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I would suspect if the amp is known to be good, that someplace you have a shorted speaker wire... possibly someplace the insulation is cut through or maybe you have a bad connection with frayed strands shorting out the speaker. Use an ohmmeter to check the resistance between each set of speaker leads and then to ground.
Make sure you have a good ground connection. The ground wire should be solidly connected to the vehicle chassis in a paint-free location. If the ground is connected badly, the protect light will come on.
Could be that you have a partially roasted(blown) coil on one of your subs which will function- but will keep tripping your amp.You can check that out just by using a different set of subs to listen to and by the process of elimination if the problem goes away then you know where the problem is at.Also check your gains you might be riding the gain a little high which causes distortion which causes heat(FAST) which will cause the amp to shut down completely or some amps will decrease output in a programmed attempt to save itself.turn the bass boost down to half if you even use it at all- that too can cause massive distortion in the amp itself,meaning only that if you have the bass boost on your deck turned up and then you turn the boost up on your amp the sound signal is then WAYYY distorted which will cause a thermal shutdown too. Last thing is to make sure that your subs arent running below 2 ohms because i believe that particular amp is designed to put out about 900 watts at 2 ohms.good luck
It sounds like the bands inside the transmission are burnt. one way to check is pull you trans dipstick and smell the fluid and see if it smells burnt and the fluid should also be bright red. i have burnt a few trans myself and they did that.lol
Where was the smell coming from? The amp or the sub?
Do you have an ohmmeter to check to see if the sub's voice coils are still intact? Can you try driving the subs with another source to verify they are ok? We need to eliminate the variables here.
If the subs are okay then it's obvious that the problem is in the amp. I'm not sure if there are any protection devices internal to the amp, but I am sure if you remove the cover from the amp and if it was amp that was producing the burnt smell, you'll have no trouble visually identifying where the problem is in the amp. Most likely you'll find a part that is discolored or black & burned.
Usually a smell like this from a solid state device indicates a component has been overheated and if run long enough in this condition will fail.