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Kenwood KAC-8105D

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms (New Stock)

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Kenwood Performance Series car amplifiers offer long-term reliability and superior sound quality in a compact, no-nonsense package. The KAC-8105D mono sub amp punches out up to 500 watts RMS to your subwoofers. A rugged cast-aluminum heatsink keeps this amp running at optimal temperatures, even when you're pushing your system hard.

Kenwood Performance Series car amplifiers offer long-term reliability and superior sound quality in a compact, no-nonsense package. The KAC-8105D mono sub amp punches out up to 500 watts RMS to your subwoofers. A rugged cast-aluminum heatsink keeps this amp running at optimal temperatures, even when you're pushing your system hard.

A built-in low-pass filter lets you adjust the output so you'll get the best sound possible from your subwoofer/box combo. You can dial in up to 18 dB of bass boost if you want to fatten up the sound. A switchable subsonic filter eliminates inaudible, ultra-low noise that could detract from your sub's performance.

An aluminum cover plate covers and protects the amp's controls and connections, giving your installation a professional look. Speaker-level inputs and signal sensing turn-on allow these amps to hook up to factory radios without preamp outputs.

Confused about impedance? Check out our article on matching subs and amps.

My factory system has very good highs and mids, all that was missing was some serious bass. l bought this amp and hooked it up to a Sound Ordinance subwoofer. This amp has tons of power ..putting out loud clean bass. This amp rocks!

Mabel, Old Bridge, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • Mono amplifier (with two 30-amp fuses inserted into the chassis)
  • Speaker-level input harness
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Hex-key
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (500 watts x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • bass boost (0-18 dB at 40 Hz )
  • subsonic filter (15/25 Hz, 18 dB/octave )
  • Class D design
  • speaker-level inputs with signal sensing turn-on
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • fuse rating: 30A x 2
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 11"W x 2-3/8"H x 9-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features

Class D Amplifier Design: The KAC-8105D is a Class D mono-block amplifier, which uses digital switching to amplify audio signals. This design results in high efficiency and less heat.

MOSFET Switching Power Supply: The amplifier utilizes a MOSFET switching power supply providing thermal stability and efficient switching speeds guaranteeing performance and dependability.

Mono-Power Amp Design: The Kenwood KAC-8105D is designed with specific features to power your subwoofers with a frequency range between 10-200 Hz. The amplifier can handle impedance loads down to 2-ohm.

CEA 2006 Compliant: The KAC-8105D'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 Compliant Ratings:

  • Mono-Channel (4-ohm): 300 watts x 1 channel RMS (20-200 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Mono-Channel (2-ohm): 500 watts x 1 channel RMS (100 Hz, 1% THD)

Note: This amplifier is not designed to power a full-range speaker.

Cast Aluminum Heat Sink: The Kenwood KAC-8105D utilizes a cast aluminum heat sink design to ensure that the amplifier stays at its optimal temperature.

Ventilation: There are two vents located on the back side of the amplifier to help dissipate heat and ensure cool, reliable operation. Make sure not to block these vents when you install the amplifier.

Protection circuitry: The amplifier features protection circuits that will turn the amp off in case of the following events:

  • Speaker output contacts ground
  • Speaker wire short-circuits
  • Unit malfunctions and DC is sent to speaker output

Aluminum Cover Plate: The amplifier's controls and connections are hidden under a removable extruded aluminum cover plate. The cover plate provides a professional looking installing while helping to protect the amplifier's connections and control settings. The cover is held in place by two hex head screws. An allen-wrench is supplied to remove the cover.

Blue/Red Illumination: The Kenwood Mono-Channel amplifier features a blue and red LED illumination when the amplifier is turned on. When the power is turned on to the amplifier, the Power indicator will light up red. This indicator will turn off with the amplifier and will turn off if the amplifier goes into protect mode. The amplifier also features a Blue LED lamp on the top of the amplifier which illuminates when the amplifier is on.

Signal-sensing Turn-On Circuitry: When the speaker-level input is used, it is not necessary to connect the power control wire (turn-on lead). The amplifier senses the signal from the speaker-level input and turns the amplifier power on automatically. Shortly after no signal is detected, the amplifier will automatically shut itself off.

Controls

Gain:To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the Kenwood KAC-8105D features an adjustable, independent gain control (0.2-5.0V). This means that no matter what kind of radio is connected to this amplifier, the appropriate gain control adjustment can be made to ensure loud, clear, distortion-free music.

Low-Pass Filter: The KAC-8105D has a built-in 24dB/octave low-pass filter that is continuously variable from 50Hz to 200Hz.

Bass Boost: The bass boost is adjustable from 0-18dB at 40Hz.

Infrasonic Filter: This amp features an 18dB/octave Infrasonic Filter. Ultra-low frequencies that cannot be reproduced by a subwoofer do not become sound but become unnecessary oscillations, which affect sound by causing distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and can cause damage to speakers. Setting the Infrasonic filter switch to 15Hz or 25Hz cuts the frequencies below the respective frequency to improve the reproduction performance of the speakers by eliminating harmful distortion.

Connections

Power Connections: The power and ground connections are 0.5625" wide screw terminals that will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. The remote turn-on terminal is 0.3125" wide and will accept up to 8-gauge wire. A Phillips-head or flat blade screw driver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals. Spade connectors are recommended for the power, ground, and remote wires.

Speaker Outputs: The Kenwood KAC-8105D is equipped with a single pair of speaker terminals. Both speaker terminals are 0.3125" wide screw terminals and will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. A Phillips-head or flat blade screw driver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals. Spade connectors are recommended for the speaker wires.

Line Level Input: The mono-channel amplifier is equipped with a single pair of gold-plated RCA line level inputs.

Speaker Level Input: The KAC-8105D comes with a two channel speaker level input harness. Once you splice the speaker wires from the receiver to the harness, you have plug-in convenience to the amplifier. This feature makes it easier to add an amplifier to a factory radio or to a receiver with no preamp outputs. The maximum power output from the source receiver can be no more than 40 watts.

Line Level Output: The amplifier has a pair of gold-plated RCA line level outputs for feeding a full-range stereo signal to another amplifier. It is the same signal that is input through the line inputs. The amplifier's crossovers have no effect on the line level output signal.

Fuses: The KAC-8105D is equipped with two 30 amp ATC blade fuses.

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