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The red light is an indication of an internal short circuit. First things first, try disconnecting all the speaker connections and turn it on to see if any of your speakers are burnt and shorting. If that does not make any difference it means you have lost one or more MOSFET transistors in the amplifiers output stage. You will need professional help to replace those.
Yes protect is an error code for short and overload. Once the power applied to the unit and shorts sensed by the processor the unit will automatically turned to "protect" to avoid further damaged to other parts. Shorts is in the supply voltage (B+, Vcc) line and most common caused is the sound output IC (mounted in heat sink). This part is responsible for amplifying the audio from the pre-amplifier stage and will feed to your speakers.
If you have a knowledge in disoldering and soldering technique, I would advice you to pull-out this part and then try the unit. If the protect error code is gone then you must replaced this IC with a new one to back your unit in normal operation again.
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Hi! ok R64 is a 220 ω resistor & Q22 is a BD140 transistor, these 2 components are the final outputs for the -15V rail which feeds the pre-amp board. There are two scenarios here, firstly Q22 may have died of natural causes which has killed R64 or something has gone short on the pre-amp board which has taken both components out as a result. i would suggest replacing the two cooked components & if the amp then works ok it will be an easy repair, however if they go again then an investigation using an ohm meter will be needed on the pre-amp board to check for shorts on all any of the i.c's. let me know how you get on, if I can be of further assistance just ask!. Regards, acbva.
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PG doesn't release schematics but they may provide the value of the resistors. If they won't, he can probably use the other channel to get the values. If that won't work, let me know which resistors are burned and I'll see if I can find the information.
Does'nt matter what brand, and you seem to know about keeping the correct values etc. What I would look for are Audio grade caps. If it's a powerful system I usually put higher values in rather than the stated values on the caps, providing the physical size is correct. Don't know if you still have the user manual but it's here if you want it. http://www.retrevo.com/s/Adcom-GFA-4404-Car-Amplifiers-review-manual/id/582bh550/t/1-2/
If the amp gets hot or goes into protection with no input signal and no speakers/wires connected to the speaker terminals, the amp likely has shorted output transistors. It's not a complex amp. Any reputable shop should be able to repair it.
do you know how to trouble shoot solid state devices??? if so then what you need to do is disconnect the collector if its a transistor output device or the b+ leg if its an Ic output device and then measure the ohms between the emitter and the collector or on an ic device the B+ leg to the outpot leg. If its shorted Your gonna need a schematic most likly to trace the path of the short.. if you dont understand this then you will need to take it to a repair shop and let them do the repair as you may not be up to a componet level type repair.. BUT if you are please get the schematic diagram and post it attention to me and i will be more then happy to assist you with this repair. Good luck