Bazooka ELA265

2-channel car amplifier — 65 watts RMS x 2

  • Bazooka ELA265


  • Bazooka ELA265


  • Bazooka ELA265


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by Buck Pomerantz

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 ELA265 amplifier comes loaded with all the features you'll need to tune up your car's system. Its extruded aluminum heatsink guarantees dependable and efficient operation even under extreme conditions.

This sharp-looking 2-channel amp produces 65 watts RMS per channel, plenty for a full dose of sound from your car speakers. Or you can switch to mono mode and pump 190 watts to a subwoofer. 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- and high-pass filters and bass boost to shape the sound for maximum clarity and punch.

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  • 2-channel car amplifier
  • 65 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (95 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms)
  • 190 watts RMS x 1 bridged (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • switchable bass boost (0, 6, 12 dB)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • extruded aluminum heatsink
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs
  • fuse rating: 25A x 1
  • 8-gauge amp wiring kit recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • Tri-way capable (tri-way crossover required)
  • 8-3/4"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
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels) 65 x 2
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels) 150 x 2
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels) 95 x 2
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels) 190 x 1
Minimum Impedance Bridged 4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged 2
Best Frequency Response 25-22k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power 1%
Signal to Noise Ratio 90 dB
Input Voltage 14.4v
Amplifier Class Not Given
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-250 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12 dB/oct
High-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-250 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12 dB/oct
Bass Boost 0, 6, 12 dB
Bass Boost Frequency 45 Hz
Fan Cooled No
Fuse Rating 25 x 1
Speaker Level Inputs Harness
Preamp Outputs 1 pair
Width (inches) 8-3/4
Height (inches) 2-1/8
Depth (inches) 9-11/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 2-channel amplifier
  • Two 25-amp blade fuses (one installed)
  • 11" Speaker-level input harness
  • Four 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Rubber washers
  • Installation manual (English/ French/ Spanish)

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Inputs, Outputs, and Controls


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.

Internal Crossover: The built-in crossover can be set for high-pass or low-pass operation, or it may be turned off for full-range output (flat). The crossover is adjustable from 50-250Hz and has a slope of 12dB/octave.

Bass Boost: The ELA265 has a bass boost centered at 45Hz; the boost level can be set to 0 dB, 6 dB, or 12dB.

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

Inputs, Outputs, and Controls

Left Side of the Amplifier:

  • High Input: 5-pin jack for use with supplied speaker-level input harness
  • Line Input: stereo RCA stereo jacks
  • Line Output: full range stereo RCA stereo jacks
  • Gain: rotary control; allows you to match the input sensitivity of the amplifier to the source unit
  • Filter Switch: select high-pass, low-pass, or full-range operation for the internal crossover
  • X-Over: rotary control; allows you to adjust the frequency of the 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): screw terminal; 1/2" wide
  • GND (ground): screw terminal; 1/2" wide
  • REM (remote turn-on): screw terminal; 5/16" wide
  • Speakers: terminal strip; each terminal 5/16" wide
  • Fuse: 25-amp ATO (blade) fuse
  • 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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Good power for a great price

Written By Sloan, Little Rock, AR on Monday, February 01, 2010
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I use this amp to power an 8" subwoofer that I loaded into an old bazooka tube enclosure. I had to replace the woofer a few years ago so it handles more power than the usual bazooka tube. I have it bridged and it does a great job of powering the sub with the low pass filter.
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