I have an 02 alero. I have installed vega subs and an amp. I have managed to get power and tunes but when the radio is at zero the subs have low level engine noise and the subs sit there and flutter. Increasing the volume drowns it out but increasing the bass boost just causes the flutter to worsen.
All cable have been changed and I have even tried a new amp in the event it was an internal ground problem but with no success.
How do I get rid of the flutter and engine noise?
Install a DC passing and AC blocking inductor inline with the input of your sterio, or install an AC shorting cap in parallel with the DC power input of your sterio. It is being passed from the sterio to the amp and then amplified in the amp.
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If your Sony receiver has a separate sub output, it probably has a fixed level for application to a powered sub. Your mono amp can only boost the fixed signal level it receives from your receiver. The receiver can't drive that mono amp harder
You COULD run the Main speaker output to the large Red/Black speaker inputs, then some more wires Out from the other Red/Black connectors to your Main Speakers. That way your amp volume control will affect both equally.
Tweak the sub volume, crossover and phase to match it up to your mains.
I was trying to find an owner's manual or picture of the rear panel of the sub, but had no luck. The subwoofer is a powered type - or "active" speaker. This means it has a built in amplifier. These active subs usually provide for one or both "low level" and "high level" inputs. Low level signals are usually carried by shielded coaxial cables and have RCA type plugs on the end. The low level is also called "line level". This is an un-amplified signal that might be heard on cheap earphones - but that's about it. It is similar to the output of a tape deck, DVD or phonograph. These signals require an amplifier to be heard. If you have a sub woofer output on your receiver or amplifier, you could run a patch cable between the low level input on the subwoofer and the subwoofer output of the amp or receiver. You receiver or amp may call this output "low frequency effects" or similar. The front and rear speakers would then connect directly to the receiver or amp's corresponding connections.
If you lack low level outputs on the amp or subwoofer, you'll need to run speaker wires from the amplifier or receiver's front left and right speaker output terminals to the subwoofer's high level input terminals. High level signals are speaker connections or amplified signals. These are typically connections that accept bare wire connections. The front speakers would then connect to the subwoofer's front left and right speaker output terminals. The rear speakers connect to the amplifier.
The receiver automatic speaker set-up set the sub volume at -12 and since it was not getting any signals from the receiver it was doing what it is supposed to be doing (going to the standby mode). This was troubleshooted by Onkyo tech support on a Sunday. All the best about Onkyo customer support.
My guess is that one of your subs has a damaged voice coil, which acts like a short circuit to the speaker outputs. If you put an ohmmeter on the speaker terminals you should measure a resistance of not much less than 2 ohms (assuming you've wired the VC's in parallel). If you measure a significantly lower resistance then you have a damaged subwoofer.