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No bass at higher volume

I installed my system about 3 days ago. Its a Pioneer GM-5200T amp and a Sony Xplod 10" sub. It was working fine for the first 2 days then last night I was listening to a song and now I cant get any bass past 17 in the volume. I was Idle at the time while I was listening to the music when It cut out and It just hasent worked right after that. I checked the fuses they are ok. Anyone know whats up? Im not sure what the power rating is on my amp so could it be that my battery is not powerfull enough? Thanks for your time. Phil

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Your battery should be fine! Although the amp might not be strong enough for the sub. All you can do is check the RCA cables from your radio to your amp as these might vibrate loose when you get to 17 volume and also check the monster cable from your amp to your sub asit might have vibrated loose as well.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007

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