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Best 6 Channel Amplifiers Reviews

You can survive with just a car receiver. You don’t, strictly speaking, need a car amplifier. But you cannot believe the night and day difference having one will make.

If you want your music to be loud, clear and harmonious, amplifiers are definitely part of the picture. In this guide, we’ve evaluated the best 6 channel amps for this year, no matter what your budget, or your needs.

Best 6 Channel Amplifiers Reviews

1. JL Audio XD600/6v2

JL Audio XD600/6v2

  • Preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • High-level inputs — up to 8 volts RMS (about 16 watts)
  • Variable low- and high-pass filters
  • Class D amplifier design with NextD™ switching amp technology
  • Differential-balanced inputs eliminate noise coming from your vehicle's electrical system
  • Advanced Rollback Protection System prevents thermal shut-down

Last update on 2020-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions  10-1/4″W x 2″H x 7-1/8″D
Number of channels 6
Frequency range 12-22000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • @4 ohms
    • 75 watts RMS x 6
  •  @ 2 ohms
    • 100 watts RMS x 6
  • Bridged
    • 200 watts RMS x 3 bridged at 4 ohms
Bridgeable Yes
Amplifier Class D

JL Audio has been in business for quite a long time and you could say they know a thing or two about sound. JL Audio’s products don’t really need an introduction. This audiophile brand makes quality car audio components that are engineered to meet today’s performance requirements.

The XD600/6v2 is one of the best 6 channel amps that JL Audio has to offer. It packs a serious punch far beyond what you’d expect from something this size.

This little powerhouse uses class D amplifier design with advanced NextD™ switching amp technology, which allows this compact amp to play your music with true fidelity, without straining your car’s electrical system.

This JL audio 6 channel amp is designed specifically for full-range operation for 6 channels, however, it can also be used to power up to three subs. In other words, each pair of channels can be bridged to drive a subwoofer.

This incredibly flexible amplifier can deliver a staggering 75 watts to each of its six channels; or drive 4 speakers with 75 watts each and a subwoofer with 200 watts RMS; or bridge four of its channels to create a staggered power four-channel amplifier with 200 Watts x 2 @ 4 ohm for a set of component speakers and 75 W x 2 @ 4 Ω for your rear speakers. You can also drive two subwoofers with 200 W each, plus a pair of speakers with 75W x 2.

This amplifier is featured with a cast alloy heatsink and an advanced cooling system that’s meant to keep this amp running cool, eliminating overheating and thermal shut-downs so your music keeps going strong without interruption.

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2. Sony XM-GS6DSP

Sony XM-GS6DSP

  • Class D amp technology
  • Variable high-and low-pass filters
  • Preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • Variable bass boost
  • Built-in Bluetooth connectivity for streaming from your compatible device
  • Digital signal processing control via Sony Music Center app on your Bluetooth device
    • 10-band EQ
    • Time alignment
    • Speaker level
    • Fade

Last update on 2020-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions  11-5/8″W x 2-3/16″H x 7-7/8″D
Number of channels 6
Frequency range 20 – 20kHz
Power Handling 
  • Tweeter/front and mid/rear channels
    • 45 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
    • non-bridgeable
  • Woofer/subwoofer channel
    • 90 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms
    • 175 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms
    • 350 watts RMS x 1 bridged at 4 ohms
    • 600 watts RMS x 1 bridged at 2 ohms
Bridgeable Only the subwoofer channel is bridgeable
Amplifier Class D

If any company has been able to get its hands into nearly every space of consumer/entertainment tech successfully, it’s Sony. Sony is a conglomerate in every sense of the word.

From the myriad of 4K TVs to the the wide selection of headphones, Sony has been able to make a wide variety of products that can be used in every aspect of daily life. And the same quality is found in Sony’s selection of car audio components as well.

The Sony multi-channel amp at hand can drive a variety of speaker configurations. It’s not as powerful as JL Audio amp (mentioned above), but it’s not as expensive either. This amp can send 45 watts RMS per channel to the front and rear speakers, while delivering up to 600 watts RMS to a sub.

Additionally, you can use this amp’s onboard crossover and bandpass filters to power an active 3-way car audio system, driving a pair of tweeters with 45 watts each, a pair of speakers or midrange drivers with 45 watts each, plus a couple of subs with 90 watts each.

The biggest thing with the Sony XM-GS6DSP is its Bluetooth® wireless connection, which allows you to play music directly to the amp; a great feature if your receiver doesn’t have Bluetooth.

Further, you can use Sony’s music center app to pair your smartphone with the XM-GS6DSP and take charge of the sound by adjusting your system’s time alignment, volume levels, balance, 10-band EQ and fader controls from the comfort of your seat with a simple touch of your smartphone screen.

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3. Rockville RXM-S6

Rockville RXM-S6

  • Studio-Grade Bipolar Output Stage Transistors
  • Fully Adjustable 12dB / Octave Crossover
  • Full IC-Controlled Protection Circuitry
  • Fully Adjustable Bass Equalization Control
  • 2 CH / 4 CH/ 6 CH Input Mode Selector
  • Remote Dashboard Subwoofer Control
  • 8 Volt Preamp Circuitry

Last update on 2020-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions  8.6″W x 2″H x 16.1″L
Number of channels 6
Frequency range 10Hz – 40KHz
Power Handling 
  • @ 4 ohms
    •  130 Watts RMS x 6
  • @ 2 ohms
    • 220 Watts RMS x 6
  • @ 4 ohm Bridged
    • 440 Watts RMS x 3
Bridgeable Yes
Amplifier Class

You don’t have to shell out too much cash to get a solid 6 channel amp, and the Rockville RXM-S6 is a perfect example of this. This amp represents the perfect mix of performance and price.

The Rockville RXM-S6 amp is certified for marine use. To withstand harsh marine elements, this amps has a conformal coating on its PCB (printed circuit board). Additionally, its exterior screws are made of stainless steel to prevent rust and corrosion.

As with most multi-channel amps, the RXM-S6 can drive a variety of speaker configurations. For example, you can run 4 channels to each of the front and rear speakers, and then use the remaining 2 channels to drive a couple of subwoofers or wakeboard speakers.

Additionally, you can bridge any of the 2 channels together which means you can switch this amp to 3 or 4 or 6 channel mode, depending on your needs.

This amp can push out up to 130 watts RMS to each of its six channels @ 4 ohms. Switch it to three channel mode and this amp can pump out up to 440 watts RMS to these 3 channels.

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4. Kenwood eXcelon XR600-6DSP

Kenwood eXcelon XR600-6DSP

  • Class D amp technology
  • 13-band graphic and 3-band parametric equalizers
  • Time delay/alignment
  • 4 processed preamp outputs
  • Selectable high- and low-pass filters (31-19,900 Hz) with selectable slopes (6, 12, 18, 24 dB/octave)

Last update on 2020-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions  12-5/8″W x 2-1/16″H x 7-1/8″D
Number of channels 6
Frequency range NA
Power Handling 
  • @ 4 ohms
    • 75 watts RMS x 6
  • @ 2 ohms
    • 100 watts RMS x 6
  • Bridged @ 4 ohms
    • 200 watts RMS x 3
Bridgeable Yes
Amplifier Class D

Kenwood is an old company with a reputation for quality, and it really show. This audiophile brand has been building different kind of car audio components for years. They have mastered the art of providing quality products.

Kenwood Excelon products don’t really need an introduction. Everything about these products is top notch, from the craftsmanship to the sound quality. They’re specially developed to provide the kind of uncompromising sonic fidelity and listening experience that audiophiles demand.

The XR600-6DSP is one of the best 6 channel amps with digital signal processing Kenwood has to offer. At only 2 inches tall, this little powerhouse can easily fit in many different places in your car.

This amp has no knobs or buttons. All of its controls are software-based and accessible only via Kenwood’s DSP control app which can be download to your iPhone or Android device.

This app allows you to fully control the amp using your smartphone; Great for those of you who like tweaking the sound while driving. The app lets you set the time-alignment of each speaker, adjust the listening position, apply high- and low-pass filters, and adjust the tone to perfection with the onboard 13-band graphic and 3-band parametric equalizers.

This Kenwood eXcelon amp can send up to 75 watts RMS to each to its 6 channels. To power a car audio system consisting of four speakers and a subwoofer, this amp pushes 75 watts RMS to your front and rear speakers with channels 1-4, plus 200 watts RMS to a sub from channels 5-6 in bridged mode.

Even better, this amplifier can be set up to power an entire car audio system consisting of a pair of front tweeters, a pair of front midrange drivers, a pair of rear full range speakers, and provide processed signals for a separate, more powerful subwoofer amplifier.

On the debit side, this Kenwood eXcelon XR600-6DSP will not operate as a stand-alone amp. It must be used with the iDatalink module and harness.

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5. Focal FDP 6.900

Focal FDP 6.900

  • Class D amp technology
  • Preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • High-level inputs
  • Auto signal-detection and turn-on with high-level input
  • Remote subwoofer level control with LED clip light included

Last update on 2020-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dimensions  14-5/16″W x 2″H x 8″D
Number of channels 6
Frequency range 5-30,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • @ 4 ohms
    • 150 watts RMS x 6
  • @ 2 ohms
    • 200 watts RMS x 4 + 275 watts RMS x 2
  • Bridged @ 4 ohms
    • 400 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1
  • Bridged @ 2 ohms
    • 400 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 600 watts RMS x 1
Bridgeable Yes
Amplifier Class D

This is what you can get if you’re deep pocketed and willing to shell out some serious dough. Focal is a French brand, world leader in high-fidelity solutions founded in 1979.

Focal doesn’t make any bones about manufacturing outstanding products and sometimes leaves budget-minded buyers behind. The Focal FDP 6.900 6 channel amp is going to be the most expensive car amplifier we we list here.

This beast uses class D technology to deliver impressive power output from a chassis that’s smaller than a 2″ stack of legal paper.

The FDP 6.900 can deliver 150 watts RMS each to six speakers — front dash, front doors, and rear deck speakers, for example. You can also configure this versatile amp to drive four speakers with 150 watts RMS each and bridge the remaining two channels to drive a subwoofer with up to 600 watts RMS.

Furthermore, you can bridge the other pairs of channels together and pushes up to 400 watts RMS each to a pair of power-hungry component speakers, plus 600 watts RMS to a sub.

This amps is featured with speaker-level inputs and auto turn-on so you can hook it up to almost any car receiver. You can use the amp’s extensive filter section to optimize it for your subs or speakers.

Focal FDP 6.900 comes with a wired remote bass level control knob which allows for bass level adjustment from your front seat. This remote control has a LED clip light that’ll let you know if you’re overloading the amp.

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Alex Brown

Hey There, my name is Alex Brown, I'm a music lover and a car audio enthusiast who loves everything from new receivers to car security. I've been in this industry for years now. I enjoy creating solutions and simplifying everyday needs. My passion for music came at an early age. I love helping people get great sounding gear, thereby, saving the world from bad sound one customer at a time.

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