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Jan 10, 2012

JVC Offers High-End Arsenal Series Digital Amplifiers, Speakers & Subwoofers

The KS-AR9501D Arsenal Amplifier offers a slightly curved main unit for smooth design with multiple installation options. The illuminating panel and smoked controlled cover assist in easy under seat installation and other hard-to-see installing areas of your car. Encased in the KS-AR9501D are the large control keys, which need no tools for adjustment and are 2cm in diameter.

Compact and versatile, the JVC logo plate can be attached in four different ways for flexible settings. Cascade stacking allows for pairing of multiple amps and is useful with the external bridging function. The KS-AR9501D’s external bridging can be used through the optional pin connector, allowing the use of multiple amplifiers at once. Using one unit as your master, and the other as the slave, you can take two 1500W amps and produce a total of 3000W at 2Ω. All adjustments and control amplifiers in this configuration are done through the master unit, leaving the slave unit locked. Additionally, the RM-RK130, a wired bass boost remote control, can be added to the master unit. The KS-AR9501D digital amp is now available with an MSRP of $649.95.



Major Features of the KS-AR9501D Arsenal Digital Amplifier:

  • Max. Power Pre-Output of 1800W
  • PWM Regulated MOS-FET Power Supply
  • MOS-FET Pre-Output Stage
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 300Hz (0, -3dB)
  • S/N: 60dBA at 2Vrms
  • LPF (50 – 300Hz, -18dB/oct)
  • Subsonic Filter (20 – 50Hz, -18dB/oct)
  • Phase Control (0/180 degree)
  • Variable Input RCA Level Control (0.3 – 6V)
  • Variable Speaker Input Control (1.2 – 12V)
  • Variable Bass Boost Control (45Hz, 0-18dB)
  • Gold-Plated RCA Jacks
  • Gold-Plated Block Terminals (Power: 4AWG, 8AWG/Speakers: 8AWG)
  • Protection Circuitry (Thermal/Short Circuit/Overload/DC Offset)
  • Anti-Pop Circuit
  • Control Panel on Front (Cover)
  • LED Illumination

Continuing in 2012, the AR8000 Digital series amplifiers contain continuous power output with a maximum of up to 700W RMS and are available in a lineup of 2 Channel, 4 Channel, and Mono configurations. The sleek and small amplifiers continue to allow maximum design and installation options.

JVC Mobile’s KS-AR8001D is a Digital Mono Power Amplifier, featuring continuous power output of 700W RMS x 1 at 4 ohms, or 700W RMS x 1 at 2 ohms. The amp offers a frequency response of 20-300Hz with an MSRP of $549.95.

The KS-AR8002D, a Bridgeable Digital 2 Channel Power Amplifier, features continuous power output of 150W RMS x 2 at 4 ohms, or 170W RMS x 2 at 2 ohms bridged. The amp offers a frequency response of 5-40kHz. MSRP for the KS-AR8002D is $449.95.

The KS-AR8004D, a Bridgeable Digital 4 Channel Power Amplifier, features continuous power output of 120W RMS x 4 at 4 ohms, or 130W RMS x 4 at 2 ohms bridged. The amp offers a frequency response of 5-40kHz, and has 4-, 3- or 2-channel operation. MSRP is $549.95.

The three AR8000 Series Arsenal digital amplifiers offer the following features:

  • THD less than 0.04% at 1kHz
  • PWM-regulated MOS-FET power supply
  • MOS-FET Output stage
  • Max power output of 800W
  • Class-D circuit
  • Variable input RCA level control
  • Variable bass boost control
  • Gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Gold-plated block terminals
  • Thermal/short circuit/overload/DC offset protection circuitry
  • Anti-pop circuit
  • Control panel on top/cover
  • Blue LED illumination

Arsenal Series Speakers

The Arsenal Series component speakers CS-ARS500, CS-ARS650 and CS-ARS680 feature an illuminated crossover network and a glass fiber laminated hemp cone.

The advanced Arsenal Series coaxial speakers CS-AR500, CS-AR650, CS-AR680 and CS-AR690 feature a tweeter voice coil that delivers point source radiation and box-in-line design for crossover networks.

All Arsenal speakers have a sensitivity of 92dB/Wm.The two-year standard warranty applies to all Arsenal products.

A slim design on Arsenal component and coaxial speakers allows for installation in a wide range of cars. This is enabled by application of neodymium magnets and aluminum frames. Tweeter voice coil within the woofer also delivers point source radiation on component models.

Hemp fiber construction provides natural mid and high frequency sound and creates a smooth transition between woofer and tweeter crossover frequencies.

The KS-AR8002D, a Bridgeable Digital 2 Channel Power Amplifier, features continuous power output of 150W RMS x 2 at 4 ohms, or 170W RMS x 2 at 2 ohms bridged.

Included T3 Chassis (Thermal Transfer Technology) transfers heat away from the voice coil to the speaker’s aluminum basket. The aluminum basket acts like a radiator for the T3 process providing protection against overheated voice coils. The center piece on an Arsenal component driver is connected to the speaker’s T3 structure, and efficiently dissipates heat from inside of the motor structure while its unique shape design also blends and focuses high-frequency sound waves toward the listener’s ears.

The Solid Disc Magnet focuses more magnetic power upward toward the speaker’s voice coil—creating more power handling and SPL.

CS-ARS680-6” X 8”/ 5” X 7” 2-Way Component Speakers

  • 240W Max./80W RMS
  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz -30,000Hz
  • 6×8”/5×7” Universal Installation Capability
  • Separate Crossover Network
  • Glass Fiber + Paper + Hemp Cone Woofer
  • Titanium Hard Dome + Silk Edge Tweeter
  • Neodymium Magnet (Tweeter)
  • High Efficiency T3 Air Vent Cooling System

*Highlighted items apply to CS-ARS650 and CS-ARS500 also.

CS-ARS650-6.5” 2-Way Component Speakers / CS-ARS500-5” 2-Way Component Speakers

  • 240W Max./80W RMS (CS-ARS650)
  • 210W Max./70W RMS (CS-ARS500)
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-32,000Hz (CS-ARS650)
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-32,000Hz (CS-ARS500)
  • Universal Mounting Adapter (For CS-ARS650)

CS-AR690-6” X 9” 2-Way Speakers / CS-AR680-5” X 7” 2-Way Speakers

  • 240W Max./80W RMS (CS-AR690)
  • 180W Max./60W RMS (CS-AR680)
  • Frequency Response: 30Hz-30,000Hz (CS-AR690)
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-30,000Hz (CS-AR680)
  • Glass Fiber + Foaming PP Cone Woofer
  • Titanium Hard Dome Tweeter
  • Point Source Structure
  • In-Line Network
  • Neodymium Magnet (Tweeter)

*Highlighted items also apply to models CS-AR650 and CS-AR500.

CS-AR650-6.5” 2-Way Speakers / CS-AR500-5” 2-Way Speakers

  • 180W Max./60W RMS (CS-AR650)
  • 150W Max./50W RMS (CS-AR500)
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-20,000Hz (CS-AR650)
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz-20,000Hz (CS-AR500)


  • CS-AR500 $149.95
  • CS-AR650 $169.95
  • CS-AR680 $179.95
  • CS-AR690 $189.95
  • CS-ARS500 $259.95
  • CS-ARS650 $279.95
  • CS-ARS680 $299.95

Arsenal Subwoofers

Major Features Of The 8540

  • 4500W Peak./1500W Nom. Music Power
  • Dual-Input 4 ohms Voice Coil
  • Paper + 10% Hemp Drive Cone
  • Kevlar Laminated Hemp Fiber Cone
  • Aluminum-Cast Frame
  • Santoprene Surround
  • Triple Stacked Magnet
  • ABS and Copper Terminals
  • Frequency Range: 20–500Hz
  • Sensitivity: 88dB/W.m
  • Impedance 4 ohms + 4 ohms

Major Features Of The 8520

  • 4500W Peak./1500W Nom. Music Power
  • Dual-Input 4 ohms Voice Coil
  • Paper + 10% Hemp Drive Cone
  • Kevlar Laminated Hemp Fiber Cone
  • Aluminum-Cast Frame
  • Santoprene Surround
  • Triple Stacked Magnet
  • ABS and Copper Terminals
  • Frequency Range: 20–500Hz
  • Sensitivity: 88dB/W.m
  • Impedance 4 ohms + 2 ohms

The Arsenal lineup of Subwoofers features 10 models, including the CS-AW6040, CS-AW6240, CS-AW7020, CS-AW7040, CS-AW7220, CS-AW7240, CS-AW8040, CS-AW8240, CS-AW8540, and CS-AW8520. These subwoofers range in class and size, from 10-15 inches, and feature two patent-pending technologies: the Multi-Mount Smart Trim Ring and the Dual Diametric Progressive Spider Woven Tinsel Lead as well as the patented Rapid-Fire Impedance selector terminal.

The Arsenal line of subwoofers feature patent-pending Dual Diametric Progressive Spiders with Woven Tinsel Leads. Included Thermal Transfer Technology transfers heat away from the voice coil to the woofer’s aluminum basket by connecting the motor structure to the basket, using a layer of heat transfer silicon. Patent-pending Multi-Mount Smart Trim Ring creates a clean installation appearance by concealing the mounting screws. Patent-pending Rapid-Fire Impedance Selector Speaker Terminal changes the voice coil impedance with one easy motion. Switch between Parallel, Series or Bi-Amp configurations without any additional wiring. Aluminum material reduces resonation within the subwoofer structure, which creates strong and clear basic output with Die-Cast Vented Aluminum Basket.

Each subwoofer in the Arsenal lineup also features a switch which toggles between parallel/series/independent wiring, and protection circuit with fuse for extra protection against current overages that cause blown voice coils.

Advanced technologies are incorporated into this lineup to produce better sound, along with high performance and usability. Multi-directionally woven dampers correct balance of speaker, even with terminals concentrated on one side. Eco-friendly Hemp Fiber reduces unwanted mid- and high-frequencies in subwoofers—like a natural low pass filter. Internal loss is reduced within the speaker diaphragm for pure fidelity sound. Models CS-AW8240 and CS-AW8040 have a drive cone made of Paper + Hemp* and Kevlar laminated Hemp fiber Cone. Models CSAW7240, CS-AW7220, CS-AW7040 and CS-AW7020 have a drive cone made of Paper +Hemp * and Glass-Fiber laminated cone structure. In addition, efficient heat dissipation is caused by die-cast aluminum heat sink.

*About 10 percent Hemp blended.

Other Shared Features

  • Aluminum Die-Cast Frame
  • Air Vent Cooling System
  • Paper + 10 percent Hemp Cone
  • Santoprene Surround
  • Dual Stacked Strontium Magnet
  • ABS and Copper Terminals with Fuse

*Highlighted features apply to all models except for CS-AW6240 and CSAW6040. The CS-AW6240 and CS-AW6040 feature in place of these: a frequency range of 28-1000Hz, strontium magnet, nickel-plated screw terminals, aluminum die-cast frame and butyl rubber edge.

Special Features Per Model/Class

Entry Class - CS-AW6040 (10”) And CS-AW6240 (12”)

  • 1000W Max./350W Nom. Music Power
  • Dual-Input 4 ohms Voice Coil
  • Metal Sputtering Olefin Diaphragm + Aramid Reinforced Pulp Cone
  • Impedance 4 + 4 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 87dB/W.m (CS-AW6240)
  • Sensitivity: 86dB/W.m (CS-AW6040)
  • Frequency Range 25-2000Hz (CS-AW6240)
  • Frequency Range 25-2500Hz (CS-AW6040)

Mid Class - CS-AW7020 (10”), CS-AW7040 (10”), CS-AW7220 (12”) And CS-AW7240 (12”)

  • 1800W Max./600W Nom. Music Power
  • Dual-Input 4 ohms Voice Coil (CS-AW7040 and CS-AW7240)
  • Dual-Input 2 ohms Voice Coil (CS-AW7020 and CS-AW7220)
  • Paper + 10% Hemp Drive Cone with Glass Fiber + Hemp Laminated Cone
  • Sensitivity: 85.5dB/W.m (CS-AW7220, CS-AW7240)
  • Sensitivity: 84dB/W.m (CS-AW7020, CS-AW7040)
  • Frequency Range 23-500Hz (CS-AW7220, CS-AW7240)
  • Frequency Range 25-500Hz (CS-AW7020, CS-AW7040)

High-End Class - CS-AW8040 (10”) And CS-AW8240 (12”)

  • 3000W Max./1000W Nom. Music Power
  • Dual-Input 4 ohms Voice Coil
  • Paper + 10 percent Hemp Drive Cone with Kevlar + Hemp Laminated Cone
  • Sensitivity: 84dB/W.m (CS-AW8240)
  • Sensitivity: 83dB/W.m (CS-AW8040)
  • Frequency Range 20-500Hz (CS-AW8240)
  • Frequency Range 23-500Hz (CS-AW8040)


  • CS-AW6040 $179.95
  • CS-AW6240 $199.95
  • CS-AW7020 $269.95
  • CS-AW7040 $269.95
  • CS-AW7220 $319.95
  • CS-AW7240 $319.95
  • CS-AW8040 $379.95
  • CS-AW8240 $449.95
  • CS-AW8520 $649.95
  • CS-AW8540 $649.95

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