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Generally speaking, an amp protects 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 root cause for intermittent shutdown.
Mar 06, 2011 | Samson Servo 300 Amplifier
The following conditions will cause the Protection LED to go on:
• Initial power-up: For approximately five seconds after initial power-up, the relay
speaker connection circuitry is deactivated and the speaker output is muted. If everything is operating normally, you will hear an audible click at the conclusion of this brief period, as the circuitry is activated and the Servo 120a begins delivering signal to connected speakers (at which point the Speaker LED will light if the Speaker on/off switch is in its "in" position). It is normal for the Protection LED to fade gradually after the amplifier is powered off.
•Overheating: A temperature sensing device in the Servo 120a will cause the relay speaker connection circuitry to be activated (and the Protection LED to go on) whenever the operating temperature of the unit rises above a safe level. To guard against this problem, make sure the Servo 120a receives adequate ventilation on all sides ; in extreme environmental conditions, you may also
want to consider the use of cooling fans.
•Severe overcurrent conditions: This occurs whenever the signal being output
from the Servo 120a rises to a level above 20% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion).
•Shorted speaker cables: This will occur if, due to faulty wiring, the hot and ground signals being output by the Servo 120a short to one another.
•Output impedance drops below 2 ohms: This can occur if the Servo 120a is connected to inappropriate speaker systems (see the "Setting Up and Using the Servo 120a" section in this manual for more information).
•DC voltage detected at speaker output: The most likely cause of this is an internal failure. In general, any time the Protection LED lights up (other than during the approximately five seconds following initial power-up), there is reason to be concerned. If this occurs, turn the Servo 120a off immediately and carefully check all wiring and external devices in order to locate and correct the condition that caused the LED to light up in the first place.
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