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JL Audio A Series A1200

Mono full-range car amplifier
275 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

Item # 136A1200

JL Audio builds their A-Series amplifiers with the high-end technology that's made their amps legendary.

JL Audio builds their A-Series amplifiers with the high-end technology that's made their amps legendary.

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About the JL Audio A Series A1200

JL Audio builds their A-Series amplifiers with the high-end technology that's made their amps legendary. These hard-working amps feature an advanced thermal and low-impedance protection system that doesn't shut your amp down when the going gets tough. Instead, it rolls back peak voltage demands to protect the amp, while continuing to play your music at a safe power level.

JL Audio builds their A-Series amplifiers with the high-end technology that's made their amps legendary. These hard-working amps feature an advanced thermal and low-impedance protection system that doesn't shut your amp down when the going gets tough. Instead, it rolls back peak voltage demands to protect the amp, while continuing to play your music at a safe power level.

The A1200 mono amplifier puts out up to 275 watts RMS, and JL Audio's patented Class-AB amp circuitry delivers exceptional, natural sound with extremely low distortion. JL Audio amps use "differential-balanced inputs" to isolate the signal's ground from the chassis ground, reducing noise and making this amp compatible with almost any system, including most factory radios.

Tunable high- and low-pass filters, and a bass boost give you precise control over your sound. The optional RBC-1 remote lets you dial in your bass from the comfort of your front seat.

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Product highlights:

  • mono full-range car amplifier
  • at 14.4 volts:
    • 175 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (275 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • at 12.5 volts:
    • 120 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (200 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • differential-balanced inputs
  • Advanced Rollback Protection System
  • variable high- and low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • switchable bass boost (0, 6 dB at 48 Hz)
  • optional wired remote bass boost
  • Absolute Symmetry™ Class-AB amplifier design
  • MOSFET power and output stages
  • preamp-level inputs
  • speaker-level input with optional converter
  • preamp outputs
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads and a 25-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 25-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 10-5/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 9-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 98061

What's in the box:

  • Monoblock full-range amplifier
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Mono-Channel Full-Range Amplifier: The JL Audio A1200 is a class A/B monoblock full-range amplifier that is rated at 175 Watts RMS x 1-channel in 4 ohm at 20 to 20,000Hz with a signal-to-noise-ratio of  104 dB and a total harmonic distortion of 1% while receiving 14.4 Volts. The amplifier is rated at 275 Watt RMS x 1-channel in a 2 ohm load at 14.4 Volts. While receiving 12.5 Volts the amplifier is rated at 120 Watts RMS x 1-channel in 4 ohm with a total harmonic distortion of 0.08% or 200 Watts RMS x 1-channel in 2 ohm.

Absolute Symmetry A/B Circuitry: The JL Audio full-range amplifier benefits from a patented technology called Absolute Symmetry to deliver amazing fidelity with extremely low distortion over a wide range of load impedances. The JL Audio amplifier features a revolutionary Class A/B circuit that employs identical N-Channel MOSFET transistors for push and pull with true buffering from the load impedance. This is accomplished via a patented circuit that reverses the operation of one of the transistors in each pair to achieve absolute power symmetry and extremely low distortion over a wide range of load impedances.

Simplified Gain Setting:  The A-Series amplifier makes setting the gain level of the amp via the input sensitivity control very simple. All you need is Digital AC Voltmeter (142TK12V, sold separately) and a Test CD Disc (503CD104, sold separately) with a sine-wave test-tone recorded at 0 dB reference level in the frequency range to be amplified for that set of channels (50 Hz for subwoofer channels, 1 kHz for a midrange application).

Differential-Balance Inputs: The JL Audio amplifier features differential-balanced input architecture to effectively control noise and ensure compatibility with a wide variety of source units, including many OEM systems. Without resorting to line output converters, you can directly connect most OEM source units to the JL Audio amplifier without creating any noise or compatibility issues. Unlike conventional single-ended inputs, the differential-balanced design does not connect one side of the audio signal to chassis ground.  This eliminates any voltage sensitivity between one input terminal and ground and greatly reduces the incidence of alternator whine in a typical car audio installation. The A1200 amplifier provides range switching on each of its inputs via the "Input Voltage" switch. This permits connection to a wide range of source voltages while retaining excellent sensitivity setting precision.

Note: You will need a speaker wire to RCA adaptor (136CLR2SW, sold separately) to connect this amplifier to your headunit via speaker-level.

Preamp Outputs: The A-Series amplifier features one pair of preamp outputs that make connecting multiple amplifiers simple. The preamp pass-through outputs are configured in parallel with the amp inputs. The signal present at these outputs is identical to the signal at the amp inputs and is unaffected by any on-board processing.

Active Crossover: The active crossover sections of the A-Series amplifier offer excellent flexibility and precise tuning. The A1200 features the following crossover adjustments.

Filter Mode: You can select a 12 dB/octave High Pass, 12 dB/octave Low Pass or Full-Range filter mode for the amplifier.
Filter Frequency:
The filter frequency for the High Pass or Low Pass crossover can be set from 50 to 200 Hz.

Bass Controls: The bass boost circuit of the A-Series amplifier offers the following controls.

Bass Boost: The amplifier is equipped with a fixed +6dB, 48 Hz Bass Boost.
Remote Bass Port:
The amplifier is equipped with a connection for a wired Remote Bass Control (136RBC1, sold separately) that allows fully variable boost control (0-12dB) from the front of your vehicle.

Advanced Rollback Protection: Should an A-series amplifier ever overheat, its
intelligent, unregulated power supply reacts by limiting available peak voltage until the amplifier returns to a safe temperature range. Likewise, if an impedance lower than optimal for the amplifier is present at the outputs, the A-series amplifier will roll back peak voltage to protect itself without shutting down.

Note: There is only one condition that will shut down the A-Series amplifier completely and that is if the battery voltage of your vehicle drops below 10 volts.

Protection Circuitry With 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 a short-circuit or a dangerously low impedance connected to the amplifier's outputs.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Left Side Of Amplifier:

Power and Ground: The JL Audio amplifier's set-screw Power and Ground connections are designed to accept 8 to 4 AWG power wire.
Remote Turn-On:
The A-series amplifier's set-screw turn-on lead will accept 18 to 12 AWG  wire.
Speaker Outputs:
The A1200 amplifier's set-screw speaker terminals will accept 16 to 8 AWG speaker wire.

Right Side Of Amplifier:

Preamp Inputs: The amplifier features one set of differential-balanced RCA jack inputs. The amplifier's input level can be set to Low (200mV-2V RMS) when connecting the amplifier to a low-level preamp signal or set to High (800mV-8V RMS) when connecting the amplifier to a high-level speaker signal.
Preamp Outputs:
The amplifier also features one set of pass-through preamp outputs so you can send an unaltered audio signal to another amplifier in your system.
Remote Bass Port:
The amplifier is equipped with a connection for a wired Remote Bass Control (136RBC1, sold separately).

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