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Blown subs i have an 800watt 2 channel autotek amp which has worked fine for around 4 years. then my subs fried. i bought a new sub and this also fried after around 30mins use at medium volume levels any ideas? thanks

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  • glennmaynard Aug 28, 2008

    it is bridgeable i think its the sx-2300 i was running 2 x diamond 12" 300w rms dual 2 & 4 ohm wired parallel the amp temp is fine just keeps popping subs

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HOW do you have it wired and what is the ohms rated on the subs
and is this amp bridgeable and at what ohms is it stable at
Do you have it Bridge to the subs to lower the ohms( Series or in Parallel)
Is the amp running hotter the normal and do you have it in a well ventilated are of your car/truck
Most car audio or at 4ohms and also is the subs dual

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    Jayson Brollini Aug 28, 2008

    Are the subs rated at high enough Watts to handle the amp
    and the subs ARE blown or are the making a scratching sound
    Is the Subs wires + - connected to the coil and the sub frame(metal)
    I am just wondering what you mean by fried ( A blown Sub can be several things that can be repaired!)
    Now the Amp is powerful and it sound like nothing is wrong with it.
    Now do you have a capacitor going to the battery, because you battery can send SPIKES (high volatage/Watts) and this would cause your amp to produce higher amount of watts>


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