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JBL Club 5501

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 550 watts RMS at 2 ohms

Item # 109CL5501

Although it looks like it belongs in the cockpit of a stealth bomber, JBL's Club 5501 mono subwoofer amplifier will...

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Item # 109CL5501

About the JBL Club 5501

Space-age power

Although it looks like it belongs in the cockpit of a stealth bomber, JBL's Club 5501 mono subwoofer amplifier will actually deliver up to 550 watts RMS to your subwoofer. The Class D amplifier design ensures the amp's high output won't put any strain your vehicle's electrical system.

Space-age power

Although it looks like it belongs in the cockpit of a stealth bomber, JBL's Club 5501 mono subwoofer amplifier will actually deliver up to 550 watts RMS to your subwoofer. The Class D amplifier design ensures the amp's high output won't put any strain your vehicle's electrical system.

Works in almost any vehicle

Speaker-level inputs allow this amplifier to integrate into almost any system, even one using your car's factory radio. You can use the low-pass filter and variable bass boost to maximize the performance of your subwoofer and enclosure, while a phase switch ensures that the bass will blend well with your full-range speakers.

JBL Club 5501

Club 5501 inputs and controls

Confused about impedance? Check out our article on matching subs and amps.

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Product highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 350 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (550 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • Class D amp technology
  • variable low-pass filter (32-320 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-9 dB at 45 Hz)
  • phase switch (0, 180 degrees)
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • fuse rating: 30A x 2
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 9-5/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 7-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # Club 5501

What's in the box:

  • Mono amplifier
  • Four 30A ATO fuses (2 installed)
  • 2 Bare wire-to-RCA adapters
  • 4 Mounting screws (M4 x 53mm)
  • Quick-connect Guide
  • 2 JBL stickers

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Features

Overview: The JBL Club-5501 is part of the Club series of car audio amplifiers. This Class D mono amplifier will accept both high-level and low-level inputs. Class D amplifiers are highly efficient and compact, generating lots of power without drawing much current or generating heat. The unit comes with spare fuses, speaker wire-to-RCA adapters, and mounting hardware.

Power Output: The Club-5501 delivers the following power output:

  • 350 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (<1.0% THD+N)
  • 550 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms (<1.0% THD+N)
  • 1300 watts x 1 peak

Protection Circuitry: The amplifier features protection circuitry for thermal overload, over- or under-voltage (<9V or >16V), and short circuits. The LED on the top of the amp glows red if the amp goes into protection mode.

Controls: The Club-5501's controls are located on one side of the amplifier. The rotary controls require a small screwdriver (not included) to make adjustments. The amp controls include:

  • Gain: The rotary gain controls let you match the amp's input sensitivity to the output of the source unit.
  • Input Level: The Input Level switch lets you select the type of input you are using. For high-level input, there are two settings: Hi1 and Hi2. If the audio system fails to play with an amplifier connected to its output, or you get a "speaker disconnected" message on your factory stereo, set the switch to the Hi2 position. The Hi2 position includes a circuit design to fool this type of factory system into "seeing" a speaker connected to its output.
  • Crossover: The amp features a low-pass filter with an adjustable cutoff frequency from 32Hz to 320Hz using the rotary control.
  • Bass Boost: The bass boost is variable from 0-9dB at 45 Hz.
  • Phase Switch: The amp has a 2-way Phase Switch that lets you invert the phase of the speaker output by 180°. When the subwoofer is out of phase with the other speakers in the vehicle, sound waves cancel each other and the bass response suffers. If the bass response is poor, inverting the phase of the subwoofer may improve it.

Connections: The JBL Club-5501 uses set screw terminals for the +12V power, ground, turn-on (remote) lead, and speaker outputs. The screws can be tightened/loosened with a Phillips-head or flat-head screwdriver (not provided). The amp connections include:

  • Power/Ground: The +12V Power and Ground terminals will accept up to 4-gauge wire. It is recommended that you use a minimum of 8 AWG power wire to the battery, with an in-line 60A fuse installed no more than 18" from the battery terminal. An 8 AWG ground wire (minimum) is also recommended, and attached to a metal area close to the amplifier.
  • Remote Turn-On: The Remote terminal will accept up to 8 AWG wire. Typically, an 18 AWG turn-on lead is included in an amplifier wiring kit.
  • Speaker Outputs: The amp features screw terminals for connecting two speakers. The terminals are wired internally in parallel. The amp's minimum speaker impedance is 2 ohms, so you can connect one or two 4-ohm subwoofers, a 2-ohm subwoofer, or one subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils.
  • Speaker-Level Input: The amp includes two bare wire-to-RCA adapters for connecting the amp to a factory radio or aftermarket head unit without preamp outputs. You should attach the left and right speaker wires from the head unit to each adapter and plug the adapter's RCA plug into the amp.
  • Line-Level Inputs: The amplifier is equipped with one pair of RCA inputs for connecting stereo RCA patch cables from the head unit to the amp. If your source unit only has one subwoofer output, a "Y" adapter should be used to split the mono signal into two outputs.

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Why is the protection and power light on?
[ Monae  Jul 19, 2018 ]
1 answer
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It's not wired up right or your overloading the amp
[ Ryan  Jul 20, 2018 ]  Staff
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is this amp cea-2006 compliant?
[ jeff  Jan 29, 2018 ]
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It is not, no.
[ Ryan  Feb 07, 2018 ]  Staff
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When the amp first turns on the protect led turns on for about 3 seconds the shuts off. Is this normal? If not what's the cause?
[ TheGamingBozz  Jan 17, 2018 ]
1 answer
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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, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Jan 24, 2018 ]  Staff
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can the jbl club 5501 be bridged?
[ carlos  Nov 25, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Yes it can be bridged. It is only 2 ohm stable so if you're looking for a power house maybe look at another JBL series.
[ Marcus  Nov 25, 2017 ]  Staff
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What is the lowest impedance sub I can hook up bridged?
[ Mike  Apr 15, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp/sub combo I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Kenny  Apr 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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Is this a two channel amp?
[ the rock  Feb 17, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no, this is a Mono single channel amp for powering a subwoofer. Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Feb 17, 2017 ]  Staff
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will this work for a single 10 inch kicker subwoofer? i have already purchased the sub and amb but i am worried this amp will put strain on the one sub
[ Dalton  Dec 22, 2016 ]
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Dont worry. The amp is good enough to handle your sub. You can even bridge it. The amp is versitile powerful and efficient. Enjoy it!
[ Troy  Dec 24, 2016 ]  Staff
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I have this amp hooked to 2 8 inch subs & it does fine if you ask me.
[ Richard Joshua  Dec 23, 2016 ]  Staff
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It will power it just fine. I have it running a Pioneer 12 Champion Series. It is wired down to 2 ohms. It works great.
[ Marcus  Dec 23, 2016 ]  Staff
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How do I tune my amp for the best sound?
[ Michael  Oct 27, 2016 ]
1 answer
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On your radio, with your gain on your amp all the way down, increase the volume until you hear distortion through your speakers. Turn it down until you no longer hear the distortion (crackling, clipping, bad quality, etc.
[ Cameron  Oct 28, 2016 ]  Staff
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The JBL amp has a 60amp fuse rating and the EFX amp kit you've referenced comes with an in-line fuse holder and a 60amp fuse so, you'll be good to go. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Sep 28, 2016 ]  Staff
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Why does my amplifier turn on when the radio is off I have a factory stereo and using line converter for my amp rca also the remote wire is correctly connected what could possibly the problem?
[ Samuel  Jul 07, 2016 ]
1 answer
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections 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/.
[ Kenny  Jul 08, 2016 ]  Staff
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