1000 watt amp

The 1000 watt Amp is one of the most  sought after car amplifier. Those who are into car audio systems must have used the amp at one particular moment in time. Choosing an amp is a very personal decision and there are  several  amps  you to chose from.

AmplifierPower OutputCLass 
Kenwood KAC-5001PS 1000-Watt
300 Watts at 4 ohms
500 Watts at 2 ohms
D
Hifonics ZRX1016.4 Zeus Car Audio Amplifier

4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan.
2 ohms: 250 watts x 4 chan.
A/B
Alpine MRX-M100 - Monoblock 1000 Watt
600 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (1,000 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
D
crunch PX1000.4 Power Amplifier
4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan
2 ohms: 250 watts x 4 chan.
Bridged, 4 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan
A/B
BOSS AUDIO R1100M Riot 1100
4 ohms: 413 watts x 1 chan.
2 ohms: 825 watts x 1 chan.
A/B
CT Sounds T-1000.1 Monoblock
1 ohm @ 14.4v, 1000W (rms), 2000W (max)
2 ohm @ 14.4v, 700W (rms), 1400W (max)
4 ohm @ 14.4v, 400W (rms), 800W (max)
D
Crunch PX-1000.2 2 Channel 1000 Watt Amp
4 ohms: 250 watts x 2 chan.
2 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan.
A/B
BOSS AUDIO PT1000 Phantom

1000 W MAX Power 2 Channel
375 W X 2 RMS @ 2 ohm
188 W X 2 RMS @ 4 ohm
750 W X 1 RMS Bridged @ 4 ohm
A/B
Pioneer GM-D8601 Class D
300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
800 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
D
Rockford Fosgate Prime
1200 watts RMS x 1 Channels at 1 ohms
800 watts RMS x 1 Channels at 2 ohms
D

Best 1000 Watt Amp Buyer’s Guide

1. Kenwood KAC-5001PS 1000-Watt Class D Mono Power

Kenwood never disappoints when it comes to car stereos. The Kenwood KAC-5001PS 1000 watt amp is a class D mono amplifier with a maximum power output of 1000 watts at 10 OMPS.

Its RMS output is 500 watts at 20HM and 300 Watts at 40HM.It boasts of a cast aluminum heat sink design. The aluminum side plate cover and protect  the  amplifiers connections and terminals .

For precise subwoofer control, it features  a variable low price filter which sensors frequency of 50-200HZ. The amplifier also features an onboard bass boost o 0-18DB at 40 HZ.

Just like most Kenwood amplifiers, there is  a dual color LED power indicator. The 3-way protection circuitry prevents thermal overheating, power over load and  speaker shots.

  • Class D amplifier for excellent efficiency and massive power output
  • Power MOS-FET Switching Power Supply
  • 2 Ohms Load Capable for multiple woofer set-ups 
  • Cast Aluminium Heat Sink Design
  • Terminal Cover disguises connections and adjustments
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Built in Variable Low-Pass Filter (50Hz-200Hz, -24dB/oct)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB (Reference: Rated Power into 4Ohms at 14.4V)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 200Hz (+0dB, -3dB)
  • Input Impedance: 10k ohm
  • Speaker Impedance: 4Ω (2Ω to 8Ω allowable)
  • CEA-2006 Compliant

Max Power Output

  • 1000 Watts

RMS Power Output

  • 300 Watts at 4 ohms
  • 500 Watts at 2 ohms

Inputs and Outputs

  • Battery & Ground: Screw Type Terminal Block (Ni) (M6)
  • Line-in: RCA (Ni)
  • Speaker Output: Screw Type Terminal Block (Ni) (M4)

Dimensions

  • 240mm x 56mm x 192mm

Bass Boost

  • Built in Bass Boost Control (40Hz, 0dB-+18dB)

Verdict

The Kenwood KAC-5001PS is one of  the best 1000 watt amp in the market right now. It has appealed to the masses and continues to get stellar reviews. I would definitely recommend it  given its price tag.

2. Hifonics ZRX1016.4 Zeus Car Audio Amplifier, 4-Channel 1000-Watt

It is another popular 1000 Watt amp. It has a 4 gauge, powering ground and two external  30 amp fuses. It is a powerful amp which offers great quality for the price.

Features:

  • Zeus Series 4-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier
  • Max Power Rating:
  • 4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan.
  • 2 ohms: 250 watts x 4 chan.
  • Bridged, 4 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan.
  • Max power output: 1000 watts
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB bass boost at 45 Hz)
  • 4/3/2 channel operation
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs
  • Variable high-pass filter (60-1200 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (30-250 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Frequency Response: 10-45,000 Hz
  • Old School Hifonics heat sink provides superior heat dissipation
  • Military grade PCB construction
  • Simpatico coil design
  • Hifonics surface mount design
  • DC, short circuit, thermal and overload protection
  • 4 gauge power and ground wiring is recommended for installation
  • Dimensions: 10″Wx 15.7″L x 2.4″H

Verdict

If you want a quality amplifier that doesn’t break the bank, the Hifonics ZRX1016.4 is your perfect fit for a 1000 watt amp.

3. Alpine MRX-M100 – Monoblock 1000 Watt RMS Subwoofer Amplifier

The Alpine MRX-M100 is compact and beautifully designed with a pretty good size speaker connect. It performs well for any power rating and is very easy to install.

It pairs particularly well with 12′ R sub. The max output is 1000 RMS @ 2ohms. This means that you need to set up the loading wires at 2 ohms to get the best sound.

Features:

  • mono subwoofer car amplifier
  • 600 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (1,000 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 Compliant
  • variable low-pass filter (50-400 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 50 Hz)
  • variable subsonic filter (5-30 Hz, 24 dB/octave) 1000 Watt Amp
  • optional remote level control
  • Class D amp with MOSFET power supply
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • fuse rating: 25A x 4
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-1/2″W x 2-5/16″H x 9-1/16″D
  • warranty: 1 year

 

What you Get In Box:

  • Mono subwoofer amplifier
  • Four 25A ATO fuses (installed)
  • 7″ Speaker-level input harness
  • Four 3/4″ Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Terminal covers
  • Four 7/16″ Terminal cover screws
  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • Owner’s manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Verification Certificate
  • Warranty information
  • Customer Care Registration card

 

4. crunch PX1000.4 Power Amplifier (Class Ab, 4 Channels, 1,000 Watts)

It has a class AB bridgable input. The heat sink technology helps in low-Noise Preamp High-Level Inputs Low-Level Rca Inputs & Outputs 2- & 3-Channel Operation Modes Built-In Variable Electronic Crossover.

Features:

  • Crunch POWERX Series PX 1000.2 Entry Level Amplifier
  • Class-A/B FullRange 2-Ohm Stable 4-Channel Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
  • 4 ohms: 125 watts x 4 chan.
  • 2 ohms: 250 watts x 4 chan.
  • Bridged, 4 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan. 
  • Total power output: 1000 watts
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • 2 or Mono channel operation
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs
  • Variable high-pass filter: 120 – 3000 Hz
  • Variable low-pass filter: 50 – 250 Hz
  • Variable Bass Boost: 0 to +12 dB bass boost
  • Dimensions: 11.4″Wx 10.8″L x 3.7″H

 

Verdict

It has a great price and even greater quality. For the 1000 watt amp and the accessories at around 100 bucks, that’s a good bargain without compromising on quality.

5. BOSS AUDIO R1100M Riot 1100-Watt Monoblock

The first thing you will notice once you buy it is the beautiful  brush black aluminium casing. On the side  are terminals for different connections.

The fuse on the amplifier is at 30 amp which means itcan produce 300 Watts maximum RMS.

Features:

  • Boss Riot Series R1100M
  • Class-AB FullRange 2-Ohm Stable Monoblock Amplifier
  • MAX Power Rating:
  • 4 ohms: 550 watts x 1 chan.
  • 2 ohms: 1100 watts x 1 chan.
  • RMS Power Rating:
  • 4 ohms: 413 watts x 1 chan.
  • 2 ohms: 825 watts x 1 chan. 
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • Wired remote bass level control included
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Soft start turn-on
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Input sensitivity:
  • Low level: 100mV – 2V
  • High level: 2V – 8V
  • Frequency Response: 9 – 50,000 Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.01%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 102 dB
  • Selectable crossover modes: Low Pass / Full Range
  • Variable low-pass filter: 35 – 160 Hz,/octave
  • Selectable Bass Boost: 0 to +18 dB
  • Fuse Rating: 30A x 1

Verdict

Using a distribution block gives you best out of this amp.

You can break it down to an 8-gauge and you are not likely to run into any problems. This amp can come in handy especially when you are on a tight budget.

6. CT Sounds T-1000.1 Monoblock Car Amplifier 1000w Amp

The CTSounds T-1000.1 is another powerful 1000 watt amp. The plexi glass gives it a sleek design. You will be amazed with the power and quality you get with just a simple set up. It has a small footprint, runs smoothly and over delivers when it comes to specifications.

It is a class-D amplifier which means the internal devices use high quality transistors.

Features:

Class-D amplifier Technology

T-1000.1D single channel car amplifier ratings-

  1. 1 ohm @ 14.4v, 1000W (rms), 2000W (max)
  2. 2 ohm @ 14.4v, 700W (rms), 1400W (max)
  3. 4 ohm @ 14.4v, 400W (rms), 800W (max)

Technical specifications:

  1. No of channel:                                  1
  2. Frequency response (-3dB):            10Hz – 250Hz
  3. Gain adjustment:                              0.2v – 5v
  4. Subsonic adjustment (variable):    15Hz – 50Hz
  5. Bass boost (variable):                      0dB – 12dB
  6. Signal to noise ratio:                                    100dB 
  7. Damping factor:                               180
  8. Minimum speaker impedance:     1 ohm
  9. Low pass filter (variable):               50Hz – 250Hz
  10. No of fuses:                                       N/A
  11. Bass level remote control (16.4ft): Yes
  12. Operating voltage (-ve ground):   DC 12v
  13. Bass knob:                                         Remote gain control

 

Conclusion

It has the best quality in the market. All the mounting hardware is included in the purchase. Very clean and a beast in the vehicle. Definitely worth every penny.

7. Crunch PX-1000.2 2 Channel 1000 Watt Amp A/B Car Stereo Amplifier

When it comes to entry level 1000 watt amps, the Crunch PX-1000.2 2 is a perfect choice for your automobile audio requirements.

Its  design and technology is meant to improve the sound and minimize distortion. The PC boards may need extra spaces depending on the topologies available.

Overheating is a challenge with several amps but not with the crunch PX-1000.2. The quick Thermal Dispersion(QTD) in which the heatsink utilizes aluminium which is rare in amplifiers.

Features:

  • Crunch POWERX Series PX 1000.2 Entry Level Amplifier
  • Class-A/B FullRange 2-Ohm Stable 2-Channel Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
  • 4 ohms: 250 watts x 2 chan.
  • 2 ohms: 500 watts x 2 chan.
  • Bridged, 4 ohms: 1000 watts x 1 chan.
  • Total power output: 1000 watts
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators  
  • 2 or Mono channel operation
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs
  • Variable high-pass filter: 120 – 3000 Hz
  • Variable low-pass filter: 50 – 250 Hz
  • Variable Bass Boost: 0 to +12 dB bass boost
  • Dimensions: 11.4″Wx 10.8″L x 3.7″H

 

8. BOSS AUDIO PT1000 Phantom 1000-Watt Full Range

It is a 2 channel amp designed for power with 1000w max, 375W x 2RMS @2 OHM, 188 W X 2 RMS @ 4 OHM, 750 W X RMS bridged @ 4 0HM.

It is built for more flexibility with more variable bass boost and variable pass crossover meant to harness real power.

  • 1000 W MAX Power 2 Channel
  • 375 W X 2 RMS @ 2 ohm
  • 188 W X 2 RMS @ 4 ohm
  • 750 W X 1 RMS Bridged @ 4 ohm
  • Full Range, Class A/B, MOSFET Power Supply 
  • High and Low Level Inputs
  • Variable High Pass Crossover, Variable Low Pass Crossover, Variable Bass Boost
  • Include Remote Subwoofer Control
  • Red LED Backlit Illumination
  • 5 x 10 x 2.2 inches

Verdict

The amp has a ton of useful features which are likely to impress control freaks. The price is unbeatable as you are getting a very decent 1000 watt amp.

Honorable Mentions

9. Pioneer GM-D8601 Class D Mono Amplifier with Wired Bass Boost Remote

The Pioneer GM-D8601 is actually 1600 watts but deserves a honourable mention because of the quality that it comes with the price range.

It has 4.5 star rating and that just goes to show the superiority of the product. It is a class-D  with the LPF variable.

Has a compact design with 1600w max power. Pioneer’s  new class-D amplifiers technology have been used thus guaranteeing high output power capability for such a small amp.

Features:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 300 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 800 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 Certified
  • Class D amp technology
  • variable low-pass filter (40-240 Hz, 12 dB per octave)
  • wired remote controls variable bass boost (0-18 dB at 50 Hz)
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs via supplied RCA-type adapters
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 11″W x 2-3/8″H x 7-7/8″D

 

Verdict

If you are looking for a  powerful amplifier within the 1000-2000 watts range, the Pioneer GM-D8601 is great choice.

10. Rockford Fosgate Prime 1,200-Watt Class-D 1-Channel Amplifier

It is an ultra efficient mono class D amplifier. We all know that music isn’t linear and there are huge peaks. This amp can give you up to 1400w of dynamic power. It was specifically designed to deliver power output without excessive regulation.

It will respond to peak demands thrown at the system. It features a heavy duty cast aluminium  heatsink  for utmost heat reduction.

Features:

  • 1200 Watt Prime Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier
  • 1200 watts RMS x 1 Channels at 1 ohms
  • 800 watts RMS x 1 Channels at 2 ohms
  • High level input capable with an Muted Turn-On circuit
  • On-board Punch equalizer and is remote Punch Level Control ready
  • Hidden top mounted control panel and a cast aluminum heatsink

 

 

 

Final Thought

Setting on the best 1000 watt amp can be a daunting task especially if you are presented with several choices.

You audio needs should come into play before making a decision. How are you going to use the amp? This is the most important question you should be asking yourself.

It is also important to note that you don’t have to necessarily settle on an amp that is exactly 1000 watts. There are great amplifiers that could have slightly higher or lower watts but deliver the same or higher quality at the exact price range.