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Sounstream tra 560.2 always in 'protect'

How should i go about trying to reset my amp? it goes immediately to protect mode.

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It probably has shorted output transistors. To eliminate other possible causes, read through the following page.

Amplifier in Protect Mode - Troubleshooting

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Sony STR-DE185 receiver powers up, but then goes into protect mode. what does protect mode mean and how can I get it off protect mode?


"Protect" is what it does when it senses a dangerous condition.


Generally speaking, an amp attempts to protect itself from heat, shorts, overloads and operator exuberance by refusing to turn on or stay on.

Overloads can be from excessive periods of high output or marginally low impedance loading by the speakers; and shorts would be wiring issues or a speaker blowing up.

You should be able to feel if it's hot. WHY is it overheating? Make sure it has sufficient ventilation on all sides and that vent holes are not blocked by dust balls. Ensure the fan (if equipped) is running as designed (some only operate on demand). Clean dust and debris from it.

If the amp comes back on after cooling, you're lucky. They only have so many self-protection cycles in their lives so continuously resetting or cycling their power without addressing the cause can do more harm than good.

If it protects immediately on a cool power up you should disconnect the speaker connections and try it 'naked'. If it comes up then diagnose which lead(s) are shorted. If it does not come up the problem is internal and should be left to an experienced and competent hands-on tech.

Check for loose speaker connections at the speaker as a possible root cause for intermittent shutdown.

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When you are watching a movie and turn on system it goes into protection mode and shuts off. Also when you are listening to music when the volume reaches a certain level(not very loud) it goes into...


Loose speaker wire somewhere or heat.

Generally speaking, an amp protects itself from heat, shorts and overloads by refusing to turn on or stay on.


Overloads can be from excessive periods of high output or marginally low impedance loading by the speakers; and shorts would be wiring issues or a speaker blowing up.


You should be able to feel if it's hot. WHY is it overheating? Make sure it has sufficient ventilation on all sides and that vent holes are not blocked by dust balls. Ensure the fan (if equipped) is running as designed (some only operate on demand). Clean dust and debris from it.


If the amp comes back on after cooling, you're lucky. They only have so many self-protection cycles in their lives so continuously resetting or cycling their power without addressing the cause can do more harm than good.


If it protects immediately on a cool power up you should disconnect the speaker connections and try it 'naked'. If it comes up then diagnose which lead(s) are shorted. If it does not come up the problem is internal and should be left to an experienced and competent hands-on tech.


Check for loose speaker connections as a root cause for intermittent shutdown.

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Amp goes in protection mode


Generally speaking, an amp protects itself from heat, shorts and overloads by refusing to turn on. Check for loose speaker connections.


Overloads can be from excessive periods of high output and shorts would be wiring issues or a speaker blowing up.


You should be able to feel if it's hot. WHY is it overheating? Make sure it has sufficient ventilation on all sides and that vent holes are not blocked by dust balls. Ensure the fan (if equipped) is running as designed (some only operate on demand). Clean dust and debris from it.


If the amp comes back on after cooling, you're lucky. They only have so many self-protection cycles in their lives so continuously resetting or cycling their power without addressing the cause can do more harm than good.


If it protects immediately on a cool power up you should disconnect the speaker connections and try it 'naked'. If it comes up then diagnose which lead(s) are shorted. If it does not come up the problem is internal and should be left to an experienced hands-on tech.

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I have used the amp for a while running 4 speakers. the front are components, and 6x9 in the back. The amp worked great and was loud. The amp just stopped working one day when i turned it on. Turns on...


One of your speakers might have burned out, shorting the wires that connect it to the amp. Disconnect one speaker at a time from the amp, turn it on(try all four, turning the amp on and off each time you disconnect a speakers wires) and you can pinpoint which speaker might be causing the amp to go into protect mode. If you disconnect all the speakers and the amp still goes in protect mode, then the amp is shorted internally and will need to be replaced or repaired.

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Amp goes to protection mode. if the fuse is too small?


Disconnect all speaker connections and rca cables. Leave power, ground and remote wires intact. Try turning on again. If you still have a protection light your amp is faulty. . Double check all connections. Good luck.
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My amplifier keeps on protection always i want to know what can i do to solve the problem or what should be creating it? Someone told me that maybe a capacitor blow up but i opened it a they seem normal,...


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Amps normally have several kinds of "protection" modes. Common ones are thermal, voltage, and short. Do you know which one you have? If the amp isn't hot, and goes into protection immediately before doing anything, we can rule out thermal protection. The next thing you should do is disconnect the speaker/subwoofer leads from the amp so that it only has power, ground, and remote connected. If the amp comes on with no speaker load, connect the speaker and see if it goes into protection. If it does, then you probably have a short-protection. Hope this helps.

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Protector light is on


Hello justin83wint,

If the amp goes into "protect mode" immediately upon power up, it's most likely a short in the power/ground or speaker connections. If it operates normally for awhile and then goes into protect, it's most likely overheating.

In the first case, I'd suspect something in the wiring. Go here to troubleshoot the possible causes.

An amp will most often go into protection from overheating due to being operated at too low of an impedance load. Check the speaker specifications and wiring and make sure that the final impedance load matches the amps rating.

Hope this helps.

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Have you checked the REM wire, if it is the wiring may have gotten fried.

Or you may need to get new parts replaced within the amp.

Both issues happened to me.

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It's normal for some amps to go into protect for a few seconds when initially powered up. If it remains in protect mode, it may have shorted output transistors. To eliminate other possible causes, read through the following troubleshooting page:

Amp in Protect Mode - Troubleshooting

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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