CEA 2006 Compliant: The Kicker DX500.1's power and signal to
noise ratio are measured according to CEA 2006 standards (Consumer Electronics
Association). These standards allow you to accurately compare the specifications
of all CEA 2006-compliant amplifiers, even if they are different brands.
Manufacturers who adhere to the standards can display the CEA 2006 logo on their
products and packaging. The rated power output is 275 watts RMS x 1 channel into
4Ω (20-200 Hz, <1% THD+N). While the CEA 2006 S/N is 75 dB (measured
at 1 watt), the S/N at rated power is >95 dB.
Kicker Livin' Loud Certified Power: The
amplifier comes with a certificate that indicates the total maximum wattage of the
particular amplifier, 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.
Protection Circuitry: The DX500.1 has protection circuitry
that will turn the amp off in the event of overheating, over voltage (power
input), under voltage (power input), short circuit (speaker output), and over
current (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.
Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT): To accommodate the
varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket
radios, the DX500.1 utilizes Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT), offering
isolated differential inputs for significant noise reduction, and compatibility
with virtually any factory radio.
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
20609ZISL, sold separately) and the Input Level should be set to High.
ZXRC Remote Bass Control: The DX500.1 comes with the ZXRC
Remote Bass Control, which allows you to control the output level of the
amplifier from the front of the vehicle. The wired remote comes with a bracket
to mount it under the dash. The supplied 18' cable, with RJ-25 phone plugs at
each end, connects the wired remote bass level control to the amplifier.
Note: The Remote Bass Control measures
approximately 2-1/4" wide x 1-1/4" high x 1.75"
deep (2-3/8" deep including the knob and wiring).
Gain Control: With the Input Level Control switch at the
appropriate setting, you can set the rotary Gain Control to match the output of
the source unit. The Gain Controls are adjusted with a flat-head screwdriver and
can be set between 0 and 11.
Input Level: The input level control is switchable; when set
to Low, the amp can accommodate a line level input signal of 125mV-5V, on High,
the amp will accept a 250mV-10V speaker level signal.
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
- 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
Low Pass Filter: The DX500.1 is equipped with a low-pass
electronic crossover; the crossover point is continuously variable from 50 Hz
to 200 Hz and the slope is 18dB per octave. Properly set, the low pass filter
creates a smooth transition between the subwoofer and the sound system's
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.
KICKEQBass Boost: When you want more bass from the amplifier,
you can adjust the Bass Boost circuit. The bass boost is centered at 40 Hz and is
continuously variable from 0 to +12dB.
Left Side of Amplifier:
- +12V (power): set screw terminal;
accepts up to 4-gauge wire; the included 3mm Allen wrench
is required to tighten/loosen the terminal
- REM (remote turn-on): set screw terminal;
accepts up to 8-gauge wire; the included 3mm Allen wrench is
required to tighten/loosen the terminal
- GND (ground): set screw terminal; accepts
up to 4-gauge wire; the included 3mm Allen wrench is required
to tighten/loosen the terminal
- Speaker Outputs: one pair of set screw
terminals; accepts up to 8-gauge wire; the included 3mm Allen
wrench is required to tighten/loosen the terminals
- Fuses: two 30-amp ATO fuses (factory
Right Side of Amplifier:
- RCA Input: one pair of RCA input
- RCA Output: one pair of RCA input
jacks (the amplifier's crossovers have no effect on the
line level output signal)
Extended Warranty: Kicker will add a year to the standard two
year warranty (for a total of three years) when any matching Kicker amplifier wiring
kit is used with this amp (4 gauge minimum). Both the amp and wiring kit should be
purchased on the same order and the usual warranty limitations apply (covers
manufacturing defects, must be purchased from an authorized Kicker dealer, etc.).