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Kenwood Excelon X700-5

5-channel car amplifier — 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms (New Stock)

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Distributes the power for your whole system
This sweet-looking Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel amplifier can power your entire system, serving 40 watts RMS each to four full-range speakers while delivering up to 500 watts RMS to your sub. Got a nice set of components up front? You can switch the amp over to 3-channel mode, driving your components with 100 watts a side while still giving a sub a healthy 500 watts RMS of power.

Tuning where you need it
High-pass filters on the front and rear channels let you tailor the sound to fit your vehicle and speakers. You can adjust the low-pass filter and a bass boost on the subwoofer channel to get just the right bass for your vehicle, while optimizing your sub's performance.

Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel amplifier

Cooling fan
The unique fin shape of the extruded aluminum heatsink helps pull heat away from the amp's interior, reducing distortion and extending the amp's life. An intelligent thermal management system continually monitors the temperature and turns on a cooling fan when necessary, saving your music from any interruptions due to overheating.

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 50 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (50-200 Hz at 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • cooling fan
  • preamp inputs
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-5/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

My system has plenty of power. Who needs an amp?

You might think you don't need an amp because you have a 400-watt system in your car, or because your new stereo puts out 50 watts a channel. But those are peak wattage ratings, which may boil down to 15 or 20 watts per channel, using the more realistic RMS rating. An amp sends your speakers the power they need to deliver your music with clarity and impact, whether you're using factory speakers or high-performance components. And low-frequency reproduction requires lots of power, so an amp is an absolute must if you're adding a sub to your system.

Kenwood Excelon X700-5 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

18 Reviews

Saved my sound

Written by: Original608 from Lima, oh on February 8, 2016

I went to a local shop to have my brand new Polk audio speakers replaced because I hated them. The shop owner, although very willing to sell me his speakers(he doesn't sell Polk)said he thought he could help. He sold me this amp, hooked it up and tuned them right. i can't believe the difference. Tomorrow I'll be plugging in a sub to finish the system. I love the fact that I can run the entire system off one amp. The sound I get now is crisp and clean and Very loud. I can't wait to see what the sub sounds like.

Pros: Space saver, a lot of bang for your buck

Cons: None that I know of.

grate amp for the price

Written by: manny from California on December 11, 2015

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I was looking for a amplifier that would power all my system and this is a good one 5 channel for all your speakers and the sub as well cooling fan helps with the over heating so never shuts down. ..I recommend this amp

Pros: Very versatile in the way of the set up

Cons: Can't find one get sorry

Kenwood Excelon X700-5

Written by: Harry from Puerto Rico on October 19, 2015

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Excelent performance, works pretty well, no complain move my kicker CVR flawlessly. I have two complains but are relatively minors don't alter my 5 stars review.

Pros: Great Compact Size Great Quality Cooling fan very good to avoid the unit to be extra hot

Cons: A little bit heavy for its size Screws size are too small you have to use Y connector to make the connection easier.

great amp

Written by: Larry A from Virginia on October 3, 2015

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Without the amp the new speakers are so ordinary. This amp is more than enough. With the high and low pass filters you can get the correct sound for your ears.

Pros: The 5 channels allow for the sound to be customized.

Cons: None.

eXcelon, more like eXcellent.

Written by: Brushforhire from Pennsylvania on July 24, 2015

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So clean and powerful. I am running an active crossover, and the front mids off one set of channels and the tweeters off of the other set of channels. I cannot believe I waited so long to run a setup like this. I am also running a 12" sealed sub off the the sub channel at 2 ohms, until I get my custom fiberglass box made for my JL's, and it pounds the 12 so hard and smooth. I will be buying another eXcelon amp for more subs in my car without a doubt.

Pros: Price, looks, sound, quality.

Cons: None.

Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel car amplifier

Written by: Jorey from Oklahoma on May 2, 2015

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Great amplifier for what I needed. Provides great power to my component speakers throughout the vehicle & the sub-woofer. Overall this is a great amp if you are wanting to enhance the sound quality of your vehicle.

Pros: Provides good power (watts) to you speakers & sub-woofer without having to buy two separate amplifiers i.e. (4 channel amp & mono for the sub)

Cons:

Great

Written by: KCHahn from Colorado on April 24, 2015

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A nice, slim, space saving amplifier. Mounted a vertical, under back window of a 2001 Ford Ranger, extra cab. Just got it mounted and wired in, so I have not really had time to play with it, and make any adjustments to the sound! Too much other garbage, dirt, dust etc...to worry about, for an under seat mount. Even without adjustments, it pumps plenty of sound through the new Pioner speakers also recently installed. No subwoofer yet, hope to have that complete in about an hours time tomorrow.

Pros: Slim space saving unit.

Cons: Nothing to speak of yet!

Very clean sound

Written by: Masakari from Arizona on April 7, 2015

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Simple setup and clean power throughout its range. I wish Kenwood still made home audio as well - I've never got rid of a Kenwood product because it failed, only because it was ten or twelve years old and out of date.

Pros: Nice sound, easy setup, resonable price.

Cons: None.

Kickin' it!

Written by: Miguel Anaya from Anchorage, AK on February 23, 2015

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Awesome Amp! Paired perfectly with my Kenwood deck.

Pros: Easy to hook up once you run the wires. Low profile unit fit perfectly under the passenger seat.

Cons: Nada!

Clean Power

Written by: IsraelE from Texas on December 13, 2014

Great compact amp. Great amp for a pair of components and sub.

Pros:

Cons:

good amp so far

Written by: Charles from Tennessee on December 5, 2014

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Got this amp to replace a jbl 5 channel amp that died on me. So far I like the amp. It has plenty of power to provide your entire system.

Pros: It is a small that does not take up a lot of space.

Cons: None so far.

Awesome Product!

Written by: Pete K from Tampa Bay, FL on November 6, 2013

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I am extremely satisfied with this amplifier. It was very easy to install and operate. I am very happy that I can control my front speakers, rear speakers and subwoofer from one amplifier!

Pros: Ease of hook up and operation

Cons: None

Kenwood Excelon X700-5

Written by: no from il on September 6, 2013

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bought this one for a clearance refurbished I guess for the price you can't go wrong good sounding easy to hook up

Pros: powers all my speakers in my carsounds great

Cons: no complaints wish they gave out deals like this more often

Kenwood X700-5

Written by: Chase from Danville Ky on June 25, 2013

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I bought a factory refurb...I'm super satisfied!!! Same great quality product without the price tag being so high. It pushes the system (2 sets of kicker components and 1 MTX thunderform 12). I was able to tuck it under my rear seat and it's outta sight and outta mind.

Pros: Plenty of power!

Cons: N/a

Kenwood Excelon X700-5

Written by: Chris from Benton, AR on February 12, 2013

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Great amp for the price, delivers plenty of sound. Paired with a 4 ohm JL 10" in my Durango can be tuned from the head unit I choose to have balanced highs, mid's, and low's or can be cranked up to make your neighbors talk about you when you come in from work each day..

Pros: Great powerful sound!

Cons:

Awesome !

Written by: Jonathan from Manchester, NH on August 19, 2012

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I was upgrading the equipment in my civic and came across this amp... I couldn't afford the alpine pdx series since I wanted an amp that powered everything... For the price I couldnt pass it up... Got it the next week and had it professionally installed.... Couple days later it made a Loud horrible thumping sound when I turned my head unit on, then I smelled something burning.... Saw smoke coming from it... Crutchfield was excellent an had another one 4 days later.... Never had a problem since..... Powers everything to the max.... I can't turn the volume passed 28 and it goes to 35!

Pros: Excellent amp for the price Plenty of power for the speaker set up Easy to fine tune Very small

Cons: Not any that I can think of

Great amp

Written by: Rob p from Fort worth. Tx on August 16, 2012

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This amp is small and easy to mount. Pushing 2 pair of 6x9. In the doors and a pair of alpine e 10' inch in a down fire box. Very clean power and the gains are easy to understand. It pushes the tens to the limit and they hit hard, even in the downfire box

Pros: Easy to install and small enough to mount under seat

Cons: Nne right now

Great product

Written by: Chester D from Lynn, MA on August 16, 2012

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i wired this in conjunction with a Audio Control LC6i Line Output Converter in order to keep my factory radio. it is awesome!

Pros: 5 channels, built in cross overs, easy to set up.

Cons: no high inputs. you need a set of RCA cables for each channel (front, rear and subwoofer).

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Two 40-amp fuses (installed)
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 End caps (installed)
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty card

Product Research

Features

Multi-Channel Design: The X700-5 is basically three amps built into one chassis, two full-range 2-channel amps (A and B), typically powering the front and rear speakers, and one mono amp to power a subwoofer. Either of the full-range amps can also be bridged to one channel.

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a system of testing and measurement methods for mobile audio amplifiers. This voluntary standard advocates a uniform method for determining an amplifier's RMS power output and signal-to-noise ratio. The criteria for measuring power uses a DC input voltage of 14.4 volts and the RMS power output is measured into a 4-ohm load, with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N), and over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (when applicable). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels (dBA) at a reference of 1 watt into 4 ohms. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the Kenwood X700-5 is rated at 40 watts RMS x 4 plus 300 watts RMS x 1 with an 80 dBA signal to noise ratio.

Specifications: The manual also lists these non CEA-2006 compliant specifications:

  • Full-Range Channels:
    • 2Ω: 50 watts x 4 (at 1 kHz, no more than 0.5% THD)
    • Bridged: 100 watts x 2 (into 4Ω, at 100 Hz, no more than 0.5% THD)
  • Subwoofer Channel: 500 watts x 1-channel (into 2Ω, at 100 Hz, no more than 0.5% THD)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 100 dB (at rated power)

Cooling Fan: There is a cooling fan to help dissipate heat and ensure cool, reliable operation. Make sure not to block the vents or the fan when installing the amplifier.

Input Sensitivity: The X700-5 features independent gain controls for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels. The input sensitivity of each is adjustable from 200 mV to 5.0 volts.

High-Pass Filter: The front and rear amps have individual switches to set the built-in crossovers to high-pass or off (full-range). The crossover points are independently adjustable from 50-200 Hz. The high-pass crossover slope is 12 dB/octave.

Low-Pass Filter: The subwoofer channel's low-pass crossover is always engaged (it cannot be bypassed). The crossover point is adjustable from 50-200 Hz and the slope is 24 dB/octave.

Bass Boost: The subwoofer's bass boost circuit is centered at 40 Hz; boost is variable from 0 to +18 dB.

Aluminum Heat Sink: The aluminum heat sink increases the amplifier's heat dissipation efficiency, increasing the life of the amplifier.

Power And Ground Terminals: The amplifier features screw terminal power and ground terminals. They will accommodate spade connectors up to 0.55" wide.

Remote Turn-On Terminal: The remote turn-on is a screw terminal that will accommodate a spade connector up to 0.35" wide.

Speaker Terminals: The five pair of speaker terminals are screw terminals and will accommodate spade connectors up to 0.35" wide.

Signal Inputs: The amplifier features three pair of RCA input connections, A, B, and Sub.

Fuses: Two 40-amp ATO fuses are installed in the amplifier chassis.

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Customer Q&A

6 questions already asked

This is a hybrid amp. The full range channels are digital so cooling requirements are very low. The sub amp module is analog and high power. It also has a very low profile for such a powerful amp. I have this amp mounted behind the rear seat-back of my pickup. I had to mount it as close to the floor as possible but it fits just fine. I shaped a piece of plywood to bolt into existing factory holes on the back bulk-head. I then mounted the amp and four crossovers to the wood base and then bolted all that into the truck. I can easily disconnect the signal wires and then remove the whole assembly. I run it at high volumes all the time and have never had a problem. I'm using 2-way Helix speakers and JL sub. [ RODGER D  Apr 22, 2015 ]
Charles, I bought this amp about 6 months ago to mount in my party bus. I had same problem of wanting it out of harms way ( especially in a party bus). I screwed mine right to the wall behind a seat above a heater and have not had one single problem. This amp has a fan in it and as far as I can tell it does not get close to hot the way I have it mounted. Also it is almost always cranked all the way up for hours. Hope this helps !!! [ JUSTIN ROBERT  Apr 14, 2015 ]
Should be no problem. My brother mounted his amp there in his Ranger extra cab. I'll post a pic for you soon [ digital team  Apr 14, 2015 ]
You can easily mount to the cab wall. I put mine under Tacoma drivers seat and it is angled up and cockeyed some. Venting is a non-issue as it sucks front to back. My goal was just for security, ease of access, and keeping things looking stock. Cables connected easily even with the odd mounting. It's small and thin so easy to put just about anywhere. [ Hugh  Apr 14, 2015 ]
Front and rear are independent of the sub. The power output (in Watts) of the unit is shown as 4x40 (4ohm) and 1x300 (4ohm) for a single voice coil subwoofer or 4x50 (4ohm) and 1x500 (2ohm) for a dual voice coil subwoofer. I have a JL audio dual voice coil subwoofer so my amp runs 4 ohm to each of the front & rear speakers and 2 ohm to the sub. Sounds like that is what you are looking for. Take a look at the manual. It's on Kenwood's website here: It pays to take some extra time to make sure your components are all compatible before dropping the cash. [ Matthew  Mar 30, 2015 ]
When using this amp for only 3 channels you could use the front and rear pair of RCA's and bridge the outputs to increase power to your front 2 channels and use the sub output for the sub. [ CLYDE  Jun 23, 2014 ]
i would use the front rca jacks and the sub rca jacks. i have mine hooked up to 5 speakers and it is a great amp. [ WILLIAM  Jun 23, 2014 ]
You will want three sets of RCAs. Left, right, sub. Left and right each include front and rear. [ Robert  Jun 23, 2014 ]
No the amp does not have an input for any type of remote gain adjustment, like a bass boost knob or anything like that. It does have gain adjustments for all 3 pairs of channels, as well as a "bass boost" adjustment, but nothing remote. [ Trevor  Oct 12, 2015 ]
I had one installed. This doesn't include that option. However the amp has good sound. [ John Robert  Oct 11, 2015 ]
Sorry that I can't help you with your question, I'm using it without the level controller, don't have one to try it out. [ Daryl  Oct 11, 2015 ]
No, there is no remote level control with the amp [ Corbin  Oct 12, 2015 ]
Dont know [ Mike  Oct 11, 2015 ]