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Hifonics GLX1800.1D

1800W RMS Class D Monoblock Gladiator Series Amplifier

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Battle Tested Design

Ever since the dawn of time man has been on the quest for power. Gladiators in particular are well known for using their strength to defeat their enemy. So why not concentrate this power for the good of the car audio world? The Gladiator Series by Hifonics is a robust and power hungry new line for 2012. These amplifiers boast a wide set of features such as a built in diagnostic mode that will detect shorted speaker leads, low impedance, dangerous high temperatures, DC shorts and will shut down the amp to help prevent damage. Pledge allegiance to your empire and prepare to be engulfed by the power of Hifonics.

General Features:

  • Gladiator Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 650 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 1200 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: 1800 watts x 1 chan.
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • Wired remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Soft start turn-on
  • Mono channel operation
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Dual speaker terminals simplify the hookup of multiple speakers
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Nickel-plated RCA level inputs
  • Nickel-plated screw terminals
  • Variable low-pass filter (35-250 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Subsonic filter (24 dB at 15 Hz)
  • Phase Shift: 0-180°
  • Damping factor: 200
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 15-250 Hz
  • 2 gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits from our website when purchased together with this amplifier.
  • Dimensions: 8-6/10"W x 17-6/10"L x 2-1/2"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

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.
650 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.
1200 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.
1800 watts x 1 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.

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.

1800 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.
2 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
1 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%
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)
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.

35 - 250 Hz
Subsonic Filter
Allows you to block (filter) ultra-low frequencies that your subs cannot reproduce.
15 - 35 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.
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.
External 200A
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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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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GLX1800

February 28, 2013

This amp has balls I have it hooked up to two new Type R's and they hit like a hammer! I would buy this amp again any day! Also looks nice, and is light weight. Can't get any better for the low price! Best bang for your buck!

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BlackDragon

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February 9, 2013

This amp is awesome! Just installed today in a '97 Mercury Grand Marquis. Big 3 and 2 850 amp batteries for power. 2 10" Kicker L7's in a custom box I made(1.565 cuft w/ 18" of 6" Aero port) that sits on spare tire shelf(that's right behind the rear seat) and 1 12" Eclipse(sealed) all wired to 2.67 ohms....This amp HAMMERS!!! The POWER of THE GODS are in my trunk now!!! HEEHEE!! LMAO So freakin loud and crisp!!

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Black Dragon

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February 9, 2013

Just got installed today on a trunk battery(with big 3) in a 97 Grand Marquis; paired with 2 10" old school L7 Solo Square Kickers in a custom box (1.456cuft with 18" of 6" round port, tuned to roughly 45hz) that I made to fit right in the spare tire shelf....Oh Man OH Man! Kicks these subs like no other amp!! Makes all 4 doors flex!! Wipers Bounce!! HEHE!! LMAO!! Bass knob is very sleek looking and easy to turn Amplifier looks Awesome in my trunk, lol!! Super fast shipping SONIC!!! No complaints yet, other than my neighbors, lmao again!!

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Rodamus21

Dahelgren, VA

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GLX 1800.1 da god of thunder!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 9, 2012

Look I have got to be honest about this product. It is a awesome piece of equipment. I have installed car audio systems since 1994. I have had all the brands. This amp is built like a tank. I got is hooked up to two 12 inch Type R D4's and it hits so deep and clean. It looks sleek and requires a 200 amp fuse, which means it is going to give you a little something extra. Not to mention this thing is really small. I replace my XX Zeus with this and even though this is more powerful than the XX Zeus it is WAY smaller. The only thing it needs is adjustable freq on the bass boost like the Colossus.

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vash

Dayton, TX

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awesome

October 24, 2012

Works great had it over 6 months. Never gets hot have it running 2 ohms powering 2 12" kicker solo classics at around 1,200 watt rms.

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briangonzales

San Diego, CA

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This amp is a BEAST!

August 7, 2012

I've been building sound systems for 20 years and nothing matches the power this amp produces. Pushing my Orion HCCA sub so hard at 1 ohm. Surprising small for how much power it outputs, very rugged heat sink design. The gain controls are the only weak point, they seem a little flimsy but everything else is solid and well done.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

GLX1800.1D

UPC

806576218456

Weight

13.95lbs

Internal SKU

glx18001d

Internal Product ID

43132

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: Hifonics GLX1800.1D