Wow what a difference in my 2017 crewmax Tundra. It really gives it an extra punch
Pros: Small and can put anywhere
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Item # 500KTP445U | MFR # KTP-445U
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Want a simple way to crank up the power of your receiver? Alpine's "Power Pack" amplifier increases your receiver's power output to 45 watts RMS by 4 channels. That's a big jump up from the 7-20 watts per channel typically put out by a car radio, and plenty of power to drive high-performance speakers or keep up with a big subwoofer amplifier. Best of all, this compact amplifier is so efficient you can often run it off the same circuit that powers your receiver. A universal plug lets you feed a signal via RCA outputs or speaker-level wiring.
You can install this compact amp behind most dashboards, but you'll need 4-channel patch cables to connect your car stereo to the amp's preamp inputs. You can also splice into your speaker wiring to get signal to the KTP-445U.
Installation Note: We recommend running a dedicated constant power wire to the battery for optimal performance from this Alpine amp — we offer an inexpensive wiring kit for this installation. This high-powered amp won't work in systems where an outboard factory amplifier is still active.
Wow what a difference in my 2017 crewmax Tundra. It really gives it an extra punch
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Wow what a difference in my 2017 crewmax Tundra. It really gives it an extra punch
Pros: Small and can put anywhere
As a part of my car stereo upgrade, I first went on to change the stock speakers to get a little boost to the low-ends (The mid and highs were good enough) The Polks I ordered made no difference to sound quality, so I went on and got the Alpine KTP-445U. After installation, I did not notice any boost to the lows. I then went on and replaced the Polks with the OEM speakers and that made all the difference. Contrary to what I expected, the OEM's despite their smaller magnets delivered a better punch with the Alpine power pack than with the high(er) end Polks. Overall, I am a (tad bit) more satisfied with the sound quality of my car's stereo with the Alpine KTP-445U installed. So why the 3 stars: The Alpine KTP-445U is an amplifier, and like (most) amplifiers, it will also increase noise. Not quite what I expected from an Alpine unit, but it is what it is. At low volumes, bass output is better as compared to the stock setup but at very low volumes the noise can be heard a bit, if you are my types with sharp (dog-like) ears. I got the unit installed by a pro, paid about a 100 bucks for the installation, but they did a good job at setting the gain. Check the Crutchfield Subwoofer Tuning article for some references you can use to set gain at the correct level Nevertheless, if you are looking to boost your existing setup without a sub, then the Alpine KTP-445U sure is a good way forward.
Pros: 1. Tiny little invisible unit, fits inside the dash 2. Slight boost your existing set-up, decent boost to the low-end frequencies
Cons: 1. Expect a slight hum from your speakers at low volumes, which is not noticeable at higher volumes
Would definatly recommend this amp if you're looking for something small that packs a decent punch
Pros: Small, good price and sound
Cons: None so far
Everyone at Crutchfield is AWESOME!! I love the sound after adding my new Alpine 4 channel amp. This was so small I was able to fit it in the dash behind the glove box, so I can easily access it for future adjustments. I installed this on my new Jeep Rubicon and what a difference!!! Thanks everyone @ Crutchfield another great job.
Pros: extremely easy install , and can pretty much hide it anywhere , very pleased with this purchase
Cons: I really don't have any !!
Lot of noise and hiss....Lot of power, but a lot of hiss..Tried different grounding locations and every trick in the book and in the end, I switched to a Clarion brick amp...Big disappointment from such a big name...
Cons: Too noisy....
Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase. I am surprised that when RCA jacks cannot be used, the solution is to cut the already short wires and extend them. A non-rca harness should be included with sufficient length.
This is the third ktp-445 amp I have purchased from Crutchfield, installed in boat car and truck. If your plan is simply to make significant upgrade to an existing sound system with stealth, space savings, and cost savings, you can't beat this amp. Inputs, auto turn on, adjustments, and reliability are the features I was looking for.
I installed this unit with the purchase of a new JVC head unit because after installing my Kicker speakers, I still didn't have clear sound. This little amp (really little) totally brought my speakers to life. I can now hear all of the instruments clearly. The best thing is that this amp is so small I was able to install it just behind the head unit without trouble!
Nice sounds good
Definitely makes a significant difference. Driving JL C2 690tx (which were asleep with the aftermarket Pioneer HU) and JL C2 350x which were fine without an amp. Was able to fit it behind the stereo
Pros: Big difference in sound, works well powered from headunit power line. Easy solution if you don't want the hassle of installing an amp. Very happy with the sound.
Cons: Pricey for what it is, you are basically paying for convenience which is fine. The version that works with alpine headunits is cheaper
Love this small amplifier! I needed something to drive my JL C3s and this amp pushes them nicely! I'm used to the larger 4 channels from the past and this fit in my glove box
Pros: Small footprint yet powerful. You have to try this thing
Cons: I wish the exterior was a little fancier like the other Alpine models (LED lights)
Added to basic sound system in 2016 mustang gt it sounds really good now
Pros: Upgrades sound system fits behind dash nicely
Cons: None so far
Easy install and sounds great!
Just what I needed to boost the volume.
Brought a pair of JBL Stage 600Cs to life after the stock headunit in my 2016 HR-V couldn't cut it. I am amazed at the difference in quality and bass punch.
This is a great little amp. I mounted it on the ceiling of my glove box, and the cables were long enough to make it to the head.
I bought this amp to plus-up my stock stereo system in my 2012 Subaru Impreza. The sound was better after the installation, but the factory speakers were not good enough to handle the power.
Pros: better sound
Cons: needed to buy speakers (which i was eventually going to buy later this just sped up the purchase)
This amp is part of a complete audio system I put in my 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ. I'm using it to bump up the power to four Polk Audio db651s speakers mounted in the stock locations. I set the cutoff at 60 and am running a RF Punch P300-10 for the bass. It has its own built-in amp. The Polk Audio speakers sound great so the amp must be doing something right. It's mounted behind the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X300 in the dash. Out of sight, out of mind.
Pros: Wiring was easy. It matched up nicely to the Kenwood harness and the vehicle adapter harnesses. Just a little head scratching, but it all worked out.
Cons: Got nothing. It works for me.
This little amp packs quite a punch when you're short on mounting space. Going from stock head unit to an aftermarket always ends up sounding flat and tinny. I had purchased a larger amp to address this, however my plans to mount it under a seat ultimately turned me off. I bought this unit and installation was quite simple. No running wires from the engine bay and running a ground wire to somewhere on the floor. Just need RCA cables, radio wiring kit, and crimps. 90% of the installation prep was done before opening the car door. The size of this amp is great! It fits right behind my head unit with room to spare. I definitely recommend!
This little alpine amp is Amazing! For the money and the convenience there is nothing out there that can compete. My piece of advice is use this amp bridged at 90 watts rms x 2. Using the 45 x 4 is ok for increasing clarity but will only give you a small power boost over your head unit. At 90x4 this amp comes alive and can compete with some bigger wired amps in power and clarity. I definitely recommend this amp for a small component set and it will bring it to life.
Pros: Definitive Clarity and power boost at 90w x 2.
Cons: 45 watts x 4 is just ok. I wouldn't buy this amp if I wasn't going to bridge it.
This is definitely an improvement to a stock head unit. It sure does pack a punch after tapping into the stock head unit power and ground, as described in the manual. Some maybe skeptical that splicing into the head unit power will be sufficient for an amplifier but I think it supplies plenty of power. I replaced the stock speakers with JL audio C2 series and had the gain on this amplifier at nearly 20-25% and it was quite loud.
Pros: Small and fairly easy to install depending on your vehicle. Provides a good sound upgrade for a stock head unit, so you can keep the factory head unit and still have searing wheel controls with out purchasing extra hardware. Small size also makes it easier to install with the ability to mount it in the front of the vehicle without needing to run wire across the whole car.
Cons: -No power indicator light or over current light. Hard to tell when the amp is actually drawing power. -A low level line out would also be really nice. -The speaker wire with the white/brown stripe was extremely hard for me to find for some reason, it almost looks identical to the white/grey stripe.
I was replacing y 2002 WJ Grand Cherokee's Infinity radio, which meant I could not use the factory amp anymore. I was going to run the speakers off the Kenwood head unit- then I found this Universal Power-pack online. I patched it into the factory amp's wiring harness under the back seat, even re-used the factory power/ground wires. I ran two sets of 11.5 foot RCA cables for my signal from the Kenwood to the amp because I wanted a nice clean signal. I already had full range 6.5 speakers in the front doors (was not using the old stock dash speakers anymore). WOW it blows away the original amp, nice clear sound with enough bass to shake my seat (jazz/blues/rock) from the four 6.5's in the doors. I can't believe I didn't have to sacrifice cargo space or run huge wiring for it! Nobody even knows it's there- perfect!
Pros: Small size, easy and clean install (re-used factory amp harness), nice clean sound
Cons: None after a year and a half
I researched small amplifiers for my jeep. I just wanted little more power to my aftermarket speakers. This is the amp if you want a boost to your factory or aftermarket radio.
Pros: Color coded wired for ease of installation of you are using aftermarket radio
Cons: Non so far
Installed in 2006 Wrangler. Put amp underneath steering column dash panel. Fits like a glove. Deck is a marine grade Sony media center and speakers a Rockford Fosgate 5 1/4s front and rear.
alpine has gone down hill this amp is a pain 2 install gets really hot idk what happen with alpine but thay are junk now
Cons: 2 meny
Excellent amp to my existing factory radio. My radio is 300% clear and loud with gain turned down to zero for my factory speakers.
Pros: Compact, easy to install in your dash console. Plug and play remote. Other words, I did not need to attach the remote wire.
I have loved my 9428 and 6×9 for about 10 yes. Time to HD149BT & 6×9R the processors are top notch have to get more, but Im on ssi so 1 peace at a time. Please never change. I will only buy Alpint. Thank you. Always wanted you cence I was a young boy. Thanks for all the great music.
Pros: No cons,it is best audio I haver heard in my life,a please dont make to many childish changes, like flickering lights this is not a toy factory, you dont make toasters or disco balls,you have the best processor's in the business. Dont screw it up ,like Sony did I the mid 90's,they have there fingers I to many things.Your doing great.I would love to buy a t shirt or hat.Love to show off Alpine,that's all I want. Thanks
Cons: No cons even after all this time,time now for the hd149bt&hopefully a bit more.But no cons here. Thank you
Easy install, fit in glove box, 4 channel amp improved the output of the Pioneer 4100NEX head unit with RCA plugs. After setting the optimal level gain, the sound was full and rich. Using Kicker aftermarket in front and rear.
Pros: Ease of install. No need for separate power supply. Rich sound gains.
Cons: Lower power output than larger amps.
This Alpine power pack rocks! It pushes way more power to my door speakers than my in dash receiver did and definitely makes a difference in sound quality. It's small and compact and actually mounted behind my double-din in dash receiver so it's a clean install and hidden. I this in my 2012 Chevy Colorado powering my 4 door speakers and I am definitely impressed with the difference this Alpine makes. If I had to purchase it again I would no doubt.
Pros: Powerful, compact, easy to mount in-dash behind the receiver. Buy one, you won't regret it. The only thing that will wipe the smile off your face after hearing the difference this thing makes is the powerful sound coming from your speakers melting your face. Haha.
Cons: I can't think of any yet, I've been happy with it since the install.
Pros: Small, easy to install kept factory head unit sounds great
Installed two different KTP-445u amps in my 2.5i Forester Premium with factory head unit CF625UM, (non-navigation, non-Harmon Kardon) and Subaru Kicker upgraded speakers- had a low steady hum in background thru speakers. Followed Alpine instructions to a "T" , tried wiring thru head unit power and ground as well as a separate fused power wire from battery and three different ground locations nearby amp location. Changing amp gains didn't eliminate hum. Amp inputs set at speaker level. Spent a lot of time troubleshooting to no avail. Doesn't seem to be a ground issue or wiring interference etc. Hum is loud enough to be annoying at low or no volume on radio /CD/USB. Other than that the sound was a noticeable improvement from factory- a bit of power boost and clarity. It may be this factory head unit using speaker level connection is just noisy when amped. Research on the web after this issue has found enough feedback on humming and hiss with this amp in Subaru's that I just want to put this out there fyi.
Cons: Low background hum after amp install
Great amp, great price, super powerful. What more do you want
Pros: Power power power. Price is even better. Very slim you can put it anywhere
After changing out the speakers I didn't feel like there was that much of a change. Added this amp, it made the speakers come alive. It was easy to install and fit neatly behind my dash.
Pros: Small, easy to install. Gets louder then I would ever want to listen.
Great for people who need an amp in a very small space (does not require a separate wire kit, it piggy backs on the receiver). It even fits behind the dash in most cases. It is also a great idea if you are adding new speakers in the door along with a new receiver and want more than what the receiver alone provides (usually less than 23watts)
Pros: very compact, better power than a new receiver alone
Cons: if you like bass you will have to add a separate sub (i recommend one that is compact, can fit under the seat and has a built in amp such as infinity BassLink SM)
I purchased this product along with 6 Kicker speakers for my 2015 RAM 1500. I had this amplifier installed professionally and it was mounted inside the glove box of the truck so that I could adjust the gain controls if needed. The amplifier was wired directly to the factory HU (8 inch touch screen, no Alpine) but I can't comment on installation, only sound quality. The quality is AMAZING. I had to have researched the Power Pack for at least a year before finally making the purchase, and man was that a good call. I literally have the gain turned down to almost zero, and this bad boy rocks the house. Such a noticeable difference before and after. The Kicker speakers really opened up and sound great with NO distortion what so ever. Anybody looking to upgrade their factor HU on a new model vehicle, I highly recommend this product. One comment I will add, I had quite an annoying hiss and static from the speaker after this was set this up, which typically I hear is from a Ground issue. For my particular case, it was not. The gain was too high!! So if you hear static through the speakers, turn the gain down (counter clock wise) until it sounds crisp with no distortion.
Pros: Small size, Huge sound. Price. Compatibility with factory HU. Gain controls.
Cons: None, time to buy this Power Pack.
I installed this in a 2008 Tundra. I removed the panel to which the glove box is attached and put this on the back side of it. It is out of sight but I can adjust the gain easily by looking under the glove box. I'm sure that description is clear as mud. It made the stock speakers really come alive. I almost didn't change the speakers out as planned because they sounded so good.
Nice unit, made a big difference
Pros: Small- easy installation-versital
Cons: None yet
Part of a three sided attack (door speakers, Subwoofer, amp) to improve upon the crappy Ford / Sony non DSP 700W setup in a late model F150 Screw. The input leads as pointed out many times, are very short. Since I wired them to the speaker line of the Sony amp under the center console, it wasn't that big a deal. Set the amp up as a 4 channel. The amp delivers very clean sound through aftermarket JBL coax's in the rear doors and Focal components in the front. One small complaint is that the Kicker soundstage subwoofer replacement under the back seat will not come on until the volume is up beyond 1/3 which is kind of loud for some. It would be nice if everything worked together, but that's another story. Not much help from Tech support. All in all, very compact and fits well under the center console. Delivers clean, much improved sound, in place of the crummy Sony amp.
Pros: Compact design. Clear quality sound.
Cons: Lame instructions. Leads too short.
I originally tried the Clarion XC1410 with the factory head unit in my Tacoma (with all new speakers), but had some issues with functionality and sound quality. The unit was professionally installed here locally. We swapped it out for this Alpine unit, and the improvement in sound quality was substantial. The Alpine produces a much cleaner sound, with good dynamic range and a better sound stage. The Alpine unit has a gain control and crossover, and the S/N ratio is higher, resulting in less high frequency noise. This unit, combined with new Focal and JL Audio speakers, produces excellent sound quality.
Pros: Clean sound, more control capabilities
excellent speaker for the price
Pros: could have a little bit more bass
I have used 1 of these amps in 2 different vehicles and it has been great in both! I installed one in a 2002 Jeep Wrangler with a Kenwood head unit, along with Alpine Type S speakers. It was a great boost in power to the speakers. I also upgraded the factory sub to a small Kicker 6 3/4" sub and powered with an MTX amp. High pass frequency settings on the KTP-445 work wonders! I also just recently used another KTP-445 in my 2016 Subaru Legacy and installed Focal components. Amazing difference! Speakers were installed first and the factory head unit was obviously not enough to give the speakers what they want. Installed the KTP-445 shortly after (within 4 days) and I am beyond pleased!
Pros: Small, Easy to install for anyone with basic car audio knowledge, Very versatile
Cons: None that I can find yet!
I needed a mini amp to fit inside of a Stratoliner Deluxe fairing. I looked at the Clarion, it is also a four channel but it is not brigeable. I only needed to channels and wanted that extra power. Fits perfectly. Wow, what a difference. The factory motorcycle amps are drastically underpowered for hi way use. If anyone wants to know how to do this upgrade, contact me.
Pros: Small, light, great power and sound.
Cons: I don't really care for having to dust off the RCA leads to use them formspeakers level inputs. It's not a problem, just seems like they could have supplied both inputs.
I am happy with this amp. I have it installed in my 00 S10 regular cab. It is tucked in behind the radio & A/C controls. It fits in there great with both factory deck and aftermarket radio installed. I tapped into the extra aux/cig lighter port below the dash to power it. Perfect spot and is 15AMP rated. Power is enough for me. Anyone with a small standard cab pickup knows that space is at a premium and this small amp allows me external amp power while taking up no room behind the seats.
Pros: Great size. Bridgeable.
Cons: I wish that there were replacement harness for sale. To use the amps speaker level inputs, you have to cut off the RCA ends (i.e. if using factory radio) If you later wanted to use the amp with aftermarket radio, you would have some issues with not having the rca inputs.
Nice little amp that you can tuck and hide away, the instructions are simple and install is simple. BTW you don't need a 12v turn on, unless your using the 12v remote turn on output. Goes good with alpine type a.
Pros: Simple install
Cons: Needs longer wires, the output wires should be twisted together to aid in install, a drill will do this for you though.
This amp is installed in a 2004 Ford Freestar. I have the stick HU still in placed. With the help of Crutchfield I was able to ID the right wires. Taped into the HU power and ground. Took about 40ish mins to install. Really that was just cutting and stripping the wires. But once installed the sound improvement was very noticeable. I have Focal 5x7's up front. And Alpine 5x7's Type S in back. I say it made them clearer and cleaner. Got this amp from a friend for ($20) so all in all great deal. In the end its a great buy. Note* If you are using this with out a sub. As in my case. Remember to take off the HPF.
Pros: Easy install. Good improvements
Great little amp
Small compact and easy to put in even inside the fairing on my 2008 Road Glide. I could have used some direction on wiring in the power. Had to loosen my gas tank up to run the power wired.
Pros: Great amp with low distortion
Cons: Was a little difficult to wire the power.
Small size makes it easy to stash inside a crowded dashboard. Sounds great. Bold strong sound with no distortion.Great for upgrading your system without going broke.
Pros: Compact Delivers quality sound
Cons: You still need some knowledge of car wiring. It's not a simple "plug-it-in-and-go device."
Pushes the non factory speakers just about to RMS like I wanted. The brand name equals quality and that's what you get. It's compact hides well and isn't fighting for battery space against my dedicated mono amp. Speaking of, it keeps my mids and highs in perfect balance against my two 12' fosgate subs running at 800w rms each. It's a mighty little guy and met my expectations.
Pros: Space power frequently range and distortion specs
Cons: I'll have to get back to you on that. I've really tried to come up with something helpful on cons but so far there isn't any. OK they're not giving them away free?
We replaced our factory equipment in our 2008 Toyota Tacoma with a JVC receiver, six JBL speakers, and an Alpine amp. It sounds amazing! We had it professionally installed and they said Crutchfield was always so good about including everything that makes their job easier. We even saved money on the installation because everything went together smoothly and was made to fit in our truck. The customer service staff at Crutchfield was VERY good at putting together a system specifically for our truck and took the time to make sure everything would work together to give us the best possible sound at our price point. When it comes time to get the subwoofer, we will be buying it, and any other electronics, from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great sound system!
Easy to install if you have 15 amp fuse radio line. Does what it says it will.
Pros: small, Don't have to connect to battery
Cons: can get hot
This amp is so small it will fit anywhere. Had it hid inside my dash next to my speedometer cluster. It gets hot w/o air circulation, never cut off though. I have all my amps set with SMD DD-1 so there is no distortion in my system. Bought this amp for my tweeters up front, have a Fosgate T1000 for my sub(NVX VCW122) and an NVX JAD800.4 for my Alpine Type R 6x9s and Crescendo 6.5s. This amp is probably best for factory stereos and not so much for aftermarket HUs. I have a Pioneer DEH-x8500BH headunit which distorts at vol 61, max vol is 62. I can't turn up this amp past 54 bcuz it distorts even when amp vol is at min, but I am using the speaker wires to hook it up so maybe that could be a reason. Either way it's a nice amp just not for my application.
Pros: it's Alpine, small fits anywhere, no need for running power/ground lines, only uses 15 amps instead of 40 or 50 amps, connects straight to stereo power line with 15 amp or higher fuse at fuse box
Cons: not the best for aftermarket stereos, speaker inputs are very short and don't reach far, amp get hot w/o air circulation, no veriable filters only set filters, no bass boost
I installed this amp to the factory stereo on a 2013 Honda Accord LX. It took a bit of doing as Honda is not generous with the wiring under the dash. It was very tight. I spliced into the existing speaker wires which were only 18 gauge but so far, they seem to handle the power pretty well. As other reviewers have noted, the amp does not come with very long wires on one side so I had to delay the install until the next day so I could pick up some additional wire to expand the connections. I went direct to the battery for my 12V power source as the factory stereo only had a 10 amp fuse and this amp requires at least a 15 amp fuse to allow you to tie into the stereo's hot lead for power. For those of you installing this amp on an Accord, the pass through on the fire wall is hard to find. I said a prayer and stumbled across it. It is behind the brake pedal and a bit to the left. You have to cut some of the sound proofing material to reach the grommet. You can first locate it by sticking your hand behind the sound proofing material until you feel the grommet. Once you find it, you are not home-free. The opening passes through a frame member and exits after a 90 degree turn. You will need a flashlight to shine into the grommet hole and locate the exiting light under the hood down below the brake reservoir. Have fun. Once installed, the difference is huge! I have 6.5 inch Kenwoods in the front and 6.5 inch Kickers in the back. The Kickers take the extra power better!
Pros: Great sound! Compact and relatively easy to install for a novice. Contact Crutchfield for a wiring schematic for your specific vehicle. Makes the job easier.
Cons: Needs longer wiring
Thought I needed new speakers. All I needed was more juice.alpine all the way
This really improved the sound. Great service. I even called them on Easter with a question and it was answered right away. Thanks to my FORD dealer for telling me to call this company.
Pros: Way better than factory crap they put in it now.
Cons: Takes a little time to do all the wiring but worth it.
Was greatly impressed by the quality of such a small package. Fit back up under dash no issues find it a home. Wires all all color coded to match nicely. I didn't use the RCA portions I cut them off to eliminate a ton of extra wiring. If your patient and wire it up it's easy. Like not having to install amp kit.
Pros: Great little amp to power speakers using factory wiring.
Cons: Should have spent the extra money to purchase a alpine head unit so that everything just plugged in instead of all the wire connections. The amp would be cheaper this way but woulda had to spend extra cash to get the alpine head unit i wanted with features I wanted. Lessen learned on my side.
I purchase this amplifier to increase the mids ,highs, in my head deck and I totally noticed a Enormous impact on how my front and rear speakers perform. With the 2000 watt amplifier in my trunk on my subwoofers, everything just connects together almost like meeting your date for the very first time.
Pros: A smaller unit with a greater impact.
Lots of power in a small area
Pros: Compact Strong Power
A solid piece of equipment to give you the small boost necessary to make your factory stereo sound less anemic.
Pros: Gives necessary boost to wattage w/o having to replace the entire system
The first mini-amp that was worth a darn, in my opinion. This little fella has been used on many installs where we weren't looking for full 4ch amp power. At 45wrms it's a touch overrated, based on the old meter, but it really breathes life into some starving speakers vs 20wrms or so that headunits put out. With the ability to be bridged to a 2ch @ 4O output, too, it's very versatile (keeping a honda factory sub working, ya dig!). Most recently I used it to spank on some 120wrms Morel Tempo Ultras, and it got them moving well. Can't recommend this thing enough. The only, only downfall is that it's not waterproof, so if it goes in a Harley fairing don't blast it with water.
Pros: Small, versatile, powerful, affordable. A no-brainer upgrade to any system where some new speakers aren't being powered to their full potential but you don't want to mess with a fullsize 4ch amp.
Cons: Not waterproof
This amp fit in the dash of my 2004 WRX behind the glove box. Using some weatherstrip foam and zip ties it attaches to a horizontal tube found in the dash of Subaru's. The weatherstrip went between the metal tube and amp it cushions the amp from vibration and helped hold it in place. I find that I often use most of the power this amp provides. In hindsight, I would have bought more efficient speakers in the front doors.
Pros: 3-4 times the power of deck with no hassles locating the amp or powering it. Just what I needed.
I'm doing a tablet install on 2012 forester xt touring and this little gem will be my speaker driver. Looks well built and the wiring harnesses are really plug and play .... I bought the Metra wiring kit and like how the radio power can power this up ... Go me.
Pros: Small . meets the basics for amplifier
Cons: Needs a subwoofer companion
I bought a 2014 Accord Sport with the understanding it had a basic head unit and low end speakers. I started by upgrading to some Blaupunkt Blue Magic speakers but the head unit is so bad, it could not push any sound through the speakers so I did some research and landed on this little unit. I will say I had some trouble with the settings. For some reason, I have to turn the gain completely off because otherwise it will cause the amp to kind surge through the speakers and the whole car vibrates. It took me some time to figure that out and is really the only reason I dropped a star on it. I am no stereo expert but I am no novice either so I was surprised at how little information there was available to help me troubleshoot. Thankfully the staff at Crutchfield was patient with my questions. The speakers sound great and it still gets plenty loud. I will not win any car stereo competitions, but it is so much better than the factory stereo and I am enjoying my music one again!
Pros: Small, compact unit that does a great job for the average install.
Cons: Not a lot of tech support or information. Also, I found the input harness that comes will it a tad short. I had zero clearance with my factory stereo and it was tight work back there and the short harness did me no favors. I got it to work, but not with out some effort.
I purchased this amp to power a pair of Focal 165VRs in a 2015 Forester. I wanted to keep the system upgrades simple and had heard that the power wire to the factory head unit was sufficient to power this amp. I wasn't looking for the ability to play music at really high volumes, but just wanted to provide the Focals with more than factory head unit power to increase clarity and for it to be audible with all of the windows down and the moonroof open while on the highway. This amp delivered everything it promised. It is small enough to fit behind the dash and the head unit power and ground were sufficient so I did not need to run a separate power wire. My head unit does not have RCA outputs and I did not want to cut off the female RCA connectors from the Alpine harness so I simply added male RCA connectors to the front speaker outputs from the head unit. I followed the instructions to set the amp into 2 channel mode and connected the appropriate amp speaker outputs to run the speakers bridged. The instructions were clear and it was easy to install, setup, and tune. Overall the amp sounds great. It is not going to be as clean or loud as a more expensive, high end amp, but for the price it is great. Now volume level 10 on the head unit is louder than it used to be at volume level 30. Volume level 10 is sufficient to hear music on the highway with all of the windows open. The amp distorts at higher volume levels but only after the volume is too loud to be comfortable.
Pros: Small size that can fit behind many dashes or in a glove box. Low enough power requirements that it may be able to be powered by the factory head unit power wire. Sufficient clarity and power for the price and size.
Cons: No high level input harness. High level input is possible but you have to cut off the female RCA connectors. This itself isn't an issue but the instructions don't mention which wire is positive and which is negative, and this could be an issue for someone without experience. Trade-off between value and size. There are amps that provide more power and are cleaner for the same price, but they are all much bigger.
Compact power pack. Easy to mount under the dash
This little box has some kick. I have it on 2 6x8's and 2 6" I think in my Ram. Oops...blew one of the rears. Looks like I'll have to replace soon because the rattle is nerve wracking. I only have the gain at half or barely past...I guess I need to make sure they can handle it.
Pros: Great power at a decent price. Use with any radio? That's thumbs up!
Cons: Make sure your speakers can handle it.
Great little amp, not too difficult to install, makes a noticeable improvement in the sound quality of my aftermarket speakers. Read my comment in the Cons. I would actually give this amp 5 stars, but I want to draw attention to this error.
Pros: small enough to fit behind dash, just enough power so that i don't have to replace speaker wires
Cons: The diagram explaining the switches in the instruction booklet and the diagram printed on the amp are conflicting... since one was printed in black ink on a white background and one the inverse, it leaves the one on the amp telling you the opposite of the switch selections, meaning if you follow the instructions, you'd have your crossover set up incorrectly and you'd probably think the amp was worthless. Some of these negative reviews make me think that's exactly what happened.
I put a Kenwood KMR D558BT on my 2011 Harley Street Glide along with Hogtunes 5.25" fairing speakers and Polk Audio DB691 6X9 speakers in the saddlebag lids. I was hoping that the 22W RMS power the Kenwood pushed would be enough to push this setup since I'm not looking for thunderous bass just good clear sound at highway speeds. Well that setup sounded great in my garage but once on the highway I had to pump it up all the way past 30 of 35 on the volume and it sounded very shallow and a little distorted. I saw this amp at the store and I loved the small size for an easy add on under my fairing were space is limited. Setup was easy if you can follow directions. After installation...WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE!. It really gives the system depth and clarity. At highway speeds it sounds awesome. Now at 30 of 35 volume I can't hear myself scream. I have the gain set at about 11 o'clock so it doesn't clip. You can hear all the notes so clearly. I couldn't be happier. It's doesn't have super bass but that is because I don't have a sub. This is for someone that just wants good, clear, deep sound. Don't knock it because it doesn't do what a larger amp does, it's not supposed to. Get the right size amp for the job you need it to do.
Pros: Small size Easy installation Great sound
Cons: None, it does what I asked of it.
If you want to keep your factory head unit this is the answer. Doubles the power output and is simple to install. I have been using it for over 8 months with Infinity Reference components and it sounds even better as time goes by. For me it is almost too much volume. It's not going to blow your doors off but will satisfy your needs.
Pros: Good power output. Compact size allows for install in tight locations. Built in selectable crossovers let you adjust for best speaker response. Can double power for 2 channel output.
Cons: None as of right now.
My application was a little different than the average user as the car was a '73 Duster. I did not want to cut into the factory dash to fit an aftermarket radio nor have one hang from under the dash like you commonly see in old cars. This tiny amp easily fits behind the dash. I made a custom harness to use an 1/8" audio jack for the input source which I fit into a pre-existing hole where an old radio knob used to be. Using my iphone for music instead of a head unit, this little amp is enough to power the rear 6x9s loud enough (and without distortion) to actually hear the music over the thundering rumble of the 440 block, which is nice on longer highway trips. Only thing I wish it had was an external line to control the volume rather than the dials on the amp itself. I'd rather be able to adjust the volume from a knob than on my phone.
Pros: Small size, clean sound
Cons: No remote volume
Unbelievable compliment to any stereo. I put this in my Harley Road Glide. Had Kenwood stereo with Kicker speakers installed without it at first and when riding I had to crank the stereo. after about 15 minutes, the speakers started to cut out. I thought I had inferior speakers. After talking to awesome tech support, they told me to buy this amp. the radio could not handle being maxed out that long. Once installed, which was super easy, I was blown away with the results. I would not install another radio without this must needed add on. Again, cudos for tech support
Pros: small compact size, fit great in motorcycle fairing. Just enough power for a great price
Cons: Sorry, don't have any
I installed this in a F-150 Out standing little amp. Easy to wire up and fit right behind my H/U with some zip ties no crazy amp wiring . If you are like me and are looking for great sound quality this power pack will bring out every little sound. Here is a tip the RCA jacks are female and if you get a new H/U like I did the jacks on the back of that are female get some adaptors when you order or just get some RCA wire because the one that come with it are only about 4 inches. I was in the middle of the job I just cut off the RCA and just wired it up to the harness.
Pros: GREAT SOUND QUALITY Small size / easy to hide Wiring was very easy Crutchfield did help
Cons: Setting switches a little tricky RCA to short
It is an okay amp and does what it promises. You can definitely hear the power boost right away. So that's good and don't mistake me. But it leaves me a little wanting as it quickly reaches max gain without distortion. Then the sounds become tinny and you have to back off. I've had mine about 3 weeks. I want a full 75 RMS and this isn't enough for me. And it doesn't' generate more power at 2 ohms. It's all right if you know you aren't going to want more, but I'm going to be ditching mine and getting a regular 75 watt per channel 4 channel AB amp for about a Franklin more. It is supposed to fit up under behind your head unit or someplace else close, and it does, barely finds enough room there. It attaches easily to the cigarette lighter power and ground in the dash with a tap connector. That's the best part. Also, I've had my two regular AB Alpine V12 amps go out on me recently. So I'm not too high on Alpine right now.
Pros: Ease of connection. Just barely fits behind the head unit.
Cons: Reaches max gain quickly and leaves me wanting for more. It's great if you aren't into the big time.
I have added aftermarket speakera to my doors and dash and they were sucking the juice right out of my cd player. i hooked this little guy up and and now it sounds better than ever and has power left over.
Pros: compact, works great, good quality manufacturing
Totally made my speakers come alive!
Pros: Compact size fit behind my stock head unit!
Awesome little amp , installed it with factory unit with some alpine 6-1/4.
Pros: Small, compact ,and a lot of power , different crossover points on amp a plus . Truck rocks now , need to add subs. Crutchfield customer service provided all the schematics on the wiring diagram. Overall good amp .
Cons: Definitely not a plug and play , didn't like having to cut into factory wiring harness . If you have any experience in installing radios should be fine , was time consuming and had to lengthen speaker wires after cutting RCA 's off .
This amp gives my system that added punch that makes the tunes blast.
Pros: Awesome little amp
Please read my previous comments of this amplifier for a more in-depth review of this product. After removing the power wire that ran from the amplifier and piggybacked off of the head unit. I decided to run the wire directly to the vehicles battery by simply piggybacking off the 8 gauge wire that ran to the amplifier powering my subs and this amplifier no longer suffers from clipping much better performance with the gaines adjusted at the 1 o'clock position
Pros: Clean sound, better base and super tiny
Cons: Running this Amp to the head units power supply doesn't work if you like it loud (must have its own power wire from the battery) despite what the instructions tell you!
Paired this with a new Kenwood kdc-x598 and my older polk speakers in my fox mustang so that I could even be able to hear my stereo over my loud exhaust at cruise speed, but didn't want to have to mount it back near my sub and amp that I have setup for quick removal on track day. Was easy to wire up, plenty of extra wire in the harness to put it just about anywhere in the dash (and small enough too), used the rca inputs, and it sounds really good even without messing with the gain settings on the amp. I just used some strong velcro to mount it on the floor behind the reciever. Gives enough power to actually get clean mids and highs with the windows down at speed (bass was never a problem).
Pros: Easy install, compact size, good power for a small amp
It was nice to fit inside the dash and gave my speakers some more boost especially the bass.
Pros: Nice and small. More Kick.
Cons: Putting all the wires together.
Great little AMP sounds great, easy to install and hide, would give it 5 starts however I had issues using my Infinity speakers rated at 3 ohms, amp kept going into protect, worked with the tech team and found that to be my issue so if your speakers are not rated at 4 ohms buy the Universal but great product!
Pros: Easy to install and sounds great!
Cons: Does not work on 2 ohm speakers
I installed this in my 2012 Streetglide in less than an hour. Amazing difference. It sets easily on top of stereo inside fairing. I had already upgrade the factory speakers so adding the amp gave me great sound and plenty of power left over if I decide to put speakers in my bags. Highly recommend for bikes
Pros: Small, easy to install, good quality
I purchased this a while back to install in an Impreza. I finally got around to that and I am very satisfied with the improvement in sound volume and clarity. A very compact unit that delivers well for its price point. It is also easy to conceal. I would highly recommend this unit to those looking for a little more power in a package that will not take away from space. Others have complained of the poor instructions. I didn't have any trouble understanding the wiring or switch settings. Everything worked right the first time. If you understand wiring diagrams and color codes, this should be no problem.
Pros: Small, good value, sounds great.
You can not go wrong with one of these Alpine amplifiers. Whether, you go with the plug-n-play(KTP-445A) model, or the universal model; like the this one. This is the one to get, if you are not using a Alpine head unit, or a head unit that is not plug-n-play compatible. I started off with the the KTP-445A for my front and rear speakers since I have a Alpne CDE-147BT head unit. Sounded clean; and loud. But I was missing the sound imaging I was looking for. I finally added kick panels with components to tie up the mid, and high's in my system. I used this universal model amplifier to send the power to the kicks, via RCA cables. Wasn't sure if I was able to run both models, but a quick response from Crutchfield, reassured me it was possible. Wow, all I can say. Components in the doors and kick panels are the same Alpine models, but now; the system sounds so much louder. Sound imaging sounds so much more equal now. You can't go wrong with these amps. So compact, and simple to use. Hardest part was finding a place to place these. An with the size that they are, it didn't take long. When picking up this amp, get a 8 gauge amp kit, and some good quality RCA cables. Crutchfield can help you out, if you are not sure which ones to get. Make sure to set gain levels properly. That way you optimize this amplifier, and prevent any noise interference. The internet is your friend, when you don't know how to set amplifier gains.
Pros: Compact Low power consumption Adjustment on crossover points 2-4 channel setup
Cons: Requires a 8 guage amp kit. Con, only if you are not ready to run power wire from battery to cab. Setting gain too high can pickup noise. Setting gain to match head unit signal is vital in making sure you don't any noise.
Small enough to fit in my fairing but powerful enough to hear at 100+mph. I am extremely pleased with this amp.
Pros: Small, powerful, easy to connect.
Cons: Dip switches underneath for settings.
Works as it is supposed to. Easy install. Fits in nicely under my glove compartment.
Pros: Small, easy to install.
Cons: None that i encountered.
Bought this along with a Kenwood head unit to replace factory Silverado radio. I listened to the new door speaker I bought on just a head unit then on a small amp so I knew I wanted a bit more power. This little amp really livened up the JL Audio's in the truck! Easy install and sounds awesome! Called Mike at customer service with some concerns about not wiring straight to the battery but with his assurance that my trucks power wire was enough I went with the install as per instructions and have had no problems with clipping or distortion. I have an 18 year old son and he was amazed at the difference this little amp made to balance out the system!
Pros: Very Small, runs off head unit power at full tilt with no problems! Great improvement over running just head unit power, really brightens up good speakers.
Installed this amp with a new hu from Crutchfield. It is powering the stock speakers in a 2006 Passat B6. All I can say is w.o.w. I expected clarity and got both ear bleeding volume and clarity. The amp is tucked in the glove box and still stays cool to the touch. Have no problems with install except the tiny little xover switches under the amp. Had to use a fine flat head. Next test is how they run components after my stock speakers blow. >:)
Pros: Wires are thick. Thicker than a new head unit from pioneer. Long leads. Stays cool due to class d. Front and rear crossover and gain control. Can be bridged in 2 channel mode for more power. Sounds awesome.
Cons: Amp is nice but not when it needs its own power cable when radio fuse is under 15a. At this price, and then running power cable, might as well pick up a stronger amp. It is good if you know it will work for you. Also have a very slight hiss/hum with no audio. Lower gain, less hum but still there. Will not run power cable and use separate ground as it defeats the purpose of this amp. Crossover controls are too tiny to switch. Need a hobby flat head screw driver or a knife.
COMPACT AND POWERFUL FOR SMALL SPACES.
Pros: VERY CLEAR CRISP SOUND AT NORMAL VOLUME. NICE COMPACT DESIGN.
Cons: GETS A LITTLE DISTORTED A HIGH VOLUME
Nice little Amp if you want a cleaner sounding system and can afford an expensive amplifier or simply don't want to bother with installing one.... I installed this Amp in a 2006 impala with a set of Kicker components in the front and Kicker 6x9's in the rear using my RCA 5 Volt preouts from my double din eclipse deck ... Its not much louder than the head units amplifier but it will deliver deeper bass and crisper highs at a lower distortion rate, but if you turn up the volume to high for to long, this little Amp will CLIP!!! At least it does with my set up... I'm gonna try supplying a better fused power wire directly from the battery to see if it solves my problem and if that doesn't work than I'll turn down the gains on the amp... However the gains were adjusted using the method described in the instructions (standard method of adjusting gains)... I hope something works, otherwise I'm taking it out and running a real external amplifier.. To bad too because it sounds very good, I've NEVER had an amplifier clip at non-distorted volume levels, so I'm really hoping that piggybacking off the head units power wire is the problem
Pros: GREAT SOUND, EASY INSTALLATION, SAVES MONEY
Cons: Not Recommended if you like your music loud... This Amp will clip at high volumes
This is a great solution for some who wants a simple solution to add some kick to your factory installed stereo.
Pros: easy to install, small enough to fit behind your radio in the dash. Great company in Alpine and not alot of money for what you get.
Excellent and affordable upgrade from factory system. Paired with 4 Infinity Kappa 62.11i speakers and they sound great.
Pros: Crutchfield customer service is the best
Great little add-on amp. I am playing this in my boat, so power consumption was a concern.....don't want to run down the batteries while at anchor in a remote harbor. My existing Bose161 speakers sound much better and the added base far better than before. I especially like the output control screws for front and rear channels, which allows for setting the initial balance between channels. The plug and play convince is great!
Pros: Good sound, easy connections
I have a 14 year old GMC Sierra Z71 truck and the factory stereo system finally bit the dust. Called Crutchfield for guidence and recommendations for replacing all of the factory equipment. I was a little apprehensive in purchasing this amp because of its size, but truly pleased I purchased it. There is noticeable difference with it and a really great product to be so small. The ol' truck sounds great now and extremely pleased with the performance. It is also very easy to store with its size. If your looking for a boost in your system this little amp does a great job.
Pros: Sounds great, easy to install, compact size
I bridged it down to 2 channel's & have it running a pair of focal coaxial & its soundd great plus with it small size it fit it the dash
Pros: great product
Wow, what a great little amp! I found the amp very easy to install and easy to adjust the gain etc per the factory instruction sheet(well written by the way)and a big plus is that it is so small it fit behind my Pioneer double din deck in my dash. The clarity and volume that it gives to my 4 Polk speakers is excellent, it really brings out the fullness of the low end in my 6X9's. This little amp is so worth the money and I am very happy I decided to get it!
Pros: small size, easy to install(if you have a 15 amp or greater fuse), very easy to set up
Cons: absolutely none
What a great compact amp. I bought a 2013 Santa Fe and I wanted to keep several features made available to me through my stock stereo and I did not want to change the cosmetic look of the vehicles interior by swapping stereo heads. Having said that my stock stereo had no bass and lousy volume and I knew a stereo upgrade of some kind was in my near future. I turned to Crutchfield for advice and this amp was recommended to me. It sounded like exactly what I was looking for so I made the purchase and installed it myself. This amp made the difference I was looking for and I could not be happier. I want to mention that the compact size of this amp made it very easy to stash inside the dash board. If I ever need to gain access it all I have to do is remove the passenger side AC vent and it is right there. This is a mighty little amp that makes BIG sound! Add the Kicker speakers and you have a great system!
Pros: compact size, ease of installation, big sound
Great amp really makes my system shine now installed behind my head unit with a little modification and makes a huge difference with my polk speakers you won't be disappointed if you buy
product works well enough for what i wanted to do. I can't complain about it. I merely couldn't hear the radio when the Jeep top was down, and it boosts enough for me to hear now. Eventually i will get some higher end speakers and a sub to make it a bit better sounding.
The little amp that could and will
Pros: small, light, easy power hook up, clear!
Cons: cant think of any unless you are hearing impaired and need much more power.
Like others have said, this amp has RIDICULOUSLY short input wires, which just makes it impossible to install. Do yourself a favor and either buy extra RCA cables if you're going to be using an aftermarket deck, or use long speaker wire to make the input wires longer. I spent about an hour connecting everything with the short wires, then discovered when I wanted to put everything back together I couldn't get the amp to fit anywhere because the wires were sooo short. I have a ford edge and there's plenty of room behind the dash too. Like I said, just do yourself a favor and lengthen all the input wires, and you can also map out all of the color connections to your specific stereo while you do this as well, it will save you TONS of time. As for how it improves the sound, there is a definite noticable amplification of sound with this installed. I upgraded my speakers first, added a sub, and then about 2 weeks later installed this power pack, and it does make a huge difference. I had to turn the gains all the way down and I still feel like I get a little distortion at higher levels so I wish you could turn it down even more, but maybe my Ford head unit just puts out of a lot of voltage or something...not sure. I have it set with 120hz HPF and it definitely helps my 5x7 speakers with distortion, the sub takes care of anything below this. I tried 80hz and it didn't sound right, I kind of wish there was a 100hz setting but I can't complain...it sounds a LOT better.
Pros: Small, space saving, no need to rewire your car.
Cons: INCREDIBLY SHORT INPUT WIRES, you MUST lengthen them if you want to move this anywhere and have access to it! Also, it's not a very straight forward install -- if you have never done car stereo stuff, I would just take it to a shop and have them do it. No 100hz setting, only 60/80/120
I love the size of the unit, the power output is awesome and the size allows me to stick it under my front seat which is great. Perfect for what I needed for I love Alpine.
Pros: Size, power output, ease of hooking up
Cons: I wish I had stronger power output maybe 100 Watts so I could run a sub.
I bought this amp to clean up the power to my factory speakers in my 91 Dodge van, and it did that with gusto! The sound from my stock speakers is great now,for what they are. I can not wait to upgrade the speakers to Alpine Type S next !
Pros: Easy to install Clean sound
Cons: none yet
Easy to install except the wires are too short. Used speaker-level lines for the connections. Good improvement in clarity for driving with the top down.
nice compact size. crutchfield recommended this using my stock car wiring. they matched me up with some polk speakers that works very well. the sound rips!!! i decided to keep my stock radio with the cd player and still sounds great. this little amp pounds those speakers and sounds great. just make sure you get the correct speakers, crudchfield will advice you on the crooect stuff.
Pros: small size, was able 2 install it behind the radio with some zip ties
Cons: speaker inpit wires were 2 short, had 2 splice them with longer wires than splice that 2 the radio. just a little bit of extra work is all.
Great power for the size, quick and easy to install. The instructions were fine (not rocket science). I tried to adjust the built-in crossover and didn't hear much of a difference. My stereo sounds great, its crisp and clear while interstate driving with the windows down :)
Pros: Size, easy to stash away almost anywhere.
Cons: Careful where you put the amp, it gets hot! I'm considering relocating the amp with fan to cool it. Currently, my daily commute is 20 min. each way so not too worried about prolonged heating yet.
This unit was recommended to me by a Crutchfield advisor. The head unit in my system is a Kenwood KDC-X997. When I installed it, I used the speaker-level inputs and clipped off the RCA connectors and set the amp's jumpers. per the instructions included with the amp. With the gain trims set at halfway, the sound was screaming with the head unit level at only 10. I have an Infinity BassLink sub connected to the Kenwood's sub outs, and there was no sound coming out of the sub. The culprit: the sub-out signal from the head unit was simply not strong enough to drive the powered sub. The solution: turned both gain trims on the Alpin amp to minimum which then allowed the head unit to be turned up enough to get a good signal to the sub.
Pros: Clean power and clarity.
Cons: Make sure you use the RCA-level inputs on the amp
This little amp pumps out the power and really makes the receiver sound great!
Pros: Great power and clean sound!
Cons: The instructions are horrible! I had to call Crutchfield for help for the first time ever and blowing 4 fuses. The tech was great and got the stereo and amp running in a matter of minutes!
If you are looking for a mild power boost that can be mounted out of sight behind the dash (at least in a 1997 Jeep Wrangler), this is an excellent option. My Wrangler looks like it has the original factory sound system, but it sure doesn't sound like it anymore!
Pros: Compact (should fit behind dash) Noticeable improvement in sound
Cons: Mild power boost May require running a separate line to the battery (1997 Jeep Wrangler only has 10A fuse on receiver circuit)
The Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack was suggested by a Crutchfield salesperson as the one that would accomplish my goals of more power and cleaner sound. I would be installing it between a Pioneer DEH-X6500BT receiver and 4 Polk Audio DXi650 speakers, replacing the factory installed system in my 2008 Toyota Matrix. For my type of listening, it was the right choice. The sound is powerful and clear, but not overbearing. Installation was easy, using the straps provided with the unit, even though I had to adapt the unit to fit my particular situation. By using the StreetWires Zero Noise 5 Stereo Patch Cables that I purchased, the amp is proving to be exactly what I wanted.
Pros: Compact size, clean sound, and powerful enough for most standard applications.
Great product, what an improvement from before. Very easy to install.
Pros: compact size
A mighty mite. Good enough power to wake up most and quartet of speakers. Currently pushing a pair of Alpine Type R components and some soon to be replaced Polk db's. Yes , it makes the Polks cry. But the Alpines ROCK! I needed a good compact amp and this fit the bill perfectly. It allowed me to mount a 4 channel amp AND a monoblock amp in a very small space.
Pros: Powerful, small, ease of use.
Cons: A bit salty for its size/power.
I bought the Polk db651s speakers to replace the stock speakers and to see if they would improve the music from the stock radio/cd player in my 2010 Accord. The speaker upgrade was fine but not enough volume. I bought the Alpine power pack and WOW!!!, at least a 100% increase in volume, and the clarity/quality of the music was significantly better. I went to a professional installer and at first he was skeptical because of the size of the Alpine 445U Power pack, but after he had it playing all he could say was WOW!!!
Pros: Size (easily hidden) Lots of power, WOW factor.
Cons: Had to go to a pro for a seamless install.
This little Alpine amp is a great upgrade to my factory 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited factory radio (U130). It at least doubles the power to be plenty loud to damage your hearing, you can pretty readily find somewhere behind the dash to stick it, and it just splices right in to the factory radio wires including no need to run power wires from the battery (which I did anyway for a Kenwood KSC-11 powered sub). I didn't have preamp outputs on the factory radio, so all I had to do was cut off the RCA connectors on the Alpine and splice line level wires right in to it. I do recommend adding extra wire to the inputs side for placement flexibility if using line level inputs (speaker wire works fine); I don't fault Alpine for this because preamp inputs would have used a longer RCA patch cable. I haven't heard any noise either adn that is just using the factory radio harness inputs. Some nice aftermarket speakers, like the Kicker 6.5" CS component and 2 way sets like I added go well with this and their 100 watt RMS power handling mean zero distortion and no way I can blow the speakers.
Pros: size, relatively easy wiring for an amp
Cons: Crutchfield didn't have a current wiring diagram but sent what they had & I figured it out by looking at the wires & cutting one set at a time, "only" 45 watts per channel RMS, adding a full amplifier with 60 or 100 W RMS like one of the new small digital ones wouldn't be much more complicated and pricing would be similar
I didn't realize what I was missing! I needed to replace the factory amp in my 2002 Chevy Avalanche because it literally burned up leaving me with sound only on the left side. The install was not easy because wiring different colors from the amp to the vehicle harness could get tedious. The biggest problem was that the amp control wire from the Sony head unit and the wire from the amp are blue and white; in this Chevy, though it was pink. If I would have read a little more in the Avalanche Service Manual and the Crutchfield online sheet, I could have recognized it. But it went in and immediately I noticed the difference. It might not be a butt kicker, but it is a huge improvement over the factory amp that overall I was satisfied with. With new Kickers in the rear and recent Kenwood compnents up front, it's now a beautiful thing in my old Av!
Pros: Small size made it easy to mount where the old amp was, and I even temporarily had it in the glove box. Easy connection to head unit. Plenty of wire length to tie output to the factory harness. GREAT sound.
Cons: Terrible installation chart and directions- not logical and hard to read partly because they put 3 languages onto each line of the diagram. Also "instructions" for dip switches and remote wire were useless. Short RCA leads to head unit.
I have 2012 Impreza. Love the car, like the features of the head unit, bluetooth, aux cable, usb input, etc. Hate the sound. From reviews, I discovered that the speakers were fine but that the head unit put out a measly 10w per channel. I looked into and bought this product thinking that I could improve the sound without rewiring anything or gutting the head unit. Sure enough, paired with a breakout harness (mfr in, mfr out, all splicing between connectors), I was able to get this up and running in about an hour. Huge improvement!!
Pros: Great sound for little work and little $.
Cons: Need room in dash for extra box and wiring behind head unit
Who says good things don't come in small packages? This one does. I was looking for something to add a little boost to my RV sound system. The magnadyne head unit just didn't have enough oomph. I started out by changing the speakers to Polks, but not enough power to drive them sufficiently with the receiver alone. I was on the fence about an amp so small, but didn't want the hassle of wiring a big amp if I didn't need to. With Crutchfield's 60 day try it or send it back if not happy policy, I figured I had nothing to lose. The other reviews of this amp were also good. Well, I'm glad I did. The system came alive. The only issue that I had was that there was initially some interference/ noise present. This was resolved by turning the gain down on the amp. I mounted the amp behind my seat, so I had to make a longer harness to reach the radio. The whole process was straight forward and the directions were accurate. I highly recommend this amp.
Pros: Great price. Great power and clarity for a small form factor amp. Easy set up. Crutchfield service...
This unit fit in the tight space I had on my motorcycle. It was a perfect compliment to the Alpine IDAx200 head unit. I have the Polk Audio MM series speakers and the additional power gives them great sound at high volume.
Pros: Great price, small size, RCA connections
Cons: It took a little time to figure out wireing but not a big deal.
This little amp is awesome. I have a 2004 Honda CR-V and recently replaced the factory speakers with a couple pair of 6.5" Polk Audio db651s. I didn't want to replace the head unit but wanted more power coming through my speakers. One of the Crutchfield reps helped me find this amp which was a huge sound upgrade. This thing can really make the speakers scream. This was my fist amp install so I wanted a relatively simple one. Through a lot of research, YouTube videos, and a little Crutchfield technical support I had this guy installed an sounding great. Can't recommend Crutchfield enough. Great products, outstanding customer service, and an incredible company.
Pros: Small Size. Lots of Power. Able to mount behind the dash.
Cons: Most of the wiring is too short unless mounting directly behind the head unit, but nothing some additional speaker wire can't fix. Instructions could have been designed better.
I bought this little amp as a quick add-on and wanted some extra power, also to bypass the built in crappy IC chip amplifier that is found in just about ALL car receivers. What drew me was the bridging capability of "90 X 2" claim, it's small size, and can piggy back it's power from the car radio circuit. I use this in an older hatchback style Honda Civic with just the 2 door speakers. Plugged into a Pioneer DEH-9500BHS, with some Pioneer 6.75" D170's, it was a significant improvement over the radio's built in amp. I did notice that this amplifier can "clip" easily if overdriven, which can potentially damage your speakers. I called Crutchfield and they said maybe the gain was set too high. I don't think it's the amp, just what it is. Not sure if it will clip in 4 channel mode, but I'm only driving the 2 Pioneer door speakers-which are super efficient. I played with the gains taking note not to set them above the halfway mark. I turned them down a bit and was about to get a little more out of the amp, but it will still clip if the volume/bass is set too high. Overall not bad for the money, but don't expect a miracle or to blow the doors off. Kind of reminds me of the "add-on power boosters" sold at cheaper dept stores from the late 70's & mid 80's. If you're looking for more power in a small size, they're other amps out there for about the same price, maybe a little more. The only downside is you'll have to buy an amp wiring kit and long RCA patch cords.
Pros: Size, Price, Sound improvement
Cons: Can clip easily, touchy gain controls, short RCA plugs
Installed in a 97 Jeep Wrangler. Install along with Kenwood KMM-100U reciever and Polk Audio speakers. Being in a Jeep (i.e. tent on wheels) I wanted to get something to push a little more power to get more volume and to also get a little more clarity. Based on Crutchfield reps recommendation this was perfect. It is small and fits behind the receiver and is out of sight. (invest in zip ties) Wiring it was a bit tricky but made sense once I did it wrong the first time. Wiring still went fast. You basically end up wiring all of you main wires was from the input side and you speakers you wire in from the output side and you are good to go. This unit does as advertised. A lot more clarity and detail in the sound. More power what was 35 on the volume scale of my reciever is now a 25 -26. No distortion at the higher volumes either.
Pros: More clarity and detail Great recommendation for something I would never have found on my own Out of the way
Cons: For non Alpine units you have to think through the wiring (you may need extra speaker wire as well as the output side is a bit short)
I have been looking for a small amp to power my Infinity front & rear door speakers in my '00 Sierra. I upgraded the head unit & the speakers awhile back & didn't feel the need to get an amp at the time. I didn't know what I was missing until I hooked this baby up. My sound system came alive with the sound I new it could produce. It wires right into the factory harness adapter that was used when adding the Pioneer head unit. Everything is color coded for easy installation. You can use preamp input or line level inputs depending on your head unit. ** Don't forget to get some Posi-ProductsT Car Stereo Connectors they'll make the job A LOT easier. ** It has all the controls you'll need like crossover points & gain controls in a small compact case. It will really surprise you for it's size & it's a CLASS D amplifier! To round out my system I added the Sound Ordnance B-8PTD under the backseat to fill in the bass.
Pros: Class D amp Compact size, compact price Easy to install (wires inline with radio) Alpine quality sound 4 channel or 2 channel application
Cons: Wire leads a little short
I was very hesitant but im glad i chose this amp. It brought my speakers to life with no distortion at all alpine 6/9s next thanks for your advice crutchfield all the advisors are great
Pros: Fair price
Great item and was exactly what I needed to for my Stock Radio in my Wrangler. Small & easily concealed from prying eyes. Really surprised at the boost it provided to my OEM HU.
Pros: Small, powerful & great sound!
Cons: Original concept was for plug & play into Alpine stereo's easy to connect. The 445U (U for Universal) concept would have been better designed with longer RCA connections.
This little thing blew me away with the power it has. I have it running a set of Boston SR-60 components in the front and a pair of Alpine SPR-69 in the back of my 2010 Nissan Altima coupe and this amp gave an immediate sonic improvement. Detailed mids and perfectly bright highs along with adequate bass (for what my current speakers are). Once again, Alpine makes another landmark item for car audio enthusiasts.
Pros: Great concept for my needed application, very high quality
Cons: Wish Alpine would make a 100 watt version, short RCA cables, tricky crossover location if its mounted to a solid surface
I had my doubts this amp would make any difference but let me tell you it has cleaned up the sound of my system very nicely.
Pros: small, easy to hide, inexpensive, and pretty simple to install.
Cons: non really just wish alpine could make one with more power output.
I messed up by ordering the univeral unit instead of the plug and play unit, my fault. Crutchfield offered to exchange it but I proceeded with what I had. It works very well and I am pleased with the high power output. However when I increase the volume to a level I would not normlly use, it cuts out momentarily. I set the dip switch as recommended but something is wrong here. Overall a huge upgrade. I combined an Alpine CDE-134HD with this for use in a class C motorhome. I did a speaker upgrade last year.
Purchased this amp for my 09 Hyundai Santa Fe w/ stock (Non Infinity) system. In order to install this without cutting any of the factory wiring (and to ease the installation), I purchased the Parrot bluetooth harness ($30, Crutchfield). Without the harness this amp would have been a whole day project. In agreement with the other reviewers, the wiring harnesses included with the amp are WAY too short. But all said and done, it is a huge improvement. The separate front/rear crossovers help in tuning it, as the front speakers are different from the rears (component vs full range). I was able to cancel out the low freq. bass from the rears, which could not handle it very well. I would have rated it 5 stars if it wasn't for the short wiring harnesses included with the amp.
Pros: Small size, can mount almost anywhere, does not require direct power from the battery (low current draw)
Cons: Included wiring harnesses way too short, unless you can mount the amp directly above or below the radio. Instructions somewhat hard to read (small print).
This Alpine Power Pack works great on my 2005 Camry (JBL) system. I upgraded my factory JBL receiver to the JVC KWAV60 and put this Alpine on and new speakers. Whole new ball game. This thing is great. Make my speakers sound so much better. If you have that factory JBL Amp in your car you must get the "Metra 70-1761 receiver wire harness For select 1987-up vehicles" also sold by Crutchfield. This Metra 70-1761 harness will bypass the old JBL factory Amp so you can put the Alpine Amp on - connect these (comes as two harnesses) to the car harnesses just below the receiver.. So make sure you don't get the "Metra 70-8113 Toyota Receiver Wiring Harness For select 2000-07 vehicles with factory amplifier" because this harness will integrate the factory JBL Amp than you can't use another amp. I had to find out the hard way. Hope I helped other Camry owners..
Pros: Sounds great and it's almost plug and play.
Great product and sounds great!
Pros: Easy to install and sounds great!
Cons: The wires on the unit are short, which limits where you can mount it.
I was able to make this a plug and play amp by following online instructions. Just Google it. By doing that I was able to drive a pair of Infinity speakers giving the truck a much clearer sound. The install is easy and the sound is great. I recommend highly.
Pros: Ease of installation. able to use a Metra Bluetooth harness to make it plug and play.
Cons: Had to take dash apart several times to adjust sound and move wires. The sound to the front right kept cutting in and out.
I Installed this amp in a second car I use to run about town in a week ago. Paul at Crutchfield helped me complete the install when the instructions got vague near the end, thanks Paul. The entire install was an entry level job, entry level Alpine CDE-121 head unit, 6x9 Alpine E-series in back, and cheapo Kicker 11DS60 6.5" 2-way Car Speakers in front and this little amp makes them pack all the wallop they can. After playing with the amp settings I am happy with the sound and considering the entire car stereo install was about $350 I am pleased to have this unit. I usually run winamp through my phone for music and the 10-band eq in winamp makes this entry-level system sing. I recomend this power pack.
Pros: Clean power, size, options.
Cons: Instructuons are lacking, big time.
got this to try with a jvc head unit and it rocks.if your thinking about it, stop and just BUY ! you won't be sorry. althou it won't blow the windows out,it will add clairty with the right amount of kick
Pros: price,size,ease of install
Using with polk db's 6.5 inch x 4. Sounds great and makes factory deck 10x's louder in my Kia Forte. does fit behind dash too.
Pros: Sound. size. quality.
Bought this amp to boost the signal form my JVC HU. What a difference! Full Range mode really makes the speakers scream while being clear. The physical size of the amp made it a breeze to tuck away. If you buy this amp. you won't be disappointed.
Pros: small compact design. Long wires on the harnes makes it easier to find the right location to mount,
Cons: Non yet...
Purchased to run to run a set of alpine type S components in the front and a set of alpine type S 6 and a half in the back sounds amazing
Pros: Easy to hide behind dash great price for the amount of power
Cons: Haven't found 1 yet
EASY INSTALLATION USING FACTORY SPEAKER WIRES
Pros: small size fit behind dash, high and low onputs, low and high filters, clean sound, price
Cons: short wires, had to add more wire to reach head unit
This little thing gets the party started. I use to have to turn my radio up to around 15 to drown out the road noise when the windows were down, and now the same level is achieved at somewhere around 6. It is small enough to be hidden easily, but it was not small enough to fit behind my head unit as the add suggests. Maybe if I did not have a double-din sized head unit, then it may fit. It features a high pass filter for the front and rear channels, so you can keep those lows away from your delicate speakers. The best thing is that you don't have to run an amp wire through your firewall, because it can work off of the wires that use you use to connect your head unit. I would recommend this to anyone.
Pros: Small, Powerful, Hi pass filter
Cons: Not quite small enough to fit behind the head unit if you have a double-din unit.
If u have an under $300 stereo system then this product is well worth the purchase. Poor quality before purchase and what a difference after installation!!!!!!! Enjoy the results.....
Pros: Easy install with no special wiring or equipment. Excellent quality for the price!!!!!!
Cons: Not marked as to the stereo wiring in and speaker wiring out.
great upgrade to any system stock or aftermarket.so much easier to install than any other amp instructions show you different options of installation which is great.this amp really kicks hard just make sure you adjust the amp as per instructions.i would not recommend this amp if you are still running stock speakers because it wont really sound any cleaner just louder so aftermarket is the way to go on the speakers.
Pros: easy install clean sound even at high volumes impact amp will fit anywhere
Cons: wiring harness a little short
Excellent addition to my HU, made my car speakers come to life, very compact and easy to hide behind my HU in the dash area. (2012 Honda Ridgeline)
Pros: Compact and enough power, no running wires.
Cons: If you want to be heard coming down the street, get a more powerful amp.
Had to return the amp because I was told it was plug and play...far from it. Had to actually cut the RCA jacks to hard wire...still did not work...finally after 4 hrs and 3 calls to tech support at Crutcfield, eith no real help..sent it back. Really wanted the extra power, but way too much involved to hook up to my new Alpine deck, especially this day in age.
Works great w/137bt!
Pros: Fits rite below the head unit in a 05 Liberty!
Cons: None so far!
Giving it 4 stars because it's well built, puts out what I thought was good sound, the size is great, EASY installation with power/ground wires going to car harness, and overall quality is excellent. However, I have an 07 Corolla with a Dual head unit and Infinity speakers front and rear. With the proper settings on the Dual, believe it or not, I really couldn't hear any noticeable difference in the quality of sound. Based on the reviews, I was expecting cleaner and greater sound, but just didn't happen. I tested my system with the amp, then immediately after without the amp, and immediately decided it wasn't worth keeping, at least not in my car. If and when I get another head unit, or maybe another car, I will definitely reconsider this amp. One thing I noticed was how warm the amp got after a while. I would recommend this amp for anyone looking for good quality, and if your system is in need of decent power.
Pros: Size, easy install, good quality build.
Cons: Got fairly warm.
I really like the size of this amp and the power it puts out, Especially how it connects to the harness power wire. NO running wires through the firewall to the engine battery. There are many ways to install (RCA, wire harness) and the settings are convenient along with the gain knobs. I would purchase this product again.
Pros: Cool design, very small for 45watts of RMS! Adjustments easily modified.
Cons: Very short harness doesn't allow you to give much distance from the amp to the head unit. Currently have a lot of static in my speakers, Assume its due to the amp being so close to the head unit and the ground wires all sharing the same terminal.
Could not be happier with this purchase! Easy to install and will fit just about anywhere..Plenty of power for me!
I had a very good recommendation from associates for this equipment. Gave me all the info I needed to install and good product for the price
Pros: Easy to install even with OEM equipment
This little amp is just what the Doctor ordered, small but yet powerful & very clean sound. I paired it with a new Alpine CDE-122 head unit with some new JBL 5 1/4" coaxials, what a difference. I already had a amp/sub in the trunk so this update really blended everything great!
Pros: Small, simple hookup, provides efficient good clean power to all 4 speakers. Would definatey recommend & would purchase it again.
I was a little hesitant to get this amp from reading the reviews on installing this amp, but I decieded to get it anyway and see for myself. My skill level is I have installed 5 car stereos in 25 years and this was my first amp I installed. So I get the amp open it up look at the directions then look at the wire harness that comes with the amp. Ok looks pretty easy go out take out the stereo and 20 minutes after I pull the stereo out I have it wired and working. Nothing to it. Directions were easy to follow. The hardest part was trying to find a place to put it with the short wires. So I went out and bought some wire, spliced it in, and GOOD TO GO. 4 stars four the wires being to short.
Pros: Lots of sound, easy install
Cons: Wires on the HU side are around 6 inches long
I recently purchased a mint condition 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport LANDRUNNER EDITION. As many jeep owners know we are LIMITED on space to put any accessories anywhere in a Jeep. This small but powerful amp is weel worth the price. I now can here my after market stereo with the doors off and the top down cruising down the PA TURNPIKE at a good speed. I would have given the amp 5 stars if the wires on the input side were longer. I don't know what Alpine was thinking because in the direction they state do not mount amp close to the head unit. Well easier said than done. Other than that I Love this product and a couple of my friends are in the process of buying the same amp.
Pros: Compact size, mega power. Perfect value.
Cons: WIRES WIRES WIRES.
I bought this amp as an upgrade from an OLD Alpine amp that was rated for 20W/ch. I'm running it in two channel/bridged mode driving my front speakers. I have the power lead hooked into the distrubution block with my other amp and 8AWG wire from the battery. I was initially sceptical of the 90W rating for such a small package. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised the first time I fired it up! It is ROCKIN my Boston coaxials plus seperate tweeter set. There is a great improvement in bass and accuracy. String instruments actually sound like string instruments again and I'm getting decent bass in the front of the car. Now I know my speakers are performing to their full potential. I have to disagree with some other reviewers about the instructions, I thought they were very complete and easy to understand. I do have a very low level alternator whine like others experienced. I have not tried the ground isolators yet. In two channel mode this amplifier is for real.
Pros: Really has the power to back up the specs. Clean, pleasant signature Alpine sound. Well worth the price.
Cons: Suseptable to picking up noise. Filter module on the power lead is a little cumbersome if you want to pull the lead through a small space.
When I got this I was expecting the old "plug and play" model, so I was a little surprised to find that it wasn't going to be that easy. Installation was a bit of a pain, the wires on the side that inputs form the head unit aren't even CLOSE to long enough. I ended up cutting off all the plugs and extending the wires about a foot and a half. Besides the install being a pain though, it's a great product. Good amp at a low price, sounds great. Going to have to replace those stock rear speakers soon, they're struggling. Took a star off for the short wires, they weren't even close to long enough. the pre-amp plugs were about 4-5 inches long
Pros: - Small size - Low price - Great sound
Cons: - Install was a bit of a challenge
The power pack is a good product and has the power the only thing is the rca cables need to be longer than a ft. I will have to buy 4 more to make it work. They were not long enough 40 more $
Pros: Lots of power
Cons: Cables not long enough
Decent amp for money. Great amp for beginners to install. Pair this amp with a pacific accessory corporation oem 1 in a Tahoe and install takes 15 minutes. Great for fronts and rear speakers but does provide ample crossover points for fine tuning. Allows too much bass that distorts mid bass drivers, and too much top end highs,over 8k kHz.
Pros: Cost, efficiency, installation
Cons: Crossover points
Excellent amp, compact, doesnt get to hot, i was able to stash it under my dash without worrying it would get to hot. if adjusted proberly you will have able power for most peoples needs. good, clean power.
Pros: small, powerful, low heat
Cons: once i stashed it under the dash i wasnt able to adjust the gain on the amp.....so make sure you have it adjusted before you stash it in close quarters......or leave it out.....it looks good enough to display.
This is a great amp. I have this installed with an Alpine CDE-137BT and they make a great combo. I used the RCA pre-outs from the deck to the amp so I did not run into any short cable problems like the other reviewers here. It fit just under my receiver in my Saab -2x (exactly the same as a Subaru WRX 2002-07). This makes the factory speakers sound far better than the factory HU. I will probably still buy replacement speakers, but I will say that this was a huge improvement to the factory speakers, depending on your preference you may not even bother with a speaker upgrade. The unit is a little wider than a standard size HU so it was a little harder to fit under the HU but it should be doable in most cars. The supplied mounting hardware is minimal... I went out and bought some velcro to secure it behind the dash better. If you do have to cut the pre-outs off, there is barely enough cable to work with, Alpine needs to add another 6 inches to the RCA cables. I think that if you are serious sound (and volume) nut then a full four or five channel amp is the way to go, but for the 98% percent of us who want solid sound but still want to keep our ear drums this is a FANTASTIC unit, 45 watts RMS x 4 is more than adequate. Four stars (instead of five) mainly due to pre-outs and crap instructions. I'll update when I install some aftermarket speakers as well.
Pros: Much easier to install than running traditional amps because of no need to run wire to battery. Surprisingly good sound for such a small package. Brings new life to factory speakers. Size.
Cons: RCA pre-outs too short. Width is wider (slightly) than the standard DIN width. Instructions do kinda suck.
This is a simple, small amp, fantastic for driving speaker-only setups. It is a definite improvement over head unit power alone. I paired this amp with an Alpine CDE-137BT. Far more headroom, and am hearing parts of songs I was not able to pick up with before installing my new system. Very happy. Only downside is that I had a tough time finding a good spot to hide the amp, and found the powdercoat finish fairly easy to chip. I wound up using velcro to fix the amp to a vertical dash support behind the glovebox (in case I want to play with the high pass filter options, I wanted it to be removable.) Seems to be holding OK so far. I also had to purchase longer RCA cables, as the included RCA extensions are not long enough to mount the amp anywhere but behind the head unit (which was not large enough to fit the amp in my vehicle.) If using the speaker-level inputs, this problem goes away.
Pros: Headroom, clarity, size
Cons: Mechanical quality of powdercoat finish (chips easily), short RCA exentions
I wanted to add a little more punch to my wife's Corolla 2007, but had to keep the factory radio. I installed this "mini-amp", replaced the factory speakers, and added a pair of tweeters. Even better, I found the factory tweeter door mounts/moldings and the corresponding male and female harness connectors so no cut factory wires. Also installed an iSimple PXDP that charges and controls an iPod/iPhone4.
Pros: Sounds great. Probably equal or better than optional JBL 6-speaker system Toyota offered, but at a fraction of the cost. Installed fairly straight forward. Needed to add more wire to speaker level portion of harness so that I could mount KTP-445U to the far right of dash just above glove box.
Cons: Alpine instructions almost useless; the s