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AudioControl LC-6.1200

6-channel car amplifier — 125 watts RMS x 6

Item # 161LC61200

Two keys to unlocking great sound in a car stereo system are serious power and extensive control — and this...

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About the AudioControl LC-6.1200

Power galore

Two keys to unlocking great sound in a car stereo system are serious power and extensive control — and this amp's got them both. For power, AudioControl's DM-6.1200 6-channel amplifier puts out 125 watts RMS per channel, so it'll drive even the most demanding aftermarket speakers with plenty of headroom to spare. And if you're into bass, you could bridge this amp to 3-channel mode to drive three subwoofers with 400 watts RMS each, 1200 watts in total.

Power galore

Two keys to unlocking great sound in a car stereo system are serious power and extensive control — and this amp's got them both. For power, AudioControl's DM-6.1200 6-channel amplifier puts out 125 watts RMS per channel, so it'll drive even the most demanding aftermarket speakers with plenty of headroom to spare. And if you're into bass, you could bridge this amp to 3-channel mode to drive three subwoofers with 400 watts RMS each, 1200 watts in total.

Active controls for active systems

This amp will work well with a 3-way system that uses a pair of tweeters, midrange speakers, and subs. Highly adjustable crossover networks let you set high-pass, low-pass, and bandpass filters so each driver gets only the frequencies it was designed to play. AudioControl's AccuBASS® circuit ensures maximum bass performance, even if you're connected to a factory radio that normally turns down the lower frequencies as you turn the volume up

Add kick to your factory stereo

AudioControl designed the LC-6.1200 to work equally well with aftermarket and factory stereos. Eight active speaker-level inputs allow you to connect to almost any factory radio, with signal summing accommodating the separate bass, midrange, and treble signals found in some factory systems. Signal sensing circuitry turns the amp on, via the front speaker-level inputs, so you won't need to run a remote turn-on wire throughout your vehicle.

Convenient features

Onboard LEDs indicate optimized signal flow for inputs and outputs, plus give you a warning when a source is too loud and causing distortion. An optional wired remote can get assigned to each and every channel pair so you can control volume from the front seat.

Important Note: Some factory radios and amplifiers will not work without sensing that its speakers are connected to their outputs. If you don't have output from your factory system after installing this amplifier, you'll need an AudioControl AC-LGD load-sensing adapter (sold separately) to correct the issue.

AudioControl LC-6.1200

LC-6.1200 connection panel

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Product highlights:

  • 6-channel car amplifier
  • 125 watts RMS x 6 at 4 ohms (200 watts RMS x 6 at 2 ohms)
  • 400 watts RMS x 3 bridged at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • Class D amp technology
  • AccuBASS® circuitry for improved bass response
  • MILC™ (Maximum Input Level Control) LED optimization and clip indicators
  • stereo/mono switch on channel pairs
Tuning Controls:
  • Ch 1/2:
    • variable high-pass filter (30-5,000 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • Front High input level control — when using amplified factory tweeter wiring
  • Ch 3/4: variable high-pass or bandpass filter (HP: 30-300 Hz; LP: 500-5000 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • Ch 5/6: variable high-or low-pass filter (30-300 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
Other Features:
  • 8 speaker-level inputs (summable)
  • GTO™ (Great Turn On) signal-sensing turn-on with Ch1/2 speaker-level input
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • optional wired remote level controller available
  • fuse rating: 40A x 3
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • dimensions: 12"W x 2-1/8"H x 8-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # LC-6.1200

What's in the box:

  • Amplifier
  • 2.5 mm Allen wrench
  • Quick-start guide

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Crutchfield customer from Jonesboro, GA on 6/4/2019

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The perfect amplifier. I bought one for my one for my motorcycle and it sounded so good I bought another one for my car.

Pros: Powerful

Cons: None

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Great amp

Kevin from Paterson, NJ on 5/1/2019

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Great

Pros: Best amp i have ever had stands up to the name.It was very easy to install.would definitely recommend this amp to anyone.

Cons: none

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Clean, clean and clean..did I mention clean?

Norman from Randolph, NJ on 3/2/2019

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While shopping for amps and looking at the numerous reviews, kept seeing mention of noise and hiss during quiet passages, of music of some of the other brands.. Audio Control has been known for their sound processors for a long time, Took a leap of faith as their amplifier line is pretty brand new. Don't hesitate to buy this! Nice crisp sound, very musical and the best part?! Zero noise!! No hiss, no pops, N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!! Only issue I found was the clipping indicators for setting amp gain are a little on the aggressive side, it starts to light up way before it's really clipping. From Audio Control's point of view, I guess it's better to err on the side of caution, to save your speakers.

Pros: Zero noise, easy install with the removable speaker outputs, runs cool.

Cons: Clipping indicators light up a little to early on side of caution.

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Look no further, you need this!

Paul from Converse, TX on 1/27/2019

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By far one of the best out there. A little more involved to install than s typical amp maybe but the features it offers combined with the simplicity of being able to keep all of your vehicles factory bells and whistles makes it a winner. I'm not the most educated in car audio and had to call Audiocontrols customer service twice. I don't think you will find more polite and helpful people out there. Great product, great people, and made in America? Buy this!

Pros: Ease of integration with factory amplified systems. Excellent build quality Great customer service. Feature packed

Cons: A little more involved than a typical amp install but well worth it

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AudioControl LC-6.1200

Richard from N Little Rock, AR on 12/22/2018

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I purchased the AudioControl LC-6.1200 to replace an installed Rockford Fosgate R600X5 Prime 5-Channel Amplifier (the sound difference was amazing). I wanted to upgrade the sound quality in my vehicle and the AudioControl LC-6.1200 amplifier did not disappoint.

Pros: Sound and build quality. AudioControl has a well deserved reputation for producing audio products that sound and look great.

Cons: My one recommendation for AudioControl is to change the speaker plug connectors screws from phillips to slotted (the phillips screws that are currently being used tend to strip if you are not careful).

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Chris from Oakdale, NY on 9/11/2018

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Awesome amp! Using it to power my Focal and JL Audio speakers. Unbelievable clarity. Some many ways to find tune this amp. Also comes with a 5 year warranty vs most others that give a two year. Dollar for dollar I definitely got my monies worth.

Pros: Clarity. Ease of set up. Warranty. So many ways to fine tune the amp!

Cons: None yet. None anticipated.

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Highly recommend

Bradley from Lafayette, IN on 7/7/2018

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I absolutely love all of the controls available which allows me to perfectly customize my system. Also lots of power to drive my 'Polk Audio MM 6502' that I paired with this. The only con's I have are, first, that I can audibly hear distortion (from a 0db test tone played trough the RCA low level inputs) from the amp's gain when going too high, however the clipping light for this channel do not come on, so I wouldn't rely on them fully to rule out the presence of distortion from the amplifier). Also, I was relying on the clipping indicators for distortion from my master input signal to the RCA low level inputs, which seems to also suffer from the low sensitivity to presence of distortion. Regardless, I love this amp and would highly recommend!

Pros: Great amount of customization's Lots of power

Cons: Clipping indicators are not sensitive enough to detect the presence of distortion in the RCA low-level input signal to the AMP as well as the speaker output signal to the speakers. Wouldn't recommend using the AcuBass controls unless you signal is devoid of bass (as the bass signal becomes too strong)

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AudioControl LC-6.1200

Crutchfield customer from Milford, NH on 6/29/2018

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Great amplifier. Within 6 months I will be ordering the lc1.800.

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AudioControl LC-6.1200

Crutchfield customer from Venice, CA on 3/14/2018

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Best all in one amp. The installer was blown away by quality.

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Jon from Illinois on 3/3/2018

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Was looking for something that was Clean It's powering front speakers Back speakers and one sub Factory radio wanted to keep all the features from the factory everything works and sounds clean I am using speaker wire for the inputs not the rca inputs was going to go with a five channel amp and a factory sound processor but that ended up more money and more Things to hook up more wiring more things to go wrong Couldn't be happier just keep in mind that the sub channel can only handle 4oms speaker

Pros: Clean does what I needed to do for just putting into a factory radio cant go wrong Gave it four stars not five due to price but it sounds great so you do get what you pay for

Cons: Couldn't find on the website Took some effort only five channels and that the sub can only handle 4oms But it works for me mit not for other

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Awesome amplifier

jack from Bedford, IN on 12/6/2017

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Been into car audio for 27 years. Started out during the cheaper amp years. This is a great amplifier. Build quality is top notch. When it came time to put a system in the wife's ridgeline decided best to keep it simple and not take up much room so went with a simple single amp single sub set up. KW head unit with morel components in the front coaxial in the rear and a morel 10. Looked at 5 channel amps and settled on a refurbished KW xr900. Thought id save some $. I wasn't happy with it and decided to put it in the work truck. Went with this because it had similar dimensions and 400 watts for the sub. The AC amp is soooo much better than the Kenwood in every way especially in build quality and sound. All the speakers sound better super clean amp. Lot of nice touches,like the notches on the frequency dials so you can tell exactly where it's set at. The cover hides controls.Speaker terminals come off so you can easily remove the amp. You do need eyeglass type screw drive to attach your speaker wires (extremely small screws). Installed mine under the seat it has a blue light that shines through the heat sinks. It's not too bright but in complete darkness it adds a cool look as it shines onto the floor board. Very versatile as well. Love that it has bandpass and highpass option on channels 3\4. The ACCU bass hits the whole frequency range instead of one set frequency like most amps. Great warranty.Can't say enough good things about this amp. Get it you won't be disappointed

Pros: build quality versatile sounds great

Cons: accu bass remote doesn't come with

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AudioControl LC-6.1200

Eric from Dubach, la on 7/8/2017

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Clean clean Clean! I replaced a rf t600.4, the sound quality difference is amazing. Super amp. Won't be dissapointed

Pros: Power, clarity,easy setup, install options.

Cons: None sofar

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Another great AudioControl product

Jeff from Tacoma, WA on 4/10/2017

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Amazing amp. I've been out of car audio for years but recently chose to get back into it. I've always used AudioControl products and what ecstatic when I saw that they made amps. Great quality, great sound, small footprint, and tons of options with this amplifier.

Pros: Great quality, great sound, small footprint, and tons of options.

Cons: Price is a little steep, but considering what you get, it is worth it.

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Features

Overview: The AudioControl LC-6.1200 multi-channel amplifier is designed to enhance the sound of your car stereo system, whether it's a factory system or an aftermarket one. The amp will accept speaker-level or line-level inputs, and can be configured for 3/4/5/or 6-channel operation. The LC-6.1200 features a black brushed aluminum chassis, with black powder-coated cast alloy heat sinks and a one piece bottom panel. A black brushed aluminum cover is provided to protect the amp controls from tampering. A 2.5mm Allen wrench (supplied) is needed to remove the cover.

AccuBASS: The patented AccuBASS processing circuit compensates for factory bass rolloff to improve bass performance, especially with most factory installed sound systems. The circuit has two rotary controls: the Threshold lets you dial in the level at which the AccuBASS will begin to work, while the Level control raise or lower the level of AccuBASS compensation.

ACR-1 Remote: The optional AudioControl ACR-1 wired remote, when enabled, lets you adjust the level of the main outputs, and the line outputs, from the driver's seat. Switches, located on the top of the amp under the removable cover, let you enable or disable AccuBASS and the ACR-1 for each pair of channels. If disabled, the ACR-1 only controls the level of the line outputs. The ACR-1 comes with a 20' cable.

Maximum Input Level Control (MILC): The amplifier analyzes the input signal to detect any clipping. If the signal reaches the level of clipping, the MILC Source Clip LED glows red, prompting you to turn down the gain level. When the gain level is maximized, a green Maximized LED will glow to indicate the gain, for that set of channels, is set to the optimum level.

GTO (Great Turn On) Signal Sense: If you are connecting the amplifier to a factory stereo, or an aftermarket unit without preamp outputs and a remote turn-on lead, the GTO Signal Sense circuitry can turn on the amplifier when an audio signal is detected on either the line-level or speaker-level inputs. After a period of time with no signal input, the amp will turn itself off.

Controls: The LC-6.1200's controls are located under a removable protective panel. The included 2.5mm Allen wrench is needed for removing the panel during setup. A flat-head screwdriver (not included) is needed to adjust the rotary controls. The amp's controls are as follows:

  • GTO Signal Sense: On/Off
  • Channels 1/2:
    • Front High Input: This rotary control adjusts the level of the Front High speaker-level input.
    • AccuBASS & ACR-1: 2-way switch to enable or disable the AccuBASS circuit and the ACR-1 remote level control (if connected).
    • HP Crossover Frequency: This rotary control sets the cutoff frequency of the High Pass Crossover for Channels 1/2. The control is variable from 30Hz to 300Hz.
    • Crossover Range: This switches the crossover range between 30 - 300Hz and 500 - 5kHz
    • Mode: If bridging channels 1/2, you can set the output to mono. If not bridging, it can be run in stereo.
    • Gain: This rotary gain control adjusts the overall output of channels 1/2.
    • AccuBASS: The AccuBASS circuit enhances the bass performance of the amplifier.
      • Threshold: The Threshold control selects the level at which the AccuBASS will begin to work.
      • Level: This dial adjusts the level of the AccuBASS.
  • 1/2 - 3/4 Bus Sum: This switch can sum inputs 1/2 and 3/4 together so one pair of inputs can feed outputs 1 - 4.
  • Channels 3/4:
    • AccuBASS & ACR-1: 2-way switch to enable or disable the AccuBASS circuit and the ACR-1 remote level control (if connected).
    • Crossover Type: This switch determines whether channels 3/4 will be High-passed or Band-passed. Two crossover Frequency dials are used in conjunction with this switch.
    • Crossover Frequency: These rotary controls set the cutoff frequency(s) of the crossover for Channels 3/4. The High-pass dial has a range of 30Hz - 300Hz and the Low-pass dial's range is 500Hz - 5kHz.
    • Mode: If bridging channels 3/4, you can set the output to mono. If not bridging, it can be run in stereo.
    • Gain: This rotary gain control adjusts the overall output of channels 3/4.
  • 3/4 - 5/6 Bus Sum: This switch can sum inputs 3/4 and 5/6 together so one pair of inputs can feed outputs 3 - 6.
  • Channels 5/6:
    • AccuBASS & ACR-1: 2-way switch to enable or disable the AccuBASS circuit and the ACR-1 remote level control (if connected).
    • Crossover Type: This 2-way switch allows the Crossover for channels 5/6 to be either Low-pass or High-pass.
    • Crossover Frequency: This rotary dial sets the Crossover frequency, whether HP or LP. The range is 30Hz - 300Hz.
    • Mode: If bridging channels 5/6, you can set the output to mono. If not bridging, it can be run in stereo.
    • Gain: This rotary gain control adjusts the overall output of channels 5/6.
  • LED Indicators: The LC-6.1200 has six LEDs on the front panel to let you know the status of the amp.
    • Power: If the amp is powering on correctly, this should be lit green.
    • Protection: The amp has built-in diagnostic codes to tell you exactly what is going wrong if the amp detects a problem. Both the Protection and Power LEDs can flash certain codes indicating where the problem is. A chart of these is provided in the Quick-start guide.
    • MILC Source Clip LED: The MILC (Maximum Input Level Control) level-setting circuit prevents clipping and distortion. It calculates when the waveform of an incoming signal on input 1 or 2 is clipping and lights this LED. The level of the incoming signal should be set just prior to MILC LED coming on.
    • Maximized 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 LEDs: These LEDs indicate when the LC-6.1200 amp gain for channels 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 has been maximized for optimum performance.

Connections: The LC-6.1200's connections are aligned along the front of the amplifier for ease of installation. The amp's connections include:

  • Fuses: Three 40A ATO blade-type fuses are installed in the amplifier.
  • Power: Set-screw terminals are provided for connecting +12V Power, Ground, and Remote In. The set screws can be tightened/loosened with a Phillips-head screwdriver (not included). The Power and Ground terminals will accept 4 to 0 gauge wire, while the Remote In terminal accepts up to 6 gauge. A 120A fuse should be placed in-line on the power wire, no more than 18" from the battery.
  • Line Level Inputs: Three pairs of RCA jacks are provided for connecting the amp to the source unit via RCA cables.
  • Line Level Output: One pair of RCA jacks for feeding the signal to another amplifier.
  • Speaker Level Input: Four sets of removable Phoenix (or Euroblock) connectors are provided for connecting the source unit via speaker-level input. The speaker wires are inserted into the connector and tightened with a screwdriver (5/64" Precision Phillips-head, not supplied). The connectors are labeled Front High (for tweeters), Front, Rear, and Sub.
  • ACR-1 Remote Level Control: This RJ-14 telephone-type connection allows you to plug in the optional ACR-1 Remote. The ACR-1 controls the output level of the amplifier and line outputs.
  • Speaker Output: Three removable Phoenix connectors are provided for connecting speaker wire. The amplifier will accept a load impedance of 2Ω or higher in stereo (4Ω or higher when bridged). The speaker wires are inserted into the connector and tightened with a screwdriver (9/64" Precision Phillips-head, not supplied).

Power Output: The LC-6.1200 has the following output:

  • 6 x 124 Watts @ 4 Ohms
  • 6 x 200 Watts @ 2 Ohms
  • 400 Watts @ 4 Ohms bridged

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Power [ KEITH  May 31, 2019 ]
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Power and control, versatility. Nuff said. [ JIM STUDEBAKER  May 07, 2019 ]
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I needed an 8 channel amp [ Nicholas  Mar 03, 2019 ]
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Highly recommended by my Tech [ EDWIN  Jan 21, 2019 ]
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Dsp [ Terry  May 26, 2018 ]
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Research - needed 6 channels for a price of under $1K and RMS over 100Watts [ Steve H.  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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Like one amp setups [ Eric  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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Reliable made in USA perfect amount of watts [ oscar  May 03, 2017 ]
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what is the difference between LC-6.1200 and D-6.1200?
[ fields  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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The D-6.1200 has digital processing. If you can afford it go for it.
[ Ronald  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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If I ran two dual 4 ohm 6.5 subwoofers in a series/parallel at 4ohms total bridges on channels 5?
[ Pyroguy  Sep 13, 2018 ]
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You could wire two DVC 4 Ohm subs in a Series/Parallel configuration to present an acceptable 4 Ohm final load to a bridged channel (let's say channels 5 & 6) of this amplifier. The 400 watts RMS would be split among the two woofers with each getting up to 200. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  Sep 19, 2018 ]  Staff
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This is rated at 125w rms. Can I safely run the JL Audio C5 650 component and tweeters?
[ Alejandro  Feb 08, 2018 ]
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Yes. Noise and distortion kills speakers. This is a very clean amp.
[ Thomas  Feb 15, 2018 ]
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Product info for speakers lists "power range: 25-75 watts RMS (225 watts peak)", so absolutely. You could use 2 channels of the amp, or use four channels to bi-amp them, powering tweeters and woofers separately giving more power and control over the sound. If you bi-amp you wouldn't use crossover that came with speakers, use amp's high-pass crossover on ch 1&2 for tweets and band-pass crossover on ch3&4 for woofers
[ Eric  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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You shouldn't have any issues at all since those speakers are rated at 225w peak. I have been running this amp with some Focal components rated at 80w max and havent had any problems. The amp and speaker peaks are never where you run them anyways, so it isn't like the speakers see peak power during normal listening. If I listened to it blairingly loud then I could run into issues, but in your case, you should be just fine during all volume levels.
[ Jeff  Feb 08, 2018 ]
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Will this amps 5/6 channel work bridged to a 2ohm sub (infinity kappa 800w)?
[ Byron  Nov 13, 2017 ]
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Page 10 of AudioContol's quick start guide shows a single subwoofer bridged on channels 5/6. It also states on page 6, Item 32 Mono/Stereo - Amplifiers 5 and 6 can be joined in mono to power a single more powerful speaker (4 Ohm minimum). The OEM's technical answer is no. However, I personally would do it. I have this amp and it's very stable. If it doesn't work, it is very easy to add another amplifier dedicated to the sub(s) using the line outs of this amp. The ACR-1 accessory is perfect for control of the bass level.
[ Thomas  Feb 15, 2018 ]
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This amp can only be bridged to 4-ohm for 400 Watts safely.
[ Jeff  Nov 13, 2017 ]
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Does this come with the wired subwoofer control ACR-1? If not how much is it?
[ Pat  Apr 23, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no. The level/bass control is an optional component. You can view the link below for the item which is 39.99 and is currently out of stock. No ETA as of yet. Hope this is somewhat helpful. https://www.crutchfield.com/S-Y0iW1iQDoJQ/p_161ACR1/AudioControl-ACR-1.html?tp=3091
[ Kenny  Apr 24, 2017 ]  Staff
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