ARC Audio KAR 1000V1 Owner's Manual


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ARC Audio KAR 1000V1 Owner's Manual | Manualzz
 ARC AUDIO
KAR SERIES
KAR 1000V1
OWNER'S MANUAL
LIMITED WARRANTY
Before shipping this product back for service call for a Return Authoriza-
tion number. This number must be clearly marked on the outside of the
box.
Terms 8: Conditions: ARC Audio warrants this unit to be free of any material
defects or defects in workmanship for a period of one year and will repair,
replace or replace with remanufactured goods, at its discretion, this unit or any
part thereof, only if it proves to be defective as a result of normal use.
Our obligation under this warranty is limited to the defective components of the
unit thereof when it is returned, shipping prepaid, to ARC Audio.
This warranty is to be considered void if the unit has been tampered with,
connected contrary to the installation instructions in the owner's manual,
altered, damaged by improper input voltages or polarity, defaced, or treated in a
negligent manner.
All returns must be sent freight prepaid and must be accompanied by proof of
purchase or they will be treated as “OUT of WARRANTY” and will only be
repaired at the owner's expense. All warranties, expressed or implied, shall be
void if the serial is removed or defaced.
Out of warranty service is available after the warranty expires. Cost of repair is
based on current repair labor rates, plus the cost of shipping and handling.
When returning for repair, pack the unit securely and send prepaid and
insured to the address below. ARC Audio is not responsible for damage
incurred during shipping.
For warranty and non-warranty repairs, send to:
ARC Audio
4719 Green Leaf Cr. #4
Modesto CA, 95356
209-543-8706
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ARC AUDIO
www.arcaudio.com
Congratulations!
Thank you for purchasing an ARC Audio Hi-Performance Amplifier.
ARC Audio amplifiers are conservatively rated and produce more power per channel
than others in there class. Manufactured to the highest standards of quality and
reliability to deliver years of listening enjoyment.
ARC Audio...SOLID CONSTRUCTION for SOUND Car Audio Systems.
Warning
We build all ARC Audio products to play at high volumes for extended periods of
time. Your ears however are not designed for high volume listening. This product
can easily generate volumes that can permanently damage your hearing. We
urge you to limit your exposure to very high volume sound.
You may also find your state has laws governing the volume of an audio system
in a car. Please be aware of all local and state laws in you area.
A properly tuned and operated audio system will deliver years of enjoyment
when used properly.
Installation Instructions
ARC Audio KAR Series Amplifiers are designed for easy installation in your vehicle.
To ensure proper operation of your new purchase, please follow the suggestions
we have listed below:
Warning
Please check the suitability of the installation location before you begin. Do not cut any of
the car’s structure. Pay close attention to what is behind the panels or carpet. Often the
manufacture will hide wires, computers or other electronic devices in the exact areas you
wish to install in.
Ifyou do not have experience with automotive electrical and mechanical systems contact
a professional installer. Paying a qualified installer is almost always cheaper then paying
a dealership to repair your car.
Locating the Amplifier
The amplifiers must be securely mounted to a solid surface. Please select a dry
location in the trunk or passenger compartment only. Do not mount the amplifier to
any area that may have excess vibration (like the subwoofer box). Position the
amplifier in an area that receives sufficient airflow for proper heat dissipation.
Supplying Enough Power
The Laws of Nature
Your amplifier Does NOT make power. It converts power, or current, from your cars electrical system
and turns it into a high power musical energy. If the amp can't get all the power it needs it will not
produce its full output. Your ARC Audio amplifier will produce Full output for longer then other amps
on the market today. If the Voltage or Current drops too low even our amplifiers will drop below
their rated output. Make sure your vehicle charging system is in good working order. Any Hi-
Performance audio amplifier will increase the demand on your alternator and battery. If you are
unsure have your charging system tested by a professional technician.
The Ground!!!
Warning: Read this Carefully
The ground wire should be connected directly to the chassis of your vehicle. Find a clear location close to the
amplifier and remove all the paint and sound deadener. Use a #10 or larger screw to secure it, Never use
seatbelt bolts for grounding.
Remember, the ground must carry the same high current as the positive power wire.
To reduce the risk of noise, run all signal cables away from any vehicle or power supply wiring.
Running the Cables
Carefully run the power and signal cables through the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
Always use a rubber grommet to prevent the power wire from shorting and to reduce the risk of fire,
An 4 gauge or larger wire should be used for power and ground connections. We recommend a fuse
be installed on the power wire within 18 inches of the battery for safety.
Setting the Gains
So you're worried that your 4 Volt output head unit will be too much for the ARC Audio's 2.5 Volt
input stage.
Dont Be
ARC Audio Amplifiers input stage is rated to 2.5 volts RMS € 1KHz without clipping.
Music is very dynamic. Nothing like a 1KHz test tone. It would be rare to see a peak as high as a test
tone. Furthermore, your head unit produces its output at full volume but when you tune your system
you always set the head unit to 70% of maximum volume.
Input Section
Because of the wide range of head unit output configurations all ARC
Audio amplifiers have an adjustable input sensitivity or “Gain” The gain
is not a volume or a power limiting control like a throttle. It makes the
amp more sensitive to input from the stereo. With the gain up the amp
will reach full output at a lower volume setting on the deck. At higher
gain settings the amp also becomes more sensitive to noise from the
car's electrical system. Try to run the gain at the lowest setting possible
for you system.
There is no correct gain setting. Because speakers require different
power demands to reach the same output, the gains most often need
to be used to compensate for these differences. If you tried to set all the
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Crossover Controls
A crossover is a device that removes unwanted frequencies from a speaker
or amplifier. A tweeter can easily be destroyed by bass notes if they are not
filtered out. Likewise a subwoofer will not sound natural if it is playing
midrange notes. A crossover removes these sounds from the speaker. As you
might guess, careful adjustment is need to
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Bass Boost
This amp has a fully adjustable bass boost. Both the frequency and the
level of the boost are adjustable. Start with a small increase in the level
control. Then “sweep” the frequency up and down. Listen carefully for an
improvement in the sound of the bass. If you do not hear any improve-
ment then the woofer does not need any boost.
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Subsonic Filter
A subsonic filter acts like a crossover but at very low frequencies. It
removes sound that is so low the speaker cannot reproduce it. You see
the cone moving but hear no sound. This can be very hard on your
woofer especially at high power. If
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Speaker outputs
This amplifier is a mono design. Meaning it has only 1 channel. It is
equipped with a single large block terminal for speaker connection.
Make this connection carefully and neatly. If the wires ever come in
contact with each other the amp will go into protection.
Know your total ohm load before you make any connections.
Note the ohm load switch. Use the 2 10
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Bridging
Bridging is a way to combine the power of 2 channels into 1. When
you wire the amp bridged you have a higher voltage differential
between + and -. That means MORE POWER.
If you have 2 identical, properly designed mono amplifiers (They can
not be a stereo amp that is bridged internally) you can bridge them
together to create 1 channel.
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Warning
When bridging any amp or amps, each channel sees half the ohm load. 4 ohms bridged is the
same as 2 ohms stereo. 1 ohm bridged is equal to 1/2 ohm stereo. Check the compatibility of
you woofers and amplifier before you begin.
Bridging Cont.
For bridging to work both amplifiers must be playing exactly the same
signal at exactly the same output level. To make this easier we have
added a “Slave In” and "Slave Out”to this amp. When you use the Slave In
all the gain and crossovers are bypassed. This eliminates all the compli-
cateted tuning needed to match each amp.
When bridging 2 amp, 1 amp will act as the positive output and the
other will act as the negative output. The negative amp will need to play
“out of phase” from the postive amp. Imagine it like this. The positive
amp is pushing the woofer and the negative amp is pulling. You can do
this by changing the “Phase” switch to “OUT”
Please see the switch setting below.
Amp 1(NORMAL)
Set the load switch to the
correct location for your
woofers.
4 ohm bridged set to TWO
2 ohm bridged set to ONE
Set the phase to “IN”
Run a mono RCA cable to
“SLAVE OUT”
Amp 2 (SLAVE)
Set the load switch to the
correct location for your
woofers.
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Run a mono RCA cable to
“SLAVE IN”
Installation Instructions
Disconnect the negative cable from the car battery. Tape up the end
so it is isolated form the battery.
Run the power wire (4 AWG min.) from the battery to the amplifier.
Plan this part of the installation carefully. This cable will carry very high
current. If it should short to the body and it is not properly fused
it could catch fire.
Connect the power wire to the battery using a fuse capable of the
total current load of all amplifiers connected. Don't install the fuse
yet. Wait until the end. Locate the fuse as close as possible to the
battery. If the fuse is further that 18 inches (wire length) from the
battery you should reevaluate the wire and fuse placement.
Find the closest clear metal area to the amp for a ground. Sand,
grind or scrape all paint and undercoating from the body and screw
the ground securely to the body.
Itis advisable to test the ground with an ohmmeter between the
ground cable and the negative battery cable to insure a good low
resistance connection. Some alloys used in modern cars do not
offer the best ground. If you believe this is the case consult with the
vehicle manufacturer.
Run the speaker wire to the speakers. It is advised that you leave
some extra wire at this point. You can “clean it up” later.
If you haven't already done so, mount the amp now.
Connect the power and ground to the amplifier.
Only after this step should you install the fuse at the battery.
Connect the remote wire from the head unit to the amplifier. Now
is a good time to turn on the amp for the first time. Make sure it
turns on properly and does not go into protect.
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Connect the speaker wire to the amp and speakers (make sure
the ampis off first). Make sure the polarity (+ and-) is correct.
Connect the RCA' to the amp.
Double check the amplifier controls at this time. Make sure
everything is set correctly for your system.
Now you're ready to play it for the first time. It is best to leave the
gain all the way down at first. Start with the head unit volume low
and work your way up.
Now you can tune the amp. Take your time and make only one
adjustment at a time. It may take some time to get the system
fully adjusted. During this time the amp is drawing current from
the battery. You should check the battery voltage from time to time
and re-charge it if it gets low. Battery voltage can affect the way
the amplifier performs.
You're done. Now have fun.
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In this configuration you can “Bridge” 2 amplifiers into 1 channel. To bridge 2 amps you must set amp 1 to
“Normal” and amp 2 to “Slave” All adjustments will then be made to amp 1. Amp 2 will need no further
adjustments
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“Normal” and amp 2 to “Slave” All adjustments will then be made to amp 1. Amp 2 will need no further
adjustments
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Specifications
Output Power (RMS) @ .2% THD
Mono @ 40hms 50 Amps
Mono @ 20hms 102 Amps
Mono @ 10hm 120 Amps
TH.D. @ 1Khz @ 400 Watts
40hm < .006%
20hm < .005%
10hm < .006%
Frequency Response +/-.3dB
S/N Ration (A wtg.)
Speration @ 1kHz 2.5V in
Crossover Range
Input Sensitivity
High Level Input Sensitivity
Bass Boost
Input Impedance
Low Level (RCA)
High Level
Max Peak Cu rrent
Idle Current
Efficiency
Damping 100 Watts 40hms
Slew
1Khz
510 Watts
1000 Watts
1000 Watts
20Hz - 250Hz
>112 dB
NA
30Hz - 250Hz
2V - 8V
AV - 16V
O0 - 15dB @ 30Hz - 125Hz
12K ohms
392 ohms
110A @ 1100 Watts (2 ohms)
1.7A no Fan 1.8A with Fan
65% @ 1000 Watts (2 ohms)
> 2100
52V/uSec
4 2/40hm 14.4v Power vs THD+N
0.1
%THD
0.001
100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 ‚Эк 1k 1.1k
WATTS
2/40hm 12.6v Power vs THD+N
1
%THD
WATTS
10hm 14.4v Power vs THD+N
%THD
WATTS
10hm 12.6v Power vs THD+N
1
0.1
%THD
0.001
100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 .9k 1k 1.1k 1.2k
WATTS
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