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1500W Max Monoblock Armor Series Class A/B Car Amplifier

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  • General Features:

    • Monoblock Armor Series Class A/B Car Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 700 watts x 1 chan.
    • Max Power Rating:
      • 2 ohms: 1500 watts x 1 chan.
    • MOSFET PWM Power supply
    • Remote subwoofer level control
    • LED power and protection indicators
    • Variable 0 to +18dB Bass boost
    • Thermal and speaker short protection
    • Soft turn-on circuit
    • Variable gain controls
    • Line and speaker level inputs
    • Input sensitivity selector
    • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heatsink
    • Chrome RCA level inputs
    • Chrome screw terminals
    • Variable low-pass filter
    • Dimensions: 10-1/3"L x 5"W x 2-3/16"H
    • 4-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.
    • Authorized Platinum Internet Dealer
    • 1 year Sonic Electronix, and 5 years Manufacturer's warranty

    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.
    700 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.
    Armor (Boss)
    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.

    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.

    1500 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.
    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.
    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.
    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)
    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.
    105 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.
    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).
    Fuse Rating
    The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
    30A x 1 
    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.

    Hi-Res Audio Compatible
    This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

    Warranty and Return Policy

    Parts Warranty Duration
    6 years
    Labor Warranty Duration
    6 years
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    A friend has one does good
    Joseph L on Mar 1, 2017
    Cheapest amp that I was able to purchase for my second vehicle
    Logan S on Nov 14, 2016
    Donald J on Nov 23, 2016
    the watts for the price
    dennis s on Oct 28, 2016
    what should i have the setting at for 2 jl 12?
    A shopper on Feb 1, 2015
    Best Answer: Hello,

    Unfortunately, "jl 12" is not a proper inquiry, and therefore we cannot provide any accurate information pertaining to your setup. Please, for future inquiries, provide a Proper Model Number, descriptions will not help. The following will be a generalization:

    Bass Boost - 0dB
    LP - ~120Hz
    Mode - Low Pass
    Level* - (see further below)
    Sensitivity - This depends on the source, and cannot be established by us. If the headunit provides preouts with 2v-8v, then obviously it must be set to that.

    *This cannot be determined by us. The sensitivity is intended to match the sensitivity of the headunit and is established by the actual headunit. We suggest doing homework on how to properly set the amplifier , or taking it to a professional .
    Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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    I have a pyle hydra series amp 4 channel running four 6.5 speakers ( the one that you connect your MP3 or and Aux cord to and plays through the amp) and I am wandering if I can use something like a RCA / Aux splitter to run both amps, this mono amp just for the sub woofer and the MP3 Pyle Hydra series amp for the 6.5 speakers? any help would be greatly appreciated
    Jason T on Oct 2, 2014
    Best Answer: I used rca splitters to run more then one amp i dont see why it wouldnt work for your setup to.
    Reply · Report · Jon C on Oct 2, 2014
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    Does it have to channels?
    A shopper on Dec 14, 2014
    Best Answer: Hello,

    Our gallery includes pictures of the side of the unit, where you can clearly see the number of outputs. However, Garrett is correct, this is a MONOBLOCK, where 'Mono' means 1.
    Reply · Report · Sonic Electronix SStaff on Dec 15, 2014
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    what will be the best sub to hook with this amp ? two 10`s or one twelve ?
    erin t on Jan 23, 2016
    Best Answer: I'd say one 12 so you'd have all the power from the amp going into one sub rather than splitting the amps power between two subs.
    Reply (1) · Report · Daniel Y on Jan 23, 2016
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    I have a 12" kicker comr. I only have one sub, will this amp work for what I have?
    Tyler H on Dec 28, 2015
    Best Answer: I believe it would work fine. I have two pioneer 10''s bridged on the amp and it works awesome. For the price this has been quality amp. Hope this helps you out.
    Reply · Report · ryan d on Dec 28, 2015
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    How do I hook a sub up 2 ohms VS 2ohms ?
    A shopper on May 24, 2016
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    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: Boss AR1500M (OPEN BOX COMPLETE)