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Clarion APA250

50W x 2 car amplifier

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by Tim Sprinkle
Clarion

Fire up an APA Series amplifier and slam your speakers with a dose of clean, crisp, Clarion power. And just because these amps come loaded with high-end features doesn't mean you have to worry about digging in for the investment. In fact, with a Clarion APA amp driving the tunes in your car, you'll get the sound quality and performance that you want for a price that's hard to beat!

The APA250 gives you plenty of power to drive a pair of full-range speakers (50 watts RMS x 2), or bridge the channels and pound away at a sub with 100 watts of power. You can adjust the variable high-/low-pass filters to maximize speaker performance, and switch on the selectable bass boost for up to 12 dB of low-end help.

Gold-plated connectors ensure that plenty of clean signal finds its way into and through the amp. Looking to add some oomph to your factory stereo? Don't worry, the APA250's speaker-level inputs offer easy connection to any audio system.

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Highlights:

  • 50 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS at 4 ohms in bridged mode
  • 4-ohm stable in bridged mode
  • stereo or bridged mono output
  • fuse rating: 25 amps
  • requires 10-gauge power and ground leads — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • variable high- and low-pass filters: 50-250 Hz at 12 dB per octave
  • selectable bass boost (0/6/12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • preamp- and speaker-level inputs
  • 10-1/4"W x 2-3/8"H x 10-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • One 2-channel amp with a 25-amp fuses on chassis
  • One 12" speaker input harnesses
  • Owner/Installation Manual
  • Limited Warranty sheet

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Inputs and Outputs

Features

Color: The amplifier is black with gray accents. The Clarion logo on the top is silver 

Bass Boost: This circuit allows the user to get either a 6 or 12 dB boost at 45 Hz. It can also be turned off.

Power LED: When the power is on, the LED illuminates in green.

Current Feedback Amplification Circuit: This circuit is designed to give you extended frequency range and maximize the potential of the amplifier by allowing it to produce clean, ultra-high frequency sound levels up to the frequency range of 50kHz.

Controls

Gain: On the left side of the amplifier, there is a gain control knob. This inset knob allows you to vary the gain from 200mV to 5V.

Crossover: There is a continuously variable crossover from 50 to 200 Hz. The slope of the crossovers is 12dB per octave. This amplifier has a switch on it which will allow you to make the amp a high-pass, low-pass, or full range amplifier.

Fuses: The amplifier chassis houses one 25 Amp ATC type fuse (blade). This fuse is found on the right side of the amplifier.

Inputs and Outputs

Inputs:

Left side of the amplifier:

  • RCA Inputs: there are gold plated left and right preamp inputs

  • Speaker-Level Input: the speaker-level (high-level) input terminal is used with the supplied wiring harness

Right side of the amplifier:

  • Remote: gold plated screw terminal (terminal width is 0.350")

  • Ground: gold plated screw terminal (terminal width is 0.350")

  • Battery: gold plated screw terminal (terminal width is 0.350")

Outputs:

Left side of the amplifier:

  • Speakers: there are gold-plated left and right, positive and negative screw terminal speaker outputs for all four channels (terminal width is 0.350")

 
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5 out of 5

Great amp!!!

Written By Max, Shelby,Mi on Wednesday, April 09, 2008
 
This is pretty strong amp for his rating(50 RMS x 2)...IT have a lot power to run full range speakers with strong bass boost and crispy clear sound!!!And the price is awsome!!!!
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Clarion Amp

Written By jay, Blackshear, GA on Friday, March 11, 2005
 
This is by far the best amp I have purchased. I currently have a Sony CDX-F5000 Head Uint, 2 12" Sony Xplod XS-L121P5 Subwoofers and the sound is very clear, people around my friends say this an awesome amp they have ever heard with crisp clear sound. For anyone who wants a little bit of thump but not that much this is the amp. Its very easy to install, easy directions and everything.
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