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Amplifier power cutting out

I have a Marantz PM-80 amplifier, it turns on but when Class A is switched on the volume drops down to very low, also when not in Class A if volume is turned to over 1/4 level the amp cuts out ie: switches off the comes back on in 2 seconds, it does this until volume is turned right down. Can you help?

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  • MONARO V8 May 07, 2008

    I hear what you are saying but if not enough power then what is preventing amp getting enough power. As for 'too hot' it can't be too hot when problem occurs from cold start. Amps location is in the open so not too hot. I think it seems to be a power supply problem, amp turns itself off then clicks back on again as stated in previous message. Could it be a faulty fuse causing this??

    Thanks...MONARO V8


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Not enough power to amp and or amps location is too hot might want to invest in a couple cooling fans from computer store and attach where needed

an amp should take up to 3/4 load but when not enough air to it to cool it off it will shut down

try this turn gain all the way down and slowly work up too desired amp volume setting

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    Christophe Thompson May 07, 2008

    its speaker setup class A is the lower ohm setting so it letting only so much sound out you need something like a 4 ohm speaker for class A its ment to run lower sounds and im sure you have bigger speakers on class A

    its like a car amp

    higher the ohm's say for ohms the more power is needed lower the ohm's less power needed its a simple switch speakers around so class A wont be over powered this leads to its over heating and saftey shutoff

    you might low end speakers but this sterio should be pushing bigger speakers for this kind of watts high end speakers

    High-end Marantz PM 80 Integrated Stereo Amplifier. This is a unique Marantz offering as it is capable of running in both Class A and Class A/B mode. Output is 20 watts per channel in Class A mode and a generous 100 watts per channel in Class A/B mode. Output is more than powerful to drive whatever high fidelity speaker you might have


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