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Hifonics BRX1600.1D

1600W RMS Class NextGen Super-D Monoblock Brutus Series 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

All single-channel monoblock amplifiers from the Brutus BRX amplifiers feature NGSD Next Generation Super-D Class. This NGSD digital chip design in the amplifiers has been tweaked to provide an extremely efficient, low temperature, high amplification system.

Brutus Monoblock amplifiers are powerful, and extremely popular choices when it comes to choosing a high power output power source for your car audio installation. They're capable of 1 ohm power output, while following CEA Compliance to ensure that the RMS ratings are true. This alongside their stylish designs and efficient heatsinks make them a true competitor in the car audio industry.


General Features:

  • Brutus Series Monoblock Class NextGen Super-D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating (@ 14.4V):
    • 4 ohms: 600 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 1200 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: 1600 watts x 1 chan.
  • Ultra-Fi MOSFETS Circuit maximizing power efficiency while improving sound quality
  • Wired remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +10 dB bass boost)
  • Built-in system diagnostics
  • 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 with illuminated Hifonics logo
  • Lighted connectors and blue wash of light from the underside of the heatsink
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Level: 200mV-9V
  • Variable low-pass filter (35-250 Hz)
  • Variable sub-sonic filter (15-35 Hz)
  • Frequency response: 10-250 Hz
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Dimensions: 15-15/16"L x 10-5/16"W x 2-1/2"H
  • 2-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits when purchased together with this amplifier.
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Product History:

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Hifonics BXi1610D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BRX1600.1D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1610D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1608D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BXi 1606D)
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(previous model, replaced by Hifonics BX1605D)

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.
600 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.
1600 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.

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.

1600 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
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.
<0.1%
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 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 - 10 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.
80A 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
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
81%
4 Star
17%
3 Star
2%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.8
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4.8
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4.8
Joseph

Rockingham, NC

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Hard to beat

March 17, 2014

This amp isn't quite creating its rated power. (1473 RMS on a 1 ohm load with a 14.7V input), HOWEVER, 1500 watts for $189 is very tough to beat. The guts of this amp look rock solid. After 20 hours of hard use it has yet to overheat. One thing I did notice, the amp is VERY efficient. I don't run a dual alternator set up, just a single 300 amp alternator, and this amp isn't sucking juice like most amps its size. I think its efficiency is actually a little higher than the manufacturer states in the product literature. Only negatives I noticed were the dinky control knobs from 1983 that you need a small screwdriver to adjust. Real knobs would have been nice.

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Dean

Lake Balboa, CA

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Need watts?

March 7, 2014

For the price there is no amp even close with the same power and durability. I have a long commute and use this BRX amp at least 3 hours a day powering two 12" BRZ subs. Passengers can't handle the ear pain. The LED lights look sick at night. The angled terminals help hide the wire, just drill the holes close to the amp. Your car's wiring must be solid to get all the power out of the amp. Tune it properly. You will not be disappointed.

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Alex

Atlanta

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Nice amp

November 14, 2013

Well when i initially received the amp it did not work no matter what i tried. so i called sonic electronix and they promptly let me return the amp and they sent me a new one with little to no hassle. I now have the amp pushing a alpine type r 15 at 2 ohms and it is perfect. The amp looks awesome at night and doesn't struggle at all like my last amp. Overall good purchase and good buying experience with sonic electronix

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BJ

Okmulgee

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Hifonics for tha MFW!

April 26, 2013

You can't go wrong with this beast. Hifonics is one of the best amps out hands down. Quality product, great design and POWER! I've owned Hifonics mono blocks in the past and every single one performed as designed. I use all types of amps, high and low end. Hifonics has a low end price with a high end output. You will love it!

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IanD

Sacramento

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Amazing Amp

March 26, 2013

I just installed this amp last weekend and I love it! I have it connected to 1 Alpine Type-X 12'. I am running it at 2 Ohms and it sounds excellent!! I highly recommend this amp.

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Justin

Casselberry, FL

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killer amp Hifonics Brz 1600.1

June 16, 2014

this is 2006 CEA compliant. It puts out what it says on the box. Might need to upgrade your battery to handle this amp. this is a beast and if you add a dry cell its amazing

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Bryan

San Rafael, CA

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Good for the price

June 11, 2014

I've been running this at 1 ohm for a few months now, with no issues. It seemed a bit light when I originally un-packaged it, but my concerns have vanished after my success with it. Definitely a good buy for the price. The lighting is actually kind of cool around the edges and face.

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Adam

Lakeville, Minnesota

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okay, not worth the price.

June 9, 2014

When you look at this amp and think, DAM, that's a pretty good price for how many watts it has, think twice. I bought this product to power two Rockford fosgate 10". It worked for awhile and than just stopped working about 3 months in. I warrantied it and received another, but yet another 3 months or so later it burnt out again. Amp turns on but no sound output. After sending it back for the second time, I was told they were out of stock and hand no clue when a new (refurbished) one would be in. I requested a store credit, received that and bought an mb quart for 80$ more. If you are looking for a good amp to last you awhile, look elsewhere.

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Randy

Magnolia, TX

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sportman

May 19, 2014

All I can say is wow this amp has got some balls. (Hopefully that is acceptable) This is by far the best amp I have ever had. It does not get hot and the clarity is really sweet. Not to mention it is loud as he'll. The lights on this amp look killer to say the least. It has it all. No cons just pure joy. Thanks again Sonic for great products and prices to boot, along with exceptional service. Keep it up Sonic.

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Dom

Austin, Texas

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BEAST AMP!!

May 12, 2014

I've had this amp for a few months now and let me tell you. Once I upgraded my electrical system the power started showing up. Sitting at 14.4v at .5 ohms, this thing pounds. Had it powering 2 12inch CVRS but decided to upgrade and run 6 12s off this beast at .63 ohms. Plan on getting another one soon!

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wilfredo

waynesville, MO

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nice power 4 a good price

May 6, 2014

Got this hooked up to a 1200 rms mofo and it has the speaker maxed with not even a hint of heat. One thing is that I have 4 gauge wire with a 3 frg cap and the 40 amp still not enough for the amp to push at its max. Go 1/0 with this bad boy if you want to tap into that 1600 rms

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John

Atlanta, MI

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Good amp

May 5, 2014

Amp is slightly over rated but still isn't a bad deal considering how cheap it is. Quality is good

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Gio

Miami, Fl

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This Amp Is RIGHT

April 22, 2014

first off im going to say that sonic has this listed as 2 awg wire to install, but when i opened it it fits my efx 4awg wire perfect into the terminal. i dont know if its just the wire of the efx being very thick or it just takes 4 awg. Anyways this amp looks so raw and has power into it. i had two alpine type s and it was powering those really good. i would def recommend this to anyone who is looking for power at the right price. Hifonics Brutus is the way to go.

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bassbeast

Chicago

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great amp

April 16, 2014

This amp powers my 10 type r like a beast gonna have to upgrade door speakers because how hard this amp pushes my sub over a month and a half it has not overheated or went into protection mode on me was easy to bolt down inside my truck

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bk customs

blaine, TN

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brx1600

April 15, 2014

Hifonics Brutus series amps are powerful and reasonably priced.. You cant go wrong with any of the Brutus series amps!

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russell72

baytown, TX

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the right price for a bad ass amp! !

April 10, 2014

This amp slams! And looks good to. I have it hooked up to one kicker l7 12.I have had jl audio and just did not impress me. This amp sounds good and has plenty of power! ! Looks good day our night!

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Daniel

adelanto, CA

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Hellz yea

April 4, 2014

I got 2 of these on 8 l3s and they knock nasty

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Dee

Chicago Illinois

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Great buy

March 21, 2014

I would recommend this product for any one try to put together a system for bass, this amp is a awesome buy

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Pyg

Enfield, NC

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Bad Azz Amp

March 17, 2014

Best Amp I Have Ever Owned Next 2 A Soundstream Rubicon. Even Tho The Soundstream had jus a slight sq over the Hifonics. It's still the best bang for your buck. As far as amplifiers go, I'm sticking with Hifonics. Played hard for 2 Hours straight and barely got warm, not to mention I have 2 Soundstream RW-12s rated at 600rms a piece wired to 1 ohm with the gain closely set to 2volts with the bass eq turned half way up.

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Christopher

Texarkana, texas

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Love this amp

March 17, 2014

I recommend this amp mainly cause of cea compliance... Ease of installation. Tons of power and the blue lights are awesome..

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Comes with everything you need to upgrade your power and ground wire.

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Kicker Big 3 Package 1/0 Gauge Big 3 Upgrade Kit

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Belva BBG3KT CCA 1/0 Gauge Big Three Kit

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16 Gauge 7 Meter (23 Ft) Speaker Wire (CCA)

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SMD DD-1 Distortion Detector

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

BRX1600.1D

UPC

806576220688

Weight

12.50lbs

Internal SKU

brx16001d

Internal Product ID

67934

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 BRX1600.1D

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