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OWNER’S MANUAL

Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

FEATURES

INTRODUCTION:

Thank you for purchasing a Phoenix Gold Elite.5 amplifier, we are confident it will be the finest amplifier you have ever owned.

The Elite amplifiers feature only the highest grade of audio components such as Burr Brown op-amps,

Monolithic signal capacitors, and audiophile Sanken output transistors. The result is unparalleled sonic performance in a mobile audio amplifier. With proper installation this amplifier is overbuilt to last a lifetime, thank you for choosing Phoenix Gold.

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ETAILS:

• Class A/B and D Hybrid Topology

• Burr Brown Operational Amplifiers

• Monolithic Signal Capacitors

• Audiophile Sanken Output Devices

• Three Overbuilt Unregulated Power Supplies

• Handwound Power Supply Transformers

• Triple Darlington Output Stage

• Isolated Pre-Amp Section

• Crossovers have 41 Detents for Exact Frequency Selection

• Aluminum Shaft Potentiometers

• Panel Mounted RCAs

• Clip Indicators

• Extruded Aluminum Heatsink with Evenflow Technology

• Integrated Cooling via Endcap Vents

• Each Amp is Shipped in its Own Soft Felt Protective Cover

• High Temperature Plexiglass Cover

• RMD - Remote Voltage Display Ready

• Remote Level Control with Clip Indicator Included

• Audio Precision Quality Control Verification

• Power Output Birth Certificate

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Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

SPECIFICATIONS

FRONT AND REAR CHANNELS

Frequency Response: ± 1dB from 20Hz to 50kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio:

High and Low Pass Crossovers:

>110dB

18dB per Octave

Front/Rear High Pass Crossover Range: 20Hz to 4kHz

Rear Low Pass Crossover Range: 40Hz to 4kHz

Low Level Input Range: 200 millivolts to 8 volts

Lowest Recommend Load:

Typical Efficiency:

Damping Factor

4 ohms Bridged or 2 ohms Stereo

55%

Greater than 200

RMS Power 14.4Vdc ≤1% THD 100 x 4 @ 4 ohms Stereo

150 x 4 @ 2 ohms Stereo

300 x 2 @ 4 ohms Bridged

SUBWOOFER CHANNEL

Frequency Response:

Signal to Noise Ratio:

Low Pass Crossover:

Subsonic Filter:

Low Pass Crossover Range:

Subsonic Crossover Range:

Low Level Input Range:

Lowest Recommend Load:

Typical Efficiency:

Damping Factor:

± 1dB from 20Hz to 300Hz

>100dB

24dB per Octave

24dB per Octave

30Hz to 300Hz

10Hz to 55Hz

200 millivolts to 8 volts

1 ohm

85%

Greater than 200

RMS Power 14.4Vdc ≤ 1% THD 700 x 1 @ 2 ohms

1100 x 1 @ 1 ohm

Note: A power birth certificate is included for each amplifier. Elite amplifiers are VERY CONSERVATIVELY rated and will exceed the

RMS power rating by up to 30%.

Recommended Fuse Size:

Power/Ground Wire Size:

Dimensions:

150 amp

1/0 Gauge

23.3” L x 10.5” W x 2.6” H

592mm L x 267mm W x 66mm H

A NOTE ABOUT SPECIFICATIONS....

Elite amplifiers were engineered to be the best sounding mobile amplifiers on the planet. Numbers on this sheet of paper can not truly convey the dynamics and realism these amplifiers can deliver. Enjoy!

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Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

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FUNCTIONS

INPUTS

Connect preamp signal cables from headunit to these inputs. The front, rear and sub inputs must be used. For example, if only the front input is used then the rear and subwoofer speaker outputs will have no output signal.

SUBSONIC CROSSOVER FREQUENCY

Controls the highpass crossover point for the speaker outputs to eliminate extreme low frequencies.

PHASE

This allows the phase of the subwoofer channel’s output to be adjusted from 0 to 180 degrees. This adjustment can help achieve better “up front” subwoofer bass and resolve subwoofer cancellation problems in certain installations. Each installation is different, slowly adjust and listen for best results.

REMOTE LEVEL CONTROL

This port is for connecting the subwoofer remote level control. This is not a bass boost, it controls the level of the subwoofer channel only.

HP OR LP CROSSOVER FREQUENCY

Controls the crossover point for the speaker outputs. See page 8 for exact crossover settings.

LEVEL

Used to reach maximum amplifier power with a wide variety of headunits.

REAR CONFIG

FLAT: Crossovers are turned off

HP: High pass crossover is on

LP/BP: Low and High Pass crossovers are on, creating a Bandpass (BP) setting for midbass or midrange speakers.

+12V

This must be connected to the fused positive terminal (+12V) of the car’s battery. The fuse must be located within 18 inches of the battery.

REMOTE

This must be connected to switched +12V, usually a trigger wire coming from the head unit or ignition.

GROUND

This must be connected to the negative terminal of the car’s battery or bolted to a clean, unpainted part of the chassis of the vehicle.

RMD

Optional RMD Voltage Display plugs into this port. Sold separately.

CLIP INDICATOR

Lights when the amplifier reaches near maximum output. Under normal operation the clip indicator should be flashing during the peaks of the music. The clip indicator should not stay lit for long periods of time (more than 2 or 3 seconds), if this is the case you need to reduce system volume or level of the amplifier.

PROTECT INDICATOR

Lights red if there is a problem with the audio system. For example, speaker wire is pinched/shorted, the amplifier is running too low of an impedance or reached an unsafe temperature.

SPEAKER OUTPUTS

Used to connect the amplifier to speakers. Front and rear minimum impedance is 4 ohms bridged or 2 ohms stereo, subwoofer channel is

1 ohm. Use Left + and Right - to bridge the front or rear channels. The subwoofer speaker terminal is located on the signal side of the amplifier.

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Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

CROSSOVER SETTINGS

32

33

34

29

30

31

35

36

26

27

28

23

24

25

37

38

39

40

41

18

19

20

21

22

15

16

17

12

13

14

7

8

9

10

11

4

5

6

1

2

3 clicks

Subsonic

(10~55hz)

14

13

13

18

17

16

12

11

24

22

20

32

30

26

11

11

11

11

10

39

37

36

35

33

43

42

40

51

49

45

55

55

55

54

52

57

57

56

58

58

57

LP

(30~300Hz)

44

42

39

57

52

48

37

35

78

69

63

125

104

89

33

32

32

32

32

162

153

146

139

133

238

221

207

193

182

172

286

280

274

267

260

315

315

308

304

298

292

All crossover frequency potentiometers have 41 detents or “clicks” so the end user can set the exact cross over frequency desired.

SUB CHANNEL

FRONT AND REAR

CHANNELS

clicks

HP

(20~4kHz)

LP

(40~4kHz)

42

37

34

61

53

46

31

28

185

170

153

115

90

73

23

23

23

23

26

25

23

308

268

244

218

201

965

878

660

511

425

349

1.8k

1.5k

1.4k

1.2k

1.0k

4.2k

4.2k

3.8k

2.4k

24

25

26

21

22

23

16

17

18

19

20

13

14

15

10

11

12

5

6

7

8

9

3

4

1

2

38

39

40

41

35

36

37

30

31

32

27

28

29

33

34

268

252

223

174

135

111

416

377

343

315

291

1.3k

1.0k

817

656

549

477

3.9k

3.9k

3.0k

2.4k

2.1k

1.8k

1.7k

1.5k

1.4k

37

37

36

36

42

39

37

65

59

53

96

83

73

49

45

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Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

TROUBLESHOOTING

No power:

Check voltage at the amplifier with a DMM (volt meter), +12v and R (with head unit on) the voltage should register between 11.5V and 14.4V when using the attached ground lead of the amplifier. Check fuse at the battery. Use a meter to verify connection from one end of the fuse to the other, breaks may not always be visible. If the fuse is blown, check the power wire and also the amplifier for a short. If the short is in the amplifier itself, see your Phoenix Gold dealer. If no short is present, replace the fuse.

freQueNt amplifier shutdowN with automatic recoVerY:

This indicates chronic amplifier thermal shutdown because of operation at consistently high internal temperatures. High operating temperature can be caused by inadequate ventilation. Make sure you are not running a lower than recommend impedance.

Also check for damaged speakers or passive crossover systems. Finally, chronic thermal shutdown may result from otherwise normal operation of the amplifier at elevated output power levels, which can be resolved by providing additional amplifier cooling, installing a higher-power amplifier, or reducing amplifier output level.

power without souNd:

Turn the amplifier off and check all input and output signal cables and power connections. Check the speakers for shorts with a DMM (volt meter) or by connecting them to another audio source. After making sure everything is correct, turn the amplifier on again.

Its critical that Elite amplifiers have the proper power and ground wiring from the vehicle’s electrical system.

Too small of power wire or improper terminations can cause voltage drops and the amplifier to engage its protection. power, No souNd, protect led lit:

The red PROTECT LED lights when the amplifier shuts down for either thermal or over-current protection.

A high internal amplifier operating temperature will trigger thermal shutdown: after it cools about 5°C, the amplifier will restart. A shorted speaker lead or operation into unusually low impedance loads will trigger over-current shutdown: cycle power at the amplifier R terminal to restore operation. Check for shorted speaker wiring or damaged speakers or crossover systems if over-current shutdown occurs.

power cYcles oN/off QuicKlY:

The power indicator going off repeatedly when the audio system is on. Check the amplifier’s connection to the battery. Check battery voltage. If low, recharge or replace the battery. Check all ground connections.

No souNd from oNe or more chaNNels:

Check the balance control in the head unit. Check speaker connections. Check signal input connection.

Very low output: Check your head unit’s fader control or the amplifier’s input sensitivity level. Make sure subsonic frequency control is not set too high and LP frequency control is not set too low at the same time.

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Elite Amplifier Owner’s Manual

SYSTEM TUNING

1. Install all system fuses.

2. Set the amplifier’s input sensitivity controls to their minimum positions (full counterclockwise).

14. Listen to various musical selections to check overall system balance. Compare front to rear, midbass to midrange, etc. If one speaker set is too loud compared to another, then its level must be lowered to blend correctly with the other speakers.

3. Set all amplifier crossover switches according to your system’s design.

4. Make preliminary adjustments to the crossover frequency, usually around 80Hz is good starting point for high and low pass. It may be necessary to fine tune the crossover frequency later for the best overall sound quality.

Note: For subwoofers controlled by the Remote level control, keep the level setting from step 11 or 12. Use the control to blend subwoofers with the rest of the system. The correct subwoofer volume will change depending on road noise and differences in recordings.

5. If using a Remote Subwoofer Level Control, set it to maximum (full clockwise).

15. Fine tune crossover frequencies to achieve the smoothest possible blending of each speaker set.

6. Turn the headunit on with the volume set to minimum.

7. Visually check the amplifier’s has turned on by the

power LED.

8. Check the condition of all other components to make sure they are powered up.

16. Adjust the Bass Equalization Controls on the amplifier, headunit or processor upstream if necessary to increase output.

9. Set the headunit’s tone controls, balance, and fader to the center (flat) position. Turn off any loudness or other signal processing features.

17. With all levels set correctly, the system will reach overall maximum undistorted output at the volume level set in step 10.

10. Set the volume control of the headunit for maximum undistorted output (on most headunits this will be approximately 7/8 of maximum volume). Use a very clear and dynamic recording.

Note: Use these controls sparingly. Every 3dB of boost requires double the power at 45Hz. If your subwoofer system requires a lot of boost to sound good, there may be a problem. Look for out-of-phase woofers, a leaking subwoofer box, or incorrect box size.

11. Turn up the sensitivity or input level control on the amplifier until the speakers reach maximum undistorted output.

12. Repeat sensitivity level adjustments for all other amplifiers.

13. Reduce the headunit’s volume to a comfortable level.

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Phoenix Gold

A Division of AAMP of America™

13190 56th Court

Clearwater, Florida 33760

P: 888-228-5560 [email protected]

www.phoenixgold.com

© 2012 AAMP of Florida, Inc

Designed and Engineered in the USA

LIMITED WARRANTY ON AMPLIFIERS

Phoenix Gold warrants this product to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. This warranty is not transferable and applies only to the original purchaser from an authorized Phoenix Gold dealer in the United States of America only. Should service be necessary under this warranty for any reason due to manufacturing defect or malfunction, Phoenix Gold will (at its discretion), repair or replace the defective product with new or remanufactured product at no charge. Damage caused by the following is not covered under warranty: accident, misuse, abuse, product modification or neglect, failure to follow installation instructions, unauthorized repair attempts, misrepresentations by the seller. This warranty does not cover incidental or consequential damages and does not cover the cost of removing or reinstalling the unit(s). Cosmetic damage due to accident or normal wear and tear is not covered under warranty.

INTERNATIONAL WARRANTIES:

Products purchased outside the United States of America are covered only by that country’s Authorized Phoenix Gold reseller and not by Phoenix Gold. Consumers needing service or warranty information for these products must contact that country’s reseller for information.

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