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MTX Thunder Elite 801D (TE801D)

1600W Max, Class D Monoblock Thunder Elite Amplifier

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MTX Thunder Elite amplifiers are the most technologically advanced amplifiers that MTX offers. Not only are the features and quality superior, but the looks and design of the amplifer puts the Thunder Elite series at the top of the amplifier line.

The Look

The ultimate expression of power and style. The piano black finish and brilliant chrome intake take Thunder to a new level of style. But underneath is still loud and proud MTX power and clarity. Oversized caps, ISMT produced circuit boards, Pure N-channel design, Adaptive Class D technology, and so much more combine to create the best sounding car audio amplifiers...ever.

The new and improved Prizm EFX with the addition of white light, the option of stealth mode with no lighting and the dazzling display of demo mode.

The Technology

Thunder Elite amplifiers offer the most extensive array of sound enhancement features of any Thunder amplifier. With the multitude of equalization settings, crossover options, subsonic filters, and other comprehensive adjustments all located on the top of the amplifiers, dialing in the perfect sound is easier than ever.

Thunder Elite amps feature MTX Smart Engage technology making it easy to add Thunder amplifiers to any factory or aftermarket system—without additional adapters or converters. You get to keep your factory A/V system, steering wheel controls and navigation without removing the factory source. Designed by xtant technologies, the fan brings the amplifier to a whole new level. Not just a fan, XTC is a self adjusting, turbo-charged intercooler that intelligently supplies cool air evenly and constantly over all devices based on the amplifier's demand.

  • 1600W Max, Class D Monoblock Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 400 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 800 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 1600 watts x 1 chan.
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • MTX Prizm EFX selectable color display
  • variable low-pass filter (40-200 Hz)
  • semi-parametric EQ (bass boost/cut +/-12 dB at 30-80 Hz)
  • Frequency Response: 20-200 Hz
  • Subsonic filter (12 dB/octave at 30 Hz)
  • Speaker-level inputs with Smart Engage
  • Xtant Technologies Cooling internal thermal management
  • Class-D amplifier design with MOSFET power supply
  • Fuse rating: 25A x 3
  • Dimensions: 9-5/8" L x 16-11/16" W x 2-1/2" H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2-year Manufacturer's warranty

Extend your MTX warranty to 3 Years when you install your new MTX amplifier with a compatible STREETWIRES amplifier kit! For a limited time, you can register your MTX amplifier and power kit to qualify for an additional 1 year of coverage. This offer is only available through authorized MTX Dealer in the United States of America or Canada and will only last for a limited time. With this amplifier, the following power kits will qualify for the extended warranty program: StreetWires ZN5K-04

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.
400 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.
800 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.
Not Stable
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. 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. This is the peak power output for the amplifier's 5th channel.
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.
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.

1600 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.

800 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.
1/0 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
2 ohms
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.
.5%
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.
No
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.

40 - 200 Hz
Subsonic Filter
Allows you to block (filter) ultra-low frequencies that your subs cannot reproduce.
30 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.
70 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.
-12 - 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.
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).
Yes
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
25A x 3 
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.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
88%
4 Star
13%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.9
Features
4.6
Design
5.0
Usability
4.8
Cody B.

Indianapolis

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Badass Amp

January 29, 2013

Great MTX product. I had 2 12" Kicker CVR's in a ported box hooked up to this bad boy and i was amazed by how much power it had. Plus the looks of this thing are on point, shinny and illumination of different colors? Yeah buddy, and takes a lot to heat it up, the fan on it is big as hell. No worries of overheating. Would defiantly recommend if you have a little extra cash, more than worth it.

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olskoolg

wichita ks

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ahh damn

April 18, 2012

I loooooovvve this amp. I've tried others at 800 watts and this MTX amp is so off the the chain man! I WILL be BUYING more MTX stuff!

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Chris

Holbrook, AZ

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This amp is amazing

March 4, 2012

I was kinda sketchy about buying this amp. As soon as i hooked it up I literally have had my ears hurt! I'm pushing my two twelve Pioneers and it's just perfect! I'm glad i bought this amp.

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jamie

lockport, NY

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great item

February 8, 2012

Great item. Definitely is way under powered than what the specs were. It pushes the subs hard. Would definitely buy again.

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Lawrence

Des Moines, IA

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WoW!

October 26, 2011

Let's just say for $330 my MTX Thunder 8000's pound because of the power this thing puts out. They say 800 watt rms at 2 ohms and you feel every single watt! Easy to hook up and reasonal price. Fast shipping also. The bass knob is a plus and the lights are pretty cool.

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ithree6mafia

bentonville, arkansas

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Best Bump for the buck!

September 23, 2011

this amp is really powerfull if you didnt know that this amp was 800watts you would probably think it was 1600watts! its that good and produces clear crisp bass, while also looking very sleek and sexy. i have this powering 2 12" kicker CVRs in an extended cab s10 and it shakes everything litteraly. so stop reading reviews, and go buy this amp!

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D

Canada

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Very good price

June 19, 2011

So far it seems to work good, but I can't fully endorse a product until I have had it longer than 6 months. If it lasts as long as my mtx 6001, I won't be pleased.

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Hanning

Anderson, South Carolina

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The TE801D

May 8, 2009

I have a MTX TE801D hooked up to a MTX T9515-44 in a Cadillac DTS. This amp runs like a charm. Built in fan keeps it cool as you pound out the tunes. With it's sleek black finish this amp looks at home in a classy ride. Rated at 800W RMS @ 2 ohms this amp is putting out 879W @ 2 ohms. It rocks. It's MTX. It's the old school name with the new school looks. You can't go wrong with anything that has MTX on it. Pick one up you'll be glad you did.....

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

TE801D

UPC

715442241217

Weight

12.00lbs

Internal SKU

te801d

Internal Product ID

9841

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: MTX Thunder Elite 801D (TE801D)