A/d/s/ | P650 | Specifications | a/d/s/ P650 Specifications

table of contents
introduction
about this manual
features of your PowerPlate™
warning and tips
mounting locations
system planning
system configurations
installation
controls and connections
signal sources
internal signal routing
multi-cross™ crossover and configurations
AC502 operation
tuning
P450.2 block diagram
P650.2 block diagram
P850.2 block diagram
troubleshooting
specifications
warranty information
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introduction
Although it may be hard to remember, back in the 1970’s, car audio as we now know it didn’t really exist.
Sure, music lovers could buy a cassette or 8-track tape deck and some 6" x 9" three-way speakers.
Advanced stereo buffs might even add a "power-booster" to increase output too as much as 12 watts
RMS! But none of this really delivered the power to cut through road noise with sound quality that
compared with the best home audio. Not until 1979 that is, when a/d/s/ introduced the revolutionary
PowerPlate™ P100 amplifier and 300i 2-way plate loudspeakers. Aesthetically, the P100 introduced the
low profile design which has been an a/d/s/ trademark to this day. Technologically, the P100 combined a
high efficiency switching power supply with a state-of-the-art, discrete high-current stereo power
amplifier. For the first time, a car audio system existed with the musical integrity and dynamic range that
made you want to take long drives to nowhere, just to listen to the music. High quality car audio was
born, and the original a/d/s/ PowerPlate™ P100 made it happen.
The latest improvements to the PowerPlate™ line-up include increased heatsink area to facilitate higher
power output, and fully balanced high-level inputs compatible with any source. The amplifier you have
purchased is an enhancement of the respected P-series multichannel amplifiers. In this version, we have
improved upon the already acclaimed sound quality by addressing internal details, and upgrading selected
components to incorporate the latest technology which was not available when the P-series was originally
designed. Selected low-noise, high-speed op amps are used in critical circuits. Class-A biasing is used
throughout the voltage-gain and active crossover stages. Numerous modifications and "tweaks" were
also performed which improve the power supply dynamics and reduce noise. These changes improve
transparency and dynamic linearity, resulting in a smoother and more detailed top-end, tighter bass, more
explosive dynamic contrasts, and virtually holographic imaging. Left intact are the P-series unequalled
flexibility, high efficiency and superb reliability. These, along with multichannel design, are fundamental in
the a/d/s/ approach to systems engineering, which makes achieving true high fidelity reproduction simple
and predictable in any installation.
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about this manual
To get the most from your a/d/s/ PowerPlate™, we recommend that you have the installation performed
by your qualified authorized a/d/s/ dealer. If this unit is installed by your dealer, we will extend the warranty
to two years instead of the standard one-year. However, if you feel that you have the necessary skills and
prefer to perform the installation yourself, this manual will guide you through the process of installation
and set-up. Please read through it completely before beginning the installation so that you may familiarize
yourself with the total procedure before you begin. If there is anything that you do not fully understand,
please consult with your a/d/s/ dealer before attempting the installation.
keep listening, but be safe!
Sustained listening to loud music over 100dB has been shown to cause permanent hearing damage.
Systems using a/d/s/ components are capable of achieving volume levels, which substantially exceed this
level. When operating your system for sustained periods at high volume, be sure to use hearing protection
to prevent long-term exposure. We want you to be able to enjoy the music for many more years.
features of your PowerPlate™
Transient Perfect™ MOSFET Power Supply - The heart of the P-series, this supply frees the
PowerPlate™ from the constraints of common pwm (pulse width modulated) supplies. The advantages
are: extremely fast overload recovery time, low output impedance for superior damping, and stability
during voltage fluctuations for reliable performance in the harsh automotive environment.
Detachable Plug in Connectors - High current speaker and power connectors simplifies installation.
Remote Subwoofer Control Capability - Can be used with accessory control AC502 to provide a
dashboard mounted subwoofer or rear channel level control.
Multi-cross™ Variable Built-in Crossovers - High-pass, Low-pass and Bandpass functions are built-in,
virtually eliminating the need for external crossover networks in even the most elaborate systems.
PowerPlate™ Design - a/d/s/ original low profile, high efficiency heatsink design keeps size minimum
and allows mounting where space is limited.
Wide Input Sensitivity Range - Allows connection to virtually any source unit from factory OEM radios
through low output preamps.
Simultaneous Stereo and Mono - Each channel pair may be used Stereo, Mono, Bridged or both Stereo
and Mono simultaneously. This allows an additional Mono speaker to be used with a stereo pair for
center-channel or subwoofer applications from each channel pair.
Same Side Adjustments - The P-series PowerPlate™ makes system adjustment easy by organizing all
signal-processing controls on one side of the amplifier. This layout allows convenient system adjustment
and facilitates a variety of installation possibilities when access to the controls is desired.
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warnings and tips
Always disconnect the battery ground wire before doing any work on your vehicle. Reconnect the cable
only after the installation is complete and the wiring has been checked to make sure that there are no
problems. If your radio features a code type security system, be sure you know the code before
disconnecting the battery!
Your a/d/s/ PowerPlate™ should be installed in 12V negative ground vehicles only. Connection to other
types of electrical systems may cause damage to the vehicle or the amplifier. Wear Eye and Ear protection
when using power tools.
Before cutting or drilling carefully inspect the area to make sure there are no electrical wiring, fuel lines
or brake lines that could be damaged. Sometimes these components may be hidden between doublewalled panels, so be very careful.
Do not bypass or modify the fuses, or replace with one of a higher rating. The fuse should not fail under
normal operation. Repeated blowing indicates a problem with the amplifier or improper installation. An
additional power supply line fuse (not supplied) must be installed on the 12V supply line and located as
close as possible to the battery in order to protect the wire in the event of a short circuit.
Make sure the system is turned off when making or breaking any connections. Do not use your PowerPlate™
with speakers which have either terminal connected to the speaker frame or to the vehicle chassis.
mounting locations
Due to its low profile, there are many possible choices of mounting locations. Always mount the
PowerPlate™ in a place that protects it from the elements. In addition, mount the PowerPlate™ on a
stable, flat mounting surface. Whenever possible, pre-drill the mounting holes. Remember to check
behind the panel for hidden dangers in the form of hoses, fuel or brake lines or electrical wiring. Use a
marking pen or awl to mark the hole locations and pre-drill using a 1/8" bit.
Passenger compartment mounting
All PowerPlates™ have been designed with a low profile to make under
seat mounting possible. Regardless of where you choose to mount your
PowerPlate™ be sure to keep a minimum of 1" of clearance around the
amplifier for adequate airflow to prevent overheating.
Trunk compartment mounting
The most common mounting location is in the trunk or cargo
compartment. For optimum cooling, mount the PowerPlate™ chassis
vertically with the fins running vertically, or mount the PowerPlate™
horizontally with the fins pointing upward. Avoid horizontal mounting
locations with the fins pointing downward.
Also, locate the PowerPlate™ where it, and connections to it, will not be
damaged by cargo or tools, which may shift during vehicle operation.
Engine compartment mounting
Don’t even think about it! The PowerPlate™ was not designed to endure
the harsh chemical and heat environment of the engine compartment.
Failure to obey this warning will void your warranty.
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system planning
Proper system planning is the best way to maximize your PowerPlate’s™ performance. By planning your
installation carefully you can avoid situations where the performance or the reliability of your system is
compromised. Your authorized a/d/s/ dealer has been trained to maximize your system’s sonic potential.
Your a/d/s/ dealer is a valuable resource in helping you with your system design and installation.
speaker requirements
Each channel of your PowerPlate™ can
easily drive 2Ω speaker loads when used in
the stereo mode. When a channel-pair is
bridged, the recommended minimum load
impedance is 3Ω for subwoofer use, and 4Ω
for full range operation. Although operation
with lower impedances is not likely to cause
immediate damage to the internal circuitry,
the unit will most likely overheat, causing the
thermal protection circuitry to shut down the
amplifier. When the chassis cools down,
normal operation will resume. Continuing to
operate the amplifier under these conditions
is not recommended and will reduce its life
expectancy.
Most speakers designed for car audio
operation are 4Ω impedance. Connecting
two such speakers in parallel will result in a
2Ω impedance load as seen by the amplifier.
Some a/d/s/ subwoofer models feature a
dual 4Ω voice coil design. Connecting these
voice coils in parallel will result in a 2Ω
nominal impedance, which is not
recommended for use with bridged channels
of your PowerPlate™.
system configurations
All a/d/s/ PowerPlates™ provide extensive features, which make a variety of system configurations
possible. It is not feasible to cover all of the possibilities within the few pages of this manual. There are a
few system configurations, however, which are extremely popular when used alone or as a "building
block" of a larger more elaborate system. Please review systems 1 through 4 as described below for
suggestions on how to configure the most popular combinations.
button is disengaged
control is non-operational
button is engaged
control is operational
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P450.2 system diagrams
System 1 - P450.2 used in 4-channel mode with front and rear full range speakers.
front left
satellite
rear left
satellite
System 2 - P450.2 used in 2-channel bridged mode with full range speakers.
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System 3 - Two P450.2’s, one is used to drive front tweeters and midrange drivers, the second is used in
2-channel bridged mode for subwoofers. Subwoofer level can be controlled by using the source’s front
output for the first P450.2 and the rear output for the second P450.2.
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P650.2 system diagrams
System 1 - P650.2 used in 6-channel mode. Channels 1/2 are high-passed for front speakers. Channels
3/4 are high-passed for rear speakers. Channels 5/6 are low-passed for subwoofers. Although shown
with 4-channels of input, the source unit can be either 2- or 4-channel.
System 2 - P650.2 used in 6-channel mode. Channels 1/2 are high-passed for tweeters. Channels 3/4 are
high-passed for midrange speakers, and channels 5/6 are low-passed for subwoofers.
left
tweeter
right
tweeter
left
midrange
right
midrange
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System 3 - P650.2 used in 3-channel mode. Channels 1/2 and 3/4 are high-passed and bridged for front
speakers. Channels 5/6 are low-passed and bridged for a single subwoofer.
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P850.2 system diagrams
System 1 - P850.2 used in 6-channel mode. Channels 1/2 are high-passed for front speakers channels
3/4 are high-passed for rear speakers, and channels 5/6 and 7/8 are bridged low-pass for subwoofers.
Although shown with 4-channels of input, the source unit can be either 2- or 4-channel.
System 2 - The P850.2 is used in 8-channel mode. Channels 1/2 are high-passed for front tweeters.
Channels 3/4 are high-passed for rear speaker. Channels 5/6 are band-passed for front midrange
speakers, and channels 7/8 are low-passed for subwoofers. Although shown as a 4-channel input, the
source unit can be either 2- or 4-channel.
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System 3 - The P850.2 is used in fully active 8-channel mode. Channels 1/2 are high-passed for front
tweeters. Channels 3/4 are bandpassed for front midrange. Channels 5/6 are bandpassed for front
midbass. Channels 7/8 are low-passed for subwoofers. The P850.2 is configured for 2-channel input.
Note: Optional AC502 can be used in this system to adjust the level of the subwoofers.
System 4 - The P850.2 is used in bridged 4-channel mode. Channels 1/2 and 3/4 are high-passed
bridged-mono for front speakers. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 are low-passed summed bridged for subwoofers.
Front left speakers are controlled by channel 1/2 level control. Front right speakers are controlled by
channel 3/4 level control. Channel 5/6 and 7/8 are controlled by channel 5/6 level control. The amp is
configured for 4 channel input.
Note: Optional AC502 can be used in this system to adjust the level of the subwoofers.
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installation
1.
Disconnect the battery ground cable. Reconnect the ground cable only after the installation is
complete and the wiring has been checked to make sure that there are no problems. If your
radio features a code type security system, be sure you know the code before disconnecting
the battery!
2.
Run a minimum AWG #8 power wire directly from the battery to the PowerPlate™ mounting
location. Install a fuseholder at the battery end of this cable either within 18" of the battery
or before the wire runs through any metal partitions. Do not install the fuse at this time.
3.
Attach a minimum AWG #8 ground wire to a solid chassis ground point near the mounting
location. Keep this wire as short as possible. Scrape all paint and primer off of the sheet
metal at the ground point to ensure a good electrical connection. Attach the wire to the
ground point with a nut, bolt and star washer.
4.
Run the signal leads and remote turn-on leads from the head unit to the PowerPlate™
location. If using an internally powered radio or factory radio refer to the "signal sources"
section for the proper wiring connections.
5.
Install the speakers and run each of the speaker leads to the PowerPlate™ location. Connect
the speaker, remote, and power wires to the appropriate terminals on the plug-in terminal
blocks. Refer to the "controls and connections" or "system planning" sections for
information on the proper connections. The speaker terminal blocks install with the set
screws facing up and power terminal block installs with the set screws facing down.
6.
Preset the 2/4 channel selector switch, crossover and channel mode switches, and crossover
frequency switches to the desired positions. Refer to the "controls and connections" section
for more information.
7.
Adjust all amplifier input level controls to the 1/4 position.
8.
Mount the amplifier into position and plug in the power and speaker terminals. Attach the
input signal cables.
9.
Reattach the battery ground cable.
10.
Double check your switch and control settings. Install a proper sized fuse in the fuseholder you
have installed near the battery.
11.
Turn on the signal source at a low volume level. Using the balance and fader controls, check to
see that each channel is connected to the proper speakers. Make sure that the proper
frequency range is being sent to each speaker if you are using the crossover features built
into your PowerPlate™.
12.
Adjust the input sensitivity and crossover frequencies as described in the "tuning" section.
13.
Read the rest of this manual to get maximum enjoyment from your system.
controls and connections
power connections
•
Use AWG #8 or larger power and ground cable.
•
Install proper size fuse in the power wire within 18" of the battery. Keep the ground wire to a
minimum length and attach solidly to a clean metal part of the vehicle.The addition of a .5 Farad to
1 Farad power supply capacitor, mounted as close as possible to the PowerPlate™,
•
may improve performance in some systems.
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proper size fuse
less than 18"
from battery
speaker connections for stereo configurations
Minimum recommended impedance is 2Ω stereo.
Speaker terminals accept up to AWG #12 speaker wire.
speaker connections for bridged configurations
Minimum recommended impedance is 4Ω when bridged to subwoofers and 3Ω when bridged to full
range speakers. Speaker terminals accept up to AWG #12 speaker wire.
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signal sources
Due to the wide input level adjustment range, all a/d/s/ PowerPlates™ can be driven with either a
conventional preamplifier drive signal or the amplifier signal from a powered source unit. This makes the
PowerPlate™ perfect for upgrading an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) stereo system while
retaining the factory installed radio.
Because of the high impedance of the a/d/s/ input stage, the factory radio drives an easy load. This ensures
lower distortion levels than if it was driving speakers or a Line Output Converter accessory. As a result, a
high quality factory installed radio can deliver high quality sound that is nearly as good as the sound from
a high-end aftermarket source unit. The speaker outputs of the factory radio are simply connected to a
mini-DIN adapter as shown below. From this point on, the signal can be treated exactly as you would a
preamp-level signal, except that the input level controls on the PowerPlate™ will be set to a lower than
usual level when you make your final adjustments.
Conventional aftermarket sources may be connected using standard shielded RCA cables from the source
unit’s preamp outputs to the PowerPlate™ inputs.
Note: When using 4 channels of input, be sure to configure the 2ch/4 ch input switch to 4ch
input. Failure to do so may result in damage to the source unit.
Pin
Wire Color
Connects to Head Unit
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
gray
violet/black
white
gray/black
white/black
green
green/black
violet
front right +
rear right front left +
front right front left rear left +
rear left rear right +
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Channels 3-8 can be accessed through the din 3-8 connector by using the optional AC202 RCA
to DIN adapter for P850.2 only.
DIN ch 3-8 connections:
pin
pin
pin
pin
pin
pin
pin
pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
ch 6
audio signal ground
ch 4
ch 5
ch 3
ch 8
ch 7
remote power control
AC202 RCA audio inputs are color-coded as follows:
white
blue
yellow
ch 3 & 4 input
ch 5 & 6 input
ch 7 & 8 input
Note: ch 1/2 input not available through the DIN.
internal signal routing
2-channel/4-channel input switch - routes RCA input from channels 1/2 to channels 3/4.
When the switch is engaged, channel 1 input is
routed to both amplifier channels 1 and 3 with input
channel 2 routed to amplifier channels 2 and 4.
Switch in the engaged position.
When the switch is disengaged, channels 1, 2, 3,
and 4 receive signal individually from their
respective inputs.
Switch in the disengaged position.
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internal signal routing con’t
Channels 5/6 input switch (P650.2 and P850.2) - selects input from three possibilities.
When the switch is in the left position, channels 5/6 receive input from a
summed input of channels 1, 2, 3, and 4 RCA input. Channel 5 receives the
summed input of channels 1 and 3. Channel 6 receives the summed input of
channels 2 and 4.
5/6
When the switch is in the center position, channels 5/6 receive input from
channels 1/2 RCA input.
When the switch is in the right position, channels 5/6 receive input from the
5/6 DIN/RCA inputs.
5/6
Channels 7/8 input switch (P850.2) - selects input from three possibilities.
When the switch is in the left position, channels 7/8 receive input from a
summed input of channels 1, 2, 3, and 4 RCA input. Channel 7 receives the
summed input of channels 1 and 3. Channel 8 receives the summed input of
channels 2 and 4.
When the switch is in the center position, channels 7/8 receive input from
channels 3/4 RCA input.
When the switch is in the right position, channels 7/8 receive input from the
7/8 DIN input.
Level controls - Independent level controls for channels 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8
adjust the input sensitivity from 100 mV to 8 V RMS.
Output - Three-position switches determine the output configuration. Each stereo pair of channels can
be configured in either stereo, summed-bridged or bridged-mono.
When the switch is in the left position, the output channels are configured for a bridged-mono output
using a single RCA input. Ch 1 input is used for channels 1 & 2, ch 4 input is used for channels 3 & 4, ch
6 is used for channels 5 & 6 and ch 7 is used for channels 7 & 8.
When the switch is in the center position, the output channels are configured for summed bridged
operation by mixing the left and right input signals together.
When the switch is in the right position, the output channels are configured for stereo operation.
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multi-cross™ crossover configuration
xover control 1/2 - The crossover selection switch for channels 1 & 2 has three possibilities:
When the switch is in the left position, channels 1 & 2 receive signal from the
crossover output of channels 3 & 4.
Note: When the switch is in the left position, the output level is controlled
by the ch 3/4 level control.
When the switch is in the center position, channels 1 & 2 are filtered through a 12dB
per octave high-pass crossover that is infinitely variable from 45Hz to 5,000Hz.
When the switch is in the right position, the crossover section of the amplifier is
bypassed. Channels 1 & 2 output is full range.
xover control 3/4 - The crossover section dedicated for channels 3 & 4 are
activated by depressing the switch next to each frequency adjustment control.
Both high-pass and low-pass crossovers are infinitely adjustable from 45Hz to
5,000Hz. The high-pass and low-pass sections may be used individually or
together to create a bandpass filter.
Note: When using both sections to create a bandpass filter, make sure you have selected a
low-pass frequency which is higher than the high-pass frequency!
xover control 5/6 (P650.2) - The crossover selection for channels 5&6 has three possibilities:
When the switch is in the left position, channels 5&6 receive signal from
the crossover output of channels 3&4.
Note: When the switch is in the left position, the output level is controlled by the ch 3/4 level
control.
When the switch is in the center position, channels 5&6 are filtered through
a 12dB per octave low-pass crossover that is infinitely variable from 45Hz to
5,000Hz.
When the switch is in the right position, the crossover section of the amplifier
is bypassed. Channel 5&6 output is full range.
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multi-cross™ crossover configuration, cont'd
xover control 5/6 (P850.2) - The crossover section dedicated for
channels 5 & 6 are activated by depressing the switch next to the
frequency adjustment control. Both high-pass and low-pass crossovers
are infinitely adjustable from 45Hz to 5,000Hz. The high-pass and lowpass sections may be combined to create a bandpass filter.
Note: When using both sections to create a bandpass filter, make sure you have selected a
low-pass frequency which is higher than the high-pass frequency!
xover control 7/8 - The crossover selection for channels 7&8 has three possibilities:
When the switch is in the left position, channels 7 & 8 receive signal from
the crossover output of channels 5 & 6.
Note: When the switch is in the left position, the output level is
controlled by the ch 5/6 level control.
When the switch is the center position, channels 7 & 8 are filtered
through a 12dB per octave low-pass crossover that is infinitely variable
from 45Hz to 5,000Hz.
When the switch is in the right position, the crossover section of the amplifier
is bypassed. Channel 7 & 8 output is full range.
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using the AC502 (optional)
The AC502 remote level control, available as an accessory from your a/d/s/ dealer, may be used with your
PowerPlate™ to remotely adjust the level of your subwoofer. On the P450.2, the AC502 will control the
level of the low-pass output of the 3/4 crossover. If the 1/2 crossover switch is in the 3/4 position the 1/2
level will also be controlled. You can use P450.2 as a bridged two channel subwooofer amplifier this way.
On the P650.2 the AC502 will control the level of the low-pass output of the 5/6 crossover. On the
P850.2 the AC502 will control the level of the low-pass output of the 7/8 crossover. To use this feature,
simply connect the AC502 into the DIN connector on the Powerplate and install the AC502 in the desired
location. Refer to the "adjustments" section for information on setting up the AC502 for the appropriate
adjustment range.
tuning
tuning the crossover
All of the crossover controls in the multi-cross™ crossover section are marked at four
reference frequency points. These are 45Hz, 175Hz, 600Hz and 5,000Hz. Specific
crossover points should be chosen based on the operating range recommended by the
manufacturer of your speakers. The 85Hz position is a good starting point to use for
subwoofer low-pass or midrange high-pass use. When bi-amping a/d/s/ loudspeaker
components 2500Hz is a good starting point for the midrange low-pass, and 3500Hz is
recommended as the tweeter high-pass. Once installed, you can fine tune the crossover points using your
ears or with the aid of an RTA to achieve maximum performance. With any loudspeaker, minor deviations
from the recommended frequency ranges may provide superior results, depending on your speaker
locations and your vehicle’s acoustics. Setting crossover frequencies higher than recommended will not
cause damage and may provide good results. However, DO NOT set high-pass tweeter crossover points
below the tweeters recommended operating range. Doing so will likely cause damage not covered by the
manufacturer’s warranty. If you are using non-a/d/s/ speakers, refer to the manufacturer’s
recommendation for selecting the proper crossover frequencies.
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adjusting input sensitivity
The input sensitivity setting is important to ensure proper performance, low noise levels, and maximum
system reliability. As a general rule, components at the "front end" of the system should be set as high
as possible with the input sensitivity of the amplifier set as low as possible while still providing adequate
volume levels. Using a high signal level from the source and a low input sensitivity setting on the amplifier
will keep the background noise levels of the system low.
The following procedure will help you get the widest dynamic range from your system:
1.
Start with the input level controls of your PowerPlate™ at the minimum (counterclockwise)
position.
2.
Set the tone controls and any controls on any equalizers or other signal processors to their flat
or bypassed positions.
3.
Set the input and output level controls, if any, on any associated equipment such as equalizers
or outboard electronic crossover as recommended by their manufacturers.
4.
Select a well recorded CD or Tape containing material recorded at a fairly high level. Musical
content is not important except that the music chosen should be recorded such that any system
distortion can be clearly heard, not masked by musical content.
5.
Increase the source unit volume control about halfway. Increase the PowerPlate™ level control
associated with the front full range (or midrange in a bi-amplified front system) until you can
hear sound at a low but clear level.
6.
While listening carefully for any signs of distortion, slowly increase the source unit volume
control until you either hear the first signs of distortion or you can’t turn it up any more. Back
down on the volume control slightly until the distortion goes away. You have just found the
maximum undistorted output level of your source unit. Do not exceed the level in normal
operation, as doing so will just send a distorted signal to the rest of the system.
7.
Returning to the PowerPlate™ level control associated with the front main speakers, slowly
increase it until you reach the point where distortion just begins to appear. This will be at the
point where either the amplifier reaches its maximum output level, or the speakers reach their
output limits. Either way, you have just calibrated the system so that the maximum system
output occurs at the same point as the maximum output from the source. This will give you
minimum system noise yet the system will reach its maximum output capability.
8.
Reduce the source unit volume to a comfortable listening level. With the balance and fader
controls still centered, adjust the remaining level controls for the proper system balance. If you
are adjusting a system with multiple amplifiers, it is easiest to adjust the controls in the
following order: 1. Front speakers 2. Rear speakers 3. Subwoofers
9.
If using an AC502 remote level control, adjust the subwoofer level with the AC502 in the mid
position. This will give you the ability to boost the subwoofer level approximately 6dB when
the AC502 is turned fully clockwise.
10.
Double check your system levels by increasing the source unit volume control to the previously
determined maximum position. If you hear distortion from any of the channels, reduce the
PowerPlate™ input level for those channels until the distortion goes away.
Adjusting the input levels in this way will get maximum undistorted output from your system and will
make it unlikely that you will cause damage to any of the components of your system by overpowering
them.
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a/d/s/ P450.2
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a/d/s/ P650.2
a/d/s/ P850.2
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troubleshooting
symptom
possible cause
action to take
no output
low or no remote turn-on
input
check remote turn-on voltage
output at amplifier and correct
as needed
fuse blown
check power wire integrity
and reversed polarity, repair
as needed and replace fuse
power wires not connected
check power wire and ground
connections and repair or
replace as needed
audio input not connected
or no output from source
check input connections and
signal integrity, repair or
replace as needed
speaker wires not connected
check speaker wires and repair
or replace as needed
speakers are blown
check system with known
working speaker and repair or
replace speakers as needed
thermal protection engages
when amplifier heatsink
temperature exceeds 90° C
make sure there is proper
ventilation for amplifier and
improve ventilation as needed
loose or poor audio input
check input connections and
repair or replace as needed
amplifier level sensitivity set too
high; exceeding maximum
output capability of amplifier
reset gain referring to the
tuning section of the manual
for detailed instructions
impedance load to amplifier too
low
check speaker impedance load
if below 2Ω stereo or 4Ω
mono rewire speakers to
achieve a higher impedance
shorted speaker wires
check speaker wire
connections and repair or
replace as needed
speaker not connected to
amplifier properly
check speaker wiring and
repair or replace as needed
refer to the installation section
of this manual for detailed
instructions
internal crossover not set
properly for speaker
reset crossovers referring to the
multi-cross™ crossover
configuration section of this
manual
audio cycles on and off
distorted output
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symptom
possible cause
action to take
distorted output (cont’d)
speakers are blown
check system with known
working speakers and repair or
replace as needed
poor bass response
speakers wired with wrong
polarity causing cancellation
at low frequencies
check speaker polarity and
repair as needed
crossover set incorrectly
reset crossovers referring to
the multi-cross™ crossover
configuration section of this
manual for detailed instructions
impedance load to amplifier
too low
check speaker impedance load,
if below 2Ω stereo or 4Ω mono
rewire speakers to achieve a
higher impedance
short in power wire or incorrect
power connections
check power and ground
connections and repair as
needed
fuse used is smaller than
recommended
replace with proper fuse size
too much current being drawn
check speaker impedance load,
if below 2Ω stereo or 4Ω mono
rewire speakers to achieve a
higher impedance
short in power wire or incorrect
check power and ground
connections and repair as
needed
too much current being drawn
check speaker impedance load,
if below 2Ω stereo or 4Ω mono
rewire speakers to achieve a
higher impedance and replace
with recommended fuse size
battery fuse blowing
amplifier fuse blowing
check power and ground
connections and repair as
needed
fuse used is smaller than
recommended
replace with proper fuse size
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specifications
amplifier section
power output 4Ω(watts)1
50/channel
150/bridged channel pair
power output 2Ω (watts)2
75/channel
distortion all channels driven 0.1%
20Hz to 20,000Hz
frequency response ±1dB
10Hz to 30,000Hz
signal-to-noise ratio full
bandwidth @ rated output power
>90dB
damping factor @ output
connector full bandwidth
>150
input sensitivity
100mV to 8Vrms for full output
input impedance
47 kΩ
recommended fuse type
P850.2
P650.2
P450.2
2 X 40 ATC
2 X 30 ATC
2 X 20 ATC
crossover section3
ch 1 & 2
ch 3 & 4
ch 5 & 6
ch 7 & 8
high-pass
high-pass & low-pass
high-pass & low-pass (P850.2), low-pass (P650.2)
low-pass
dimensions
P850.2
P650.2
P450.2
13" X 2" X 16 1/8" (330mm X 50mm X 410mm)
13" X 2" X 14 1/8" (330mm X 50mm X 359mm)
13" X 2" X 11 1/8" (330mm X 50mm X 283mm)
1. All channels driven, continuous FTC rated 4Ω load, 20Hz to 20,000Hz, <0.1% THD,
power input voltage at 13.8DVC.
2. All channels driven, continuous FTC rated 2Ω load, 20Hz to 20,000Hz, <0.1% THD,
power input voltage at 13.8DVC.
3. All channels are selectable with infinitely variable adjustments from 45Hz to 5,000Hz
with a slope rate of 12dB/octave and a "Q" of .707.
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warranty information
LIMITED TWO YEAR CONSUMER WARRANTY
Directed Electronics, Inc. promises to the original purchaser, to replace this product should it prove to be
defective in workmanship or material under normal use, for a period of two years from the date of
purchase by the dealer as indicated by the date code marking of the product PROVIDED the product was
installed by an authorized Directed dealer. During this two year period, there will be no charge for this
replacement PROVIDED the unit is returned to Directed, shipping pre-paid. If the unit is installed by
anyone other than an authorized Directed dealer, the warranty period will be 1 year from date of purchase
by the dealer as indicated by the date code marking of the product. During this 1 year period, there will
be no charge for this replacement PROVIDED the unit is returned to Directed, shipping pre-paid. This
warranty is non-transferable and does not apply to any unit that has been modified or used in a manner
contrary to its intended purpose, and does not cover damage to the unit caused by installation or removal
of the unit. This warranty is void if the product has been damaged by accident or unreasonable use,
neglect, improper service or other causes not arising out of defects in materials or construction. ALL
WARRANTIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO EXPRESS WARRANTY, IMPLIED WARRANTY,
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WARRANTY OF
NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED TO THE
MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, AND DIRECTED NEITHER ASSUMES NOR AUTHORIZES
ANY PERSON TO ASSUME FOR IT ANY LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF THE
PRODUCT. DIRECTED HAS ABSOLUTELY NO LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL ACTS OF THIRD PARTIES
INCLUDING ITS AUTHORIZED DEALERS OR INSTALLERS. Unit must be returned to Directed, postage
pre-paid, with: consumer's name, telephone number, and address, authorized dealer's name and address,
and product description. IN ORDER FOR THIS WARRANTY TO BE VALID, YOUR UNIT MUST BE
SHIPPED WITH PROOF OF INSTALLATION BY AN AUTHORIZED DIRECTED DEALER. ALL UNITS
RECEIVED BY DIRECTED FOR WARRANTY REPAIR WITHOUT PROOF OF DIRECTED DEALER
INSTALLATION WILL BE COVERED BY THE LIMITED 1 YEAR PARTS AND LABOR WARRANTY. Note:
This warranty does not cover labor costs for the removal and reinstallation of the unit.
BY PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT, THE CONSUMER AGREES AND CONSENTS THAT ALL DISPUTES
BETWEEN THE CONSUMER AND DIRECTED SHALL BE RESOLVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH
CALIFORNIA LAWS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.
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