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Kicker 12CX600.1

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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Our take on the Kicker 12CX600.1

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.

Power for your bass

Leave it to Kicker to come up with this bantam heavyweight. The CX600.1 amplifier delivers up to 600 watts RMS to your subwoofer from a 7" x 8" chassis that'll fit almost anywhere. And they don't cut any corners building this amp, using oversized transistors, special transformers, and a heavy-duty heat sink to bring you awesome power that won't fade when you push your system hard.

Control over your bass

Kicker includes a low-pass filter to keep high frequencies away from your sub, a fixed subsonic filter that protects your sub from inaudible, power-devouring ultra-low frequencies, and a variable bass boost that allows you to add some kick to the mix. An optional wired remote bass level controller is available so you can crank the bass up or down from the front seat.

Vertical mounting

Includes hardware for vertical mounting

Hooks in almost anywhere in almost any position

Kicker uses their Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT™) to keep this amp's input free from noise or interference, so you'll get a clean signal from almost any system, even a factory radio. Rugged metal end panels provide even more shielding from radiated interference. The CX600.1 also comes with hardware that lets you mount it vertically, so it'll take up very little floor space and look ultra-cool.

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Kicker CX600.1 amplifier

CX600.1 control panel

Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • Class D amp technology
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • fixed subsonic filter (25 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 40 Hz)
  • frequency response: 25-200 Hz
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (optional wire adapter required for speaker-level inputs)
  • balanced differential inputs and Fail-Safe Integration Technology eliminate noise from your vehicle's electrical system
  • preamp outputs for connection to another amp
  • optional remote bass level controller available
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and a 80-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 80-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • includes hardware for vertical mounting
  • 8-5/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 7-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years (extends to 3 years when purchased with either a Kicker single amp wiring kit or a Kicker multi-amp kit)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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300 x 1
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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1200 x 1
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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600 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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25-200 Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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75 dB
Input Voltage
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14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class
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D
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-200 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB/octave
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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0-12 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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40 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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80
Speaker Level Inputs
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RCA
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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8-5/8
Height (inches)
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2-3/8
Depth (inches)
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7-1/8
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 2 Vertical mounting brackets
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)
  • Power certification sheet

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Features
Connections

Features

Gain: The rotary gain control is continuously variable from 125 mV to 5 V when the Input Sensitivity switch is set to Low and 250 mV to 10 V when the Input Sensitivity switch is set to High.

Input Level Switch: Set the input level switch to Lo when using a preamp level input signal and Hi when using a speaker level input signal.

Crossover: The crossover is always engaged (cannot be bypassed). The crossover point is continuously variable from 50 to 200 Hz and the slope is 12 dB per octave.

Subsonic Filter: The subsonic filter is fixed at 25 Hz and 24 dB per octave.

Auto Turn-on: The amp offers two automatic turn-on modes:

  • +12V: connect a wire from the remote turn-on lead from your source unit to the REM terminal on the amplifier; this is the preferred turn-on method
  • DC Offset: turns the amp on when a 6-volt DC offset is detected at the high-level speaker inputs when the source unit is turned on

Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit is continuously variable from 0 to +12 dB and centered at 40 Hz.

CXRC Remote Bass Control: The bass output level can be controlled remotely using an optional wired remote bass control (item number 20612CXRC, sold separately).

Vertical Mounting: The amp can be mounted vertically using the included brackets. The vertical dimensions are approximately:

  • Width: 9"
  • Height: 7-1/4"
  • Depth: 2-3/8"

Signal to Noise Ratio: The S/N under CEA-2006 compliant conditions (1 watt output) is 75 dBA. The S/N at rated power is 95 dB.

Connections

Left Side of Amplifier:

  • +12V (power): set screw terminal; will accept bare wire up to 4-gauge
  • REM (remote turn-on): set screw terminal; will accept bare wire up to 8-gauge
  • GND (ground): set screw terminal; will accept bare wire up to 4-gauge
  • Speaker Outputs: terminal strip with two pair of subwoofer outputs; the two outputs are internally shorted together, making it easy to wire two subwoofers; accepts spade connectors up to 0.325" wide
Note: The Amplifier is not equipped with an internal fuse. An external 80-amp fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire. If the system has only this amp and a wiring kit is used that includes a fuse with a value other than 80-amps, the original should be replaced with an 80-amp fuse.

Right Side of Amplifier:

  • RCA Input: one pair of stereo RCA input jacks; also used for speaker level input (item number 206KiSL needed, sold separately)
  • RCA Output: one pair of stereo RCA output jacks; line level output when using either preamp or speaker level inputs
  • Remote Bass: 3.5mm mini-jack for use with the optional CXRC wired remote bass level control

Amp Wiring Kit: Kicker recommends using a 4-gauge wiring kit with this amplifier.

 

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5 out of 5

very good affordable product great value

Written By bryanplez, Denver, CO on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
 
I got this amp to replace a blown jbl amp. It's powering two Boston G2 10s in a custom box. And gives all the power i need! Installed in a BMW 323I E46, absolutely pushes these high quality subs perfectly!! Great amp for the price. Easy to install,and also running a avh-x7500bt, and they compliment each other great!
Pros:
Price,dependability,power, ease of install, i like the fact you do not need a LOC if you want to use the amp with a factory radio. The yellow line is a great value from Kicker!!!
Cons:
Not many cons at all with this Amp after 3 months of being used. May have some complaints in the future. I will just have to wait and see.
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5 out of 5

GREAT PERFECT for what I needed

Written By Shadow Drifter, Pittston pa 18640 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Perfect working for what I needed
Pros:
Small and really powerful HIGHLY recommend
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Power Haus

Written By JethroS, Los Alamos, NM on Monday, March 10, 2014
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Always ran Kicker subs, never tried their amplifiers. Gave it a shot, not a complaint! Looks good, smells good (well, ok, doesn't smell at all) and it sure seems to push my SoloBaric excellently.
Pros:
Tiny footprint Remote Bass Knob Vertical mounts No frills design
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Big boom for the buck

Written By ptk61, Skiatook, OK on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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This was my first foray into installing a power/sub amp in a vehicle, so I'm writing this from the perspective of someone who felt his way through the install. To someone new to car amp installs I would offer this advice: buy the Kicker PK4 wiring kit to go with the amp if you don't know what size wire or what the amperage of the fuse should be. There are plenty of good vids on a Kicker amp install, please watch at least one comprehensive one before starting out on your install if you are new to this.

I bolted the amp to the passenger seat back in my '07 Corvette and ran the cables along the passenger door panel. The amp is connected to a Polk Audio DXi104 10" subwoofer and even at low power the amp will really move the speaker. It sounds great and provides the bottom end depth that the miserable 2 ohm factory mid-bass units in the doors lack (and which are nearly impossible to replace). Although I'm impressed, this is the first car sub amp I've ever owned so I have nothing to compare it to.
Pros:
plenty of power, multiple mount options
Cons:
The volume and adjustment knobs on the amp don't have a detent you can put a screwdriver in so you can adjust them easily. I don't care for the mash-down connectors for amp power/ground/speaker outs.
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5 out of 5

Kicker 12CX600.1

Written By Kevin L, Leonardtown, MD on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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Toyota XRunner - down firing custom taco box - Kicker 40CWD104 sub. Perfect amount of bass as requested. Very clean and strong. Drum and Bass, Top 40 style music.
Pros:
Clean crisp sound. Small but powerful. Great price.
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5 out of 5

Kicker 12CX600.1

Written By Ivan, Bayamon ,P.R on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Kicker never fails.
Pros:
Small and easy to install
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Kicker 12CX600.1

Written By Anonymous, Flagstaff Arizona on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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Small and easy to install
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5 out of 5

wow effect

Written By Mike, raleigh, NC on Sunday, July 28, 2013
 
I bought this amp to replace my 700w peak output planet audio amp (which is a great amp as well) to push my 2013 rockford P2....and wow what a difference in sound and depth of bass in the 2 amps!!! I also have the pioneer AVH-2400BT which makes this all so much better ....by the way this is all in a 05 Ford F-150
Pros:
A lot to come I'm sure
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

amazing amp

Written By scandebob, great bend KS on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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The kicker cx 600.1 amplifier is by far the best for the money and it puts out what it says it will. Great investment.
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1 question already asked

Will this amp work and provide just enough power to these subs? Kicker 40DCWS102 [ Dominick  Jan 21, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 21, 2014 ]

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