5 Channel Amp

Shopping for the best 5 channel Amp can be a tricky affair. The most important  consideration is the use of the amp. Is it going to power a single sub or two subs? Is it just subs or subs and speakers combined?

Having all these information  helps in the decision making process on whether whatyou chose is the best 5 channel amp.

After hours of research and a little bit of testing, I have compiled a list of the best 5 channel amps in the market. Some might be a little bit  pricey but they are worth every coin.

The 5 Channel is a way of getting great sound from your vehicle without breaking  the bank or  overly complicating the install.

Everything said, you can be guaranteed that whatever you pick will be the best 5 channel amp.


Best 5 Channel Amp 2017

  • Best Recommendation
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  • The Pioneer GM
  • Dimensions:4.8 x 15.1 x 10.9
  • Watt:2000W Max
  • Highly Recommended
  • BOSS AUDIO PV3700 Phantom
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  • Dimensions: 17 x 10 x 2
  • Watt:3700W
  • Recommended
  • Rockford P1000X5
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  • Dimensions:11.5 x 21 x 6
  • Watt:1344W
  • Recommended
  • Soundstream PN5.640D Picasso
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  • Dimensions:10.3 x 4.8 x 10.3
  • Watt:640W
  1. MB Quart XA1-1100.5 1100W 5-Channel X-Line Series 

Audio and sound enthusiasts are familiar with the quality of equipment that are manufactured by Mb quart. Their XA1-1100.5 is everything you’d want in a 5 channel.

It is powered at 4-OHMS and 2-0HMS for 75 watts and 150 watts respectively.  It boasts of a very elaborate preamp with exquisite and extended control.

Some of the key features include:

  • Class SQ A/B topology designed by Lukas Lowe
  • Class Q1 proprietary class D topology
  • Fluid-FETS hand selected insulated MOSFETS  5 Channel Amp
  • Focused mass heat sink design
  • Frequency response: 10Hz-45KHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: >90
  • THD %: <0.5%
  • Variable Bass Boost: 0 to +9 dB bass boost at 45 Hz
  • Variable hi-pass filter: 40 – 4 KHz
  • Variable low-pass filter: 40 – 4 KHz
  • Subsonic filter: 45 – 450 Hz
  • Fuse: 150A x1 External
  • Remote Level Control
  • Dimensions(L x H x W): 20″ x 9.2″ x 2.2″ (400 x 235 x 56mm)

Pros

1.Easy to install and fully adjustable

2.Clean sounding

3.Adequate power to run Subs

Cons

Doesn’t sound good on all channels(You may need to purchase an audio controller)


  1. The Pioneer GM Digital Series Class D Amp

Modeled after the current GMD  series amplifier, the The Pioneer GM Digital Series Class D Amp and the  an all-in-one solution and is a good bargain if you are looking for power  and big sound without necessarily sacrificing space.

It is ideal for compact automobiles especially those short on space. We are talking about pick-ups  trucks and small SUVS.

The GM-D9605 is not only limited to vehicles. It can also be used on boats and UTVS.

It  has a 2000 watts rating the A & B  channels rated at  75 watts  by 4 (RMS) the subwoofer output rated at 600 watts at 2 (RMS).

Speaker Inputs

The GM-D9605 allows for easy integration with the entertainment systems in vehicle. You can  easily connect the OEM without having additional add-on adapters.

Features:

  • Class D Amp With Variable Low-pass Filter 
  • Compact Design
  • 1ohm Stable
  • 5 Channels
  • Bridgeable

 

Pros

easy to read instructions
-nicely packaged and fast shipping
-simple adjustments for setting up the amp
-great sound quality and power

 


  1. Rockford P1000X5 Punch 5-Channel Amplifier

Rockford fostage is another  name synonymous in the audio industry. They have high quality audio equipment with reliable output and very affordable prices.

The Rockford P1000X5 is sort of their best 5 channel amp flagship. It has a motor sports version and the traditional black version.

It is  a bi-channel amplifier. It is a single system solution product and will power the entire system in your vehicle.

The amplifier is class D with high efficiency which allows you to get a lot of power for such a small package.

It employs the constant power technology which adapts the output signal to the value of the load. As the load value increases, the amp will deliver more voltage to the load to maintain constant power across all frequencies.

Its clean technology allows the user to easily match the input sensitivity to the source unit you are using.

According to Rockford, all their premier amplifier technology has been used and put in a chassis-size which makes it easier to mount. You can get into multiple locations which were earlier not possible for a 5 channel  amp  of the same calibre.

Features:

RMS Power Rating :

4 ohms :  75 watts RMS x 4 + 150 watts RMS x 1

2 ohms : 125 watts RMS x 4 + 300 watts RMS x 15 Channel Amp

Bridged, 4 ohms : 250 watts RMS x 2

Bridged, 1 ohms : 500 watts RMS x 1

Number of channels  : 5-Channel

Load impedance capability : 4 ohms

Amp class  : AB/D

Max RMS power output  : 500 Watts RMS

Total Power  : 1000 Watts

Bass boost    : 0 – 18dB @ 45Hz

Frequency response  : 20-20K Hz

Warranty  : 1 Year


4. Rockville RXH-F5 3200 Watt Peak/1600w RMS 5 Channel

This has to be one of the most powerful inexpensiveand one of the best  5 channel amp right now. It comes from the phenom series known for versatility and power.

For the best sound, you should have full range speaker wired to channel 1 through 4 and the speakers and the two subs to be  wired to channel five. There are so many configuration options you can go for depending on your vehicle.

The Rockville RXH-F5 performs extremely well it comes noise rejection, frequency response and accuracy.

The split pin technology ensures there is complete safety  during wiring. To know the real power of car audio amplifier, the fuse rating should be multiplied by 10. This will ultimately determine the real RMS power of the amplifier. Rockville guarantees they can go toe to toe with highly priced 5 channels of the same or higher standard.

main Features:

  • Total System Peak Power: 3200 Watts
  • High-Speed MOSFET Power Supply
  • Studio-Grade Bipolar Output Stage Transistors
  • Fully Adjustable 12dB / Octave Crossover with Differential Circuitry
  • High Level Input Auto Start Smart Turn-On
  • Full IC-Controlled Protection Circuitry
  • Remote Dashboard Subwoofer Control
  • Fully Adjustable Bass Equalization Control 
  • Channel 5 – 2 Ohm Mono Capable
  • Fully Adjustable Subsonic Filter: 15 – 50Hz
  • Crossover Bandpass Control
  • Subwoofer Phase Control
  • Mute and Delay Soft Start System
  • 8 Volt Preamp Circuitry
  • ELNA Brand Audiophile Quality CapacitorsStatus Mode LED Indicator

5. NVX® True 900 watt RMS 5-Channel [JAD Series] Class D

Guaranteed to perform at or above their rated power, the NVX® True 900 watt RMS is CEA-2006 compliant for true and honest output in real life situations.

Underneath the clean, sophisticated aluminium casing is one of the most advanced amplifiers ever to be manufactured. The intelligent IR Chip is all about enhancing audio efficiency. It assists both power supply and class D circuitry in significantly reducing the amp size to allow for a smaller footprint which makes it an easy fitting in a vehicle.

How To Use The AMP

It can be used as a 2 speaker 1 subwoofer channel or alternatively, you can you 4 speakers and I subwoofer to get the best sound output.

There are 2  40amp fusses located near the power terminals for protection.

  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 70w x 4 + 220 x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 115w x 4 + 440 x 1 chan.
    • Bridged, 4 ohms: 230w x 2 + 440 x 1 chan. @ 2 ohms
  • Variable high-pass filter (40-4000 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Variable low-pass filter (80-4000 Hz, 24 dB/octave) 
  • Variable subsonic filter (20-38 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Input Sensitivity: 200mV-6V
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • 4 gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation

Conclusion

If you value the quality of sound then you’ll definitely enjoy having this monster  of an amp for a decent amount. You can trust us when we say the amp will exceed all your expectations.


6. Planet Audio AC1800.5 ANARCHY 1800-Watt Full Range

You can’t beat the price when comparing the quality you will get from the planet Audio AC1800.5.

It has an awesome sub channel with tons of power. You really don’t need to turn up the volume to experience the quality of the sound. Its simplicity means you don’t need several wires running around in your vehicle.

The ideal setup would be to push 4 infinity speakers with probably one sub. One sub is enough to power the system  to its full potential.

Features:

  • 1800 W MAX Power 5 Channel amp
  • 225 W X 4 RMS @ 2 ohm
  • 113 W X 4 RMS @ 4 ohm
  • 450 W X 2 RMS Bridged @ 4 ohm
  • 450 W X 1 RMS 5th Ch @ 2 ohm
  • 225 W X 1 RMS 5ht Ch @ 4 ohm
  • Full Range Class A/B, MOSFET Power Supply5 Channel Amp
  • High and Low Level Inputs
  • Variable High Pass Crossover, Variable Low Pass Crossover, Variable Bass Boost
  • Include Remote Subwoofer Control
  • Blue Illuminated Planet Audio Logo

Verdict

If you are  looking at minimal cluster, easy installation and great sound, the Planet Audio AC1800.5 is the real deal.


7. BOSS AUDIO PV3700 Phantom 3700-Watt Full Range

It is beautifully designed with stellar aesthetics. The red glow  makes it feel alive in the vehicle. It has received a bag of mixed reviews but is still a pretty decent and one of best 5 channel amp given its price. It is stated that the maximum power is at 3700W.

It will supply decent amount of power If set at 4 ohms. It is recommended you run your subwoofers at 2 ohms.

Features:

  • 700 W MAX Power 5 Channel
  • 413 W X 4 RMS @ 2 ohm 5 Channel Amp
  • 206 W X 4 RMS @ 4 ohm
  • 825 W X 2 RMS Bridged @ 4 ohm
  • 1125 W X 1 RMS 5th Ch @ 2 ohm
  • 563 W X 1 RMS 5ht Ch @ 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

Conclusion

If you are on a tight budget, the BOSS AUDIO PV3700 Phantom is definitely worth considering. It may not have the power or quality you might desire but you can get along fine if you know how to tweak the ohms.


8. Soundstream PN5.640D Picasso Nano 640 W 5-Channel

This beast is one of the few 5 channel amplifiers that can power a whole system on its own. The compact size makes sure it fits even in the tightest of spaces.

Features:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 60 watts RMS x 4 at + 200 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 80 watts RMS x 4 at + 350 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 160 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 350 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (35-350 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (30-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • Class D amp technology and MOSFET power supply
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (RCA and bare wire input harnesses included)
  • wired remote sub level control included
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • fuse rating: 40A x 1
  • 12″W x 1-3/4″H x 4-7/8″D
  • warranty: 1 year

What you get in the Box:

  • 5-channel amplifier
  • One 40 amp ATO fuse (installed) 5 Channel Amp
  • Three 4″ RCA input harnesses
  • Three 7″ Speaker level input harnesses
  • Wired remote control (subwoofer only)
  • 16-1/2′ Remote control cable (RJ-25 plug on one end and a proprietary plug on the other)
  • Four 5/8″ Self-tapping screws
  • Two 1/2″ Self-tapping screws
  • Owner’s manual
  • Specifications on the box

 

Conclusion

Don’t be fooled by size as it can be deceptively small. It has both power and stability and push up to 6 speakers perfectly even if one  is a 12′ sub.


9. Kenwood KAC-7005PS Performance Series 5 Channel

The Kenwood KAC-7005PS spots a sleek design with blue LED illumination in a brushed metal cover.

It features a detachable amp cover to protect the power and ground terminals which are all located on one side.

It  also features cooling fans for increased temperature regulations. It was designed with space in mind and has up to a 30% smaller foot print that previous models. It is CEA compliant, that means the features you see is what you get.

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 40 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 50 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 Complaint
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (50-200 Hz at 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • cooling fan
  • preamp inputs
  • fuse rating: 40A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 13-3/4″W x 2-1/4″H x 7-9/16″D
  • warranty: 1 year

What You get In The Box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier  5 Channel Amp
  • Two 40-amp ATO fuses (installed)
  • Four 5/8″ Self-tapping screws
  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • 2 End caps (installed)
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty card

Verdict

If you are looking at upgrading your car audio system, you need to consider the Kenwood KAC-7005PS. It is one of the best 5 channel amp out there and definitely for good reasons.


10. Kenwood KAC-M8005 Class D 5-Channel Marine Power Amplifier

It has to be the smallest 5 channel. It comes in a shiny chrome color. Majority of vehicles have limited real estate to work with and are quite harsh to electronic modifications. The Kenwood KAC-M8005 compact size makes sure it fits even in the most limited of spaces.

It has PCB which extends the extra layer of protection that prevents moisture and damping.

Features:

  • 5-channel marine amplifier
  • 50 watts RMS x 4 + 300 watts x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 75 watts RMS x 4 + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • CEA-2006 Compliant
  • 150 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • conformal-coated circuit board — suitable for power sports and marine applications
  • variable low-pass filter on subwoofer channel (50-200 Hz at 24 dB per octave)
  • separate variable high-pass filters on front and rear channels (50-200 Hz at 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost on sub channel (0-18 dB at 40 Hz)
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • fuse rating: 30A x 3
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 9-1/8″W x 2-3/16″H x 7-3/8″D
  • warranty: 1 year

What you get in the box:

  • 5-Channel marine amplifier
  • Three 30A ATO fuses (installed)
  • Rubber control cover
  • 5mm Allen wrench 
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (M4 x 16mm)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Conclusion

You will never go wrong with the KAC-M8005. You can set it up to three-channel modes will drives 150 RMS per side.


5 Channel Amp Buyers Guide

There are a couple of factors to consider before buying a 5 channel. They are the easiest to install but each and every product comes with its individual guide.

Installation

Installing  the 5 amps can be tricky. It is always recommended that you seek the help of a  professional if you are not sure of your capabilities. You can buy car sound installation system services directly on Amazon for  a 100 bucks.

Pricing

The 5 channel amps come in different prices. Sometimes high prices doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. Whatever you settle on should be value for money.

Final Verdict

The market for 5 channel amplifiers is a saturated one. There are new products coming out every week and sometimes making a decision can be overwhelming. This is where the list comes into play.

We hope this list will help you pick the best 5 channel amp according to your budget. You should bear in mind that there is nothing like the ”perfect” amp.