Video: 2012 Kenwood Excelon amplifiers

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Zak Billmeier

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.

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While at CES 2012, we got the inside scoop on the new Kenwood Excelon line of amplifiers. The line consists of three models featuring a small footprint, clean design, and covered by a reassuring 2-year warranty — the X500-1, the X450-4, and the X700-5. Listen as Matt from Kenwood explains the power ratings of each model.

Video Transcript

Zak: Hey, we're at the Kenwood booth at CES 2012 and Matt's going to take us through the new Excelon amps.

Matt: Yeah, so, we have three new Excelon amplifiers this year. We have the X500-1, which will be 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms, 500 watts x 1 at 2 ohms. As you can see, it has a very small chassis, a very clean look, and it's an Excelon model so it has a two-year warranty.

The four-channel is the X450-4, and this amplifier actually has a staggered section, so it will do 60 watts x 2 on the A-channel, and 100 watts x 2 on the B-channel, so it gives the user a lot of different area to do different configurations.

And then we have a third model, which is the five-channel, which is the X700-5, and that amplifier will be 40 watts x 4 for the high range, and the sub channel will actually be 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms and 500 watts x 1 at 2 ohms.

Zak: Great. Thanks, Matt. That's the 2012 Excelon amps with a two-year warranty.

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