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JL Audio LoC-22

2-channel line output converter

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Do you want to upgrade the sound of a system that includes a factory amplifier? JL Audio's LoC-22 line output...

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About the JL Audio LoC-22

Connects your gear to a factory-amplified system

Do you want to upgrade the sound of a system that includes a factory amplifier? JL Audio's LoC-22 line output converter can take high-level amplified signals and step them down to the line level needed for your aftermarket amplifier and processor inputs. The onboard active electronic circuitry makes sure that even the most powerful signal's fidelity will remain intact with no loss of bass or added distortions — which happens with some passive line output converts.

Connects your gear to a factory-amplified system

Do you want to upgrade the sound of a system that includes a factory amplifier? JL Audio's LoC-22 line output converter can take high-level amplified signals and step them down to the line level needed for your aftermarket amplifier and processor inputs. The onboard active electronic circuitry makes sure that even the most powerful signal's fidelity will remain intact with no loss of bass or added distortions — which happens with some passive line output converts.

High power in and out

The LoC-22's inputs will cleanly accept signals as strong as 40 volts RMS (400 watts to a 4-ohm speaker), so it'll work in almost any system with or without an amplifier. Automatic turn-on means you won't have to run a turn-on lead to the fuse box. An output level control lets you dial the 8-volt maximum output down to lower levels when needed. A clip light tells you when that's necessary.

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Product highlights:

  • 2-channel active line output converter
  • designed to work with most factory systems
  • 2-channel differential balanced speaker-level inputs
    • up to 40-volt (400 watts RMS) power handling
  • 2-channel preamp RCA outputs (up to 8 volts)
    • variable output level control and clip indicator light
  • automatic turn on: signal-sensing or DC offset
  • 12-volt turn-on lead output
  • recommended fuse rating: 1 amp
  • dimensions: 4-3/4"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 98413

What's in the box:

  • Line output converter
  • 4-Pin Euroblock connector (pre-installed)
  • 3-Pin Euroblock connector (pre-installed)
  • Owner's manual

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Bye bye Bose. Hello clean aftermarket sound.

Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 8/31/2019

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The prefect line output converter for my Infiniti Q40 with a Bose system. Takes my balance inputs from my head unit and turns it into a clean unbalanced signal that I can use with my after market amplifiers. Without these I had noice from my mids and highs (with after market amp). Now I can have real sound instead of junk Bose.

Pros: Turns balance inputs into usable unbalanced signals

Cons: None that I can see

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Crutchfield customer from Rancho Cordova, CA on 8/26/2019

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Great product easy to install

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Anthony from San Antonio, TX on 7/30/2019

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I bought this LOC because of the frequency response. LC2i is listed at 30hz on up. The PAC aoem maz2 which I'm currently using for my Mazda cx5 is rated at 20hz and up, and it's passive. I really felt this active LOC with a superior frequency response would be clearly better than the others. While it did sound very good, definitely different from the PAC LOC, it just won't work in my application. Using signal sense turn on, If I turn the volume down, or mute the volume, the JL LOC will shut off, shutting down my whole system. This is not a problem I've had in the past with line out converters. I've used an LC2i with signal sense turn on several times with no issues. The DC offset setting didn't work at all, and LOWz made no difference. This was absolutely a deal breaker for me. I put my PAC LOC back in and back to normal operation. The JL LOC could really benefit from having a remote turn on option. I could have easily made it work had that been an option. I'm sure this is related to something specific to my vehicle. But I still feel let down by the product. Back in the box it goes. Returning for a refund.

Pros: Good sound quality

Cons: Issues with signal sense turn on in my 2016 Mazda cx5

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Beast

Crutchfield customer from Lincoln, NE on 5/5/2019

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Didn't want to change my factory head unit. And this little thing is a beast!!!

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Gregory Dwayne from Dallas, TX on 4/21/2019

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Purchased product to drive an amplifier for back speakers on my surround sound system. Speaker output from Denon AVR-X2400H unit to the JL Audio LoC-22 then to the amplifier, then speakers. Sound is clean, easy setup. I would definitely recommend this product if you are trying to convert from speaker wire to RCA plugs.

Pros: Sound, size.

Cons: none yet

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Perfectly flat signal from 200 watts w/ transfer of audio settings

Brandon from Dallas, TX on 2/16/2019

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Works great for my 2015 Audi A3 w/ B&O system. Used it to upgrade the factory subwoofer and still utilize the MMI to have factory control over subwoofer output. Voltage range is 0-8 volts clean output and provides a 60ohm load on the signal line so that the factory system does not mute the output. Also, DC offset works flawlessly. Very clean bass signal. Factory bass boost, etc also works fine although I don't agree with bass boost, but if thats your thing this will transfer all DSP settings. I ran it to an Infinity K1000 and actually had to turn it down to 2volts to match the gain on the amplifier as it was a 1000 watt amplifier and I required 700RMS for the subwoofer. Because I did not want to go below the 2 volt signal, the subwoofer is currently receiving about 800 watts, but again, that is a very clean signal so I don't expect problems. It has an internal 1 amp breaker, but you can install an additional 1 amp fuse inline with the power. Also, it easily handles the 200 watt signal from the factory subwoofer which one of the main reasons that I required a line out converter. Very easy to use and you always know that you are getting a flat signal. This little box is solid too, no rattles, etc. Very well made and surprise, even though it is JL Audio, its not overpriced.

Pros: Solid, option lowered resistance to avoid factory mute, easy to set, up to a full 8 volts flat signal, internal 1 amp breaker, dc offset or audio signal remote output (dc offset is the only I've tested, but flawless)

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Sandusky, MI on 1/16/2019

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Works great!

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Features

Overview: JL Audio's LoC-22 is an active 2-channel line output converter designed for applications where attenuation of a high-level factory signal is needed for adding aftermarket amplifiers and signal processors. It features a fully regulated, switching MOSFET power supply and an all-analog circuit design, able to deliver a flat frequency response at any signal level (3Hz - 32kHz, +0/-1dB), without altering the bass response at high levels, like many passive line output converters do.

Differential-Balanced Inputs: Engineered to fight induced cable noise, the LoC-22 features a balanced-differential input design, making it compatible with virtually any analog audio signal. Unlike a conventional unbalanced circuit, where the RCA shield is chassis-grounded, a Differential-Balanced Input circuit measures the center pin of the RCA connector relative to the RCA shield, even when the shield is not connected to ground and the voltages at both conductors are moving relative to ground. Because both the center conductor and the shield see high impedance to ground at the input, a ground loop cannot be formed, as there is no current flow to induce a voltage as noise. Unlike a fully balanced connection, no special cables are required.

High-Level Inputs: The LoC-22 is capable of accepting up to 40V RMS per channel (equivalent to 400W @ 4 ohms), allowing it to easily handle the most powerful factory amplifier outputs. Ideal for both full-range and low-frequency applications, the LoC-22 is capable of outputting up to 8V RMS on the RCA outputs.

Input Load Switch: An onboard dual-range Input Load switch, with choices of 20 kΩ (normal input), and 60 Ω (Low-Z), allows compatibility with most factory amplifiers that employ impedance sensing circuitry to mute channels when a high-impedance load is detected.

Clip Indicator: A specially calibrated, onboard LED Clip Indicator, along with the corresponding Output Level adjustment, makes setting the output levels simple and easy, with either music or test tones.

Turn-On Mode: The LoC-22 offers two automatic turn-on methods via a 2-way selector switch, DC-Offset Sensing and Signal Sensing:

  • DC-Offset: This will trigger the unit on or off by detecting a small amount of DC signal (4.5V or higher) on the incoming speaker wires.
  • Signal-Sensing mode: An audio signal of 5mV or higher will activate the unit. When the signal drops to 3.5mV or below, the unit will turn off.

Remote Out: A Remote Output terminal is provided for activating outboard amps and processors when the LoC-22 is powered on, with a maximum 100 mA output capability.

Connectors: Input wiring for the LoC-22 is done through two removable Euroblock connectors, with each set-screw receptacle accepting wire up to 16 ga. Outputs consists of a pair of female RCA jacks.

  • 3-Pin Euroblock:
    • +12VDC Constant power
    • Ground
    • Remote Out (maximum 100mA limit)
  • 4-Pin Euroblock: Input terminals for L+, L-, R+, R-. If connecting to a factory mono subwoofer, the single set of factory speaker wire gets connected to both sets of input terminals.

Specifications:

  • Power Supply Type: Switching, MOSFET PWM, Regulated
  • Operating Voltage: 9-16 VDC
  • Operating Current Draw: 0.13A @ 13.8V
  • Standby Current Draw: < 1.6mA
  • Frequency Response: 3Hz - 32kHz (+0dB, -1dB)
  • S/N Ratio @ 2V RMS: 118dB (gain at minimum), 103dB (gain at maximum)
  • THD+N: 0.01% at 2V RMS (1kHz)
  • Remote Output Capacity: 100mA (maximum)
  • Input Channels: 2
  • Input Type: Differential-Balanced
  • Maximum Signal Input Voltage: 40V RMS
  • Input Impedance (Switchable):
    • 20kΩ (Normal)
    • 60Ω (Low Z)
  • Turn-On Method: Signal Sensing and DC-Offset
  • Output Channels: 2
  • Analog Output: Unbalanced stereo RCA jacks
  • Maximum Output (Unclipped): 8V RMS
  • Output Impedance: 450Ω
  • Gain Range: -27.3dB - 3.2dB
  • Dimensions: Width - 4.750", Height - 1.250", Depth - 4.250"

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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customer requested [ Ralph Oreilly  Apr 19, 2019 ]
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It's New [ W  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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I am interfacing a JL Audio powered subwoofer into a stock Bose Stereo system and need to convert line level outputs to low level inputs for the Subwoofer. [ Hunter  Feb 08, 2019 ]

4 questions already asked

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Is this what I need to add a JL 500/1 and JL12w7 to my 2017 Honda Accord sport factory headunit? I do not have a factory amp.
[ Daniel  Aug 02, 2019 ]
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You don't need this. The amp has the circuit built in. It is explained in the manual. I have tried to give you a more lengthy explanation but the Crutchfield input window keeps crashing before I can finish and everything is wiped. Good luck. Accessing the right wires in the factory system is the big challenge. I am quitting before I wiped again.
[ Mark  Aug 14, 2019 ]
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Not sure about your situation, but i used this to install a non factory amp and subs to a factory system, without a direct connection to the factory head unit. Easy install & works great!
[ C.L.  Aug 14, 2019 ]
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yes. this will allow you to run rca cables to you amp. it converts the signal from your factory head unit so you get a signal to you amp
[ tommy  Aug 14, 2019 ]
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Would this work if adding a four channel amplifier with it being a 2 channel output?
[ Ryan  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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It will only support 2 Chanel's. Typically Left and Right.
[ Gregory Dwayne  Jul 17, 2019 ]
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I have a 2006 Porsche Boxster with Bose. Is this what I need to install a head unit and keep my factory amp ?
[ Marc  Mar 29, 2019 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Krissy  Apr 08, 2019 ]  Staff
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I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox and I want to keep factory stereo but change out the speakers and sub..what would I need to buy to do so and would I still need an amp to power them?
[ Alfonso  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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There are a lot of options on new speakers and subwoofers that can fit and some don't need a new amp to power them. Because of all these options which will lead to different sounding systems, I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to discuss your goals and get a personal recommendation on a system with all the gear needed to install it My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Feb 17, 2019 ]  Staff

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