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Vx4004 i have just bought a vx4004 amp that has just been refublished, had it installed for a week and now the protection light is on, iv reset the speaker and the power wires but still on could anyone tell me what electrical fault it could have and how to fix please.

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  • the_matrix20 Aug 22, 2008

    all i had wired to this amp was front door speakers (4ohms) each to two channles, then 2x 6x9's in parallel (4ohms) on the third channel and the same on the forth, iv tried disconnecting the speakers but the protection light is still on

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The red protection light still cimes on what should i do

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More than likely, your speakers are wired up in such a manner that they are creating more resistance than what the amp can handle. That's usually what puts amps into protect mode.

Car speakers should be 8ohm's resistance, but if you're bridging and running a dual voice-coil sub or two subs in series... you could have inadvertedly wired it up so the amp is seeing 4 or 16 ohms of resistance? (depending on which way you went)

Try removing the speaker wire completely, then turn the amp/car on and see if it still goes into protect.

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