My car AMP will play for a few minutes, then just Turn OFF
I have a mono-block MTX amp running 1 12" sub. It will play fantastic for a few seconds to ~10 minutes tops, then the amp turns off (does NOT overheat) - all the lights go out.
Car lights do not dim or flicker, amp still turns off regardless of gain settings, volume, or drain from different levels of bass
Circuit City performed the install, sent the amp back to MTX, MTX checked it, returned it, it still does the same thing... Help please :(
Re: My car AMP will play for a few minutes, then just...
Is your sub single voice coil or dual? If it's dual, is it wired in paralel or series? It's possible for an amp the heat up so fast, the outside is not hot to the touch.
Also, the next time it happens, use a paperclip and short the 12+ to the remote wire on the amp and see if it comes on.
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The problem was caused by you trying to run a 2OHM load on an amplifier which is designed to run only on 4OHM when it is bridged, the amplifier is most definatley cooked. An authorized MTX technician should take a look at it, to determine just how wide spread the damage is.
it all depends on what kind of box the mtx subs are in as far as wiring the subs. The best way would be take the speaker wire from both sub boxes and run the positive into the right positive then the negative into the left negative. and run 8 gauge wiring kit to the amp because 10 might be to small and 4 is to big 8 gauge is perfect for this amp.
well if the amp is a mono block for sure you just choose any combination of 1 positive and 1 negative to wire your subs. They are actually summed inside the amp. meaning both positives go to the same terminal inside and both negatives to the same negative on the inside. It's just that way for ease of wiring in high wattage and multi sub systems
You cant bridge it to the MONO AMP . You can only bridge subs & speakers to 2 CH & 4 CH AMPS that are bridgeable. Because if it appears that there is 2 channels on a Mono amp its so its convenient for you to hook up 2 4ohm subs to it easily But both channels are actually connect internally together in parallel inside the amp unlike a 2 channel they are separate.
So just connect your mtx 9500 to a plus and a minus and doesnt matter which since all the + terminals of are connected together and - are connected together already.
Whats important is on the side of the sub/box it reads 2 ohms. The lower the ohms the more power the Mono amp will put out. Mono amps are designed to handle 2ohm loads.
If it reads 4ohms The MONO amp is the wrong amp to use cause the power will be weaker. So if you have a 1000 Watt Mono amp at 4ohms the sub will only get 500 WATTS Max while a 2 ohm will get the full 1000 Watts.
If it reads 4 ohms connect it to a 2CHANNEL AMP and BRIDGE IT (connect + of the sub to 1st channels positive of the amp then connect - of the sub to 2nd channels negative of the amp) . The power will be doubled when you bridge it on a 2 channel amp. NOW if it was a 2 ohm sub and you bridged it to the 2 channel amp it will fry the subs and ruin the amp. 2 CHANNELS CANT TAKE A 2OHM LOAD BRIDGED OK.
I looked up that amp, it doesn't have a listing for 2ohms x1 but it has 2 ohms x 2 and its at 250watts. For this situation, I would recommend a different amp or different subs. Right now you are getting the most you can get out of your sub/amp combo, if you only have single voice coil subs. Which is common in the mtx preloaded boxes. Either you want an mono block amp stable at 2 ohms or 2 dual 4 ohm voice coil subs. If you got the subs you would wire the voice coils in series so you could get 8 ohms then the subs in parallel so you could get 4 ohms, which would be the best for that particular amp. Good luck.
yes, the overvoltage...compounded by maybe an alternator that is also not operating within limits (Does your headlights or horn get brighter / louder?). look inside the amp for any adjustable device for OVER VOLTAGE THRESHOLD or similar and turn it slightly clockwise