Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable

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Dayton Audio's SA1000 mono subwoofer amplifier provides nearly a kilowatt of clean, solid power to your home theater or music playback system. The amp's convenient freestanding or rack-mountable configurations make it an ideal partner for high-performance subwoofer speaker systems.
  • Patented tracking down-converter power supply for high efficiency
  • Class-AB output stage for clean, controlled output
  • Low frequency parametric EQ allows you to boost or cut to custom-tailor the sound
  • Sophisticated soft clip circuitry improves headroom and protects woofers
  • Manual, auto, or triggered on/off for integration into any automated system
  • Switchable subsonic and bass boost filters
  • High pass output for looping signal back into distributed audio systems
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Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable

The Dayton Audio SA1000 is a freestanding, high-power subwoofer amplifier designed for the DIYer, installer, and systems integrator. This unique monaural audio device delivers the raw power of a pro-sound amp, but with the features and flexibility of a dedicated subwoofer amplifier. It can be configured for stacking with other audio components, and includes removable ears for mounting in standard audio racks (2RU). The SA1000's patented tracking down-converter power supply ensures headroom for instantaneous power needs and the amp stays cool, thanks to its high-efficiency design.

A Class-AB amplifier configuration provides the SA1000 with clean and controlled output. From an application standpoint, the SA1000's low frequency parametric EQ enables you to boost or cut to custom-tailor the sound to suit the listening environment. Sophisticated soft clip circuitry provides cleaner transient peaks while protecting your driver from over-excursion. The amp's switchable subsonic filter removes subsonic information from the signal, which tightens the low end response of some subwoofer systems. On-board bass boost filters enhance LF performance while leaving the parametric EQ function available to address room modes, like cutting an excessively loud room resonance. The high-pass outputs provide a user the option to feed the signal back into their other audio components or a distributed audio system.

Manual, automatic on/off or triggered 12V input modes allow easy integration into automated systems. The stealthy pop-out knobs on the front panel make adjustments easy, while minimizing the risk of accidental disturbance. The SA1000's subdued brushed black aluminum faceplate allows the amp to blend cosmetically with any type of audio gear. Accommodates RCA line-level inputs, includes insulated binding posts for the speaker outputs, and accepts a 12V trigger via a 3.5 mm mini-jack.

Specifications: • Rated power output (0.92% THD): 497 watts into 8 ohms, 950 watts into 4 ohms • Signal to noise ratio: 98 dB A-weighted • Efficiency: 86% • Input impedance: 12K ohms • Subsonic filter: -3 dB @ 18 Hz, Q=0.8 • Bass boost: +3 dB @ 25 Hz, Q=1.4 • High pass output: -3 dB @ 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave • Low pass adjustment: 30-200 Hz • Phase adjustment: 0°–180° • Parametric EQ frequency: 18–80 Hz • Bandwidth: 0.1–1.0 Q • Level: -14.5 dB to +6 dB • Dimensions: 17-1/2" W x 4" H x 13" D (tabletop configuration) • Power requirements: 120/230 VAC, 50/60 Hz • Stand-by power rating: 120V 24W; 230V 18.4W • Weight: 20 lbs. • Power rating based on one-third power duty cycle.

Product Specifications
  • Power Output (RMS Per Channel @ 8 ohms)497 Watts
  • Power (RMS/Channel 8 ohms)251 - 500 Watts
  • Weight Range30 to 39 lbs.
Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelSA1000
  • Part Number300-811
  • UPC844632078514
  • Product CategoryAmplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (27 Reviews)
  • Weight30.8 lbs.
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Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable
Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable is rated 4.4444 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was great until it stopped workingI had this (the older model) sitting around for a few years until I got a chance to hook it up after Christmas. It worked great until I tried to see how loud I could push my 2 Dahlquist DQ-1W subs that are each 8 ohms so it was seeing a 4 ohm load. It didn't soft clip it hard clipped when I guess I reached the limit. It worked fine the rest of the night but the next day it started making a noise from the amp itself like a very loud clicking noise.So I got 4+ months of use out of it before it broke. Not sure if I will have it fixed but I probably will. Worked great and sounded wonderful up until this.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the real thing!!Sent back a similar item from a different manufacturer that was twice the price. The Dayton was the winner hands-down. Using the SA-1000 with a massive Dunlavy Subwoofer (4 driver array) with no problems.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!I just received this behemoth a few weeks ago, and other than weighing 30 pounds, it is an amazing amp. Simple to hook up, and the controls make is easy to integrate into your system. I have (2) of the Ultimax 15" subs and 3cu/ft box combo's, and I currently only have one hooked up. I could not imaging having both of them hooked up in the same room.Cons: The only con I really found with this amp is that the blue light on the front of it is bright and distracting since it is sitting one shelf under my TV. I put a small piece of black Electrical tape over it, and problem solved! This one problem was not enough to knock off a star, because it is easily fixed and does not affect the performance of the amp itself.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect.I bought this amp to replace a 300 watt plate amp on my sub.   The sub is a dual 4 ohm voice coil so my replacement need to be a high power with a 8 ohm load.   The good:This amp is heavy, something I didn't expect.  The adjustment pots don't feel cheap and I do like the feature of setting them flush to the front panel after adjustments.   This amp woke up my sub compared to the old one.   There was no audible hums or pops with this amp compared to my old plate amp that would give an audible bump when I would turn the ceiling fan off at the light switch when leaving the room.   I am happy with this amp.Cons:The blue LED is waaaay to bright.  When the amp is in standby mode the LED will dim slightly but unless you actually watch the LED change, you would think it never went into standby.   The LED needs to either turn off or change to red when off.   To fix this problem I first tried to sharpie over the LED but just ended up putting electrical tape over it.   Don't place amp on high vibration area, the top panel will vibrate.  
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from POWERHOUSE SUB AMP TONS OF BOTTOM END TORQUEThis a stout subwoofer amp, very close to my Bryston amps in terms of reaching down to the bottom octave with total command. I used this amp to power several subs, it made my SVS tube sound better than ever but I ended up with it on my JBL JRX218S. JBL rates this sub as 38 hz for the low end (?) but with the Dayton amp it really comes alive on low synthesizer bass, dub step, etc. I did a sine wave sweep from 100 to 20hz and it was just other-worldly powerful and clear, especially from 35 to 20 hz with the Dayton amp- no bass boost at all. Everybody asks how many subs are playing, they do not believe it's just the one JBL so I have to show them the connections of the other subs. I might get another pair of these for my JBL Synthesis subs, it is clearly better than the Rotel RB 1091 mono amps in terms of low end authority. Not really sure how the tracking downconverter topology works but it is noticebly better than the BASH amps right now, in my humble opinion. It does not seem to draw much juice from the wall, the lights do not dim like when using Bryston 7B monos. The controls are very precise and this is built very well. Highly recommended. This is not lightweight thin digital amp bass, this thing makes DEEP Krell/Bryston bass with no distortion. I was not able to make it clip, seemed like the rafters were about to come apart with just the one JRX sub, and it was in the middle of the wall. No need to go into the corner with this amp in charge. All my other sub amps will finding new homes soon, this Dayton stud is a keeper and for the price it's a no-brainer.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sub ampThis sub amp has tons of power and is very versatile. I am running a a/v receiver and a separate amp into it to power two in wall subs.
Date published: 2014-03-27

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Dayton Audio SA1000 Subwoofer Amplifier Rack Mountable

When using the two outputs, is it 1000w per output?

Asked by: T Mohn
although there are two sets of binding posts on the back of this amp, it is realy only one output. (both sets of posts are wired in paralell) as for output its listed on the web page. 497watts @ 8ohm and 950watts @ 4ohms. that means if you put an 8ohm sub on each set of posts it will make your total speaker impedance/amp load 4ohms. another thing is don't take this amp above 8ohms load or below 4ohms load. doing either may cause damage to the amp.
Answered by: Pitter
Date published: 2014-04-10


I have two cabinets each containing 2 X 15 inch speakers(200w each). Would this unit be strong enough to run both cabinets?
Asked by: chasmar
The SA1000 is designed to work with impedance loads down to 4-ohms. The two speaker outputs are internally wired in parallel.If your speakers are 8-ohms each, you can connect each one to its own set of output terminals. If your speakers are 4-ohms, would would have to wire them together in series and then wire to one set of output terminals. See the wiring diagram below for series wiring.The amount of amplifier power available is more than enough to drive your speakers well in either configuration.
Answered by: mikevv
Date published: 2012-10-25

can the Dayton Audio SA1000 amp be used to drive the speaker in a JLB PB-12. the amp in the PB-12 is blown but the speaker is in great shape.

Asked by: Bulleader
The Dayton amp should work just fine. Do not mount it in the cabinet. The vibration would cause long-term problems.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-07-15

when using the SA1000 theyre asking for the 12V on the back. What does that mean?

Works for music on my reciever but when I tried on my TV and using my dvd player its giving me an ugly sound.
Asked by: BEE991480517
If you look at that jack again it says "12V trigger". That is used to remotely turn on the SA1000 via a signal sent from a receiver, power manager, processor or some other piece of equipment. As for the "ugly sound" if its a loud hum/buzz that never changes pitch it's probably the dreaded 60Hz hum.
Answered by: Pitter
Date published: 2013-04-15

Will this amp drive 2 Eminence LAB12 12" subs in a separate sealed enclosures?

Asked by: naggots
I wouldn't recommend using those drivers with that amp. The amp is only safely rated for an impedance load of 4ohms at the lowest and 8ohms at the highest. According to the specs that you linked to the drivers are 6ohms each. That means you can only wire for 3ohms parallel or 12ohms in series.
Answered by: Pitter
Date published: 2013-04-16

I see 2 channels out... how do i run a single VC 4 ohm sub at 4 ohms?

I see 2 channels out ( +,-) and (+,-). So if I have a single voice coil sub at 4 ohms, how do I draw 4 ohms out of this amp? combine all +'s and -'s off amp and run them to the respective + and - on the sub? or would this be 8 ohms?
Asked by: Ess OH ELL
This is a one channel amp. The two sets of binding posts are internally connected together. There is only one output. The impedance of the speaker does not change. If it is a 4 ohms speaker, you will be applying a 4 ohm load to the amp. Having to sets of binding posts is intended for the ability to connect two 8 ohm woofers to the amp, which would create one 4 ohm load.
Answered by: RAK Audio
Date published: 2013-04-16


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