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I am having trouble getting power from my amp output terminals to my subwoofer. I am positive I have powered my amplifier correctly and inputs are correct as well. Green LED comes on, but no sound from sub. Subwoofer was tested and it is fine. I have an LOC connected to my factory wire harnesses, and RCA cables from LOC to amplifier inputs. Monster cable speaker wire from amp to sub. When I try to test the terminals of the speaker outputs on the amp with a voltmeter, it reads about .5 ohms, and zero AC volts...Help!! Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2008

    No sound comming from amp. Amp is on and it is pluged up right.




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Set the meter to AC volts and measure the AC voltage on the RCA cables where they plug into the amplifier. The black meter leat will go on the shield ground of the RCA cable. The red lead on the center conductor. You may have to turn the volume up to get a reading on the meter. At high volume, you should read at least one volt but the actual voltage will vary due to the audio signal. If you get no voltage on the RCAs, measure the AC voltage on the input to the LOC. Let me know what you find.

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