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Kenwood Excelon X700-5

5-channel car amplifier — 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms (New Stock)

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Distributes the power for your whole system
This sweet-looking Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel amplifier can power your entire system, serving 40 watts RMS each to four full-range speakers while delivering up to 500 watts RMS to your sub. Got a nice set of components up front? You can switch the amp over to 3-channel mode, driving your components with 100 watts a side while still giving a sub a healthy 500 watts RMS of power.

Distributes the power for your whole system
This sweet-looking Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel amplifier can power your entire system, serving 40 watts RMS each to four full-range speakers while delivering up to 500 watts RMS to your sub. Got a nice set of components up front? You can switch the amp over to 3-channel mode, driving your components with 100 watts a side while still giving a sub a healthy 500 watts RMS of power.

Tuning where you need it
High-pass filters on the front and rear channels let you tailor the sound to fit your vehicle and speakers. You can adjust the low-pass filter and a bass boost on the subwoofer channel to get just the right bass for your vehicle, while optimizing your sub's performance.

Kenwood Excelon X700-5 5-channel amplifier

Cooling fan
The unique fin shape of the extruded aluminum heatsink helps pull heat away from the amp's interior, reducing distortion and extending the amp's life. An intelligent thermal management system continually monitors the temperature and turns on a cooling fan when necessary, saving your music from any interruptions due to overheating.

Very good amplifier for a low budget system and easy to install.

DeMetric, Mcdonough, GA

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What's in the Box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Two 40-amp fuses (installed)
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 End caps (installed)
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty card

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 50 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (50-200 Hz at 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • cooling fan
  • preamp inputs
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-5/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Multi-Channel Design: The X700-5 is basically three amps built into one chassis, two full-range 2-channel amps (A and B), typically powering the front and rear speakers, and one mono amp to power a subwoofer. Either of the full-range amps can also be bridged to one channel.

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a system of testing and measurement methods for mobile audio amplifiers. This voluntary standard advocates a uniform method for determining an amplifier's RMS power output and signal-to-noise ratio. The criteria for measuring power uses a DC input voltage of 14.4 volts and the RMS power output is measured into a 4-ohm load, with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N), and over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (when applicable). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels (dBA) at a reference of 1 watt into 4 ohms. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the Kenwood X700-5 is rated at 40 watts RMS x 4 plus 300 watts RMS x 1 with an 80 dBA signal to noise ratio.

Specifications: The manual also lists these non CEA-2006 compliant specifications:

  • Full-Range Channels:
    • 2Ω: 50 watts x 4 (at 1 kHz, no more than 0.5% THD)
    • Bridged: 100 watts x 2 (into 4Ω, at 100 Hz, no more than 0.5% THD)
  • Subwoofer Channel: 500 watts x 1-channel (into 2Ω, at 100 Hz, no more than 0.5% THD)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 100 dB (at rated power)

Cooling Fan: There is a cooling fan to help dissipate heat and ensure cool, reliable operation. Make sure not to block the vents or the fan when installing the amplifier.

Input Sensitivity: The X700-5 features independent gain controls for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels. The input sensitivity of each is adjustable from 200 mV to 5.0 volts.

High-Pass Filter: The front and rear amps have individual switches to set the built-in crossovers to high-pass or off (full-range). The crossover points are independently adjustable from 50-200 Hz. The high-pass crossover slope is 12 dB/octave.

Low-Pass Filter: The subwoofer channel's low-pass crossover is always engaged (it cannot be bypassed). The crossover point is adjustable from 50-200 Hz and the slope is 24 dB/octave.

Bass Boost: The subwoofer's bass boost circuit is centered at 40 Hz; boost is variable from 0 to +18 dB.

Aluminum Heat Sink: The aluminum heat sink increases the amplifier's heat dissipation efficiency, increasing the life of the amplifier.

Power And Ground Terminals: The amplifier features screw terminal power and ground terminals. They will accommodate spade connectors up to 0.55" wide.

Remote Turn-On Terminal: The remote turn-on is a screw terminal that will accommodate a spade connector up to 0.35" wide.

Speaker Terminals: The five pair of speaker terminals are screw terminals and will accommodate spade connectors up to 0.35" wide.

Signal Inputs: The amplifier features three pair of RCA input connections, A, B, and Sub.

Fuses: Two 40-amp ATO fuses are installed in the amplifier chassis.

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friend recommended the brand and channel capability. [ JOSE  Feb 22, 2016 ]
Looking for an ampiflier that can power up everything from one ampiflier. I am always a kennwood fan. As soon I saw this went on sale I went for the deal. Also this amp have a fan cooling system so I am hoping the amp will never overheat. I will be using this amp in 2003 jeep grand cherokee with a 12 inch sub and aftermarket speakers. This amp should be plenty of enough juice for me. [ Brian  Feb 18, 2016 ]
Amplifier [ Sudhir Kumar  May 21, 2017 ]
I've been waiting to get a new 5 channel Kenwood x700-5 since my old tired Kenwood kac-744 finally quit on me after I let my 21 year old son borrow my 1993 jeep wrangler to go to work so I believe everything happens for a reason I deffenently got my moneys worth out of the old Kenwood that's why I bought another one! Thanks crutchfield for giving me this opportunity that is in my price range. [ Glenn  Mar 30, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

This is a hybrid amp. The full range channels are digital so cooling requirements are very low. The sub amp module is analog and high power. It also has a very low profile for such a powerful amp. I have this amp mounted behind the rear seat-back of my pickup. I had to mount it as close to the floor as possible but it fits just fine. I shaped a piece of plywood to bolt into existing factory holes on the back bulk-head. I then mounted the amp and four crossovers to the wood base and then bolted all that into the truck. I can easily disconnect the signal wires and then remove the whole assembly. I run it at high volumes all the time and have never had a problem. I'm using 2-way Helix speakers and JL sub. [ RODGER D  Apr 22, 2015 ]
Charles, I bought this amp about 6 months ago to mount in my party bus. I had same problem of wanting it out of harms way ( especially in a party bus). I screwed mine right to the wall behind a seat above a heater and have not had one single problem. This amp has a fan in it and as far as I can tell it does not get close to hot the way I have it mounted. Also it is almost always cranked all the way up for hours. Hope this helps !!! [ JUSTIN ROBERT  Apr 14, 2015 ]
Should be no problem. My brother mounted his amp there in his Ranger extra cab. I'll post a pic for you soon [ digital team  Apr 14, 2015 ]
You can easily mount to the cab wall. I put mine under Tacoma drivers seat and it is angled up and cockeyed some. Venting is a non-issue as it sucks front to back. My goal was just for security, ease of access, and keeping things looking stock. Cables connected easily even with the odd mounting. It's small and thin so easy to put just about anywhere. [ Hugh  Apr 14, 2015 ]
Front and rear are independent of the sub. The power output (in Watts) of the unit is shown as 4x40 (4ohm) and 1x300 (4ohm) for a single voice coil subwoofer or 4x50 (4ohm) and 1x500 (2ohm) for a dual voice coil subwoofer. I have a JL audio dual voice coil subwoofer so my amp runs 4 ohm to each of the front & rear speakers and 2 ohm to the sub. Sounds like that is what you are looking for. Take a look at the manual. It's on Kenwood's website here: It pays to take some extra time to make sure your components are all compatible before dropping the cash. [ Matthew  Mar 30, 2015 ]
When using this amp for only 3 channels you could use the front and rear pair of RCA's and bridge the outputs to increase power to your front 2 channels and use the sub output for the sub. [ CLYDE  Jun 23, 2014 ]
i would use the front rca jacks and the sub rca jacks. i have mine hooked up to 5 speakers and it is a great amp. [ WILLIAM  Jun 23, 2014 ]
You will want three sets of RCAs. Left, right, sub. Left and right each include front and rear. [ Robert  Jun 23, 2014 ]
No the amp does not have an input for any type of remote gain adjustment, like a bass boost knob or anything like that. It does have gain adjustments for all 3 pairs of channels, as well as a "bass boost" adjustment, but nothing remote. [ Trevor  Oct 12, 2015 ]
I had one installed. This doesn't include that option. However the amp has good sound. [ John Robert  Oct 11, 2015 ]
Sorry that I can't help you with your question, I'm using it without the level controller, don't have one to try it out. [ Daryl  Oct 11, 2015 ]
No, there is no remote level control with the amp [ Corbin  Oct 12, 2015 ]
Dont know [ Mike  Oct 11, 2015 ]