Sony XM-GS4 700 Watt Class AB 4-Channel Amplifier
- 700 Watts Max Power
- 4-Channel Amplifier
- Super compact design
- Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET Power supply
- Class AB Design Offers High-Quality Sound
- Speaker level inputs with auto turn on
- 700 Watts Max Power
- Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET Power supply
- Compact Design for Versatile Installation Options without compromising sound quality
- Class-AB design for excellent sound quality
- CEA-2006 Compliant amplifier for true power output
- 3-Way Protection circuit senses internal temperature and automatically lowers input level to prevent heat damage. Short circuit protection prevent damage when speaker leads are shorted. Overload protection prevent damage from low impedance or blown woofers.
- Removable top cover to reveal all controls
- Variable Low Pass filters allow you to adjust the playback frequencies from 50Hz to 300Hz at 12dB per octave
- Variable High Pass filters allow you to adjust the playback frequencies from 50Hz to 300Hz at 12dB per octave
- Speaker level inputs allow you to connect this amplifier stereo system that do not have RCA outputs. The is very typical for OEM head-units and you can now avoid adding separate line level converters.
- Remote turn on by auto signal sense, so you do not need to run a remote turn on lead with OEM head-units
- Bridge mode allows to run this as a three channel or two channel amplifier
- 4 channel RCA inputs accepts up to 6 volt input signals
- 4 channel speaker level inputs accepts up to 12 volt input signals
- Dual Bass boost controls: 0-10dB at 40Hz (Channels 1-2) and (Channels 3-4)
- Dual variable subsonic filters: 0-12dB at 6Hz - 70 Hz (Channels 1-2) and (Channels 3-4)
- Gold plated terminals for all connections
- Frequency Response: 10Hz to 100KHz (Channels 1 - 4)
- Total Harmonic Distortion (4 Ω): < 0.05% (1kHz)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF-A Weighted, at 1 kHz): >100dB
- 4 ohms: 70 watts x 4 channels
- 2 ohms: 80 watts x 4 channels
- 4 ohms: 160 watts x 2 channel (Dual Bridged)
Maximum Dynamic Power Rating:
- 4 ohms: 150 watts x 4 channels
- 2 ohms: 175 watts x 4 channels
- 4 ohms: 350 watts x 2 channel (Dual Bridged)
- Dimensions: 10-3/4" (W) x 2-1/8" (H) x 8" (D)
|Amplifier Topology Class||Class AB|
|Number of Channels||4 Channel|
|Total RMS Power at 1 ohm||0.00|
|Total RMS Power at 2 ohm||320.00|
|Total RMS Power at 4 ohm||280.00|
|RMS Output per Channel (x1 at 4 ohms)||0.00 Watts|
|RMS Output per Channel (x2 at 4 ohms)||160.00 Watts|
|RMS Output per Channel (x4 at 4 ohms)||70.00 Watts|
|Amplifier Bridging||Bridgable @ 4 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance in Bridged Mode||4 ohm|
|Minimum Impedance in Un-Bridged Mode||2 ohm|
|RCA Pre-amp Audio inputs||2 Pairs (Front, Rear)|
|RCA Pre-amp Audio outputs||None|
|Preamp voltage||6 volts|
|Speaker level inputs||Yes|
|Bass Knob / Remote Gain||No|
|Built in Crossover||High-pass, Low-pass|
|Recommended Power Wire Gauge||8 Gauge|
|Overall Height||2.13 inches|
|Overall Length||8.00 inches|
|Overall Width||10.75 inches|
|Return period||30 days|
|Exchange period||30 days|
Our testing and analysis of the Sony XM-GS4
If you want to get an excellent 4 channel amplifier for your system, I highly suggest you consider the Sony XM-GS4. This 4 channel amplifier not only exceeded its power expectations during our testing, but it’s also fairly compact, efficient and versatile.
What's inside the box
Inside the box is a high level speaker harness, mounting hardware, 3 year warranty card, installation manual and 4-channel amplifier.
Sony rates the XM-GS4 70 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms, 80 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms, and 160 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms in bridged mode. It is only stable in 4 ohms bridged.
High-Res audio compatible
The audio quality of the GS4 is excellent, thanks to an ultra-wide frequency range that extends from 10 Hz - 100 kHz.
The dedicated control section is located beneath the top Sony amplifier cover. Simply remove the two screws and you’ll gain access to the subsonic filter, switchable low pass and high pass filters, gain control, and bass boost
The XM-GS4 can operate in 4 channel, 3 channel or 2 channel mode. This amplifier offers excellent flexibility when connecting to your signal source. A simple option is using the two sets of RCA inputs and connecting to the pre-amp outputs of your head unit. Or use the included high level harnesses to connect to the speaker outputs on the wiring harness on your factory stereo, no line output converter needed in situations where your head unit doesn’t have rca pre-amp outputs. For connections the amplifier features two sets of gold plated spade connection terminals for front and rear channels. We recommend 8 gauge power and ground leads, check out our amplifier installation kits online at qualitymobilevideo.com. Sony also fitted two 30 amp fuses.
Using a bi-amplification connection, you can assign two channels to bass frequencies and two to high frequencies, minimizing distortion. You can also independently adjust the volume of different frequencies to find the perfect balance for each song.
The XM-GS4 can be positioned in a number of different places throughout the car. Install it in the front for easy access to controls, or put it in the trunk to save on space.
What's inside the amp
The secret to the power behind this amplifier is what’s inside. We popped it open to take a peek inside and Sony is not messing around. The amplifier has a massive motherboard covering most components, but we did get a glimpse at plenty of transistors. The amplifier features high end components including noise-resistant potentiometers, Schottky-barrier diodes, High-quality electrolytic capacitors and Low flux choke coils. The heavy duty, heat sink integrated aluminum body of this amplifier is designed to prevent external vibrations
The amplifier has compact dimensions of 10-3/4"W x 2-1/8"H x 8"D.
XM-GS4 Amplifier Testing
Two channels driven, 4 ohm, 1 KHz, 14.4v
HP8903B Audio Analyzer: 92.16W RMS per channel, 1.04% distortion and 19.11 volts of output.
AMM-1: 72 Watts
Lumy Voltmeter (Speaker output voltage): 19.17 volts
Current draw: 19.14 amps
Two channels driven, 4 ohm, 40 Hz, 14.4v
HP8903B Audio Analyzer: 85.01W RMS per channel, 1% distortion and 18.37 volts of output.
AMM-1: 76 Watts
Lumy Voltmeter (Speaker output voltage): 19.08 volts
Current draw: 18.42 amps
Two channels driven, 2 ohm, 1 KHz, 14.4v
HP8903B Audio Analyzer: 125W RMS per channel, 1.04% distortion and 15.72 volts of output.
AMM-1: 100 Watts
Lumy Voltmeter (Speaker output voltage): 15.77 volts
Current draw: 31.21 amps
Two channels driven, 2 ohm, 40 Hz, 14.4v
HP8903B Audio Analyzer: 116W RMS per channel, 1.2% distortion and 15.15 volts of output.
AMM-1: 99 Watts
Lumy Voltmeter (Speaker output voltage): 15.2 volts
Current draw: 30.31 amps
Extremely flat and huge frequency response
Very solid Sony! They exceeded their specifications in every test. Throw that on top of their 3 year warranty and you got yourself a solid purchase with the XM-GS4
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