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Sony XM-2002GTR

2-channel car amplifier
200 watts RMS x 2

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Our take on the Sony XM-2002GTR

by Ken Nail
Sony

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.

Sony's Xplod amps combine form and function in a mix that'll make your system look and sound great. On the outside, the sleek inverted heat sink keeps vital internal components running cooler and lasting longer. Removable terminal covers keep all the wire connections protected and out of sight for a clean-looking installation.

Underneath the hood, the 2-channel XM-2002GTR delivers 200 watts to two channels, or 500 watts in single-channel operation — plenty of power for many subwoofer systems. Signal-sensing speaker-level inputs activate the amp automatically when you turn on your factory radio, so there's no remote turn-on lead for you to install.

You can adjust the frequency filter to tailor the signal going to your subs, while a bass boost adds extra punch to the lows. Preamp outputs simplify setup when it's time add another amp to your system.

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Highlights:

  • 2-channel car amplifier
  • 200 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (250 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms)
  • 500 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • low-pass crossover (50-300 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-10 dB at 40 Hz)
  • MOSFET outputs and power supply
  • Tri-way capable (Tri-Way crossover required)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • speaker-level inputs with signal sensing for automatic turn-on
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 15-7/8"W x 2-1/4"H x 10-13/16"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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200 x 2
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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400 x 2
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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250 x 2
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)
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500 x 1
Minimum Impedance Bridged
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4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
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2
Best Frequency Response
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5-50k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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0.1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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N/A
Input Voltage
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14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class
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AB
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-300 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB
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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0-10 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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40 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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40 x 2
Speaker Level Inputs
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Harness
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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15-7/8
Height (inches)
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2-1/4
Depth (inches)
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10-13/16
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?

Download owner's manual

  • Two-channel amplifier
  • 8" Speaker-level input harness (with 4-pin Molex plug on one end)
  • 4 Hex-head self-tapping screws (5mm diameter x 15mm)
  • Operating instructions (English/French)
  • Warning sheet on speaker wiring configurations
  • Warranty sheet

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Specifications
Wiring Recommendation

Features

Protection Circuitry: The Sony XM-2002GTR amplifier has 3-way protection circuitry, which protects the amplifier in the following cases:

  • Thermal: shuts off the amp when the operating temperature is too high
  • Short circuit: shuts off the amp when the speaker outputs are short-circuited
  • DC Offset: shuts off the amp when the speaker wires or ground lead is not securely connected, generating direct current

Protector LED: The amplifier has an LED on the top panel that glows red when the protection circuit is activated.

Low-pass Filter: This amp is equipped with a low-pass filter, continuously variable from 50-300Hz, with a slope of 12dB/octave. You can turn off the filter for full-range operation.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Power/Ground Terminals: The power and ground screw terminals are 0.54" wide to easily accommodate 4-gauge wire.

Preamp Output: This amplifier includes a stereo preamp output, which allows you to send an unfiltered signal to another amplifier. You must be using the line level input, not the speaker-level input, in order to use the preamp output jacks.

Speaker-level Input Harness: The amp comes with a 2-channel speaker-level input harness with a 4-pin Molex plug on one end. This allows you to more easily connect this amplifier to a factory deck or a receiver without preamp outputs.

Bridging the Amplifier: When bridging the amplifier, the line input jack and speaker output terminals labeled "BTL" are used. The input signal is plugged into the left channel input and the output signal comes from the left positive and right negative speaker terminals.

Specifications

RMS Power Output (supply voltage at 14.4 Volts):

  • 200 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.1% THD)
  • 250 watts x 2 into 2 ohms (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.15% THD)
  • 500 watts bridged into 4 ohms (20 Hz to 20kHz, 0.15% THD) 

Maximum Power Output:

  • 400 watts x 2 into 4 ohms
  • 600 watts x 2 into 2 ohms
  • 1200 watts bridged into 4 ohms

Current Drain: at rated output: 48A (at 4 ohms)

Wiring Recommendation

Amplifier Wiring: This amplifier uses two 40-amp fuses, so its total fuse rating is 80 amps. The Streetwires 4-gauge amp wiring kits (item #s 211PS4B, 211PS4R, 211PS4BI, 211PS4RI) include an 80-amp fuse, and will accommodate the amp's fuse rating. Other 4-gauge amp wiring kits carried by Crutchfield include a 60-amp fuse. If you are using a 4-gauge amp wiring kit with a fuse rated less than 80 amps, the fuse should be replaced with an 80-amp AGU fuse (item # 211AGU80).

 
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5 out of 5

Impressed

Written By Darani M., Dallas, TX on Friday, June 29, 2012
 
Wow, well after looking at some stats for other amps and then finally looking at how this amp compares, I'm surprised. I've owned this amp for almost 3 years now (got it on Craigstlist for $60), and I never knew the kind of things it could do until recently. I've blown 7 subs with this amp, and I'm proud to say that it has. Currently I'm pushing two 12" Rockford Fosgate P3D4 subs in a ProBox 212SPB and this one amp (not bridged) destroys my car (04 Honda Accord); some say it's all the box (which helps) but the fact that this amp can push these subs this far is amazing. I was looking into buying a Rockford amp to match but I might not now, after comparing them.
Pros:
Incredible performance
Cons:
Might blow a couple of subs, not for the feint of heart. May over heat if bridged.
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5 out of 5

Xplod your system

Written By Reagan, Texas on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
 
This amplifier rocks. Period. It can push like crazy. Mine must be the old model, because it has the red LEDs on the inside, but it still can handle 2 12"s incredibly well. The brushed aluminum finish looks amazing, as do the LEDs, and it really is the highlight of my whole system.

My sound system consists of a Pioneer DEH-3000IB head unit, this 200W Sony amp, 2 Rockford Fosgate Punch P12" subs, 2 Blaupunkt Thin Series 2-way 6.5" full-range speakers and 2 tweeters (along with 2 stock speakers in the way back). This amp can handle it. Most of my in-town trips are short, so I never worry about overheating, even with it mounted behind the backseat of my '98 Chevy Extended Cab.
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4 out of 5

good amp

Written By George, california on Sunday, May 11, 2008
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
I bought this amp due to reviews, pretty good amp, but when bridged will cut out after about 45 min of high use on a 4 ohm load. Just turn down the gain a little and no protect mode but of course ur not getting as big as a bump from your woofers. Very Very good bang for the buck. Gets real hot when bridged and using full power. This amp is not to be overlooked, for the price it is a great 2 channel amp. Spend a hundred bucks or so on 2 cheap 12s and this amp willl max them out and sound like a double the money setup.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Underestimated

Written By Travis, Marinette, WI on Sunday, November 11, 2007
 
I've never been a sony fan, my uncle had a sony head unit in his truck and it sounded so distorted i would have rather listened to nothing. as you could imagine i was skeptical on buying it, but did anyway. I'm glad I did. It was worth every penny. so I threw a couple 15" JBLs in a custom ported box, both bridged to 2 ohms and hooked up in stereo. Blew me away. people two blocks away could hear me. I later added an equalizer and got it louder. with this amp, my subs, and my wiring kit, i put together one of the greatest systems in my whole town for under $600. and it's in a minivan. bet you didn't see that one coming.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Its decent (for under $200)

Written By shagmiestter, Ct on Saturday, October 27, 2007
 
i have owned this amp for about a month now, i think the features are great, it is built very solid, and was overall very easy to install and setup, it also looks very nice, especially with the led lights, i first installed it in stereo to two xplod 12"s in my trunk, it sounded great but i just wasn't pushing enough power into the subs, so i bridged it, and i know it says this amp is good for a two ohm load, but i'm still not sure about that,

after running this amp bridged at a 2 ohm load this thing gets burning hot, literally, im surprised it hasn't started a fire, really. and then once it gets hot, it goes into protect mode whenever i try to pound my subs, i also suspect it will die out on me in the near future but honestly idc, i'll be getting a kicker amp soon, cant wait for that
2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This Candle burns brighter!

Written By Wristbanger, Nashville, TN on Thursday, October 25, 2007
 
I am not new to this game of finding the real hard ((BASS)).

I have used Rockford Fosgate, Kenwood, Kicker, and even
Alpine's 1.1000 which cut an $800 dollar hole in my wallet;

I will tell you from experience, The Sony XM-2002GTR is
stronger and more powerful with the Sony XS 124p5b's
than the Alpine 1.1000 and Alpine Type-R's (which I used
to own)...and I save over $600-800 in the process!!
Don't
underestimate Sony like I did for so long; all I did during
that time was waste A LOT OF MONEY on hype. If you
are tired of spending more money for less performance
then don't you think its about time to switch to Sony?


BTW, my setup: 1 Sony XM-2002GTR parallel wired and
bridged to two Sony 124p5b Subs in a 34 1/2" wide ported enclosure.

I'm using Boston Acoustics for my rear 5x6's and 4x6's with tweeters in
the front because of spec match!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony XM-2002GTR

Written By Ashton, Columbus, GA on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
 
Great amplifier. I have this amp bridged to one channel driving two JBL GTO1204 Subwoofers in a custom built bandpass box. At an SPL competition I hit 143 decibels and maintained that level for 30 seconds. Only problem is that in my 4Runner I mounted the amp on top of the box for best cooling but that blue LED makes it hard to see anything out the back at night.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome!!

Written By Chris, Highlands NC on Saturday, March 31, 2007
 
I love this amp! it is really powerful and is a beautiful in shape and color. The metal finish is very smooth and the circle in the middle lights up a beautiful Blue! Has the power to run what you need!
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Flame Thrower !

Written By Jasper, Trinity, Texas on Sunday, January 21, 2007
 
This amp is a beast! Or in my own words a Flame Thrower! You will be impressed as others were. Remember the cooler you keep this amp or any amp. The better it will perform and the harder you will be able to drive its amplification and raise sound pressure levels without the heat override disabeling itself. This amp already performs better than leading brands claiming twice as much power. Imagine the possibility of a well planned install? As much power as a 3600 watt amp?
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Really Good Amp

Written By John Ferraro, Alabama on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
 
Sony really out did themselves this time. I had an Alpine MRP-M350 powering my two Kenwood 12's. The Alpine just didn't have enough power for a good RMS. I went ahead and tried Sony's amp even though I was skeptical about the heat sinks. It was a good price and seem like great wattage for the system that I had. I was even more surprised when I hooked it up and heard it for the first time. It sounded great, even for the money that I had paid for it. I had a few heat sink problems in the middle of the summer, but since then tweaked it and haven't had any problems. This is a great amp for the money. Probably will try this amp in 3-way mode, will see how it performs.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Beautiful Design

Written By German, Killeen, Texas on Sunday, November 26, 2006
 
The blue lights on this amp really look great. I have this bridged to one 15-inch woofer, and it hits really hard. Now I know what it feels like when your rear view mirror is shaking! At 8ohms it barely gets warm. The pictures don't do this thing justice.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best decision I ever made.

Written By Kevin, Mooresville, NC on Thursday, November 09, 2006
 
At first I had one sony XM-2002GTR powering my two 15" 1500 watt (450 watt RMS) subs, and it it sounded ok. But it being a 2-channel amp and only putting out 250 RMS the subs weren't putting out anything to what they could. So I decided to just buy another XM-2002GTR and bridging them both to one sub each and putting out the 500 watt RMS. Now my system is insane. I have freinds that have 3 12" punch's and 400-500$ amps that under power them by a long shot and my subs being so matched up with the power blow them away. I highly recommend this amp, but like any amp the better you match it the better sound.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Finally a good amp!

Written By chris, West Chester, PA on Monday, October 09, 2006
 
Sony finally got it right! My friend has the old one and when it cuts off from over heating, mine is still relitivly cool.

5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony XM-2002GTR + Sony XS-L100P5H = Great Bass

Written By DeathDealer, Syracuse, NY on Monday, July 24, 2006
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This amplifier is amazing. It, along with the Sony XS-L100P5H 10" woofers shakes my 2006 Ram 1500 like crazy! I had the same setup in my last truck with a Rockford Fosgate amp and speakers and it doesn't compare to these Sony products. You're crazy to spend more money on less performance. Go Sony all the way!
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony Explode XM-2002gtr

Written By Robert, Hartford Connecticut on Sunday, April 30, 2006
 
Well to all you people who think sony explode amps arent good, your right and your wrong. Sony has had some problems with theyre amps because of heat related issues from the past. Well I gave them a second chance being that I was a victom of a blown explod amp. This Year sonys xm-2002gtr is just plain awesome.As a matter of fact I gave it 5 stars.The difference I found is matching the right speakers. I purchassed the Sony XS-L123p5b 12" sony explod subs. Match these 2 and your in for a surprise. Im using the new Alpine touch glide head unit and I just cant believe my ears. Im not new to this I have used JL audio and Rockford Fosgate and yes those are great amps but.... twice the price.My neighbor uses JL and RF and his gear sounds great and he paid over 1200.00. I paid 400.00 for my subs and amp and im sorry to say we both drive the same car Chrysler 300m and his system doesnt sound any better then mine. Thats a 800.00 difference. Hes quite upset but its not what you pay its how you plan out your system. I for one matched my system perfectly and its unreal. Believe me. Buy the subs and amp and you wont be sorry.
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