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Pioneer GM-A6604

4-channel car amplifier — 60 watts RMS x 4

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Pioneer GM-A6604

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Many people never think to upgrade their car's audio system, suffering with subpar sound when they listen to music. Pioneer's GM-A6604 4-channel amplifier will greatly improve the sound quality in your vehicle, so you'll look forward to spending time on the road. This punchy Pioneer amp will power your front and rear speakers with 60 watts RMS each, which is a huge jump over the power supplied by your car radio. You'll hear more of the little details in your music, even when you turn your system up to compete with the road noise.

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Many people never think to upgrade their car's audio system, suffering with subpar sound when they listen to music. Pioneer's GM-A6604 4-channel amplifier will greatly improve the sound quality in your vehicle, so you'll look forward to spending time on the road. This punchy Pioneer amp will power your front and rear speakers with 60 watts RMS each, which is a huge jump over the power supplied by your car radio. You'll hear more of the little details in your music, even when you turn your system up to compete with the road noise.

Practical features

You can also put this versatile amp into 2-channel mode to send up to 180 watts RMS each to a couple of component speakers or subwoofers. Switchable 80 Hz high- and low-pass filters on the A channels help take the rumble away from full-range speakers or the sizzle away from a sub. The B channels sport variable high-and low-pass filters so you can better adjust the sound for critical front soundstaging or a finely-tuned bass. A bass boost adds extra kick, if you want it. Speaker-level inputs allow you to add the GM-A6604 to a factory radio. This amp's performance features and reasonable price make it a great choice for almost any vehicle needing a sonic upgrade.

Easy to install and wire. Good sound.

Anonymous, Bloomfield, CT

What's in the Box:

  • 4-Channel amplifier
  • Two 25amp ATO fuses (installed)
  • 4" Speaker-level input harness
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's Manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

Product Highlights:

  • 4-channel car amplifier
  • 60 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms (90 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms)
  • 180 watts RMS x 2 in bridged mode (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • switchable high- and low-pass filters (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on A channels
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (40-500 Hz, 12 dB per octave) on B channels
  • bass boost (0-12 dB at 50 Hz) on B channels
  • MOSFET power supply
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • fuse rating: 25A x 2
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-3/4"W x 2-3/8"H x 8-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Pioneer GM-A6604 Reviews

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Pioneer Amp

Written by: Anonymous from Bloomfield, CT on May 4, 2016

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Easy to install and wire. Good sound.

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Pioneer Gm-A6604

Written by: Stewart from Smiths Grove, KY on March 6, 2016

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The 6604 runs excellent with my pioneer 6810bt deck, plenty of power, great amp.

Pros: Great power for the buck, would recommend this amp to friends.

Cons: None.

Pioneer GM-A6604

Written by: Dan Y from Kansas City, Missouri on February 13, 2016

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Easy installation, great sound

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Pioneer GM-A6604

Written by: Anonymous from New Jersey on August 8, 2015

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Pwerfull & Clear

Pros: Better then my OME Amp, was able to mount it a place where no water damage could affect it.

Cons: Had to mount it next to my OME Sub Woffer.

Great amp

Written by: Anonymous from Olive branch, MS on July 6, 2015

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Great amp with plenty of power and good clarity.

Pros: Good clear, crisp sound

Cons: Was too big to conceal in my car. Not a big deal though.

Very nice amp

Written by: Anonymous from Maryland on June 5, 2015

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Purchased this to install in a 1969 Camaro, using 2 Polk rear deck speakers and a Retro sound custom dash speaker. The amp is great for this application. Being able to adjust the level for front and back speaker output, and HPF with range adjustments has been beneficial for tuning to match the speakers and car. Plenty of power, clean and clear. Would buy this item again, recommended amp.

Pros: Plenty of power for my app, great adjustability

Cons: None

Great Amp

Written by: Vanessa from Apache Junction, AZ on April 11, 2015

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It is a very got amp, decent size and fits perfect under my car seat

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Great Amp

Written by: 415reviews from Ross, CA on January 29, 2015

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I needed a great amplifier that could handle some pioneer d series speakers I had purchased. I was suggested this amplifier and at such a great price I couldn't refuse. I have been using it now for a month and have had no problems. It's a great amplifier that runs notable power for such a low price.

Pros: Price was low Easy to wire 4 channel, including bridged mode Numerous ports for any wiring variation Great power

Cons: None so far

Perfect upgrade to factory system

Written by: CCO from Atlanta, GA on October 28, 2014

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Love it made a crappy Toyota factory radio sound like an expensive aftermarket radio

Pros: Easy installation,

Cons: Wish it was more of a square shape so I could have mounted it under the seat

GREAT AMP!

Written by: toppnoff from SF, California on August 25, 2014

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Awesome amp! I paired this amp up with four Pioneer TS-A6885R 3way door speakers. This 4 channel amp transformed my F-250 to a great joy rider. Easy hook up, power adjustments, just solid all the way around! Thank you pioneer for the outstanding equipment!

Pros: Easy hook up, more than adequate power.

Cons: None

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What's in the box?

Download the Pioneer GM-A6604 manual

  • 4-Channel amplifier
  • Two 25amp ATO fuses (installed)
  • 4" Speaker-level input harness
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's Manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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Features

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 measuring 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 4Ω load, with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N), and over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (for full range amplifiers). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels (dBA) at a reference of 1 watt into 4Ω. CEA-2006 standards allow consumers to compare amplifiers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the Pioneer GM-A6604 is rated at 60 watts RMS x 4 channels, with a 78 dBA signal to noise ratio.

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

  • Power:
    • 2Ω: 90 watts x 4 channels (14.4 volts, 1 kHz, no more than 1% THD+N)
    • Bridged: 180 watts x 2 channels (into 4Ω, 14.4 volts, 1 kHz, no more than 1% THD+N)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 95 dB (at rated power)

Gain Control: The A and B halves of the four channel amp have independent gain controls. To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the input gains are adjustable (300mV-6.5V line level, 3V-26V speaker level).

Gain Control Caution: If the gain control level is set too high, Pioneer's Gain Control Caution feature will automatically reduce the amplifier's output until the headunit volume is decreased to acceptable levels. This added layer of protection helps prevent damage to the amplifier and the connected speakers due to improper gain control adjustments.

Crossovers: The A and B sections of the amplifier also have independent crossover circuits:

  • A: The A channels' crossover point is fixed at 80 Hz and the slope is 12 dB/octave. A three position switch specifies the crossover operation: LPF (low-pass), Off (crossover bypassed), or HPF (high-pass).
  • B: The B channels' crossover point is continuously variable from 40 to 500 Hz and the slope is 12 dB/octave. A three position switch specifies the crossover operation: LPF (low-pass), Off (crossover bypassed), or HPF (high-pass).

Bass Boost: The B channel outputs have a bass boost circuit, centered at 50 Hz, that is variable from 0 dB to +12 dB.

Power Connections: The power and ground connections are 0.54" wide screw terminals, the remote turn-on screw terminal is 0.325" wide. A Phillips-head or flat blade screw driver (not included) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals. Spade connectors are recommended for the power, ground, and remote wires.

Speaker Connections: The speaker screw terminals are 0.325" wide. A Phillips-head or flat blade screw driver (not included) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals. Spade connectors are recommended for the speaker wires.

RCA Input: The amplifier features two pair of stereo RCA line level inputs, left/right A and left/right B.

Input Select: When using only one pair of RCA inputs, set the Input Select switch to 2CH to send the one pair of inputs to both the A and B sections of the amp.

Speaker Input: The included four channel speaker level input harness allows you to connect your OEM radio (or aftermarket radio that does not have the typical RCA-type outputs) without having to buy an adapter.

Auto Power On: When using the speaker level input, a circuit senses the input signal and turns the amp on automatically. This feature makes it easier to add an amplifier to a factory radio.

Fuse: The amp is protected by two 25-amp ATO blade fuses.

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Per Cosmo's recommendation Cosmo's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=214 [ tom  Jun 09, 2016 ]
i think it is compatable with the stereo i bought [ jimmie  Mar 05, 2016 ]

11 questions already asked

1 answer Do you guys think pairing this amp with http://www.crutchfield.com/p_206DSC6504/Kicker-43DSC6504.html?tp=105 or http://www.crutchfield.com/p_2064CS54/Kicker-40CS54.html?tp=105 speakers would be good? Or should I get an amp slightly more powerful than the speakers and set the gains on the amp lower? [ The_Twon7  Jun 20, 2016 ]

Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Jun 20, 2016 ]  Staff
I believe that it will without any trouble. The car we installed this unit in was already wired with fine wire 4ga and it worked good. [ WILLIAM S  Jun 21, 2016 ]
Yes either if you fuse can handle it My power cable came in kit from Crutchfield [ MARK F  Jun 19, 2016 ]
It is funny you asked, the first one I bought I used a 6 gauge power wire and the second one I purchased I used a 4 gauge power wire. I stripped the ends to solder a fork prong terminal end for a perfect connection. [ JONATHAN  Jun 18, 2016 ]
This amp can take audio from one pair of RCA cables and use it for all 4 channels. You will be able to use the crossovers for the front and rear channels on the amp. Also, you will be able to get the gain control associate with each set (front and rear, also known as A and B speakers). I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  May 16, 2016 ]  Staff
I did works pretty well [ BOBBY J  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Sorry, never installed it, it did not fit desired location. Sold it and purchased smaller MTX unit. [ TIMOTHY  Feb 16, 2016 ]
This amplifier should run both sets of speakers with no issues at all when connected normally. When you bridge the amp you'll only get two usable channels so you would not be able bridge this and run all four speakers. If you do bridge the amp you'll be putting up to 180 watts to your speakers which may end up burning them out. I'd only suggest bridging the amp if you were powering subwoofers. [ Mark  Feb 15, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best subs for your amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Aug 31, 2015 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your speakers I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Mar 15, 2015 ]  Staff
From a sound standpoint there should be no difference. Using the signal input harness as I did required running 4 pair from the radio to the amp whereas the RCA version would avoid that but would require the power/signal wire to be run. Hindsight I probably would've went with the RCA version to avoid pulling those extra wires. I am very pleased with the amp. [ Thomas  Oct 04, 2014 ]
Sir, not sure if there would be a difference. I chose to use RCA inputs and it has been so clean sounding, I was amazed how perfect this amp paired up to my door speakers. [ JONATHAN  Sep 30, 2014 ]
I have not installed it yet. [ LAURENS  Sep 29, 2014 ]
RCA - for two reason.. 1.2 wires vs four wire to run 2.The RCA signal wires are shielded [ DAVID  Sep 29, 2014 ]
The best is the low level input (RCA ) this is the non amplified output from the source. It is controlled level output with little to no distortion. The high level input (speaker level) is the amplified output of the source. And this can be to high and distorted depending on volume level from source. [ mike  Sep 29, 2014 ]
The Pioneer 6604 can be run on 3 channels. A side at 60w RMS in stereo and the B side run at 180w RMS in mono. [ Ronald  Jul 10, 2014 ]
This amp bridges at 180x2 but trying to make it a 3 channel may spell failure. [ Evan  Jul 08, 2014 ]
You'd probably be better off with a 2 channel amp for the 6.5's and a mono amp for the sub. It is possible to bridge channels 1&2 and 3&4 together to make 2 channels, but not sure if it will work they way you are asking. Besides this amp is only about 60 rms per channel giving you only 120 rms to a sub even if it did work. Also your ohm rating may be off and blow the amp [ Evan  Jul 08, 2014 ]
The box the 6604 came in says, 4ch-3ch or 2ch. [ Ronald  Jul 08, 2014 ]
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