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Just bought laney rb9 bass amp, the limiter defeater LED doesnt light up when switch is in or out. how do i know if this is working or not?

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Best to leave the limiter on unless you want to blow the amp and require repairs. Limiters protect the amp and also sometimes the speakers. The limiters reduce the gain when the amp reaches the maximum swing. If the gain were not reduced the amp would "flattop" which results in the circuitry saturating and massive distortion and if this condition is sustained, components can overheat or short out requiring repair. The LED MAY be just an indicator of clipping rather than an indicator of on/off. I downloaded the manual and what I have just said is CORRECT. The LED is a clipping indicator.

There is a caution regarding this amp and the sequence to turn power on. This amp does NOT have good speaker protection and you have to have the gain control down when turning on. The limiter, if you leave it on, might help protect your speakers when powering on. Most good power amps have circuitry to disconnect the speakers while amplifier is powering up and becoming stable, this one does not, so heed the warning and for certain leave the limiter ON... It just might save the amp and your speakers.

Posted on Mar 02, 2011

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