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Kicker DXA250.1

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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Our take on the Kicker DXA250.1

Kicker's DXA250.1 amplifier will reliably produce great-sounding bass — the kind that makes listening to music in your car more fun. The DXA250.1 puts out up to 250 watts RMS from a very compact chassis that'll fit into most vehicles.

Power for bass

Kicker's DXA250.1 amplifier will reliably produce great-sounding bass — the kind that makes listening to music in your car more fun. The DXA250.1 puts out up to 250 watts RMS from a very compact chassis that'll fit into most vehicles.

Works with a factory stereo

Kicker's Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT™) allows you to tap into your vehicle's factory speaker wiring for the amp's input signals without needing a converter. The "differential-balanced" inputs also help prevent audio interference and noise from entering the system.

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DXA250.1 input and control panel

Controls to help get the job done

The DXA250.1's low-pass filter adjusts the range of bass going to your subs so they can play more cleanly and efficiently, while a bass boost can add some extra foundation to the sound if you want. You can add an optional remote control to adjust your subwoofer's volume from the front seat.

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

Product Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 125 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • fixed subsonic filter (25 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 40 Hz)
  • Class D amp technology
  • differential-balanced inputs eliminate noise from your vehicle's electrical system
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs (require speaker wire to RCA adapters)
Other Features
  • optional remote level control available
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads and a 40-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 40-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 8-1/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 7-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years (extends to 3 years when purchased with a Kicker 8-gauge amp kit or multi-amp kit)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Used to add an 8" sub to my 2013 Ram Quad Cab. Amp puts out plenty of power to drive a good sub. Many features including add on sub remote.

Ron B., orange park, FL

What's in the Box:

  • Mono amplifier
  • Four 3/4" #8 self-tapping screws
  • Owner's Manual

Kicker DXA250.1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Great Compact Amp

Ron B. from orange park, FL on 1/26/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used to add an 8" sub to my 2013 Ram Quad Cab. Amp puts out plenty of power to drive a good sub. Many features including add on sub remote.

Pros: High quality, power with many features for the price. Compact design.

Cons: Speaker level inputs only RCA connections.

Great compact amp.

Buckaroo from Central Florida on 8/23/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great compact amp. Also nice to have high input lines. Using it for an MTX 10.



Great Amp!

MikeP from Pennsylvania on 7/4/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was looking for an amp that didnt advertise crazy RMS power, this amp fit the bill. Im running 2 10's in a bandpass with it - an easy feat even with the gains set very low. I was surpised how compact it is, which was an unexpected plus for me.



Great Product

Brandan from Colorado on 5/8/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect size and power for one 12 in sub in my 86 Toyota pickup

Pros: Size

Cons: none

Kicker DXA250.1

Anonymous from Bremerton wa on 4/16/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great little amp has no issues pushing a single 12 Sony xplod and sound is on point. Very pleased for the price point



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gatorguy from Kokomo, Indiana on 3/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was looking to upgrade my system, especially after my factory radio went out. Crutchfield advisor helped me out by matching a few components for my Ram quad cab, based on my needs and expectations. Along with the Kenwood KDC-BT562U, I purchased a Kicker 8" CompD subwoofer. I'm driving this with a Kicker DXA250.1. Seems to be a solid unit. The connection points are very rigid, making all connections very secure. It also comes with the necessary hardware to secure it to the floor under the back seat. Tuning the amp was very easy to do also. After powering up, I was fairly well impressed by the clear powerful sound. I have the amp turned up to 50% and it sounds really powerful! ( My first test tunes were Detroit Rock City and Fight For Your Right ) AWESOME!! I'm able to control it by the sub woofer level control on the radio. IT'S DEFINITELY A THUMPER !! After checking out the videos that Kicker provided about their products, I was sold on using their harnesses. Kicker CK8. Real silver tinned copper wires. No loss in wattage or amps. I'm able to get 250w RMS @ 2ohms. I definitely recommend this amp! Plenty of power to spare. Great recommendation Crutchfield! I'll definitely be a repeat customer.

Pros: Good price, quality and sound.

Cons: None

Not bad

Freonman from New Braunfels, TX on 12/6/2014

Bought this to push one polk 12 inch and it does the job great.

Pros: Small

Cons: None yet


Hands-on research

Product Research



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 over the full frequency range of the amp with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels at a reference of 1 watt. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on equal footing. Measured under CEA-2006 conditions the Kicker DXA250.1 is rated at 125 watts RMS x 1 channel into a 4-ohm load and the signal to noise ratio is >95 dB. Additional specs listed in the manual (but not listed as CEA-2006 compliant) include 250 watts RMS x 1 channel into a 2-ohm load (measured using a 14.4 volt power supply with no more than 1% THD+N) and 95 dB signal-to-noise ratio (measured at the rated power output).

Auto Turn-On: There are two ways to automatically turn on the amplifier. Most aftermarket car stereo head units will have a remote turn-on lead, which can be extended to the amplifier location and connected to the amp's Remote terminal. If connecting the amplifier to a factory stereo, or a head unit without a remote turn-on lead, the amp can automatically turn on using the DC Offset mode. The amp detects a 6-volt DC surge on the signal inputs and turns the amplifier on. There is no switch on the amp to select the Turn-On method.

Protection Circuitry: The DXA250.1 has protection circuitry that will turn the amp off in the event of overheating, over voltage (over 16 volt input), under voltage (under 10 volt input), and short circuit (speaker output). If the Protection LED on the right side of the amp illuminates red, the protection circuit has engaged and the amp will not play until the problem is resolved.

Dual Input Sensitivity: The DXA250.1 can receive low- or high-level signals from your car stereo source unit at the amplifier's left and right RCA inputs. The low-level signal can be sent from the source unit's RCA line-level outputs. In this case, the Input Sensitivity switch on the amp should be set to "LO". A high-level signal can come from the source unit's speaker outputs, and connected to the amplifier using the Kicker KISL adapters. The Input Level switch should be set to "HI".

Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT): FIT utilizes isolated differential inputs, rejecting noise and electrical interference for the quietest operation possible. FIT also allows Kicker amps to accept output from nearly any factory or aftermarket head unit.


Input Level: The DXA250.1 has a two position (in/out) switch to set the input level type. It can be pressed in for High (for speaker level) or set to out for Low (for line level).

Gain: The input gain is continuously variable, labeled 0 to 11. The gain range is governed by the input level switch: 250mV to 10V for speaker level (HI) and 125mV to 5V for line level (LO). A small screwdriver is needed to adjust the gain.

Crossover Frequency: The internal low pass crossover is always active (it cannot be bypassed). The crossover point is continuously variable between 50 and 200 Hz. The slope is 12 dB/octave. A small screwdriver is needed to adjust the crossover frequency.

KickEQ Bass Boost: The KickEQ bass boost circuit provides a signal boost centered at 40 Hz. The bass boost is continuously variable between 0 and 12dB. A small screwdriver is needed to adjust the amount of bass boost.

Subsonic Filter: Frequencies that cannot be reproduced by the subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations causing distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage speakers. The subsonic filter removes inaudible frequencies to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating this harmful distortion. The 24 dB/octave subsonic filter's crossover point is 25 Hz.

Optional CXARC Remote Bass Level Control: The DXA250.1 is compatible with the optional CXARC remote bass level control which allows you to remotely control the output level of the amplifier. The CXARC's control knob can be mounted near the driver's seat of your vehicle, while the control's 19.75' cable is extended to the amplifier location.


Wiring Recommendations: Kicker recommends that the amplifier be connected to the vehicle's battery using 8 Gauge power and ground wiring. An external 40 amp fuse should be installed on the power wire within 18" of the battery. There are no fuses included or built into the amplifier.

Kicker Extended Warranty Offer: Kicker will extend the amp's standard warranty by an additional year (for a total warranty of three years) when it is installed with a qualifying Kicker amplifier installation kit. Kicker recommends the PK8, CK8, and ZCK84 amp wiring kits for this amp. The amplifier and installation kit must be purchased from an authorized Kicker dealer.


Left Side of Amplifier:

  • GND (ground): screw terminal; accepts spade connector up to 0.5" wide
  • REM (remote turn-on): screw terminal; accepts spade connector up to 0.33" wide
  • +12V (power): screw terminal; accepts spade connector up to 0.5" wide
  • Speaker Outputs: screw terminals; accepts spade connectors up to 0.32" wide; there are terminals for two subwoofers, internally shorted together

Right Side of Amplifier:

  • RCA Inputs: one pair of RCA jacks, used for line level or speaker level inputs with KISL
  • RCA Outputs: one pair of RCA outputs; useful for adding another amp
  • Remote Bass: 3.5mm jack (mini-jack) for use with the optional CXARC remote bass level control

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

size and price[ ARETHA  May 15, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

It will, but I don't recommend. The amp is 250W at 2 ohm...125W at 4 ohm. Meaning about 62.5watts at 8 ohms. More importantly, ohms is resistance meaning an 8 ohm speaker has more resistance. This requires you to turn up the gain to get desired output...this over works the amp, amp get hot, amp may go poof![ RONALD W  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Yes and gives a great sound[ ARETHA  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Compatible? Sure. I mean; the 8 Ohm impedance definitely will not harm the amplifier but the wattage from the amp at that impedance (around 62.5 watts RMS) may not be enough to power the sub properly. Your sub will likely need more wattage than this so, check the manufacturer's recommended continuous (RMS) power range to be sure. I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Ryan  Apr 06, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes! It runs my 2 12 inch kicker subs just fine![ James  Mar 13, 2016 ]