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Focal FPS 2160
2-channel car amplifier 105 watts RMS x 2
Item # 091FPS2160 | MFR # FPS 2.160
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Our take on the Focal FPS 2160 by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Focal Power Symmetric Amplifiers
Focal studied the interaction between speakers and amplifiers so that their FPS Series amps can make your speakers sound their absolute best. Focal makes no compromises when it comes to the design and internal components in their amplifiers, so you'll get reliable, high-fidelity reproduction for your music.
The FPS 2160 2-channel amplifier sends 105 watts RMS per channel to a pair of full-range speakers or a set of components plenty enough to fill your vehicle with clean and powerful sound. Or, you can switch this amp to single-channel mode and drive a subwoofer with 360 watts RMS of bass thunder. High-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filtering adjusts the output to match a wide variety of speakers, components, and sub combinations.
Pure signal, superior sound
The dual power supply in the FPS 2160 uses a unique circuit design to ensure stable performance under any conditions. A heavy heatsink with a thermostat-controlled, progressive-speed fan keeps all the parts running cool. Focal's engineers stripped all signal paths of side-tracking circuits, so your music makes its way through the amp with maximum fidelity and minimum interference. Dynamic soft clipping allows an ultra-clean signal to pass to your subs while protecting them from destructive "clipped" distortion.
Optional High Cap outboard capacitor modules plug directly into the amp, smoothing out any power fluctuations caused by sudden system demands, so you enjoy consistent, superb sound quality. The FPS 2160 amplifier accepts two High Cap modules, one for each section of the dual power supply.
What's in the Box:
- 2-Channel amplifier (with two 30A ATO fuses inserted in chassis)
- 2 Spare 30A ATO fuses
- 4 Mounting screws
- 4 Flat-washers
- 4 Lock-washers
- User Manual (Eng/Fre)
- 2-channel car amplifier
- 105 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (180 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms)
- 360 watts RMS x 1 bridged output at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
- CEA-2006 compliant
- variable high- and low-pass filters (50-500 Hz or 500-5K Hz)
- variable band-pass filter (50-500 Hz, 500-5K Hz)
- Class-AB amplifier design
- thermostat-controlled, progressive-speed cooling fan
- dynamic soft clipping protects speakers from distortion
- optional High Cap outboard capacitor modules increase power efficiency
- frequency response: 10-52,000 Hz
- preamp inputs
- 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
- fuse rating: 30A x 2
- 13-15/16"W x 2-3/8"H x 10-3/4"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
|RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)||
105 x 2
|Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)||N/A|
|Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)||180 x 2|
|Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)||360 x 1|
|Minimum Impedance Bridged||4|
|Minimum Impedance Unbridged||2|
|Best Frequency Response||10-52K Hz|
|THD at Rated RMS Power||1%|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||92 dB|
|Low-Pass Crossover Frequency||50-500Hz/500-5k|
|Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)||12 dB/oct|
|High-Pass Crossover Frequency||50-500Hz/500-5k|
|High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)||12 dB/oct|
|Bass Boost Frequency||N/A|
|Speaker Level Inputs||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
AB-Class Amplifier Design: The Focal FPS 2160 amplifier features an AB-class amplification design for excellent sound quality.
Symmetrical Design: The Focal FPS 2160 utilizes dual mono symmetric construction (PCB circuits in perfect mirror-image) that clearly increase the independent performance of each of the amplifier's channels, while improving the staging and the stereo disassociation.
CEA 2006 Compliant: The FPS 2160's power ratings are measured according to the strict standards dictated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards allow you to accurately compare the rated power output of all CEA 2006-compliant amplifiers, even if they come from different brands. Manufacturers who adhere to the standards can display the CEA 2006 logo on their products and packaging.
- CEA 2006 Rating: 105 watts x 2-channel in 4-ohms @ 20 to 20,000 Hz with 1% THD+N
2-Ohm Stable: The amplifier is stable down to 2-ohms in stereo, and 4-ohms when bridged.
- 2-Ohm Rating: 180 watts x 2-channel in 2-ohms @ 1kHz with 0.11% THD
- Bridged (4-ohm): 360 watts x 1-channel in 4-ohms @ 1kHz with 0.4%
Soft-Clipping: The amplifier's dynamic soft clipping feature protects your connected speakers from distortion.
Controlled Cooling System: The Focal FPS 2160 utilizes a progressive controlled cooling system to regulate the amplifier's temperature by controlling air flow through an active fan and integrated cooling fins. Even before the thermo-regulated 3-1/8" low-noise cooling fan begins rotating at 122°F, the "T" shape of the amplifier's cooling fins permits 17% of active surface heat dissipation while guaranteeing extreme rigidity to the chassis.
Note: The cooling system only works when the amplifier temperature exceeds 122°F. The rotation speed of the cooling system depends on the amplifier's temperature.
Protection Circuitry: The Focal FPS 2160 amplifier employs the following protection circuits- short circuit, thermal overload, over voltage, polarity reversal.
LED Indicators: The green LED "Power" indicator means the amplifier is on and operating properly. The red LED "Protect" indicator means that the amplifier has shut-down and is under protection.
Anti-vibration Feet: The Focal amplifier is equipped with four integrated damping rubber feet to resist vibration.
High-Cap Compatible (optional): The optional Focal High-Cap (091FPSCAP, sold separately) is an external power supply module. Once connected to the Focal amplifier, it increases the amplifier's power supply. The resulting benefit is a higher-fidelity audio signal from the Focal amplifier and overall better music performance, with enhanced dynamic behavior, improved speaker control and punchier bass.
Note: The Focal FPS 2160 requires two Focal High-Caps.
Front-mounted Controls: The amplifier has controls conveniently mounted on the front panel.
Gain Control: You can adjust the level of the input signal with this rotary control. Range is 0.2 Volts to 5.0 Volts.
Crossover Switch: This 3-way switch lets you select the crossover operation as High-pass, Band-pass, or Low-Pass.
Frequency: Using this rotary control, you can select a cutoff frequency between 50 Hz and 500 Hz or 500 Hz to 5,000 Hz. The crossover has a slope of 12 dB/octave.
Direct Mode: The audio signal of the Focal FPS 2160 is directly amplified without any crossover adjustments.
Front-mounted Terminals: The Focal FPS 2160 has all of the cable connections on the front of the amplifier for a clean installation.
Power Input: Two set-screw terminals are provided for connecting the power and ground cables. The terminals can accept up to 2-gauge wire, however, a 4-gauge wiring kit is sufficient for the 60-amp rating of the built-in fuse. The set screws can be tightened/loosened with the supplied Hex wrench.
Remote Turn-on: A set screw terminal for connecting the remote turn-on lead. The terminal will accept up to 10-gauge wire. The set screw can be tightened/loosened with the supplied Hex wrench.
Speaker Outputs: Two pairs of set-screw terminals are provided for connecting speakers. The terminals can accept up to 8-gauge wire. The set screws can be tightened/loosened with the supplied Hex wrench.
Pseudo-Balanced Inputs: The amplifier is equipped with one pair of left and right gold-plated RCA jacks for the input signal from the head unit. These pseudo-balanced inputs help to reject ground noise.
ATO Fuses: The amp is equipped with two 30-amp ATO-type fuses. Two spare fuses are included with the amplifier.
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