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Mono subwoofer amplifier 1200 watts RMS at 1 ohm
Item # 130GMD9601 | MFR # GM-D9601
Price Break: -$60.00
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Our take on the Pioneer GM-D9601 by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Pioneer's sharp-looking GM-D9601 mono amplifier can send up to 1200 watts RMS to your sub setup, for powerful bass that'll get you and your car rockin'. Highly efficient Class D technology keeps this powerful amp running as cool as it looks, and allows for a compact chassis that fits in a lot of out-of-the-way spaces. And this little workhorse can handle a 1-ohm load without breaking a sweat, so you never have to worry about impedance matching when you add subs to your system down the road.
Connecting and tuning made simple
If your car stereo doesn't have RCA outputs, you can use the speaker-level inputs to hook this amp into your system — the amplifier switches its input mode automatically when it detects the high-level signal. The amp's got a low-pass filter that lets you quickly sharpen and focus the bass to suit your car's interior, and also includes a wired remote boost that lets you control the bass from the front seat.
Putting together a bass system with this amp? Check out this Crutchfield-approved amp/sub package.
Sits under the seat of my 04 Colorado perfectly. It powers too 10" DVC 4ohm audiopipes beautifully. I listen to everything from hip hop to metal to jazz and it performs better than expected, even with cheap subs. Can't wait to throw some nice subs behind it!!
What's in the Box:
- Mono subwoofer amplifier
- Remote bass boost control
- 19' Remote cable (RJ-25 plug on both ends)
- Three 40 amp ATO fuses (installed)
- 8" Speaker-level input adapters
- 3mm Allen wrench
- Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
- Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
- Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
- Warranty information
- mono subwoofer amplifier
- 500 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (800 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
- 1200 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
- CEA-2006 compliant
- Class D amp technology
- variable low-pass filter (40-240 Hz, 12 dB per octave)
- wired remote control adjusts variable bass boost (0-18 dB at 50 Hz)
- preamp inputs and outputs
- speaker-level inputs via supplied RCA-type adapters
- fuse rating: 40A x 3
- 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
- 13"W x 2-3/8"H x 7-7/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)||
500 x 1
|Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)||2400 x 1|
|Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)||800 x 1|
|Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)||N/A|
|Minimum Impedance Bridged||N/A|
|Minimum Impedance Unbridged||1|
|Best Frequency Response||10-240 Hz|
|THD at Rated RMS Power||1%|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||75 dB|
|Low-Pass Crossover Frequency||40-240 Hz|
|Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)||12 dB/octave|
|High-Pass Crossover Frequency||N/A|
|High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)||N/A|
|Bass Boost||0-18 dB|
|Bass Boost Frequency||50 Hz|
|Speaker Level Inputs||RCA|
|Preamp Outputs||1 pair|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
CEA 2006 Compliant: The Pioneer GM-D9601 mono subwoofer amplifier power ratings are measured according to the Consumer Electronics Association's CEA-2006 standards. These standards allow you to accurately compare the rated power output of all CEA-2006 compliant amplifiers, even from different brands. Manufacturers who adhere to the standards can display the CEA-2006 logo on their products and packaging. CEA-2006 Specifications:
- Power Output:
- 500 watts x 1 at 4Ω with <1% THD+N
- 800 watts x 1 at 2Ω with <1% THD+N
- 1,200 watts x 1 at 1Ω with <1% THD+N
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 75 dBA
1Ω Stable: The GM-D9601 is capable of powering load impedances down to 1Ω.
Auto Turn-on: When using a high voltage speaker level input, a signal sensing circuit will automatically turn the amp on and off along with the source unit.
Gain Control: The gain control is continuously variable from 200 mV to 6.5 V.
Crossover: The low pass crossover is always engaged, and is continuously variable from 40 to 240 Hz.
Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit is variable from 0 to +18 dB, centered at 50 Hz. Adjustment is made using the included wired remote.
Wired Remote: The bass boost circuit is controlled using the included wired remote, which can be mounted within easy reach of the driver. The remote has integral flanges on both sides to mount the unit under the dash. The remote measures:
- Width: 1.73" (2.63" including mounting tabs)
- Height: 0.75"
- Depth: 1.62" (2.2" including control knob and cable)
Power: The power and ground connections are set screw terminals that will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals. Pioneer recommends different power and ground wire gauges based on the length of the wire:
- 6-Gauge: up to 11' 10"
- 4-Gauge: up to 21'
Remote Turn-on: The remote connection is a set screw terminal that will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals.
Speaker Connections: There are two pair of speaker output set screw terminals, internally shorted together so it's easy to connect two subwoofers. The terminals will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the terminals.
Signal Input: The amplifier features one pair of stereo RCA inputs. If no line level signal is available, use the included speaker wire to RCA adapters.
RCA Output: One pair of preamp output jacks provide a convenient way to daisy-chain an additional amplifier without running another set of RCA cables from the front of the vehicle to the amplifier location. The output is not affected by the internal crossover.
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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Zak Billmeier
Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.
Why did you buy this?
Recommended as the needed accessory via Live Chat help to complete my system. Hogan was very helpful in getting me in track to the products that would work for my application! [ Timothy Jun 07, 2017 ]
I bought this item at Crutchfield because of the great price and also the great customer service and tech support. [ Ben May 08, 2017 ]
Needed more power for subs [ J Apr 29, 2017 ]
For References, price drop and Testing reviews [ MARIO Apr 25, 2017 ]
Best price i could find for an amp pushing over 1000W [ Ian Apr 20, 2017 ]
Great amp [ Cameron Mar 15, 2017 ]
I ordered two 12 inch pioneer subs at 1500 max watts and hope this will be enough to power them. The reviews are good. [ Marcelo Mar 11, 2017 ]
Great price for the amount of power and the quality of pioneer. The tech support is always a great help. [ Andre Mar 02, 2017 ]
seems legit [ Tori Feb 26, 2017 ]
Paired perfectly with the sub box [ Todd Feb 25, 2017 ]
I went with the Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 12" shallow mount sub and it is rated at a 100-400w RMS on 4 ohms. This amp is rated for 500w at 4 ohms so I wanted an amp that could drive the sub to it's full potential if I wanted to. I don't think I will ever need all that power but it's nice to have. [ Carter Feb 22, 2017 ]
Best amp that matches my 2 subwoofers [ Daniel Feb 22, 2017 ]
Recommended by Andy [ Corey Feb 18, 2017 ]
Great amp, does'nt overheat, never cuts out, pushed 2 soundqubed hds 12's no problem [ Trace Jan 27, 2017 ]
This amp has great reviews and I figured it seems to have great power and features for the money. [ JOSEPH Jan 23, 2017 ]
well tech support is very good an service is very good thanks Edwin [ EDWIN Dec 09, 2016 ]
Jasan suggested [ Nick Nov 29, 2016 ]
Gift [ Christopher Nov 28, 2016 ]
I needed a 1ohms stable amp [ armando Nov 22, 2016 ]
I ALREADY OWN 2 12" PIONEER COMP. SERIES SUBS OF WHICH I CURRENTLY USE AN UNDERSIZED AMP. THIS WILL BE A GREAT ADDITION TO MY SYSTEM [ Robert Nov 02, 2016 ]
Previous Rockford Prime 1200 watts bought only months ago from Crutchfield is not functioning. [ Kervin Jun 02, 2016 ]
I was specifically looking for an entry level amp that could give me 1200w @ 1 ohm. This and the Rockford R1200-1D fit the bill. As far as specs go the Pioneer lacks the subsonic filter, but since I will be running this amp from a Blaupunkt 470 DSP which has a subsonic filter on it's pre-out line, that feature on a mono amp was unecessary and the Pioneer saves me $50. [ Joshua May 13, 2016 ]
Cheaper and better for my alpine type s sub 12" both 4ohm [ Arnel May 12, 2016 ]
My faith in the customer rep who was assisting me was high. I went with his decision as a best fit for my application. [ eric Mar 23, 2016 ]
18 questions already asked
At 4 ohms you will get roughly 4 to 5 hundred. At 2 ohms youll get roughly 7 to 8 and at a full 1 ohm load youll get roughly a 1000. Obviously if it wasnt bench test certified you wont know what your truely pushing. [ BERNARD Jun 10, 2017 ]
the amp will output about 800 watts @ a 2 ohm load. if there are 2 subs, that is approx 400 watts ea. [ Geoffrey May 17, 2017 ]
Sorry I mean to say 1ohm [ Frank Apr 14, 2017 ]
Bridge is your best option to me, the amp will perform better. About getting 600 be aware this amp is more powerful the what you think. I'm running 4 Jvl 10 and belive me I'm not using this amp (max power). FYI I'm using my at 1AMP for better performance. [ Frank Apr 14, 2017 ]
I have been using this amp for over a year and never had a problem with overheating, the bass switch works just fine for me. [ Gage Mar 10, 2017 ]
i had this amp before upgrading my amp and subs. I can say this little monster can handle what you dish to it. you can have that amp bass gain knob full tilt and the bass gain on 7 8 or 9 and you wont cook the amp at 2 ohms... at 1 ohm all bets are off most amps after continuous beating at 1 ohm will fry. but the amp is nice. I have it powering 4 8 inch subs and my Rockford fosgate are running my 4 12s at 2 ohm all full gain on the bass boost knob and 9 on the gain and stable and no clipping. [ BERNARD Mar 10, 2017 ]
IMHO: the boost remote is intended for music that is not natively bass heavy to start with. that is how I use it, have no problems. Whether it can fry the amp, I never heard of that before, but anything is possible if an amp is not properly adjusted to start with and they are playing very bass heavy music with the boost up full. [ Geoffrey Mar 10, 2017 ]
Honestly I have this amp for about a year and I have no problem with it using the remote. So far the best amp I have in long time with no prblem. Moving 4 10 jvl [ Frank Mar 10, 2017 ]
Nope in my personal experience i had one for 2 years and abused that bass boost remote and the amp was always rock solid in preformace [ Sean Mar 10, 2017 ]
no, it is a 1 channel amp. It is designed for driving sub woofers. The amp needs a 1 ohm load for that rating. [ Geoffrey Nov 22, 2016 ]
No. It's a 1200 watt RMS single channel [ Jason Nov 22, 2016 ]
Only way your gonna get 1200 RMS from that amp is at 1 ohm which with the design at 4 ohms you get 400 watts 2 ohms you get 800 watts and 1ohm you will get 1200 watts. But thats a rough calculation [ BERNARD Nov 22, 2016 ]
depends on the load on the amp, most car audio installers would recommend 4 AWG, but 8 AWG would work if you have it setup for 800 Watts or less. [ Geoffrey Aug 17, 2016 ]
HI Chris...honestly I'm running straight fromega the battery a # 10 going into a cap and from the cap #10 to the amp. Also from the amp ground #10 straight the chassis of my truck. The amp is working great. [ Frank Aug 17, 2016 ]
4 Guage is suitable and recommended for both wires. [ BERNARD Aug 17, 2016 ]
i used 12 awg. i bought the soundblocker wire for speakers at local retialer for like 16 bucks for 20 feet. more then enough to run your subs from youre amp. [ BERNARD May 26, 2016 ]
Just bridge it to either Chanel mine is mounted so deep for me to get too call me [ LINDA S May 26, 2016 ]
it does not really matter, both terminals are very likely connected together internally. (do a continuity test with a multi meter to be sure.) most mono amps are like this if two terminals are present. [ Geoffrey May 25, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best sub for your amp 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 sub models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Kenny Feb 10, 2016 ] Staff
to drop your subs to 1 ohm you have to buy a 3rd sub which is 4 ohm and run the speakera in parallel. with 3 subs it starts at 4 ohms and splits to 2 subs at 2 ohms and then adding the 3rd sub would split the 2 ohm load to 1 ohm stable. but with 4 ohm voice coils the best you will get with a pair is 2 ohm. [ BERNARD May 26, 2016 ]
I'm not sure that you can. As typically, the speakers ohm rating has to match that of the amp. But I could be wrong. [ JAL Jan 16, 2016 ]
Yessir. But if your doin 2 12's its up to you but I'd put a bigger sized amp to get the full potential of the subs. Might be cool but I'm powerin 2 jl audio shallow 10's with it. I had a 1700 watt hifoniks Brutus with my old truck an that had 2 shallow mount 12's alpine type Rs an probably my favorite I've had so far for shallow subs [ Justin Sep 02, 2015 ]
The RCA plugs ends that came included. You can wire speaker wires to them, and plug them to the RCA inputs. The amp accepts high level and low lever inputs at the same place, and automatically determines what level is being used, and adjusts accordingly. [ Jason Aug 08, 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 Apr 18, 2015 ] Staff
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 Nov 02, 2014 ] Staff
i have 3 12 inch kicker comp r subs and that amp and it pounded the heck out of my car [ BERNARD May 26, 2016 ]
For this application I suggest infinity kappa 10s. I have one running off this amp and I have all settings turned all the way down and it shakes my truck. [ RYAN Sep 28, 2014 ]
This is my understanding - If you are running qty(3) subs in parallel @ 1ohm, each sub will only see 400w. I don't know what wiring setup would give you 1ohm without imbalance. If you wire qty(2) 4ohm subs in parallel, it gives you 2ohms. Then you could run wires from that pair to the amp along with a single 2ohm sub, which would give you 1ohm load to the amp BUT THAT WILL NOT PRESENT AN EVEN POWER DISTRIBUTION TO ALL THREE SPEAKERS. NOT RECOMMENDED. Qty(3) 4ohm speakers in parallel with even power distribution = 1.33ohm load to the amp. This is balanced, and doesn't take the amp to its limit. This is not a huge amount of power for each driver, so you could use just about any good sub - it doesn't have to be a monster. Kicker Comp VR's will run all day long with that amount of power. There's no replacement for displacement - get the biggest subs that your available space will allow. But don't put big 15' subs in a box that's too small to support their internal volume recommendation. If you think you might reconfigure down the road, you could step up to Kicker Comp R, which handle twice the power of the Comp VR (but cost ~$50 more per driver)! [ KEVIN Sep 26, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Sep 21, 2014 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models 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 and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Aug 08, 2014 ] Staff
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. [ Jeff Feb 17, 2014 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best subs for your amp. 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 subs models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Feb 16, 2014 ] Staff
yes, but that know is really handy depending on the music you listen to and how much bass you want. [ Geoffrey Aug 17, 2016 ]
yes [ Frank Aug 17, 2016 ]
yes [ JUSTIN Dec 30, 2013 ]
Short answer is, it doesn't. I have mine wired at 1 ohm load in my boat running 2 Alpine type R 12's. It's in the engine compartment of my boat, and I have played it non stop for 8 hours without any problems whatsoever. [ Jason Aug 08, 2015 ]
Mine is located in the top of my sub box in the trunk of my car. The amp doesn't get very hot that I've noticed even during the heat wave we experienced of 105 heat index. I own an 08 impala so the trunk space is large and therfore dissipates the heat well if it were to get warm. I run it at 2 ohms. [ JOHN A Jan 05, 2014 ]
not very hot at all. my setup is at 1-ohm and unless I am really pounding away, the amp hardly heats up at all. when it does heat up it does not even come close to what I would call "hot" or reach a level to be concerned about. it's a great amp for the money! [ JEFF Dec 21, 2013 ]
since i bought this pioneer gm d9601 it's been great never overheated never shut off its a real good amp [ RICHARD Dec 20, 2013 ]