Class D Amplifier Design: The Kicker IX500.1 is a
mono-channel Class D amplifier, which uses digital switching to amplify audio signals. This
design results in high efficiency and less heat. The Class D design also allows
the IX500.1 to have a super-small footprint for fuel savings and increased cargo
Mono-Power Amp Design: The Kicker IX500.1 is designed with
specific features to power your subwoofers with a frequency range between 25-200
Hz. The amplifier can handle impedance loads down to 2-ohm.
Note: This amplifier is not designed
for full-range operation.
CEA 2006 Compliant: The Kicker IX500.1's power ratings are
measured according to the strict standards dictated by the Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA). These standards allow you to accurately compare the rated
power output of all CEA 2006-compliant amplifiers, even if they come from
different brands. Manufacturers who adhere to the standards can display the CEA
2006 logo on their products and packaging.
Kicker Livin' Loud Certified Power Certificate: 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.
Amplifier Rating: The Kicker IX500.1
is bridgeable (4-ohm), as well as 2-ohm stable in stereo.
- 1-Channel (CEA 2006 Compliant): 275 watts
x 1 channel RMS @ 4 ohms (25-200 Hz, 1% THD)
- 1-Channel (2-ohm): 500 watts x 1 channel
RMS (25-200 Hz, 1% THD)
Subsonic Filter: The Kicker IX500.1 features a 24 dB/octave subsonic
filter fixed at 25 Hz. Ultra-low frequencies that cannot be reproduced by a
subwoofer do not become sound but become unnecessary oscillations, which affect
sound by causing distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and
can cause damage to speakers. The built-in subsonic filter cuts the frequencies
below 25 Hz to improve the reproduction performance of the speakers by
eliminating harmful distortion.
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.
Soft-Start Circuitry: The Kicker IX500.1 contains "soft-start"
circuitry that lessens initial shock load when powering up the amplifier, and a
muting circuit to eliminate audio distortion that might surge down the line.
Protection Circuitry: The IX500.1 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 front side of the
amp illuminates red, the protection circuit has engaged and the amp will not
play until the problem is resolved.
Stackable: The optional Kicker IXSM stacking mount
sold separately) allows you to stack two Kicker IX-series amplifiers on top of
Gain: To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming
from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the Kicker IX500.1 features an adjustable
gain control (low level: 125mV-5V; high level: 250mV-10V). This means that no matter
what kind of radio is connected to this amplifier, the appropriate gain control
adjustment can be made to ensure loud, clear, distortion-free music.
Low Pass Crossover: The amplifier's variable low pass crossover
can be set between 50 and 200 Hz; the crossover slope is 24 dB per octave.
Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit provides a variable
(0-18 dB) signal boost at 40 Hz.
Remote Bass Level: The included wired remote bass-level control allows
you to control the output level of the amplifier from the front of your vehicle.
The wired remote bass-level control comes with a mounting bracket to mount it
under your dash. The supplied 20' cable connects the wired remote bass-level
control to the amplifier.
Note: The wired remote bass-level control measures 2.25" wide x
1.25" high x 2.375" deep.
Power Connections: The power and ground connections are
set-screw terminals that will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. The remote turn-on
set-screw terminal will accept up to 8-gauge wire. The included Allen-wrench is
required to tighten/loosen the terminals.
Speaker Outputs: The Kicker IX500.1 is equipped with one pair
of speaker terminals. Both speaker terminals are set-screw terminals that will
accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The supplied Allen-wrench is required to tighten/loosen
Line Level Input: The mono-channel amplifier is equipped with
one pair of gold-plated RCA line level inputs.
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.
Line Level Output: The amplifier has a pair of gold-plated
RCA line level outputs for feeding a full-range stereo signal to another
amplifier. It is the same signal that is input through the line inputs. The
amplifier's crossovers have no effect on the line level output signal.