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No sound output from amp.

There is no sound output from my 800a2 regardless of input level from the source unit. The amp is getting all the proper voltage, remote lead, ground, source signal, etc. the power led comes on, and the amp itself is drawing 15 amp's at idle. (increasing input voltage does not change the amp's current draw.) I checked all the switches, gains, etc. I took the amp apart and inspected everything visually, everything looks like new, no burnt smell. I am pretty handy with a soldering gun and a v.o.m. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for me to try?...THANKS..

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It has bad parts. It should NOT be drawing 15amps at idle!! You need to grab a DMM and check the mosfets!!

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