Mobile Power Amplifier
Please read entire manual before installation. Due to the technical nature of amplifiers,
it is highly recommended that your DUAL amplifier is installed by a professional installer
or an authorized dealer.
Before You Start
•Disconnect negative battery terminal. (consult a qualified technician for instructions)
•Avoid installing the amplifier where it would be subject to high temperatures, such as
from direct sunlight, or where it would be subject to dust, dirt or excessive vibration.
•Use extreme caution when drilling holes to avoid damaging fuel lines or existing
vehicle wiring. •All amplifier installations require power, signal and speaker wires (not included).
•An amplifier installation kit (sold separately) is highly recommended to facilitate the
installation. Consult your dealer for recommendations.
Mounting Location
•Choose a mounting location for the amplifier. Suggested locations include under a seat
or in the trunk.
•The amplifier can be mounted horizontal (recommended) or vertical. For optimum
performance, make sure to provide at least 1" of space to around all sides. Do not
mount the amplifier under carpets or where airflow is restricted.
•Do not install the amplifier where it may be exposed to moisture.
•The optimum mounting location varies between vehicles. Remember to test all
amplifier functions before completing the final mounting procedure.
Connection Descriptions
Note: Be sure to follow specific instructions included with your amplifier installation
kit (not included with this amplifier). The information below should be used a general
guideline only.
Power Wire (BAT+)
•Disconnect negative battery terminal before proceeding. Consult a qualified
technician for instructions if you are unsure.
•Plan wire routing before cutting any wires to length. Begin by routing the power
+12V wire from the battery to the amplifier location. Use a grommet when running
wires through the firewall or metal openings. Avoid running the power wire near
existing vehicle wiring to prevent induced noise from entering the audio system.
•Use extreme caution when drilling holes to avoid damaging fuel lines or existing
vehicle wiring. •The +12V wire MUST be fused within 18" of the battery for protection of the vehicle’s
electrical system.
Ground Wire (GND)
•The amplifier ground wire should be as short as possible. Choose a clean unpainted
section of metal or the vehicle chassis when attaching the ground connection. Be
sure to clean the area of any dirt or grease.
Remote Turn-on Wire (REM)
•The remote turn-on wire connects to the head unit's amplifier turn-on lead or power
antenna output.
Speaker Wires
•Choose adequate gauge speaker wire depending on your exact amplifier/speaker
combination. Be sure to observe polarity when connecting.
•Do not ground any speaker wires or connect any speaker wires together.
Input Signal
•The amplifier's input signal connects to the head unit's low level (RCA) or high level
(speaker wire) outputs.
•Low level input signal deliver the best performance. If unavailable, use the high
level inputs - when interfacing with factory head unit for instance.
•Do not use both low and high level inputs at the same time - connect only one or the other.
•Never run any wires underneath or outside the vehicle.
Audio Inputs and Controls
RCA Line Inputs
Crossover Mode
Speaker Inputs
Crossover Frequency Control
Bass Boost
Power and Speaker Connections
Ground Connection
Remote Connection
Speaker Connection(s)
+12VDC Battery Connection
Typical Wire Routing
Main Power Connections
Connect +12V, GND and REM wires accordingly. A suitable fuse MUST be installed on the
+12V lead within 18" of the battery for protection of the vehicle’s electrical system.
Fuse Rating
Power/Ground Wire Size
When replacing fuses, make sure new fuse
is the correct type and amperage. Using an
incorrect fuse could damage the amplifier.
For optimum performance, use only the wire
size listed below or larger. Make sure to use
the same size power and ground wire.
30 amp ATO x 1
10 awg
Amplifier Connections
Speaker Connections
2 Speakers (stereo)
Subwoofer (mono)
Typical Stereo Wiring
Typical Bridged Wiring
Connect speaker wires observing
polarity. The minimum impedance
load for the XPR520 is 2 ohms
stereo and 4 ohms bridged. Use
of loads lower than these is not
recommended and may cause
amplifier damage. The XPR520
can be wired for stereo, bridged
or stereo/bridged simultaneous
(2 ohms minimum)
(4 ohms minimum)
Input Signal Connections
Low Level Input (RCA)
Low level (RCA) input signal is preferred for best performance. Typical trunk-mount
amplifier installations require a 17-20 foot RCA cable. Most trucks and under-seat
applications require a 6-9 foot RCA cable. Using twisted pair construction RCA cables will
minimize noise.
High Level Input (Speaker Wire)
High level inputs should only
be used when RCA outputs are
not available from the head unit.
Connect the head unit speaker
outputs to the high level input
connector as shown below. The
black wire (signal reference ground)
may or may not require a connection
to chassis ground - depending on
your particular installation.
Grey = Right (+)
Grey/Black = Right (-)
Black = Ground
White/Black = Left (-)
White = Left (+)
Do not use both low and high level inputs at the same time - connect only one or the other.
Input level Control
The input level control (gain) is used to obtain the best
possible match between the head unit audio output and the
amplifier input.
• Begin by turning the input level control fully
• Next, turn up the head unit volume control around 3/4
of the way up.
• Adjust the input level control clockwise until audible
distortion is heard, then slightly counterclockwise to
provide the best match.
• Repeat for all input level controls.
Crossover Mode
The crossover is used to filter out frequencies above or
below a certain point. Choose LPF when using the amplifier
with subwoofers, HPF when using with midrange/tweeter
combinations and OFF when using with coaxial-type
Note: Choose OFF when using the amplifier in stereo/
bridged simultaneous mode. In this mode, passive
crossovers are required. Failure to use the correct passive
components may damage the amplifier and/or speakers.
Consult a qualified professional for recommendations. Crossover Frequency
Bass Boost
LED Indicator
This control allows precise adjustment of the crossover
This control provides additional boost @ 45Hz when used
with subwoofers. Adjust this control with caution - as
improper use can damage speakers!
The LED indicator illuminates blue during normal operation
(POWER) and red when the amplifier detects a fault
CEA-2006 Power Standard Specifications
(reference: 14.4VDC, 20Hz~20kHz)
Power Output (14.4VDC, 20Hz ~ 20kHz): 50 Watts RMS x 2 channels @ 4 ohms and ≤ 1% THD+N
75 Watts RMS x 2 channels @ 2 ohms and ≤ 1% THD+N
150 Watts RMS x 1 channel @ 4 ohms (bridged) and ≤ 1% THD+N
Total dynamic power: 400 Watts @ 4 ohms
Signal to noise ratio: 75dBA (reference: 1 watt into 4 ohms)
Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz (-3dB)
Amplifier dimensions: 2.78" (H) x 9.09" (W) x 10.56" (D)
+12V wire not connected or incorrect voltage Check connections for proper voltage
REM wire not connected or incorrect voltage (11~16VDC)
Unit will not turn on
(no power LED indicator) GND wire not connected
Fuse(s) blown
Speaker wires not connected
Volume turned all the way down
One or more speaker wires touching each
Unit has power - LED is other or touching chassis ground
blue (but no sound)
Speaker(s) defective or damaged
Input signal not connected
Unit blows fuse(s)
Incorrect fuse rating
+12V wire touching chassis ground
Speaker(s) defective or damaged
Bad ground connection
Engine noise
Signal ground loop or RFI (radio frequency
One or more speaker wires touching each
other or touching chassis ground
LED illuminates red Speaker(s) defective or
(protect mode)
damaged internally (shorted)
Speaker load less than 2 ohms (stereo)
Speaker load less than 4 ohms (bridged)
Incorrect input signal type or
Distorted audio output
input level too high
Low audio output
Weak bass
Check connection to ground
Replace fuse(s)
Check connections at speakers
Increase volume level at head unit
Insulate all bare speaker wires from each
other and chassis ground
Check/replace speaker(s)
Check high or low level inputs for proper
Use fuse(s) with correct rating
Check for pinched wire
Check/replace speaker(s)
Make sure amplifier is grounded to clean
bare metal
Re-route RCA cables from existing high
current wiring
Insulate all bare speaker wires from each
other and chassis ground
Check/replace speaker(s)
Adjust speaker load - amplifier will not
operate at less than 4 ohms when bridged
Check connections and reduce/adjust input
Incorrect input signal type or
input level too low
Check connections and increase/adjust
input level
Speaker(s) are wired out of phase
Check (+) and (-) speaker connections
(Observe correct polarity)
Limited One-Year Warranty
This warranty gives you specific legal
rights. You may also have other rights
which vary from state to state.
Dual Electronics Corp. warrants this
product to the original purchaser to be free
from defects in material and workmanship
for a period of one year from the date of
the original purchase.
Dual Electronics Corp. agrees, at our
option, during the warranty period,
to repair any defect in material or
workmanship or to furnish an equal
new, renewed or comparable product
(whichever is deemed necessary) in
exchange without charges, subject to
verification of the defect or malfunction and
proof of the date of purchase. Subsequent
replacement products are warranted for
the balance of the original warranty period.
Who is covered? This warranty is extended
to the original retail purchaser for products
purchased from an authorized Dual dealer
and used in the U.S.A.
What is covered? This warranty covers all
defects in material and workmanship in
this product. The following are not covered:
software, installation/removal costs,
damage resulting from accident, misuse,
abuse, neglect, product modification,
improper installation, incorrect line
voltage, unauthorized repair or failure
to follow instructions supplied with the
product, or damage occurring during
return shipment of the product. Specific
license conditions and copyright notices for
the software can be found via www.dualav.
What to do?
1. Before you call for service, check the
troubleshooting guide in your owner’s
manual. A slight adjustment of any
custom controls may save you a service
2. If you require service during the
warranty period, you must carefully
pack the product (preferably in the
original package) and ship it by prepaid
transportation with a copy of the original
receipt from the retailer to an
authorized service center.
3. Please describe your problem in
writing and include your name, a
return UPS shipping address (P.O. Box
not acceptable), and a daytime phone
number with your shipment.
4. For more information and for the
location of the nearest authorized
service center please contact us by one
of the following methods:
• Call us toll-free at 1-866-382-5476
• E-mail us at cs@dualav.com
Exclusion of Certain Damages: This
warranty is exclusive and in lieu of any
and all other warranties, expressed or
implied, including without limitation the
implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose and any
obligation, liability, right, claim or remedy
in contract or tort, whether or not arising
from the company’s negligence, actual
or imputed. No person or representative
is authorized to assume for the company
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