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Soundstorm F200.4 troubleshooting

Have this amp in a boat . No green power lite , or red lite when powered up . Outside fuse intact . Is there another fuse someplace ... help

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  • phanssen7 Aug 19, 2008

    checking all connections was first step after checking fuse , is there only one fuse on this amp

  • phanssen7 Aug 20, 2008

    answer did not help me , but thanks for the input ,can you suggest an amp for damp conditions

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Hi,

To my knowledge, there is only one (1) fuse, external 40Amps. The absence of the green light on standby is significant, this would mean that the unit is not receiving main B+12. With the use of a voltmeter, were you able to check for the presence of +12 on the appropriate terminal/fuse? If yes then it is an internal problem and would strongly suspect possible corrosion on the connections/wirings inside. It is also possible to have cold solder.

Further diagnosis and repairs would of course require opening the unit, familiarity with electronic components and circuitry, use of a DVM as earlier stated and a soldering iron. Foremost to check would be the supply input to the DC to DC converter. Should you be uncomfortable going this route, perhaps your next best move would be to seek the services of a qualified professional.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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    Louie Role Aug 19, 2008

    Hi again,

    If I may add, often in a marine environment, voltage check would not be sufficient, it must be done under load, meaning voltage should be checked (+12) with a load connected.


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Agreed, check connections, but how did you check them?

I would suggest a multi meter to check the + side voltages, and also check for good ground to the unit. If the ground is bad, everything else can be good, but you'll get the same results as you are describing. That can be with the multi meter, or a simple circuit tester. At least re-ground it to take that unknown out of the equation.
There is only the one fuse in the unit, and I would also check that beyond a visual, and for the price of a fuse, I would just stick a fresh one in. Sometime a visual check won't reveal if the fuse is good or not.

If that all checks out, it is time to replace that unit.
The F200 is no longer produced, and at what it would take to take it to a shop to have it repaired it's really not worth it.
I would start looking for a replacement.

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There may be one internal it will be a glass tube type.
if not you need to take it in for repairs. it might be cheaper to buy a new one if that is the case.
please rate thanks

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Check all connections

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