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OWNER’S MANUAL
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INSTALLATION GUIDE
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Congratulations
Thanks for buying Soundstream’s Lil’ Wonder\Lil’ Wonder4. We have
always been known for amazing high-end power plants, and to show our
flexibility and versatility we make great equipment like this. Your new amp
has been designed to give you the “most performance available in the smallest package possible.” Hence the name Lil’ Wonder! Pound for pound and
inch for inch these are some of the strongest amps ever made.
The Lil’ Wonder\LiI’ Wonder4 are the ideal amps for almost any configuration. They have the power to run front speakers, rear fill, a center channel, or
even more importantly, giant subwoofers. Don’t let their compact sizes fool
you, you’ll be amazed by the power. They have all of the technological
advantages of thier big Rubicon brothers, like a RUBITM power supply and
STACTTM architecture. To get the most performance out of your system,
you’ll need to read this entire manual. It is the only way to learn about all of
the Lil’ Wonders’ capabilities and features. Please keep this manual and
your sales receipt for future reference.
These gutsy amplifiers, like all Soundstream amplifiers, are the result of
American innovation and the highest quality control standards. When properly installed, it will provide you with many years of listening pleasure. Just
in case someone “borrows” your amplifier with no intention of returning it, fill
in the blanks below and stash them away in your permanent records. It will
help to protect your investment. Once you have done that, you’re ready to
rock. So hook it up, crank it up, and be amazed by your new Lil’ Wonder\LiI’
Wonder4.
Table of Contents
Design Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Lil’ Wonder Amplifier Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 6 - 7
Lil’ Wonder4 Amplifier Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 8 - 9
Crossover & Hawkins Adjustments.. .............................. p 10
Hawkins Bass Contro TM Theory and Use ......................p II
lnstal lation: Speaker Output Modes ............................... p 12
lnstal lation: Wiring and Diagram.. ..................................p 13 - 14
Installation: Mounting ..................................................... p 15
Installation: Level Setting and Front Spoiler. .................. p 16
Protection Circuitry and Troubleshooting ....................... p 17
Model and Serial #
Service ...........................................................................p 18
Dealer’s Name
Specifications .................................................................p 18
Date of Purchase
Notes ..............................................................................p 19
Installation Shop
Installation Date
CAUTION!
Prolonged listening at high levels may result in hearing loss. Even though
your new Soundstream Rubicon ampfifier sounds better than anything
you’ve ever heard, exercise caution to prevent hearing damage.
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Design Features
RUBITM Power Supply (Rapid-Use Branched Impulse) Our new
power supply eliminates “power sags” during low frequency reproduction by rapidly increasing the duty cycle, stabilizing the
power supply and allowing it to deliver the power required when
reproducing low frequencies. Also, greater reserve gate power
is now stored for low voltage conditions that occur during extreme conditions.
STACTTM (Stabilized Apex Current Topology) Reduces power
supply stress by 50%. Use of inverted channels usually degrades the stereo image due to phase reversal of even order
harmonic distortion that occurs between the inverted channels.
In the STACT design inversion is done at the power amplifier
drive stage. Since the fully symmetrical power amplifier produces no even harmonic distortion itself and all preamp circuitry
(which does produce even harmonics) is run completely in phase,
no even harmonic distortion phase reversal occurs.
Drive Delay II Muting TM Amplifier section now powers up 2 - 3
seconds after power supply, eliminating turn on pops. Turn off
process is reversed. Amplifier section turns off first, followed by
power supply.
Dynamically Optimized Power GridTM Power grid is now evenly
distributed between primary and secondary power supplies, providing greater dynamics and improved RF filtering.
ChassisinkTM All transistors are sandwiched between the circuit board and the heatsink to provide cool efficient amplifier
operation
in a smaller package.
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Continuously Variable Lowpass Crossover Networks (Lil’
Wonder4) 12dBIoct Lowpass crossover variable from 55 to
220Hz.
Built-in Staggered S.I.P. Crossover Networks Built-in two-
TridentTM Protection Three types of protection for RUBI~ CON
amplifiers:
Output protection against short circuits or improper loads
Ground fault detection shuts down the amplifier when a significant (5 volt or greater) voltage fluctuation occurs between audio
ground and battery ground.
Thermal protection will shut the amplifier down in extreme thermal conditions.
Hawkins Bass Control Provides focused subwoofer boost and
routes wasted subsonic power to the audible bandwidth. The
Lil’ Wonders contain the fixed Hawkins Bass Control which allows you to boost bass 6dB at 45Hz. A built-in subsonic filter at
45Hz helps protect the speakers.
way electronic crossover is designed to send either high or low
pass information to the amplifier with a 12dB/oct slope (Highpass
only on the Lil’ Wonder4).
Flexible Input Level Control 200mV to 5V input sensitivity.
Stereo level control allows user to optimize system level control.
Symmetrical Discrete Balanced Class A Drive Boards Autoadjusts for linear performance in low impedance loads.
Removable Front Spoiler Allows for stealth installation of RCA,
Speaker and Power wiring.
Harmonic Bass Alignment TM The 2nd and 3rd order harmonic
peaks are critically aligned to fundamental peaks at low frequencies. This produces tighter, more accurate bass reproduction.
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Power LED - Indicates amplifier power.
Subsonic, Hawkins Bass Control, H.P. XOVER Switch Selectable high pass filter frequency range. Select “SUB SONIC”
to engage the Sub Sonic filter at 13Hz with no boost. Select
“Hawkins Bass Control” to engage the Sub Sonic filter at 45 Hz
with a +6dB boost. Select “H.P. XOVER” to engage the amplifier’s
high pass filter at 45Hz or 150Hz (depending on S.l.P.‘s) for
running satellite speakers.
3 m Low Pass XOVER Switch - Selectable low pass filter for driving subwoofers at 90Hz. Note: Do not have the “L.P. XOVER”
and the “HP XOVER” engaged at the same time except for
bandpass operation.
4. MONO/ST Switch - Select “MONO” for bridged mono operation with a single input signal (right channel only). Select ‘ST”
for normal stereo operation.
FUSE - Main power supply fuse. Warning: Replace on/y with
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the same va/ue fuse!
6 . +12V - Connected to a fuse or circuit breaker, then to the
battery’s positive terminal.
7 . REMOTE - Remote turn-on input from the head unit. Accepts
+12v.
8 . GND - Main ground connection. Bolt to a clean chassis point in
the vehicle.
9. Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for
channels l&2.
10. Input Levels - Stereo input level control.
11 . RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA inputs.
12. Crossover S.I.P.‘s - Crossover frequency settings for ampli.
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Power LED - Indicates amplifier power.
Subsonic / Hawkins Bass Control Switch - Select ‘Subsonic”
to engage the Subsonic filter at 13Hz. Select “Hawkins Bass
Control” to engage the +6dB boost @ 45 Hz for the lowpass
channel.
ST/MO(R)/LP Switch - ‘ST” for normal stereo operation. “MO”
for bridged mono operation with a single input signal (right input
only). “LP” for low pass bridged mono operation with input from
channels 3&4.
ST/MO( L)/LP Switch - “ST” for normal stereo operation. “MO”
for bridged mono operation with a single input signal (left input
only). “LP” for low pass bridged mono operation with input from
channels 3&4.
Input Selection Switch - Selectable inputs from internal (channels l&2) or external (channels 3&4).
Fuse - Main power supply fuse. Warning: Replace on/y with
the same value fuse!
+12V - Connected to a fuse or circuit breaker, then to the
battery’s positive terminal.
Remote - Remote turn-on input from the head unit. Accepts
+12v.
GND - Main ground connection. Bolt to a clean chassis point in
the vehicle.
Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for
channels l&2.
Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for
channels 3&4.
Low Pass Filter Control Adjustment - Crossover frequency
control for the internal low pass filter.
Input Levels - Stereo input level control for channels l&2.
RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA inputs for channels
l&2.
Input Levels - Stereo input level control for channels 3&4.
RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA inputs for channels
3&4.
Crossover S.l.P.‘s - Crossover frequency settings for amplifier .
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Hawkins Bass Control - Theory and We
Crossover & Hawkins Bass Control
Adjustments
CROSSOVER
In most car audio installations, there is a tendency for a
“midbass boom.” Because of their interior dimensions,
most cars will resonate or ring at these midbass frequencies. If we design the system so there is reduced output
information in this region, the final response is very smooth
and natural sounding.
CHANGING FREQUENCIES
The Lil’ Wonder comes with a 9OHz Low Pass S.I.P. and a 45Hz Hawkins and
High Pass S.I.P. (Series In-line Package resistor network) If you are using this
amplifier in the Low Pass Configuration, you will not need to change the S.I.P.
crossover. If you are using the amplifier in a High Pass configuration we recomend
that you use a higher frequency (150Hz) for your crossover. In order to receive a
higher crossover point, remove the factory Low Pass S.I. P (The S. 1. P with the
white dot), and the factory High Pass/Hawkins S.1.P out of the amplifier. Place the
S./P with the white dot in the socket for High Pass/Hawkins. This will give a High
Pass frequency of 150Hz. Then place the remaining S.I.P. in the Low Pass
socket. Make Sure That the Low Pass Crossover is NOT Engaged while the
High Pass crossover is engaged, unless a bandpass x-over is desired. If you
want to use a frequency other than the factory pre-set frequencies follow the chart
to the left or the formula below to select your own crossover points.
The Lil’ Wonder4 uses the same S.I.P.‘s for High Pass (factory set at 150 Hz) and
Hawkins as the Lil’ Wonder. However, the Low Pass is adjusted using a lZdB/
act variable crossover that has a range of 55 to 220 Hz. On either amplifer a full
range signal can be achieved by removing the S.l.P.3 entirely.
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Hawkins Bass Control (fixed) is a unique subwoofer control circuit included with
the Soundstream Lil’ Wonder\LiI’ Wonder4 amplifiers. It is capable of removing
subsonic energy in program material below 45 Hz at 12 dB/Octave, while boosting subwoofer frequencies by +6dB. Once you engage the switch, you engage a
subsonic (High Pass) filter at 45 Hz, with a +6dB boost at 45 Hz.
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Application
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tially damaging signals can be reFIG. 1 Limited Excursion
moved by adding a subsonic filter. Figure 1 shows the effectiveness of the Hawkins Bass Control on woofer excursion
in a vented enclosure. The woofer travels 7.5 mm at 10 Hz. With Hawkins Bass
Control properly adjusted, this excursion can be reduced to less than 1 mm. This
is of great benefit to lowering woofer distortion and increasing output.
With Soundstream’s Hawkins Bass Control, the boost and frequency control
can provide the “tailoring” needed for any type of “assisted” design and any
woofer in any type of installation.
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INSTALLATION STEP 2 )
SELECTING THE SPEAKER OUTPUT MODE
POWER AND GROUND
The RUBICON Lil’ Wonder\Lil’ Wonder4 amplifiers have the ability to operate
in any one of the following modes:
Stereo (STACT / Mixed Mono): Use this mode for either stereo operation (left
and right channels) or for Mixed Mono operation (stereo left and right channels
plus bridged mono for a subwoofer).
Bridged Mono: Use this mode to get a bridged mono output while using only
the right channel input and gain control (for use with a singular mono input).
Please follow the wiring schemes below for the correct operation:
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To ensure maximum output from your RUBICON Lil’ WondeALil’ Wonder4 amplifiers, use high quality, low-loss power and ground cables and connections.
The Lil’ Wonder\Lil’ Wonder4 amplifiers will accept up to 8 gauge power and
ground cables. Determine from the chart below the minimum gauge power and
ground wire for your application.
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Lil’ Wonder4
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up to 20’
8 or 10 gauge
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CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND FUSES
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EXTERNAL
Like all audio components, the Lil’ Wonder\ Lil’ Wonder4 must be fused near the
battery. A fuse or circuit breaker must be located within 18” of the battery. This will
prevent a fire in the event of a shorted cable. See the chart below to determine the
correct fuse value.
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INTERNAL
The Lil’ Wonder\LiI’ Wonder4 amplifiers are fused with automotive-type fuses.
In the event of a blown power supply fuse, replace with the correct value fuse
found in the chart below. Never replace the fuse with a higher value than what
is supplied. This may result in amplifier damage and will void the warranty!
RUB/CON Amplifier Fuse Values
Battery Fuse / Circuit
Amplifier Fuse
MIXED MONO
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REMOTE TURN-ON
Connect the “Remote” line to the turn-on lead from the source unit. When +I2
Volts is received, the amplifier will turn on.
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WIRING cont’d
INSTALLATION STEP 3 )
SIGNAL CABLE
Use a high quality cable that will be easy to install and has minimal signal loss to
guarantee optimum performance.
SPEAKER CABLE
The Lil’ Wonder\Lil’ Wonder4 amplifiers will accept up to 12 gauge speaker
cable. Use a high quality, flexible, multi-strand cable for best performance and
longevity.
SAMPLE WIRING DIAGRAM
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INSTALLATION AND MOUNTING
AMPLIFIER LOCATlON
The Lil’ Wonder\LiI’ Wonder4 amplifiers employ highly efficient circuitry, a custom-engineered heat sink, and a unique Chassisink construction to maintain
lower operating temperatures. Additional cooling may be required if the amplifier
is located in a tightly confined area or when driving especially low impedance
loads at extremely high levels.
When mounting the amplifiers, they should be securely mounted to either a panel
in the vehicle or an amp board or rack that is securely mounted to the vehicle. The
mounting location should be either in the passenger compartment or in the trunk of
the vehicle, away from moisture, stray or moving objects, and major electrical components. To provide adequate ventilation, mount the amplifier so that there are at
least two inches of freely circulating air above and to the sides of it.
MOUNTING THE AMPLIFIER
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Using the amplifier as a template, mark the holes on the mounting
surface.
Remove the amplifier and drill the holes for the mounting screws.
Secure the amplifier to the mounting surface using the supplied hardware.
WIRING
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Run and connect the audio signal and remote turn-on cables to the
amplifier from the source unit.
Carefully run the positive cable from the amplifier to a fuse or circuit
breaker within 18” of the battery.
Connect the fuse or circuit breaker lead to the battery. Leave the circuit
breaker off or the fuse out until everything is bolted down.
Secure the ground cable to a solid chassis ground on the vehicle. It may
be necessary to sand paint down to raw metal for a good connection.
Double check each and every connection!
Re-connect the fuse or circuit breaker.
POWER UP
Power up the system, there may be a 2-3 second delay from the time the source
unit is turned on to the time that the amplifier turns on, which is normal. Once the
amplifer LED is on and the source unit is playing, you should have sound coming
from the speakers.
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Trident Protection Circuitry
INSTALLATION STEP 4
LEVEL SETTING
Your Lil’ Wonder\Lil’ Wonder4 amplifier is protected against both overheating
and short circuits by means of main power supply fuses and the following
circuits:
Speaker output protection
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The input levels are adjusted by means of the stereo channel input level control
located on the front of the amplifier.
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Ground fault protection
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A failsafe thermal protection circuit
In the ideal situation, all components in the audio system reach maximum undistorted
output at the same time. If you send a distorted signal to an amplifier, it is simply
going to amplify distorted information. The same holds true if an outboard processor or crossover begins to distort before you have maximum output from the amplifier. By setting all components to reach clipping at the same time, you can maximize the output of your system. For the RUBICON amplifiers, follow these steps
for setting the input levels:
/NOTE: If you experience blown main power supply fuses, it is likely’
that the amplifier is seeing a dead short, either in the speaker wire or in
the speaker itself. Rectify the problem before blowing multiple fuses!
DO NOT increase values beyond fhe original fuse value! Doing so will
void your warranty and may damage your amplifer.
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Turn the amplifier’s input level to minimum position (counter-clockwise).
Set the source unit volume to approximately 3/4 of full volume.
While playing dynamic source material, slowly increase the amplifier’s input
level until a near maximum undistorted level is heard in the system.
Troubleshooting
No Sound and power LED is not
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1. No power or ground at the
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2. No remote turn-on signal
3. Blown fuse near the battery
No sound, power LED is lit
1. No signal input
2. Speaker or leads may be
shorted
3. Speaker leads may be
referenced to ground
Repeatedly blow amp fuse;
frequent activation of Trident
protection or Smart Power
Supply Circuit
1. Speaker or leads may be
shorted
2. Amplifier load my be too low
3. Verify adequate amp
ventilation
Very little output, or output is
muffled
Make sure that both the L.P. and
the H.P. crossvers arent
engaged
FRONT SPOILER
Once the amplifier is installed and the proper levels set, place the front spoiler in
position, and bolt it on using the supplied hardware.
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CAUSE
PROBLEM
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Service
Notes
Your Soundstream RUBICON amplifier is protected by a limited warranty.
Please read the enclosed warranty card for details and send it in.
Specifications
Power (4 ohm, 12.6~)
Power (2 ohm, 12.6~)
Power (2 ohm, 14.4~)
Power (4 ohms bridged, 14.4V)
Maximum rated power
Crossover
Damping
Frequency response
Color Factor
Hawkins Bass Control
Input sensitivity
Piercings
Shape bias
Signal to Noise
Stereo separation
THD
Lil’ Wonder:
Dimensions
Lil’ Wonder4:
Lots!
More!
Even more!
Huge!
NC-1 7
Up and Down
Wet, very wet
Flatter than a board
Blue
2 settings: Bass! And More Bass!
Don’t worry, you can’t offend it
Forty
100%
Foghorn to a dead monkey
Legally, but still see each other on Fridays
You can’t hear it
36” x 24” x 36”
(just kidding, 7” x 11 318” x 2 l/4”)
44” x 24” x 24”
(just kidding, 11” x 11 318” x 2 l/4”)
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