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Kenwood KAC-9106D

1000W RMS Class D Monoblock Performance Series Car Amplifier

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General Features:

  • Performance Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 1000 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 2000 watts
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +18 dB bass boost at 40 Hz)
  • Mono channel operation
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs with signal sensing for automatic turn-on
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Subsonic filter (24 dB at 20 Hz)
  • CEA-2006 Compliant
  • 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: 13-13/16"W x 7-9/16"D x 2-3/16"H
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Product History:

Kenwood KAC-9106D thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Kenwood KAC-9105D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KAC-9106D)
Kenwood KAC-9104D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KAC-9105D)
Kenwood KAC-9103D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KAC-9104D)
Kenwood KAC-9102D thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KAC-9103D)

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.

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 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.

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.
Performance (Kenwood)
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.

2000 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.

1000 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.
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.
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)
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 - 200 Hz
Subsonic Filter
Allows you to block (filter) ultra-low frequencies that your subs cannot reproduce.
20 - 50 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 - 18 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.
40A x 3 
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.
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
91%
4 Star
9%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.8
Usability
4.8
Jon

Las Vegas

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Great bang for the buck

May 1, 2014

Love the amp got it hooked up one alpine type r 12 amp is barley turned up 30 percent and its plenty of boom.

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Devin A

MI Rockford

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Best Bang for buck honestly

November 11, 2014

Had the previous KAC 9105d and it slammed my 2 cvr 124 subs. Not to mention reliability. these stay cool, quite and look nice. And has a true output of 1000w rms at minimum. Would be great to have one of these power a L7 kicker 15"

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J

Nashville

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Good buy

March 30, 2015

Work on the twiking and this player collaborates well with a good amp, speakers, and subs.

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klutch4

Pa

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KAC_9106D

June 25, 2014

Just got this baby hooked up to a RE audio sex12 and it slams in my vdub. It has yet to overheat on me or get too hot even in the summer heat. I guess the only downside is there is no remote. Great price and easy install

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daniel

arvada, CO

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Sounds so good

March 29, 2015

I have this amp hooked up to a Nvx vcw 152 pushing about 1200 rms and it pounds my sub! The power holds true and doesn't get hot! Has a sleek design and all around cool looking!! I would reccomend this for anyone!!

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Brandon

New Orleans LA

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great amp

March 21, 2015

I had this amp hooked up in a stealth enclosure in the left side t top area of a 02 formula. Its hooked up to a sundown audio E10D4 sub. I had to slightly clearance the box for the sub. Hits hard and sounds good . The rest of the speakers in the car are the factory monsoon with a alpine headunit. Im very happy with the performance of this amp. I took a road trip that's about 3 hours one way and no problems their and back.

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Mike

chgo,Il

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KAC_9106D

June 14, 2014

Outstanding,clean,powerful bass!!Doesn't get too hot a real value for 170 bucks.

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Ryan

Honolulu, HI

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Surprised

January 24, 2015

Look/Design: Very sleek. Excellent looking design. Wish there was more lighting on it like the 9104 and 9105 but still very clean.

Durability: Pushes a Rockford P3 12 that I wired for 4 ohms, and I push it hard. Longest use was BLASTING it for about an hour, switching between hard rock and rap. Never shut off, and when I got home I checked to see how hot it was... it was warm. Just warm. Remember it's wired for 4 ohms and not 2 so it will get hotter at 2 ohms.

Features: Has low pass and subsonic filters and bass boost. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 only because there is no bass remote option (knob you can run from the amp to the front of car to adjust bass)

Ease of use: Easy to adjust, easy to splice RCA's into the connector, easy to hook up cables.... the same as any other good amp.

Value: Try to find an amp that gives you 1000 rms at 2 ohms and 500 rms at 4 ohms that is CEA 2006 certified for around this price.

Overall: I purchased this amp because I saw it pumped out 500 rms at 4 ohms and was cea 2006 compliant. Honestly I was skeptical at first. I even made sure I could return it for free if it didn't deliver as promise. After breaking in my sub, I set the input signal(gain) to 3/4 and have the bass boost at about 1/4 and it slams my P3. Chest pounding, great quality bass! My Music preference is hard rock and rap and they both sound great.

Conclusion: It is a good amp that delivers as promised for a good price.

My experience with car audio: A.A. in Electronics and have been doing my own car audio as a hobby for 10 years. ( plan on checking true rms when my o-scope at work gets back from calibration= will update)

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Susie

Glenwood, IA

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fine product worked great

February 9, 2015

easy to install, worked great, arrived in very good time. thanks

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Dan

Fort Worth, TX

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Great Product

June 24, 2014

I had this product and much more professionally put into my car and it sounds great. This price is also a great deal. I will always shop here for my car system. THANKX!

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MIKE

FAIRFAX VA

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KENWOOD KAC-9106D

December 30, 2014

FAST SHIPPING AND IS A EXCELLENT AMP FOR MY SINGLE 12 W3.

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Why did you choose this?
Sonic Electronix Store
Best amplifier for my set up with a really good price.
Chris D on Apr 1, 2015
because it has the power im looking for and have had kenwood before !!!!
Daniel c on Feb 25, 2015
It was the best priced 1000 watt CEA rated amp.
Joseph D on Mar 15, 2015
Kenwood makes quality amps! Have used these mono block amps for years now!
Casey H on Feb 7, 2015
How do I run this amp at 2 ohms?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2014
Best Answer: that is all about the speakers you hook up and how. so a single 2 ohm, or two 4 ohm in series would both give the amp a 2 ohm load
Reply · Report · Kyle B on Sep 29, 2014
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i wanted to use this to power 1 rockford fosgate p3 12, will this be a good fit?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2015
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I was wondering if this would power 2 kicker 10CVR122's? I'm looking for a good match
A shopper on Apr 17, 2015
Best Answer: Hello,

You are currently getting too vague of a response from other customers, so we're going to chime in.

Two Dual-2ohm subwoofers have the ability to be wired to 0.5ohms , 2ohms, and 8ohms. Two of YOUR subwoofers is obviously asking for 800w RMS total (400 + 400) . So if you look at the amplifiers specs, it will answer your question. That is, the amplifier cannot run at anything lower than 2ohms, so that's a good thing for you, and @2ohms its doing 1000w. That is slightly more than you need, but thats ok. It is important that the setup is installed by a professional, to assure everything runs well.

http://www.the12volt.com/caraudio/woofer_configurations.asp?Q=2&I=22#results
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Apr 18, 2015
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I have an older version of this model, and without any changes to my system, or warning symptoms of any kind, the amp just stopped working. No blown fuses, no protect mode, nothing. I was using it to power 1 Audiopipe 8" DVC sub wired in parallel for a 2ohm load. It suddenly just stopped powering on, and I've troubleshot and replaced every component, and nothing works. It's only a 4yr old amp and should run for another 4yrs. I've always heard good things about Kenwood amps, but this is my first experience with one, and will also be my last! Anyone have any thought's?
Kelly C on Feb 7, 2015
Best Answer: My amp is mounted to the floor of my truck under the passenger seat. I worked as an installer for a local stereo shop a few years ago, and my kid's have fed a steady stream of their friends through my shop for custom enclosures and installs. This is the first amp failure I have experienced in over 30yrs of stereo work. I'm stumped
Reply · Report · Kelly C on Feb 8, 2015
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will these be a good fit?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2015
Kenwood KAC-9106D
Kenwood KAC-9106D
Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12
Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12
Best Answer: Hello,

No. The amp is far too much power (1000w RMS @ 2ohms) . The better match would be the Rockford Fosgate P3D2-12 wired up to 4ohms, but then you would be underpowering the driver. We don't suggest the pair.
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Mar 12, 2015
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I have 2 12" kicker cvrs they are 1600w max and 800w rms, and I ran the previous discontinued model of this amp which was the 1800w max. Will this amp work just as well? I feel like a little extra power won't hurt anything
A shopper on Mar 11, 2015
Best Answer: Hello,

Unfortunately, despite the details you've provided, you have not given us enough information to accurately answer your question. We ask that you resubmit your question, but DO NOT give Descriptions, provide MODEL NUMBERS. Also, "MAX" figures are useless figures when matching components, so do not include that either; stick to the Model Numbers.
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Mar 12, 2015
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I was thinking of using this amp to power two 2ohm Rockford Fosgate P3D2-10 in series. Do think this is a good fit?
A shopper on Nov 8, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

This would be a Fantastic setup! The figures match well and the amp provides the needed setting/features to make sure the setup plays well.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=76496&picture_id=1991246
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Nov 8, 2014
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What are the input and output connection types for this amplifier? Are the RCAs for signal input, and the screw terminals for power supply and subwoofer out?

I am confused because there are 2 pairs of each, yet it is a 1 channel amplifier.
broseph on Oct 21, 2014
Best Answer: Hello David,

The RCAs are the Inputs.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=76496&picture_id=1991246

The Spade Terminals are the Outputs.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=76496&picture_id=1991250

The Kenwood KAC-9106D is designed like all modern 'Pro' Monoblocks are, with multiple outputs. This is simply made - ironically - to make installation easier. To avoid confusion, use just One set of terminals [i.e. 1 Postitive (+) & 1 Negative (-)]. As long as the sub(s) are wired properly, this will not alter the performance.

BE AWARE, if you choose to instead use both sets of terminals, the amp brings the outputs together within [read: Parallel] .

Here are examples of modern monoblocks with such a configuration;

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=40252&picture_id=2021547

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=34764&picture_id=889818

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=29472&picture_id=768253
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Oct 21, 2014
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KAC-9106D

UPC

0019048206121

Weight

7.30lbs

Internal SKU

kac9106d

Internal Product ID

76496

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: Kenwood KAC-9106D