Kenwood X500-1 500W Mono Amplifier
The Kenwood Excelon X500-1 can be considered an oddity, as it combines a budget-friendly price tag with the company's flagship 'Excelon' sub-brand. A unique aluminum heatsink design helps keep the X500-1 cool even during hard use, while an intelligent thermal management system keeps track of temperature so you won't need to worry about the amplifier shutting down. This Class-D amplifier is still very compact, providing flexibility when it comes to installation. Output is 300 watts RMS at 4 ohms or 500 watts at 2 ohms, and you can optimize performance using the variable low pass filter and bass boost (up to 18 dB). While the Excelon X500-1 does not have a huge list of features, its simple controls and power output for the price make this budget-friendly amplifier a great choice.