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Red light is on and subwoofers dont play but regular speakers play

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When you say redlight is on it isnt very clear as the power light for the amp is red...right above the cooling fan are 2 indicator lights and if either of them is on your issue can normally be addressed by faulty wiring, you may have wired the speakers at at an ohm load the amp isnt made for which over time will blow the amp if not right away. Also if you dont have inline fuses and such setup i the system then something as simple *** a power surge could have blown the amp...again since the power indicator(red triangle in the center of the amp) is red it could always be that your head units RCA outputs are bad if you have any hooked up at all.

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