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Kicker IX1000.5

5-channel car amplifier — 65 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

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Item # 206IX10005

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Big power in a small package

The compact chassis of each Kicker IX Series amp hides a technical powerhouse. Kicker uses high-current design combined with efficient Class D technology to unleash more wattage per cubic inch than most other amps. And an IX Series amp runs so cool you can stack multiple amps together for a professional-looking installation.

iX1000.5 control panel

iX1000.5 control panel

Enough to power your whole system

You can be sure to hear all your music's strengths and subtleties as the IX1000.5 5-channel amp delivers 65 watts RMS to each of your front and rear speakers while the dedicated subwoofer channel sends up to 500 watts RMS to your sub. Built-in frequency filters sculpt the sound so you can get maximum performance from your system, while a variable bass boost helps you dial in just the right amount of low-frequency punch. Noise-reducing technology removes interference from your car's electrical system as it enters the amp's inputs, so that your speakers see the purest signal possible.

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 65 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 250 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 125 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 250 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable high-pass filter on front and rear channels (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • subsonic filter (25 Hz, 24 dB/oct)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • Class D amp technology
  • differential-balanced inputs eliminate noise from your vehicle's electrical system
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (speaker-level input requires an optional adapter)
  • optional remote sub level control
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and a 100-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 100-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 11-3/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 8"D
  • warranty: 2 years (extends to 3 years when purchased with either a Kicker single amp wiring kit or a Kicker multi-amp kit)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Remote bass-level control knob
  • 20' Remote connector cable (with an RJ-45 jack on each end)
  • Four 2" self-tapping screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 3mm Hex key
  • Two 3/8" self-tapping screws
  • Metal bracket
  • Owner's Manual (Eng / Ger / Fre / Spa)
  • Certified Power Certificate

This amp has great features and power for my front 6.5 components, rear 6x9, and my 4-8" kicker compVRS. I like the bass knob feature since I am running this off my factory head unit. As a former installer it was breeze to install as all the wired connections use the same size Allen head.

Hop head, COLORADO


Kicker IX1000.5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Great 5 channel

Hop head from COLORADO on 11/4/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This amp has great features and power for my front 6.5 components, rear 6x9, and my 4-8" kicker compVRS. I like the bass knob feature since I am running this off my factory head unit. As a former installer it was breeze to install as all the wired connections use the same size Allen head.

Pros: Plenty of clean Power Has not shut off yet Bass knob included Small dimensions of amplifier 2 year warranty

Cons: Not one yet!!

Big SOund, Tiny Package

cuznsteve from Oakland Gardens NY on 7/5/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far so good ! Fits nicely on the small back panel of the smaller of the two forward folding rear seats , and everything you could need is there.

Pros: installer installed appears to have had no problems

Cons: none , except , the installer wont get close to the 18 db increase of the bass boost setting, while I however have the wired control all the way uop and allcontrols on the x997 peeked out . I must visit him again about this , rather than take a chance on my own , for fear of blowing sub or anything, beyond me.

Kicker ix1000.5

Drew from Westerville Ohio on 4/30/2013

I was looking for a good 5 channel amp with good sub wattage. Decided to give this amp a try. I was looking for 5 channel for multiple reasons but I chose this one for clean install, low power demands, small size and good output. I know I wanted a low draw on my charging system and was a little concerned that the amp is all classD. Don't worry about that, sounds great, very high quality amp. Currently the amp is running 6 inch and 5.25 inch rockford punch components. As for power, the amp is more than capable of overpowering them. The amp is also running a 12 inch kicker l5 dvc subwoofer in a rather small ported box. The amp is more than capable of providing appropriate power to this sub. Current draw from the amp is not causing any problems (like dimming lights, etc.). VERY EFFICIENT! This is not the best amp if you are looking for car audio BLING, but if you are looking for a clean install and quality amp able to power your whole system, this is for you. I felt like I was taking a risk buying this amp because I couldn't find any consumer reviews so I figured I would post this one. Very satisfied! I have had several aftermarket sound systems over the last 20 years and am pleased with the quality of this amp.

Pros: Takes up very little space, exceeds rated power, very efficient, quality sound

Cons: Not very cheap, but you get what you pay for


Hands-on research

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Class D Amplifier Design: The Kicker IX1000.5 is a Class D amplifier, which uses digital switching to amplify audio signals. This design results in high efficiency and less heat. The Class D design also allows the IX1000.5 to have a super-small footprint for fuel savings and increased cargo space.

CEA 2006 Compliant: The Kicker IX1000.5'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.

Kicker Livin' Loud Certified Power Certificate: The amplifier comes with a certificate that indicates the total maximum wattage of the particular amplifier, along with the model number, serial number, tested date, and whether the amplifier passed the total harmonic distortion, signal-to-noise ratio, and protection circuit tests.

5-Channel Design: In addition to the Amp1 (front) and Amp2 (rear) output channels, the IX1000.5 includes a subwoofer channel. All of the speaker outputs will accept up to 8 gauge speaker wire. The outputs have set-screw terminals that can be tightened using the supplied 3mm Allen wrench. The minimum impedance for the Amp1, Amp2, and Sub channels is 2 ohms per channel.

Amplifier Rating: The Kicker IX1000.5 has the following power output:

  • Amp1 and Amp2 channels driven (CEA 2006 Compliant): 65 watts x 4 channel RMS @ 4 ohms (20-20,000Hz, 1% THD)
  • Amp1 and Amp2 channels driven (2-ohm): 125 watts x 4 channel RMS (20-20,000 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Bridged (4-ohm): 250 watts x 2 channel RMS (20-20,000 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Subwoofer Channel driven (CEA 2006 Compliant): 250 watts x 1 channel (25-200 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Subwoofer Channel driven (2-ohm): 500 watts x 1 channel RMS (25-200 Hz, 1% THD)

Auto Turn-On: The Auto Turn-On switch offers three options:

  • +12 V: The amp turns on when +12 volts is applied to the remote terminal.
  • DC Offset: The amp turns on when a 6 volt surge is detected on the signal inputs (from a speaker-level source); in this mode the amp's remote terminal acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component.
  • Audio: The amp turns on when an incoming audio signal is detected; in this mode the amp's remote terminal acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component.

Soft-Start Circuitry: The Kicker IX1000.5 contains "soft-start" circuitry that lessens initial shock load when powering up the amplifier, and a muting circuit to eliminate audio distortion that might surge down the line.

Protection Circuitry: The IX1000.5 has protection circuitry that will turn the amp off in the event of overheating, over voltage (power input), under voltage (power input), short circuit (speaker output), and over current (speaker output). If the Protection LED on the front side of the amp illuminates red, the protection circuit has engaged and the amp will not play until the problem is resolved.

Stackable: The optional Kicker IXSM stacking mount (206IXSM, sold separately) allows you to stack two Kicker IX-series amplifiers on top of one another.


Gain: To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the Kicker IX1000.5 features an adjustable, independent gain control (low level: 125mV-5V; high level: 250mV-10V) for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels. 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. The Gain controls are continuously variable from 0 to 11.

Crossover: The front, rear, and subwoofer channels have independent crossover settings. The Amp1 and Amp2 channel crossovers can be set for high-pass or full-range operation. The subwoofer channel's low-pass crossover is always active. The variable crossover points can be independently set between 50 and 200 Hz. The crossover slope is 12 dB per octave for the Amp1 and Amp2 crossovers, while the subwoofer's crossover is 24dB per octave.

KickEQ Bass Boost: The subwoofer channel has a variable KickEQ bass boost control. The bass boost circuit provides a 0 to18 dB signal boost, centered at 40 Hz.

Subsonic Filter: The amplifier features a a 24 dB/octave subsonic filter fixed at 25 Hz. Ultra-low frequencies that cannot be reproduced by a subwoofer do not become sound but unnecessary oscillations which affect sound by causing distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and can cause damage to speakers. The built-in subsonic filter cuts the frequencies below 25 Hz to improve the reproduction performance of the speakers by eliminating harmful distortion.

Fader: When you are running two or more sets of inputs to the amplifier, the Fader switch should be placed in On position, to allow your source unit to fade between the front and rear channels. If you want to drive all of the speakers with one set of inputs (Amp1), the Fader switch should be in the Off position.

Sub Input: If you are using a dedicated output on your source unit for a subwoofer, it should be connected to the RCA inputs marked "Sub", and the Sub Input switch should be set to "Sub". If there is no dedicated subwoofer input, the Sub Input switch should be set to the Amp2 position, and the audio fed to the rear channels will automatically be fed to the subwoofer channel as well.

Remote Bass Level: The included wired remote bass-level control allows you to control the output level of the sub channel from the front of your vehicle. The wired remote bass-level control comes with a mounting bracket to mount it under your dash. The supplied 20' cable connects the wired remote bass-level control to the amplifier.

Note: The wired remote bass-level control measures 2.25" wide x 1.25" high x 2.375" deep.


Power Connections: The power and ground connections are set-screw terminals that will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. The remote turn-on set-screw terminal will accept up to 8-gauge wire. The included 3mm Allen-wrench is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Speaker Outputs: The Kicker IX1000.5 is equipped with five pairs of speaker terminals: two for Amp1, two for Amp2, and one for the Sub channel. All ten speaker terminals are set-screw terminals that will accommodate up to 8-gauge wire. The supplied Allen-wrench is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Note: The speaker output terminals of the Amp1 and Amp2 channels can be used in 4-channel mode or bridged to 2-channels.

Line Level Input: The amplifier is equipped with three pairs of gold-plated RCA line level inputs.

Speaker-level Input: High-level inputs can be used when the source device doesn't have preamp level outputs. The same RCA inputs on the amp are used for either speaker-level or line-level connections. When a speaker-level signal is used, the Kicker KISL speaker wire to RCA adapters are needed (item number 206KISL, sold separately) and the Input Level should be set to High.

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