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XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Features
Faxback Doc. # 44361
Your Optimus XL-110 High Power Stereo Amplifier produces a total of 110
watts to give added punch and power to your vehicle's existing autosound
system.
The amplifier produces up to 55 watts per channel of clean, powerful sound
at all audio frequencies with minimum distortion. You can connect your
autosound system's low-level or speaker-level outputs to this amplifier.
Its features include:
14K Gold-Plated Noise-Isolated Low-Level Input Jacks - let you connect lowlevel (preamplifier) signal inputs to match your
autosound system's output for the best high-fidelity
performance.
14K Gold-Plated Speaker Terminals - designed for low impedance, high
conductivity, and minimum corrosion, to provide
the highest signal transfer and lowest sound
distortion.
Input Level Control - lets you adjust the level of the audio signals that
enter the amplifier.
Automatic Power Switching - can automatically turn the amplifier on or off
when you turn your autosound system on or off
depending on how you hook up the amplifier).
Mute Turn On Circuit - eliminates the thump you hear when you turn on some
amplifiers.
Power Indicator - lights when power is supplied to the amplifier.
Crossover Frequency Circuit - lets you adjust the crossover frequency from
45-400 Hz. This lets you set up the
amplifier so you can connect a subwoofer.
Short Circuit Protection - distorts the amplifier's sound if any output
channel shorts, alerting you to turn off the
autosound system.
Auto-Off - protects the amplifier by temporarily shutting down if it gets
too hot or it detects an input overload. The amplifier restarts
automatically when it cools or the problem is corrected.
Protection Indicator - lights if the amplifier shuts itself down.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Preparation
Faxback Doc. # 44362
SUPPLIED HARDWARE
Your amplifier comes with the following items. Be sure you locate
everything before you store or dispose of the packing materials.
Fuse 20A
Power Wire (Red) (1)
Ground Wire (Black) (1)
Remote Wire (Blue/White) (1)
4-Pin Connector with Wire (1)
Flat Washers (4)
Sheet Metal Screws (4)
Lock Washers (4)
Twist-On Terminal Connector (5)
BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE INSTALLATION
Before you install your amplifier, read all the instructions. And, you
should be able to answer all of the questions about your vehicle's
electrical and autosound systems.
Does my vehicle have an autosound system, such as a car stereo or CD player,
already installed? (You must have an existing autosound system to use this
amplifier.)
How do I connect a wire to the fuse box?
Which of the autosound system's wires is the power wire?
Which of the autosound system's terminals are low-level outputs and which
are high-level (speaker) outputs?
Also, be aware that installation in your vehicle might require cutting or
modifying your vehicle.
Choosing a Mounting Location
A good location for mounting the amplifier is in your vehicle's trunk.
Wherever you decide to mount it, choose a mounting location that:
Does not interfere with the vehicle's operation
Lets you drill mounting holes without damaging other vehicle components
Allows enough space around the cooling fins for proper airflow and cooling
Lets you easily see the amplifier's POWER and PROTECTION indicators
Warning:
The amplifier gets very hot while it is on. Do not touch the
amplifier or place flammable objects near it while it is on.
Preparing the Mounting Area
Before you mount the amplifier, make sure you have all the materials you
need, such as an adapter harness, additional wire, shielded audio cables,
and 16- or 18-gauge marked or color-coded wires.
Then confirm that the amplifier fits in your vehicle's available mounting
area. This amplifier requires a 5 1/2-inch (13.9 cm) high by 9 3/4-inch
(23.5 cm) wide by 11 3/4-inch (29.8 cm) deep mounting area with adequate
ventilation space.
Routing Cables and Wires
Avoid routing the connection cables and any speaker wires near moving parts
or sharp edges. You can usually route wires and cables along the wiring
channel beneath the vehicle's door facings by carefully removing the molding
that holds the carpet in place. After routing the cables and wires, replace
the molding.
INSTALLATION ORDER
For trouble-free installation, simply follow the instructions in order.
First make all the connections by temporarily connecting the amplifier to:
1.
2.
3.
Ground and power
Your autosound system's outputs
Your speakers
Then test the connections. When you verify that everything works as
expected, disconnect the amplifier, mount it in your vehicle, and reconnect
it.
Caution:
If you do not make the connections in the order shown, damage to
the amplifier and your autosound system is possible if any wire
connections are made incorrectly.
Note:
For easier installation, mark each wire you plan to connect with the
name of the terminal you will connect it to.
BEFORE YOU MAKE THE CONNECTIONS
The supplied connection cables include all the lead wires you need to
connect the amplifier to ground, power, and your existing autosound system.
Important:
Do not cut these wires. If you cut any wire, you cannot obtain a refund
or exchange on this product. However, RadioShack will provide warranty
service if you cut a wire and find the product is defective.
If the connectors on your vehicle's autosound system are not compatible
with the amplifier's connectors, you might need an adapter harness to
complete the connections. RadioShack stores sell adapter harnesses for
most vehicles.
You might need additional wire, depending on your individual autosound
system, to complete the connections. Your local RadioShack store carries
a full line of wire and wire management accessories.
Cautions:
For added safety and to protect your amplifier and autosound system,
disconnect the cable from your vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal
before you begin.
Be sure your speaker can handle as much as 110 watts of power (55 watts
per channel). Each speaker must have an impedance of at least 4 ohms.
Your local RadioShack store carries a full line of speakers.
To make it easier to gauge wire length and connect the amplifier,
temporarily place the amplifier as close as possible to the selected
mounting location.
CONNECTING GROUND AND SWITCHED/PRIMARY POWER
Follow these steps to connect the amplifier to ground, switched power, and
primary power.
1.
If you have not done so already, disconnect the cable from your
vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
2.
Use a screwdriver to connect the spade end of the supplied black ground
wire to the amplifier's GND (ground) terminal.
3.
Connect the black ground wire's other end to a chassis ground, such as
a metal bolt attached to a metal part of the vehicle's frame. Be sure
the bolt is not insulated from the chassis by a plastic part.
4.
Use a screwdriver to connect the spade end of the supplied blue/white
wire to the amplifier's REM (remote power) terminal.
5.
Connect the blue/white wire's other end to your autosound system's
switched power lead using one of the supplied twist-on terminal
connectors.
This connection turns on the amplifier when you turn on the autosound
system, and turns off the amplifier when you turn off the autosound system.
This prevents your vehicle's battery from being drained if you leave your
amplifier on when you turn your autosound system off.
If your autosound system does not have a switched power lead, connect the
blue/white wire's other end to a point in your vehicle's fuse block that
has power only when you turn on the ignition or turn the key to ACC.
This connection turns on the amplifier when you turn on the ignition or
turn the key to ACC, and turns off the amplifier when you turn off the
ignition. This prevents your vehicle's battery from being drained if you
leave your amplifier on when you turn off the ignition.
6.
Use a screwdriver to connect the spade end of the supplied red power
cable (with in-line fuse holder) to the amplifier's +12V terminal.
7.
Connect the other end of the red power cable to your vehicle's positive
(+) battery terminal. Then tighten the terminal.
Caution:
Due to the amplifier's high current requirement, you must connect
the red power cable's fused end directly to the vehicle's positive
(+) battery terminal or damage to your vehicle's wiring could
result.
Do not reconnect your vehicle's negative (-) battery cable yet.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Connections
Faxback Doc. # 44363
LOW-LEVEL INPUTS
You can connect your autosound system's low-level line out jacks to the
amplifier's low-level line in jacks.
If your autosound system does not have low-level line out jacks, "High
Level (Speaker Wire) Inputs" to connect your amplifier.
Note:
For the best results, use shielded audio cables such Cat. No. 42-2368
(not supplied).
1.
Temporarily place the amplifier as close as possible to the selected
mounting location.
2.
If your autosound system has two line out jacks, connect the autosound
system to the amplifier with the right line out jack being connected to
the Low Input right jack, and the left line out jack being connected to
the Low Input left jack.
Note:
If your autosound system has four separate line out jacks, use the
autosound system's front left and right jacks to make this
connection.
HIGH-LEVEL (SPEAKER WIRE) INPUTS
If your autosound system does not have low-level line out jacks but has
only speaker outputs, connect your autosound system's speaker outputs to
the amplifier's HIGH INPUT jacks.
If your autosound system has four speaker outputs, see "Connection
Diagrams," Faxback Doc. # 44405 to connect your system's speaker outputs to
the amplifier using either a floating or common ground connection.
If your autosound system has two speaker outputs, see "Connection Diagrams,"
Faxback Doc. # 44405 to connect your system's speaker outputs to the
amplifier using either a floating or common ground connection.
Note:
A floating ground connection lets the amplifier provide more power
to each speaker, but requires that you connect a separate wire to
each speaker terminal. A common ground connection lets you use
fewer wires to connect the speakers to the amplifier, but reduces
the amount of power supplied to the speakers from the amplifier.
Use the supplied wire harness and the supplied twist-on terminal
connectors to make the appropriate connections.
CONNECTING SPEAKERS
You can connect two speakers or a subwoofer to the amplifier and your
autosound system.
If you are connecting two speakers, follow steps 1-3 under "Preparing
the Speaker Wires" then see "Connecting a Subwoofer" to connect the
subwoofer to the amplifier.
Preparing the Speaker Wires
Caution:
You must connect a separate wire to each speaker terminal as
described in the following procedures. Only use a common
ground wire or chassis ground if your autosound system is wired
for it.
Notes:
We recommend you use 16- or 18-gauge marked or color-coded wires to help
you correctly connect the speakers to your amplifier.
Color coded wires have a stripe running down one of the conductors or
different colored insulation for each conductor. Your local RadioShack
store has a wide selection of speaker wire to choose from.
For the maximum bass response and the best overall performance, keep your
speakers properly phased (connect + to + and - to -).
1.
With the speakers placed in their approximate locations, run one wire
from each speaker to the amplifier.
2.
Separate each wire's two conductors at both ends for a length of about
4 inches.
3.
Strip the insulation from the ends of each conductor to expose 1/4
inch of wire. Twist the ends to secure loose strands.
Connecting Two Speakers
1.
Use a screwdriver to connect the left speaker's positive (+) wire to
the amplifier's SPEAKER L (+) terminal.
2.
Use a screwdriver to connect the left speaker's negative (-) wire to
the amplifier's SPEAKER L (-) terminal.
3.
Repeat steps 1-2 to connect the right speaker's positive (+) and
negative (-) wires to the amplifier's SPEAKER R (+) and SPEAKER R (-)
terminals.
Connecting a Subwoofer
1.
Use a screwdriver to connect the subwoofer's positive (+) wire to the
amplifier's SPEAKER L (+) or SPEAKER R (+) terminal.
2.
Use a screwdriver to connect the subwoofer's negative (-) wire to the
amplifier's negative (-) terminal for the same channel you connected in
step 1. For example, if you connected the subwoofer's positive (+) wire
to the amplifier's SPEAKER L (+) terminal, connect the subwoofer's
negative (-) wire to the amplifier's SPEAKER L (-) terminal.
COMPLETING THE INSTALLATION
Before you continue, make sure you have securely made all connections.
Then reconnect the cable to the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
Set LEVEL (MIN/MAX) on the amplifier to its mid position. Then turn on
your vehicle's ignition and autosound system to confirm that the amplifier
and autosound system operate properly. The amplifier turns on after a
few seconds.
If you cannot quickly confirm whether the autosound system and amplifier
are working properly, turn off your vehicle's ignition and disconnect the
cable from your vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal. Then recheck
your connections.
After you test the autosound system and amplifier and verify that everything
is properly connected and working, follow the instructions in "Mounting
the Amplifier."
MOUNTING THE AMPLIFIER
Once you verify that the amplifier is connected properly, follow these steps
to mount it.
1.
Disconnect the cable from the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
2.
To make mounting more convenient, temporarily disconnect the amplifier's
connections (ground, primary power, remote power, your autosound
system's input, and speakers).
Note:
If you have not already done so, be sure to mark each wire with
the name of the terminal you will reconnect it to.
3.
Using the mounting holes on the amplifier as a guide, mark the
positions for the mounting holes.
4.
Drill 9/64-inch (3.57 mm) holes at the marked locations, being careful
not to damage anything behind the mounting surface.
5.
Secure the amplifier to the mounting surface using the supplied sheet
metal screws and washers.
6.
Reconnect the wiring.
7.
Reconnect the cable to the vehicle battery's negative (-) terminal.
8.
Reset your vehicle's clock, your autosound system's tuner memory, and
other timer/memory devices.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Operation
Faxback Doc. # 44364
TURNING ON THE AMPLIFIER
The amplifier automatically turns on a few seconds after you turn your
vehicle's ignition switch to ACC or ON or turn on your autosound system,
depending on how you wired the system. The POWER indicator on the side of
the amplifier lights when the amplifier is on.
Important:
Note:
Your amplifier requires 17 amps or more of power from your
vehicle's battery during operation. To protect your battery
from discharging, do not operate the amplifier unless your
vehicle is running.
Your amplifier temporarily shuts down if it gets too hot, then
restarts automatically once it cools.
ADJUSTING THE AUDIO LEVEL
For the best performance, you must set LEVEL (MIN/MAX) on the amplifier to
adjust the level of the audio signals that enter the amplifier.
1.
Use a screwdriver to turn LEVEL (MIN/MAX) fully counterclockwise to
MIN.
2.
Turn the autosound system's volume control to about one-third of its
full range.
3.
Adjust LEVEL (MIN/MAX) to a comfortable listening level.
4.
Turn up the autosound system's volume control until the sound begins
to distort. Then immediately turn the volume down to a point just
before where the distortion began.
Caution:
Never turn up the autosound system's volume control more than
needed to adjust the audio level, or more than two-thirds
of its maximum volume.
5.
Adjust LEVEL (MIN/MAX) until the sound is at the maximum level you want
the amplifier to produce.
6.
Adjust the autosound system's volume control to a comfortable listening
level.
ADJUSTING FREQUENCY CROSSOVER
If you installed a subwoofer using the steps in "Connections," Faxback Doc.
# 44363, set X-OVER FREQ ON/OFF to ON, then adjust X-OVER FREQ for your
particular vehicle's acoustics. The amplifier passes through all
frequencies at or below that setting (45-400 Hz).
Note:
X-0VER FREQ selects the limit at which the amplifier will pass
frequencies (from 45-400 Hz). You should not use it to adjust the
sound you hear through your main speakers.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Troubleshooting
Faxback Doc. # 44365
We do not expect you to have any problems with your Optimus XL-110 High
Power Stereo Amplifier, but if you have a problem, this chart might help.
If it does not, take the amplifier to your local RadioShack store for
assistance.
SYMPTOM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SUGGESTION
No power - the
amplifier's POWER
indicator does not
light after the
vehicle's autosound
system is turned on.
Power problem.
Check the amplifier's and
autosound system's fuses
and replace them if
necessary.
Vehicle's ignition not
turned on.
Start the vehicle.
Amplifier not connected
to autosound system/
vehicle correctly.
Check all connections.
Autosound system not
turned on or volume
set to minimum.
Turn the autosound system
on or adjust its volume.
Amplifier's LEVEL
(MIN/MAX) control set
to minimum.
Adjust LEVEL (MIN/MAX).
Amplifier not connected
to autosound system/
vehicle correctly.
Check all connections.
The amplifier might
have shut down.
Turn your autosound system
off and let the amplifier
cool. Make sure the
amplifier is properly
ventilated. Then turn
your autosound system
back on. The amplifier
turns itself back when it
is cooled.
No sound.
The amplifier detected
an input overload. Reduce
the autosound system's
volume.
Distorted sound.
The amplifier's
PROTECTION indicator
lights.
Power problem.
Check the amplifier's
and autosound system's
fuses and replace them if
necessary.
The amplifier might be
receiving too much
input power from your
autosound system.
Reduce your autosound
system's output power (if
possible), or reduce the
autosound system's volume.
An output channel might
have shorted.
Take the amplifier to your
local RadioShack store.
The amplifier might
have shut down.
Turn your autosound system
off and let the amplifier
cool. Make sure the
amplifier is properly
ventilated. Then turn
your autosound system back
on. The amplifier turns
itself back on when it
is cooled.
Amplifier not connected
to autosound system
correctly.
Check all connections.
The amplifier might be
receiving too much
power from your
autosound system.
Reduce your autosound
system's output power (if
possible), or reduce the
autosound system's volume.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Care and Maintenance
Faxback Doc. # 44366
Your Optimus XL-110 High Power Stereo Amplifier is an example of superior
design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for
your amplifier so you can enjoy it for years.
Keep the amplifier dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately.
Liquids might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Keep the amplifier away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature
wear of parts.
Handle the amplifier gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage
circuit boards and cases and can cause the amplifier to work improperly.
Wipe the amplifier with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to
clean the amplifier.
Modifying or tampering with the amplifier's internal components can cause a
malfunction and might invalidate your amplifier's warranty and void your
FCC authorization to operate it. If your amplifier is not performing as it
should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW
Your amplifier might cause TV or radio interference even when it is
operating properly. To determine whether your amplifier is causing the
interference, turn off your amplifier. If the interference goes away,
your amplifier is causing it. Try to eliminate the interference by:
Moving your amplifier away from the receiver
Contacting your local RadioShack store for help
REPLACING A FUSE
If the amplifier does not operate, you might need to replace the red power
cable's 20-amp SFE-type fuse or the 20-amp blade-type fuse on the
amplifier's back panel. Check both fuses.
Important:
Let the amplifier cool down and see if starts again before
you assume a fuse needs to be replaced.
Caution:
Do not use a fuse with ratings other than those specified here.
Doing so might damage your amplifier.
Replacing the SFE-Type Fuse
1.
Disconnect the cable from the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
2.
Push together and twist the fuse holder's parts on the red power cable
until they spring apart. Then remove the fuse.
3.
If the fuse is blown, replace it. Use only an SFE-type fuse with the
proper rating (such as Cat. No. 270-1074). The fuse must be 20 amps.
4.
Reassemble the fuse holder by inserting the fuse into the longer of the
fuse holder's ends, and pushing together and twisting the two parts
until they latch together.
5.
Reconnect the cable to the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
Replacing the Blade-Type Fuse
1.
Disconnect the cable from the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
2.
Grasp the fuse's plastic end and pull it out.
3.
If the fuse is blown, replace it. Use only a blade-type with the
proper rating (such as Cat. No. 270-1083). The fuse must be 20 amps.
4.
Grasp the new fuse's plastic end and push it in.
5.
Reconnect the cable to the vehicle's negative (-) battery terminal.
XL-110 Stereo Amplifier
(120-2014)
Specifications
Faxback Doc. # 44367
Output Power................. 35 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms, 20-20 kHz, 0.5% THD
55 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms, 20-20 kHz, 10% THD
40 Watts x 2 @ 2 Ohms, 20-20 kHz, 1% THD
Frequency Response............................... 20-20,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
Power Supply Voltage........................... 14.4 VDC Negative Ground
Maximum Current Draw............................................... 20 A
Dimensions (HWD)............................ 2 1/16 x 9 x 10 9/16 Inches
(5.2 x 23 x 26.8 cm)
Net Weight......................................... 3 lbs 15 oz (1.4 kg)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary.
are subject to change and improvement without notice.
(km-09/24/97)
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