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Hifonics BRX160.2

320W RMS 2-Channel Brutus Series Class AB Stereo/Bridgeable Power Amplifier

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Brutus BRX Amps: Brutal to Competition

Hifonics Brutus Crossovers

Accu-Cross Crossovers for Sound Shaping

The Gods have struck again from Mt. Olympus. The famous Brutus amplifier has gone through a redesign and now features a new look along with amazing sound. The design for the new Brutus BRX amplifiers has a blue illuminated underglow that gives the amplifier a floating appearance when properly mounted.

The molded and angled illuminated terminals add to the stylish design and also provide stress-free installation access. Accu-Cross crossovers allow for adjustments and sound shaping. The Ultra-Fi MOSFET power supplies ensure the amplifier can maximize its sound capabilities. The new Brutus BRX amplifiers take it to the next level, and are certainly a brutal amplifier.



Hifonics Brutus Terminals

Molded and Angled Illuminated Terminals

The full-range multi-channel Brutus BRX amplifiers all feature Super A/B Class technology. This complex circuitry was initially developed purely for the flagship Mt. Olympus amplifiers – however this superior technology was passed on to the Brutus line as well. This efficient circuitry allows for maximum sound quality while also ensuring maximum efficiency.

Initially Brutus amplifiers were only monoblock amplifiers by Hifonics, however for 2013 they decided this amplifier series was too good to pass up, and added two-channel and four-channel alternatives to their purely subwoofer filled lineup. These new stylish multi-channel amplifiers were welcomed with open arms by the car audio industry, and have performed extremely well on the market since being released.


General Features:

  • Brutus Series 2-Channel Super AB Class Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 80 watts x 2 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 160 watts x 2 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 320 watts x 1 chan.
  • Ultra-Fi MOSFETS Circuit maximizing power efficiency while improving sound quality
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost)
  • Built-in system diagnostics
  • 2/1 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 with illuminated Hifonics logo
  • Lighted connectors and blue wash of light from the underside of the heatsink
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Level: 200mV-6V
  • Variable high-pass filter (60-1300 Hz)
  • Variable low-pass filter (30-250 Hz)
  • Frequency response: 10-45,000 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.
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Dimensions: 13-3/16"L x 10-5/16"W x 2-1/2"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.

80 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.

160 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.

320 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.
Brutus (Hifonics)
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 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.

320 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.
2 ohms
Minimum Impedance Bridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is bridged.
4 ohms
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.
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)
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.

60 - 1300 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.

30 - 250 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.
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.
80 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.
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.
20A 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
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.
No

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.9
Features
4.8
Design
4.9
Usability
5.0

Nicholas

Castle Pines, CO

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Love this amp

August 19, 2014

I use this amp to power a 12 inch pinoeer subwoofer rated at 300 rms at 4 Ohms. And this thing bumps. Its lights look amazing i wish tey were red but they look great. Tuning it was very easy. Came with mounting hardware. This amp sounds great however it does not have a bass knob or and output for one but i just use the knob on my head unit to turn it up with my stock head unit. I highly recommend this for a subwoofer since i have had no overheating issues what so ever. It is mounted on the side of my box and i have had it more than a month now.

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Car music guy

Oklahoma

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Great budget amp

July 31, 2014

This is a great amp for the price. I have owned several different brands of amps and this one performs just as well as the other higher priced ones. I didn't give it five stars in all categories because I haven't owned it long enough to accurately gauge the durability (owned for about two months), but so far it has done very well on my 6"x9"s.

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Sacramento

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May 1, 2014

Warning: can get hot at high volumes but still goes strong.

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dkeproductions

Sacramento, CA

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Not that bad of an amp

March 21, 2014

I use this to power a set of Rockford Fosgate Prime 6x9s. I have it set in High Pass mode and I cut the lows out and it is a perfect match for the 6x9s. It does get a little warm. I am going to buy another one to power a set of 6.5 and 3.5 Kickers utilizing the amps full potential.

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Shelso

Knoxville, TN

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Great high quality 2 channel amp

January 19, 2014

I bought this amp to power all my speakers in my car. I got Polk 6.5 components in the front and Polk 6x9 in the rear. With this amp powering each side at 2 ohms it sounds incredible. This is a great cheap amp to add in to power your speakers instead of the head unit. Hifonics makes fantastic products that are accurately rated and high fidelity. I would definitely recommend this amp.

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patrick

oakwood, texas

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hifonics brx 160.2

November 2, 2013

Very good amp for the money. Does everything and more than expected . Always have liked hifonics from old school made in usa to the new units .

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Jacob

Savannah, GA

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Good for the Price

October 14, 2013

I'm using this amp on my 2 Cadence 6x9s rated at 150RMS x2 ran at 4 ohm per channel. So, I'm only running my 6x9s at half power, but this amp at 4 ohm pushing 80RMS to each 6x9 still does great for the highs and mids! I'm running at the lowest it's able and the amp gets a little warm after jamming for an hour, so I do wonder how it would do bridged at 4 ohm. But overall this thing is worth every penny and has an awesome appearance/glow!

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OB

Aurora CO

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Good sounding amplifier

October 2, 2013

This amplifier is very easy to set up and tune in any car stereo. Cleaning sound power. I use it to power my small speakers and there is enough clean power. Pro: Hifonics gets better with their designs and features. Very effieceint and cool in operation. Cons: The speaker wires can be angled a little better for installation.

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Cory

New Jersey, NJ

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Good Amp

September 24, 2013

Its been a good amp for the 4/5 months I have had it. It runs my 1 12 inch nicely and it look cool at night. The only problem I have had with it is that it overheated and shut off a couple times. I was bumping hard for an hour straight with my windows down in 90 degree weather, but it still happened twice. I am sure its just my unit, but it could happen to others, no harm done to it though.

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Charles

Baltimore, MD

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Good performance, GREAT price!

September 21, 2013

PROS: Direct 4awg power and ground inputs, 8awg speaker wire outputs, variable crossovers, RCA outputs, good sound quality, nice looking. This is my first Hifonics amp, so I can't speak to the longevity of it, but I've run it pretty hard - it runs cool and has not shut down. CONS: Not many. A phase switch or variable phase adjustment would be nice. More/better labels on the gain and crossover adjustments would be nice. Would also be nice if all connections were on one side. Seriously though, at this price, who can complain?

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Needed for my mids and highs.
Jeff F on Aug 12, 2014
I picked this item because it matched my rms bridged at 4 ohms i needed for my sub. And a friend had a hifonics a long time ago that he liked. Wouldn't say it was a rockford amp or jl or anything but its fine for what im trying to do.
Michael B on Aug 3, 2014
What is the THD % ?
Maurice K on Aug 3, 2014
Best Answer: Im not sure what you are asking but the amp is beyond great. I have 2 12" boston acoustics and it makes my car sound like i have an band in the trunk. I highly recommend this amp.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

BRX160.2

UPC

806576220633

Weight

7.50lbs

Internal SKU

brx1602

Internal Product ID

67927

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.

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