Kenwood KAC-9106D


500 watt RMS, 2 ohm capability

speaker level input, signal sensing turn on

$299 plus installation

Kenwood KAC-M1814

compact 4 channel digital amp

45 watt RMS, 2 ohms load capability

speaker level input with signal sensing turn on

$149 plus installation

Kicker Key 180.4 AMPLIFIER

Automatically improves sound quality with the push of a button!

How does it work? A microphone takes in the audio levels and acoustics and automatically adjusts the levels of your amplifier to maximize your sound.

$199 plus installation

Kicker CXA600.1


Vertical or horizontal mounting, Class D technology

$249 plus installation




In a “one size fits all” world it is rare to see a company provide a wide range of options. The team at T-Spec understands how difficult it can be to find just the right product for your application. That is why the new T-Spec amp kit line features 28 different models to cover nearly every price, power and performance level imaginable! T-Spec amp kits utilize the finest materials to ensure maximum performance and hassle-free installation.

Check out our package deals to get more bass for your buck

PCA offers a range of products to make your vehicle rock! Check out our display in store to hear the difference a good amp can make. Special orders and custom work is always available. Let us help you build your sound!!

Top 10 Car Amplifiers for 2019


Before we picked the top 10, we took a look into some of todays most popular brands, such as Pioneer amplifiers, Kenwood amplifiers, Sony amplifiers, Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, Pioneer amplifiers, JL Audio amplifiers, Alpine amplifiers, BOSS amplifiers, Pyle amplifiers, MTX amplifiers, and Kicker amplifiers.

Some of these are excellent amplifiers for subwoofers, usually called 1-channel or monoblock. Some are 2-channel or more which work great as amplifiers for your component speakers (although there you’d want an amplifier with the most channels). If you’re looking for the best car amplifiers to power your entire audio system, aim at the most available channels on an amplifier.


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Top Amps and Speakers of 2019

There’s a new leader in car audio amplifier sales (measured in unit sales to consumers), according to The NPD Group.  Kicker took the lead in sales this year through October, edging out Alpine and JL Audio.  Last year at this time, Alpine was the top brand, followed by Kicker and JL Audio.

Dual Audio also makes it into the top 5 amplifier brands this year and Pioneer remains in 5th place.

Speaker suppliers have remained almost steady with last year with Kicker and Pioneer in the lead.

See NPD’s charts below.


Top 5 Car Amplifier Brands Based On Unit Share in the U.S.

January – October

RankYTD 2019YTD 2018
2JL AudioKicker
3AlpineJL Audio
4Dual AudioBoss

Source: NPD


Top 5 Car Stereo Speaker Brands Based On Unit Share in the U.S.

January – October

RankYTD 2019YTD 2018
3KenwoodJL Audio
4JL AudioKenwood
5Power AcoustikRockford Fosgate

Source: NPD

PCA Equalizer


Amp and Speakers

Get the best sound from your existing equipment, or upgrade to a new amp.

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4-channel full range amplifier

Class D design, full range outputs

low distortion, full on-board protection

compact footprint, EARL terminal

$449 plus installation

Harman Infinity KAPPA FOUR

4-channel class D design

full on-board protection, compact footprint

EARL Terminals, low distortion

$399 plus installation

Rockford Fosgate PS-8

150 watts RMS, 300 watts peak

low profile design, high level input with auto turn on

wired remote included

$399 plus installation

We live for clean lines!

Cleaner than most cars

Don’t just wire up your amp- make it a focal point of your design. At Premier Car Audio, we love custom work. We can help you design a unique layout for your car, improving both aesthetics and functionality.

Got A Trunk Full Of Amps, M$%#&!@

Looking for a new system? Maybe just a pair of subs, or a set of new door speakers?

No matter the upgrade, Premier Car Audio can get you the sound you want.

Come check out our current stock of speakers, radios and amplifiers on display.

Special orders and custom work is always available.

Free Amp Testing

Clipping is bad.  🙁  Oscilloscopes measure the input and output audio signals to and from your amplifier  to set the gain to the correct level without clipping.  Gain control is not volume control; volume is for consumers, gain is for technicians.

RTA stands for Real Time Analyzer. It measures the full bandwidth of the audio spectrum between 20 hz and 20k hz. Technicians will play a special noise through the stereo system and adjust the equalizer in order to achieve a flat response curve on the RTA


Kicker Key Amp Review

When we think about adding an amplifier to a system, the obvious thing we’re adding is power to make our music louder.

But what if the amplifier not only provided the additional power we wanted, but also had the ability to make the system sound better, instead of just louder? The KEY Smart Amplifier from Kicker will do just that. Designed specifically to greatly improve the sonics of a typical “deck and four” or OEM sort of system, the Kicker KEY180.4 amplifier uses powerful digital signal processing to bring concert realism to your car. Unlike other systems, the KEY180.4 doesn’t need an expert tuner to get things right. Here’s why…

Kicker KEY180.4 Amplifier place mic


The Kicker KEY180.4 amplifier comes with A.I.-driven DSP, a special microphone, and a selector switch. To automatically EQ and time align your system, all you need to do is place the microphone on the driver’s headrest and press the button. A special lab grade pink noise track (free download from Kicker’s website) is played through your system, while the powerful processor determines speaker size, measures frequency response and arrival times from each speaker, and automatically makes the required adjustments. The key to how this digital wizardry works is in using a signal that the DSP already knows is flat. Then it measures what is received by the microphone and automatically makes the required corrections. The onboard 40-band EQ makes the necessary corrections to the system’s frequency response, while the time correction places the sounds where the recording intended them to be. The process only takes a few minutes, and the result is startling with the soundstage lifted to the dash area, instead of simply coming from the doors.

Kicker KEY180.4 Amplifier push button

The amplifier itself is very compact, measuring 1-11/16 by 2-3/4 by 7-3/8 inches, but it still manages to pump out a respectable 180 watts of power (45×4 @ 4 ohms). The amplifier is a traditional four-channel design, but it can also be configured in Bi-Amp mode to drive mids and tweeters with individual channels. When used in Bi-Amp mode, the Auto Detect function will automatically set the crossover to either 3.2 kHz or 320 Hz, depending on the type of speaker detected.

In normal four-channel mode, there is a choice of three 24 dB/oct high-pass crossover frequencies (60/80/120 Hz) or, of course, a full range setting. These settings are accomplished via dip-switches on the end panel of the amp. In addition to the crossover settings, dip-switches are also used to select the other functions, such as turn-on type, fader, bi-amp mode, Kicker EQ, and more.

Another feature that will make the KEY180.4 a popular OEM system upgrade is Kicker’s Fail-Safe Integration Technology. This includes the ability to turn the amp on and off via a traditional 12V wire or by using signal sensing. Thanks to FIT2, the KEY180.4 is fully compatible with new vehicles using Start-Stop systems, and the Radio-Detect circuitry makes it work with almost every radio on the road.

Kicker KEY180.4 Amplifier


I connected the little Kicker amp to my evaluation room’s reference listening system. With the amp’s crossover set to full range and driving two pairs of high-end, 6.5-inch component speakers in custom cabinets, the Key180.4 sounds very transparent and offers no apparent sonic signature of its own. This is precisely what a good amplifier should do; simply amplify the signal, without adding any noise or alteration of the music. The KEY180.4 produces a good soundstage and phantom center image, which is a testament to good control of both the inter-channel gain and the phase response of the amp. It sounds flat and very linear with respect to frequency response, with bass that goes deep and tight. Difficult tracks with a lot of female vocal, piano, horns, and acoustic guitar have very natural timbre and detail. I played everything from Bach to ZZ Top, and I came away very impressed. There is no audible turn-on or turn-off noise, and even though I listened at enthusiastic levels for several hours, the amp barely got warm. This thing just sounds natural and transparent, precisely the way a good amp should.

Listening to the KEY180.4 in my normal listening room was a very pleasant experience, but because the room is already set up to be an almost ideal environment to listen in, I didn’t get a chance to hear for myself the remarkable differences the built-in DSP can provide. Unfortunately, I don’t own a vehicle with anything approaching a “deck-and-four” system, so I couldn’t play with the DSP for myself.

Instead, I called a few trusted folks who were familiar with the product and had heard it for themselves. Every single person I talked to raved about how much better it made even a really basic OEM system sound. They all talked about how much higher the sound stage was, and how much better the stereo imaging was. Several also commented on how the overall smoothness of the sound had improved, and that the differences were anything but subtle. And knowing how much time and effort Kicker has invested in developing this technology, I have absolutely no reason to doubt the rave reviews.

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Anyone who wants to give their modest aftermarket system or bland OEM system a real kick should look no farther than the KEY180.4 from Kicker. Without a doubt, it will offer a greater amount of sonic difference per dollar spent than almost anything else you could buy. Add in the compatibility with virtually any source and the dead simple automatic tuning, and the choice becomes even easier.


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