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JL Audio JX250/1D

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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JL Audio's JX250/1D mono amplifier will power your subwoofer with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can experience...

JL Audio's JX250/1D mono amplifier will power your subwoofer with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can experience...

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About the JL Audio JX250/1D

Lots of power from a very small box

JL Audio's JX250/1D mono amplifier will power your subwoofer with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can experience powerful bass in your music. A variable low-pass filter and bass boost help you tune your sub to sound its best in your system. An optional remote level control lets you turn the sub up or down from the front seat.

Lots of power from a very small box

JL Audio's JX250/1D mono amplifier will power your subwoofer with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can experience powerful bass in your music. A variable low-pass filter and bass boost help you tune your sub to sound its best in your system. An optional remote level control lets you turn the sub up or down from the front seat.

JL Audio's JX500/1D mono subwoofer amplifier

Compact, but beefy

You know you're holding a serious piece of sound equipment when you feel the heft of this tiny JX amp. JL Audio built it with sturdy, high-grade parts that ensure excellent heat management, provide high current flow, and deliver stable performance in almost any situation. You won't find blinking lights or meters on the outside of these amps, but you will find oversized output transistors and rugged MOSFET power supplies inside. The high-mass aluminum heatsink keeps things cool enough to virtually eliminate thermal shut-downs.

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Product highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 160 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • Class D amplifier design
  • frequency response: 10-150 Hz
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • optional wired remote level control
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads and a 30-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 30-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 7-7/8"W x 2-1/8"H x 7-11/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 99402

What's in the box:

  • Monoblock subwoofer amplifier
  • 10" Speaker-level harness
  • 4 Mounting screws (M4 x 18mm)
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Owner's Manual (En/ Ger/ Sp/ Fr)

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JL Audio JX250/1D

Crutchfield customer from Bonaire, GA on 7/8/2019

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Got this amp to hook up to a KICKER COMP RT 43CWRT102 10". Works great and pushes this speaker with no problem. Install was easy.

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Crutchfield customer from Lenore, ID on 5/29/2019

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Works great

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Great amp for the price!

Bobby from Sacramento, CA on 4/28/2019

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Doing a fabulous job powering a single JL Audio 10TW3-D4. Easy setup and install. Great value from JL Audio.

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Perfect compact amp

Corry from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 2/24/2019

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Perfect amp for JL Audio 10TW1-2

Pros: Works very well paired with the 10TW1-2 sub woofer. Compact enough to fit in very tight spaces.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Moreno Valley, CA on 12/9/2018

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Excellent amp for the price. very satisfied

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Jim from Temple, OK on 10/3/2018

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Compact and powerful overall I'm happy with the amp.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Hadn't found any problems as of yet.

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Crutchfield customer from Sumter, SC on 8/2/2018

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Great little Amp for my setup! I have enjoyed 2 of these in 2 different vehicles.

Pros: Compact Great Signal to Noise ratio

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Crutchfield customer from Indianapolis, IN on 7/26/2018

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Hooked it up to ct sounds 6 .5 in sub sounds great

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Crutchfield customer from Tucson, AZ on 7/4/2018

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JL audio equipment has always been my first choice. I installed this with a 12" JL subwoofer in my 2015 Corvette and it has amazing presence.

Pros: pricing, quality, and name brand

Cons: none observed

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Kevin from Fallon, NV on 2/4/2018

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I have it connected to a single JL 10" and it pushes it with no problem

Pros: You can run it with 8 gauge wire

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Longmont, CO on 10/29/2017

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This is a great little amp for the money it improved the sound and feel of my modest system. It powers a 10 inch Rockford fosgate sub easy, runs cool and really put depth to music.

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Simple, Quality, Reliable

Jeff M. from Elk Grove, CA on 10/29/2017

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I have been using JLAUDIO products since the 90's. The brand has always been characterized as great quality, reliability, and clean sound. The JX250/1D is no different. It's simplicity and specifications are true. It offers a simple, no frills, traditional application. I used it to power one 8-3W3v4. It has a small compact footprint but don't be fooled It is a workhorse. Additionally, the 2 year warranty for this unit is one of the best in the industry.

Pros: Well trusted brand, best warranty, great sound

Cons: None

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Decent for the money, entry level

Mark from MINNEAPOLIS, MN on 9/3/2017

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I got the JX250 because I wanted to run a single 10. If you're trying to match power, this is basically you're only affordable option from JL. As far as sub amps, I've had the Slash V2 500/1, Slash V3 600/1, both the J2 500.1 and 250.1, previously the JX250/1 and now the RD 500/1. The JX250/1 was by far the least impressive out of these and once I ran it for a few days I decided it would be worth it to relocate my amps to accommodate 2 10's so I could run the RD500, which is what I have now. Basically, this amp is comparable to the Kicker CXA 300.1 (which I've also tested) and is an entry level non-JL level amplifier. Save up your money and get at LEAST the RD series. You won't regret it.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Not true JL quality, not manufactured in the U.S.

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Guest from Royal Oak, MI on 6/12/2017

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I bought this amp to pair with a single JL Audio 10W0v3-4. I built a custom sealed box to the exact dimensions provided by JL Audio for the sub. Even though the peak RMS is 300 for the sub, 160 W is in the recommended range and it works perfectly. Amp is tuned to about 75% gain at 80 Hz LPF. The amp does not even get warm to the touch. Would highly recommend and may look to buy the JX500/1D to power a pair of the same speakers for my boat. Excellent product.

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Crutchfield customer from Madison, WI on 4/4/2017

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Compact, inexpensive and it provides plenty of power!

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Features

Monoblock Amplifier: The JL Audio JX250/1D monoblock subwoofer amplifier that has been optimized for low-frequency (10-150 Hz) amplification of connected subwoofers.

Note: The JX250/1D is not designed for driving full-range speakers, midrange drivers, or tweeters.

Class D Amplifier Circuit: The JX250/1D employs an advanced Class D switching design that allows it to produce 160 watts of clean subwoofer power while drawing significantly less current from your electrical system and generating less heat than a conventional Class A/B or Class B design.

MOSFET Switching Power Supply: The JL Audio JX series monoblock amplifier employs a rugged MOSFET power supply for outstanding reliability and operational stability.

Amplifier Ratings:

JX250/1D Amplifier Specifications Ohms Watts
Rated Continuous (RMS) Power @ 14.4V
(10-150Hz, 90dB S/N, 1% THD+N)
160
200
250
Rated Continuous (RMS) Power @ 12.5V
(10-150Hz, 90dB S/N, 1% THD+N)
125
160
220

High-Mass Heat Sink: A heavy extruded aluminum heat sink is designed to keep the JX250/1D in a comfortable thermal range during demanding operation. This high-mass, extruded heat sink removes heat from the amplifier circuitry, extending high-power operation. This improves reliability and reduces the frequency of thermally related shut-down event.

Protection Circuitry: The JX250/1D's protection circuitry automatically shuts the amplifier down if thermal limits are exceeded, or a short-circuit is detected in the speaker wiring.

Status Indicator Lights: There are two status indicator lights on the right side of the amplifier.

  • Power (Green): This LED lights green to indicate that the amplifier is turned on and operating normally.
  • Protect (Red): The Protection LED lights red to indicate the amplifier's protection circuitry has been activated to prevent product failure due to thermal overload, a short-circuit, or a dangerously low impedance connected to the amplifier's outputs.

Controls

Input Sensitivity: The Input Sensitivity Control is used to match your source unit's output voltage to the input stage of the amplifier for maximum clean output:

  • Low-Level Input Range: 200mV-4V (RMS)
  • High-Level Input Range: 2V-10V (RMS)

Low Pass Crossover: The JL Audio JX250/1D monoblock amplifier is equipped with a 12dB/octave low-pass filter with variable frequency selection from 50 to 200Hz. The low-pass filter is not defeatable.

Bass Boost: The amplifier is equipped with a variable bass boost from 0 to +12dB at 45Hz.

Remote Level Control: The JX250/1D is equipped with an RJ-25 connection for an optional wired RBC-1 Remote Level Control (sold separately) that allows volume level adjustment of the amplifier from the front of your vehicle.

Connections

Power/Ground/Turn-On Terminals: The monoblock amplifier features set-screw terminals for the power, ground, and remote turn-on connections. A 2.5mm hex-wrench is supplied for tightening/loosening the set-screws.

  • Power and Ground: The JL Audio amplifier's set-screw Power and Ground connections are designed to accept 8 to 4 AWG power wire. JL Audio recommends 8 gauge power and ground wires.
  • Remote Turn-On: The JL Audio JX series amplifier's set-screw turn-on lead will accept 18 to 8 AWG  wire. 18-gauge wire is more than adequate for the remote turn-on connection.
Note: The amplifier is not equipped with a fuse. An external 30-amp AFS, AGU, or MAXI fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire. If a wiring kit is used which includes a fuse with a value other than 30-amps, the original should be replaced with a 30-amp fuse.

Speaker Output Terminals: The JL Audio JX250/1D features four set-screw speaker terminals for an easy parallel subwoofer connection. The monoblock amplifier's four set-screw speaker terminals will accept 16 to 8 AWG speaker wire. A 2.5mm hex-wrench is supplied for tightening/loosening the set-screws.

Preamp Inputs: The monoblock amplifier features one set of stereo RCA input jacks. The amplifier features a dedicated Input Sensitivity gain control for these inputs. These controls are designed to match the input sensitivity of the JX250/1D to the specific signal source that is feeding it. The amplifier's low-level input can be set between 200mV-4V RMS.

Speaker Level Inputs: The JL Audio JX250/1D also accepts speaker level signals, including those from factory systems (without the need for a line-output converter), via the supplied 10" speaker-level harness. The amplifier's high-level input can be set between 2V-10V RMS.

Preamp Outputs: The JX250/1D incorporates a pass-through preamp output sections, so that additional amplifiers can easily be connected to the same signal feeding the monoblock amplifier. The preamp output signal is buffered to prevent noise.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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JL makes a very solid product. I've had great results with their amps in the past, looking forward to seeing how this one does. [ Michael Taylor  Nov 14, 2018 ]
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Good reviews and cost. [ Richard  Sep 22, 2018 ]
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This will be the second JX250/1D I have owned and I expect it to be as good as the first which I am well pleased with. [ Donnie  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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Replacement [ Scott  Apr 15, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield for the sub enclosure I purchased [ Jim  Jan 16, 2018 ]
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Purchased to pair with a JL Audio 10TW3 Dual Cone Sub as this is a ideal setup for 250 RMS @ 2 Ohms and maintains factory warranty. [ Scott  Dec 15, 2017 ]
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Fits Speakers [ Luke  Nov 21, 2017 ]
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power and size met requirements [ daniel  Oct 07, 2017 ]
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I have Jl250/1 pushing 1 10' woofer how should I set the amp far as frequency and other settings?
[ Freddy  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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It really depends on how much low end you want. I got the 50hz test frequency and followed the setup guide. Once I found my preference I moved on to setting up the remote bass controller (RBC). I set the RBC to 25% and fine tuned the gain on the amp while playing a song that I liked and had some low frequencies. Even after a few days I made more adjustments to the gain but I left the frequency setting on the amp at 80Hz. I get lots of complements on how much bass is present in my car with only 1 JL sub and this "little" amp.
[ Daniel  Jan 11, 2019 ]
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I've got the same amp hooked to a ten. It sounds great. I will say that I use an old iPod and the levels can go up from tune to tune, so I purchased the bass remote to lower or raise the bass. Honestly in my opinion get some good radio reception and tune those dials. You'll know when it feels right.
[ Thomas  Jan 10, 2019 ]
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JL has tutorials for how to do all of this on their website.
[ Michael Taylor  Jan 09, 2019 ]
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that depends on several factors. 1- what are the crossovers set at in your main speaker system 2- are you looking for extreme lows? A good start point is about 120. Be careful with the bass boost. do not over drive the inout stage of the amp
[ Scott  Jan 09, 2019 ]
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Ok. There are basically 2 adjustments on the amp. The way it sounds is going to be very dependent on the actual subwoofer you are running off of this amp. Look at the "frequency response " of the subwoofer. It will not play frequencies that arent within this range. So a JL 10w1 plays between 25 - 250 hz. In my opinion this speaker will sound best if you set the frequency filter between 125 -150hz . That will allow the sub to play up into the midrange a little. To set the gain - turn on the stereo headunit and play your favorite song. Make sure you have your bass and treble ( or equalizer) set how you like. Turn the volume of the stereo up to 75% max volume. Now, start turning the gain on the amplifier up until the subwoofer starts to sound distorted, then back it off a little bit. Hope this helps
[ robin  Jan 09, 2019 ]
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Start at 100hz. I wouldn't go above 120hz but that's just me. As far as the bass boost goes, that depends on your system. I had to turn mine most of the way down to match my system. I'd start with a low bass boost but add it as you need it.
[ William  Jan 09, 2019 ]
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I your Manuel it explaines how to set up the amp with an ohm meter. Disconect your speaker wire and connect them to the ohm meter. Turn your stereo sound to about 1/3 of max volume. Then set your gain on the amp to the ohm specifications in the Manuel. I set my frequency at approximately 80 hertz. From there I set the fine tuning with the stereo. I have a Kenwood sterio that I can set the sub independently.
[ Keith  Jan 07, 2019 ]

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