JL Audio 500/1 Car Amplifier Reviews

JL Audio 500/1 Car Amplifier

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  • Great amplifier for intermediate to advanced users!!

    Sep 10, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: RIPS, infrasonic filter, balanced inputs, low THD, crossover
    Cons: Pricey, Bass EQ poorly designed, built in alan screws, warranty

    Summary: After all the years of talk and speculation JL Audio finally comes through on their promise to introduce an amplifier line to their customers. The 500/1 is their second best subwoofer amplifier next to the 1000/1. This amplifier was designed to put out 50 ... read more

  • Phenomenal Amp for SubWoofer Use

    Jan 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful, flexible configuration, small, clean and clear
    Cons: Not quite enough for super-power-hungry subs- also, doesn't like 2 ohm loads

    Summary: JL talked about introducing an amp line to the market for years before finally following through just a few years back. Since this introduction JL's line has expanded from the "Slash" series (to which the 500/1 or 500 SLASH 1 belongs) to the lower "E" ... read more

  • Not worth the money - JL 500/1

    Jun 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Low price for a Class D monoblock 500 watt amp.
    Cons: Only 500 watts - picks up induced noise through wires (Made in Korea).

    Summary: I had two 500/1 amps powering two 15W3-D2 subs. O.K. but had a tendancy to slap the backplate on th ... read more


    Oct 22, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Features ever seen! Best settings diagrams! Guaranteed output regardless of voltage change!
    Cons: Not quite enough power for the greedy JL w7 sub...

    Summary: This amp was awesome! But I had to upgrade from it to a more powerful amp. I used a single JL Audio 10w7 sum and this amp was great... but not quite enough for me! Then again I want to hit 151bd too! If your satisfied ... read more

  • The Ultimate Amp!!

    Jun 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent output, Remote gain control, Plenty of wiring configurations
    Cons: No Cons.

    Summary: The JL Audio 500/1 is a great amplifier. I have it hooked up to 3-JL12w3's and they are some of the cleanest hardest hitting subs i have ever heard. It accepts up to a 8ga. wire and is setup to accept a variety of voltage inputs. The remote gain control ... read more

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  • well worth it

    Apr 11, 2007 by
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    Pros: looks, RMS
    Cons: built in screws

    Summary: I bought this amp new in 2004 to push to 12" Kicker Solobaric L7s. It did that and more! It's now 2007 and I still have the amp and subs kicking tons of bass in my car. I am about to sell it all though only because I bought a new house and can use the ... read more

  • Lots of Power

    Feb 12, 2007 by
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    Pros: Quality, musical amp
    Cons: Runs a bit hot. Nothing ridiculous though

    Summary: JL power. Great amp. I have this powering a 12W6V2 in a sealed custom enclosure. This amp does what an amp should. Reproduces the signal it receives & stays out of the way. Went from a 250/1 to this. I gotta say though I felt that the 250/1 was ... read more

  • Best Amplifier I've Ever Seen

    Oct 2, 2005 by
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    Pros: When hook up properly, the benefits are unexplainable. Never overheats
    Cons: I bought mines at $450 w/o tax and this was on sale

    Summary: One word describes this wonderful piece of product: POWERFUL!!! I got my 500/1 running 2 12w3v2's somewhere around 150-175 apiece. The deal with JL amps, is that it puts out more pure wattage that it says. I have my subs turned down to -6 (yes ... read more

  • BAM! this thing is made for bass

    Apr 18, 2004 by
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    Pros: POWER, reliable name, small, good looking for comp
    Cons: price ($500), warranty

    Summary: If you want to make some 12's shake and quake, then buy this amp! It is expensive. However, for a 500 watt amp you can not beat this thing. Absolute power from a good name brand. Now I am an Orion man, Lord knows you can not beat those amps, but this one ... read more

  • JL Audio 500/1

    Sep 17, 2003 by
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    Pros: Beats like the devil, very loud and seems more powerful than rated
    Cons: Can't turn the amp gain down until you get no sound

    Summary: The JL Audio 500/1 mono sub amp is a brute force. The amp output (@ 500 watts) is more than enough power for one or two strong subwoofers. You get 500 watts into 1.5 to 4 ohms. It has a parametric bass EQ, low pass crossover, subsonic filter & wired ... read more

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