Boston Acoustics GTA-502 Specifications

Boston Acoustics GTA-502 Specifications
GTA
High Performance Two and
Four Channel Amplifiers
Specifications
Introduction
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road ahead.
Technical Specifications:
GTA-502
GTA-802
GTA-504
Rated Power (CEA-2006-A):
@ 4-Ohm (Stereo):
@ 2-Ohm (Stereo)
@ 4-Ohm (Mono)
50 Watts x 2
80 Watts x 2
160 Watts x 1
80 Watts x 2
130 Watts x 2
260 Watts x 1
50 Watts x 4
80 Watts x 4
160 Watts x 2
Impedance Stability:
Stereo:
Mono:
2Ω
4Ω
2Ω
4Ω
2Ω
4Ω
Frequency Response (-3dB):
10Hz–50kHz
10Hz–50kHz
10Hz–50kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
(A Weighted)
>90dB
>90dB
>90dB
THD+N:
0.05
0.05
0.05
Highpass Crossover:
Frequency Range:
Slope (dB Per Octave):
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
Lowpass Crossover:
Frequency Range:
Slope (dB Per Octave):
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
50Hz - 200Hz
12dB
Signal Voltage Input Range:
Low Level (RCA) Input:
Speaker Level Input:
200mv - 5v
400mv - 10v
200mv - 5v
400mv - 10v
200mv - 5v
400mv - 10v
Fuse Amp Rating (ATC):
20 Amp
30 Amp
2 x 25 Amp
Dimensions:
Width:
Height:
Depth:
9 3⁄8” (238mm)
2 3⁄8” (60mm)
8 3⁄8” (211mm)
11 3⁄4” (298mm)
2 3⁄8” (60mm)
8 3⁄8” (211mm)
14 3⁄8” (358mm)
2 3⁄8” (60mm)
8 3⁄8” (211mm)
GTA-502
GTA-802
GTA-504
x1
x1
n/a
x1
x4
x 1 (20 amp)
x1
x1
n/a
x1
x4
x 1 (30 amp)
x
x
x
x
x
x
Parts List:
Owners Manual:
3mm Hex Wrench:
2mm Hex Wrench:
Speaker Level Input Cable:
Mounting Screws:
Replacement Fuses (ATC):
2
1
1
1
2
4
2 (25 amp)
Connections / Controls
Connections and Controls
GTA-502
2
1
3 4
5
6
5
6
7
9 10
8
11
GTA-802
3 4
2
1
7
9
8
10
11
GTA-504
u
v
w
x
y
z
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1
2
3 4
6
1
2 3 4 5
7
6
8
9
10
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Speaker Level Input
RCA Input (Left and Right)
Gain (250mv to 5.0v - continuously variable)
Crossover Frequency Adjustment (50Hz to 200Hz - continuously variable)
Q-Tune™ Equalization Boost (+6dB @ 45Hz)
Crosssover Filter Switch (HP / Off / LP)
GTA-RSL Port (Remote Gain)
Speaker Output Block (Left / Right) or (LF / RF / LR / RR on GTA-504)
Status LED (Blue = Normal / Red = Fault Mode)
Fuse (Replace with same value only, refer to specifications on page 2)
Power Block (12v / Remote / Ground)
13 14 15
Status LED
The Boston Logo will illuminate “Blue” under normal operating conditions.
The LED will illuminate “Red” during start-up and under fault conditions. If the
LED is still red after start-up, please refer to troubleshooting on page 12.
Speaker Level Input Cable
GTA amplifiers offer a dedicated speaker level input for ease installation into
factory systems when an RCA (low level) signal is not available. Wiring code for
the cable is industry standard;
White Solid = Left Positive
White w/ Black Stripe = Left Negative
Gray Solid = Right Positive
Gray w/ Black Stripe = Right Negative
Warning: Do not connect both Speaker Level and RCAs into the amplifier at the
same time as damage to the amplifier may occur.
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Installation - General
Installation - General
WARNING! Before driving the amplifier mounting screws through any surface,
be sure of what is behind that surface. Check for the gas tank, brake lines, and
any vehicle wiring harness. Never run wires outside or under the vehicle or
where they could become broken or interfere with the safe operation of the
vehicle.
Before You Install
Before you install the unit, disconnect the negative (–) battery cable in the
engine compartment of the vehicle. Doing so will prevent damage to both the
electrical system of the vehicle and the amplifier during installation.
Battery and Charging System
In order for the amplifier to function correctly, the electrical system of the
vehicle should be professionally checked for overall electrical capacity. When
used, the amplifier will increase the demand on the battery and alternator.
Therefore, both should be thoroughly evaluated before installing the amplifier
to ensure they are in normal operating condition and able to handle the
increased demand the amplifier will present to the vehicle’s electrical system.
Wire Routing
Do not run the power wire near any low-level signals or audio cables such as
the RCAs from the head unit. Noise can be introduced into the amplifier when
this occurs. It is helpful to diagram the wire layout first before any installation
is initiated.
Choose the Mounting Location
Plan your installation so that the amplifier is mounted where adequate
ventilation is available. Never mount an amplifier in the engine compartment
of a vehicle!
Passenger and Trunk Compartment Mounting
If the amplifier is mounted under a seat, be sure that there is adequate space
around the amplifier once installed, 1” (25mm) recommended minimum. Do not
allow seat padding or other obstructive material to press down on the amplifier.
When mounting in a trunk, choose a location that will be protected from sliding
cargo or other materials. Mount the amplifier to solid surfaces only. Do not
mount to plastic trim panels. Do not mount the amplifier with Velcro, double-stick
tape, or by wedging into position. Amplifier should be mounted using the screw
mounts in the endpanels and with the provided mounting screws.
Cooling
Position the amplifier so that there is adequate space around the amplifier once
installed, 1” (25mm) recommended minimum.
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Amplifier Fuses
Although the amplifier has an internal fuse (s), additional fuse protection
should be installed as close as possible to the battery on the positive (+) power
wire going to the amplifier. An inline fuse should be installed at no more than
18" (46cm) on the positive (+) power wire. The rating of the inline fuse should
equal the value of the internal fuse of the amplifier if only the single amplifier is
connected to this wire. If other devices are connected to this wire, the fuse
value should be of sufficient capacity to handle the demand.
Wire Gauge
The amplifier accepts up to 8-gauge stripped wire at the DC power and ground
input terminals, and 8-gauge is recommended as a minimum. Wire runs should
be kept to the minimum practical length.
Power 12v and Ground (GND) Connection
Strip approximately 5/8” (16mm) of insulation. The positive (+) power wire is
installed into the amplifier terminal marked “12v”. The negative (–) wire is
installed into the terminal marked “GND”. The ground wire should be as short
as possible and connected directly to the chassis of the vehicle. Make sure that
the chassis connection point is free of rust, grease, dirt, paint, and other
materials that may insulate the ground wire from making proper connection.
Tighten the 12v and GND terminals with the supplied 3mm hex wrench to
secure the wire into the terminals. If the power wire must be routed through a
drilled or existing hole, use a nylon panel grommet to prevent the insulation
from fraying. Failure to do so could lead to an electrical short if the wire
insulation is worn through and the power wire is shorted to ground.
Remote Input Connection
Connect the REMOTE trigger lead from the head unit to the amplifier using the
3mm hex wrench to tighten the connector on the power block of the amplifier.
(refer to the diagram on page 3).
Speaker Output Connection
Prepare each wire by stripping approximately 5⁄8” (16mm) of insulation. The positive (+) speaker wires are installed into the amplifier terminals marked “SPEAKER OUTPUT” / “+” (refer to the diagram on page 3). The negative (–) speaker
wires are installed into the amplifier terminals marked “SPEAKER OUTPUT” / “”. Tighten the “SPEAKER OUTPUT”, “+”, and “-” terminals with the supplied
3mm hex wrench (2mm on GTA-504) to secure the wires into the terminals. If
the speaker wires must be routed through a drilled or existing hole, use a nylon
panel grommet to prevent fraying the wire insulation. Failure to do so could
lead to an electrical short if the wire insulation is worn through and the speaker
wires are shorted to ground.
Note: Speaker outputs are marked “Front Output” and “Rear Output” on the
GTA-504.
Mono Subwoofer Operation
When the amplifier is configured for mono operation, use the speaker output
terminals marked for mono use (refer to the diagram on page 3).
WARNING! Subwoofer impedance must not fall below 4 ohms when in
MONO mode.
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Installation - Wiring
Installation - Wiring
Tuning The Amplifier - Front and Rear Speakers
Tuning The Amplifier - Front or Rear Speakers
1) Music
The material chosen for head unit/amplifier system setup must be both clear in
recording quality and dynamic in amplitude. Many audiophile “test” discs have
musical tracks with both of these characteristics and should be used.
2) Input Sensitivity Control (Gain)
Turn control all the way counterclockwise (minimum position). In this position, the
amplifier will be less sensitive to the input signal from the head unit (refer to the
diagram on page 3).
3) Crossover Control
Crossovers should be turned “OFF” during this phase of setup . Move the X-OVER
switch to the “OFF” position (refer to the diagram on page 3), with these settings,
full-range signal is sent to the speaker outputs. If over-excursion is detected from
speakers, move the switch to “HP” and slowly rotate clockwise until over-excursion
is eliminated.
4) Head Unit
The head unit should have all controls such as bass, treble, balance, and fader set to
the flat or centered position. The volume control should be at the minimum setting.
If the head unit has any equalization or bass management features such as boost,
they should be defeated at this time. Turn head unit on, and verify that the BLUE
status LED is illuminated on the amplifier.
5) Volume
With the chosen musical track playing, turn the head unit volume control up until the
maximum level of undistorted signal is heard from the speakers. (For most head
units, this will be near the end of the volume control range.)
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Configuration and Co
GTA 2-Channel Amplifier Powering a Pair
WARNING! A distorted signal from the head unit sent to the amplifier can cause
loudspeaker failure at higher listening levels.
6) Input Sensitivity Control (Gain)
Slowly rotate the control clockwise (refer to the diagram on page 3) until
maximum undistorted playing level is heard from the speakers. Listen closely for
bottoming from the speakers. If detected, rotate the input sensitivity control
counterclockwise until it is eliminated.
7) Crossover Controls
To achieve higher undistorted playing levels from the main speakers, the Highpass
crossover must be engaged. Rotate the crossover control fully clockwise (refer to
the diagram on page 3). The highpass crossover point is now set at 200Hz. Q-Tune
should be set to off.
Slowly rotate the input sensitivity control clockwise until maximum undistorted
playing level is heard from the speakers. Listen closely for bottoming from the
speakers. If detected, rotate the input sensitivity control counterclockwise until it is
eliminated. Slowly rotate the highpass crossover control counterclockwise while
listening for bottoming. You are lowering the crossover point, which means that
more bass signal is being sent to the speakers. If bottoming is detected, rotate the
input sensitivity control counterclockwise until it is eliminated and/or rotate the
Highpass crossover control clockwise to raise the crossover point.
8) Q-Tune™ Control
Q-Tune allows for +6dB boost of bass information centered at 45Hz and is not
typically needed for full range speaker applications.
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onnection Diagram:
r of Full Range Speakers (80Hz Highpass)
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Tuning The Amplifier - Front and Rear Speakers
Tuning The Amplifier - Front or Rear Speakers
Tuning The Amplifier - Subwoofer(s)
Tuning The Amplifier - Subwoofer(s)
1) Head Unit
The head unit should have all controls such as bass, treble, balance, and fader
set to the flat or centered position. The volume control should be at the
minimum setting. If the head unit has any equalization or bass management
features such as boost, they should be deactivated at this time. Turn head unit
on, and verify that the Blue status LED (logo) is illuminated on the amplifier.
2) Volume
With the chosen musical track playing, turn the head unit volume control up
until the maximum level of undistorted signal is heard from the speakers. For
most head units, this will be at the end of the volume control range.
WARNING! A distorted signal from the head unit sent to the amplifier can
cause speaker failure at higher listening levels.
3) Input Sensitivity Control (Gain)
Turn control (refer to the diagram on page 3) all the way counterclockwise
(minimum position). In this position, the amplifier will be less sensitive to the
input signal from the head unit. Slowly rotate this control clockwise until
maximum undistorted playing level is heard from the subwoofer(s). Listen
closely for faults such as bottoming from the subwoofer(s). If fault is detected,
rotate input sensitivity control counterclockwise until fault is eliminated. At this
point, the maximum undistorted subwoofer playing level has been defined.
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Configuration and C
GTA 2-Channel Amplifier Poweri
4) Crossover Control
Move the selector switch to “LP” (refer to the diagram on page 3). In this
setting, lowpass signal is sent to the speaker outputs. Experiment with the
crossover point settings while the subwoofer is active. A higher setting will
increase the perceived output, and a lower setting will make the bass
response more omnidirectional.
5) Q-Tune™ Control
Once the crossover point has been determined, you may choose to use Q-Tune™ to
increase the bass information. Q-Tune will offer a +6dB bass boost centered at 45Hz
which can be beneficial if more low bass output is desired. To engage Q-Tune move
the selector switch to the “ON” position (refer to the diagram on page 3).
6) GTA-RSL Control
The remote level control (GTA-RSL) gives you independent level adjustment of the
subwoofer’s output level beyond the standard system volume control. Please refer
to the RSL’s manual for installation instruction. The GTA-RSL is available separately,
please consult your authorized Boston Acoustics dealer.
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Connection Diagram:
ing a Subwoofer (80Hz Lowpass)
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Tuning The Amplifier - Subwoofer(s)
Tuning The Amplifier - Subwoofer(s)
Tuning The Amplifier - GTA-504
Tuning The Amplifier - Front Speakers and Subwoofer(s)
1) Head Unit
The head unit should have all controls such as bass, treble, balance, and fader
set to the flat or centered position. The volume control should be at the
minimum setting. If the head unit has any equalization or bass management
features such as boost, they should be deactivated at this time. Turn head unit
on, and verify that the BLUE status LED is illuminated on the amplifier.
2) Volume
With the chosen musical track playing, turn the head unit volume control up
until the maximum level of undistorted signal is heard from the speakers. For
most head units, this will be at the end of the volume control range.
WARNING! A distorted signal from the head unit sent to the amplifier can cause
speaker failure at higher listening levels.
3) Input Sensitivity Control (Gain)
Turn control (refer to the diagram on page 3) all the way counterclockwise
(minimum position). In this position, the amplifier will be less sensitive to the
input signal from the head unit. Slowly rotate this control clockwise until
maximum undistorted playing level is heard from the subwoofer(s). Listen
closely for faults such as bottoming from the subwoofer(s). If fault is detected,
rotate input sensitivity control counterclockwise until fault is eliminated. At this
point, the maximum undistorted subwoofer playing level has been defined.
4) Front Crossover Control
To achieve higher undistorted playing levels from the main speakers, the highpass
crossover must be engaged. Rotate the crossover control fully clockwise (refer to
the diagram on page 3). The highpass crossover point is now set at 200Hz. Q-Tune
should be set to off.
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Configuration and C
GTA-504 Amplifier Powering Both
80Hz Highpass Front, 65Hz L
4) Front Crossover Control Cont.
Slowly rotate the input sensitivity control clockwise until maximum undistorted
playing level is heard from the speakers. Listen closely for bottoming from the
speakers. If detected, rotate the input sensitivity control counterclockwise until it is
eliminated. Slowly rotate the highpass crossover control counterclockwise while
listening for bottoming. You are lowering the crossover point, which means that
more bass signal is being sent to the speakers. If bottoming is detected, rotate the
input sensitivity control counterclockwise until it is eliminated and/or rotate the
Highpass crossover control clockwise to raise the crossover point.
5) Rear Crossover Control
Move the selector switch to “LP” (refer to the diagram on page 3). In this
setting, lowpass signal is sent to the speaker outputs. Experiment with the
crossover point settings while the subwoofer is active. A higher setting will
increase the perceived output, and a lower setting will make the bass
response more omnidirectional.
6) Q-Tune™ Control
Once the crossover point has been determined, you may choose to use Q-Tune™ to
increase the bass information. Q-Tune will offer a +6dB bass boost centered at 45Hz
which can be beneficial if more low bass output is desired. To engage Q-Tune move
the selector switch to the “ON” position (refer to the diagram on page 3).
7) Optional GTA-RSL Control
The optional remote level control (GTA-RSL) gives you independent level adjustment
of the subwoofer’s output level beyond the standard system volume control. Please
refer to the RSL’s manual for installation instruction. The GTA-RSL is available separately, please consult your authorized Boston Acoustics dealer.
Note; If using the GTA-504 to run front and rear speakers, set rear X-over to HP and
follow set up/tuning instructions for the front channels for rear.
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Connection Diagram:
h Front Speakers and a Subwoofer
Lowpass Rear w/ Q-Tune™ On
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Tuning The Amplifier - GTA-504
Tuning The Amplifier - Front Speakers and Subwoofer(s)
Amplifier Troubleshooting Guide
Status LEDs on Amplifier not Lit—Head Unit (Source) Turned “ON”
Verify
Remote turn-on wire from source to amplifier has proper voltage
Power (B+) connections at amplifier, terminal blocks, and battery are secure
Ground (GND) connections at amplifier and vehicle chassis are secure
Battery B+ fuse and amplifier fuse are OK
B+ at battery and B+ at amplifier have proper voltage
Status LEDs Lit, no Output from Speakers—Speakers in Normal Operating Condition
Verify
High-level cables from speaker(s) to amplifier are securely connected
RCA or Speaker Level Input from amplifier to source are securely connected
Sensitivity adjustment on amplifier is correctly adjusted
Engine Noise from Speaker(s)
Turn source “OFF” and disconnect RCA cables at amplifier
If noise stops, check equipment and cables leading to amplifier
Verify
RCA cables are of good quality with no breakage to internal shields
RCA cables from source to amplifier are not run alongside power
Amplifier Output Distorted—Music not Recorded with Intentional Distortion
Verify
Source output to amplifier is not distorted
Amplifier input sensitivity is correctly adjusted
Amplifier Shutting Down, RED LED Lit—Amplifier in Thermal Protection Mode
Verify
Amplifier is mounted with adequate space around heatsink
Amplifier is not mounted under carpet
Speakers meet correct impedance for application (mono or stereo hookup)
Amplifier not Turning “ON”, RED LED Lit—Amplifier not Connected to a Shorted Speaker
Verify
Speaker crossover is not defective
High-level cables from speaker to amplifier are not shorted
Amplifier not Turning “ON”, RED LED Lit—Speakers, Crossovers, and Cable OK
Internal fuse needs to be replaced
Verify
Replace fuse with fuse of same value
Amplifier not Turning “ON”, RED LED Lit—Speakers, Crossovers, and Cable OK
Amplifier requires service
If Service Seems Necessary:
First, contact the dealer from whom you purchased the product, or contact us via e-mail at:
USA and Canada: [email protected]
Europe: [email protected]
Japan: [email protected]
Asia/Pacific countries: [email protected]
We will promptly advise you of what action to take.
Boston Acoustics, Inc. 300 Jubilee Drive, Peabody, MA 01960 USA
T: 978.538.5000 F: 978.538.5100 W: bostonacoustics.com/car
Boston, B/A ellipse symbol, Boston Acoustics, and the Boston Acoustics logo are registered trademarks and Q-Tune is a trademark of Boston Acoustics, Inc.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. © 2009 Boston Acoustics, Inc. All rights reserved. Covered by patents issued and/or pending. 142-003796-0
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