American Audio VLP1000 User manual

American Audio VLP1000 User manual
Professional Power Amplifier
American Audio
®
6122 S. Eastern Ave.
Los Angeles Ca. 90040
Rev. 5/10
VLP Series
User Instructions
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CAUTION
Do not open risk of electric shock
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER.
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER ALL SERVICE TO YOUR
AUTHORIZED AMERICAN AUDIO® DEALER.
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may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.
The exclamation point triangular symbol is
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of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the user manual
accompanying the amplifier.
FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE AND
RELIABILITY DO NOT PRESENT THE
AMPLIFIER WITH A SPEAKER LOAD
OF LESS THAN 2 OHMS OR ANY
COMBINATION OF SPEAKERS THAT
TOGETHER ARE LESS THAN 2 OHMS!
P OUR A S S URER L A F I A B I L E T E E T
OBTENIT UNE PERFORMANCE OPTIMALE,
NESOUMETTE JAMAIS L’AMPLIFICATEUR
A UNE CHARGE D’IMPEDANCE TOTALE
INFERIEURE A 2 OHMS, NI AVEC UN H.P. NI
EN COMBINAISON DES H.P.
USING ONE SPEAKER, IT MUST BE AVEC UN H.P., IL FAUT UNE CHARGE
D’IMPEDANCE MINIMUM DE 2 OHMS.
RATED AT 4 OR MORE OHMS.
USING TWO SPEAKERS, THEY MUST AVEC DEUX H.P., FAUT POUR CHAOUN UNE
RATED EACH AT 4 OR MORE OHMS.
CHARGE D’IMPEDANCE MINIMUM DE 4
OHMS.
USING THREE SPEAKERS, THEY
MUST BE RATED EACH AT 8 OR MORE AVEC TROIS H.P., FAUT POUR CHAOUN UNE
OHMS.
CHURGE D’IMPEDANCE MINIMUM DE 8
OHMS.
CONTENTS:
Safety Precautions.......................................................................................................................................................................................4
Introduction...............................................................................................................................................................................................4
Front Panels.................................................................................................................................................................................................5
Rear Panels..................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Inputs...........................................................................................................................................................................................................11
Outputs............................................................................................................................................................................................................11
Speakon Output Connector Assembly.......................................................................................................................................................13
Operating Modes........................................................................................................................................................................................14
Protection Circuitry
Limiter.................................................................................................................................................................................................15
Short Circuit Protection...................................................................................................................................................................15
Thermal Protection..........................................................................................................................................................................16
Amplifier Features.......................................................................................................................................................................................16
Speaker Setup............................................................................................................................................................................................17
Specifications...............................................................................................................................................................................................18
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Important Precautions
Introduction
•To reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this Introduction: Congratulations and thank you for purchasing
this American Audio® VLP series™ amplifier. This amplifier is a
unit rain or moisture.
representation of American Audio’s continuing commitment to
•Do not spill water or other liquids into or on to your unit.
•Do not attempt to operate this unit if the power cord has been produce the best and highest quality products all at an affordable
price. Please read and understand this manual completely before
frayed or broken.
attempting to operate your new amplifier. This booklet contains
•Do not attempt to remove or break off the ground prong from the electrical cord. This prong is used to reduce the risk of elec- important information concerning the proper and safe operation of
your new amplifier.
trical shock and fire in case of an internal short.
•Disconnect main power before making any type of connection
Unpacking: Every VLP Series™ amplifier has been thoroughly
• Do not remove the cover under any conditions. There are no
tested and has been shipped in perfect operating condition.
user serviceable parts inside.
Carefully check the shipping carton for damage that may have
•Never plug this unit in to a dimmer pack.
occurred during shipping. If the carton appears to be damaged,
•Always be sure to mount this unit in an area that will allow carefully inspect your unit for any damage and be sure all accesproper ventilation. Allow about 6” (15cm) between this device
sories necessary to operate the unit has arrived intact. In the event
and a wall.
damage has been found or parts are missing, please contact our
•Do not attempt to operate this unit, if it becomes damaged.
toll free customer support number for further instructions. Please
•This unit is intended for indoor use only, use of this product out- do not return the amplifier to your dealer without contacting cusdoors voids all warranties.
tomer support first.
•During long periods of non-use, disconnect the unit’s main
Installation: This amplifier is designed to mount into a standard
power.
19” rack. The front panel provides four holes used to screw the
•Always mount this unit in a safe and stable manner.
unit into a rack. The unit also provides a way to rear mount the
•Power cords should be routed so they are not likely to be unit into a rack for added security. Rear mounting the unit is espewalked on, pinched by items placed upon or against them.
cially recommended for this amplifier if the unit is to mounted into
• Cleaning -The outside of the unit should be wipe down with a
a mobile rack.
soft cloth and mild cleaner when needed.
•Heat -The appliance should be situated away from heat sources Customer Support: American Audio® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set up help and to answer any question
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances should you encounter problems during your set up or initial opera(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
tion. You may also visit us on the web at www.americanaudio.us
•The fixture should be serviced by qualified service personnel
for any comments or suggestions. For service related issue please
when:
contact American Audio ®. Service Hours are Monday through
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
B. Objects have fallen on, or liquid has been spilled into the unit. Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Voice: +31 45 546 85 00
C. The appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
Fax:
+31 45 546 85 99
D. The fixture does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a E-mail:
[email protected]
marked change in performance.
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Front Panel
VLP600, VLP1000 & VLP1500
1
23 4 5
6
5 7 89
10
PROFESSIONAL POWER AMPLIFIER
6
6
10
10
3
3
PRO CLIP
15
10
15 POWER
POWER
1
30
80
15
10
CLIP PRO
15
1
30
80
0 dB
0 dB
CH B
CH A
VLP1500
1. Channel 1 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the output signal of channel one. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction will
increase signal output.
2. Channel 1 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to glow
when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes into
protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any
speakers connected to the channel.
3. Channel 1 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
Figure 1
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
9. Channel 2 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to glow
when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes into
protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any
speakers connected to the channel.
10. Channel 2 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the
output signal of channel two. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction
will increase signal output.
4. Channel 1 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will glow
according to the average signal output.
5. Function Indicators - These indicators detail the operating mode of
the amplifier. These LEDs will also function as a power indicator.
6. Power Switch - This switch is used to control the units main power.
7. Channel 2 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will glow
according to the average signal output.
8. Channel 2 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
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Front Panel
VLP300
11
12 13 14 15
16
15 17 18 19
20
6
6
10
PROFESSIONAL POWER AMPLIFIER
10
3
3
PRO
15
CLIP
10
15 POWER
POWER
1
30
0 dB
10
CLIP
PRO
15
1
30
CH B
CH A
80
15
VLP300
80
0 dB
Figure 2
11. Channel 1 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the
output signal of channel one. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction
will increase signal output.
12. Channel 1 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to
glow when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes
into protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any speakers connected to the channel.
13. Channel 1 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
19. Channel 2 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to
glow when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes
into protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any speakers connected to the channel.
20. Channel 2 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the
output signal of channel two. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction
will increase signal output.
14. Channel 1 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will
glow according to the average signal output.
15. Power Indicators - These LEDs function as a power indicator.
16. Power Switch - This switch is used to control the units main power.
17. Channel 2 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will
glow according to the average signal output.
18. Channel 2 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
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Front Panel
VLP2500
23
25
22 24
21
25
26
28
27
29
30
PROFESSIONAL POWER AMPLIFIER
6
6
10
10
3
3
PRO CLIP
15
10
15 POWER
POWER
1
30
80
15
10
CLIP PRO
15
1
30
80
0 dB
0 dB
CH B
CH A
VLP2500
21. Channel 1 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the
output signal of channel one. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction
will increase signal output.
22. Channel 1 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to
glow when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes
into protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any speakers connected to the channel.
23. Channel 1 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
Figure 3
control to reduce the risk of damage to your speakers and amplifier. This
LED may glow when the unit has been turned off, this is normal.
29. Channel 2 Protect Indicator - The red Protect LED will begin to
glow when the channel goes into protect mode. When the channel goes
into protect mode all output for that channel will turn off. This is to protect any speakers connected to the channel.
30. Channel 2 Gain Control - This rotary knob is used to control the
output signal of channel two. Turning the knob in a clockwise direction
will increase signal output.
24. Channel 1 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will
glow according to the average signal output.
25. Function Indicators - These indicators detail the operating mode of
the amplifier. These LEDs will also function as a power indicator.
26. Power Switch - This switch is used to control the units main power.
27. Channel 2 Signal Indicators - These green and yellow LED’s will
glow according to the average signal output.
28. Channel 2 Clip Indicator - This red LED will begin to flash when
channel one begins to overload (clip). At this point channel one will begin to distort. Under heavy clipping activity lower the channel one gain
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Rear Panel Control
31
VLP300
32
33 34
35
36 37 38 39
40 41
42
43
44
Figure 4
45
31. AC Cord - Plug this cable into a standard wall outlet. Check that the voltage
42. Channel 1 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use
in your area matches the amplifiers required voltage.
pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s
32. Channel 1 TRS Input - Channel one 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a bal- Speakon input jack.
anced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
43. Channel 2 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use
33. Channel 1 XLR input - Channel one 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s
page 9 for more details.
Speakon input jack.
34. Mode Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s operating mode. The 44. Cooling Fans - Dual high speed cooling fans
amplifier can operate in three different modes; Mono Bridge, Parallel Mono, or
45. Fuse Holder - This housing stores a 4 amp GMA protective fuse. Never
Stereo. The amplifier is shipped in stereo mode.
defeat the fuse, the fuse is designed to protect the electronics in the event of
35. Channel 2 XLR Input - Channel two 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See severe power fluctuations. Always be sure to replace the fuse with an exact
page 9 for more details.
match as the one being replaced, unless otherwise told to do so by an autho36. Channel 2 TRS Input - Channel two 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a bal- rized American Audio® service technician.
anced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
37. Filter Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s filter mode. The amplifier
can operate in three different filter modes; High Pass, Low Pass, and By-Pass.
38. Sensitivity Switch - This switch lets you choose the input sensitivity.
39. Ground On/Off Switch - If hear a hum or any interference, put the Ground
switch in the “On” postion .
40. Channel 2 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s
input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
41. Channel 1 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s
input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
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Rear Panel Control 46
VLP600, VLP1000, &
VLP1500
47
48 49
50
51
52
53
46
61
Figure 5
60
59 58
57
56
55
54
46. Cooling Fans - Dual high speed cooling fans
55. Channel 1 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s
47. Channel 2 XLR Input - Channel two 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
page 9 for more details.
56. Channel 1 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use
48. Channel 2 TRS Input - Channel two 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a bal- pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s
anced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
Speakon input jack.
49. Mode Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s operating mode. The 57. Filter Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s filter mode. The amplifier
amplifier can operate in three different modes; Mono Bridge, Stereo, or Parallel can operate in three different filter modes; High Pass, Low Pass, and By-Pass.
Mono. The amplifier is shipped in stereo mode.
58. Sensitivity Switch - This switch lets you choose the input sensitivity.
50. Ground On/Off Switch - If hear a hum or any interference, put the Ground
59. Channel 1 TRS Input - Channel one 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a balswitch in the “On” postion .
anced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
51. Channel 2 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use
pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s 60. Channel 1 XLR input - Channel one 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See
page 9 for more details.
Speakon input jack.
52. Channel 2 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s 61. Limiter Switch - This switch is used to limit the input level. Use this function
to avoid damage to your speakers.
input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
53. AC Cord - Plug this cable into a standard wall outlet. Check that the voltage
in your area matches the amplifiers required voltage.
54. Fuse Holder - This housing stores a 8 amp GMA protective fuse for the VLP
600, 10 amp GMA protective fuse for the VLP 1000, and a 15 amp GMA protective fuse for the VLP 1500. Never defeat the fuse, the fuse is designed to protect
the electronics in the event of severe power fluctuations. Always be sure to replace the fuse with an exact match as the one being replaced, unless otherwise
told to do so by an authorized American Audio® service technician.
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Rear Panel Control
VLP2500
62
63
64 65
66
67
68
76
75 74
73
72
71
69
77
62. Cooling Fans - Dual high speed cooling fans
70
Figure 6
71. Channel 1 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s
input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
63. Channel 2 XLR Input - Channel two 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See
72. Channel 1 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use
page 9 for more details.
pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s
64. Channel 2 TRS Input - Channel two 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a bal- Speakon input jack.
anced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
73. Filter Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s filter mode. The amplifier
65. Mode Switch - This switch controls the amplifier’s operating mode. The can operate in three different filter modes; High Pass, Low Pass, and By-Pass.
amplifier can operate in three different modes; Mono Bridge, Stereo, or Parallel
74. Sensitivity Switch - This switch lets you choose the input sensitivity.
Mono. The amplifier is shipped in stereo mode.
66. Ground On/Off Switch - If hear a hum or any interference, put the Ground
switch in the “On” postion .
75. Channel 1 TRS Input - Channel one 1/4” female jack. Excepts either a balanced or unbalanced plug. See page 9 for more details.
67. Channel 2 Speakon Output - Optional speaker output connections. Use 76. Channel 1 XLR input - Channel one 3-pin XLR balanced input jack. See
pins 1+ and 1- of this 4-pole Speakon connector to connect to your speaker’s page 9 for more details.
Speakon input jack.
77. Limiter Switch - This switch is used to limit the input level. Use this function
68. Channel 2 Output Jack/5 way Binding Post - Connect to your speaker’s to avoid damage to your speakers.
input jack. Red is positive signal and Black is negative signal.
69. Fuse Holder - This housing stores 15 amp protective fuse. Never defeat the
fuse, the fuse is designed to protect the electronics in the event of severe power
fluctuations. Always be sure to replace the fuse with an exact match as the one
being replaced, unless otherwise told to do so by an authorized American Audio® service technician.
70. AC Cord - Plug this cable into a standard wall outlet. Check that the voltage
in your area matches the amplifiers required voltage.
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Set Up
INPUTS - The VLP Series amplifier allows you to use two types of input connector per a channel, a XLR jack for balanced connections
and a 1/4” female jack that will accept balanced and unbalanced connectors. Use these connections to connect the output signal
from a mixer, cross-over or EQ to your VLP Series amplifier. A balanced connection is recommended for cable runs longer that 20ft.
When constructing your own XLR cables follow the pin configuration describe below for proper connections. For cable runs shorter
than 20ft. you may choose the 1/4” unbalanced input option. The 1/4” unbalanced input option may be more convenient for most
users due to the abundant supply of prefabricated cables available at your local audio dealer.
Male XLR Pin Configuration:
US ITT Standard
2
1
3
2 Hot (+ data)
Figure 7
1 Ground/Return/ 0v)
3 Negative (- data)
Balanced TRS 1/4” Plug
Unbalanced TS 1/4” Plug
Figure 8
Hot (+) Ground/Shield
Negative (-)
Figure 9
Hot (+)
Negative (-)
OUTPUTS:
Binding Post/Banana Plug - Connect your speakers to the binding post outputs on the rear of the amplifier. The
speaker wire may be connect by bare wire (directly connected, usually for permanent connections), banana plug,
or spade connector. Connections are made to Channels 1 and 2 output’s for stereo mode or across the red terminals of Channels 1 and 2 for Mono Bridge Mode.
Important Notice: Although a speaker will operate with the positive and negative leads plugged into either terminal on the amplifier binding post, be sure to plug the negative lead into the black terminal and positive lead
into the red terminal. Ensuring proper polarity will avoid speakers being out of phase, that can cause a loss of
Figure 10
bass response.
Important Notice: Banana Plugs - When connecting your speakers to the amplifier using banana jacks; Be sure that the
red and black caps on the binding post are completely screwed in. Insert the banana jacks into the caps of the binding post, be sure that
the banana jack is inserted securely to avoid the risk of it popping out.
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Bare Wire Connections: (Figure 11)
When connecting your speakers to the amplifier using bare wire; Unscrew the red and
black caps on the binding post, be sure not to completely remove or unscrew the red
and black caps. Strip back the wire insulation 1/2” (13mm). Insert the bare wire into the
hole that was reveled by unscrewing the binding post cap. After inserting the wire into
the binding post hole, screw the binding post cap down on the wire. To reduce the risk of
shock or damage to your amplifier, be sure that the wire connected to one binding post
does not come in contact with that of another.
Spade Connector: (Figure 12)
Figure 11
Typical speaker output using bare wire. Insert
bare wire into the binding post and tighten.
When connecting your speakers to the amplifier using spade connector; Unscrew the red and black caps on
the binding post, be sure not to completely remove or unscrew the red and black caps. Insert the spade connector in to the binding post and tighten the caps down on the spade connector. To reduce the risk of shock
or damage to your amplifier, be sure that the wire connected to one binding post does not come in contact
with that of another.
When connecting your speakers to the amplifier using banana jacks; Be sure that the red and black caps on
the binding post are tighten down completely. Insert the banana jacks into the caps of the binding post, be
sure that the banana jack is inserted securely to avoid the risk of it popping out.
Mono Bridge Connections:
Mono bridge operation connections will follow the above descriptions however, when operating in mono
bridge operation the speaker connections will run between the two positive (red) leads. Use channel two positive output terminal for the negative connection and the channel one positive output terminal for the positive
connection.
Figure 12
Typical speaker output using
spade connectors. Insert
bare wire into the binding
post and tighten.
Stereo Connections Using the Neutrik Speakon output connectors:
Recent regulatory requirements in Europe have outlawed the use of the dual banana plug and force amp users to terminate their speaker
cables with spade lugs or bare wire ends. This is not advantageous to most users that want to reconfigure their systems or quickly
change out an amp. The Neutrik Speakon® connector provides the most convenient solution to this problem, eliminating the need for
spade plugs or bare wire end cables. Major speaker manufacturers have been using Speakon connectors on their products for years,
so chances are you are ready to use the Speakon connection. With Speakon connectors, you can connect straight from the amplifier
to the speaker. The Speakon connector used on this amplifier meets all known safety regulations. Once wired correctly, the connector
cannot be plugged in backwards, causing the type of inverted polarity situations that have become common with banana hookups. This
connection will provide a safe, secure and reliable method of connecting your speakers to your new amplifier. You can purchase the
Speakon® NL4FC connectors from your local audio dealer.
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Speakon Assembly: You will need a pair of Neutrik Speakon® NL4FC
connectors. You will also need high-quality two or four conductor speaker
cable, a pair of needle-nosed pliers and a 1.5-mm Allen key to assemble the
Speakon connectors to your speaker wire. To assemble the Neutrik Speakon
NL4FC connector, complete the following steps:
1. Strip back 3/4-inch of the cable casing. Strip off 1/4-inch from the end of
each of the conductors down to bare wire, and insert the brass fittings. See
Figure 13.
2. Slide the cable tension clip (D) and the speakon coupler (E) through the
cable end. See Figure 14.
3. Insert each wire with the brass fittings into the top of appropriate slot of the
connector insert (B) as shown in Figures 14 and 15. Use a 1.5-mm Allen key
to tighten the connection. See Figure 15.
4. Be sure to properly match the positive (+) and negative (–) leads of each
wire. See Figure 16.
5. Slide the connector insert (B) into the connector housing (A), making sure
that the large notch on the outer edge of the insert lines up with the large
groove on the inside of the connector housing. The insert should slide easily
through the housing and out the other side until it extends approximately 3
/4-inch from the end of the housing.
6. Slide the cable tension clip (D) along the cable and insert into the housing
(A), making sure that the large notch lines up with the large groove on the
inside of the connector housing (A). The cable tension clip (D) should slide
easily into the housing until only 3 /8-inch of the cable tension clip (D) extends
from the back end of the connector.
7. Slide the coupler (E) along the cable and screw it onto the end of the housing
(A). Before tightening, you may want to test the connector to make sure it has
been assembled properly.
Figure 13
Brass Inserts
4-Conductor Speaker Cable
Figure 14
A
B
C
D
E
Figure 15
Figure 16
INPUT BA ANCE
SPEAKON
C2
+1
+2
C1
MINIMUM LOAD IMPEDANCE 2 OHM PERCHANNEL 4 OHM BRIDGE
-
C2
-B I D E+
N
+
+1
-1
+
INPUT T U
CAUTION
1+ HOT
1 COLD
UTPUTS
+2
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+
C1
-
120 60
4800 ATTS
+2
+
+2
Operating Modes: Always configure your amplifier operating mode before beginning operation. If you want to change it during performance. You must decrease the gain controls to their lowest levels to protect the speakers from any popping noise.
Stereo Operation - Page 17/Figure 17 details an example of a typical stereo set-up. Connect your inputs into channels one and
two of the amplifier. Connect your speakers to the outputs on the rear of the amplifier. Be sure that your front gain controls are turned
down to their lowest level (full counter-clockwise). Turn your amp on. Turn your input source level up. Use your front gain controls to
regulate the output volume. Be sure not to raise the volume to the clip level, however an intermittent clip signal is acceptable.
Mono Bridge Operation - Page 17/Figure 18 details a mono bridge set-up. Be sure your amplifier and all other audio equipment
is powered down. Flip the Stereo/Mono Bridge switch to the Mono Bridge position. Connect an input signal to channel one. Connect
your speaker across the red output binding post on the rear of your amplifier. Turn your equipment on (your amplifier should always
be the last item you turn on). Apply an input source signal to your amplifier. Turn channel two gain up. Use the channel one gain to
regulate your amplifier output.
Bridged-Mono Mode Caution - The voltage across the output terminals of a bridged VLP Series™ amplifier may equal or exceed
100 volts RMS and may be as high as 130 volts. Use fully insulated CLASS ONE wiring, and the load must be rated for up to 2500 watts
(@4 ohms)
Parallel Mono - “Parallel ” ties the two channel line inputs together so that they will both be driven by the same signal, without the
need for external jumpers or wiring. Both amplifier channels will operate independently. Though they carry the same signal, their gain
controls affect only their respective channels, and they both must use their respected speaker outputs. Never attempt to parallel the
speaker outputs, this may cause serious damage to your amplifier! This mode is recommended when using the VLP Series™ to run bass
speakers, to achieve better low end. To run in parallel mono mode connect your system as you would if you were going to run in stereo
mode. Then flip the mode switch to “MONO.” Be sure the amp is off or the power is disconnected before making any changes.
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Mono Subwoofer - This operation is similar to the Stereo Subwoofer operation but in mono. When running subwoofers it is usually
recommended to run them in mono mode to achieve a cleaner tighter low end. This operation allows you to run several subwoofers
down to a minimum of 4 ohms. To avoid amplifier overheating, never run the amplifier below 8 ohms in this mode. Set up this mode
as you would a standard stereo set up. In this mode you may use the frequency adjustment on the rear of the amp, to control the bass
frequency output level. Frequencies may be adjusted from 20Hz to 200Hz.
PROTECTION:
Limiter - Only the VLP 1500 and 600 come with a built in limiter. When the input signal overloads, the “CLIP LED’s” indicate a signal overload, at this time, the master volume should be lowered to reduce distortion. If the input gain level is not reduced the built-in
limiter will activate. During signal overload, the limiter will reduce the input audio signal enough to minimize the amount of clipping.
A limiter takes the gain of an overloading signal and reduces it, the reduction in gain reduces distortion that can cause damage to
your speakers and amplifier. During normal operation below clipping, and momentary clips on peaks, the limiter does not affect the
audio signal and is inaudible. It will allow brief clipping of peaks and will only activate when continuous, hard clipping occurs. During
excessive clipping the limiter will reduce the audio signal enough to minimize the amount of clipping. When the input signal decreases
enough that clipping ends, the limiter will deactivate and cease its gain reduction. The limiter has a fixed threshold and can not be
adjusted.
Safe Power Levels at Different Output Loads:
8-Ohm Loads: The amplifier can operate at practically any power level without risk of overheating. However, if it is pushed hard
enough to continually light the “CLIP ” indicator, the amplifier’s average output power can reach 150 watts.
4-Ohm Loads: If the “CLIP” indicator flashes occasionally, the amplifier is approaching its maximum long-term power capacity. If it is
lit about half the time, the amplifier channel will probably go into thermal protection within a few minutes.
Short Circuit Protection - The VLP Series™ amplifiers all come with built-in Output Short Circuit Protects. The Output Short Circuit
Protection protects the output devices of the amplifier from short circuits and stressful loads. If your speaker lines short, the amplifier automatically detects this problem and discontinues operation for that channel. If one side of your amplifier becomes shorted and
goes into protect mode, the other side will continue to operate normally. During short circuit protection, the "Clip" LED and “Protect"
LED will light simultaneously indicating amplifier fault. All channel output during the “Short Circuit Protection" will be interrupted (i.e.
no sound out
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put). Short Circuit Protection can usually be traced back to the signal output line (i.e. speaker line). Check the line from the output terminal of the amplifier to the speaker. If this line good, check the internal speaker connections and components. A short circuit will usually be traced to a bad cable or a bad speaker component and is rarely traced to the amplifier itself.
Thermal Protection - Dual variable speed fans on the VLP Series amplifier provide adequate cooling. During low level output the fans
run at normal speeds. During high output and as heat raises, (exceeding 90°C.), the fans will run at higher speeds to aid the cooling
process. If the heatsink temperature exceeds 91°C., the amplifier will mute until the amplifier cools down. When the amplifier cools
below 90°C., the amplifier will return to normal operations. Be sure not to operate your amplifier below the minimum load ratings to
reduce the risk of overheating problems.
Input/Output Protection - The input circuits are isolated by 10k resistors. An ultrasonic network uncouples RF from the output and
helps keep the amplifier stable with reactive loads.
Operating Voltage (AC Mains) - The serial number label indicates the correct AC main voltage. Connecting to the wrong voltage is
dangerous and may damage the amplifier. Always be sure the source voltage for your areas matches the required voltage for your
amplifier.
Gain Controls - The gain controls are located on the front panel and are calibrated in 2dB of attenuation from full gain. It is best to
adjust the amplifier so no “hissing” is heard from speakers with no music being played, this will ensure the lowest possible distortion
during normal operation.
AMPLIFIER FEATURES:
THRU - Thru will allow the user to daisy-chain one amplifiers signal input into another amplifier. Plug the signal source outputs into the
first amplifier’s input, patch from the amplifier’s THRU jacks to the next amplifier’s input, and so on, daisy-chaining as many amplifiers
as there is no excessive level loss. Is not affected by crossover setting.
GROUND LIFT SWITCH - Applying or lifting the ground switch will change the level for background noise and hum, if the noise level
remains the same in either position, it is better to keep the ground lift switch in the ground position. This will eliminate 60Hz cycle hum
that is sometimes induced when mounting several units in the same rack.
OPERATING VOLTAGE (AC MAINS) - The serial number label indicates the correct AC main voltage. Connecting to the wrong voltage
is dangerous and may damage the amplifier.
GAIN CONTROLS - The gain controls are located on the front panel and are calibrated in 2dB of attenuation from full gain. It is best to
adjust the amplifier so no “hissing” is heard from speakers with no music being played, this will ensure the lowest possible distortion
during normal operation.
LED INDICATORS - Each channel has five LEDS. Two LEDs indicate signal level activity; two green LEDs. One yellow LED indicates
signal clipping. One red LED indicates protections mode for shorts/ overload. One blue LED indicates power for each individual channel.
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Typical Stereo Output Connections
Use Speakon or Banana Jacks
Figure 17
SPEAKERS
4 OHM MINIMUM
TYPICAL Mono bridge SET-UP
Use Channel 1 Inputs Only (XLR or 1/4” Jacks)
Figure 18
X
Use the two positive binding post
termainals (red) for speaker output.
SPEAKERS
8 OHM MINIMUM
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SPEAKERS
4 OHM MINIMUM
VLP SERIES SPECS
Power supply:
AC 100V, 50/60Hz (Japan)
AC 110V, 60Hz (Colombia)
AC 120V, 60Hz (U.S.A. and Canada)
AC 127V, 60Hz (Mexico)
AC 220V, 50Hz (Chile and Argentina)
AC 220V, 60Hz (Philippines and Korea)
AC 230V, 50Hz (Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore)
AC 240V, 50Hz (Australia and U.K.)
MODEL:
VLP 300
VLP 600
VLP 1000
Output Power:
150W RMS per Channel @ 4 Ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
100W RMS per Channel @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, o.1% THD (Bridge Mode, Mono)
300W RMS @ 8 Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD
300W RMS per Channel @ 4 Ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
200W RMS per Channel @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
(Bridge Mode, Mono)
600W RMS @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, 1% THD
500W RMS per Channel @ 4 Ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
330W RMS per Channel @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
(Bridge Mode, Mono)
1000W RMS @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, 1% THD
Total Harmonic
Distortion (THD):
Less Then 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHZ @
8 Ohms
Less Then 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHZ @ Less Then 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHZ @
8 Ohms 8 Ohms
Frequency
Response:
(+/-01db, @ rated output power,
8 Ohms): 20Hz - 20KHz
(+/-01db, @ rated output power,
8 Ohms): 20Hz - 20KHz
(+/-01db, @ rated output power,
8 Ohms): 20Hz - 20KHz
Slew Rate:
15V Per usec
15V Per usec
15V Per use
Damping Factor @
8 Ohm:
260
300
300
Impedance:
20K Ohms Balanced
10K Ohms Unbalanced
20K Ohms Balanced
10K Ohms Unbalanced
20K Ohms Balanced
10K Ohms Unbalanced
Dimensions
(LxWxH):
13.25” x 19” x 1.75”
336 x 482 x 44mm
14” x 19” x 3.5”
360 x 482 x 88mm
14” x 19” x 3.5”
360 x 482 x 88mm
Weight:
24lbs/11Kgs
33lbs/15Kgs
33lbs/15Kgs
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VLP SERIES SPECS
Power supply:
AC 100V, 50/60Hz (Japan)
AC 110V, 60Hz (Colombia)
AC 120V, 60Hz (U.S.A. and Canada)
AC 127V, 60Hz (Mexico)
AC 220V, 50Hz (Chile and Argentina)
AC 220V, 60Hz (Philippines and Korea)
AC 230V, 50Hz (Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore)
AC 240V, 50Hz (Australia and U.K.)
MODEL:
Output Power:
VLP 1500
VLP 2500
750W rmS per channel @ 4 ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THD
500W RMS per Channel @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, o.1% THD (Bridge Mode, Mono)
1500W RMS @ 8 Ohms,
1kHz, 1% THD
1100W RMS per Channel @ 4 Ohms
1kHz, 0.1% THD
700W rmS per channel @ 8 ohms,
1kHz, 0.1% THd
(Bridge mode, mono)
2500W rmS @ 8 ohms,
1kHz, 1% THD
Total Harmonic
Distortion (THD):
Frequency
Response:
Less Then 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHZ @
8 Ohms
(+/-01db, @ rated output power,
8 Ohms): 20Hz - 20KHz
Less Then 0.1% (20Hz - 20kHZ @
8 Ohms (+/-01db, @ rated output power,
8 Ohms): 20Hz - 20KHz
Slew Rate:
15V Per usec
15V Per usec
Damping Factor @
8 Ohm:
300
+ 450
Impedance:
20K Ohms Balanced
10K Ohms Unbalanced
20K Ohms Balanced
10K Ohms Unbalanced
Dimensions
(LxWxH):
14” x 19” x 3.5”
360 x 482 x 88mm
17.8” x 19” x 3.5”
453 x 482 x 88mm
Weight:
42lbs/19Kgs
49.8lbs/22.6Kgs
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