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3-Channel GTO Series Class AB/D Car Amplifier w/ FREE 8 Gauge Amp Kit! (Use Bundle Offer)

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Small and Powerful

The newest JBL GTO EZ Series car audio amplifiers provide unmatched ease of installation, configuration and calibration for clean, powerful sound. Connect to OEM or aftermarket systems without complicated adapters or setup routines. Use line-level (RCA) signals or speaker-level signals with RCA-to-bare-wire adapters. Experience the clean and powerful output of GTO amplifiers in a variety of channel configurations and power ratings, all of which are CEA-2006A compliant and backed by the JBL reputation for top quality.

JBL GTO subwoofer amps and subwoofer channels in system amps use highly efficient Class D circuitry to deliver very high output levels with lower current draw and lower heat generation. This high-efficiency circuitry is less taxing on your vehicle's electrical system, and the reduced system heat can enhance the amplifier's long-term reliability.

The full-range channels include a 40Hz to 220Hz variable crossover that's switchable for high-pass or low-pass operation (or bypass), and allows for precise tuning of the crossover frequency based on the speaker type and configuration being driven by those channels. Subwoofer amps and the subwoofer channels in system amplifiers feature a 40Hz to 280Hz low-pass crossover that lets you get the best blend between your system's subwoofer and the rest of its speakers.

General Features:

  • 3-Channel GTO Series Class AB/D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 50 watts x 2 chan. + 350 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 75 watts x 2 chan. + 500 watts x 1 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 150 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 1050 watts x 1 chan.
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 50 Hz)
  • Soft start turn-on
  • Gain LED indicators for proper gain adjustment
  • 3/2 or Mono channel operation
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink
  • Nickel-plated RCA level inputs
  • Nickel-plated screw terminals
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Low level: 125mV-5V
    • High level: 250mV-10V
  • Variable high-pass filter (40-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (40-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 10-23000 Hz
  • 8 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: 9-11/16"W x 11-15/16"L x 2-9/16"H
  • 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
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 - 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.
350 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 2 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
500 watts x 1 channels

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.
GTO (JBL)
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 / 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.
3
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.

1050 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.
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%
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.
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)
High-pass (HP)
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.

40 - 200 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.

40 - 200 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.
85 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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.
35A x 2 
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
Sonic Certified Amplifier
Sonic Certified amplifiers have been tested by the experts at Sonic Electronix to meet or exceed the wattage ratings provided by the manufacturer. If this is marked as Yes, then you can trust the wattage ratings. If marked as No, then we have tested the amplifier and it did not meet the advertised wattage ratings. If marked as Not Tested, then the Sonic Electronix experts have not yet been able to test the amp.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Value
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Features
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Design
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Usability
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Mark

Escondido, CA

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Perfect for my needs-well thought out amp design

June 21, 2014

I used this in conjunction with the GTO504 for a 7 speaker setup. this amp has plenty of options for a variety of situations. For me the auto-sensing remote took a few seconds to start, but it always worked fine. I now have a remote signal that avoids this, but I was OK with it when I was using it. The two different hi level and low level inputs worked great for me in two versions of my installation using both speaker and line level signals. If anything, the low level is very sensitive so if you are going in with 4V or higher I might recommend the hi level and using the gains to get it right. I had a hard time getting my minimum down.
The layout of the amps made installation on the back on my rear seats a snap and kept everything accessible, unlike most other amps. It also looks good when installed. Not flashy, but classy.The setup CD and step-by step process for setting the gains worked well but I had to dial it back quite a bit. However, that meant that I have lots of headroom on this amp and that makes me happy. I am driving Infinity Reference 6x9s and a 1062 DVC 10" sub at 2 Ohms in a sealed box. Plenty of power for that. The sub section is equivalent to the GTO-501 if you are comparing. If you have a need for a 2.1 configuration you can't go wrong here. Great value for the money.

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Sonidoz

oklahoma city Ok

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Great Amp

April 28, 2014

I have this amp pushing a soundqubed sdc2.5 12 and it is loud, I connected my four factory speakers and they sound great. I have had this amp for 2 weeks and I haven't had any problems, I highly recommend it!!!!

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Ryan

Santa Clarita, CA

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Just what I was looking for!

January 19, 2014

This amp is amazing and I have to agree the 3 channel is perfect for what I need and this amp is amazing. Pumps out clean power and fit just where I needed it to. (Though it is bigger than it looks in the pictures, just check before if it will fit where you want it to.)

Mounted on my spare tire in my scion tc. Powering the nvx component set and the nvx v subwoofer 500rms at 2omhs and it slams! (I'm very happy about the nvx products as well)

Sonic is the best if you don't already know by now, but back to the amp. The "EZ" setting gain LEDs are extremely helpful and I really enjoy that I have that feature. Also this puts out amazing power and only takes an 8 guage wire kit which was perfect. I am a big fan of JBL and NVX now. This amp is more that likely putting out more than it's rated for, just clean power. Very, very happy.

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dareo

orem, utah

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Perfect for trucks

September 4, 2013

I got this for my truck, it runs a pair of JBL Power coaxials and a pair of GTO subs wired to 2 ohms.

The power is outstanding. Way more than i expected. I'm not sure why there are not more 2 channel + subwoofer amps out there but this is exactly what i need in one amp. This thing is heavier and bigger than it looks in the pictures. I love the sound quality. I expect nothing less than a great product from JBL and this has lived up to the name.

I highly recommend it.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

GTO-3EZ

UPC

050036313278

Weight

11.00lbs

Internal SKU

gto3ez

Internal Product ID

43358

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: JBL GTO-3EZ

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