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500W V-Power Series Class D Monoblock Digital Amplifier

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General Features:

  • V-Power Series Class D Monoblock Digital Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 300 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 500 watts x 1 chan.
  • Integrated wire and mounting screw terminals
  • S.T.A.R. circuitry
  • LED power (blue) and protect (red) indicators
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 50 Hz)
  • Soft start turn-on
  • 4 or 2 channel operation
  • 4-channel speaker-level inputs
  • Preamp RCA outputs to daisy chain multiple amps
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Dual speaker terminals simplify the hookup of multiple speakers
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink
  • Input sensitivity: 0.4V - 10V
  • Non-fading pre-amp output
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-400 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • 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: 7-7/8"W x 7-7/8"L x 2-3/16"H
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Product History:

Alpine MRV-M500 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Alpine MRP-M500 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Alpine MRV-M500)
Alpine MRP-M650 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Alpine MRP-M500)

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.

300 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 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.

500 watts x 1 channels
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

500 watts x 1 channels

Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Series
This designates the series of the amplifier. Many amps are available in a litany of different wattage and channel configurations, but maintain consistent features throughout the product line.
V-Power (Alpine)
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.

500 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.

300 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.
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.
.2%
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.
2 pairs
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.

50 - 400 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
85 dB
Bass Boost
The objective of the bass boost is to get more kick out of your subwoofer. It is a circuit that emphasizes the lower frequencies at a given point. The bass boost should always be set first before setting the gain. This feature is known for destroying subwoofers and is commonly used incorrectly, so be cautious.
0 - 12 dB
Bass/Gain Remote
If the amp comes with a bass/gain remote you will be able to control the level of your bass from your dashboard. Typically bass remotes also include a 16-20 ft. wire for installation.
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
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
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes
Sonic Certified Amplifier
Sonic Certified amplifiers have been tested by the experts at Sonic Electronix to meet or exceed the wattage ratings provided by the manufacturer. If this is marked as Yes, then you can trust the wattage ratings. If marked as No, then we have tested the amplifier and it did not meet the advertised wattage ratings. If marked as Not Tested, then the Sonic Electronix experts have not yet been able to test the amp.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
5.0
Features
4.8
Design
5.0
Usability
5.0
Ricky

Canada

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Really good

July 29, 2014

Have this amp connected to my Dodge factory head unit using high level output connected to 2- 12inch pioneer champion series at 300 RMS 4ohm. unbelievable quality and sound. Once you tune your subwoofer and amp to specs you wil have no problem. more that enough bass needed, Great amp!!

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Drum4life

Grand Rapids, MI

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Value
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Big power with little space

April 8, 2014

Not a bad little amp. I run 2 kenwood 12's @ 2 ohm with this amp and I love every minute of it. I am sometimes tempted to turn the gain down but it runs so clean I never do.

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josh

orangeville, PA

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Alpine MRV-M500

March 17, 2014

My buddy had 1 of these running to pioneer 10s and it sound great Hit pretty hard great amp over all.Probably does a little more then rated 550/600 maybe.Very clean looking amp sturdy feeling and great clean sound

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Adam

Hamilton, OH

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Beautiful

February 23, 2014

I just bought this amp, I upgraded from a power acoustic 870 watt 4 channel, and its powering 2 12 inch audiobahns, and it's amazing! It is definitely worth the money. I would recommend this to anyone

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Sonic Electronix Store
I love alpine products. There are in all my vehicles and sonic has the best price. Beats Best buy.
Ralph B on Nov 6, 2014
Alpine has always been top quality and long lasting for me.
Lorne B on Sep 7, 2014
going with a monoblock to run my 12" alpine type R. then another monoblock for my speaker because i only have 1 channel of speakers, with the tow package i have the 140w altinator so im not worried about dimming my lights
robert j on Nov 4, 2014
does this amp drive at 1 ohm stable ?
Pero2 on Oct 2, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Borche,

Alpine does not provide a 1ohm final load, suggesting it is Not stable at that impedance. Wiring up this amp to attempt to do so is automatic Warranty Void, based on improper use .
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Oct 4, 2014
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I'd like to ask for suggestions for a Sub to run with this amp?
Derek s on Oct 25, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Derek,

For future inquires, please give more specifics. Your question is like going into a Car Dealer and saying "I need a car", not very helpful. So, if the following doesn't work for your application, please forward your inquiry to [email protected] with more details. [e.g. Brand Preference, Budget, Sizes, etc...] . Nonetheless, here are a few suggestions in 10" Subs;

Alpine SWS-10D4
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_45531_Alpine-SWS-10D4.html

NVX VSW104
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_46319_NVX-VSW104.html

SKAR Audio VVX-10 D4
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_71687_SKAR-Audio-VVX-10-D4.html
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Oct 26, 2014
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MRV-M500

UPC

793276012401

Weight

5.07lbs

Internal SKU

mrvm500

Internal Product ID

76304

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: Alpine MRV-M500