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Alpine MRV-V500

5-channel car amplifier — 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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Overview

Our take on the Alpine MRV-V500

Alpine makes it a little easier to get great sound in your vehicle, with their V-Power Series MRV-V500 amplifier. This 5-channel powerhouse can put out 40 watts RMS to four full-range speakers and up to 250 watts RMS to a subwoofer, and still fit into the tight spaces you find in many cars and trucks these days. You can also use this versatile amp in 3-channel mode, driving a pair of high-performance speakers with 120 watts each, while still sending 250 watts to a sub.

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Power for your whole system

Alpine makes it a little easier to get great sound in your vehicle, with their V-Power Series MRV-V500 amplifier. This 5-channel powerhouse can put out 40 watts RMS to four full-range speakers and up to 250 watts RMS to a subwoofer, and still fit into the tight spaces you find in many cars and trucks these days. You can also use this versatile amp in 3-channel mode, driving a pair of high-performance speakers with 120 watts each, while still sending 250 watts to a sub.

Thermal protection without annoying shut-downs

The MRV-V500 uses a technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long. Instead of shutting down completely, it continues playing your music, until it cools enough to return to full power.

Conveniences

High- and low-pass filters put you in command of the frequencies that reach your speakers, while a bass boost lets you apply some extra low-end punch to your subwoofer. The amp includes preamp- and speaker-level inputs, so you can install it in almost any vehicle, even one with a factory radio. If you're using the speaker-level inputs, the amp senses an incoming signal and turns itself on, eliminating the need to run a turn-on wire back to your vehicle's receiver or fuse box. If you're a tweaker, you'll appreciate the end-piece terminal covers that can be snapped in and out without the need for any tools.

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 40 watts RMS x 4 + 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 60 watts RMS x 4 + 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 120 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable high-pass filter (50-400 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on 4-channel section
  • variable low-pass filter (50-400 Hz, 24 dB/octave) on sub channel
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 50 Hz) on sub channel
More Features:
  • optional RUX-KNOB.2 wired remote level control for sub channel
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • MOSFET power and output stages
  • fuse rating: 30A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 9-5/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 8-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Two 30 amp ATO fuses (installed)
  • 7.5" Speaker-level input harness
  • 2 Snap-on terminal covers
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping hex-head screws
  • 2mm Allen wrench
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fren/Span)
  • Alpine Verification Certificate
  • Warranty information
  • On-line product registration information

This is one of the best do it all amps for the money. The amp is small enough to fit under the seat, powerful enough to run an entire system and has a clean sound. This is the second one I have purchased and have never had a problem with them.

Darrin, Flagstaff, AZ

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Alpine MRV-V500 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Solid Performer

Darrin from Flagstaff, AZ on 10/12/2018

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This is one of the best do it all amps for the money. The amp is small enough to fit under the seat, powerful enough to run an entire system and has a clean sound. This is the second one I have purchased and have never had a problem with them.

Pros: Size, price, value, performance

Cons: None that I can think of

Great accuracy, Very satified

TPStatic from Jamaica, NY on 12/9/2017

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Excellent power and sound! I mounted the MRV-V500 in my 1996 Porsche 911. It was necessary to run separate power and audio wiring to successfully install the unit. Using the recommended wire gauge and quality connectors is critical for power and sonic accuracy. I used the stock speaker locations in the front dash, door subs and rear. I installed new speakers with sound insular backing in the enclosure to dampen vibration. The sound is clear, immediate, and intimate. It is driven by Alpine's 143BT head unit. Although the single DIN head unit does not have a subwoofer RCA output I was able to feed the subwoofer input via RCA splitter jacks and adjusted the active crossovers in the MRV-V 500 accordingly. My only issue was the output speaker allen screws that were problematic in connecting the output speaker leads. Overall, planning was well worth it in the quality and power of the sound.

Pros: Wonderful, accurate, realistic sound Compact size

Cons: Small fiddly output speaker allen screws

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Louis from Md on 9/4/2017

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Simply amazing

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Great amp

Clint from Kentucky on 6/4/2017

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One of the best amps I've heard for the money. It sounds great, it's very easy to adjust and hook up, and the price doesn't break the bank!

Pros: Easy to hook up easy to adjust great sound!

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Dallas, TX on 12/18/2016

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This unit does a great job. Be sure that the head unit you use has any subwoofer options turned on. Be fore it functioned properly we had to turn that feature on in the head unit when using the separate sub feed.

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Good as expected

Armando from California on 11/1/2015

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We just got around to install this unit and is working very nice

Pros: Very compact and space saver unit

Cons: none

Great size

Jerry from Tennessee on 9/26/2015

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Great compact size for 5 channels. I'm running it as a 3 channel. I only wish that the sub channel was more wattage

Pros: Great compact size. Good wattage. Good crossovers and filters

Cons: Wish sub channel was more wattage or 1 ohm stable

Tiny but Mighty

LeojoC from California on 8/1/2015

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Was looking for an amp to power the entire system. I knew that I didn't need earth shattering bass, but wanted to make sure that all of the tones were appropriate. Well, this little amp fit the bill to a T. It was recommended to me by one of the tech advisers, highly recommend reaching out to them...they know their stuff. And I am happy to say completely satisfied.

Pros: - Small fits anywear - Powerful Enough - Form meets function

Cons: None that I can think of. If you are looking for 'earth shattering' power...should probably look elsewhere.

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Jassen from Tuscaloosa al on 7/5/2015

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Awesome is all I need to say

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Features

Overview: The Alpine MRV-V500 is part of the 4th generation of V-Power amplifiers. Class D digital amplifiers provide clean power, 80% efficiency, and reliable performance, all in a compact chassis. This 5-channel amplifier can power an entire sound system in your vehicle, including front and rear speakers and a subwoofer.

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a system of testing and measurement methods for mobile audio amplifiers. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the Alpine MRV-V500 is rated as follows:

  • Power Output:
    • 4Ω: 40 watts x 4 channels + 150 watts x 1 channel (<0.07% THD+N)
    • 2Ω: 60 watts x 4 channels + 250 watts x 1 channel (<0.09% THD+N)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 81 dBA (1W into 4 ohms)

Bridgeable: Both the front and rear sections of the MRV-V500 are bridgeable, allowing the amplifier to be used as a 5-channel, 4-channel, or 3-channel amp.

Speaker Level Input: A speaker level input harness is included, making it easier to add the amplifier to a factory radio or to a receiver with no preamp outputs. The 8-pin harness has inputs for front and rear speakers.

Auto Turn-on: If using the speaker level input, an automatic circuit turns the amplifier on when it senses an input signal.

Controls: The front, rear, and subwoofer sections of the amplifier (labeled CH 1/2, CH 3/4, and Sub W.) have independent gain and crossover controls. The subwoofer channel also adds a Bass EQ switch:

  • CH 1/2:
    • Gain: rotary dial; continuously variable from 200mV-4V using the preamp inputs or 500mV-10V using the speaker level inputs
    • High Pass Filter: On/Off
    • Crossover Frequency: rotary dial; variable from 50 Hz to 400 Hz
  • CH 3/4:
    • Gain: rotary dial; continuously variable from 200mV-4V using the preamp inputs or 500mV-10V using the speaker level inputs
    • High Pass Filter: On/Off
    • Crossover Frequency: rotary dial; variable from 50 Hz to 400 Hz
  • Sub W:
    • Gain: rotary dial; continuously variable from 200mV-4V using the preamp inputs or 500mV-10V using the speaker level inputs
    • Low Pass Filter: rotary dial; variable from 50 Hz to 400 Hz
    • Bass EQ: rotary dial; variable from 0-12dB; boost centered at 50 Hz

Connections:

  • Battery: set screw terminal; accepts up to 4 gauge wire
  • Remote: set screw terminal; accepts up to 8 gauge wire
  • GND (ground): set screw terminal; accepts up to 4 gauge wire
  • Speaker Outputs: 5 pairs of set screw terminals; accept up to 10 gauge wire
  • Line Inputs: 3 pairs of stereo RCA jacks
  • Speaker Level Input: Molex plug input for supplied 8-pin harness
Note: Alpine recommends 4 gauge power and ground wire (minimum).

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Why did you buy this?

all alpine everything [ Nicholas  Feb 08, 2019 ]
5 star reviews [ Roger  Mar 15, 2018 ]
Previous experience with Alpine products. [ Albert  Jan 04, 2018 ]
reviews, brand, and features... [ David  Aug 31, 2017 ]
My advisor said it was a great unit! Casey Great advisor! Casey's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=191 [ ROGER  May 02, 2016 ]
Screaming deal for alpine brand and power. Was going to pick the 5 channel soundstream which is probably a good amp too - but for a few more bucks the Alpine was the better choice. Plus, this is a smaller amp - dimensions wise. [ Bryan  Dec 29, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

It should be very simple to do what you wish. Mount the amp where you can access the speaker terminals then simply remove the sub wires when you remove the amp. If that is inconvenient, you can remove the wires at the sub but you must prevent a short by insulating the speaker leads. Shorting the leads may damage the amp. [ Lloyd  Dec 07, 2015 ]
Use "Quick Disconnect" adapters inline with your speaker wire... I used something similar in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler... I can't use links in my reply or I would point you in the right direction... I have the exact same amp and ended up going with the JL Audio 10W1v3-4 W1v3 Series 10" 4-ohm subwoofer... Was a great match! Hope this helps! Terrence [ Terrence Bayley  Dec 01, 2015 ]
Yes! MRV-V500 is conservatively rated at 150W RMS x 1 into 4 ohms or 250W RMS x 1 into 2 ohms. [ Mel D  Jul 06, 2015 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs 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 between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  May 18, 2015 ]  Staff
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