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Boss CE202

200W Chaos Epic Series 2-Channel Power Amplifier with Line and Speaker Level Inputs

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Boss CE202 2-Channel Car Amplifier

Sonic Electronix is now carrying the new 2011 line of Boss Chaos Epic Series Amplifiers. These amps come in Monoblock, 2-Channel, and 4-Channel configurations as well as numerous different power ratings. Each one these Chaos Epic amplifiers feature Black anodized aluminum heatsink, soft turn on circuit, variable input gain control, 2-way protection circuitry, LED power & protect indicators, and much more.

The CE202 version has an RMS power rating of 50 watts x 2-channels wired at 4 ohms and a Max power rating of 100 watts x 2-channel wired at 2 ohms. It is equipped with nickel plated RCA level inputs & screw terminals and is powered by a MOSFET power supply. The Chaos Epic Series amps have a wide variety of power and channel configurations for you to chose from.

Product Features
  • Chaos Epic Series 2-Channel Power Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 50 watts x 2 chan.
  • Max Power Rating:
    • 2 ohms: 100 watts x 2 chan.
  • Max power output: 100 watts x 2 chan.
  • MOSFET power supply
  • LED power and protect indicators
  • Soft Start Turn-on
  • 2-Channel operation
  • Remote turn on/off circuit
  • Variable input gain control
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs with signal sensing for automatic turn-on
  • 2-Way System Protection circuitry (thermal and speaker short protection)
  • Heavy duty black anodized aluminum heatsink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Nickel-plated RCA level inputs
  • Nickel-plated screw terminals
  • Variable low-pass filter
  • Frequency Response: 12-22,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 90 dB
  • Channel Separation: 60 dB
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.01%
  • Dimensions: 5-15/16"D x 9-13/16"W x 2-1/8"H
  • 8-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.

50 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.

100 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.
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.

200 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.

100 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.
Not Bridgeable
THD at Rated RMS Power
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.01%
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)
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.

Not specified by manufacturer
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.
60 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.
7.5A 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
Strappable
Some amplifiers can be "strapped" together in order to increase the output of a single audio channel. These amplifiers feature RCA preamp outputs, allowing you to pass the signal directly from one amp to the other to ensure consistency.

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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
83%
4 Star
17%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
5.0
Features
3.7
Design
5.0
Usability
5.0
Exploderman

New York, NY

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Very Happy with the CE202

November 21, 2011

Ripped out the JBL system on my Exploder - kept the speakers, including the woofer and purchased a Kenwood head unit, the CE202 amp and CX8 sub-w speaker from Boss. Ran the main speakers from the head and it sounded ok. Hooked up the CE202 to the CX8 and the sub from the JBL system - and wow - serious bass for a novice like me - for a great price I have a stereo that kicks. Maybe I got it down to 2 ohms like it says in the manual. I don't have speaker boxes made yet, so I cut holes in the boxes the speakers came in and ran holes for the speaker wire. lol.... works fine.

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Nef

somewhere, Over the rainbow

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Good buy

September 15, 2012

bought this to power 2 6x9 Pioneers and it does the job at only 1/4, ear piercing treble thanks to this amp. I connected it via the high line input and it does an AMAZING job, HIGHLY recommended amp for an extra umph.

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Chops

Macon, Georgia

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Great Amp

September 5, 2012

I bought this for a budget build. I'm using it to run 2 10" Legacy subs. Don't shake your head, this little amp does a great job. I've got it bridged with my subs wired to 2 ohms. This amp wasn't really designed for that kind of set up but it stays cool. This definitely a well designed product. Could use some high pass filters but for what is it's great.

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Chops

Macon, Georgia

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Great Amp

September 3, 2012

I have this hooked into to 10" subs. I'm running it bridged at 2 ohms which i'm pretty sure is not recommended for this amp, but so far it has held up well and doesn't over heat. Great product. I wish it had more filter options but hey you get what you pay for sometimes.

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Tavai

French Polynesia

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very good products!!

July 26, 2012

sound clear for my doors speakers!! I WOULD buy two others for my cars!!!

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Ray

ny

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April 20, 2012

great product will buy again.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CE202

UPC

791489115155

Weight

3.00lbs

Internal SKU

ce202

Internal Product ID

34493

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: Boss CE202