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Why does the protect light turn on when i connect the RCA wire?

Why does it do that?

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  • hartgarman May 15, 2009

    my amp was working fine then just stopped and the protection light is on. I checked all the wiring and everything seems to be fine. how do i get it out of protection mode?

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Check the fuses an make sure nothing is grounding off the amp which will make it go into protect mode

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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