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Rca jacks input

My amplifier is only 2 years old and the rca input on amplifier is not responding to my head unit rca jacks. it just stop playing sound to my subwoofers. ive never had any problems with the amplifier before and i really need some quick advice for this issue.

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Re: rca jacks input

You need the speciall conector becous its a little problem your conections

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Amp stopped playing riding down the road, power light turned off. came back on when i unplugged the rca's and cuts back off when i try to plug them back in.

Faulty RCA cables, Or worse possible solution is if your amp stopped playing when it was pumping at high volume, you may have blown the RCA connectors inside your head unit Or inside your amp. If possible try another known good working amp with the wires you already have, If same happens, try different RCA cables. If problem persists after trying these, Its your head unit RCA connecters or amp RCA connectors. To rule out your amp connectors, try your amp in a friends car if possible, to rule out your head unit, try another good known working amp in your car with the wiring you already have

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Hello herb31,

It sounds like there is a difference in the signal levels on the inputs to the amps. You did not specify what the RCA's are connected to on the head unit side. If they are connected to a stereo pair of preamp outputs, you may be able to solve the problem by using only the channel with the higher signal and use an RCA "Y" adapter to split it to both amps. If they are connected to a dedicated subwoofer output on the head unit, make sure that the head unit is set for "subwoofer". Some less expensive head units, I know JVC in particular, has only 1 set of line outputs and requires you to go into their "PSM" (Preferred Setting Mode) to set the line output mode and if you select "subwoofer", then allows you to select the low pass frequency.

If you are converting speaker-level outputs through a "line out converter", check both the input and output levels.

Also, if you are splitting an output from the head unit, you still need to connect 2 RCA's to the amp inputs. The signal will be properly split if you use a 1-female to 2-male "Y" adapter. To feed the same signal to both amps, you would need 3 "Y" adapters. Feed the output signal to the female end of the first "Y", and plug the male ends into the other 2 "Y" adapters. Then, the 4 plugs you have left on the ends go into your amp inputs.

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This is normally a grounding problem in the amplifer. If you have a volt meter, check the voltage at the ground of the RCA input on the amplifier. If that voltage is anything more than just a few millivolts then you have a problem in the pre-amp of the amplifier. You should also only connect or disconnect the RCA jacks while the system is off. Otherwise you can get a loud popping noise that can damage the amp or the speakers. Check that voltage on the amplifer RCA jacks with the head unit not connected to the amp with the RCA cables, then if that is OK, check the RCA cables coming from the head unit. You may even have a voltage on those RCA's coming from the head unit, in which case, you have a problem in the head unit. You will be looking for a DC voltage, if you have anything more than just a few millivolts (0.070 +/- DC volts) on either of those then you have found the cause. After that, it will require a technician to be able to troubleshoot the amp or the head unit to determain why you have that DC voltage where it should not be.

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It sounds like you have some DC voltage on the RCA input.

You need to figure out if the problem is coming from the head unit or if it is in the amplifier.

If you have a voltage meter, you can use it to find out very quickly.

Set the meter for DC and for a max level of more than 12 volts. Most meters I use have a 30 volt level. That would be a good setting.

Take the black lead and make sure it is grounded to the chassis of the car or to the ground of the power terminal, be careful and make sure it does not touch anything else.

With the RCA cable disconnected put the red lead on the inner part of the RCA cable and see if there is any DC voltage and then check the ground or outer part of the cable. Do the same for the other channel as well.

It should be very close to zero volts. A couple of millivolts is fine to. Any voltage here will cause the amplifier to go into protect mode, which is what is happening to you. You will then need to have the head unit serviced.

If you have a Pioneer head unit, I have seen many of them with an open ground fuse for the RCA jack. That fuse is a surface mounted fuse and is very small and hard to locate on the main board of the radio. If you do have a Pioneer head unit the voltage may seem OK, but you will have an open ground, but that normally does not put the amp into protect. It makes the audio sound very weak and you would have a loud hum. I can help you with that if it turns out to be the problem.

If the voltage on both the RCA leads is OK, then you need to check the amplifier.

You can put the meter lead on the ground of the RCA jack on the amplifier, if you have anything abnormal there, you have a problem in the amplifier. Be careful checking this because you can easily touch the lead to the chassis of the amplifier at the same time as the RCA ground. Most of the time, if yu have a problem in the amplifier like the one you are having, this check of the RCA ground will result in some DC voltage on it. If it still checks OK, then put the lead into the RCA ground and check the positive part of it. You may need to move the lead around a little to get it to touch the metal inside, it is on the bottom part of the hole inside the jack.

I think you will find that you have some voltage on the RCA inputs of the amplifier. To fix this properly you will need to take it in to be serviced.

Sometimes you can ground the RCA jack ground somehow with a jumper wire and then turn the system on with the RCA cable plugged in and it will seem normal. But you do not want to do that as a repair, only to see if the amp will play. If it does play, you know that the problem is in the pre-amp of the amplifier. That would be the only reason to connect an external ground to the RCA jack. You still have a problem in the amplifier. If it does not play normal, you still have a problem in the amplifier if there was some DC on the RCA jack.

Sorry this answer is so long, but the problem you are having will require service of one of your units, you just need to know which one it is. If your inputs get grounded, you will not have the amp go into protect, you just won't hear anything.

Let me know if you need more help and if this was helpful to you a good rating is always appreciated.

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Ok this problem is killing me...

maybe the speaker is bad

First try one thing, switch the rca jacks around and see if the other speaker stops working this time.

If so the problem is in the rca jack or head unit.

If the same speaker is still not working, the problem will be the speaker, you will have no other options left since you changed amplifiers and checked all wiring.

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RCA cables are the best way to get the audio from your head unit to the amp. If your head unit doesn't have RCA outputs, you might be able to use the speaker outputs of the head unit to connect to the "high power" or "high level" inputs of the amp, if the amp has such inputs (check your manual).

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did it work well before?is it new? try moving the rca's and se if you hear any thing?

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