The 10 Best Class D Car Amplifiers of 2018

Kenwood KAC-9106D 2000 Watt Monoblock Class D Car Audio Power Amplifier Amp

10 Solid Class D Car Amplifiers for Budget Buyers

Are you in the market for a Class D Amplifier but have no idea where to start looking? That’s hardly surprising considering that there are so many different models out there. In this post, we have narrowed the field for you and come up with the 10 Best Class D Car Amplifiers.

We went through pages and pages of reviews to come up with the best options out there. We rated each choice in terms of value for money, quality construction, reliability, and durability. In the end, we looked at a lot of different amps, but only a few passed our very strict criteria.

Ready to see which models made it onto the list?

Our Favorite Affordable Class D Amps

Rockford Fosgate R500X1D Prime 1-Channel Class D Amplifier

This compact amp comes in at a slightly higher price, but it won’t disappoint. It will power a subwoofer with up to 500 watts RMS and so is proof that dynamite really does come in small packages.

It features:

  • Remote control of punch levels
  • 0° to 180° phase shift
  • Thermal sensors to protect against overheating
  • Aluminum cast casing that also acts as a heatsink.
  • MOSFET power supply
  • Protection against short circuits and current overruns.

It will work well for those wanting to enjoy a bit more volume. It is not the most powerful amp, but it is very good value for money.

 

BOSS Audio R2400D – Riot 2400 Watt, 1, 2, 4 Ohm Stable Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier with Remote Subwoofer Control

This is a pretty popular amp at a really good price. It does not have all the bells and whistles, but it does perform well. It is a great starter model.

It features:

  • MOSFET power supply
  • Power handling of 1800 watts RMS and 2400 peak power
  • Pre-amp outputs
  • Low-level inputs
  • Boosted bass
  • Subsonic filter
  • Low pass, variable crossover
  • Remote control

It will work well for those wanting a basic upgrade for their sound systems and for those just starting out.

 

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

This is a more expensive model, but it can put out a lot of power. People will know that you are on your way almost from across town.

It features:

  • Advanced thermal protection, sensors to prevent short circuits and current overruns
  • Has a built-in Punch Equalization, providing a boost of 18 dB at 45Hz
  • Compact with clean lines
  • Variable crossover at 12 dB per octave.
  • RMS power ratings are 400 watts at 4 Ohms; 800 watts at 2 Ohms and 1200 Watts A 1 Ohm
  • Infrasonic filter
  • The option to buy a remote control

It works well for those looking for something a little more sophisticated with higher output levels.

 

BOSS AUDIO CF802 AR3000D 3000 Watt, 1, 2, 4 Ohm Stable Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier

Boss has been making a name for itself by providing a decent product at really affordable pricing. This model is no exception.

It features:

  • MOSFET power supply
  • Power handling of 2250 Watts RMS and 3000 Watts max power at 1 Ohm
  • Slim-fit design
  • Remote control for the sub
  • Is able to be strapped
  • Pre-Amp outputs
  • Low-level inputs

It will work well for those looking for a much louder base system in a good price range. It is a no-frills option.

 

Kenwood KAC-9106D 2000 Watt Monoblock Class D Car Audio Power Amplifier Amp

Kenwood KAC-9106D 2000 Watt Monoblock Class D Car Audio Power Amplifier Amp

Kenwood is a trusted name in the electronics industry. This amplifier combines the quality that we have come to expect with superb performance. This is a simple amp so don’t expect it to turn heads at a competition, but it works well.

It features:

  • Great design
  • Power handling is 500 Watts RMS at 4 Ohms; 1000 Watts RMS at 2 Ohms and a peak load of 2000 Watts
  • Has a load capability of 2 Ohms

It will work well if you have a starter system and want a bit more out of it.

 

Pioneer GM-D9605 Gm Digital Series Class D Amp

Pioneer is another trusted name in the sound industry. This Amp is compact but packs quite a punch.

It features:

  • A low-pass, variable filter
  • A slim-line design
  • An impedance allowance of between 2 and 4 Ohms. (Quite low)
  • 5 different channels to connect to – you can connect up all your speakers, front and back
  • Bridgeable design
  • Comes with a remote

It works well for those who want extra power but who don’t have a lot of space to play around with.

 

Rockville dB12 2000 Watt/1000w RMS Mono Class D 2 Ohm Amplifier Car Audio Amp

This amp from Rockville really rocks the cool vibe – it looks good and performs well as well. It does push some nice voltage but is more of a beginner model.

It features:

  • Power handling of 1000 Watts RMS, 2000 Watts peak output and 500 Watts at CEA-2006 ratings.
  • 2 Ohm stable
  • Complies with CEA-2006 industry standards
  • Excellent value
  • Subsonic and low-pass filter
  • Remote control for the subwoofer
  • Bass equalizer

This will work well for people who want to run a slightly more powerful system. It gives out a decent, stable power supply.

Planet Audio AC3000.1D Anarchy 3000 Watt, 1 Ohm Stable Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier

If you are looking for an amp for a standard car stereo, this is a good option. It has some nice features but is not going to be much good for very power-hungry subs. Still, it is a good price, and there is a six-year guarantee on offer.

  • Pre-amp output
  • Variable phase control
  • Remote control for the sub
  • Slim-line design

This will work well for people who just want to give their systems a bit of a boost.

 

Pioneer GM-D8601 Class D Mono Amplifier

This unassuming little model packs a pretty powerful punch. It is a lot smaller than your standard amplifier but features good design and solid construction.

It features:

  • Variable control and a wired controller for bass
  • Versatile speaker level inputs that will fit most systems
  • Variable low-pass filter
  • The system automatically moderates the input levels when overheating is detected
  • Slim-line, compact model

This works well for those looking for a quality brand with reliable performance.

 

Sound Storm EV4000D Evolution 4000-Watt, 1 Ohm Stable Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier

This is a surprisingly powerful amplifier with 3000 Watts RMS at 1 Ohm and comes in at a very reasonable rate.

It features:

  • Power handling of 3000 Watts RMS and 4000 Watts maximum power at 1 Ohm
  • Low-level input
  • Pre-amp output
  • Low pass, variable crossover
  • Bass booster
  • Remote control
  • Subsonic filter

This will work well for those looking to run a more powerful set of subs and who really want to crank up the volume as much as possible.

 

Final Verdict

In this competition, there were quite a few models that stood out, but there were three that really came out heads and shoulders above the rest.

And the Winner Is….

The Rockford Fosgate R500X1D Prime 1-Channel Class D Amplifier was our first choice. Out of all the amps, it had the best blend of features and good value.

The Pioneer GM-D9605 Gm Digital Series Class D Amp is more expensive but came a close second in terms of overall performance and reliability. It is a good brand that will last well.

The BOSS Audio R2400D – Riot 2400 Watt, 1, 2, 4 Ohm Stable Class D Monoblock Car came out tops as the best value for money option and best starter model.

Which model will you choose? We will leave that up to you to decide.

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