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Kicker 10DX500.1

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm

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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.

Bring Kicker sound quality to your car's system with a DX Series amplifier. The 10DX500.1 mono amp can drive your sub system with up to 500 watts RMS, so you can power up a high-performance woofer or two for some massive bass. Plus, the DX500.1 can handle a 1-ohm load without breaking a sweat, giving you more wiring options for your subwoofer system.

DX versatility
This DX 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 10DX500.1 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.

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Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 140 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (275 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • Class D amp technology
  • 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 2
  • 10-3/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 8-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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140 x 1
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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275 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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1
Best Frequency Response
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20-200 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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18 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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+9 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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40 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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60
Speaker Level Inputs
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RCA (adapter req)
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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10-3/8
Height (inches)
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2-3/16
Depth (inches)
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8-3/8
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 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)
  • Four 30-Amp ATO blade fuses (2 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 DX500.1 is rated at 140 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 275 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), 500 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 DX500.1 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, a speaker wire to RCA adapter is needed (item number 20609ZISL, 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: two 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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5 out of 5

Awesome amp

Written By Mikaveli, Topeka,ks on Sunday, April 14, 2013
 
awesome amp! Pushing my 750 watt kicker 15 pounds!!! Love Kicker
Pros:
Power, no overheating
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Powerful Amp Kicker 10DX500.1

Written By Anonymous, Shreveport, LA on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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This amp is extremely powerful... Had a Boston Acoustic amp b4 that was powering my Boston Acoustic 12" sub and it just wasn't pushing enough power and getting extremely overheated. This Kicker amp is a lot more powerful than my old amp. I'm only currently running in with a 2ohm load and it is pounding my 12" Very pleased with this purchase and as always working with Crutchfield is a pleasure.
Pros:
simple, sleek, powerful, good amp, reasonably priced, clean wattage, runs cool, versatile.
Cons:
The amp makes me want to buy another 12' subwoofer so I can drop the ohm load down to 1ohm mono and take advantage of the currently unused power...
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5 out of 5

Kicker 10DX500.1

Written By Michael N, Victoria Texas on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
 
Outstanding amp pushing two 12 inch Kicker CVX in 1ohm to the limit
Pros:
Has more than enough power
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker 10DX500.1

Written By Anonymous, Kenedy, TX on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Awesome amp more than enough power for 2 12 in cvr kickers
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Big BANG

Written By Ricardo, South East, TX. on Sunday, June 17, 2012
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Bought this amp to replace my current 150'ish watt set up which consisted of a 10 and 12, pounds good but WEAK

Anyway so I took out the old set up and wired it all up with my newly acquired CVR's. Based on my "RESEARCH" on Crutchfield, I didn't think the amp would be sufficient but when I played something on the radio, I was like WOW! This one amplifier wired up @ the 1 Ohm specification will really BANG.

Sealed Enclosure 2 12" Kicker CVR's 4 Ohm Wired in parallel @ 1 Ohm

Sum it all up, For the price I paid and the sound I have I think it was well worth it!
Pros:
Price SIZE!!! Warranty
Cons:
I do not like the fact the audio input is on the opposing side of the rest of the other wires...
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker amp

Written By Charlie, Dinwiddie on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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Simple to install and set up. Resonable price and did the job.
Pros:
It was what I expected and did the job
Cons:
None really to mention
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Damn Good Amp

Written By lfsballen, New orleans LA on Saturday, December 03, 2011
 
I have this amp on a Kicker CVR 12 and it really pounds and the gain is set low It never runs hot after hours of playing it The best thing about it you dont need a power cap it dosent cause any dimming lights this is a really good amp for the price you pay I've had JL Audio, Rockford and Memphis amps neither of these out last kicker amps.
Pros:
I have this amp on a Kicker CVR 12 and it really pounds and the gain is set low It never runs hot after hours of playing it The best thing about it you dont need a power cap it dosent cause any dimming lights this is a really good amp for the price you pay I've had JL Audio, Rockford and Memphis amps neither of these out last kicker amps.
Cons:
nothing bad
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

I'm happy

Written By Micah, Htown on Friday, May 13, 2011
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For the deal that kicker offered I was happy with the end result. I put it in a 1999
Chevy 1 ton crew cab. It works great and produces a great sound. Also very
simple stupid.
3 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Thumbs Up

Written By Anonymous, Honolulu HI on Sunday, April 17, 2011
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I was kinda of leery on buying this amp as it had no reviews anywhere to be found, but i decided to purchase them as Crutchfield was offering a promo. I have the 12" sub wired for 1-ohm and to my satisfaction this amp pushes it hard.
Other key things that made me happy with this purchase was
1)The amp is small and testing it out for 1 hour it was still cool to the touch.
2)I choose the audio signal turn on mode and it works like a charm(forgot to install the turn on lead).
3)The sounds from this beat my old setup hands down which I paid $550 on, it's better than sounds that some of my friends have and they paid way more.
The only problem is that at really low volumes there is a pop noise from the sub every 15 seconds or so. I cant really blame the amp for that because i have no idea what it's from. Overall this was a great buy and if you get it, i hope you're happy with it too.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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