Red light keeps flashing
While I cannot find any reference to the flashing red light in the manual, it sounds like the amp is going into a protection mode. I would check the following items:
-Make sure you have the power wires connected to the battery with sufficient size to supply the load. The amplifier is rated for a 30 amp draw, and is fused at 60 amps (2x 30 amp fuses in parallel). I would recommend at least 8 gauge wire as an absolute minimum..and ideally larger than that. To troubleshoot this, try hooking a battery (with fuses inline, of course) with heavy gauge wire directly to the amp. Does the problem go away? If so, the voltage drop due to wire being too small is likely your culprit.
-Make sure your connections are clean. Corrosion at any point can rob your amp of the power it needs for sharp punch and proper operation. Be sure to also check wires at any other connection point. This includes fuse blocks, crimp terminals and at the battery itself. Keep in mind that corrosion does not have to be visible to cause problems. Soldering connections rather than just crimping them (when practical) can help overcome this, as can sealing connections that are exposed to road dirt and grime under the hood.
-Check the impedance of your speakers, and how they are wired. The manual goes into great detail on page 2 about how to properly wire speakers, and what ohm rating each should have. If you are using two 4 ohm speakers wired in parallel on one channel, this is too low impedance for the amp. Either split each 4 ohm speaker onto its own channel or switch to 8 ohm speakers.
While you might check these and still have a problem, hopefully these will eliminate some sources of problems outside of the amplifier itself. Good luck!
Feb 10, 2010 |
Pioneer GM-5200T Car Audio Amplifier