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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...

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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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
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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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JBL you've done it again!!!

Crutchfield customer from Barrigada, GU on 12/24/2018

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Bought this amp to upgrade. I was running a JBL GTX500 in my Rogue. As my hunger for bass grew I need something with more output. I purchased this because it was on sale and the power output advertised got me hooked. Hooked this up to 2 -12" Jensens and this amp is making these subs flex with minimal effort. I highly recommend this amp to anyone seeking power. Next on my list is the JBL Club 5 channel amp. ????

Pros: Everything you'd want from a monoblock amp

Cons: None

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Great quality & power for the price!

Paul from Granite Bay, CA on 12/16/2018

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Surprisingly good amp for the price. Very good build quality with a heavy, nice looking cast aluminum heatsink. Internally, component quality was excellent with multi-filler wire on the power transformer and Alps pots. Terminals were solid and of good quality too. Features include auto-turn-on detecting signals from the signal input jacks, so no remote lead is needed - though I still used it. There's also an AGC (auto-gain-control) that limits gain so as to prevent clipping distortion under maximum output levels. There was some 220KHz noise on the output, but this is inaudible. Power delivery is very, very impressive at the price point! So far, this amp has worked great, delivers lots of power, and has some very good flexibility with the gain control, filter, phase switch, and bass-boost circuit. Overall, I'm very pleased with this amp.

Pros: Powerful, great build quality, excellent components used, and very flexible. Has more features than the documentation mentions. Excellent amp at this price point!

Cons: Uses Allen-head mounting screws, which seem out of place with everything else being Philips-head. Very poor documentation.

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awesome advice and amp

wes from Lexington, KY on 5/14/2018

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The advice I was given recommend by one of the advisers. And I am glad I did. Great product for what I needed. Have recommended to freinds.

Pros: Simple and straight forward. Smaller in size

Cons: None at the moment.

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not enough power for dual voice coil 2 ohm sub woofers

Stv-o from Sheridan, WY on 9/4/2017

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Hooked this up to a 43 cwr 102 Kicker 10 inch sub (400 watt rms) and ran amp at 4 0hms (350 watts rms) was disappointed in over all volume as it couldn't even keep up with a stock kenwood kdc-x301 with kicker 6 3/4 and kicker 6x9's...had a Fosgate p-300 combo with amp built in (300 watt rms) and the fosgate blew it away...might be ok at 550 watts 2 ohms but not in the 4 ohm mode...

Pros: Small

Cons: not enough power for dual voice coil 2 ohm sub with a 4 ohm load

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Ok at best

Steve from Sheridan, WY on 9/3/2017

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Hooked up this Amplifier to a Kicker 10" sub 43cwr102 (400 watt rms). ran the jbl amp at 4 ohms (350 watts rms) and this amp could barely push the sub loud enuff to keep up with a stock kenwood excelon x-301 with Kicker 6 3/4 two way dsc and 6x9 3 way Kicker dsc ...compared the amp with a Fosgate p-300 10 inch sub combo with amp built in (300 watt rms) and the P-300 Fosgate Blew it away...Checked all wiring and contacted tech support team and I had everything hooked up right...

Pros: looks cool

Cons: disappointing power

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Van from Virginia Beach, VA on 8/4/2017

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Great easy install awesome instructions

Pros: Great adaptability

Cons: None

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Powerful yet adorable!

Coleen from Ruckersville, VA on 7/2/2017

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I'm completely thrilled with my JBL Club 5501 amp!! I enjoy it's sleek design and compact size. This amp will get your rearview shaking and your seats vibrating!!

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Just what I was looking for

Montario from Warner Robins, GA on 4/30/2017

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Small but packs a lot of power! Great amp!

Pros: Small, powerful, stylish

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Give this amp the needed power

Mike from Arlington, TN on 1/17/2017

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For best results use 6 or 4 gauge OFC AWG wire. Consider "The Big Three" upgrade. This amp needs more amps than 8 gauge wire can supply.

Pros: Small profile, good power, great for a single mid grade sub.

Cons: Owners manual does not have input specs, JBL support not very helpful so far...

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Guest from Kentucky on 1/8/2017

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This amp is small and pushes plenty of power ! It's bumping a 2000 watt 1000rms 12 inch Wetsounds and it sounds great. Get asked if I have two 15s. I have one 12. Get the amp.

Pros: Works great and pushes plenty of power

Cons: None

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POWER!!!

Anthon from Lakewood, CO on 1/5/2017

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Perfect amount of power for my 10" CompR. Base boost and gain works well with the Kenwood receiver. Still trying to figure out which level of HZ works best for the sub and all of the mids and tweeters. Right now I have them @70. However, when I crank them to 250hz... No problem. Is having more adjustments better than not enough? No way!!!

Pros: Bass boost and gain.

Cons: The design and shape makes my other amp look bad.

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Pounding bass in a small package.

Aaron from Rosedale, MD on 12/31/2016

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Install was a breeze. The look of this powerful amp is that of a stealth fighter. Sounds great and puts out allot of power from a small unit. The last amp I bought was huge and didn't put out near as much wattage, but that was 10+ years ago. I am impressed with the overall quality of the components of the amp itself as well as the sound that comes out of the Infinity Kappa 1400 that it is hooked up to.

Pros: Small unit. Great sound. Cool looks.

Cons: Haven't come across any yet. This is a great amp so far. If anything changes I'll post here.

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John from Greer, SC on 12/27/2016

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Awesome power especially for its compact size...powering 2 10" subs perfectly !!

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JBL Club 5501

Matt from Lowell, IN on 12/26/2016

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This is the perfect sub for adding some power for my sub that I added to my factory Bose stereo

Pros: Compact size, plenty of power

Cons: none

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Marcus from Hope Mills, NC on 12/24/2016

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I am a JBL fan and have been for a long time. I had this amp installed in my LS460. It is running a Pioneer 12 inch sub-woofer Champion Series. The amp is stable down to 2 ohms so that is what the load is for the speaker. It provides more than enough good clean power. I am extremely satisfied.

Pros: Clean power and compact size

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Amarillo Tx on 12/11/2016

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Works great, very pleased with the product and got on time.

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My first amp, throughly impressed and satisfied.

Cameron N from Garner, NC on 7/25/2016

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This is the first amp I've ever had. Using with one 12" Kicker CompR in a homemade box. This amp take full use of my sub, and my box improves it's quality even more. Some are surprised that all the sound comes from just one sub, and I'm interested in building onto my set up and buying another Kicker sub and a larger amp from the JBL Club series. Amp does very well under heavy load and wattage.

Pros: 3 options for pass filters (High2, High, and low). Bass boost without noticeable distortion. Very lenient with wattage, clipping hasn't occurred when pushed near its limit.

Cons: Has fared very well in the summer heat, but does become hot under heavy load. Does fine on cool days.

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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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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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It was on sale and provided the best power to cost ratio. [ Ian  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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Love JBL quality [ shawn  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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my adviser assisted me in finding the right amp i needed for my sub without breaking the bank [ Evrol  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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It was on sale [ Robert  Feb 13, 2018 ]
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The price per Watt ratio seemed pretty unbeatable. Plus the exterior design of this amp is eye-catching. [ Andrew  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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Amp looks badass which will help make my truck that much more visually appealing [ Mehdi  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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Needed an amp to push my p1 rf [ Montario  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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I have been a JBL fan for a long time. The design caught my eye and I know they build quality products. [ Marcus  Nov 04, 2016 ]
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Good price... Great amp.. [ Troy  Oct 22, 2016 ]
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Really pushes the stealth box in the xterra [ Paul  Jul 18, 2016 ]
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11 questions already asked

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Why is the protection and power light on?
[ Monae  Jul 19, 2018 ]
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It's not wired up right or your overloading the amp
[ Ryan  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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What is the lowest impedance sub I can hook up bridged?
[ Mike  Apr 15, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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How do I tune my amp for the best sound?
[ Michael  Oct 27, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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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