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Kenwood KAC-7201

150W x 2 car amplifier (New Stock)

9 Reviews

Item #: 113KAC7201

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Original Price: $149.99

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Kenwood KAC-7201

Overview

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Along with a boatload of power, the KAC-7201 amp gives you the flexibility to handle just about any job, with high- and low-pass crossovers to route the appropriate frequencies to your speakers. If you're packing a subwoofer in the trunk, you'll want to take advantage of the KAC-7201's bridged mode for a whopping 460 watts of MOSFET-fueled power.

When you're in the mood to really crank up the volume, you've got to have plenty of wattage behind your speakers. Kenwood's got you covered with their KAC series amplifiers!

Along with a boatload of power, the KAC-7201 amp gives you the flexibility to handle just about any job, with high- and low-pass crossovers to route the appropriate frequencies to your speakers. If you're packing a subwoofer in the trunk, you'll want to take advantage of the KAC-7201's bridged mode for a whopping 460 watts of MOSFET-fueled power.

Switch on the selectable bass boost and let 'er rip — the built-in cooling fan helps keep the temperature down, even when the volume's up.

I have had the amp 7 years, never an isssue . it was pushing 2 - 4 inch Sony Explods, 2 - 6 inch and 2 - 10inch Kenwood subs.

James O, Atlanta GA

What's in the Box:

  • 2-Channel amplifier with two 30-amp blade fuses inserted into the chassis
  • One 7" speaker-level input harness
  • 1 Rubber terminal cover
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • 150 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms
  • 230 watts x 2 at 2 ohms
  • 460 watts RMS x 1 bridged output at 4 ohms
  • stereo or bridged mono output
  • 4-ohm stable in bridged mode
  • Tri-way capable (Tri-Way crossover required)
  • MOSFET power supply
  • requires 4-gauge power and ground leads — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • variable low-pass crossover (50-200 Hz at 18 dB per octave)
  • selectable high-pass crossover (150 Hz at 12 dB per octave)
  • selectable bass boost (12 dB at 90 Hz)
  • preamp- and speaker-level inputs
  • preamp outputs
  • cooling fan
  • 13-5/8"W x 2-5/16"H x 11-1/4"D
  • 1-year warranty
Reviews

Kenwood KAC-7201 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

9 Reviews

Ultra reliable!!!

Written by: Ecwheelman from Barberton, OH on April 23, 2016

Always loved kenwood amps they just sound better great for audiophiles not so much for blowing your windows out. I was hooking this amp to a preloaded kicker box (2 ohm 1 speaker input) didn't feel comfortable bridging it as I think that would make it 1 ohm which this amp is not built for so I tried wiring normally both amp outputs to the one speaker box input it didn't sound right so I thought I must've cris crossed the wires so I reversed them still sounded bad so I unhooked one speaker wire from the amp (but not the subs) was driving when amp cut out figured it overheated and would come back on in a few. Soon I smelled burning electronics so I pulled over and the amp was HOTTTTTT so I pulled the power wire so the short would stop then looked for the issue the speaker wire I forgot to detach from the box was on the cars ground. I covered the wire and started pricing new amps but didn't really want a new one because I liked this one. I was sad because it clearly burnt up in the short but decided to make absolutely sure it didn't work before I trashed it so I hooked it back up and sounded just the way it did before!! It's still in my car to this day working like new. I will now always buy kenwood amps (not a fan of their door speakers though) for the rest of my life (if I ever even need to with this bad boy around! I love it and would rate 100000 stars if I could.

Pros: Amazing sound quality Unbelievable reliability Built in cooling fan Impressive power for wattage rating Won't make your neighbors want to kill you in your sleep

Cons: Won't win competitions Won't make your neighbors want to kill you in your sleep

SOLID reliable amp

Written by: Crispy from Stoon, SK on April 4, 2011

WICKED, WICKED, WICKED, amp!!!!! VERY reliable!!! Had this for about 10 years! I can't say enough. It pushed 2 12 inch MTX. Melted the plastic on the power connection, got really hot, all because i was a dumbass and wired it parallel instead of series. Took the abuse and beating like a champ!! Hooked it up correctly, WICKED!!! Shook the whole car. Sub's were cheap and old, blew one, bought a different one, looks stupid, but BOOM BOOM BOOM!!!! Replaced 12's with one alpine 10 inch 500w type r DVC. After breaking it in, BOOM BOOM BOOM!!! Moves that 10 nicely. Gonna replace the amp with a 1500w in 1 ohm MB quarts ONYX, add another 10, and use this amp what it was intended for, some nice comp door speakers hahahahaha!!!!! Even with the melted power connector, still going strong. Saved me money in the long run, now I'm just worried it will blow my door speakers!!!

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GREAT amp

Written by: James O from Atlanta GA on March 9, 2011

I have had the amp 7 years, never an isssue . it was pushing 2 - 4 inch Sony Explods, 2 - 6 inch and 2 - 10inch Kenwood subs.

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Written by: inphluence from Mission Viejo, CA on May 19, 2010

I purchased this amp and have had it for over 7 years now, and it is still pumping great to this day!

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Dominate!

Written by: Brad from Wisconsin on May 19, 2005

All I have to say is wow! Ive tried out a couple of amps already and this one can handle it all.... I have 4 12's hooked up and it handles it like nothing. No problems at all, best money spent yet. The best thing about this amp is the knowledge to kick out when over loaded, such as when the volume gets cranked by one of your friends or something. Highly recomended, o ya and the fan on there is the best thing to have on there.

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Written by: Bad2kgmc from wichita,KS on May 18, 2005

I think this amp is really good for the power and money. Right now I have it pushing two Memphis 12's and it does a really great job. If I were someone out there looking for a good amount of power and not to bad on price here is your answer.

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Push

Written by: CourtJest187 from FRISCO, TX on April 27, 2005

I am pushing 2 Alpine SWE-1242 and it bumps them pretty good...I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to get a great bump for a great price...I would recommend any kenwood amp to anyone they are tough and they bump!!! <BR>

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Written by: Philip from Chicago, IL on April 23, 2005

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I bought this amp about two years ago along with two 12in Kenwood dP+. It's a great amp. I've never had any problems. It's well worth the $. My next amp will be a Kenwood.

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Good amp

Written by: Andy from Uxbridge, Mass on February 8, 2005

This is a good amp. I have it powering 2 12 inch kicker compVr's and it sounds great. Even tho the amp puts out 460 rmsand the two subs max is 800 rms it still sounds great. The sound quality is excellent, and it looks really kool. Mine always gets anywhere from warm to hot during use, but it has never shut off on me, so don't b scared. I've owned this amp for about a year and havent had a single problem w/ it. This is a good amp, and a lot better now that it's $150 instead of $200. Go for it.

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What's in the box?

Download the Kenwood KAC-7201 manual

  • 2-Channel amplifier with two 30-amp blade fuses inserted into the chassis
  • One 7" speaker-level input harness
  • 1 Rubber terminal cover
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Ground Isolation Circuit: This circuit cancels noise from the input of the negative side of the RCA cable, preventing vehicle electrical noise from interfering with the music.

Quiet Turn-on: This feature allows the amplifier to power up over a period of several milliseconds instead of instantaneously, protecting your speakers from thumps and other sounds that could be damaging.

Internal Crossover: The internal crossover can be set for full-range, low-pass or high-pass operation. The low-pass frequency is adjustable from 50-200 Hz with an 18 dB/octave slope. The high-pass frequency is fixed at 150 Hz with a 12 dB/octave slope.

Bass Boost: The bass boost gives you a 12 dB gain in bass output, centered at 90Hz.

Preamp Outputs: The preamp output jacks provide a convenient source for daisy-chaining an additional amplifier without running an extra set of RCA cables from the front of the vehicle to the amplifier location.

Protection Circuitry: To keep the amplifier safely operating, the protection circuitry is triggered in the following situations:

  • When a speaker wire may be short-circuited
  • When a speaker output contacts ground
  • When the unit malfunctions and a DC signal is sent to the speaker output
  • When the internal temperature is too high for the unit to operate
  • When the head unit, or this unit, is not properly grounded

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Right Side of Amplifier:

  • Battery and Ground Connections: gold-plated screw terminals; each terminal is 0.561" wide
  • Remote Turn-on Connection: gold-plated screw terminal that is 0.345" wide
  • Speakers Outputs: gold-plated screw terminals; each terminal is 0.345" wide

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