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200 Watts
75Wx2
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150w x 2
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302
Power Amplifiers
Hawkins Bass Control
Boost and Sub Sonic filter frequency at 45 Hz.
Dimensions (W x D x H)
RUBICON102: 7” X 9.8” X 2.25”
RUBICON202: 7” X 9.8” X 2.25”
RUBICON302: 8.5” X 9.8” X 2.25”
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Sub Sonic Filter: No boost, High Pass filter at 13 Hz.
Hawkins Bass Control: 0 to +9 dB Boost(variable), 6 dB Boost (fixed);
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Table of Contents
You now own the Soundstream RUBICON amplifier, the product of an
uncompromising design and engineering philosophy. Your Soundstream
RUBICON amplifier will outperform any other amplifier in the world.
To Maximize the performance of your system, we recommend that you
thoroughly acquaint yourself with its capabilites and features. Please
retain this manual and your sales receipt for future reference.
Design Features ,............................,,,,~,,..,..,..,,,,.,,,......... p4-5
RUBICON 02 Amplifier Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ~6-7
RUBICON Amplifier Diagram . . . . . ..I........................... p8-9
Soundstream amplifiers are the result of American innovation and the
highest quality control standards. When properly installed, they will
provide you with many years of listening pleasure. Should your amplifier
ever need service or replacement due to theft, please record the following
information which will help protect your investment.
Crossover & Hawkins Adjustments ................................ PI2
Model and Serial #
Hawkins Bass ControlTM Theory and Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 13
Dealer’s Name
Installation: Speaker Output Modes ..I........................... P 14
Date of Purchase
RUBICON Amplifier Diagram ................................... plO-11
Installation: Wiring and Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Installation: Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Installation Shop
Installation Date
Installation: Level Setting and Front Spoiler. ................ p 18
Protection Circuitry and Troubleshooting ................ . ...... p 19
Service ...........................................................................
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Specifications .................................................................
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DESIGN FEATURES
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RUBI Power Supply (Rapid-Use Branched Impulse) Our new
power supply eliminates”power sais” 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%: U&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.
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TridentTM Protection Three types of protection for RUBICON
amplifiers;
1. Output protection against short circuits or improper loads.
2. Ground fault detection. Shuts down the amplifier when a significant (5 volt or greater) voltage fluctuation occurs between electrical (turn on lead) and battery ground.
Thermal protection. Will put the amplifier into thermal rollback or
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
RUBICON & 302 have the variable version of Hawkins Bass
Control which allows you to boost bass from 0 to 9dB at 45Hz. A
built-in subsonic filter at 45Hz helps protect the speakers. The
RUBICON contains 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.
Harmonic Bass AlignmentTM 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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Drive Delay II MutingTM 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.
High Power/High Current Switch(302 on/y) Allows user to
match the amplifier to the load being driven allowing greater system flexibility and greater output.
ChassisinkTM All transistors are sandwiched between the circuit board and the heatsink to provide cool efficient amplifier
operation in a smaller package.
Differentially Balanced RCA Input Eliminates ground loops
related noise in the audio.
Built-in Staggered S.I.P. Crossover Networks Built-in twoway electronic crossover is designed to send either high or low
pass information to the amplifier. 12dB/oct Highpass and
Lowpass.
Flexible Dual Input Level Control (202 & 302 only): 300mV to
5V input sensitivity. Separate left and right level controls 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,
Balanced Line, Speaker and Power wiring.
KEY TO CALLOUTS
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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 available boost. Select “H.P. XOVER” to engage
the amplifier’s high pass filter at 45Hz or 150Hz for running satellite speakers.
Low Pass XOVER Switch - Selectable low pass filter for driving subwoofers
Note: Do not have the I. P. XOVER” and the ‘H.P. XOVER”
at 89Wz.
engaged at the same time.
MONO/ST Switch - “MONO” for bridged mono operation with a single input
signal (right channel only). “ST” for normal stereo operation.
FUSE - Main power supply fuse. Warning: Replace only with the same
value fuse!
+12V - Connected to a fuse or circuit breaker, then to the battery’s positive
terminal
GND - Main ground connection. Bolt to a clean chassis point in the vehicle.
REMOTE - Remote turn-on input from the head unit. Accepts +12V.
Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for Ch’s 1 & 2.
Input Levels - Independent Left and Right input level controls.
RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA inputs.
Crossover S.I.P.‘s - Crossover frequency settings for amplifier.
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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 available boost. Select “H.P. XOVER” to engage
the amplifier’s high pass filter at 45Hz or 150Hz for running satellite speakers.
Low Pass XOVER Switch - Selectable low pass filter for driving subwoofers
at 89Hz. /Vote: Do not have the ‘LP. XOVER” and the UH.P. XOVER”
engaged at the same time.
MONO/ST Switch - “MONO” for bridged mono operation with a single input
signal (right channel only). “ST” for normal stereo operation.
FUSE - Main power supply fuse. Warning: Replace only with the same
value fuse!
+12V - Connected to a fuse or circuit breaker, then to the battery’s positive
terminal
GND - Main ground connection. Bolt to a clean chassis point in the vehicle.
REMOTE - Remote turn-on input from the head unit. Accepts +12V.
Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for Ch’s 1 & 2.
Hawkins Bass Control “Boost” Adjustment - Varies from 0 to +9 dB of
boost when the Hawkins Bass Control circuit is engaged
Input Levels - Independent Left and Right input level controls.
RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA inputs.
Crossover S.I.P.33 - Crossover frequency settings for amplifier.
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2.
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6.
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Power LED - Indicates amplifier power, either in High Power or Auto High
Cufren t.
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 available boost. Select “H.P. XOVER” to engage
the amplifier’s high pass filter at 45Hz or 150Hz for running satellite speakers.
Low Pass XOVER Switch - Selectable low pass filter for driving subwoofers
Note: Do not have the “L.P. XOVER” and the ‘HP. XOVER”
at 89Hz.
engaged at the same time.
MONO/SUM/ST Switch - “MONO” for bridged mono operation with a single
input signal (right channel only). “SUM” for bridged mono operation summing two input signals (left and right). “ST” for normal stereo operation.
FUSE - Main power supply fuse. Warning: Replace only with the same
value fuse!
+12V - Connected to a fuse or circuit breaker, then to the battery’s positive
terminal
GND - Main ground connection. Bolt to a clean chassis point in the vehicle.
REMOTE - Remote turn-on input from the head unit. Accepts +12V.
Speaker Connection Terminal - Speaker connections for Ch’s 1 & 2.
Hawkins Bass Control “Boost” Adjustment - Varies from 0 to +9 dB of
boost when the Hawkins Bass Control circuit is engaged.
Input Levels - Independent Left and Right input level controls.
RCA Inputs - Right and Left channel RCA ) inputs.
Crossover S.I.P.‘s - Crossover frequency settings for amplifier.
High Power / High Current Switch - Use HIGH CURRENT for loads at 1
ohm stereo (2 ohms mono).
CAUTION: DO NOT SWITCH WHEN AMPLIFIER IS TURNED ON.
HIGH POWER [ml HIGH CURRENT
CAUTION: DO NOT SWITCH
WHEN AMPLIFIER IS TURNED O/V
BOTTOM VIEW (PARTIAL)
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CROSSOVER & HAWKINS BASS CONTROL
ADJUSTMENTS
CROSSOVER
Low
Pass
High F’ass
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.
The RUBICON102,202 & 302 incorporates staggered
electronic crossovers. The high and low pass portions of the crossover can be set
independent of one another.
The RUBlCON102, 202 & 302 come with a 90Hz 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
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not need to change the S.I.P. crossover. If you are using the
amplifier in a Hiah Pass configuration we reccomend that you
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for your crossover. ln order to
receive a higher crossoverpoint, iFor ,,bx&rti,on i
remove the factory Low Pass/ swap sipsas shown,
S. 1. P. (The S.I. P. with the wMfe
dot), and the factory High Pass/Hawkins S.I. P out of
the amplifier. Place the S.1. P. with the white dot in
the socket for High Pass/Hawkins. This will give a
High Pass frequency of 15OHz. 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! If you
want to use a frequency other than the factory preset frequencies follow the chart to the left or the formula below to select your own crossover points.
S.I.P.
Hawkins Bass Control - Theorv and Use
Hawkins Bass Control (variable) is a unique subwoofer control circuit included with the Soundstream RUBICON & 302
amplifiers. It is capable of removing subsonic energy in program material below 45 Hz at 12 dB/Octave, while boosting
subwoofer frequencies. The circuit consists of two controls. One
engages a subsonic High Pass filter at 45 Hz, and the other
adjusts the amount of boost from 0 to +9 dB(+GdB for the
RUBCON102). The Hawkins Bass Control functions on either
pair of channels (l&2 or 3&4) if their low pass filter is engaged.
The Boost control adjusts the amount of level applied at the
set frequency, and is adjustable from 0 to +9 dB (see figure 2).
When the boost is set to 0, Hawkins Bass Control acts as a sub
sonic filter only. The simple act of removing 1 0
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Subwoofer drivers in general have excellent -20
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operational bandwidth. This bandwidth is de- -3c 10 Frequency (Hz)
termined by many factors, including driver
FIG. 2 VARIABLE BOOST
design, and enclosure type. It is possible to
overdrive any subwoofer driver by sending powerful signals outside of its operational bandwidth. These potentially damaging signals can be removed by adding
a subsonic filter. Figure 3 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.
Adiustment
An-easy method of optimizing your existing subwoofer enclosure with Hawkin’s
Bass Control is as follows:
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Adjust the boost control to full counter
clock-wise (0) position.
2. Set the bass control switch to
‘HAWKINS BASS CONTROL”.
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Play moderate to loud bass material.
4. Adjust the boost (Q) control until you reach the desired level.
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 I-)
SELECTING THE SPEAKER OUTPUT MODE
The RUBICON102,2O2 and 302 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).
Summwl Mono (302 on/y): Use this mode to get a bridged mono output while
using both the left and right inputs and gain controls.
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).
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INSTALLATION STEP 2
POWER AND GROUND
To ensure maximum output from your RUBICON amplifier, use high quality, lowloss power and ground cables and connections. The RUBICON & 202 amplifiers will accept up to 8 gauge power and ground cables. The RUBICON will
accept up to 4 gauge power and ground cables. Determine from the chart below
the minimum gauge power and ground wire for your application.
up fo 10’
up to 20’
RUB/CON 102
8 or IO gauge
8 gauge only
1 RUB/CON 202 1
8 or IO gauge
8 gauge only
1 RUB/CON 302 1
4 or 8 gauge
4 gauge only
Please follow the wiring schemes below for the correct operation:
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Like all audio components, the RUBICON amplifiers must be fused near the battery. A fuse or circuit breaker must be located within 18” of the batten/. 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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BRIDGED MONO
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CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND FUSES
EXTERNAL
SUMMED MONO
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INTERNAL
The RUBICON amplifiers are fused with an automotive-type or Maxi-fuse. In the
event of a blown power supply fuse(s), 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
Amplifier Fuse
ST
ST
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Fuse / Circuit Breaker
RUB/CON 102
25 amp automotive
30 amp
RUBICON 202
30 amp automotive
40 amp
(2) 20 amp automotive
50 amp
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
SIGNAL CABLE
INSTALLATION AND MOUNTING
Use a high quality cable that will be easy to install and has minimal signal loss to
guarantee optimum performance.
AMPLIFIER LOCATION
SPEAKER CABLE
The RUBICON amplifiers will accept up to 8 gauge speaker cable. Use a high
quality, flexible, multi-strand cable for best performance and longevity.
SAMPLE WIRING DIAGRAM
(RUBICON shown)
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When mountinqa the amplifier, it 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
Turn-on
To Chassis
Ground
The RUBICON 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.
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a.
Using the amplifier as a template, mark the holes on the mounting
surface.
b.
Remove the amplifier and drill the holes for the mounting screws.
C.
Secure the amplifier to the mounting surface using the supplied hardware.
WIRING
a.
b.
SPEAKERS
C.
d.
e.
f.
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!
Reconnect 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 )
The input levels are adjusted by means of the individual channel input level controls located on the front of the amplifier. This is a unique dual-stage circuit that
adjusts both level and gain. This topology maintains better S/N Ratio even when
using sources with minimal output.
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:
1.
2.
3.
Turn the amplifiers’ input levels 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 amplifiers’ input
level until a near maximum undistorted level is heard in the system.
Your Rubicon 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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+
Ground Fault Differential
+
A failsafe thermal protection circuit
/NOTE: If you experience blown main power supply fuses, it is like/y
that the amplifier is seeing a dead short, either in the speaker wire or in
the speaker itself. Rectif) the problem before blowing multiple fuses!
DO NOT increase values beyond the original fuse value! Doing so will
void your warrant and may damage your amplifer.
TROUBLESHOOTING
CAUSE
PROBLEM
No Sound and power LED is not lit
No sound, power LED is lit.
1. No power or ground at the amp.
2. No remote turn-on signal
3. Blown fuse near the battery
1. No signal input
2. The AIRBASS/Accessory switch
is in the “IN” position. Move it to the
“OUT” position. (302
Once the amplifier is installed and the proper levels set, place the front spoiler in
position, and bolt it on using the supplied hardware.
only)
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 ,aren’t engaged
Your Soundstream RUBICON amplifier is protected by a limited warranty.
Please read the enclosed warranty card for details.
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