Soundstream Picasso Nano PN5.640D

Compact 5-channel car amplifier — 60 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 350 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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Great little system amp

Instead of filling your old clunker's trunk with amps and a sub like you did in your youth, you can now power a complete speaker and subwoofer system in your more up-to-date vehicle with one single Soundstream Picasso Nano PN5.640D. This 5-channel amplifier will power your entire system, yet it will fit in some pretty tight locations because of its incredibly compact size. And there's no doubt that the stalking tarantula logo looks pretty cool too.

Power packed

The Picasso Nano PN5.640D puts out 4 channels of 60 watts RMS to your full-range speakers and up to 350 watts to your sub — that's a great balance of power between speaker and sub levels. Or, if your rear speakers don't concern you, you could power high-performance front components with 200 watts RMS each, along with 350 watts for the sub.

Convenient controls and connections

Soundstream gives you all the control features you'll need to craft the sound to match your different components. High-pass filters on the front and rear channels keep low bass out of your full-range speakers so they'll play louder and cleaner. The subwoofer channel features a variable low-pass filter and bass boost, so you can get the best possible performance from your sub. The amp can handle preamp or speaker-level signals so you can use it with a factory receiver that doesn't have preamp outputs.

Soundstream PN5.640D

                          PN5.640D control panel with input harness connections

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 60 watts RMS x 4 at + 200 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 80 watts RMS x 4 at + 350 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 160 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 350 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (35-350 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (30-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • Class D amp technology and MOSFET power supply
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (RCA and bare wire input harnesses included)
  • wired remote sub level control included
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • fuse rating: 40A x 1
  • 12"W x 1-3/4"H x 4-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • 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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  • 5-channel amplifier
  • One 40 amp ATO fuse (installed)
  • Three 4" RCA input harnesses
  • Three 7" Speaker level input harnesses
  • Wired remote control (subwoofer only)
  • 16-1/2' Remote control cable (RJ-25 plug on one end and a proprietary plug on the other)
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual
  • Specifications on the box

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Channel Configuration: The SoundStream PN5.640D is a 5-channel amp; essentially two full range 2-channel amps and one mono subwoofer amp built into one chassis. Both full range sections are bridgeable, so the it can be configured as a 5-channel, 4-channel, or 3-channel amplifier.

  • Channels 1/2 and 3/4:
    • 4Ω: 60 watts RMS x 4-channels
    • 2Ω: 80 watts RMS x 4-channels
    • Bridged: 160 watts RMS x 2-channels into 4Ω
  • Channel 5:
    • 4Ω: 200 watts RMS x 1-channel
    • 2Ω: 350 watts RMS x 1-channel

Signal Inputs: Both RCA harnesses and speaker level harnesses are included to plug into the three input ports on the amp.

Auto Turn-on: When using a speaker level input, the amp will turn on automatically when it senses the input signal.

Controls

Level Control (Gain): The input levels are independently adjustable for channels 1/2, 3/4, and 5. The input range is 0.5 Volts to 12.0 Volts.

Crossover: The amp has independent crossover controls for channels 1/2, 3/4, and 5. The crossover slopes are all 12 dB/octave:

  • Channels 1/2:
    • Mode: two position switch; choose flat (full range, crossover is bypassed) or high pass
    • Frequency: set the crossover point when in high pass mode; rotary dial; 35-250 Hz
  • Channels 3/4:
    • Mode: choose flat (full range, crossover is bypassed) or high pass
    • Frequency: set the crossover point when in high pass mode; rotary dial; 35-250 Hz
  • Channel 5: because the channel 5 is the subwoofer section, the crossover is always engaged
    • Frequency: set the low pass crossover point; rotary dial; 35-250 Hz

Bass Boost: The bass boost on channel 5, centered at 45 Hz, is continuously variable from 0 dB (flat) to +12 dB.

Wired Remote: A wired subwoofer level control is included (channel 5 only). The remote has integrated flanges and screws are included to mount the unit under the dash. It includes a 16-1/2' cable to connect to the amplifier.

Note: The wired remote measures approximately 1-5/8" wide (2-1/4" including the mounting flanges) x 1" tall x 1-5/8"  deep (2-1/4" including the knob and cable).

Connections

Power Input: Two set-screw terminals are provided for connecting the power and ground cables. The terminals accept up to 8-gauge wire. The set screws are tightened/loosened with a Phillips head screw driver (not included).

Speaker Outputs: The five pair of speaker output set-screw terminals will accept up to 8-gauge wire. The set screws are tightened/loosened with a Phillips head screw driver (not included).

Signal Input: The amplifier has three proprietary signal input jacks, for use with either the included RCA harnesses or the included speaker level harnesses.

Remote: The wired remote cable plugs into another proprietary jack on the amp. The remote turn-on wire is also found in this harness.

Fuses: The amp has one 40-amp ATO fuse.

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Good quality

Written By Eddie, Pembroke Pines, FL on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Does the job. Installed to run my 4 Polk Audio db651s & Bazooka BT8024DVC 8" Sub. Happy as can be.

Powerful little amp

Written By Christina H, Florida on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very powerful amp in a very small size. Powers front/rear Kicker speakers and 10" Infinity sub. Make sure your engine is running if playing music because this amp will drain your battery if engine is off.

Pros: Powerful, small size, clean sound

Cons: May drain car battery is playing music when engine not turned on. Make sure engine is running.

Amazing Little Amp

Written By BigggD88Fan, Pasco, Wa. on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing sound from such a small package. Sub woofer sound and control is beautiful. Clarity of the 4 channels is super. Size made hiding a non issue.

Pros: Great sound in a small size.

Excellent Amp in a Small Chassis

Written By RalphC, Franklin, TN on Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Installed this AMP in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, I used the factory head unit and tapped into the signal after the factory amplifier. Did not even use a low pass adapter and it sounds extremely clean. I am running Polk 6.5 components model is (db 6501) in the front and 6.5 coaxials, model is (db 651) in the sound bar with a Memphis Audio 8" MClass sub in a ported box. The amp is very small for the amount of power it produces. I could not ask for more and have run JL audio amps along with Kenwood and Alpine and do not think I would consider anything else but the soundstream. It is top quality with the sound to match

nice and small

Written By JoeC, Ridgefield, CT on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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powering my four MTX thunder dome speakers and an MTX 10'' sub just fine, and it fits great under my passenger seat, had a little problem with the wires causing some feedback, but that's because I really don't have it secure

Pros: size and power

Good little amp

Written By Anonymous, Middletown ny on Friday, July 25, 2014

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Very powerful amp for it size

Pros: Very small for a 5 channel amp

Cons: No remote wire

Soundstream Picasso Nano PN5.640D

Written By R, Jerseyville, IL on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Powers my 4 speakers and my 10" sub perfectly. Makes great sound!

Great amp

Written By Anonymous, Evans ga on Monday, June 16, 2014

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Awesome size. Mounted under my rear seat. Controls are awesome. Amp has ran for 2 months now with no issues.

Pros: Great controls. Awesome filter. Good power.

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

A 5-channel piece of art

Written by Buck Pomerantz, Staff Writer - Creative, on 3/7/2014 2:00:00 PM

At first, I thought, "What an odd-looking amp," but after handling it a while, I decided the Picasso Nano PN5.640D was actually a very cool-looking amplifier. A bit Gothic on the color scheme, but otherwise quite nice. It's especially cool because it's so small for a 5-channel amp. In fact, the Picasso Nano PN5.640D currently is the smallest and least expensive 5-channel amplifier that Crutchfield sells.

The amp's quite hefty and could act like a dangerous glass-breaking brick in an accident if it weren't securely mounted. Its 12" by 5" chassis probably would fit under most car seats, but a lot of folks might want to mount their Picasso Nano in plain sight (with all their neat wiring on exhibit, as well, of course).

All the power and speaker connections are grouped in a single terminal block conveniently on one end of the amp. The input and remote connections are made with plug-in harnesses. You have your choice of RCA connectors or bare wire, for when you need to use your vehicle's factory wiring to get the amp's input signals.

The controls are small, but very clearly marked and intuitively located, with the front, rear, and subwoofer controls grouped separately. There're even separate buttons to bypass the front and rear high-pass filters, a feature you don't usually see in a car amplifier. You'd bypass a high-pass filter when you run full-range speakers with good bass response, or when you're not running a subwoofer at all.

The Picasso Nano PN5.640D isn't the most powerful 5-channel amp out there, but it does have the power to adequately drive a couple sets of speakers and a subwoofer to fill just about any small to medium size car or truck with plenty of loud music. And I think it'll look good doing it. The only disappointing thing about this amp, for me, was when I powered up the piece under review and the blue stalking tarantula logo did not light up. I guess I was expecting too much out of a good thing.

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2 questions already asked

Bob J, did you purchase the Picasso Nano? How did you figure out bass signal input from 4 channel head unit. I have same situation that I am trying to figure out. Thanks in advance. [ Will  Dec 14, 2014 ]
Hi, Bob! You can contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695). They should be able to help answer your question. Thanks! [ Krissy  Oct 28, 2014 ]  Staff
Hi Krissy, Thank you for responding. This is a pre-purchase question. I looked at the online installation manual, but I still have that question. Who can I contact at Crutchfield before I order? Thank you, Bob [ Bob J  Oct 28, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Oct 28, 2014 ]  Staff
Hi Marcel, I just installed this amplifier with an Audio Controls LC2i LOC. The basics for connecting are there but some knowledge is needed to adjust / tune it. I am not an audiophile so I had to do some research on You Tube. To be fair this seems to be a common complaint on many audio accessories, that is why I purchased from Crutchfield. In addition to the amp you will need to buy a power cable that will connect direct to the battery. This amp draws less current then most but even it needs a heavier power lead then what is connected to the cars radio. I am pleased with my purchase. [ MICHAEL  Aug 18, 2014 ]
not the greatest instructions but if you have basic knowledge of how a stereo system works, you should be able to figure it out. don't forget you can always get help from tech support. [ MICHAEL D  Aug 17, 2014 ]
There are instructions but they are not step by step like furniture. You will need some common knowledge on this type of stuff. It can be done tho. Awesome amp! Runs my whole system [ edward matthew  Aug 16, 2014 ]
Yes [ LANDON  Aug 16, 2014 ]