JL AUDIO MX500/1: Monoblock Class D Wide-Range Amplifier, 500 W

JL AUDIO MX500/1: Monoblock Class D Wide-Range Amplifier, 500 W





Whether you’re hitting the open road or tackling the back trails, MX amplifiers are designed to deliver high-performance audio from the smallest of spaces.

Product Line Overview

Engineered specifically for powersports applications, MX amplifiers utilize JL Audio’s advanced NexD™ switching technologies to generate lots of clean power, while still being kind to small charging systems.


Housed in compact, cast-aluminum chassis, MX amps are water-resistant (IPX6 rated), making them suitable for installations where water, mud or debris cannot be completely avoided. Crossover filters and signal processing features are standard, allowing for easy set-up and system flexibility. Monoblock models include subwoofer level control capability using the optional M-RBC-1 (sold separately).


Monoblock Class D Wide-Range Amplifier, 500 W x 1 @ 2 Ω / 300 W x 1 @ 4 Ω - 14.4V

Engineered specifically for powersports applications, the MX500/1 monoblock amplifier employs our high-speed NexD™ switching design to pack a serious audio punch, without straining charging systems. Its tiny, cast aluminum chassis is highly resistant to corrosion, with an IPX6 water-resistance rating, making it perfect for motorcycles, ATV’s or other utility vehicles.

With a robust 500W of clean power into a 2-ohm load (14.4V, 1% THD), use one to drive a subwoofer, or grab a pair to deliver stunning output to a subwoofer system. The MX500/1 also features an adjustable low-pass crossover, a bass boost EQ, variable infrasonic filter and output polarity switch.

Its dual-range input section accepts a wide range of input voltage levels, from line-level all the way to high-power speaker level signals. With the addition of an M-RBC-1 remote level control (sold separately), subwoofer output can be directly controlled from the driver’s seat.

This amplifier features a black powder-coated finish, a gasketed cover for the controls and stainless steel hardware for durability.



NexD™ Switching Technology

NexD™ Switching Technology

NexD™ amplifier technologies produce exceptional audio quality, unsurpassed total efficiency and high power from very compact amplifier designs.

Detailed Information:
Beginning with the original 'Slash' subwoofer amplifiers, JL Audio has been at the forefront of Class D amplifier design. Today, our flagship Single-Cycle Control™ technology sets the ultimate standard for Class D amplifier performance. The NexD™ amplifiers may be a bit less complex, more compact and more affordable, but they flow from the same minds that have set the trend in mobile amplifier technology for over a decade.

Let's get a little nerdy... A traditional PWM switching amp design uses a fixed switching frequency and varies the pulse width based solely on the audio input signal to the pulse modulator. This basic approach assumes some ideal conditions, like a rock-steady power supply, that do not necessarily occur in a real, in-car installation. Power supply sag with signal causes distortion at all power levels with these designs, even well below clipping. The cure for this is feedback (a corrective signal sent back to the input side), but this becomes impractical as the audio frequency increases, making it a good solution for band-limited (subwoofer) amps, but not for full-range amplifiers.

Taking the above into account when designing the NexD™ subwoofer amplifiers, we have taken the simple fixed PWM approach and enhanced it with a very high switching frequency: 240 kHz, which is about 4x higher than most Class D subwoofer amplifiers. This pushes the amplifier's bandwidth to at least 500 Hz with minimal distortion and improves efficiency, while keeping typically bulky circuity more compact. Your subwoofers will reward you with tight, rock-solid bass performance.

For the full-range NexD™ amplifiers and channels we applied a variable, ultra-high speed version of the NexD™ technology (switching at well over 400 kHz). In these designs, a self-oscillating modulator with "feed-forward" sends information about the instantaneous power supply voltage to the modulator, combining this with the input signal to cancel out any distortion due to supply voltage fluctuation. This reduces distortion prior to applying feedback, simplifying the overall feedback loop design.

The bottom line is simply great audio: clean, powerful and reliable.




Differential-Balanced Inputs

Differential-Balanced Inputs

JL Audio’s Differential-Balanced Inputs are engineered to combat induced cable noise, which is a common problem in car and marine audio installations. This technology allows for the use of conventional RCA cables, while delivering many of the benefits of a true balanced connection and accepting a wide range of input signal levels.

Detailed Information:
Today’s vehicles are equipped with sophisticated electronics capable of generating noise and interference that can intrude into the audio path, ruining the listening experience.

Most audio equipment uses single-ended, ground-referenced RCA jacks to receive audio signals. This means that the RCA shield is connected directly to signal ground. This is a simple, cost effective input design that works well for short runs in noise free environments. In noisier environments, this method cannot reject the common mode noise that could be on both RCA conductors (shield and center conductor).

By having more than one chassis-grounded RCA shield on a device, single-ended input designs are also more susceptible to ground loops. If noise is present on both conductors while the shield is connected to ground, the input amplifier will amplify the noise relative to the grounded RCA shield. When there are multiple RCA connections or any other conductors subjected to a magnetic field, this will cause a difference in potential across the RCA loop to be amplified at the grounded RCA as noise (a classic ground loop).

JL Audio’s Differential-Balanced Input circuits measure the center pin of the RCA connection relative to the RCA shield, even when the shield is not connected to ground, and even when the voltages at both conductors are moving relative to ground. Because both the center conductor and the shield see high impedance to ground at the input, a ground loop cannot be formed, as there is no current flow to induce a voltage as noise. This works equally well with differential-balanced, or unbalanced signal sources, making this input architecture compatible with all standard car and marine audio equipment, using standard, unshielded, twisted-pair RCA cables. No special cables are required, unlike the fully balanced connections used in professional audio.

Another benefit of the Differential-Balanced Input design is that it easily accepts low-level and high-level signals from a variety of factory head unit outputs and amplifiers, including single ended “ground referenced” sources, as well as Balanced or Unbalanced “Bridged or BTL” sources. This eliminates the need for Line Output Converters (LOCs) in most installation scenarios.

The obvious question is: “Why don’t all car audio amplifiers use Differential-Balanced Inputs?” The answer is simple: it costs more. Executing a proper differential-balanced input section requires more components and better quality components than a basic single-ended design, so you generally won’t find them on less expensive amplifiers




Rated Continuous (RMS) Power @ 14.4 V

@ 4 Ω 300 W RMS x 1
@ 3 Ω 400 W RMS x 1
@ 2 Ω 500 W RMS x 1
@ 1.5 Ω N/A

Rated Continuous (RMS) Power @ 12.5 V

@ 4 Ω 250 W RMS x 1
@ 3 Ω 300 W RMS x 1
@ 2 Ω 400 W RMS x 1
@ 1.5 Ω N/A

General Specifications

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 12 kHz (+0, -1dB)
S/N Ratio, referred to highest rated power >97 dB below rated power (A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz noise bandwidth)
S/N Ratio, referred to 1 W >70 dB (A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz noise bandwidth)
Damping Factor @ 4 Ω >115 / 50 Hz
Damping Factor @ 2 Ω >54 / 50 Hz
THD+N @ Rated Power <1% @ 2 Ω
Input Voltage Range @ RCA Inputs Switchable from 250 mV - 4 V RMS (Low) to 750 mV - 15 V RMS (High)
Min.Copper Power / Ground Wire Gauge 4 AWG wire
Fuse Rating 50 A (AFS, AGU or MaxiFuse™)

Signal Processing

Filter Mode(s) Low-Pass only
Filter Slope(s) 24 dB/octave
Filter Frequency Range 40 Hz - 400 Hz
Detented, Calibrated Filter Freq. Potentiometer Yes
Filter Defeat Function Yes
Infrasonic Filter 20 Hz - 40 Hz, variable
Bass Boost EQ 0 to +12 dB @ 43 Hz
Output Polarity Switch Yes
Remote Subwoofer Level Control Optional (M-RBC-1)
Remote Bass EQ Boost Control No
Pass-Through Preamp Output None

Physical Specifications

Height (H) 1.77 in / 45 mm
Width (W) 9.33 in / 237 mm
Depth (D)

4.50 in / 115 mm

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