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Kenwood KAC-1502S

150W RMS 2-Channel Stereo Bridgeable Power Amplifier with Low Pass Filter

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General Features:
  • 2-Channel Class A/B Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 60 watts x 2 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 75 watts x 2 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 150 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 175 watts x 2 chan.
  • MOSFET switching power supply
  • LED power indicator
  • Speaker-level inputs
  • Short circuit, DC offset, overload, and thermal protection circuitry
  • Cast aluminum heat sink design
  • RCA level inputs
  • Screw terminals
  • Fixed low-pass filter (80 Hz)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 5-50,000 Hz
  • Dimensions: 8-7/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 7-1/16"D
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended. Contact us for information regarding a discount on a select amplifier kit when purchased together.
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix 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.

60 watts x 2 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.

75 watts x 2 channels
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.

150 watts x 1 channels

Power Specifications - Full Range Channels

Peak Power @ 4 ohms
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

Peak Power @ 2 ohms
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

Peak Power @ 1 ohm
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

Bridged Peak/Max 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 Peak/Max power created once an amplifier is bridged.

Power Specifications - Subwoofer Channel

Peak Power @ 4 ohm
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

Peak Power @ 2 ohms
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

Peak Power @ 1 ohm
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. However, some manufacture's do not provide an RMS figure and therefore one cannot be advertised.

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.

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.
2
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.

350 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.

150 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.
8 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.
1.0%
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.
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)
Full (AP)
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.

Switchable Off or 80 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/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).
Yes
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
25A 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

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
80%
4 Star
17%
3 Star
1%
2 Star
1%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.8
Features
4.3
Design
4.7
Usability
4.8
Evo

Somerville, NJ

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Best bang for your buck

September 23, 2011

Don't let this little amp fool you it packs quite a punch I have it pushing a 10 inch Orion sub in a Bandpass box, the sound quality and bass output is amazing, will definitely reccomend this amp!!!

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V8toilet

Worcester, MA

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Good amp for the money

February 27, 2014

I bought this amp to power the rear 6.5" Polk DXI 650s speakers in my CX5. They sound very good. A few things to note; this amplifier does not have a high pass filter and I wish I had thought of that before I bought. I had to purchase base blockers to block out the unwanted bass. It also uses a three wire setup instead of four for the speaker level input, which I thought was odd but it works fine. Other than these minor gripes I have, it seems to be pretty solid and light weight.

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Casey

Houma, LA

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Awesome deal !!

September 28, 2011

My original setup was an alpine cda105 head unit and alpine sps6.2 components. The head unit just didn't have enough, so i bought this amp to run the components. I am amazed at the performance!!! I have been installing systems for 15 yrs, and am amazed at the clarity this amp brought to my speakers! I highly recommend!

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TJ

Chester, NY

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Awesome Amp!

October 25, 2011

Bought this amp to hook up to my 12in kenwood sub, works great. Hits hard and gives your car a nice thump. Thinking about buying another one to put another sub in my trunk.

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Ricardo

Brazil

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Good product

April 29, 2014

Muito bom o amplificador pequeno e muito bonito, sem falar na qualidade do som. Eu importei para o Brasil e chegou rapidinho, s tive que pagar imposto, mas mesmo assim valeu a pena.

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Steve

Virginia Beach, VA

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Nice Amp!

February 2, 2012

Have this hooked up to a pair or ssl 6X9s and although each speaker wants 88 watts, 75 seems to be good enough! I'm considering upgrading the speakers to better utilize this amp. Kenwood rocks! I do wish it had a variable crossover though. Also it gets kind of hot but not too hot.

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ChevyFast

paducah, KY

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Great Little Amp!!!

December 3, 2012

I bought this amp when it was cheap and it has been a great investment!!! I used it to power a set of components and it made my speakers sound crisp and clear!!!

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freddie

kodak, TN

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great amp

January 2, 2012

I had this pusing my door subs and it sounded awesome but it wasn't enough for them so i upgraded to the kicker ZX500.1 1 for each. This amp is really durable and really well built and can push your mids or subs.

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Csr

Saint Cloud, MN

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Pounds for little money down.

August 16, 2013

This amp is a tiny little powerhouse, I mean, it really goes to town no matter what application you put it on.

Currently, I have two of them, one connected to two of the Kenwood 8 ohm subs (used to be a great deal, now are far too much for what they do) and the other connected to some PowerBass 6x8's in the rear door of my 02' Escape.

Quick note, if you plan to use this on your door speakers, make sure you have a Head Unit with a HPF, because this only comes with a LPF built in and you will find out fairly quickly just how devastating some of those low notes can really be when your pushing actual power through the speakers.

Back on track, the 2 8 ohm subs wired down to 4 ohm (that's 150w RMS) really hit quite hard. I don't have my system optimized, but it really lets loose with VERY little distortion at volumes higher than you'd expect.

The only real downside to the amp is that it's much bigger than it seems, and it's got some odd angles that make it difficult to mount in small spaces.

Either way, it's an amp I'd recommend in a heartbeat for beginner sub systems or someone running door speakers that can take 60 watts of abuse.

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anthony

Britton, MI

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Amazing product!

September 21, 2011

I bought this with the dual 12 inch subwoofer and a housebrand enclosure and its amazing! its pushes the subwoofer greatly. Defintly pushes power it says.

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KEVIN

CATAWBA, VA

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amp

April 25, 2014

I can finally give a good review on my 600 dollar purchase I made recently this is a good amp for the price

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Brandon

College Station, TX

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Good amp for the price

September 26, 2012

Seems to be a good amp for the price. Looking back I wish I'd just bought a mono amp for my sub instead of bridging this one, as I'd have more power. But that's my own fault, not the amps.

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bobtherider123

Oak lawn

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Best little amp i have ever owned.

April 20, 2012

I bought this amp because i own 2 91 toyota mr2's and needed a discrete amp that fits inside the rear glove box on the passenger side. this amp actually fits flat on the floor and i found a place local to me that sold me 2 for $45 each. i have them running 1 10" 4ohm dual voice coil infinity reference sub each in .7cft sealed enclosures and they hit hard enough to rattle my tools off the roof of the car while i was working on it. honestly i wasn't going for that much bass so i had to turn it down some but it was more than capable of pushing it. i ran it at its max potential for a few hours before i got tired of the bass and turned it down.

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Matt

Florida

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Great Little Amp

November 11, 2011

I have this amp powering a JBL GTO804 in a sealed box in the trunk of my '07 Honda Accord EX. I can't believe how much clean bass this tiny amp can put out without overheating. It won't rattle your car apart, but it definately puts out 150 watts like the box says.

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Marcos

New Zealand

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value for money

March 12, 2014

Well featured and more than enough power to run the Pioneer TS-SWX251 sub and enclosure I bought it to run.

Easy to setup and looks fairly sturdy.

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Corey

Hutto, TX

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Great!!

February 9, 2014

Works great. Doesn't get hot. Pulled my Polk tweets GREAT!!! No cons!

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sound

mo wentzville

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Lame

October 31, 2013

Not even 6 months old lost a channel. Get what you pay for.

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Dubs

Ankeny, IA

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Amp Still Working Great!

August 27, 2013

I still have this on my motorcycle in a saddlebag powering (2) 5.25" speakers in a PVC enclosure up on the handlebars. I use an iPod for the music source. I put it in last fall, and it still sounds as good now as it did then. Great little amp for this type of application. I can run the music for hours w/o the bike running, and it does not run the battery down! I can go on day long rides, and this amp doesn't get hot. Great amp. Easy to hook up. Would recommend to anyone looking for a small-ish sized amp to run some good mids.

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Leon

Conway, SC

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Little amp

September 12, 2012

I bought this amp to push my 12" kicker comp in a truck box. It worked just fine did everything i pushed it do, just got REALLY hot at time. never shut off or anything though.

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austin

grayling, MI

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Decent little amp

August 23, 2012

I never have liked kenwood at all but i bought this amp cuz it was cheap and let me tell you it works very well. We hooked it up to a type-r 12 and it did very well it harder than it did hooked to a 1000 watt hifonics amp its a good buy.

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Shawn

Randolph, MA

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Great amp

August 14, 2012

This amp has a good amount of power, gets the job done.

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chris

evans, CO

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Good amp

August 8, 2012

Kenwood is a good brand, and as always delivers. Used it in my subaru with a boston 8" sub and sounds great.

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Bill

Stroudsburg, PA

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My great amp

July 8, 2012

I purchased this amp a few months ago and I also bought the three year warranty. This amp has the perfect amount of power for my single Kicker comp 12. I have ran the amp in extreme heat and freezing cold and it has never shut down. This amp is PERFECT! I even had it on full blast during my drive home from maryland with things resting on it. It was too hot to touch, but it was still running! GREAT DEAL!

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Kc

San Antonio

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Pretty good

July 1, 2012

It is a really great amp for the price it can power just about any sub well

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Chesley

MONAHANS, TX

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Great Buy!

May 28, 2012

Great little Amp for the price. Pushes my 2 KFC-W112S speakers excellent.

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callen

Sac,ca

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Great AMP!!!

May 10, 2012

Installed with a JBL 8" sub to get a little more sound in my Dodge Ram 2500. Sounds great.

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Tyler

Spanish Fork, UT

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Great Amp

May 9, 2012

doesn't get hot, powers the pioneer sub perfectly. Great for a smaller system that won't kill your ears but will provide clean bass.

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h00ty

Bonneau ,sc

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awsome amp

April 13, 2012

bought this amp to put in my wifes car with one pioneer 10 had it installed today an it booms the 10 is in a sealed box 1cb ft of air space she loves it

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Dustin

Uniontown, PA

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amazing amp fpr size and watts

April 2, 2012

PLEASE do NOT underestimate this amp it says 350 watts but thats true power. Despite its size this amp pushes my 2 12's harder then my friends 1000watt amp. This amp is a great one to start with you will be heard!!

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CJ

Knoxville, TN

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Good value for the money

March 19, 2012

I primarily bought this amp because of the higher end frequency response, to drive a bank of piezo drivers through a crossover. So far it has not disappointed me and is working well in this application.

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Chris

Dexter, michigan

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Kanwood amp

March 11, 2012

The amp has a great output and I like the quality very much.

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Shane

Tacoma, WA

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GOOD POWER OUTPUT! CLEAN!

November 16, 2011

Good power output! Clean!

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mitchell

mequon, WI

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Great amp

September 9, 2011

This amp is great it powers my kicker component speakers amazingly. I am looking to buy another one to power another pair of speakers it is great.

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jqm_1974

King City

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Great product for the price

April 23, 2014

Amp works great. Installed to a 12 in speaker and works perfect.

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Mike

Cabot,AR

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Great product

August 21, 2012

Easy to install and gives my speakers a good sound.

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Steamer

KNOXVILLE, TN

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Solid amp, cool temp.

August 13, 2012

I'm running my 2 front and 2 rear door speakers in parallel off the 2 channels respectively and the amp handles them just fine. Granted this amp is probably meant for sub(s), given the low pass filter, but it's cheap and works fine for the speakers. Not a boatload of power for a parallel setup either, but unless you want your ears to bleed while still driving 90mph in a top-down convertible, it's more than enough power. Good crisp, clear and bright sound. Amp definitely gets warm with continuous use but not hot and never overheats. Overall a pretty great buy.

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Gopes

Canada

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Good value

June 25, 2012

I was skeptical at first because of the low cost. It is powering 2 JBL door speakers and have not had any problems at all. No overheating or anything. Well worth the price, I might just buy another for keepsake.

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Jon

Fayetteville, NC

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Great Value; Versatile

June 2, 2012

Used it to power an add-on subwoofer to a stock system. Easy hook-up with speaker level input. Nice, clean sound powering a polk DB 840.

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Andre'

Colorado Springs, CO

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Nice!

May 3, 2012

Great little amp nice power and price for powering single 10" sub.

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Lucas

Victoria, TX

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Gets the job done

May 2, 2012

I have this amp in an icechest radio pushing a set of Polk db691's. It has all the power I need and even sealed in a cooler, it never overheats. It is small and lightweight but powerful enough to rock.

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DUBS

Ankeny, IA

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KENWOOD KAC-1502S

April 17, 2012

So far, I have just been playing with this amp out in my garage. I am using it on my motorcycle in a saddlebag. I bought the Kicker KS40 4" speakers. I have them in PVC 3" to 4" elbows with a spacer in between. Will mount that up on the handlebars. I am using a MP3 player for the music. It seems to make those 4" speakers rock. I have yet to mount everything up correctly (correct sized wires/etc.). But, so far, so good. Will try to reply again once it's all hooked up properly. Unsure of the durability, for I have yet to see it work for more than a song or two out in the garage.

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Joshua

Port Deposit, MD

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Kenwood KAC-1502S

March 15, 2012

I bought one of these to push my Rockford Fosgate 8" subwoofer and i couldn't be more impressed, amazing combo, and it looks cool.

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Andy

Florida

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well alright

February 15, 2012

Well i got bored yesterday and hooked it up to my 12" Pioneer and I usually have a crunch 1k on it but this little amp puts that one to shame. Buy this amp.

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bowhunter

Simpson,Louisiana

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great value and name brand

February 8, 2012

Gave my stereo that little extra that it needed.

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joshua

troy, VA

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good amp

January 27, 2012

This is a great amp to run my rear components. Thinking of buying one for front speakers.

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Krista

North Branch, Mn

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Great radio

January 16, 2012

We are very happy with this amplifier. It has good sound and features.

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Ronald

ND

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Awesome

January 8, 2012

This amp is nearly perfect for the price. Using it on a pair of Pioneer TS-A6994R's and it's a perfect match. The only thing wrong with it is the spade terminals for power and ground.

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Robert

Canada

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Great value

July 25, 2011

I'm running this amp off the stock deck in my 2010 Honda Civic to power a pair of Polk db651 in the rear deck. It is very compact, light and puts out just the right amount of clean power to augment the factory system. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Nice job Kenwood!

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Chase

Shreveport, LA

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Best amp for the price

June 20, 2014

This has been my first amp I use to power a 500 watt kicker and it rocks very loud bass for a beginner and I push this amp to the max....had it a month and it hasn't overheated once and still sounds great would recommend to anyone

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Alex

Vegad

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Kenwood amp

November 10, 2013

Really good for 10 inch sub or 2 speakers , next time I'll buy 3 , one for 10 inch sub and two for 4 speakers

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jasper

orlando, FL

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amazing value and durability

September 22, 2012

This amp is great I've had it for months now, never over heats and hits pretty hard on my 2 12" kicker comp subs. If you have one sub or even 2 10" this amp is for you its cheap and well worth the money but if your looking for somthing to really hit you may want to go a bit bigger in watts.

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ron

Louisville, KY

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awesome amp

August 6, 2012

The power of this amp is so awesome and the sound it gives your speakers is great. Lots of power for a lil money.

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scott

kearns, UT

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Not a bad amp for the money

June 21, 2012

I bought this as a package for my car, I already had an MTX amp and sub but they took up too much space. I tried the old MTX with the sub and then this amp with the sub. The MTX I know was way under rated when I bought it and so is this amp. The design is nice and it works well for what I am using it for.

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gerves

Canada

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kenwoodkac1502s

June 10, 2012

A very good product for the price. Would recommend to a friend.

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Randall

Monroe, NC

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worth the money

May 20, 2012

For the price it's great! I wanted something that would knock but not flip the car over beside me at the stop light. Perfect for me.

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"Trouble''

IL

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Good Price

May 17, 2012

Overall the kit had a good price but the amplifier could've had more watts. I had to buy another amplifier to use with the subs. The kenwood amp that comes with this is for speakers not subwoofers. I also had a problem with the cables. They burned out even with professional installation.

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jocelyn

silver city, NM

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Powerful

March 19, 2012

This amp is more than I expected for 150 rms. I feel it pushing more witch is great. I got it with a boston G1 sub in a custom box under the seat of my girls 92 silverado ext cab and It really puts that missing boom in there.This amp is barely bigger than a dvd case. Sonic recomends an 8g wire kit but if u get a true size 10g kit that works just fine too but thats up to you. Anyway if your thinking of getting this for a sub or door speakers don't hesitate.

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josh

tiffinTiffin, OH

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pretty decent

January 21, 2012

This amp is solid, i had the older model and now this one. Same power and features, this one looks nicer. Pounds a single 10 well. Set crossover is limiting though.

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LAMONT CRANSTON

Canada

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GOOD BARGAIN

January 12, 2012

I use it with two infinity speakers in my fleetwood and it sounds very good. After six months the only complaints i had were from people sitting in the back when i pump the speakers.

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Matthew

Bristol, VA

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Such a good buy for the money!

January 11, 2012

This will be my 3rd Kenwood amp, and this thing being so small, it packs such a clean and undistorted power band! The only issue I've had with it, is if you're gonna use the Speaker level inputs, make sure the ground pin is literally grounded to the car. Had a difficult time finding a common ground instead of a floating ground. Once I did that, the signal sounded great! Pushing a pair of 6x8's at 4ohm and it will make my ears bleed! Kenwood always makes a quality product, and this doesn't disappoint. 50 bucks for a whole lot of bang = totally worth it. Would buy another for sure!

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Larry

Albuquerque, NM

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The car guy

January 10, 2012

Excellent amp I did not think this amp wouldd pound my rockford fosgate sub but man was I wrong. I am very happy with this amp installed in a Chevy crew cab and it fills the truck with nice bass. Would also like to say that SonicEletronix rocks. Great prices and great service.

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Patrick

West Hempstead, NY

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Small Package, Great Amp

December 27, 2011

Purchased this amp to drive a pair of 4x6 and a set of 5 1/4" Component Infinity Reference sets, I have them wired for 2ohm and this little amp does a wonderful job at pushing them. Nice small package fit under the seat of my girlfriends VW Cabriolet with no problems. Only thing is with design, why did they put the positive and ground terminals RIGHT next to each other, but not an issue just wire neatly. And for the price? Its a kenwood, not a no name!

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5000

LBK, Texas

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Coaxial Speakers right for the job

December 24, 2011

This product is great to use on grill speakers. I have them at 4ohms 60w and have the gain all the way up. Doesn't make them distorted, it's just right for polk audio coaxial 6-1/2" speaker. Super great job well done!! Loudest range hear you from a block away maybe two blocks.

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unclebob4219

Grand Rapids, MI.

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Very good mid-range speaker

May 22, 2014

I use this amp for my 8" mid range Rockford Fosgates but I have also hooked it up to 6x9's. This amp punches out both. Do not use more than 2 speakers, sound quality suffers. I would buy another one of these for my other car.

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tracy

gaston, SC

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great amp

February 4, 2014

used the amp in a boom cooler pushing 2 alpine 6.5's and 2 alpine 5.25 and it sounds great. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a small amp that plays clean sound.Small footprint. I am running the amp in full mode on the crossover and it sounds great.

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Evan

Beaverton, OR

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Awesome Little Amp

November 29, 2012

Got this thing about a year ago. Have it powering a MTX TN12-O4. Not the most powerful thing, but it certainly does the job. Plenty of power. I have yet to even try and set the gains for it. Overall is a great product. Considering another one for my front speakers.

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DUBS

Ankeny, IA

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Great Little Amp! 2nd Review....

October 15, 2012

The first time I reviewed this I just barely hooked it up to some 4" Kicker speakers in a PVC tube (90 degree elbows) enclosure to see how they would sound. It did a great job on those (may still use?). Well, I swapped those speakers out for some 5.25" Aura speakers from another seller (P.E.), and put them into a larger PVC enclosure. I have them up on the handlebars of my '00 Yamaha Roadstar. Let me say that those speakers rock with this amp powering them. Crisp/clean/clear sound. I was amazed. I even had stuff packed up against the amp in my saddlebag for my weekend trip, and it barely got warm! And, I went on a 4 hour ride. Great little amp to run mids/highs. Barely draws any power. Excellent 2 channel for my motorcycle!

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bob

Virginia

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great product

September 8, 2012

great price! great product that's way under rated I recommend for any system that need a amp

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Sam

Daphne, AL

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Could not be happier

January 30, 2012

If it wasn't such a great price it would still be a great value!

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jonathan

concord, NC

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kenwood reliable

September 4, 2011

CEA compliant true ratings cheaper than retailers.

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LeePhi

Yucaipa ca

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Awesome little Amp

February 8, 2014

Just enough power for one sub . This amp won't disapoint for the entry level systems it gives you just enough bass for the system to sound clean but your not going to win competitions .. put mine in my wife's suburban powering a Kenwood 12" shallow mount and it hits very nice and sounds good. Only con is i would of liked it if there was a bass boost adjustment on the amp seeing how I'm running the stock head unit you have to turn up the volume a decent amount to get that deep bass to pump out ..With that being said still sounds great can't beat the quality for the price.

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Collins

ValencIia, CA

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Best deal for your buck.

January 5, 2014

I love this amp because it delivers very nice and clear bass. It doesn't shake my car but it can easily shake my seat and rear view mirror with my 8 inch JBL GTO80 200 RMS sub ( Briedged). And it makes my car 4 way system complete. I run my 3 way ( woofer , midrange, tweeter) with 4 channel MPF300 Alpine 300 RMS (2 ohm). 4 way system it's a complete different experience. Amazing. My head unit is pioneer DEH6200.

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juan

san ysidro, CA

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Kenwood kac- 1502s

September 10, 2012

Powerful little amp. It powers my ts- swx251 sub!!!!sounds great!!!

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Darien W.

Eugene, OR

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Awesome Amp

September 30, 2012

I bought this amp in the kit with the Rockford Fosgate R1S4 10" Sub, and wiring kit. I built a custom enclosure into the backseat of my 99 Regal. This amp gives my sub the perfect amount of power. Would recommend to anyone on a budget trying to add a lot of bass to their car. Don't be fooled by the price, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate are Quality brands. This amp/sub combo wont let you down.

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Paul

Escondido, CA

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Diminuitive but powerful

January 5, 2014

I needed an amp to drive my Pioneer TS-SWX251 sub and this amp has been the perfect companion to it. That sub is super compact but puts out impressive tight bass. This amp is so small that I mounted it under the front passenger seat in my WRX and there is still plenty of foot space for rear passengers. It has had plenty of power (when bridged) for my 4 ohm sub. To top it off, the price is right.

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nothing special but a good unit after all
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KAC-1502S

UPC

019048192165

Weight

4.00lbs

Internal SKU

kac1502s

Internal Product ID

33466

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: Kenwood KAC-1502S