
11%
3 Star
11%
2 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.8
Value
4.8
Features
4.7
Design
4.9
Usability
4.9

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July 23, 2014

decent amp for the money but would probably get one with more power next time

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mryome

Miami, FL

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Great value for the size

March 16, 2014

Have 2 10in subs in my truck. Got this amp and mounted under the driver's seat. Perfect fit and out of the was but still accessible to adj. Running in bridged mode. Amp bearly gets warm. System sounds great. Will see how the reliability goes. So far no issues.

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February 25, 2014

Well it's been 4 months and this has seemed to be broken in. My bass is deeper and my high are ridiculously higher. I'm starting to hear my music as if I have my BeatbyDre on. This is a must get for ppl who are not in competition and want good music.

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Twin

Winder, GA

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Clean Sound!

January 19, 2014

Got this amp hooked up to my door & rear deck speakers, no sub yet. But the improvement is beautiful more accurate bass, strong mids, & crystal clear highs. No whining noise, gotta love it. The cosmetics are a real nice addition if you're planning a custom set-up.

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Southaven, Ms

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Must have!!!

November 26, 2013

I bought this amp almost and it's the best amp I've ever had. I had an Orion amp that kept getting hot and I bought this to replaced. I have 2 6.5's and 2 6x9's (Rockford Fosgate) and 1 Kicker 10"sub and this thing rocks. Only once has it gotten kinda warm but that was after almost 2 hours of hard music. Normally, it just stays cool. And it's in my daily driver. For the price, you can't beat it. No whiny noise or popping speakers. Just very clean loud music and solid bass.

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Jay Grif

Clementon, NJ

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Mean Machine!

September 16, 2013

For my money & taste, this amp can't be beaten. I replaced a Kenwood KAC 8405 with this amp and I couldn't be happier. I'm driving 2 sets of Polk components, I built a custom system in my 2003 Kia Sorento & I installed tweeters in the B-Pillars. This amp has more power, runs cooler & plays cleaner than the Kenwood it replaced. This is a quality product that stands up to hours of abuse. I'm 44 years old & I still love to crank up the tunes & my 21 year old son kidnaps my truck whenever I'm not using it so the amp is constantly playing at very high volumes. The controls and adjustments are simple & straight forward and 2 features that I really like are that it takes true 4 gauge power & ground and it also has an rca pass through to connect to another amp. It also has a blue light that frames the amp & looks pretty good when it's dark. I highly recommend this amp.

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James

Clermont, FL

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Great amp

June 11, 2013

The M1000.4 is a great 4-channel amp. I installed it in my 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab to replace an old amp that had bit the dust. I have the front channels driving two pairs of Kicker KS60 coaxial 6 1/2" and a pair of Alpine Type R tweeters. I have the rear bridged to a single Alpine 10" sub in a sealed enclosure. The amp is incredibly clean and has a lot of power if I need it yet the sound is crystal clear. Without a doubt the M1000.4 is the best amp you can buy for under $100.00. Thank You Sonic Electronix!

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Bignick

New Orleans,Louisiana

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Awesome amp

July 20, 2012

I'm very happy with the performance of this amp it's running a set of components and a 6.5 bazooka. I have owned a few autotek amps in the past. I will recommend this amplifier. Also, it has cool blue lighting and very compact.

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Gabriel

Ada, MN

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Sweet Amp.

October 4, 2011

This amp is pretty cool, the illumination adds a lil spunk to it lol easy to tune and it backs up what it says it does. It is well built and it stays cool pretty well. This was the first time I have bought Autotek. It won't be my last. This amp is def worth the money!!!!

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CUSE IT MATCHES MY OTHER AMPLIFRS
jeffery m on Aug 25, 2014
power, price, # of channels
david s on Aug 11, 2014

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

M1000.4

UPC

806576217503

Weight

7.50lbs

Internal SKU

m10004

Internal Product ID

32724

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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