owner`s manual
Thank you for purchasing a JL Audio amplifier for
your marine sound system.
Your amplifier has been designed and manufactured to exacting
standards in order to ensure years of musical enjoyment in your vehicle.
For maximum performance, we highly recommend that you have
your new amplifier installed by an authorized JL Audio dealer. Your
authorized dealer has the training, expertise and installation equipment
to ensure optimum performance from this product. Should you
decide to install the amplifier yourself, please take the time
to read this manual thoroughly so as to familiarize yourself
with its installation requirements and setup procedures.
If you have any questions regarding the instructions in this
manual or any aspect of your amplifier’s operation, please contact your
authorized JL Audio dealer for assistance. If you need further assistance,
please call the JL Audio Technical Support Department
at (954) 443-1100 during business hours.
We value you as a long-term customer. For
that reason, we urge you to practice restraint in
the operation of this product so as not to damage
your hearing and that of others in your vessel.
Studies have shown that continuous exposure to
high sound pressure levels can lead to permanent
(irreparable) hearing loss. This and all other
high-power amplifiers are capable of producing
such high sound pressure levels when connected
to a speaker system. Please limit your continuous
exposure to high volume levels.
While driving, operate your audio system in
a manner that still allows you to hear necessary
noises to operate your vessel safely (horns,
sirens, etc.).
In the event that your amplifier requires
service or is ever stolen, you will need to have
a record of the product’s serial number. Please
take the time to enter that number in the space
provided below. The serial number can be found
on the bottom panel of the amplifier and on the
amplifier packaging.
This amplifier is designed for operation in
vessels with 12 volt, negative-ground electrical
systems. Use of this product in vessels with
positive ground and/or voltages other than 12V
may result in damage to the product and will void
the warranty.
This product is not certified or approved for
use in aircraft.
Do not attempt to “bridge” the outputs of this
amplifier with the outputs of a second amplifier,
including an identical one.
Chassis Ground
(pg. 5)
+12 V Power
Remote Turn-On
(pg. 5)
(pg. 6)
Serial Number:
Input Voltage
(pg. 6)
Left & Right
Protection Status
Bass EQ
Preamp Output Jacks
On/Off Switch
(pg. 8)
(pg. 9)
(pg. 8)
Jack for
Power Status
Remote Bass
Left & Right
Control Knob
Preamp Input Jacks
(pg. 9)
(pg. 8)
(pg. 6)
Filter Mode
(pg. 7)
Input Sensitivity
Frequency Selector
(pg. 6)
(pg. 7)
It is important that you take the time to read
this manual and that you plan out your
installation carefully. The following are some
considerations that you must take into account
when planning your installation.
Cooling Efficiency Considerations:
The outer shell of your JL Audio amplifier
is designed to remove heat from the amplifier
circuitry. For optimum cooling performance,
this outer shell should be exposed to as large a
volume of air as possible. Enclosing the amplifier
in a small, poorly ventilated chamber can
lead to excessive heat build-up and degraded
performance. If an installation calls for an
enclosure around the amplifier, we recommend
that this enclosure be ventilated with the aid
of a fan. In normal applications, fan-cooling
is not necessary.
Speaker Outputs
(pg. 8)
Mounting the amplifier upside down is
strongly discouraged.
If mounting the amplifier under a seat,
make sure there is at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of
space above the amplifier’s outer shell to permit
proper cooling.
Safety Considerations:
Your amplifier needs to be installed in a dry,
well-ventilated environment and in a manner
which does not interfere with your vessel’s factory
installed electronic devices. You should also take
the time to securely mount the amplifier so that it
does not come loose in the event of a collision or a
sudden jolt to the vessel.
Stupid Mistakes to Avoid:
• Check before drilling any holes in your vessel to
make sure that you will not be drilling through
the hull, a fuel tank, fuel line, wiring harness or
other vital vessel system.
• Do not run system wiring outside or underneath
the vessel. This is an extremely dangerous
practice which can result in severe damage to
your vessel and person.
• Protect all system wires from sharp edges
(metal, fiberglass, etc.) by carefully routing
them, tying them down and using grommets
and loom where appropriate.
• Do not mount the amplifier in the engine
compartment or in any other area that will
expose the amplifier circuitry to the elements.
While this amplifier is specially designed
for marine applications, it is not waterproof
and it should not be mounted where it is
likely to get wet.
The JL Audio M2250 is a two-channel
full-range audio amplifier utilizing patented
Absolute Symmetry™ Class A/B technology for
both channels.
The M2250 can be operated with a wide
variety of source units and system configurations.
The following represents the sequence for a
typical amplifier installation, using an aftermarket
source unit. Additional steps and different
procedures may be required in some applications.
If you have any questions, please contact your
authorized JL Audio dealer for assistance.
1) Disconnect the negative battery post
connection and secure the disconnected cable
to prevent accidental re-connection during
installation. This step is not optional!
2) Run positive and negative power wire
(minimum 8 AWG) from from the battery
location to the amplifier mounting location,
taking care to route it in such a way that it
will not be damaged and will not interfere
with vessel operation. Use 4 AWG or larger
power wire and a power distribution block
if additional amplifiers are being installed
with the M2250.
3) Connect power wire to the positive battery
post. Fuse the wire with an appropriate fuse
block (and connectors) within 18 inches (45
cm) wire length of the positive battery post.
This fuse is essential to protect the vessel.
Do not install the fuse until the power wire
has been connected to the amplifier.
4) Connect negative power wire to the negative
battery post. Use the same size power
wire as the wire connected to the “+12V”
connection (minimum 8 AWG).
5) Run signal cables and remote turn-on wire
from the source unit to the amplifier
mounting location.
6) Run speaker wire from the speaker system
to the amplifier mounting location.
7) Securely mount the amplifier
8) Connect the positive and negative power
wires to the amplifier. A fuse near the
amplifier is not necessary.
9) Connect the remote turn-on wire to
the amplifier.
10) Connect the input cables to the amplifier.
11) Connect the speaker wires to the amplifier.
12) Carefully review the amplifier’s control
settings to make sure that they are set
according to the needs of the system.
13) Install power wire fuse (5A for a single
M2250) and reconnect the negative
battery post terminal.
14) Turn on the source unit at a low level
to double-check that the amplifier is
configured correctly. Resist the temptation
to crank it up until you have verified the
control settings.
15) Make necessary adjustments to the input
sensitivity controls to obtain the right
overall output and the desired balance in the
system. See Appendix A (page 12)
for the recommended input sensitivity
setting method.
16) Enjoy the fruits of your labor with your
favorite music.
Before installing the amplifier, disconnect the
negative (ground) wire from the vessel's battery.
This will prevent accidental damage to the system,
the vessel and your body during installation.
The M2250’s “+12 VDC” and “Ground”
connections are designed to accept 8 AWG 4 AWG power wire. 8 AWG is a minimum power
wire size for this amplifier.
If you are installing the M2250 with other
amplifiers and wish to use a single main power
wire, use 4 AWG or larger main power wire
(depending on the overall current demands of all
the amplifiers in the system). This 4 AWG or
larger power wire should terminate into a
distribution block mounted as close to the
amplifiers as possible and should connect to the
M2250 with 8 AWG - 4 AWG power wire.
Note: Smaller AWG numbers mean bigger wire
and vice-versa (1/0 AWG is the largest, 2 AWG is
smaller, then 4 AWG, then 8 AWG, etc.).
To connect the power wires to the amplifier,
first back out the set screw on the top of the
terminal block, using the supplied 2.5 mm hex
wrench. Strip 1/2 inch (12 mm) of insulation from
the end of each wire and insert the bare wire into
the terminal block, seating it firmly so that no
bare wire is exposed. While holding the wire in
place, tighten the set screw firmly, taking care not
to strip the head of the screw.
The ground connection should be made using
the same gauge wire as the power connection.
Any wires run through barriers must be
protected with a high quality rubber grommet
to prevent damage to the insulation of the wire.
Failure to do so may result in a dangerous short
Many vessels employ small (10 AWG - 6 AWG)
wire to connect the alternator’s positive
connection to the battery. To prevent voltage
drops, this wire should be upgraded to 4 AWG
when installing amplifier systems with main
fuse ratings above 60A.
It is common for the alternator to be grounded
through its chassis. If the alternator is not
grounded through its chassis and instead employs
a small (10 AWG - 6 AWG) wire to connect to
ground, this wire should also be upgraded to 4
AWG when installing amplifier systems with main
fuse ratings above 60A.
It is absolutely vital that the main power wire(s)
to the amplifier(s) in the system be fused within
18 inches (45 cm) of the positive battery post
connection. The fuse value at each power wire
should be high enough for all of the equipment
being run from that power wire. If only the M2250
is being run from that power wire, we recommend
a 25A fuse be used. AFS (mini blade fuse), AGU
(big glass fuse) or MaxiFuse™ (big plastic-body
fuse) types are recommended.
No fuse is required or recommended directly
before the amplifier power connection. If one is
desired, we recommend the use of a 25A.
The M2250 uses a conventional +12V remote
turn-on lead, typically controlled by the source
unit’s remote turn-on output. The amplifier will
turn on when +12V is present at its “Remote”
input and turn off when +12V is switched off.
If a source unit does not have a dedicated remote
turn-on output, the amplifier’s turn-on lead can
be connected to +12V via a switch that derives
power from an ignition-switched circuit.
The M2250’s “Remote” turn-on connector is
designed to accept 18 AWG – 12 AWG wire. To
connect the remote turn-on wire to the amplifier,
first back out the set screw on the top of the
terminal block, using the supplied 2.5mm hex
wrench. Strip 1/2 inch (12mm) of wire and insert
the bare wire into the terminal block, seating it
firmly so that no bare wire is exposed. While
holding the wire in the terminal, tighten the set
screw firmly, taking care not to strip the head of
the screw and making sure that the wire (not the
insulation) is firmly gripped by the set screw.
The M2250’s input section allows you to send
signals to the amplifier section through the
use of two differential-balanced inputs, one for
the left channel and one for the right channel.
Connection is via RCA-type jacks.
Input Voltage Range:
A wide range of signal input voltages can be
accommodated by the M2250’s input section
(200mV – 8V). This wide range is split up into
two sub-ranges, accessible via a switch located to
the left of the Input Connectors.
The “Low” position on the “Input Voltage”
switch selects an input sensitivity range between
200mV and 2V. This means that the “Input
Sens.” rotary control will operate within that
voltage window. If you are using a source unit
with conventional preamp-level outputs, this is
most likely the position that you will use.
The “High” position on the “Input Voltage”
switch selects an input sensitivity range between
800mV and 8V. This is useful for certain highoutput preamp level signals as well as speakerlevel outputs from source units not equipped with
preamp-level outputs.
To use speaker-level sources, splice the speaker
output wires of the source unit or small amplifier
onto a pair of RCA plugs. No line output
converter is needed in most cases.
The output of the amplifier will decrease for
a given input voltage when the “Input Range”
switch is placed in the “High” position.
Conversely, the output will be higher with the
switch in the “Low” position. While this may
sound counter-intuitive, it is consistent with the
descriptions above.
Once the appropriate “Input Voltage” range
has been selected, the control labeled “Input
Sens.” located in the “Amplifier Controls”
section can be used to match the source unit’s
output voltage to the input stage of the amplifier
for maximum clean output. Rotating the control
clockwise will result in higher sensitivity (louder
for a given input voltage). Rotating the control
counter-clockwise will result in lower sensitivity
(quieter for a given input voltage.)
To properly set the amplifier for maximum
clean output, please refer to Appendix A (page
12) in this manual. After using this procedure,
you can then adjust any or all “Input Sens.”
levels downward if this is required to achieve the
desired system balance.
Do not increase any “Input Sens.” setting for
any channel(s) of any amplifier in the system
beyond the maximum level established during
the procedure outlined in Appendix A (page
12). Doing so will result in audible distortion
and possible speaker damage.
Most speakers are not designed to reproduce
the full range of frequencies audible by the
human ear. For this reason, most speaker
systems are comprised of multiple speakers, each
dedicated to reproducing a specific frequency
range. Filters are used to select which frequency
range is sent to each section of a speaker system.
The division of frequency ranges to different
speakers can be done with passive filters (coils
and/or capacitors between the amplifier outputs
and the speakers), which are acceptable and
commonly used for filtering between midrange speakers and tweeters. Filtering between
subwoofer systems and satellite speaker systems
is best done with active filters, which cut off
frequency content at the input to the amplifier.
Active filters are more stable than passive filters
and do not introduce extraneous resistance,
which can degrade subwoofer performance.
The active filter built into the M2250 can be
used to eliminate potentially harmful and/or
undesired frequencies from making their way
through the amplifier sections to the speaker(s).
This serves to improve tonal balance and to avoid
distortion and possible speaker failure. Correct
use of these filters can substantially increase the
longevity and fidelity of your audio system.
1) “Filter Mode” Control: The M2250 employs a
12dB per octave filter which can be configured
into one of two filter types or defeated
completely by way of the three-position “Filter
Mode” switch:
“Off”: Defeats the filter completely, allowing
the full range of frequencies present at the
inputs to feed the amplifier. This is useful for
systems utilizing outboard crossovers or
requiring full-range reproduction from the
M2250’s channels.
“LP” (Low-Pass): Configures the filter to
attenuate frequencies above the selected filter
frequency at a rate of 12dB per octave. This is
useful for connection of subwoofer(s) to the
M2250’s in a bi-amplified system.
“HP” (High-Pass): Configures the filter to
attenuate frequencies below the selected filter
frequency at a rate of 12dB per octave. This is
useful for connection of component speakers to
the M2250’s channels in a bi-amplified system.
2) “Filter Freq. (Hz)” The filter frequency
markings surrounding this rotary control
are for reference purposes and are generally
accurate to within 1/3 octave or better. If you
would like to select the filter cutoff frequency
with a higher level of precision, consult the
chart in Appendix B (page 13).
Tuning Hint: If you are using the M2250 to
drive a subwoofer system (“LP” mode) or a
component satellite speaker system (“HP” mode).
80 Hz is a good baseline “Filter Freq. (Hz)”
setting. After properly adjusting the “Input
Sens.”, as outlined in Appendix A (page 12), you
can fine tune the “Filter Freq. (Hz)” control to
achieve the desired system frequency response.
The M2250’s speaker outputs are designed to
accept 16 AWG - 8 AWG wire.
The M2250 is designed to deliver power into
speaker loads equal to or greater than 2 ohms
when using a “stereo” configuration and speaker
loads equal to or greater than 4 ohms when using
a “bridged” configuration.
1) “ Bass Boost”: This switch allows the user to
activate a 6 dB boost centered at 48 Hz.
When the “Bass Boost” is activated, the inputs
to “CH 1 (Left)” and “CH 2 (Right)” are
summed to create a mono signal. The “Filter
Mode” switch in the “Channel 1 & 2” section
must be in the “LP” position for the bass boost
to be functional.
2) “Remote Bass Port”: This port allows you to
connect an optional remote boost knob (sold
separately as JL Audio Model RBC-1) that
can be mounted near the head unit. With
the RBC-1 connected, the boost is no longer
limited to 0 or +6 dB, allowing a variable
range of 0 to +12 dB of boost to be selected.
The M2250 incorporates a pass-through
preamp output section, so that additional
amplifiers can be easily added to the system. The
preamp output delivers the same signals that are
connected to the M2250’s inputs.
The preamp output signals are not affected
by the “Bass Boost” processing selected for the
amplifier or by any crossover filter selected (if the
input signals are full-range, the preamp output
will be full-range).
The signal level of the “Preamp Output” is
line-level (low voltage), regardless of the position
selected in the M2250’s “Input Voltage” switch.
An additional amplifier connected to these
preamp outputs should have its input voltage
switch set to the “Low” position.
Speaker loads below 2 ohms nominal per
channel in stereo or below 4 ohms nominal
bridged mono are not recommended and may
cause the amplifier to initiate a protection
mode which reduces power output.
Bridging is the practice of combining the
output of two amplifier channels to drive a single
load. When bridged, each channel produces
signals of equal magnitude, but opposite polarity.
The combined output of the two channels
provides twice the output voltage available from
a single channel. The M2250 has been designed
for bridging of its channels without the need for
input inversion adaptors.
To bridge the M2250’s two channels, use the
“CHANNEL 1 +” and “CHANNEL 2 –”
speaker connectors only (the “CHANNEL 1 –”
and “CHANNEL 2 +” remain unused). When
bridged, the M2250 will deliver optimum power
into a 4 ohm load.
When the M2250’s channels are bridged, they
will deliver 250W x 1 into a 4 ohm load or
160W x 1 into an 8 ohm load. Operating a
pair of bridged channels into a load lower
than 4 ohms is not recommended.
There are two status indicator lights on the
input / control end of the amplifier.
Because a bridged pair of channels requires that
both channels receive input, you need to
connect both left and right inputs to the source
unit. Connection of only one input will result in
reduced power output, increased distortion and
can cause the amplifier to overheat.
Do not do this!
When the M2250 operating in bridged mode,
the output will be in mono (only one channel).
This mono channel can contain right channel
only information, left channel only information
or the sum of the information from both the
right and left channels. In order to achieve one of
these options, configure the inputs to that pair of
channels in one of these two ways:
1) L
eft Channel Only or Right Channel Only
Information: If you wish to send a left-only or
right-only signal the M2250, use a “Y-Adaptor”
to split the single channel signal into both left
and right RCA inputs. This option is useful
when using one M2250 to drive left channel
speakers only and the other M2250’s channels
to drive right channel speakers only.
2) Left + Right Channel Information:
When bridged and fed by a stereo input, the
M2250’s channels will automatically combine
the left and right channels into a summed
mono (left + right) channel. This option is
useful when using the M2250 channels to
drive a subwoofer system or a summed mono
center channel.
1) “ Power” (Green): lights to indicate that the
amplifier is turned on and operating normally.
2) “Protect” (Red): Indicates that the amplifier
protection circuitry has been activated to
prevent product failure due to a short-circuit
or a dangerously low impedance connected
to the amplifier output(s). Connecting the
speaker outputs to an impedance lower than
2 ohms stereo (4 ohms bridged) will cause
this protection mode to activate. When this
protection mode is activated, the amplifier will
reduce it maximum power output to protect its
circuitry, which will manifest itself as increased
distortion. When the problem is corrected, the
amplifier will return to normal operation.
Advanced Rollback Thermal protection
Unlike conventional thermal protection
systems, which shut down an amplifier when it
overheats, this system protects the amplifier by
gradually reducing power output if the amplifier’s
safe operating temperature is exceeded. The
amplifier will continue to operate and return
to normal power output once its temperature
returns to a normal range.
If you plan to use the “Pre-Outs” to feed
a stereo amplifier, you must connect a
stereo signal to the input of the amplifier.
A mono signal into the amplifier will result
in a mono signal out of the preamp output.
Low-Voltage protection:
If the vessel’s supply voltage drops below 10
volts, the entire amplifier will shut itself off to
protect its internal circuitry. The green “Power”
indicator will turn off when this occurs. The
amplifier will turn back on when voltage climbs
back above 10 volts. This may happen in a rapid
cycle when bass-heavy program material causes
a weak charging system to dip below 10 volts
momentarily. If this is happening in your system,
turn your audio system off and have your power
wiring, ground connections and charging
system inspected.
If your amplifier fails or malfunctions, please
return it to your authorized JL Audio dealer so
that it may be sent in to JL Audio for service.
There are no user serviceable parts or fuses inside
the amplifier. The unique nature of the circuitry
in the JL Audio amplifiers requires specifically
trained service personnel. Do not attempt
to service the amplifier yourself or through
unauthorized repair facilities. This will not only
void the warranty, but may result in the creation
of more problems within the amplifier.
If you have any questions about the installation or
setup of the amplifier not covered in this manual,
please contact your dealer or technical support.
JL Audio Technical Support:
(954) 443-1100
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
Monday - Friday
Input Sensitivity Level Setting
Following the directions below will allow the
installer to adjust the input sensitivity of each
amplifier channel pair simply and easily in just a
few minutes using equipment which is commonly
available in installation bays.
Necessary Equipment
• Digital AC Voltmeter
• CD with a sine-wave test tone recorded at
0 dB reference level in the frequency range
to be amplified for that set of channels
(50 Hz for subwoofer channels, 1 kHz for a
midrange application). Do not use attenuated
test tones (-10 dB, -20 dB, etc.).
The Nine-Step Procedure
1) Disconnect the speaker(s) from the
amplifier’s speaker output connectors.
2) Turn off all processing (bass/treble, loudness,
EQ, etc.) on the source unit, processors (if
used) and amplifier. Set fader control to center
position and subwoofer level control to 3/4 of
maximum (if used to feed the M2250).
3) Switch the “Input Voltage” switch to “Low”
and turn the “Input Sens.” control all the
way down.
4) Set the source unit volume to 3/4 of full
volume. This will allow for reasonable gain
overlap with moderate clipping at full volume.
5) Using the chart on this page, determine the target
voltage for input sensitivity adjustment according
to the nominal impedance of the speaker system
connected to the amplifier outputs.
6) Verify that you have disconnected the speakers
before proceeding. Play a track with an
appropriate sine wave (within the frequency
range to be amplified by the M2250) at 3/4
source unit volume.
7) Connect the AC voltmeter to the speaker output
connectors of the amplifier. If the channel
pair is operating in stereo, it is only necessary
to measure one channel. If bridged, make sure
you test the voltage at the correct connectors
(L+ and R–).
8) Increase the “Input Sens.” control until the
target voltage is observed with the voltmeter.
9) Once you have adjusted the M2250 to its
maximum low-distortion output level,
reconnect the speaker(s). The “Input Sens.”
controls can now be adjusted downward if the
amplifier requires attenuation to achieve the
desired system balance.
Do not increase any “Input Sens.” setting for
any amplifier channel or channel pair in the
system beyond the maximum level established
during this procedure. Doing so will result in
audible distortion and possible speaker damage.
It will be necessary to re-adjust the
“Input Sens.” for the affected channels if any
equalizer boost is activated after setting the
“Input Sens.” with this procedure. This applies
to any EQ boost circuit, including source unit
tone controls or EQ circuits. EQ cuts will not
require re-adjustment.
Target AC Voltage
17.8 V
35.7 V
17.8 V
34.6 V
17.8 V
31.6 V
17.3 V
not recommended
15.8 V
not recommended
APPENDIX B: Precise Frequency Selection Chart
NumberMarking Freq.
Full counter-clockwise: 53
01 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
02 . . . . . . . . . . . . “50” . . . . . . . . . . . 53
03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
08 . . . . . . . . . . . . “55” . . . . . . . . . . . 56
09 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
14 . . . . . . . . . . . . “60” . . . . . . . . . . . 65
15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
20 . . . . . . . . . . . . “80” . . . . . . . . . . . 81
21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
26 . . . . . . . . . . . “120” . . . . . . . . . . 115
27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
32 . . . . . . . . . . . “150” . . . . . . . . . . 177
33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
38 . . . . . . . . . . . “200” . . . . . . . . . . 218
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M2250 Specifications
General Specifications:
Recommended Fuse Value: 25A
Recommended Fuse Type: AFS, AGU or MaxiFuse™
Input Sections:
No. of Inputs: One Stereo Pair
Input Type: Differential-balanced with RCA jack inputs
Input Range: Switchable from 200mV - 2V RMS to
800mV - 8V RMS
Amplifier Section:
Amplifier Topology: Class A/B with patented Absolute
Symmetry™ dual N-Channel MOSFET output design
Power Supply: Unregulated MOSFET switching type
Rated Power at 14.4V with less than
1% THD+Noise (20Hz - 2 kHz)
Stereo, all channels driven:
80W RMS x 2 @ 4 ohms, 125W RMS x 4 @ 2 ohms
Bridged, all channels driven:
160W RMS x 1 @ 8 ohms, 250W RMS x 1 @ 4 ohms
Rated Power @ 12.5V with less than
1% THD + Noise (20Hz - 20 kHz)
Stereo, all channels driven:
60W RMS x 2 @ 4 ohms, 90W RMS x 2 @ 2 ohms
Rated Power Bridged, all channels driven:
120W RMS x 1 @ 8 ohms, 180W RMS x 1 @ 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio: >104 dB referred to rated power
(A-weighted, 20 Hz-20 kHz noise bandwidth)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 25 kHz (+0, -1dB)
Damping Factor: >200 @ 4 ohms per ch./50 Hz,
>100 @ 2 ohms per ch. /50 Hz
Slew Rate: ± 22V/µs
Amplifier Filter:
Filter Type: State-variable, 12dB/octave Butterworth
with continuously variable cutoff frequency selection
from 50-200 Hz.
Configurable as Low-Pass or High-Pass. Defeatable.
Preamp Output:
Pass-through type, buffered.
9.8" x 9.25" x 2.50" (250mm x 235mm x 63.5mm)
Due to ongoing product development, all specifications are subject to
change without notice.
“How do I properly set the input sensitivity on my amplifier”
Please r efer to Appendix A (page 12) to set the input sensitivity for
maximum, low-distortion output.
“My amplifier doesn’t turn on”
Check t he fuse, not just visually, but with a continuity meter. It is
possible for a fuse to have poor internal connections that
cannot be found by visual inspection. It is best to take the
fuse out of the holder for testing. If no problem is found with
the fuse, inspect the fuse-holder.
Check t he integrity of the connections made to each of the
“+12VDC”, “Ground”, and “Remote” terminals. Ensure
that no wire insulation is pinched by the terminal set screw
and that each connection is tight.
Check t o make sure there is +12V at the “Remote” connection of the
amplifier. In some cases, the turn-on lead from the source unit
is insufficient to turn on multiple devices and the use of a relay
is required. To test for this problem, jump the “+12VDC” wire
to the “Remote” terminal to see if the amplifier turns on. If this
does not work, proceed to the next step.
“I get a distorted / attenuated sound coming out of the speaker(s)”
Check t he speaker wires for a possible short, either between the
positive and negative leads or between either speaker lead
and the vehicle’s chassis ground. If a short is present, you
will experience distorted and/or attenuated output. The
“Protect” light will illuminate in this situation. It may be
helpful to disconnect the speaker wires from the amplifier
and use a different set of wires connected to a test speaker.
Check t he nominal load impedance to verify that each channel
of the amplifier is driving a load equal to or greater than
2 ohms in stereo mode (4 ohms bridged).
Check t he input signal and input signal cables to make sure signal
is present at the “Amplifier Inputs” and the cables are not
pinched or loose. It may be helpful to try a different set of
cables and/or a different signal source to be sure.
“My amplifier’s output fluctuates when I tap on it or hit a bump”
Check t he connections to the amplifier. Make sure that the
insulation for all wires has been stripped back far enough to
allow a good contact area inside the terminal block.
Check t he input connectors to ensure that they all are making good
contact with the input jacks on the amplifier.
“My amplifier shuts off once in a while, usually at higher volumes”
Check y our voltage source and grounding point. The power supply
of the M2250 will operate with charging system voltages
down to 10V. Shutdown problems at higher volume levels
can occur when the charging system voltage drops below
10V. These dips can be of very short duration making them
extremely difficult to detect with a common DC voltmeter.
To ensure proper voltage, inspect all wiring and termination
points. It may also be necessary to upgrade the vessel’s
battery wires. Many vessels employ small (10 AWG - 6 AWG)
wire to ground the battery and to connect the alternator to
the battery. To prevent voltage drops, these wires should be
upgraded to 4 AWG when installing amplifier systems with
main fuse ratings above 60A. Grounding problems are the
leading cause of misdiagnosed amplifier “failures.
“My amplifier turns on, but there is no output”
Check t he input signal using an AC voltmeter to measure the
voltage from the source unit while an appropriate test tone is
played through the source unit (disconnect the input cables
from the amplifier prior to this test). The frequency used
should be in the range that is to be amplified by the amplifier
(example: 50 Hz for a sub bass application or 1 kHz for a full
range / high-pass application). A steady, sufficient voltage
(between 0.2 and 8.0-volts) should be present at the output of
the signal cables.
Check t he output of the amplifier. Using the procedure explained in
the previous check item (after plugging the input cables back
into the amplifier) test for output at the speaker outputs of
the amplifier. Unless you enjoy test tones at high levels, it is
a good idea to remove the speaker wires from the amplifier
while doing this. Turn the volume up approximately half
way. 5V or more should be measured at the speaker outputs.
This output level can vary greatly between amplifiers but it
should not be in the millivolt range with the source unit at
half volume. If you are reading sufficient voltage, check your
speaker connections as explained below.
Check to ensure that the speaker wires are making a good
connection with the metal inside the terminal block. The
speaker wire connectors are designed to accept up to 8 AWG
wire. Make sure to strip the wire to allow for a sufficient
connection with the metal inside the terminal block.
Use this diagram to document your amplifier’s switch and control positions.
JL AUDIO warrants this product to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of two (2) years.
This warranty is not transferrable and applies only to the original purchaser from an authorized
JL AUDIO dealer. Should service be necessary under this warranty for any reason due to manufacturing
defect or malfunction, JL AUDIO 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.
Warranty is void if the product’s serial number has been removed or defaced.
Any applicable implied warranties are limited in duration to the period of the express warranty as
provided herein beginning with the date of the original purchase at retail, and no warranties, whether
express or implied, shall apply to this product thereafter. Some states do not allow limitations on implied
warranties, therefore these exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
If you need service on your JL AUDIO product:
All warranty returns should be sent to JL AUDIO’s Amplifier Service Facility freight-prepaid through
an authorized JL AUDIO dealer and must be accompanied by proof of purchase (a copy of the original
sales receipt). Direct returns from consumers or non-authorized dealers will be refused unless specifically
authorized by JL AUDIO with a valid return authorization number.
Warranty expiration on products returned without proof of purchase will be determined from the
manufacturing date code. Coverage may be invalidated as this date is previous to purchase date. Nondefective items received will be returned freight-collect. Customer is responsible for shipping charges and
insurance in sending the product to JL AUDIO. Freight damage on returns is not covered under warranty.
For Service Information in the U.S.A. please call
JL Audio Customer Service: (954) 443-1100
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
JL Audio, Inc
10369 North Commerce Pkwy.
Miramar, FL 33025
(do not send product for repair to this address)
International Warranties:
Products purchased outside the United States of America are covered only
by that country’s distributor and not by JL Audio, Inc.
Absolute Symmetry™ Class A/B Amplifier Circuit is covered by U.S. Patent #6,294,959 and is pending in the
countries listed below. Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea,
Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and all other PCT countries.
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