Want big bass? Look at our Subwoofers

Designed to pump out plenty of raw power for your subs, an MTX Thunder subwoofer amplifier provides you with the features you need to drive your system efficiently. MTX built the Thunder amps to work hard — Xtant Technologies Cooling (XTC) forces air from an internal fan over all of the important components, so the amp will stay cool when the going gets tough.

And since it's not all about power, MTX's Prizm EFX feature allows you to choose the lighting display color of the amp — pick from infinite shades of red, green, or blue — and you can set it to pulse with the music. Your system, your look, and great sound.

The Thunder5601 amplifier pushes out a solid 300 watts to a single 4-ohm subwoofer, while laying down 600 watts to two subs. And MTX underrates every TA Series amp — each new amp's "birth certificate" certifies that the amp has been tested to produce at least 25% more than the listed power rating. A variable low-pass filter maximizes system performance by tailoring your sub's output to match its enclosure and your vehicle. A switchable bass boost gives you some extra bump when you need it.

StreetWires-designed connections transfer power with ultimate efficiency, and they're laid out on one side of the amp so wiring is easier than ever. The amp's controls are top-mounted and readily accessible. Thanks to MTX's rigorous quality control and advanced technologies, you always get quality performance with a Thunder amp onboard.

Product Highlights:

  • mono car subwoofer amplifier (Class D)
  • 300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (600 watts x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • each amp is tested and certified to produce 25% more power than listed in the ratings
  • fan cooling with XTC thermal regulation technology
  • Prizm EFX customizable lighting accents
  • variable remote bass boost/cut (plus or minus 12 dB, variable 30-80 Hz)
  • variable low-pass filter (40-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • selectable subsonic filter (12 dB at 30 Hz)
  • MOSFET power supply and output stage
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • speaker-level inputs with Smart Engage
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads with 80 amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • fuse rating: 25A x 3
  • 16-5/8"W x 2-5/8"H x 10"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • Mono amplifier with three 25A ATC fuses inserted into the chassis
  • External Bass Control with attached 19.5' cable (terminated with a minijack stereo connector)
  • 1 External Bass Control mounting bracket
  • 1 Self-adhesive "Min/Max" label
  • 1 Knob (for the External Bass Control)
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 1 Large flat washer
  • 2 Small flat washers
  • 2 Lock washers
  • 1 Hex nut
  • One 3.75" wire tie
  • 9.75' Green high-level adapter cable (has an RCA connector on one end and tinned wire on the other end)
  • 9.75' Violet high-level adapter cable (has an RCA connector on one end and tinned wire on the other end)
  • 1 Allen wrench
  • 2 Plastic terminal covers
  • 1 "MTX Audio Motorsports" sticker
  • One 7" x 2" "Streetwires - Connected To The Streets" sticker
  • Instructions
  • Thunder Amplifier Dyno Certificate

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Inputs and Outputs Notes
Wiring Recommendations


Prizm EFX: With the MTX Prizm EFX, you can adjust the color of the display to match your vehicle interior. The display color can be set to red, green, blue, or any color in between. If desired, you can switch Prizm EFX lighting to "pulsate" with the beat of music.

Xtant Technologies Cooling (XTC): The Xtant Technologies Cooling (XTC) thermal-regulated, turbo-charged intercooler supplies fan forced cool air evenly and constantly through tightly packed, bonded fins. Fan speed is continuously variable and controlled by amplifier's output load, temperature of heatsink, and transformers. Exhaust of internal heatsink is strategically positioned to cool transformers to maintain maximum performance at all volumes.

Adaptive Class D Technology: While typical Class D amps tend to generate high frequency energy that must be filtered to prevent harmonic interference in the FM radio frequency range, Adaptive Class D Technology directs the amp's switching energy away from FM radio ranges as the amp's load and output increases. This improves the amp's overall signal-to-noise ratio and eliminates interference generated by more common Class D amps.

Smart-Engage: When using the speaker-level input, the amp automatically turns on when it senses signal from the head unit, eliminating the need for a remote turn-on connection. In many cases, this feature will allow you to install the amplifier without removing your radio.

Quasi Parametric Equalizer: This one band equalizer provides individual frequency and -/+ 12 dB gain adjustment controls. Any frequency from 30 Hz to 80 Hz can be boosted or cut up to 12 dB.

External Bass Control: The External Bass Control lets you adjust the output level of the amplifier from anywhere in the vehicle. When attached to the mounting bracket, the External Bass Control has the following dimensions: W=1.602", H=0.979", D=2.578" (including the knob).

Variable Low-Pass Filter: The internal low-pass filter can be adjusted from 40 to 200 Hz, and has a slope of 24 dB per octave.

Subsonic Filter: The subsonic filter is used to remove low frequencies that you cannot hear but can "rob" power from the amplifier. The crossover point is fixed at 30 Hz, and the filter can be turned on or off.

Bi-level Inputs: The RCA inputs will accept both speaker-level and line-level signals. To accept speaker-level input, you must use the supplied high-level adapter cables.

Capacitor Terminals: This amp provides power and ground connections for an optional capacitor.

Input Sensitivity: The input sensitivity switch can be set to x1 (line-level input) or x10 (speaker-level input). When set to x1, the input sensitivity can be adjusted from 100mV - 1V. When set to x10, the input sensitivity can be adjusted from 1V - 10V.

Performance Certificate: MTX tests each amplifier, and the technician records the "actual" power output on the Thunder Amplifier Dyno Certificate included with each amp. The amp must meet or exceed the rated specification in order to leave the factory.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Set-screw Terminals: The power and ground set-screw terminals will accept up to 4-gauge wire. The remote turn-on, capacitor, and speaker set-screw terminals will accept up to 8-gauge wire.

RCA Inputs: The RCA inputs will accept both speaker-level and line-level signals. To accept speaker-level input, you must use the supplied high-level adapter cables.

Remote Gain: This minijack allows you to connect the supplied External Bass Control.

Wiring Recommendations

Wiring Kit Fuse Ratings: This amplifier uses three 25-amp fuses, so its total fuse rating is 75 amps. The Streetwires 4-gauge amp wiring kits include an 80-amp fuse, which will accommodate the amp's fuse rating. Other 4-gauge amp wiring kits carried by Crutchfield include a 60-amp fuse. If you are using a 4-gauge amp wiring kit with a fuse rated for less than 75 amps, the fuse should be replaced with an 80-amp fuse.

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a beast

Written By no, lake charles la. on Saturday, May 20, 2006

this is a great amp. i have it pushing 1 kicker 15 l5 and it hits hard. it puts out about 755 watts a 2omh. give this amp a try, you will love it.

Not what it claims

Written By Anonymous, Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, May 06, 2006

Overall not a bad amp but I had problems. The smart engage does not work well and the documentation is very poor and the website does not offer any more detail. Own several amps including Phoenix Gold and Lanzar. Probably could have gotten a comparable amp for less money.

Ground-Shaking Performance

Written By Austin, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

This amp does everything you would expect plus more!!! I've had this amp for 6 monthes now and it has yet to dissapoint. At first I had it hooked up to 2 10" MTX 5500's and it pounded pretty good. But being the stereo fanatic I am I decided that it wasn't enough for me so I had a custom box built for my car (mustang). The setup I decided to go with is 1 JL Audio downfiring 15W3V2 in the spare tire weld. IT POUNDS!!!! And this amplifier handles it by barely yawning. I have the amplifer gained halfway up and the bass boost haveway up as well. And there is no other amplifer on the market today with the Prizm Effect. BUY THIS AMP if you want to be heard.

Infinity kappa killer

Written By big daddy, seattle wa on Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I bought this amp to power 2 infinity kappa perfect 12 inch woofers. The speakers are in slot vent boxes and are rated for 350 watts (rms). The speakers are in a wakeboard boat. The amp beat both of the 12s to death @ 2ohms in about 2 months. Buy this amp and buy speakers with a good warranty because you will need it.

MTX 5601 - Unbelievable Brute and Beauty

Written By Vince227, Bronx, NY on Monday, August 08, 2005

I have the Kenwood KDC-X789 head unit 3-5v RCA (2RCA + 1Sub out) a pioneer TS-W256DVC 10" subwoofer. I kept my eyes and ears open for a while waiting for the release of this amp and let me be the first to say, MTX out did themselves.

This is MTX new Thunder series. This amp is a brute. The sound is hard punching, clean and tight. I've had many amps in my days but nothing like this. This has got to be one of the best if not the best. I took it to a professional for installation and the technician for my vehicle was in shock and awe that he called over the other technicians to see and hear it, everybody was amazed and said they never saw this series MTX. (I tried to get it just as soon as it hit the market) The radio volume was low, the bass was so deep, hard and tight with the lights changing colors along with the beat. They can be set to be steady are change among seven different colors and beat in-between colors, also random or just off. Along with many other sound adjustments.

This amp is also CEA-2006 rated. Each amp comes with its own authencity papers like birth certificate along with the tested results signed. Mines rated for 300w but pushed 416watts @4-ohm and 600watts @2ohms pushed 710watts, way above the stated wattage. The XTC cooling system is also sweet(Auto speed cooling as needed when needed).

There's a lot more that I can say but you have to hear it, feel it, and shall I say see it for yourself. But don't take my word for it, If your disappointed I'll buy it off you.

I usually don't write reviews, but with a product this satisfying I must gave it props.

BTW (by the way)this is installed in my Honda Odyssey

Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new MTX Thunder5601

Bring the music from your amp to your speakers.
Patch cables take the music from your stereo to the amplifier. Most amp wiring kits don't include them.
Helps protect your car's charging system and improves power handling. Required power and ground wires not included with cap.
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