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Bazooka ELA1800

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 800 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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by Buck Pomerantz
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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.

Bazooka's Elevated Listening Series ELA1800 mono subwoofer amplifier comes loaded with all the features you'll need to produce finely tuned bass in your car. Its extruded aluminum heatsink guarantees dependable and efficient operation even under extreme conditions.

This sharp-looking amp produces up to 800 watts RMS so you can enjoy a big dose of bass from your subs. You can use the speaker-level inputs to connect the amp to a factory stereo without needing additional adapters or long patch cables.

Preamp outputs provide easy connections to another amp when it's time to expand your system. Use the low-pass and subsonic filters, phase switch, and bass boost to shape the lows for maximum punch.

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Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 550 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (800 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • extruded aluminum heatsink
  • variable low-pass filter (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • bass boost (6, 12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • subsonic filter (20 Hz)
  • phase selector
  • speaker-level inputs
  • preamp-level inputs and outputs
  • optional wired remote
  • fuse rating: 30A x 3
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-5/8"W x 2-1/8"H x 9-11/16"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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550 x 1
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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1000 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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2
Best Frequency Response
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25-250k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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85 dB
Input Voltage
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14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class
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Not Given
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-250 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB/oct
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, 6, 12 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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45 Hz
Fan Cooled
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Yes
Fuse Rating
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30 x 3
Speaker Level Inputs
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Harness
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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13-1/16
Height (inches)
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2-1/8
Depth (inches)
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9-11/16
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

  • Mono amplifier
  • Four 30-amp blade fuses (three installed)
  • 11" Speaker-level input harness
  • Four 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Rubber washers
  • Installation manual (English/ French/ Spanish)

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Features
Inputs, Outputs, and Controls

Features

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a new 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 (THD) plus noise. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. The Bazooka ELA1800 under CEA-2006 regulations is rated at 550 Watts RMS x 1 channel with a signal to noise ratio of 85dB.

Mono-Power Amp Design: The Bazooka ELA1800 is designed with specific features to power your subwoofers with a frequency range between 25 to 250 Hz. This amplifier is not designed to power a full-range speaker.

2-Ohm Stable: The Bazooka mono-amplifier is capable of handling load impedances down to 2-ohms; it's rated at 800 Watts RMS x 1 channel into 2 ohms with a maximum output of 1000 Watts peak x 1 channel into 2 ohms.

Parallel Connection: The amplifier is equipped with two pair of speaker terminals, internally wired in parallel for easy connection of two subwoofers.

Low-Pass Filter: The ELA1800 has a built-in 12dB/octave low-pass crossover that is continuously variable from 50 to 250 Hz for precise low-pass filtering.

Bass Boost: The amp has a bass boost centered at 45 Hz; the boost level can be set to 0 dB, 6 dB, or 12dB.

Subsonic Filter: This amp features a 20 Hz Subsonic Filter. Ultra-low frequencies that cannot be reproduced by a subwoofer do not become sound but become unnecessary oscillations, which affect sound by causing distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and can cause damage to speakers. Turning the Subsonic filter On removes the frequencies below 20 Hz to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating harmful distortion.

Phase Inverter: The amp has a switch that allows you to invert the phase of the speaker output; select 0° or 180°.

Line Level Inputs: The RCA type line-level inputs have a gain (Input Sensitivity) control. The Input Sensitivity control will accept an input signal of 200mV to 6.0V.

Speaker Level Input: The ELA1800 also comes with a speaker level input harness. This feature makes it easier to add an amplifier to a factory radio or to a receiver with no preamp outputs. The gain control setting for the speaker-level input ranges from 1.0V to 10.0V.

Line Output: The full range line outputs make it easy to add a second amp, without running a second set of RCA cables.

LED Indicators: The amplifier features Power and Protect LED indicators on the right-hand side of the amplifier. When the amp is turned on the Power indicator lights up green. This indicator will turn off with the amplifier and will turn off if the amplifier goes into protect mode. The Protect LED will illuminate red when the amp goes into protect mode and turn off during normal operation.

DC Protection: This circuit protects the output of the amplifier against DC voltage. If for some reason DC voltage is detected at the output stage, the amplifier will shut down protecting the speakers from direct current.

Short Circuit Protection: This circuit protects the amplifier from damage due to a short found in the speakers or wiring. If one of the speakers or its wiring comes into contact with ground, the amplifier will shut down.

Thermal Protection: To protect the amplifier circuitry against damage caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures, a thermal protection circuit is activated if the amplifier reaches an excessively high operating temperature. Once the thermal circuit is activated, the amplifier will shut down to cool off. The amplifier will automatically turn back on once it cools down to a safe operating temperature.

Inputs, Outputs, and Controls

Left Side of the Amplifier:

  • High Input: 5-pin jack for use with supplied speaker-level input harness
  • Line Input: RCA stereo jacks
  • Line Output: full range RCA stereo jacks
  • Gain: rotary control; allows you to match the input sensitivity of the amplifier to the source unit
  • Phase Switch: select 0° or 180°
  • Subsonic: turn subsonic filter on/off
  • X-Over: rotary control; allows you to adjust the frequency of the low-pass crossover from 50-250 Hz
  • Bass Boost: three position switch; set the bass boost to 0 dB, 6 dB, or 12dB

Right Side of the Amplifier:

  • +12 (power): set screw terminal; accommodates up to 4 gauge wire; requires 4mm Allen wrench (not included)
  • GND (ground): set screw terminal; accommodates up to 4 gauge wire; requires 4mm Allen wrench (not included)
  • REM (remote turn-on): set screw terminal; accommodates up to 12 gauge wire; requires 2mm Allen wrench (not included)
  • Speakers: set screw terminals; accommodate up to 8 gauge wire; require 3mm Allen wrench (not included)
  • Fuse: three 30-amp ATO (blade) fuses
  • Power LED: illuminates green when the amplifier is on and receiving power
  • Protect LED: illuminates red when any of the protection circuits engages
 
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5 out of 5

Amazing.

Written By Anonymous, Leominster,ma on Thursday, April 08, 2010
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As far as the amp goes, it is very well built, and doesn't over heat. I am pushing two 12' Kicker CVRS in a sealed enclosure. i put this in my cheap winter car which is a Suzuki side kick. great amp for the money I paid for this amp brand new from crutch field. this is my first time buying from crutch field and i am very happy with the deal that i got. The fast shipping is a plus.
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5 out of 5

very nice

Written By bigdog6930, Pioneer Ohio on Friday, April 02, 2010
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Just put in my new Bazooka amp in and let me tell ya i love it. I have two 10in kicker
comps in truck boxes in my single cab chevy was pushing them with an audio bahn
300w amp and it was a great amp lasted 5 years before it went bad but with the
Bazooka behind them wow they sound 20 times better then ever before and the thump
is unreal so def get one you will not be disappointed its well worth the money
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5 out of 5

Great amp for the money!

Written By Raul, Arlington, Texas on Monday, March 01, 2010
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I took a chance and got this at a steal of a price and all I have to say is WOW! Its worth the money and pushes my 12" mtx dvc just fine at 2ohms with plenty of room to spare! Im super happy and I finally have the punch I was missing.
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