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1200W RMS GM Digital Series Class D Monoblock Amplifier

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General Features:

  • GM Digital Series Class D Monoblock Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 800 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: 1200 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 2400 watts x 1 chan.
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • Wired remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 50 Hz)
  • Soft start turn-on
  • Mono channel operation
  • Preamp RCA outputs to daisy chain multiple amps
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Nickel-plated RCA level inputs
  • Nickel-plated screw terminals
  • Variable low-pass filter (40-240 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 10-240 Hz
  • 4 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: 12-3/8"W x 7-7/8"D x 2-3/8"H
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Product History:

Pioneer GM-D9601 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Pioneer GM-D8500M thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer GM-D9601)
Pioneer GM-D8400M thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Pioneer GM-D8500M)

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.
500 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.
800 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.
1200 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.
GM Digital (Pioneer)
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 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.

2400 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.

1200 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.
1 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.
0.05%
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.
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.

40 - 240 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.
100 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.
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.
30A 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

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
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4 Star
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3 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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Usability
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Cortez

Ga 2 Sc

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This Amp Hits Harder Than I Would have Believed

March 9, 2013

From me to you, hurry up and buy. You best believe you'll feel that raw bass so strong I thought I was having an outer body experience getting out of my car, I mean my whole body was just numb I have the Fosgate P3 2/12 & I feel so sorry 4 my subs cause this amp is beating them with all kinds of abuse

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Liam

Hinesville, GA

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Solid performer

April 4, 2014

For the price level this amp is in, it works great. I currently have it hooked to two Dual 12" subs, it does not disappoint. Not a good amp for most DVC subs as you lose upper lows....

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Matthew T Anderson

Fredericksburg, VA

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Great price, true power, looks awesome!

July 10, 2013

Never really followed pioneer for anything other then headunits till now. My system has been built up over two years of buying stuff and selling stuff from it. I blew an old Sony 800W Max amp running a 2011 Rockford Fosgate P2 and was looking for a new amp that wouldn't break the bank and didn't fake the ratings, which is hard to do especially for the common folk. I'm not new to systems, built mine with no planning and learned from trial and error.

I accidentally came across this amp while bored, searching for a new amp while I had a custom box built. What interested me the most was it was 1ohm stable and my current setup could be ran at 1ohm. Asked a few trusted audio friends and they said to go for it. Bought it the next day, shipping was quick, and the product looked great besides the cheesy looking packaging. Cracked it open, had some beefy components and even the fuses match up to the stated 1200rms rating they give you.

Installed it once the new box was built. At the time it was wired to 1ohm, on a P2 that had a 400rms power rating, with 10awg CCA wire. Everything ran awesome, amp never heated up, and the sub eventually gave up a few months later. Went ahead and bought my dream sub a Rockford Fosgate T1D412 . Installed that to 1ohm and the same previous setup. Sounded absolutely amazing untuned for 15 seconds. Amp did a great job of recognizing the resistance from my cheap CCA power wires and went into protect so it wouldn't over heat the amp. Eventually ordered Cadence 4G150MP-B wire, installed that. I was shaking the Glasses rack at my local 7-Eleven. Thanks to the bass boost knob, I'm able to listen to it comfortably and turn it up for demos and laughs.
Eventually though I started to smell burning plastic coming from the trunk after long periods of use. Come to find out, it wasn't my coils cooking, it was my wire terminal in the back of the sub box melting cause I had 16awg while from amp to the sub. Just ordered a new terminal and 8awg Cadence wires to fix that issue.

All in all guys, the sub has only gotten hot cause of my cheap wires and protected itself from disaster just like a good amp should. Looks awesome, stays cool, easy to use, and this amp has been tested to put out 1200+rms all for $169. Can't beat that decision. Feel free to look me up if you want info on the setup, will be tested, and tuned after new wires are ran.

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wolfpup

Ocala,fl

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November 6, 2013

This amp is very strong the 1,200 watts it says it does is wrong i just got mine and i have it running 4 10's and i had my amp checked and its pushing out 1,473 watts and this amp does not get hot pioneer really did a great job making this amp!!!!

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Frederick

Maryland

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Great price hits hard

September 17, 2013

Great price hits very hard I hooked it up to my 15 inch L7 and it shakes everything!

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Brandan

Canada

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Amazing Amp

June 17, 2013

amazing amp slamms my 2 10" jbl. can't use my rear view mirror with all the bass. has great sound quality.

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nismos14

Edison, NJ

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Best value and performance combo

February 11, 2013

This amp is hard to beat at this price point. With it's combination of raw power, good looks, and running cool I can't think of a better amp then this one. I really am pleased with it's performance. I would definitely suggest this amp to anyone looking for an amp that is versatile and runs cool.

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jack

phoenix, AZ

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good amp

March 23, 2014

This is a pretty good amp that does what it says, i would recommend running it no lower than 2ohms if you want power. Even at 2 ohms bumping it hard for 30min-1hr it barely gets warm and its underneath a seat. If you are having problems with your bass knob make sure you plug in the wire and the knob from pioneer, i thought i could get away with leaving my old bass knob from my previous amp in there and even the pioneer knob would not work with the old wire plugged into the amp.

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Audiophile 2.0

Michigan

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Good but....

March 8, 2014

Everything seems great as far as the amp goes,it looks nice and seems to run my subs more efficintly than my alpine mrp-500 did. I use two jl 12w1-v3 good for 300rms a peice. The thing is...the bass control knob doesnt do ANYTHING, no decernable difference between max and minimum. That was one of the reasons i bought this amp. Maybe i got a defctive bass knob? Im sure they would want me to return the whole amp and that seems like a hassle when my head unit can still do the same function. Other than the bass knob its a great amp.As a side note, its MUCH cheaper here on sonix than anywhere else.

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Chris

Kansas City, MO

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Great Little Amp

September 18, 2013

This is a great amplifier. I have it on 2 Alpine SWR-1242Ds wired down to 1 ohm and it sounds great! It never heats up and never goes into protection mode. The only thing I don't like about it is the shiny finish on top. Absolutely wears my Alpine MRP-M1000 out. I would recommend this amp to anyone.

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Shawn

Rochester, NY

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great amp,and good value

November 6, 2013

i would recommend this product to anyone. I bought this amp to go along with my 2 pioneer champion pro series subs and everything sounds sweet.

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schambo

River Edge, NJ

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Nice amp

October 29, 2013

Replaced a kicker 2 channel amp bridged. Hooked it up to a Kicker 10" Shallow truck box which is installed under the back seat of an F150 Crew.
This amp has a ton of power. At 4 ohms it produces a nice tight bass that plays across all genres. Also only has two settings to adjust. Gain and LP crossover. By far, the easiest amp install to date. Great product.

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scott

lewisburg tenn

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great amp

May 26, 2015

it was easy to set up and booklet that came with amp was easy to understand driving my 2 jbl gto1014 with a vibration thru vehicle

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Sterling

Ankeny, IA

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Budget power

September 19, 2013

This amp will do its rated power, but don't expect wonders.
This amp sounds fine, but it is a budget amplifier.
If you want to impress people, this amp pushes some power for its size.
Make sure that if you wire it at 1ohm that you give it good ventilation, as it will get hot.

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Travochi

Bx, NY

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Good enough to purchase multiple

July 20, 2015

Affordable, good bass. Need another for the kids and highs. Pioneer is the Original and still kicking good quality electronics.

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Taylor

Medford Oregon

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AWESOME but.. The base knob is useless

June 29, 2015

I would recommend this amp to anyone. However the base knob is practically useless. There is no difference between it's lowest and highest setting, and when I have it hooked up it basically sets my subs on full blast making listening to music very difficult if you wish to enjoy it. So I just leave it unhooked (which is quite disappointing for me) but I will probably just put in my own gain control to bypass the problem and still have easy control of my subs. This amp more than powers my two 10" kicker L7s and I am not disappointed with its performance.

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Kstone

Indiana

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Amazing amp

September 23, 2014

This is amazing. I'm running 2 12's with it and it's turned all the way down and they shake the whole keep. Very nice amp.

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Chris

new york

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pioneer gm d9601

April 2, 2014

I purchased this amp to push 2 NVX NSW 12'S @ 4ohms I have to say I'm impressed. I have a pioneer head unit and have owned numerous pioneer products, they have never failed me.

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Tvong

Houston, tx

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Good amp!

March 20, 2014

This is my second purchase of the same amp. Pushing 2 12's at 1 ohms good. Except sometimes it can get really hot and won't bass as hard.
It's a good size amp.

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Gustavo

mc.farland, CA

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Pioneer Amp

January 25, 2013

I purchased this amp and hooked it up with 2 12` Pioneer Premier Speaker & Indash and It bumps Clean especially bumping Corridos..Great price and Products!!

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truthsayer

wichita, ks

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OUTSTANDING

December 6, 2012

WOW, this amp is unbelieveable. slams my two sa-12's. And by the way they have the fuse rateing on the description wrong. it has 3 (40amp) fuses. anyway ive spent a fortune on numerous amps always trying to find the best for value. this is by far the best, so clean, stays cool, and the price is unbelieveable. I would not own any other pioneer products, but when it comes to the gmd amps they realy know what their doing. By the the way mine tests out at 1268 rms @ 1 ohm.

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Jacob

Bay City, MI

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Good no frills amp.

March 8, 2015

Some of the specs are wrong on the product page. The amp uses 3 40 amp fuses and the crossover is 12 db per octave. The bass knob boosts the bass at 50 hz. (Information taken from the manual which can be downloaded from Pioneer.) The reason that some reviewers say the amp shuts down is the protection circuit. It's actually protecting your subwoofers as it's producing more power that's not actually moving your subs any farther to cool the coil.
As far as the amp goes, it does what it should and has stayed cool. I did a two hour trip of heavy dubstep and when I got to my destination, I put my hand on it and it wasn't even warm to the touch. If I had to do it over though, I'd get an amp that really does have a 24 db per octave crossover. It would also be nice to change the bass boost frequency. For the money it's hard to beat.

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Kasey C

Littleton, CO

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Amazing, pleasant surprise.

December 20, 2014

I have a Pioneer sub enclosure 2502. I thought buying a cheap amp from Planet Audio would be enough to power it. WRONG. I wanted to stay within the same brand and saw the great reviews of this amp so I ordered it. It is a night and day difference how it SLAMS the whole car with raw power. I HIGHLY recommend this amp. I am pleased and it's well worth the money.

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Plum

Albuquerque

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Great Amp For The Price

January 15, 2014

I have this amp powering 2 Rockford P2's at 2ohms. They slap pretty hard. This amp runs extremely cool. I bump the subs and amp all night and it barely gets warm. The only problem I have had so far is the bass knob doesn't really work. Not sure if I just got a bad bass knob or what. When I turn the knob itself it doesn't really do much at all. Although when I pull the knob out of the amp the bass REALLY goes down. So I just keep it plugged in and it sounds great. Overall great amp for the price.

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Angel

La Villa, TX

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Awesome amp!

November 29, 2013

This amp works great and the price is good too. I paired this amp with two 12" Pioneer 2 ohm subs model number Pioneer TS-W309D2. They work great together! I installed it in my 2011 Mustang GT with the factory radio. I used the line out feature of the amp and connected the remote wire to the factory antennae. It sounds and works awesome! The only negative is that the remote bass boost remote raises the bass when it is connected, but does not seem to lower it with the dial. Other than that, I am happy with it!

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Gordon

Canada

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Excellent purchase

November 24, 2013

This amp works perfect! Satisfied with the purchase.
Good clarity, heavy bass, if you want the extreme
Power of pioneer this is the way to go.
I took the amp out for the winter, needed the Alan key to
Remove the wires from the amp because of the solid connection.

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wolfpup

ocala, fl

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Pioneer GM-9601

November 23, 2013

This product is amazing! The amp gives more power then what it's rated at and I had my Pioneer GM-9601 bench tested at 14.4 v it was pushing out 1503 watts. I was really happy and then I installed it on 4 10's in my single cab f150 and it rocks out the bass is clear and very powerful. a must buy. I have been doing car audio for a long time for almost 19 year and pioneer has delivered the best work so far.

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Toby

New Zealand

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Great value subwoofer amplifier

September 17, 2013

Bought this shipping all the way to New Zealand - no problems. Great service from Sonic Electronix and shipping companies.
Installed with 4 gauge power and ground wires. Speaker wire to sub is 8 guage.
Running from a Pioneer DEH-80PRS to a Blaupunkt subwoofer of uncertain specs.
Simple install under front car seat. Pretty compact size. No tricks to installation.
Sub sounds good.
Even though I thought it was a bit bogan to have a bass booster it is handy to have when you want to forego the best balance just to get some rear view mirror vibration.
Stock electrical system running this amp and another 4x100W 4 channel absolutely no headlight dimming even with the engine off.
Running it well within capability and it handles big bass hits easily.

Would ideally have a subsonic filter but that's not the end of the world. Music doesn't have much below 20 Hz anyway - more an issue for movies.

Looks are budget but who cares when it's hidden away. It's supposed to be about the sounds not the look!

Sound quality wise I have no complaints but no other reference other than some decent headphones.

Simple amp that is good watts to dollars ratio. Very happy. Would buy again.

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Jaime

Alta Loma, CA

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Pioneer GM-D9601

October 14, 2014

I have always been a big fan of Pioneer head units and speakers but not their amps until now. These amps are by far the best. they don't get hot and have an excellent response with no distortion. Great price

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Tomi

Canada

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Amazing little amp for the price!

August 12, 2014

I have had this amp officially hooked up for about 45days now and its a really well built amp that delivers incredible sound quality and power to any sort of subwoofer. I'm currently running Dual Phoenix Gold x10d2's rated at 450rms a piece, and they bump hard! Im running 1/0g knu wire from battery into a fused distrubution block with dual 4g nvx wire into 2 amps on a 130a alt, it sounds amazing! Overall i would recommend the amp to anyone as its small, easy to hide, and stays cool even when run for hours on end cranked.

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Edtotheward

Dallas, Tx

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It's Amazing

July 3, 2014

To begin with, I love Pioneer. It's great quality and bangs for the buck. It's a little pricey but very much worth the money. I like how the amp is warm and not burning hot while running, therefore the amp is efficient & so far I'm loving this amp. Thumbs up

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Ben

Anaheim, CA

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EXCELLENT AMP...

January 9, 2014

This is my first Pioneer brand amp, I have owned Kenwood, Kicker Hifonics amps & this model amp is the same or better than them. I have it powering a 10" NVX VCW-104 in a ported enclosure & it's deep & loud. Love the size of it, fits perfect under the seats or on the back of rear fold down seats (That's were I have it in my car). The only bad thing I have to say about this amp is that the bass knob did not work when I did the install. I could have returned it but I did not want to go through a long wait time for a new replacement, so the good thing was that I had an extra PAC LC1 knob & connected that instead, so now I could adjust the bass when I need to. Overall its a great amp.

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gattiboy13

Oxnard, CA

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Great amp

September 18, 2013

Great amp, nothing more to say just a great performing amp.

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james

fitzgerald, GA

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Good GM-D9601

March 21, 2014

Great amp for the price. I was surprised at the size of the amp, but it put out a lot of power.

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Adolfo

Chino Valley, AZ

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Great Amplifier.

November 4, 2013

I got this amplifier for my 2 12" Pioneer Champion Pro Series Subs. The amplifier pushes them the way I want them to. They dont shake other peoples windows in traffic but for the price, I'm a happy customer.

Pros - Small & powerful.

Negs - The gain and hrtz settings are hard to read because of the coloring on the letters. You also have to use the bass nob if you want the full potential of the amplifier.

I would recommend this product.

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Tou

Wisconsin

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Pretty awesome amp!

October 28, 2013

I'm using this amp for my 10" Pioneer Champion Pro Series at 4 ohms. Man, the sub and the amp makes it kick like a 12". Maybe even sounds better than my friends 2 12". It's unbelievably awesome. That's all I can say! Get one, and you won't be disappointed. Good price for its power.

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Sonic Electronix Store
excellent price and have used pioneer monoblock amps before. had no issues with them
Stephen P on Jul 31, 2015
read the reviews on product and it matchs the ohm level i needed wanted the kicker amp but was a little expensive i have always liked pioneer products very good amps
forest gump on Apr 24, 2015
High quality, low price? Yeah thats a no brainer
Devon E on May 7, 2015
My old amp went out and it was a 2 channel. I wanted a solid brand named mono amp as I was financially capabale of purchasing a better brand named like pioneer.
Michael G on Mar 15, 2015
Can this amplifier be bridged?? I have looked and looked for answer where someone has bridged this amplifier. The documentation doesn't say anything about being internally bridged. Going to run 2 Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 4ohm subs on a GM D9601. Infinity Kappa 60.11 2ohm Mids and highs on a GM-8604. If the GM-9601 can't be bridged - then I need to re-buy some items.
Gumby14U on Jan 24, 2015
Best Answer: The amplifier includes two pairs of speaker outputs though this is a monoblock amplifier. Two pairs are included for convenience in wiring as they are actually for the same output channel. When you wire one of your 4 ohm subs to one output pair and the other to the remaining output pair then you have paralleled your subs into a 2 ohm effective load. To ensure I'm clear, there is no way to wire subs on this amp so that you somehow have 2 channels ... they will always end up on the same mono output channel.

As such, it is a very cool running, efficient 1 ohm stable amplifier, so I would recommend that you get a pair of 4 ohm DVC (dual-voice coil) so that you can parallel the voice coils into a 2 ohm load (per sub) and then parallel the subs into a 1 ohm load.
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Do I have to worry about ruining my 2011 chevy Cruze with the upgraded pioneer sound system with this and 2 12" pioneer subs?
Jesse G on Jul 14, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer TS-W3003D4
Pioneer TS-W3003D4
Best Answer: No. It won't ruin anything as long as it is properly grounded and everything is wired correct. As far as power is concerned, you may have to run a capacitor or do a big 3 upgrade or both if you wish to stop dimming lights and to just make your electrical system work more efficiently.
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I have a Pioneer GM D9601, GM D8601, and two GM D8604, what would be a good amp wiring kit that will power these amps sufficiently?
Xerxes on Jun 24, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D8601
Pioneer GM-D8601
Pioneer GM-D8604
Pioneer GM-D8604
Best Answer: I don't think they make a good enough wiring kit. You'll have to make your own. I bought 20' of power & ground (0gauge) wire from NVX. I ran that to their distribution blocks. Then used their 4 gauge wire to hook up 2 gm-d9601 & a gm-d8604. I fused it with a kicker 300amp fuse before the block & a 200amp fuse to each amp after the block. No troubles with wiring heating up & everything works great. NVX big 3 bundle is also good. Have the xs-d3400 under the hood & eventually a xp series battery in the back.
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can this amp power two pioneer w304r subs wired in a parallel circuit or will it blow them?
Gray S on Nov 20, 2014
Best Answer: Yes this amplifier can power your subs but I wouldn't recommend it. If you wire your subs to a 2ohm load, the total rms (nominal power) would be 600. This amplifier would push 800 rms at 2ohms to your subs causing them to over heat or distort after playing a couple songs at high levels. I've experienced this.

I would definitely recommend the pioneer gm-8601 that sonic electronics carries. That amplifier will give you 500 rms at 2ohms. You're losing 100rms but your subs will be safe from damage & you'll be happy with your amplifier. It's still a good product, you can make up for the RMS loss by using a ported box if you're looking for a boomy system.
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Would the Pioneer GM-D9601 work on this sub?
Robert M on May 11, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer TS-W1200PRO
Pioneer TS-W1200PRO
Best Answer: Hello Robert,

The PIONEER GM-D8601 is NOT a good match for the Pioneer TS-W1200PRO. Assuming One, you will need to wire the driver to a 2ohm load, which will provide a little under DOUBLE the power, which is asking for the driver to blow. Keep in mind, blown subs are not covered under warranty, so please do not attempt this. If we assume Two drivers, 450x2=900, the amp will provide ~150w more than what the drivers are calling for. That is a little more manageable, but still not suggested. The Pioneer GM-D8601 is the better match for ONE subwoofer.
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Hi Sonic Electronix can you help me out i have Pioneer-GM-D9601 and 2 x Pioneer-TS-W311D4 what is the best Wiring i can do?? please help me out if posibble show me a diagram??
Anoop H on Jul 14, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer TS-W311D4
Pioneer TS-W311D4
Best Answer: Hello,

Wiring in parallel is the only practical option. The wiring guides are right on the product page, but below is the specific one. (You only need to use ONE Positive and ONE Negative at the amp. Especially if you are not familiar with wiring drivers.)

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/product/img/subwoofer_wiring/2_subs_DVC_4_ohm_mono_variation2.jpg
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How would you recommend wiring 2 subs Kicker CVT122 (10CVT122) to this amp? What size speaker wire should i use?
Esteban on Apr 10, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Kicker 10CVT122
Kicker 10CVT122
Best Answer: Hello Esteban,

First, we do NOT recommend this setup. The amplifier puts out far too much power at 1ohm (subs wired in parallel) and not enough at 4ohms (subs wired in series). If you are obligated to use this amplifier, then we suggest wiring the drivers to a 4ohm load (only using ONE output at the amp) as so:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/product/img/subwoofer_wiring/2_subs_SVC_2_ohm_mono_variation1.jpg

If you still have the option, we suggest the Pioneer GM-D8601 instead, and simply giving each driver its own output. The amplifier will then wire the setup , internally, to a 1ohm load.
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Hi I'm planning on ordering the Pioneer TS-SWX2502 with the Pioneer GM-D9601 amp. If I order it with the NVX XKIT42 amplifier wiring kit that is everything I would need to set this system up? Also is 4 gauge wiring to big for this system?If it is what is the next smaller alternative within the NVX kits i should get?
Austin B on Feb 26, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
NVX XKIT42
NVX XKIT42
Pioneer TS-SWX2502
Pioneer TS-SWX2502
Best Answer: Hell Austin,

The XKIT42 provides all the basic IMPORTANT parts to install the amplifier. No two installs are alike, so there will always be the chance that you will need a random connection not included. This seldom happens, but plan accordingly to make sure you have access to parts.
In regards to the Power/Ground Wire, the 4 Gauge will insure that the amplifier runs VERY happily throughout the duration of its life. However, the figures you plan on running - i.e. ~400-500w RMS - technically only calls for 8 Gauge OFC, like the NVX XKIT82 .
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So, I just put two of these in the trunk of my 2005 Saturn Ion in a sealed box powered by a Pioneer GM-D9601 and I am wondering what the best gain and frequency settings would be? I would like them to hit hard at high volumes but I also want it to be crisp and clean and be able to hit the quick bass when its there. If it makes a difference, my head unit is the Power Acoustik PTID-8920B. Thank you in advance!
lyon21 on Feb 13, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
Alpine SWR-12D4
Alpine SWR-12D4
Power Acoustik PTID-8920B
Power Acoustik PTID-8920B
Best Answer: Hello CJ,

The Power Acoustik PTID-8920B doesn't provide the greatest signal, so your Gain will need to be turned up fairly high. The higher the gain is set, the lower the overall sound quality you are able to reach. This isn't a Terrible thing, 2v is a common figure, but we want you to understand that there is always room for improvement on the final outcome. We suggest setting your LPF, or "Freq", to ~80Hz. This will be roughly the half way point between 60-125Hz .

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=63975&picture_id=2356780

Setting the gain, however, isn't as easy as just giving you a figure. Please do a bit of homework of your own to understand the setting. Below are two link to give you a headstart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhrDqke8BKo

http://knowledge.sonicelectronix.com/car-audio-and-video/car-amplifiers/how-to-adjust-amplifier-gains-using-a-digital-multi-meter/#comment-1846836004
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So I'm new to making my own system and plan on ordering the
Pioneer TS-SWX2502
1200W 10" Shallow-Mount TS Series Single 4 ohm Loaded Enclosure with the Amp being a
Pioneer GM-D9601
1200W RMS GM Digital Series Class D Monoblock Amplifier. Now does it matter what gauge speaker wire I need and do I need RCA cables with this install?Also am i missing anything else i would need to run this set-up?
Austin B on Jan 6, 2015
Pioneer GM-D9601
Pioneer GM-D9601
NVX XIN25
NVX XIN25
Pioneer TS-SWX2502
Pioneer TS-SWX2502
Best Answer: Hello Austin,

You will need far more than just an RCA cable and Speaker Wire. You've got to be able to turn on/off the amp, get power to it, ground it, etc.. The easiest way to accomplish this is by picking up a Amp Wiring kit like the T-Spec V8-8RAK, which will have everything included.
T-Spec V8-8RAK
T-Spec V8-8RAK
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

GM-D9601

UPC

884938193191

Weight

8.60lbs

Internal SKU

gmd9601

Internal Product ID

63975

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: Pioneer GM-D9601