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Power cap has power amp protect light is on ?

If there is a protection light then you have a bad power or ground connection. First thing I recommend you do is to get a regular test light with a ground alligator clip and test for a ground on your power cable. The way to do this is to place the alligator clip to either your amp turn on wire which is the small blue wire coming from your radio to turn the amp on or another powered wire and place the tip of the test light to the main power cable that powers the amp or the Capacitor and if your test light lights up then you have to trace the power cable from amp back to battery + terminal and see where the power cable is pinched or making a ground contact also check your blue amp turn on wire and see if it has a ground to it. If all this checks out then check your cars battery terminals, make sure they are not loose, corroded, rusty or damaged check fuses or take out amps fuses and reinsert to see if it resets, check all ground connections on amp and cap,if none of this works for you then you might have a defective cap or amp.

Good luck.
6/20/2010 2:25:38 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 20, 2010

I installed a sony 600watt amp and it works but

Hello jmanbutt99,

The old Rockford-Fosgate was probably producing the rated power. The Sony is most likely overrated. But, it's supposed to be stable on each individual channel down to 2 ohms and will deliver 65 watts RMS into that load. So to get the most from it, your best bet would be a pair of 4 ohm speakers paralleled to each channel. A relatively efficient speaker like the Kicker 07DS600's shown here should provide pretty good sound.


These will work with as little as 6 watts RMS and can handle up to 50 watts RMS so the Sony should power them really well. They're 4 ohm so a pair in parallel will present a 2 ohm load.

Hope this helps
6/10/2010 3:06:56 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 10, 2010

Sondy Xplod CDX GT170 - I have bought a car and it

the yellow wire on the radio harness needs to have a constant 12v power supply and the red wire needs a switched 12v supply and that should solve your problem
6/9/2010 2:09:43 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 09, 2010

I just installed my car audio system and need to


there three ways which you can use as a precaution in favor or your car battery

from the indignation
from the car battery
and also the radio it self

the solution from the indignation what you have to do avoid battery drain after use is to make sure that all power indication from the dash board is OFF including the radio it self when ever you put off your car engine

then from the radio system the power switch most always be off after use and make sure that there is no form power on left .or disconnect the radio after use .

while from the car battery you will have to open the car brunet then remove the negative of the terminal from the battery it is smaller in size what i mean here is that you will have to remove negative wire connected to the battery with this there will not be any form of battery drain from the radio.

thank you and thanks for using fixya.
6/8/2010 2:28:06 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 08, 2010

Can i have box dimentions for my 12

  • Warranty Terms - Parts 1 year limited
  • Warranty Terms - Labor 1 year limited
  • Product Height 12"
  • Product Width 12"
  • Product Weight 7.8 lbs.
  • Product Depth 6-1/2"
  • Subwoofer Size 12"
  • Resistance (Ohms) 4 ohms
  • Bottom Mount Depth (inches) 10"
  • Woofer Composition Mica-reinforced woven glass fiber composite
  • Woofer Surround Rubber
  • Peak Power handling 1300W
  • RMS Power Range (Watts) 380
  • Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 12"
  • Sensitivity 84dB
  • Frequency Response 30Hz - 1kHz
  • found at:::---- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Xplod+12%22+Single-Voice-Coil+4-Ohm+Subwoofer/9202481.p?id=1218057724056&skuId=9202481
6/4/2010 8:17:02 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 04, 2010

Its price

Hello P Pranav9
You can get it around $70 bucks if you look around the local stores but on amazon Its up for $85 and used for $53
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
6/3/2010 5:06:05 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Jun 03, 2010

I have a sony xplod car music system it is showing...

Ground Wire!! If your amp is not properly grounded there is a safety chip in there that disables it. I always tell my friends to use a 4 guage wire and I always make a ground point especially for the amp. For the best results use some form of abrasive to remove the coating on the bottom of your trunk and bolt that ****** in. Let me know if this fixes your issues
5/22/2010 12:36:58 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on May 22, 2010

What resistance spreakers?

4 Ohms.
5/11/2010 5:58:43 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on May 11, 2010

I just got a sony xplod 1000 watt amp i got

Try disconecting all speakers from the amp, turn it on after and if it stays on red it sounds like it had kicked the bucket. if it stays green start from their and check all of your wires for shorts (speaker wires) again. hope this helps...
5/9/2010 12:29:15 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on May 09, 2010

Xplod XM-554ZR Car Audio Amplifier: powr/protect light comes on red not green...

Hi, disconnect all speakers from unit and try again - if red light still shows then your amp has died.
If the light goes green, then start testing for shorted speaker/wiring. This includes speaker wiring to vehicle shorts - there should be an o/c reading on your meter
5/5/2010 2:36:18 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on May 05, 2010

My fuse went out on my sony 800 watt amp and cant

The fuse blew for a reason DO NOT replace it without repairing the problem. You will burn up more components.
4/27/2010 10:42:37 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Apr 27, 2010


if you have an old pc you can use the power supply to power your amp in house make sure it is +12v 10-16 amps be carefull make sure your voltages a correct with a vom
4/18/2010 6:42:20 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Apr 18, 2010

Car Audio - mixed ohm speakes - best setup

Here is the link how the speakers are suppose to be connected.


You notice how they hook it up the left connections are your full range or hi frequency speakers and the switch is on for HPF (High pass Filter meaning only high frequency is being passed thru)

The right connections are connected to subs and the switch is on for LPF (Low pass Filter meaning only low frequency is being passed thru)

If you turn off these switches to off the its FULL RANGE all frequencies will pass thru.

The single output of the radio is probably for a subwoofer output but since your using the amp to power speakers too Its useless because your sending only low frequencies to the amp which will make any speakers connected to the amp sound horrible due too all the highs and mids will be filtered out.

STEP 1. 2 4ohm speakers depending where you put them Front or back. Hook these speakers up to the Radio's speaker wires coming out of the radio harness. You can also call them Hi level output wires FR & FL wires if positioning them in the Front. Hook them to the RL or RR if positioning them in the Back. What ever wires you dont use tape them SEPARATELY . DO NOT TAPE THEM TOGETHER and cause them to touch each other it will short out the radio and you will hear no sound.

STEP 2. Ok get 4 same length speaker wires and cut them long enough to go too the amp. Now these speaker wires will only send the FULL RANGE frequency signals to your amp. So note with a paper and pen how your connecting each speaker wire. I would tape one wire with black tape to remember this is the FR right, 2 tape FR left, 3 tape BK right, 4 tape Bk left. And I would make the copper thread of the wire positive and silver thread of the wire negative (very important so that your in phase and it will sound awesome) mixing up the positive and negatives will give you a tinney sound and it horrible to hear .

STEP 3 connect these 4 speaker wires to the High level out speaker wires coming out of the radio. The wires that are already connected to the 2 4ohm speakers go ahead and splice into them and the ones you didnt use connect to the remaining 2/4 speakers. REMEMBER OR NOTE THE CONNECTIONS cause you have to connect the right sequence and right polarity + & - to the HI Level input of the AMP. You will not use any RCA'S from the radio to the amp anymore. Since your radio dont have any Front & Rear output coming from the back of the radio. (YOU CANNOT USE BOTH RCA INPUT & HI LEVEL INPUT OF THE AMP ITS 1 or the other OR YOU WILL BURN OUT THE AMP AND DAMAGE THE RADIO)

STEP 4. Now connect your 2 6ohm speakers of your front left and back left together in parallel and your 2 6ohm speakers of your front right and back right together in parallel. Look at the diagram hook it on the left connections as in the picture of the front left speaker(but your connecting two 6ohms valued at 3ohms when in parallel and the amp can handle 2ohms so its safe) Do the same connection for your two right speakers as shown in the diagram of the Front right speaker. SWITCH THE HPF to OFF so that you get full range out of your speakers. Mid range is 70% of your music if you turn it ON you are only getting the high frequencies and it will sound awful.

STEP 5. This is the final connection Your 6 ohm sub is very bad for this amp. For example if you bridge it off of the last two channels the amp may double the power. If each channel is 100 watts and you connect the positive to one channels positive and connect the negative to the others channel negative(presuming its bridgeable) On a regular 4ohm sub it will be getting 200 Watts of power which is an average thump. Now you put a 6 ohm sub it will be weak and it will be getting around 130Watts. To make it worse if this 4 Channel amp is not bridgeable you can only connect it to 1 channel and the output will be around 70 WATTS causing distortion due to lack of power. If you still connect the sub be sure the switch is ON.

Good luck cause this the best connection you can do anything different and I'm sorry it will sound even worse. I am a master installer and have done this for 12 yrs. The higher the ohms the worse the sound gets cause less power. Thats why car speakers are 4ohms and home speakers are 6 ohms or higher cause they have a bigger amplifier to power and 120volts AC current. A car only has a 12Volt DC current powering the amp.
4/10/2010 10:27:10 AM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Apr 10, 2010

Hooked up a new amp but nothing comes out of the

Did you check your RCA's? I've done it a million times. I've forgotten to hook them up or I hooked them up on a amp that had a preamp output...Hope this helps
4/3/2010 10:39:09 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Apr 03, 2010

My car is a 92 ford falcon when u play bassie

crack the windows and drop the sony bull **** and get your self a nice mono block class d amp 1000 rms should be loud enough btw bild your stereo based on rms power not max power rms is the true power you got so like 2 500 watt rms 12s on a 1000 watt rms amp or just a 1000 watt woofer it will be jsut as loud as the 2 12s
4/1/2010 5:27:49 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Apr 01, 2010

I purchase sony cdx-gt49um but very low bass &

Nothing sony is a good name but when it comes to car audio they have nothing but their name. I had a thump amp from the 80's that worked better than my sony xplod that had more power. If you want better quality try rockford fosgate, clarion or kenwood
3/24/2010 10:29:47 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Mar 24, 2010

I dont know how to setup my amplifier to MP3

Just like any other stereo. Get a wire harness for your car and match the wire colors together, tape them or cap them, or best yet soder them. Then run rca cables from the output in the back of the stereo to the amp. The run a remote wire (bue with white stripe) from the stereo to the amp remote terminal. Hook up the amp normal. let me know.
3/14/2010 9:57:35 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Mar 14, 2010

Water went to wires and cover of my amplifire,

You may of blown your sub. It is in protect mode. Best bet is to put it in rice as it will soak up the water. If you can take the cover off and see if there are any black spots on the board if so that part will need to be replaced.
3/14/2010 9:54:15 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Mar 14, 2010

Can it run at 2 ohm

Yes it will run at 2 ohms but each channel will run at 65 watts rms. So that would be 4x65 rms.
3/14/2010 9:46:27 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Mar 14, 2010

How do I hook up a sub woofer to my 52wx4 radio. I

You can hook it up a couple of ways.
Depending on how many subs you have and what ohms they are running at here is the chart you need. If your going to run one sub off it the last option is the way to go. Your going to need to find out the power of your subs or else the power could be off and you could blow the sub. If the rms power is higher than 130watts per coil you will be fine. If so there are four channels on the amp and two should show a line going to each other that says bridge. Hook up the positives and the negative of the subs as shown on the amp that will get your max power. If your sub is running at 4 ohm. Let me know, if not thats how you would do it.
Also for the power and remote wires. Hook up a power wire (16 gauge would be plenty fine) from the battery to the + terminal of the amp. Then take an equal or bigger sized wire from the - side of the amp and secure it to any medal part of the body of the car. If there is paint on it get if off. (not on the outside of your car or where any water would be.) Then run a remote wire from your stereo (most the times it is blue and white) to the remote terminal of the amp. This tell the amp when to turn on and off. Your amp will not turn on with out all of these wires. Good luck to you and let me know how it works out.
  • 4 x 55W RMS @ 4Ohm
  • 4 x 65W RMS @ 2Ohm
  • 1 x 130W RMS @ 4Ohm - Bridge
  • 3/14/2010 9:43:59 PM • Sony Xplod... • Answered on Mar 14, 2010
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