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Boss AR1500M Amplifier + Complete 4 AWG Amp Kit

1500W Max Armor Series Class A/B Monoblock Amplifier with Remote Subwoofer Level Control Included + Amp Kit

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• RMS: 700W x 1 @ 4 ohms
• Peak: 1500W x 1 @ 2 ohms
• Wired Bass Remote Included
• Bass Boost 0-18 dB
• Heavy Duty Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
• Complete 4 Gauge 2-Channel Amplifier Installation Kit

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Boss AR1500M

1500W Peak (1125W RMS) Armor Series Class-AB Monoblock Amplifier with Bass Remote
Quantity: 1

Product Details:

  • Armor Series Class A/B 2 ohms Stable Monoblock Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 563 watts x 1 channel
    • 2 ohms: 1125 watts x 1 channel
  • Peak Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 750 watts x 1 channel
    • 2 ohms: 1500 watts x 1 channel
  • Total RMS power output: 1125 watts
  • LED Power/Protect Light
  • Wired bass level remote control included
  • Soft turn-on circuit
  • MOSFET PWM power supply
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Nickel plated RCA low level and high level inputs
  • Gun metal gray anodized heatsink
  • Frequency Response: 9 - 50000 Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): .01%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: >105 dB
  • Variable low-pass filter: 50 - 250 Hz
  • Variable Bass Boost: 0 - 18 dB
  • Fuse Rating: 30A
  • 4 AWG gauge amplifier wiring kit is recommended for installation
  • Dimensions: 10.31" L x 6.5" W x 2.8" H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 6 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • MFR #: AR1500M

Belva BAK42BL

4 Gauge Premium (CCA) Copper Clad Aluminum Complete 2-Channel Amplifier Wiring Kit with RCA for Amplifiers up to 1200 Watts - BLUE
Quantity: 1

Product Details:

  • Complete 4 Gauge 2-Channel Amplifier Installation Kit
  • Designed for car audio systems up to 1200 watts RMS
  • Premium Powerflex power and ground wire provides optimal power transfer
  • Belva CCA wire is made from 30% copper while the competition uses only 10%
  • Helical Twist Construction Audio Interconnect RCA cables minimize noise and interference
  • MINI-ANL Fuse holder with a 80 amp fuse offers ideal protection for high powered systems
  • Complies to American Wire Gauge standards
  • Also available in Black and Red
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Kit includes:

  1. 17 ft. (5.2 meters) Blue 4 gauge power wire
  2. 3 ft. (.91 meters) Black 4 gauge ground wire
  3. 17 ft. (5.2 meters) Gray 18 gauge remote lead wire
  4. 17 ft. (5.2 meters) Helical Twist 2-channel RCA interconnect cable
  5. 20 ft. (6.1 meters) 16 Gauge Speaker cable
  6. One MINI-ANL Fuse Holder with a 80 amp fuse
  7. One Black rubber firewall grommet
  8. One 4 Gauge Blue chrome plated ring terminals
  9. One 4 Gauge Black chrome plated ring terminal
  10. Three 18 Gauge Blue Spade terminal
  11. Two 18 Gauge Black Spade terminal
  12. One 18 Gauge Red butt connector
  13. Ten 4" Black zip ties

Specifications & Details


Power Specifications - Subwoofer Channel
RMS Power @ 4 ohms
563 watts x 1 channel
RMS Power @ 2 ohms
1125 watts x 1 channel
Peak Power Output
1500 watts x 1 channel
Amplifier Specifications
Amplifier Class
A/B
Number of Channels
1 - Mono
Total Peak Power Output
1500 watts
Total RMS Power Output
1125 watts
Maximum Input Gauge Size
Any Gauge with use of Spade Terminal AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
2 ohms
Minimum Impedance Bridged
Not Bridgeable
THD at Rated RMS Power
.01%
Speaker Level Inputs
Yes
Preamp Outputs
No
Built-in Crossover
Low-Pass (LP)
Full (AP)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
105 dB
Bass Boost
0 - 18 dB
Remote bass/level controller
Yes
Fan Cooled
No
Fuse Rating
30A x 1 
CEA-2031 Compliant
No
Amplifier Kit Specifications
Number of Amplifiers Supported
1
Power/Ground Wire Size
4 gauge
Power Wire Length
17 feet
Ground Wire Length
3 feet
Speaker Wire Included
Yes
Speaker Wire Length
20 feet
Remote Wire Length
17 feet
Interconnect (RCA) Signal Cables Included
2 Channel
Fuse Holder
Mini ANL
Fuse Size
80A
Distribution Block Included
No
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Item Details


Manufacturer:

Model Number:

BAK42,AR1500M

Weight:

8.62lbs

Internal SKU:

ar1500m_bak42

Internal Product ID:

126597

Customer Ratings & Reviews



5 star
65%
4 star
23%
3 star
8%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%



Durability
4.6
Value
4.7
Features
4.5
Design
4.6
Usability
4.7

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Not a bad 100 watt amp to start your system with some caveats.

The following review is for AR1500M, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

For the price, this is a sweet amplifier. it has a small foot print. And actually, I like the screw down terminals. The name plate on the top is a little cheesy. If I can, I would just take the plastic name plate off the top of the amp. (I think it's plastic?) But the look and finish of the amp is really first rate. It seems to be built very well. I can't complain about its aesthetics. I have 2 of these amps and they are great for Music. They really do have great specs on them and make a great cheap monoblock amp that does great at full range since it is a class A/B amp.

Now here are some need to know info.

Boss rates this amp at 700RMS Well it does to that IF..

1. You have a 15.5V electrical system according to the Boss tech I spoke with. BTW, REALLY GREAT TECH SUPPORT PEOPLE who are honest.

2. You actually have a linear 2 ohm load that does not happen in the real world. Going lower then 1.7 the amps starts to heat up quick. It will drive a 1.3 ohm load for a very short period of time. But the output transistors don't seem to like to work that hard and heat up quick. One side gets REALLY hot. (right upper side of amp on the input side where the Bass control switch is hooked up. (3, 4 ohm sub-woofers in parallel.

3. During 2 ohm loads, this amp is fine in the horizontal position. It never gets hot to the touch in my set up playing dub step. Bass CD's that have nothing but very low content will make this amp warm to the touch, but nothing to bad in 50' weather. On hot days, You are going to need a fan or some air movement to keep it cold in the trunk of your car with 2 ohm loads. Mine is mounted on the seat back in a minivan. So no problems with heat so far.

To get the most out of this amp Get the Boss P126DVC and throw that in a very good ported box and you will be very happy with the amount of sound that you can get at such a low price. The specs say 96db on this woofer, take that as a ball park figure. Figure about 90 in the real world. I am sure Boss got this figure at its peak output efficiency. (Numbers sell after all)


You must give this AMP MIN 14.4 voltage. Don't even think about cheaping out on your installation of power. This is not an amp that does well if the power is not there. there is no real reserve capacity for this amps power supply. Take my advice, if you want to go cheap on amps, then you have to spend the money elsewhere.

I am able to get 14.4 stable on my amp with a 140 amp stock alternator by doing the big 3, and using large 1 gauge full copper wire for both ground and Positive leads and just a stock new battery in the car. Going to do a clamp test on the amps today, ( I have 2 of these in the back of the car. And I can tell you that these amps really like 2 ohms loads and sound best at that load under my system.

It does not have the "effortless Reserve" that better amps like the RF. or the Aura Amp that I have for testing. It just seems like it is missing the "Grunt" that better amps seem to have. However, with the 2 Quantum sub-woofers that I am using in a sealed box, they seem to put out plenty of volume on a 2 ohm load.

The report that these need the bass boost switch on is kind of true, but it makes it sound very stressed. It's best use is if you like to listen to music that just does not have much bass in the song that you are listening to.(Classical music) Otherwise, leave it off.

about 2 o'clock seems to be the best gain setting on the kn0ob for me. that way I can turn the remote switch to ten without audible distortion..

High level inputs worked great from the stock infinity sound system in my mini van when I installed it at first. I think it sounded more musical this way.

Bass control knob uses 6PC connectors. I was able to get a telephone splitter so I could just use one wire and knob for both amps in the back. You have to get one that has all 6 wires in them. Most only have 4.

This amp feels more like a real 100 watt amp. And guess what. It is.

After my clamp test, with settings on max and at the 2 o clock position for the gain with the bass control knob on max, I got the following readings on a sealed 1.25 cube sealed box with quantum sub-woofers rated at 250 RMS and at 4 ohms. I tested with voltage readings at the amps being about 14 volts under normal music, and under test tones and bass heavy music, I was seeing 13.8 and 13.5 with just one amp hooked up to a sub-woofer with the other amp being at idle with no load, and RCA input being disconnected.

Both the amps had time to warm up and were cool to the touch. and only moderately warm with ambient temps with the rear tailgate open were about 45' F. while taking the readings.

I used a cheap Harbor Freight Multimeter and Clap tester in the 20A range and measured both the positive and negative leads by the amp and next to the speaker. Wire gauge to the speaker was 12 gauge.

Clamp test results while car was idling.

The best I got was 4 amps with avg being about 3.58 Amps sustained, and 30 Volts AC with avg being about 27 at 13.8 avg System voltage. at 4 Ohms.

2 ohms under the same conditions were 7.59 Amps, and around 28 VAC being about my best sustainable numbers.

So if I did the math OK, This is a 108W amp at 4 ohms. And at 2 ohms the AT1500 does 211W running bother Sub-woofers in paralleled configuration.

This is far short of even the 300W prediction someone mentioned.

According to Boss tech I spoke with, the output of each amp is a little different. However, under my testing, both amps were only of by maybe 3 watts with both being carefully set the same as possible.

Also one of the amps seem to play music even without the Amp plugged in to the line in. I think it is defective as the other amp does not do this. After a power cycle, I think it went away for a bit. But all my wires are running up the same line so this may be why the cross talk goes in to the power and ground leads. To stress this, the other amp is dead silent. . I have a 120000 MFD cap on there to serve as a filter to clean up the DC, but somehow, the amp is playing music from the power, and grounds going to it. But still plays and tests great, so back to the store it goes for one that does not do this. This amp has been working for about 3 months now, and the other one is 2 days old. So time will tell if the other amp does the same thing after a while as well.

The Description here says to use 4 gauge wire. You could use 14 gauge power and ground wires (Extension cord type) and still not over stress the wire This amp pulls about ballpark 25 Amps at MAX load.

According to my math, a 15 amp fuse should do the job.

Problems I have faced so far has been the one amp getting a audio signal via the power wires, and playing it through to the speakers. Other then that, both amps seem to be working ok. The other amp does not do this.

If you really want my opinion about this amp and its best use. I would use it as a mono-block full range amp for each channel. 100 real watts to your front speaker set is more then enough headroom.

Also, I know it would invalidate the warranty, but I would remove that plastic boss logo from the top of the amp. The Titanium/ Gun Metal Gray finish is just beautiful to look at. The Large boss logo just ruins it.

As a bonus, it would aid in cooling to a very small degree.

As a side note, if you run multiple amps, you can control the gain from just one knob using a 6pc telephone adapter. My set up works just fine and is very musical at the 4 ohm load during normal balanced listening.

If you have your subs in a well insulated trunk, this amp just does not have the power to really provide you with what you need. Sonic has a great Stillwater Designs amp that puts out a real 500W RMS for around a Hundy. I would really recommend getting something something that puts out 500 RMS for sub-woofer use. Not that you want to shake the car, it just needs to have that headroom in a loud car environment and especially if you have your sub-woofers in the trunk. That way hot days won't be a problem.

Running a amplifier at it's limit is never a good idea in places with little in way of ventilation.

If you want to stay with the great 5 year warranty (on this amp anyways) get the biggest Boss amp in the series they sell, and remember, all these amps only put out 1/4 of what they say in an average installation and are very sensitive to voltage drop. A cap will not help that 8 gauge wire issue. On cheap amps like this, you need every single volt of power you can get to this amp otherwise, you are just wasting your money. If you are going to bother running wire, do it right and use a min of REAL AWG 4 gauge real copper for the run.

By imickey503 on March 2, 2013

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BELVA amp kit

The following review is for BAK42BL, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

Not much to say, its an amp kit. Great value.

By Derek on September 19, 2014

102

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Good kit on a budget

The following review is for BAK42BL, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

I bought this kit for a buddy of mine to do a small install in his 1999 Lumina. It's very flexible and more than enough for his little daily pounder setup.

By Randominstaller on September 28, 2014

99

found this helpful.

great product

The following review is for BAK42BL, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

Works great nice tight packaging and you get everything you need for your amp. Also it is true 4 gauge wire unlike some kits that advertise the wrong gauge wire this one is correct the correct size they say. Will buy again

By Jamal on August 29, 2014

99

found this helpful.

reasonable price

The following review is for AR1500M, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

It is unbelievable how low price everything is. I am 100percent satisfied

By none on August 26, 2014

99

found this helpful.

Great buy

The following review is for AR1500M, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

Great sound and ease of installation ....best value for low cost...could never duplicate it locally.

By Joe C on August 21, 2013

96

found this helpful.

Thee almighty Boss Amp

The following review is for AR1500M, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

200 watt amp. Not 1500...Good starter amp..

By whitemamba on January 27, 2014

95

found this helpful.

Belva BAK42BL

The following review is for BAK42BL, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

Disregard the rating for durability because I have only had this product installed for a week. This kit is quality for the money. The wiring is a little sparse for 4 gauge, but it's definitely not 8 gauge in a 4 gauge sleeve. Loses one star for ease of use because the ring terminals must be crimped on by the user (which may be difficult if crimpers or a vice are not accessible to the user). Overall, I would recommend this to anyone on a budget or looking for a wiring kit for their first system.

By Dave on July 27, 2014

96

found this helpful.

Great Product!!

The following review is for AR1500M, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

Its really awesome!! Powers the speakers really well, small size, easy to move around, great amplifier!! Cheers!!

By Drel on April 3, 2013

91

found this helpful.

Beat kit for the $$

The following review is for BAK42BL, which is a part of the bundle you are viewing.

I ran this to my 1200 watt sony amp with 2 1000 watt pioneer subs in a sealed box . And let me just say everyone in my neighborhood can hear me before they see me. I'm only at about 75% gain . I may but 1 or 2 more as back up for the future . People said the fuse holder dosent fit , I didn't use it , but all you have to do is back the set screw all the way out and slide out the inner holer and it will fit perfectly.

By KileFTP on October 15, 2014

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