Hifonics BRX5000.5

1480W RMS 5-Channel Class AB/D 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

This 5-channel amplifier design from Hifonics features a hybrid topology design, with the Super A/B class chips powering the 4 full-range channels, and the NGSD Next Generation Super D-Class on the dedicated monoblock channel to efficiently power a subwoofer setup.

5-Channel amplifiers are a great option to power an entire car audio system from, including 4 speakers and a subwoofer configuration. This Brutus 5-channel amplifier is capable of outputting 1000 watts of RMS power at 1 Ohms, meaning it can power some seriously large subwoofer applications. If you're looking to save some space in your car audio installation and also only have one amplifier, then the Brutus BRX5000.5 would be a perfect option for your next system!


General Features:

  • Brutus Series 5-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier with Class D Subwoofer Channel
  • Channel 1-4 RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 60 watts x 4 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 120 watts x 4 chan.
  • Subwoofer Channel RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 475 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 750 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: 1000 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
  • Full-Range Channels Selectable Bass Boost (0/6/12 dB @ 45 Hz)
  • Sub Channel Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
  • Soft Start Turn-on
  • Mono channel operation
  • 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 high-pass filter (50-250 Hz)
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-250 Hz)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Dimensions: 24-7/16"L x 10-5/16"W x 2-1/2"H
  • 1/0-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.
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com 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.

60 watts x 4 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.

120 watts x 4 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.
475 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.
750 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.
1000 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 / 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.
5
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.

1480 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.
2 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.
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.

50 - 250 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.

50 - 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 - 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.
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.
External 150A Fuse Required
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
77%
4 Star
15%
3 Star
8%
2 Star
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1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.9
Features
4.8
Design
4.9
Usability
4.6
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Its A Good Amp

September 28, 2013

Price is ridiculously good for a 5 ch amp that has 1000W output on the sub ch! It also seems to produce the wattage that it claims. I have it pushing a Kicker CompR 12" (800W RMS/1600W Peak) @ 1Ohm. I was a little concerned about the amp being mounted in the spare tire well (only place it would fit because its HUGE!) of my xB2 since there isn't any ventilation or way for heat to escape but I've NEVER had a problem with the amp! The issue I have with the amp is that it doesn't seem to reproduce all the sub frequencies very well. The low, slap you in the face, hard hitting bass is good but when it tries to hit the frequencies slightly above those frequencies, it struggles. I've read through several forums and people state the same issue with the Hifonics monoblock amps as well. Overall its a good amp and I would recommend it as an all-in-one solution, but it does struggle with reproduction of certain frequencies.

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steinar

Norway

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perfect

September 4, 2014

fast shipping, and it gives more power and nice sound that any amp i ever had.and cheap too.

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Sean

Victorville, Ca

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Great Amp!!!

July 21, 2014

This amp has plenty of power. I have two vehicles with the exact same speakers and sub, one has a 1 channel mono block amp for the sub and a 4 channel amp for the component speakers. It's hard to tell the difference between the two and having only amp running everything is nice. I have it pushing a Kicker L7 and it sounds great. The 1 gauge wire is really bulky, but I can live with it. (and I still have only one power wire as opposed to the other car with two coming off the battery). As other people wrote and I found out the terminals aren't exactly the easiest to connect once you start filling them up with speaker wire it gets crowded fast but I can live with hooking them up one time. The top looks and feels like it will scratch very easily, so if you are going to have it out in the open for show be careful with it. The light really looks good, and I have yet to get this amp hot. It gets a bid warm but what amp doesn't. Very happy with it. and happy with the price.

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numbers

Canada

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one of the best budget amps

June 18, 2014

first f all when I first received this amp, I was extremely surprised by how big it is, its bigger than my 2000 watt RMS amp the amp (although CEA compliant) most likely cannot run on the sub channel at 1 ohm for a long period of time, the reason for this is because the amp is only CEA compliant at 4 ohms which is why you only see the 4 ohm power rating on the outside of the amp. so the 1 and 2 ohm power rating are likely exaggerated, however for the price, you just can't complain. btw this amp has no sub sonic filter.

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Simply Clean

Tampa Fl

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Best 5ch amplifier Hands Down. Go get one

May 26, 2014

This is my 3rd one! If you are looking for a single amp to power your system look no further, Hifoincs is the way to go. The highs are incredible and the bass is outstanding. I have this amp running 1ohm 1000w to a Massive Audio Toro 122 (ported enclosure) Everyone is amazed when I tell them "Only 1 12 in the trunk" and then they find out "only one amp" they are simply amazed. This amp has NEVER shut down on me and I live in Florida 100F + days.

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HemiRamSRT

Arizona

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The Perfect Amp!

March 6, 2014

It's Powerful & looks Great! Mids, highs, and subs sound extremely loud and clear. All In One for those cars/trucks that can't fit more than one amp.

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Aaron

West Chester, PA

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HELP PLEASE!

February 24, 2014

I still have great hopes for this amp, even though im experiencing issues with it! Everything is hooked up, but I get no response from my subwoofer. The Hifonics logo won't light up, but the green power light DOES light up. My aftermarket head unit (Pioneer DEH X7500HD) did not have a spot to connect a remote turn on lead, so i connected the remote turn on to the radio fuse in my car's(2002 Volvo S60 2.4T) fuse box. I could REALLY use some help here! Thanks so much!

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Doug

Moses Lake,98837,USA

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Best bang for your buck

February 10, 2014

This amp hits hard, runs cool, and is a great value for the price. I have it running 2 MTX thunder series subs running in parallel at 2 ohms.

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MIKEY

saugus, CA

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GET IT!

February 10, 2014

Great amp! The power out put is way beyond the price of this AMP. If you DON'T want to WASTE your MONEY on a top of the line amp I would buy this amp. Sound quality is great for the price.

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Joe

Louisville, KY

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best amp for double this price point

January 6, 2014

5 channel amp that does what it says and more. Have it running 6.5" kicker components and 6x9"s and two 10" soundqubed 600watt subs. Now the mono part of the amp says it puts out 1000 watts @1 ohm. However two subs at 600 a piece and the amp pushes them with out a problem. Oh and the amp looks amazing as well. Only downfall on this amp is the angled terminals. Little longer to install if you are putting on an amp rack. However not to bad. Did not put anything for durability due to only having it a month.

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Timothy

Rydal, GA

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Everything in one amp...

September 17, 2013

I bought this amp because it had everything I wanted in just one amp. It is nice to have all my connections in just one amp without having to have different amps for different components. Also nice to be able to just have the power connections and ground for just one amp as well.

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rich44

maplefalls washington

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Lots of Power

August 27, 2013

very good amp for the money I recommend this amp to anyone looking for a 5 chanel amp does not over heat coolest running amp ive owend sub channel is outstanding good clean power on all channels 5stars in my book

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jay

defuniak springs florida

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chevy man

April 24, 2013

I bought this amp and its great 4 15" on this vary one amp does not overheat got a good rep with me i have about 15,000 wattts got 4 of these amps i love it

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

NVX XKIT02 True 0-Gauge Wiring Kit

In case you didn't know, NVX has top notch wire for your new amp! Don't forget the RCA's!

Your Price $149.99

Stinger SK6201 0-Gauge Wiring Kit

You only get great sound when you use great wire. This Stinger kit will do the trick! Don't forget the RCA's!

Your Price $149.99

Belva BPK0D Dual Amp 0/4-Gauge Wiring Kit

Enough wire for 2 amps! Don't forget the RCA's!

Your Price $59.99

NVX XBG3PK 1/0 Gauge OFC Big 3 Upgrade Kit

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

Your Price $59.99

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

Get all you need including wire cutters to upgrade your power and ground wire.

Your Price $151.99

Belva BBG3KT CCA 1/0 Gauge Big Three Kit

Features everything needed to upgrade factory power and ground wire.

Your Price $39.99

StreetWires FB0

1/0 Gauge Firewall Bushing

Your Price $6.95

NVX XDBU4 - Top of the Line!

Distribution Block with Two 1/0 or 4 AWG Inputs and Four 4 or 8 AWG Outputs

Your Price $17.99

Stinger SI4617 4000 Series Interconnect Cable

17 ft. 6-Channel 4000 Series Audio Interconnect Cable

Your Price $41.99

NVX XWS1225 12 AWG Speaker Wire

25 ft. of True 12 Gauge 100% Copper EnvyFlex Speaker Cable/Wire

Your Price $39.99

NVX XWS1250 Speaker Wire

50 ft. of True 12 Gauge 100% Copper EnvyFlex Speaker Cable/Wire

Your Price $29.99

NVX XWS1625 16 AWG Speaker Wire

25 ft. of True 16 Gauge 100% Copper EnvyFlex Speaker Cable/Wire

Your Price $13.99

Belva BBSW167 16 AWG Speaker Wire

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

Your Price $12.99

Scosche SPL Meter SPL1000F

Handheld boomSTICK measures your SPL range from 60 to 135 dB

Your Price $21.99

XIX2025 Strapping RCA

0.25 Meter (0.86 ft) Hyper-Flex RCA cable w/ Serpentine-Cut Nickel Plated Connectors

Your Price $12.99

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Sonic Electronix Store
High quality for a good price for an outstanding single amp that runs the highs and lows. I always recommend Hifonics to my customers.
Tyler A on Sep 18, 2014
Good Reputation and Great specifications
William S on Aug 12, 2014
jaron told me to basically
frank g on Aug 17, 2014
i need this amplifier. he still will be on sale?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
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Unfortunately, as specified on the website, this amplifier has been discontinued from the site. Because of this, we cannot provide you special pricing information.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

BRX5000.5

UPC

806576220718

Weight

16.00lbs

Internal SKU

brx50005

Internal Product ID

67937

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 BRX5000.5

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