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hey, i was just wondering if anyone else had this problem... i had a hot system in my last car (big pimpin the 91 olds wagon lol) and the amp cut out at like higher volumes. i had a brand new alpine cd deck, 2 10"jl w3's, and a 300 or so watt pioneer premier amp... now this is the problem, whenever i turned the cd player volume over like 18-21, the amp would turn off, then turn back on. it seemed like the higher bass lebvels would just kill it. my one friend said i needed a capacitor, and this other kid said it was a defect with premier amps and to try to send it back. any thoughts? i wanna get this straight before i get the integra so i dont have to eff around with it
 

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I think its the amp overloading otherwise over heating I dont know if a cap will fixe the problem. But I will use some fans to cool the amp down.
 

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yea i was thinking about that too... but its got one fan... what about paint? i did a custom paint job on it (looks hot lol... light blue with the original gold plating) so do you think that might overheat it too?
 

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Yeah, I had the same problem years ago when I was a rookie in terms of sound systems. First what's the watts on your subwoofers? Ususally the amp will do that if the watts on the amp aren't enough to properly pump the subs. But assuming the wattage isn't the problem it can also happen if you wired the amp to a lousy power supply, thus not giving it enough juice at higher volumes. I have a 300 watt amp with my 10's and usually that's enough, so I think check your power and your problem will be fixed. What I do to wire my amp is run a high gage power wire with a high watt fuse straight through to the battery and the remote wire to the head unit. That way at higher volumes it's not dependant on anything because it sucks the juice straight from the batt. Try re-wiring and see how it works. If the problem persist, could be it's running too hot, since it was painted and the paint probably keeps the air from flowing properly. Let us know how it turns out
 

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for a test, just back off the gains a bit, the amp should play longer.... with the amp having "one fan" doesn't mean the gain can be cranked more (its not a volume control! lol)
 

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uh yea it does lol... anyways yea i didnt have it painted this whole time till like last week so thats not it... and i had a 8 gage wire straight to the positive teminal. i think the subs might be rated at like 300 watts each, so maybe thats the problem if my amp can only put out around 150 to each
 

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It's better that it turns off and on than to buy a new amp everytime you crank.Are you running the amp at the right impedence? b/c some amps can't be bridged they'll go into protection mode right away.Check to see if your amp is stable at a lower ohms rating. and it doesn't help that you painted the heat sink b/c now the amp can't cool properly .hope that helps a little. oh by the way do the test mornig z said to do.
 

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check your power conn,check your ground conn also,but i think that kimo has got it nailed.make sure that your amp
isn't running to low of an ohm load.play it to long like it is and you could damage either you amp or your speakers.I'm new on the board,but i do car stereo for a living.(8 yrs)
 
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