JL Audio HD900/5 amplifier

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  1. inseek

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    This is part of my audio system upgrade that includes:

    Kenwood DNX-9980HD
    Amplifier
    Factory speakers upgrade
    Subwoofer
    Noise reduction (sound deadening)

    JL Audio HD900/5 feeds 2x Hertz HSK 163 on the front, 2x Audison Voce AV X6.5 mounted in rear doors and Hertz HX 250D subwoofer in the cubby hole.

    There are cheaper amplifiers around, but none of them are so small as HD900/5 and also please note frequency (12-28,000Hz) and S/N ratio >108.5 dB - something you can't see often with class D amps producing 900W RMS.

    Also, based on my previous experience, I wanted a remote subwoofer level control which is really very convenient when you're listening to various types of music recorded on various levels.
     
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    JL Audio HD900/5
    $900

    • HD Series 5-Channel Class D Car Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 100 watts x 4 chan. + 500 watts x 1 Chan.
      • 1.5 - 3 ohms: 75 watts x 4 chan. + 500 watts x 1 Chan.
      • Bridged (1.5 - 4 ohms): 150 watts x 2 chan. + 500 watts x 1 Chan.
    • Total Continuous Power Rating: 900 watts
    • Single Cycle Control delivers reference-grade performance while requiring less current from the vehicle's electrical system
    • R.I.P.S (Regulated, Intelligent Power Supply) ensures consistent power delivery over a wide range of battery voltage and load impedances
      • Regulated means that the power supply adjusts its operation to maintain the rated power output and low distortion operation over range of vehicle voltages
      • Intelligent power supply is a circuit that monitors output current to perfect the amps output power over a range of load impedances. It detects the actual impedance and adjusts rail voltages for the best output
    • Variable bass boost up to +15dB
    • LED power indicators
    • Variable front crossover: 50 - 500Hz, selectable slope 12dB/octave
    • Variable rear crossover: 50 - 500Hz, selectable slope 12dB/octave
    • Differential-balanced inputs to effectively control noise and will allow you to connect most OEM units straight to the amplifier
    • Three sets of RCA Jack input, front, rear and subwoofer with a dedicated input sensitivity gain control for the channels
    • RealSink heat management with rollback protection removes heat from the amplifiers circuitry while the vertical heat
    • Infrasonic filter: Defeatable 24dB/octave at 30 Hz
    • Subsonic Filter (24 dB at 30 Hz)
    • Frequency response: 12 - 28,000Hz
    • Optional wired remote level control: JL Audio HD-RLC
    • Optional stacking equipment for HD amplifiers: JL Audio HD Stack Kit
    • Dimensions: 10-13/16"D x 8-7/8"W x 2H
    • 4-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits when purchased together with this amplifier.
     
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    10.74 in. x 7.85 in. x 1.93 in. (273 mm x 199.5 mm x 49 mm)
    Dimensions do not include connectors.



    10.74 in. x 8.29 in. x 1.93 in. (273 mm x 211 mm x 49 mm)
    Width Measurement Includes Plugs
     
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    Very nice setup there, thank you for sharing!
     
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    Nice job. Did you consider extending the heat vent so that it doesn't throw more heat on the amp?
     
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    well done...looks like you are giving it plenty of airspace for cooling. What is your performance feedback and do you have any pics of the sub? I have been on the fence between the 900/5 or the 750/1 for the sub and a separate for the door speakers. Just curious how good the 500W channel is in that amp compared to a stand alone mono amp.

    Also, where did you mount the gain knob at and how do you grade its performance? I really like to adjust the mids volume level to the sub on the fly based upon what music I am listening to.
     
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    Looks good inseek. :cool:
     
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    That's good idea :)
     
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    I guess I can do something about it should a problem arise next winter... never had problem with overheating since I installed it last April. In NYC, I never drive with open windows, so when it is hot outside air conditioner is on and cools down the amp. I do not like when it is too warm inside so winter time I keep the temperature inside around 18-20C so there is no way the amp will overheat because of hot air passing beneath it. Still, the idea you gave me is good and may work for people with different environment preferences.
     
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    Nice work! I used the same path for the wiring you did for my amp. I pretty much use my a/c year round too so I had the same thoughts about cooling properties. I'm running an Eclipse PA5422 on my system.
     
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    My old amp was Eclipse XA5000 - ice cold. But JL 900/5 is 900W so it is expected to generate more heat under full load ;)

    To my surprise, it never gets too hot, even when the subwoofer is trying to push me through windshield :)