Bring Kicker sound quality to your car's system with a DX Series amplifier. The 10DX1000.1 mono amp can drive your sub system with up to 1,000 watts RMS, so you can power up a high-performance woofer or two for some massive bass. Plus, the DX1000.1 can handle a 1-ohm load without breaking a sweat, giving you more wiring options for your subwoofer system.

DX versatility
This DX Series amp accepts high- and low-level level signals, and you can select from three different automatic turn-on options so there's no need to run a turn-on lead from your car stereo. The amp's differential inputs do a good job of rejecting extraneous noise generated by your vehicle's electrical system. You can use the variable low-pass and subsonic filters to adjust the signal so your sub and its enclosure work together at peak efficiency, and a bass boost is available to add some extra punch if you need it (but you won't).

Remote included
Kicker includes a wired remote control with the 10DX1000.1 that allows you to adjust the amp's level from the driver's seat, which is especially cool if you listen to lots of different kinds of music.

Team this amp with a pair of Kicker subs and save
Take away the worry of picking the right subs. This Kicker bass package adds a pair of Kicker 07CVR124 12" subs to the amp for a hard-hitting bass bargain.

Product Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 280 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (550 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 1,000 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 18 dB/octave)
  • selectable bass boost (0, 9 dB at 40 Hz)
  • variable subsonic filter (10-30 Hz, 18 dB/octave)
  • frequency response: 20-200 Hz
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (adapter required for speaker-level inputs)
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • includes ZXRC wired remote control with 20-foot cable
  • fuse rating: 30A x 3
  • 10-3/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 8-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Mono amplifier
  • ZXRC Remote bass level control
  • Metal bracket (for mounting remote bass level control)
  • 20' Remote bass level control cable (RJ-25 plug on both ends)
  • Six 30-Amp ATO blade fuses (3 installed)
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)
  • Power certification sheet

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a 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 over the full frequency range of the amp with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels at a reference of 1 watt. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on equal footing. Measured under CEA-2006 conditions the Kicker DX1000.1 is rated at 280 watts RMS x 1 channel into a 4-ohm load and the signal to noise ratio is 75 dB. Additional specs listed in the manual (but not listed as CEA-2006 compliant) include 550 watts RMS x 1 channel into a 2-ohm load (measured using a 14.4 volt power supply with no more than 1% THD+N), 1000 watts RMS x 1 channel into a 1-ohm load (measured using a 14.4 volt power supply with no more than 1% THD+N), and 95 dB signal to noise ratio (measured at the rated power output).

Kicker Livin' Loud Certified Power: The amplifier comes with a certificate that indicates the total maximum wattage measured from the amplifier in the box, along with the model number, serial number, tested date, and whether the amplifier passed the total harmonic distortion, signal-to-noise ratio, and protection circuit tests.

Auto Turn-On: The Auto Turn-On switch offers three options:

  • +12 V: the amp turns on when +12 volts is applied to the remote terminal
  • DC Offset: the amp turns on when a 6 volt surge is detected on the signal inputs (from a speaker-level source); in this mode the amp's remote terminal acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component
  • Audio: the amp turns on when an incoming audio signal is detected; in this mode the amp's remote terminal acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component

Protection Circuitry: The DX1000.1 has protection circuitry that will turn the amp off in the event of overheating, over voltage (over 16 volt input), under voltage (under 10 volt input), and short circuit (speaker output). If the Protection LED on the left side of the amp illuminates red, the protection circuit has engaged and the amp will not play until the problem is resolved.

Speaker-level Input: High-level inputs can be used when the source device doesn't have preamp level outputs. The same RCA inputs on the amp are used for either speaker-level or line-level connections. When a speaker-level signal is used, speaker wire to RCA adapters are needed (item number 136CLR2SW, sold separately) and the Input Level should be set to High.

Remote Bass Level Control: The included ZXRC remote bass level control lets you adjust the output level of the amplifier from anywhere in the vehicle. A 20' cable is included and when attached to the mounting bracket, the Remote Bass Level Control has the following dimensions:

  • Width: 2.212"
  • Height: 1.193"
  • Depth: 1.727" (2.367" including the knob and cable)

Controls

Auto Turn-On: Three position switch; choose +12 V, DC Offset, or Audio.

Input Level: Set the two position switch to High (for speaker level) or Low (for line level).

Gain: The input gain is continuously variable, labeled 0 to 11. The gain range is governed by the input level switch; 250mV to 10V for speaker level and 125mV to 5V for line level.

Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit provides a 9 dB signal boost centered at 40 Hz; the bass boost is manually turned on or off.

Subsonic Filter: Frequencies that cannot be reproduced by the subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations causing distortion; these frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage speakers. The subsonic filter removes the frequencies below the crossover point to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating this harmful distortion. The 18 dB/octave subsonic filter's crossover point is continuously variable from 10 to 30 Hz.

Crossover: The internal low pass crossover is always active (it cannot be bypassed). The crossover point is continuously variable from 50 to 200 Hz; the crossover slope is 18 dB/octave.

Connections

Left Side of Amplifier:

  • +12V (power): set-screw terminal; accepts bare wire up to 4 gauge
  • REM (remote turn-on): set-screw terminal; accepts bare wire up to 8 gauge
  • GND (ground): set-screw terminal; accepts bare wire up to 4 gauge
  • Speaker Outputs: set-screw terminals; accept bare wire up to 8 gauge
  • Fuses: three 30-amp ATO fuses

Right Side of Amplifier:

  • RCA Inputs: one pair of gold-plated RCA jacks, used for line level or speaker level inputs
  • RCA Outputs: one pair of gold-plated RCA outputs; useful for adding another amp
  • Remote Bass: RJ-25 jack (phone type plug) for use with the included ZXRC remote bass level control

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Big bang for your buck

Written By JamesG, Columbia,Tn. on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This amp really is awesome on a pair of kicker S12Cs.

Pros: 1 ohm stable, hi/low inputs with 12v auto turn on, and 12v output.

Cons: It has shut down 2 times in 3 weeks.

Kicker 10DX1000.1

Written By joseph, worcester,ma on Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

pretty good deal with the 2 free subs hit pretty good but the amp not quite enough power for both subs to max out. sounds good anyway and the price is good, ships fast

awesome!!

Written By alan, jacksonville, ar on Monday, August 15, 2011

this amp is awesome! with the deal it has for the two free subs it sounds great and hits hard! definitely worth the buy!

Good Value

Written By DanC, Pocahontas, AR on Monday, August 08, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As a previous owner of a Rockford Fosgate BD 1000, I was skeptical of how this amp would stand up to RF's amazing output. Needless to say I was impressed. The RF did seem slightly more powerful. This amp was cheaper however, and came with 2 CVR 12's with the purchase, making this an excellent value purchase and the obvious choice.

Decent

Written By MorbidCorpse, Flint, Michigan on Monday, June 06, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a solid amp with underated power capability. It's overpriced, however.

Little engine that could

Written By JarrodK, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I honestly didnt think that soo much power would come out of this little amp but i was proven wrong everytime i cranked up my explorer. I currently have it pushing one 12" kicker cvr (other one was defective waiting on the replacement to come in) but even pushing both of them it was steady knocking. My only regret is that i didnt get it sooner. Also a special shoutout to Crutchfield for having awesome customer service

This Amp is LEGIT!!!

Written By KURLZ, Utah on Friday, May 13, 2011

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Serious POWER!!! Wired two 4 ohm 12's down to 1 ohm an this little amp is
turned up half way an is ROCKIN the BLOCK!! Don't pass this deal up!!!

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