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Kicker IX500.2

2-channel car amplifier — 125 watts RMS x 2

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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.

Big power in a small package

The compact chassis of each Kicker IX Series amp hides a technical powerhouse. Kicker uses high-current design combined with efficient Class D technology to unleash more wattage per cubic inch than just about any other amp around. And an IX Series amp runs so cool you can stack multiple amps together for a professional-looking installation.

The IX500.2 2-channel amplifier delivers 125 watts RMS per channel to a pair of full-range speakers so you can be sure to hear all your music's strengths and subtleties. Or, you can bridge this amp into single-channel mode and drive a subwoofer with 500 watts RMS. Built-in frequency filters sculpt the sound so you can get maximum performance from your system, while a variable bass boost helps you dial in just the right amount of low-frequency punch. Noise-reducing technology removes interference from your car's electrical system as it enters the amp's inputs, so that your speakers see the purest signal possible.

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Highlights:

  • 2-channel car amplifier
  • 125 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (250 watts x 2 at 2 ohms)
  • 500 watts RMS x 1 in bridged mode (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (50-200 Hz at 12 dB per octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • full-range Class D design
  • balanced differential inputs
  • speaker-level inputs (requires an optional adapter)
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and a 100-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 100-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • optional IX mounting kit required for stacking amps
  • 9-3/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 7-15/16"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) 125 x 2
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels) N/A
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels) 250 x 2
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels) 500 x 1
Minimum Impedance Bridged 4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged 2
Best Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power 1%
Signal to Noise Ratio 95 dB
Input Voltage 14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class D
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-200 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12 dB/oct
High-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-200 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12 dB/oct
Bass Boost 0-18 dB
Bass Boost Frequency 40 Hz
Fan Cooled No
Fuse Rating 50
Speaker Level Inputs RCA (adapter req)
Preamp Outputs 1 pair
Width (inches) 9-3/8
Height (inches) 2-3/16
Depth (inches) 7-15/16
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 2-Channel amplifier
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (length=2")
  • 4 Flat washers
  • Hex-key
  • Owner's Manual (English / French / Spanish / German)
  • Certified Power Certificate

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Class D Amplifier Design: The Kicker IX500.2 is a full-range 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 IX500.2 to have a super-small footprint for increased cargo space.

CEA 2006 Compliant: The Kicker IX500.2'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 IX500.2 two-channel amplifier is bridgeable (4-ohm), as well as 2-ohm stable in stereo:

  • Two-Channel (CEA 2006 Compliant): 125 watts x 2 channel RMS @ 4 ohms (20-20,000Hz, 1% THD)
  • Two-Channel (2-ohm): 250 watts x 2 channel RMS (20-20,000 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Bridged (4-ohm): 500 watts x 1 channel RMS (20-20,000 Hz, 1% THD)

Stereo and Mono Simultaneously (SAMS): You can drive a mono subwoofer and stereo speakers at the same time with this amplifier. Passive crossovers are required on the speaker outputs (high pass for the stereo speakers and low pass for the subwoofer). The minimum impedance for SAMS operation is 2 ohms per channel for the stereo speakers and 4 ohms for the subwoofer (bridged mono).

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 offset 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 IX500.2 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 IX500.2 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 (206IXSM) or IXSK stacking mounts allow you to stack multiple Kicker IX-series amplifiers.

Controls

Gain: To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the Kicker IX500.2 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. The rotary control allows you to adjust the gain from 0 to 11.

Crossover: The amplifier has a 3-way crossover switch that lets you select Low-pass, High-pass, or Off (for full-range operation). The crossover's cutoff frequency can be set between 50 and 200 Hz using a rotary control. The slope is 12 dB per octave.

KickEQ: The amplifier's KickEQ bass boost circuit provides a variable (0-18 dB) signal boost at 40 Hz. The rotary control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass boost.

Connections

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.

External Fuses: The IX500.2 does not have internal fuses. One external 100-amp or two 50-amp AFS, AGU, or MAXI fuses must be installed on the power wire within 18" of the battery. If a wiring kit is used which includes a fuse with a value other than 100-amps, the original should be replaced with a 100-amp fuse.

Speaker Outputs: The Kicker IX500.2 is equipped with two pairs of speaker terminals. All four speaker terminals are set-screw terminals that will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The supplied Allen-wrench is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Note: The speaker output terminals can be used in 2-channel mode or bridged to mono.

Dual Input Sensitivity Inputs: The IX amplifiers have dual input sensitivity differential RCA inputs which can receive either high or low levels signals from your car's head unit. A high-level signal can be run from the head unit's speaker outputs to the stereo RCA input of the amplifier using a Speaker Wire-to-RCA adapter (206KiSL , sold separately). The Input Level Switch on the amp should be set to HI. If you plan to use the head unit's preamp outputs to deliver the signal to the amplifier, a standard RCA stereo patch cord should be used, and the Input Level Switch set to LO.

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 amp's inputs. Either input method (HI or LO) will provide a low-level output signal to the RCA outputs. The amplifier's crossovers have no effect on the line level output signal, however, if you input a filtered signal from the head unit, the amp's low-level output will also be filtered.

 

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