Best 1000 Watt Amp with Pros, Cons & Recommendations
Welcome to the Best 1000 Watt Amp Award Show!
After spending the last 15 days in semi-isolation in my garage installing amps, running wires, soldering, fine-tuning, and going on test drivers meanwhile ignoring house chores and skipping bedtime stories (sorry honey, I will make it up to you…), I’m ready to reveal which are the very best 1000 watts amplifiers on the market today.
Finding the perfect 1000 watt amplifier comes down to three things your available space, your current system, and your budget. As soon as you know these, it will be super easy to find the perfect amp for your needs.
You see, for more than 20 years, I’ve been installing car audio equipment in all sorts of vehicles. I’ve seen it all and done it all. This is why I’ve thought it would be a great idea to share my experience by doing the research and testing for you. By reading this article, you will shorten your research and probably find the perfect fit.
I’m ranking the top three 1000 watts amplifiers on RMS power, ease of install, looks (for the bragging rights), and value for the money.
Frankly, picking any amps from the list below is a guaranteed winner. There are no duds or lemons on my list. These are truly the best of the best and real champions.
Let me see those amps already!
What Will I Learn?
- Best 1000 Watt Amp with Pros, Cons & Recommendations
- #1 Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5 – The Best 1000 Watt Amplifier Overall
- #2 NVX VAD10001 – Best Value 1000 Watt Amp
- #3 Rockville dB14 – Best Affordable 1000 Watt Amp
- Buyer’s Guide for the best amp that delivers 1000 watts
- Conclusions on the Best 1000 Watt Amp Awards
- FAQ on the Best 1000 Watt Amp:
#1 Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5 – The Best 1000 Watt Amplifier Overall
We have a WINNER!
Can you imagine that this amplifier is underrated? Yes, it’s true, and you’re getting more power out of it than advertised.
The sound quality is excellent, and we don’t expect anything else from a Class A/B amp. Plus, the 5th channel is Class D, and that makes the subwoofer push out some massive bass.
When you let these beats loose, it will blow everyone away. It’s not for competition people only because you can enhance your daily commute with this amp.
- 75 Watts x 4 + 150 Watts x 1 at 4-Ohm
- 125 Watts x 4 + 300 Watts x 1 at 2-Ohm
- 500 Watts at 1-Ohm
People always smile when they start up their system with this amp. Best of all, it’s a single amp solution, no more wasting space, and it has everything you will ever need.
This is why it’s top of my list:
- Freaking Oomph: So much power and so loud that it’s unbearable, or is it? A few of us just smile and nod
- Ultimate Single Amp Solution: With this amplifier, you can eliminate 2 or even 3, saving you space, installation time and making the mounting a breeze
- Bragging Rights Secured: No matter where you go, you will turn heads, and compliments are soon to follow
- Built to Last: This amp has been subjected to the Arizona scorching heat for more than 2 years, and it still delivers as if it would be day 1.
A few drawbacks to consider:
OK, let’s cut the crap, shall we? Come on, Rockford, this isn’t a budget amp, and you still expect us to pay for the bass knob? It should’ve been included in the package.
There were a few reports that this amplifier is running hot. Then it’s a good idea to install cooling fans because Class A/B is known for that, and it still produces the best sound quality possible.
All in all, this Rockford Fosgate amp is the best in the 1000 watt category. It’s true that it has a few flaws and when you get it installed and you crank it up, you will soon forget all about them.
It’s one of the most popular amplifiers on the market today, so no wonder that it is constantly running out of stock. You have no choice. You have to move fast and grab one while you still can, or you risk waiting for weeks.
If you want something cheaper, then check out #2 on my list.
Space saver since it replaces two amps
Happy driver since the speakers are maxed, and the sub is delivering that incredible bass
Quality build since it can take the heat no problem
The bass knob is not included
The crossover settings are not beginner-friendly
#2 NVX VAD10001 – Best Value 1000 Watt Amp
This amp is loud for its size. I’ve tested it in a Jeep with the top off on the highway. It’s freedom in a small box. All my favorite songs were sounding better, and it has overpowered all the other noises.
Plus, it’s marine certified. I’d forgotten to protect it, and it went through a few downpours. Nothing happened. It’s bumping the thumping as usual.
This amp delivers 1000 watts if you need that much power. It’s a monoblock amp and Class D. Here’s what you need to know about it.
- At 4 ohms: 420W x 1 channel
- At 2 ohms: 760W x 1 channel
- At 1 ohms: 1000W x 1 channel
- Max power output (maximum power output) 2000 Watts
This little guy packs a mean punch without distortions. The hookup isn’t that hard if you know what you’re doing. And for the price, it’s a steal.
Many people choose this amp because of its stealth setup. Once everything is configured and properly tuned, it hits hard and deep, just what the doctor ordered.
Here’s why it’s a must-buy:
- Huge Power in a Small Package: 1000 Watt from a small box like this? Yes, from my measurements, it’s quite doable; it’s not heavily overrated
- Stealth Install Friendly: This compact amplifier fits perfectly under the seat, so if you care about the factory look, this is a good choice
- Flawless Music: Let it be rock, pop, rap, or any type of other genres, this amp will deliver it pitch-perfect
Here are a few drawbacks:
A few people mentioned that this amp would get hot. The simplest fix is mounting it where there’s more than enough breathing room. Also, if you live in a hot climate, you might need a cooling fan or two.
NVX has a bad and confusing manual, so no wonder people are complaining that this amp sucks. When I do my special wizardly, it is like a miracle, and it sounds amazing.
All in all, this NVX amplifier delivers great value for the price. It does what is advertised to do after you get through the minor inconveniences. All amps have drawbacks, and NVX has only minor ones. Music will never sound the same after you’ve installed it.
Since it’s a popular product, the stocks are ridiculously low. This means that you need to move and buy it before they are gone. You don’t have time to waste, get it now.
No matter what kind of music you’re into to this will deliver it flawlessly
It plays all types of music perfectly let it be rock, pop or rap
Compact amplifier which is stealth friendly, you can install it almost anywhere
There were a few complaints about overheating
The manual is useless; let an expert install it
#3 Rockville dB14 – Best Affordable 1000 Watt Amp
Warning! This amp will beat the hell out of your subs, so make sure they are not the cheap kind because they will burn. It’s insane how much power this little amp can deliver.
Finally, a company that’s serious about giving everything without extra charge: Nice going, Rockville; the additional bass knob is a welcome freebie.
With this amp, you’re getting a monoblock Class D amplifier. This means that you can easily power two subwoofers, and since it’s a class D, it takes up little to no space and won’t get overheated.
- At 2 Ohm: 4000 Watts max power output x 1 Channel
- At 2 Ohm: 1000 Watt RMS
- At 4 Ohm: 2400 Watts x 1 Channel
From my experience, this amp pushes subs like no other. The power output will make the subs push hard and very deep. The bass will be phenomenal with this amp.
Quite an impressive piece of engineering, I wanted to push this amplifier to the breaking point. For 30 minutes non-stop, I’ve abused it, and it barely got warm. Now that’s quality.
Here’s why it’s a must-buy:
- It’s a Beast of an Amp: This bad boy can handle two subs without a problem. As a matter of fact, I’ve tested it with two 15” subs, and it didn’t break a sweat
- Legendary Amplifier: It thumps so hard that the mirrors shake and vibrate so that I can’t see
- The Go-To Choice: It’s half the price of premium brands, and it pushes even harder than them. The choice is quite simple
Here are a few drawbacks:
Rockville, you have messed up. What’s with those cheap screws? I mean, really, they are so soft that you will strip them almost instantly. Brace yourself. You might as well get some new screws.
Also, the brass knob seems to be awfully bright. For some, it won’t be an issue, and this comes to the installation position.
All in all this Rockville checks all the boxes. Even if it has a few flaws, the sheer amount of power and the incredibly low price makes it a brain-dead simple choice.
Sadly the secret is out. It’s not a hidden gem anymore, so people are buying it like crazy. This is why there are only a few left in stock. If it’s the right fit, there’s no time to delay; get it now or risk waiting for weeks on end.
Legendary Amplifier will unleash a beast of power for your subwoofer
It’s so powerful that it can easily handle two subwoofers
The Go-To sub is half the price of premium brands
The cheap screws will be stripped out fast
The bass knob is too bright for my liking
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Buyer’s Guide for the best amp that delivers 1000 watts
Your research is almost done. On the list above I’ve only included the best of the best. So no matter which one you choose you will have a winner by your side.
It’s not over yet. You need to make sure that your 1000 watt amp is the right match for your system. To be the perfect fit you need to match up two things or you might even damage your system beyond repair. This is what I’m going to detail below.
Why Would You Need A Car Amp?
That’s a very good question why do you need a car amp? Well the main reason is to have the best music possible in your ride. This will make the daily commute or long trips enjoyable.
You see the standard system will now produce that sound that you’re dreaming about. For this you need decent speakers, a subwoofer or two and maybe even tweeters powered by a good amplifier.
The amplifier increases the power supplied from the car battery. In most cases the battery alone won’t be able to deliver the required power. Also subwoofers require a lot of power to operate well.
What to (or not to) Expect When Buying a Car Amp?
Matching up the perfect amp with your system will get you that loudness and cleanness that your sound system should deliver.
With more power the subs and speakers will perform better and the songs will sound better as well.
Also if you have a cheap system you can’t expect out-of-this-world performance.
Should You Buy Mono, 2-channel or Multichannel Amp?
Well this comes down to your current setup and your budget.
If you have a serious subwoofer that requires a lot of power then a monoblock is your best option. Simply they provide the most power and that fits best.
2 channel amps are good for two subwoofers or speakers. Depending again on the setup you can mix and match and even create a hybrid system.
Multichannel amps are great if you don’t have a lot of space. 1 amplifier can handle your speakers and your subwoofer. By doing so you’re saving money and space at the same time.
As mentioned above there are multiple channel amplifiers to choose from.
Mono amplifiers have only one channel and typically these are used to power subwoofers. These amp deliver a lot more power than the rest because subs need more power.
Two-Channel amplifiers: These have two channels that can be used to power two subs or a few speakers. I prefer to use it on speakers.
Four Channel amps: these are the best ones to get the amazing SQ and reach the pitch-perfect mids and highs.
Five Channel amps: these are very similar to 4 channel ones with the difference of having a dedicated channel for the subwoofer which will deliver more power.
Six Channel amps: these are typically for SUVs that have a big system. Besides these there are a lot of combinations to pick from.
Amplifier Power output
This is very important to match it with your system. The thing is if you overpower that’s not a big issue because most systems welcome the extra juice. However you need to be careful not to under power it because that can smoker your system.
Typically there are two numbers listed on amp sales pages the maximum and RMS wattage. Please ignore the maximum because that’s just hype. They come up with the number to make sure it’s impressive so you buy it.
Instead focus on the RMS power and match it with your system’s RMS power. It doesn’t have to be an exact match either. If you be in the 70-100% range you will be fine.
Even so there are amps that overstate their RMS. You don’t need to worry about that if you have picked an amp from the list above. If you didn’t you have to make sure it’s the right fit for your system by checking impedance and power.
This would be the conclusion for this buyer’s guide. I hope by now you understand that to have the best system you have to deliver the right power at the right impedance.
Conclusions on the Best 1000 Watt Amp Awards
We have reached the end of this award ceremony. I had a blast testing out these amps for you. I might’ve pissed off a few neighbors because I cranked it up too loud and who cares? It was for a good cause.
Now, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these reviews as well and I also hope that you have already found the best fit for your needs.
If it’s so then you need to move. These are very popular amplifiers so they are running low on stocks. The faster you buy it the more chances are you can listen to your newly improved system.
As you have seen I’ve done my best to suggest amps that fit the most popular systems and I’ve chosen them to fit most budgets. Enjoy the amazing sound what these amps produce.
If you happen to have tips or questions feel free to reach out to me. The best way is by email and I will do my best to reply.
Roger and Out
FAQ on the Best 1000 Watt Amp:
What are the features for these best 1000 watt car amplifiers?
I tend to distance myself from amp features because they are boring and readers find it boring so if you’re that interested here they are for the best car amplifiers:
- Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5 1000 Watt 5 Channel Car Amplifier; mosfet power supply; variable bass boost feature; high pass filter; low pass filter; compact chassis
- NVX VAD10001 1000W RMS Class D Monoblock Car Amplifier; 2000 watts max power; mosfet power supply; variable bass boost; high pass filter; low pass filter; subsonic filter
- Rockville dB14 4000w max power/1000w RMS Mono 2 Ohm Amplifier Car Amplifier; mosfet power supply; bass boost; high pass filter; low pass filter; sleek and elegant design
How important is to have a mosfet power supply?
The mosfet power supply is the most efficient power source (power input) for audio quality sound. A good car amplifier should have this to provide enough power at speaker level rca inputs.
Which car amplifier wasn’t included in the best list above?
As matter of fact I have eliminated two major brands from the list above. The first one was JL audio sound system because it’s simply too expensive for average people. Even though JL audio sound system comes with stable operation on low level inputs and high level inputs for car speakers and great sound it’s still too much. The other car amplifier that I’ve excluded was the planet audio sound system. With the Planet audio sound system the price isn’t the issue, the internal temperature is there were complaints about overheating.
What kind of audio setup do I need for great sound quality?
For great sound quality you need more than a decent audio setup. Let’s face it the factory radio is not that great nowadays. You will need a head unit, speakers, subwoofer and an ampiflier. For these you need high level inputs such as rca inputs and speaker level inputs.
Last Updated on May 29, 2022 by Danny Reid