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Alpine PWD-X5

Compact powered 8" subwoofer with digital signal processor and 5-channel amp (25 watts RMS x 4 + 165 watts RMS x 1)

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Looking to bump up your factory sound system without changing your vehicle's interior? Alpine's PWD-X5 powered sub...

Looking to bump up your factory sound system without changing your vehicle's interior? Alpine's PWD-X5 powered sub...

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About the Alpine PWD-X5

All-in-one sonic upgrade

Looking to bump up your factory sound system without changing your vehicle's interior? Alpine's PWD-X5 powered sub offers a one-box solution that'll add bass, power, and fidelity to your system, while fitting under a seat or in another out-of-the-way location. This self-contained compact sub features an onboard 5-channel amplifier — 25 watts RMS for each of your front and rear speakers plus 165 watts RMS for its 8" sub — and digital signal processing controllable by wired remote, smartphone, or Windows PC.

All-in-one sonic upgrade

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Looking to bump up your factory sound system without changing your vehicle's interior? Alpine's PWD-X5 powered sub offers a one-box solution that'll add bass, power, and fidelity to your system, while fitting under a seat or in another out-of-the-way location. This self-contained compact sub features an onboard 5-channel amplifier — 25 watts RMS for each of your front and rear speakers plus 165 watts RMS for its 8" sub — and digital signal processing controllable by wired remote, smartphone, or Windows PC.

Controlling factors

For each channel, you can adjust a high- or low-pass filter to clear out distortion, a 10-band parametric equalizer to fix the tone, and time delay to center the stereo image for your listening position. You can change levels, polarity, balance, and fade to get the sound exactly where you want it. And you can save your settings as presets — up to 15 different presets can get saved and recalled.

Connectivity

The PWD-X5 comes with a wiring harness that includes power wire with fuse, ground, remote turn-on, speaker output, and speaker-level input wiring. RCA inputs let you use this versatile sub/amp/processor with an aftermarket receiver. Alpine included a Bluetooth® dongle so you can stream music directly into the system from your compatible device.

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Product highlights:

  • powered 8" subwoofer with integrated digital signal processor and amplifier
  • 5-channel amplifier: 25 watts RMS x 4 + 165 watts RMS x 1
  • Bluetooth dongle included (for streaming and mobile app control)
  • control via PWD-5X app for Android or iPhone, or PWD-5X software for Windows:
    • variable high- and low-pass filters with selectable slopes
    • 10-band parametric equalizers
    • variable bass cut/boost (-12 to +12 dB)
    • time delay adjustments (0-5.4 ms)
    • phase switch (0-180 degrees)
    • set and select up to 15 presets
  • wired remote controls volume, sub level, source, and preset selection only
More Info:
  • wired remote and USB cable included
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • power, ground, output, and speaker-level input harness included (length: 14-3/4 feet)
  • dimensions: 9-5/8"W x 3-1/4"H x 13-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PWD-X5

What's in the box:

  • Powered subwoofer/4-ch amplifier
  • 15' Speaker harness (attached 9" power wire / 5' ground wires terminated in a single ring-terminal)
  • 15' Power wire (inline 20A mini-fuse)
  • Wired remote commander (attached 16" cable)
  • 16.5' USB cable (3.0 type-A both ends / attached 46" remote cable)
  • Bluetooth USB stick
  • 4 Mounting brackets
  • Four 1/8" machine screws
  • Four 3/4" Phillips-head screws
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information
  • Safety notice
  • Product registration sheet

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Howard from Texas on 7/14/2019

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If your looking for something to make your factory system better but don't need the ground shaking system this should fit the bill. I bought the pwes8 when it came out and this is better. Fit my needs well.

Pros: Self contained, power enough for my needs, Alpine, small package compared to others

Cons: Equalizer is a little tricky

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The best solution to add reasonable sound quality without going too extreme

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Type Sealed
Finish Material Aluminum, plastic
Grille Metal-mesh
Connector Type 26-Pin Molex, RCA
Bi-amp Inputs No
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material Not given
Passive Radiator ---
Width 9-5/8"
Height 3-1/4"
Depth 13-5/8"
Second Depth ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response 20-20k
Amplifier Power (RMS) 265 watts
Maximum Wattage 440 watts
Sensitivity ---
Impedance ---
Second Voice Coil Impedance ---
Crossover Point ---

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Features

Overview: The Alpine PWD-X5 5-channel amplifier features an 8" subwoofer driver, powered by a single mono channel at 165W RMS (240W peak), and 4 full-range speaker output channels at 25W RMS (50W peak), all in a compact enclosure that's designed to fit under seats or in tight spaces.

DSP & Tuning: The PWD-X5 offers internal DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for fine tuning the system. Control of the DSP parameters can be done from a Bluetooth connected smartphone using the 'PWD-X5' smartphone app, available for free on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Setup can also be performed using a PC connected to the amp, with the supplied USB cable, running the 'PWD-X5' software available from Alpine's Support page (compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10). DSP features include both common and individual functions for each of the 5 output channels, and include the following:

  • Volume: Provides both Master Volume and Subwoofer Volume controls.
  • Inputs: Choices include the high-level inputs, low-level inputs, and BT streaming.
  • Graphic EQ: Each of the 5 output channels can have its own 10-band graphic EQ. Bands are preset at 31Hz, 65Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, and 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, and 16kHz. Adjustment range for each band is from -12dB to +12dB and include individual Q adjustment or width, adjustable from 0.404 to 28.852.
  • Xover (Crossover): High-pass and low-pass crossovers are available for each channel with an adjustable cutoff frequency ranging from 20Hz to 20kHz. Channels 1-4 can have a selectable slope with choices of 6dB or 12dB/octave. Channel 5 can have a 6, 12, 18, or 24dB/octave slope.
  • Time Correction (Delay): Each of the 5 channels can be delayed to vary the time alignment for each speaker. Units of measurement include ms, inches, and cm. In the ms setting, the time can be varied from 0ms to 5.396ms.
  • Output: This page allows each of the 5 Output channels to have individual adjustments for Level, Mute, and Polarity Invert.
  • Balance/Fade: An X/Y graphic display allows the focal point, representing the balance and fade position, to be moved around the vehicle with a single finger-swipe.
  • Presets: Up to 15 configurations can be saved and recalled as presets.

Bluetooth: The PWD-X5 features a USB Bluetooth adapter, allowing you to both stream music from a Bluetooth enabled playback device, as well as provide Bluetooth control for the DSP settings. A USB type-A socket on the amp is provided for plugging in the included USB Bluetooth adapter.

Wired Controller: A PWD-X5 wired controller is provided for quick adjustment from the driver's location. The controller can be used to adjust the Main Volume and Subwoofer Volume, change Sources, and select any stored Presets. Wiring for the controller is integrated into the provided USB cable used to connect a PC to the amplifier. A proprietary 4-pin connector splits off of the USB cable to plug into the controller's harness. A second USB port on the amp is used specifically for controller and PC connection.

Controller Dimensions:

  • Overall:
    • Width: 3.64"
    • Height: 1.90"
    • Depth: 1.26"
  • Cutout Required for Flush Mounting:
    • Width: 3.47"
    • Height: 1.72"
  • Flush Mount Depth: 0.74"

Wiring: The PWD-X5 includes 4 RCA inputs for connecting to an aftermarket radio. It also includes a 26-pin harness containing 4 pairs of speaker wires for both input and output signals. This 15' harness can be run from the amp to the dash, when connecting to a factory headunit, providing both the speaker-level input to the amp as well as the return signal that gets spliced back into the factory speaker wiring. A 9" pigtail from the wiring harness is used for connecting the power extension wire to the battery. The amplifier's 5' ground wires are also included in the wiring harness and are terminated into a single ring-terminal. Speaker Input and Output wires use the same color coding, but are labeled for each function:

  • Yellow: +12VDC Battery
  • Black: Chassis Ground
  • Blue: Remote Input
  • (2)White: LF+ In/Out
  • (2)White/Black: LF- In/Out
  • (2)Green: LR+ In/Out
  • (2)Green/Black: LR- In/Out
  • (2)Gray: RF+ In/Out
  • (2)Gray/Black: RF- In/Out
  • (2)Purple: RR+ In/Out
  • (2)Purple/Black: RR- In/Out

Auto Remote Turn-On: A slide-switch on the amp can be set to REM, if using a low-level input signal (RCA) into the amp. The included Remote wire in the main wiring harness gets connected to the radio's remote output, for activating the amp. If using speaker-level inputs, the slide-switch can be set to DC, allowing the amp to use the power from the speaker input wires to trigger it on and off.

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Does it require an amp wiring kit, and if it does what size AWG would it be?
[ Roe21  Apr 29, 2019 ]
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It does not. It has all the necessary power, ground, turn-on and fuses in the box. You may need RCA cables or speaker wire depending on what type of input you intend to use.
[ Cosmo  May 07, 2019 ]  Staff
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Hi Roenik! For detailed product information, and to be sure you're going to get everything you'll need for your install, I recommend contacting any member of our Advisor Team, they will be happy to assist you with this! You can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Jess  May 07, 2019 ]  Staff
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What if your car donâ??t have RCA hook up in the back of your factory radio? Should you install a LOC? Do you have to get a separate harness?
[ DaveyWavey  Mar 05, 2019 ]
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The PWD-X5 includes 4 RCA inputs for connecting to an aftermarket radio. It also includes a 26-pin harness containing 4 pairs of speaker wires for both input and output signals. This 15' harness can be run from the amp to the dash, when connecting to a factory headunit, providing both the speaker-level input to the amp as well as the return signal that gets spliced back into the factory speaker wiring. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the Alpine's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table.
[ Ryan  Mar 15, 2019 ]  Staff
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Is this amp 2 ohm stable on the 4 channel portion of the built in amp? I can't find any mention of 2 ohm anywhere online.
[ Ed  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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I can only find information stating 4 ohm power output. I do not expect it will be compatible with a true 2 ohm load. That being said, using smaller gauge speaker wire (like stock wire) will increase a speakers resistance so that this amp sees a 4 ohm load with a 2 ohm speaker My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Mar 06, 2019 ]  Staff
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is this plug and play wiring for a stock head unit in a 2012 tacoma? if so will the wiring harness allow under seat mounting?
[ owen  Feb 10, 2019 ]
1 answer
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While the Alpine comes with most all of the wiring you'll need for the installation, it is not vehicle-specific so, it is not a "plug and play" installation. It is made to be very compact (9-11/16"W x 3-3/16"H x 13-13/16"D) so, it can fit under a seat in most vehicles. 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  Feb 15, 2019 ]  Staff
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