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Pioneer GM-D9601

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 1200 watts RMS at 1 ohm

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Our take on the Pioneer GM-D9601

Pioneer's sharp-looking GM-D9601 mono amplifier can send up to 1200 watts RMS to your sub setup, for powerful bass that'll get you and your car rockin'. Highly efficient Class D technology keeps this powerful amp running as cool as it looks, and allows for a compact chassis that fits in a lot of out-of-the-way spaces. And this little workhorse can handle a 1-ohm load without breaking a sweat, so you never have to worry about impedance matching when you add subs to your system down the road.

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Pioneer's sharp-looking GM-D9601 mono amplifier can send up to 1200 watts RMS to your sub setup, for powerful bass that'll get you and your car rockin'. Highly efficient Class D technology keeps this powerful amp running as cool as it looks, and allows for a compact chassis that fits in a lot of out-of-the-way spaces. And this little workhorse can handle a 1-ohm load without breaking a sweat, so you never have to worry about impedance matching when you add subs to your system down the road.

Connecting and tuning made simple

If your car stereo doesn't have RCA outputs, you can use the speaker-level inputs to hook this amp into your system  — the amplifier switches its input mode automatically when it detects the high-level signal. The amp's got a low-pass filter that lets you quickly sharpen and focus the bass to suit your car's interior, and also includes a wired remote boost that lets you control the bass from the front seat.

Putting together a bass system with this amp? Check out this Crutchfield-approved amp/sub package.

Confused about impedance? Check out our article on matching subs and amps.

I have this amp paired with two 10" Alpine type S in a SoundOrdnce ported box @1ohm load. Hits hard! Sounds amazing in my Toyota 4Runner. I highly recommend this amp if you have subs that can handle the 1200 rms watts it delivers. You won't regret it.

Jorge, California

What's in the Box:

  • Mono subwoofer amplifier
  • Remote bass boost control
  • 19' Remote cable (RJ-25 plug on both ends)
  • Three 40 amp ATO fuses (installed)
  • 8" Speaker-level input adapters
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 500 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (800 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 1200 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • Class D amp technology
  • variable low-pass filter (40-240 Hz, 12 dB per octave)
  • wired remote control adjusts variable bass boost (0-18 dB at 50 Hz)
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs via supplied RCA-type adapters
  • fuse rating: 40A x 3
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13"W x 2-3/8"H x 7-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Pioneer GM-D9601 Reviews

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15 Reviews

Amazing Power

Jorge from California on 9/20/2016

I have this amp paired with two 10" Alpine type S in a SoundOrdnce ported box @1ohm load. Hits hard! Sounds amazing in my Toyota 4Runner. I highly recommend this amp if you have subs that can handle the 1200 rms watts it delivers. You won't regret it.

Pros: true rms, small

Cons: Gets hot at a 1ohm load...but never shuts off

nice powerful amp for the money

del from Jacksonville Florida on 7/29/2016

I was not sure about this amp but got a great deal on it so I got it hooked it up the minute I got it I have two 15 jl audio w3 and bridged it and it hit alot harder than my 1200watt amp after 12 minutes of bamming I smelled my speakers working to hard so I hooked it up with out bridged still hits hard I'm pretty happy with it so I'm gonna add more speakers I know kicker CVR hit really hard so I will probably hook up 4 of them to this amp . I'm impressed instantly I seen a big difference in sound and power I think it's too much for my 15jl audio w3 stoked!!!

Pros: Hits hard sounds good I had it bridged and UN bridged

Cons: Nothing so far

Sounds awesome

Anonymous from Greensboro, NC on 7/20/2016

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The amp and subs are amazing! I would definitely recommend getting them!

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Amazing

Marvin from Marysville, OH on 4/20/2016

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It's a great amp I'm really happy with this purchese

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great product

Geoff R from omaha, NE on 3/12/2016

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Great amp and subs. nice size and features.

Pros: very efficient. Does not get very hot. more power if loaded down (can be safely done down to 1 OHM)

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Pioneer GM-D9601

Anonymous from san angelo, TX on 2/16/2016

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Great

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Great Amplifier

JB Powers from Los Angeles on 2/4/2016

This is a great amplifier, puts out a true 1200 watts rms and is a mono block amp with a multi output connection. No need to bridge because it wont boost the power. As for the bass knob, it will work once the amplifier is tuned properly. As for the people saying the amplifier is shutting off, check to make sure youre actually at 1 ohm with a multimeter and As long as you have the juice to push it, this amp wont let you down.

Pros: True 1200watts 1ohm stable Mono block Bass knob Class D Amplifier Small and powerful

Cons: Can not stack No 1/0 connections Requires lots of power Limited mounting positions.

Excellent

jledenham from Texas on 5/4/2015

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Excellenjt all around

Pros: easy installation and hook up

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BYONNSR from Aiken, SC on 1/9/2015

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Great product, easy to install, lots of power.

Pros: Excellent product for the money.

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Nice amp

Jeromy from Chicago, Il on 10/16/2014

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Decent but ihow is a mono amp 2 channel?

Pros: Sleek and powerful works like a charm and can pump some serious power.

Cons: Mono amp that is 2 channel doesn't make much sense to me and I can't find any literature saying if bridging will increase power or work at all. Don't want to risk my system to find out.

Pioneer GM-D9601 with 2 alpine type s 10"

Lamer321 from Houston, tx on 3/20/2014

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nice heavy construction, solid amp. installation was simple and adjustment is easy as can be.

Pros: looks good functions great many wiring options simple installation

Cons: none so far

Great powerful amp

Kyle B from Rio Rancho, NM on 9/25/2013

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Can't beat Pioneer's quality. Using 4 gauge power/ground wire is a necessity even going for full output. Running 4 Pioneer 10" subs at 4 ohms, Sounds great, no problems most of the time, Bass heavy music "can" shut the amp off if gains and bass boost are not properly set. Built in safety feature will cut the amps power if it pulls to much current. Class D amp, so no heat problems, even with extended play. Overall, this amplifier is great value and quality.

Pros: -1 ohm stability -Power -Sound -Quality

Cons: -No 0 gauge inputs

Amp

Mitch from Texas on 9/18/2013

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Good amp for the price, powers my 800 watt sub perfectly.

Pros: Chiep

Cons: The countol to change min to max power dosent work.

Best bang for you buck

BillyK from Fort Myers FL on 8/22/2013

I've had this hooked up to my 2 kicker CVR 12s for about 6 months now and i havent encountered a single problem. this puts out an awesome amount of power, and i never fail to amaze everyone who gets in my car. the amp never gets too hot and is just an overall great product.

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Tucha from Hawthorne, CA on 5/7/2013

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Sound Quality
  • Value

Just got the Pioneer GM-D9601 and hooked it up to a Pioneer TS-W3002D2 sub at a 1 ohm load since its 1ohm stable and its rocking hard. Nice sound, deep bass but i cant figure out why the bass. at times. cuts off.....maybe too much power. Overall i would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: looks output

Cons: Bass cuts off at times. Maybe its just the way i have it hooked up (user error)

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Features

CEA 2006 Compliant: The Pioneer GM-D9601 mono subwoofer amplifier power ratings are measured according to the Consumer Electronics Association's CEA-2006 standards. These standards allow you to accurately compare the rated power output of all CEA-2006 compliant amplifiers, even from different brands. Manufacturers who adhere to the standards can display the CEA-2006 logo on their products and packaging. CEA-2006 Specifications:

  • Power Output:
    • 500 watts x 1 at 4Ω with <1% THD+N
    • 800 watts x 1 at 2Ω with <1% THD+N
    • 1,200 watts x 1 at 1Ω with <1% THD+N
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 75 dBA

1Ω Stable: The GM-D9601 is capable of powering load impedances down to 1Ω.

Auto Turn-on: When using a high voltage speaker level input, a signal sensing circuit will automatically turn the amp on and off along with the source unit.

Controls

Gain Control: The gain control is continuously variable from 200 mV to 6.5 V.

Crossover: The low pass crossover is always engaged, and is continuously variable from 40 to 240 Hz.

Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit is variable from 0 to +18 dB, centered at 50 Hz. Adjustment is made using the included wired remote.

Wired Remote: The bass boost circuit is controlled using the included wired remote, which can be mounted within easy reach of the driver. The remote has integral flanges on both sides to mount the unit under the dash. The remote measures:

  • Width: 1.73" (2.63" including mounting tabs)
  • Height: 0.75"
  • Depth: 1.62" (2.2" including control knob and cable)

Connections

Power: The power and ground connections are set screw terminals that will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals. Pioneer recommends different power and ground wire gauges based on the length of the wire:

  • 6-Gauge: up to 11' 10"
  • 4-Gauge: up to 21'

Remote Turn-on: The remote connection is a set screw terminal that will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals.

Speaker Connections: There are two pair of speaker output set screw terminals, internally shorted together so it's easy to connect two subwoofers. The terminals will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals.

Signal Input: The amplifier features one pair of stereo RCA inputs. If no line level signal is available, use the included speaker wire to RCA adapters.

RCA Output: One pair of preamp output jacks provide a convenient way to daisy-chain an additional amplifier without running another set of RCA cables from the front of the vehicle to the amplifier location. The output is not affected by the internal crossover.

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Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.

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Previous Rockford Prime 1200 watts bought only months ago from Crutchfield is not functioning. [ Kervin  Jun 02, 2016 ]
I was specifically looking for an entry level amp that could give me 1200w @ 1 ohm. This and the Rockford R1200-1D fit the bill. As far as specs go the Pioneer lacks the subsonic filter, but since I will be running this amp from a Blaupunkt 470 DSP which has a subsonic filter on it's pre-out line, that feature on a mono amp was unecessary and the Pioneer saves me $50. [ Joshua  May 13, 2016 ]
Cheaper and better for my alpine type s sub 12" both 4ohm [ Arnel  May 12, 2016 ]
My faith in the customer rep who was assisting me was high. I went with his decision as a best fit for my application. [ eric  Mar 23, 2016 ]

14 questions already asked

depends on the load on the amp, most car audio installers would recommend 4 AWG, but 8 AWG would work if you have it setup for 800 Watts or less. [ Geoffrey  Aug 17, 2016 ]
HI Chris...honestly I'm running straight fromega the battery a # 10 going into a cap and from the cap #10 to the amp. Also from the amp ground #10 straight the chassis of my truck. The amp is working great. [ Frank  Aug 17, 2016 ]
4 Guage is suitable and recommended for both wires. [ BERNARD  Aug 17, 2016 ]
i used 12 awg. i bought the soundblocker wire for speakers at local retialer for like 16 bucks for 20 feet. more then enough to run your subs from youre amp. [ BERNARD  May 26, 2016 ]
Just bridge it to either Chanel mine is mounted so deep for me to get too call me [ LINDA S  May 26, 2016 ]
it does not really matter, both terminals are very likely connected together internally. (do a continuity test with a multi meter to be sure.) most mono amps are like this if two terminals are present. [ Geoffrey  May 25, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best sub 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 sub models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Kenny  Feb 10, 2016 ]  Staff
to drop your subs to 1 ohm you have to buy a 3rd sub which is 4 ohm and run the speakera in parallel. with 3 subs it starts at 4 ohms and splits to 2 subs at 2 ohms and then adding the 3rd sub would split the 2 ohm load to 1 ohm stable. but with 4 ohm voice coils the best you will get with a pair is 2 ohm. [ BERNARD  May 26, 2016 ]
I'm not sure that you can. As typically, the speakers ohm rating has to match that of the amp. But I could be wrong. [ JAL  Jan 16, 2016 ]
Yessir. But if your doin 2 12's its up to you but I'd put a bigger sized amp to get the full potential of the subs. Might be cool but I'm powerin 2 jl audio shallow 10's with it. I had a 1700 watt hifoniks Brutus with my old truck an that had 2 shallow mount 12's alpine type Rs an probably my favorite I've had so far for shallow subs [ Justin  Sep 02, 2015 ]
The RCA plugs ends that came included. You can wire speaker wires to them, and plug them to the RCA inputs. The amp accepts high level and low lever inputs at the same place, and automatically determines what level is being used, and adjusts accordingly. [ Jason  Aug 08, 2015 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs 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  Apr 18, 2015 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs 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  Nov 02, 2014 ]  Staff
i have 3 12 inch kicker comp r subs and that amp and it pounded the heck out of my car [ BERNARD  May 26, 2016 ]
For this application I suggest infinity kappa 10s. I have one running off this amp and I have all settings turned all the way down and it shakes my truck. [ RYAN  Sep 28, 2014 ]
This is my understanding - If you are running qty(3) subs in parallel @ 1ohm, each sub will only see 400w. I don't know what wiring setup would give you 1ohm without imbalance. If you wire qty(2) 4ohm subs in parallel, it gives you 2ohms. Then you could run wires from that pair to the amp along with a single 2ohm sub, which would give you 1ohm load to the amp BUT THAT WILL NOT PRESENT AN EVEN POWER DISTRIBUTION TO ALL THREE SPEAKERS. NOT RECOMMENDED. Qty(3) 4ohm speakers in parallel with even power distribution = 1.33ohm load to the amp. This is balanced, and doesn't take the amp to its limit. This is not a huge amount of power for each driver, so you could use just about any good sub - it doesn't have to be a monster. Kicker Comp VR's will run all day long with that amount of power. There's no replacement for displacement - get the biggest subs that your available space will allow. But don't put big 15' subs in a box that's too small to support their internal volume recommendation. If you think you might reconfigure down the road, you could step up to Kicker Comp R, which handle twice the power of the Comp VR (but cost ~$50 more per driver)! [ KEVIN  Sep 26, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Sep 21, 2014 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models 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 and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Aug 08, 2014 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs 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. [ Jeff  Feb 17, 2014 ]  Staff
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 subs models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Feb 16, 2014 ]  Staff
yes, but that know is really handy depending on the music you listen to and how much bass you want. [ Geoffrey  Aug 17, 2016 ]
yes [ Frank  Aug 17, 2016 ]
yes [ JUSTIN  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Short answer is, it doesn't. I have mine wired at 1 ohm load in my boat running 2 Alpine type R 12's. It's in the engine compartment of my boat, and I have played it non stop for 8 hours without any problems whatsoever. [ Jason  Aug 08, 2015 ]
Mine is located in the top of my sub box in the trunk of my car. The amp doesn't get very hot that I've noticed even during the heat wave we experienced of 105 heat index. I own an 08 impala so the trunk space is large and therfore dissipates the heat well if it were to get warm. I run it at 2 ohms. [ JOHN A  Jan 05, 2014 ]
not very hot at all. my setup is at 1-ohm and unless I am really pounding away, the amp hardly heats up at all. when it does heat up it does not even come close to what I would call "hot" or reach a level to be concerned about. it's a great amp for the money! [ JEFF  Dec 21, 2013 ]
since i bought this pioneer gm d9601 it's been great never overheated never shut off its a real good amp [ RICHARD  Dec 20, 2013 ]
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