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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

by Buck Pomerantz
Pioneer

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.

Cool power

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.

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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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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500 x 1
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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2400 x 1
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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800 x 1
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)
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N/A
Minimum Impedance Bridged
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N/A
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
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1
Best Frequency Response
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10-240 Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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75 dB
Input Voltage
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14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class
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D
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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40-240 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB/octave
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
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N/A
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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N/A
Bass Boost
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0-18 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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50 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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120
Speaker Level Inputs
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RCA
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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13
Height (inches)
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2-3/8
Depth (inches)
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7-7/8
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 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

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Features
Controls
Connections

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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5 out of 5

Pioneer GM-D9601 with 2 alpine type s 10"

Written By Lamer321, Houston, tx on Thursday, March 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
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5 out of 5

Great powerful amp

Written By Kyle B, Rio Rancho, NM on Wednesday, September 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
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4 out of 5

Amp

Written By Mitch, Texas on Wednesday, September 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.
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5 out of 5

Best bang for you buck

Written By BillyK, Fort Myers FL on Thursday, August 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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5 out of 5

Pioneer GM-D9601

Written By Tucha, Hawthorne, CA on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
 
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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4 questions already asked Show all answers

Does this amplifier work without the bass knob installed? [ brian  Dec 29, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • yes [ JUSTIN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
How hot does this amp get? [ Cody  Dec 19, 2013 ]
3 answers
  • 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! [ VIRGINIA S   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 ]
would it be a good idea to hook two dual voice coil 4 ohm subs at 1000 rms watts and 3500 watts peak power? please help me out [ Knut  Feb 16, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • 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 Staff  Feb 17, 2014 ]
Own amp, can't find any subs that can handle the workload. Any suggestions on 12" sub? [ Steven  Feb 15, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • 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 Staff  Feb 16, 2014 ]

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