User-Manual
 @ Plunet Audio
AC3000.1D CLASS D MonoBlock
AC4000.1D Car Audio Amplifiers
AC5000.1D
Congratulations on your
purchase of a Planet Audio
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier.
It has been designed, engineered
and manufactured to bring you
the highest level of performance
and quality, and will afford you
years of listening pleasure.
Thank you for making
Planet Audio your choice for car
audio entertainment!
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USER’S MANUAL
CONTENTS
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Introduction
Features
What is included?
General precautions
Installation precautions
Mounting the amplifier
Connecting the amplifier
Important system considerations
Tips for a safe system
Low level input wiring
Speaker wiring
Power connections
Normal and with Stiffening Capacitor
Bridging two ANARCHY
CLASS D Amplifiers
10 Troubleshooting
11 Specifications
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 1
Introduction
With the Planet Audio ANARCHY
Class D amplifier series, we are
introducing three new CLASS D
amplifiers, all designed in the USA.
These ANARCHY models feature
variable low pass and subsonic filters
and a variable input gain control.
These amplifiers also incorporate a
phase selector switch to help
compensate for time delays in
subwoofer applications.
For further flexibility in the use of a
subwoofer, a variable 0-+18dB Bass
Boost control has been included.You
can control the subwoofer level with
the remote level control module.
Planet Audio understands that
amplifiers are placed in many different
kinds of installations, so we have
also included an input sensitivity
control to help you integrate the amp
into your system regardless of the
nature of your input source.
A special feature on this Class D amp
is Datalink circuitry, which allows
you to “strap” together (for example)
two AC5000.1’s for an astounding
total maximum output power of
10,000 watts.
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 2
Features
Your new ANARCHY amplifier features
the following:
* Class D operation
e MOSFET PWM (Pulse Width
Modulated) Power Supply
* One Ohm stable mono operation
* Thermal, overload and speaker
short protection
o Soft turn-on circuit
* Remote turn-on/turn-off circuit
* Variable input gain control
e Input voltage sensitivity selector
* Variable subsonic filter: 15-40 Hz,
12dB/octave
* Variable low pass filter: 50-150 Hz,
12dB/octave
* Variable 0-+18dB Bass Boost
e 0/180° Phase Shift selector
* Chrome-plated RCA low level
inputs
e Nickel-plated speaker and power
terminals
e LED power and protection
indicators
e Black anodized heatsink
e Remote subwoofer level control
What is included?
When first unpacking your new
amplifier, please check first that the
package contains all of the items
below. If something is missing, contact
the store where you purchased the
amplifier.
e Class D amplifier
* Remote subwoofer level control
* Remote subwoofer control cable
e DataLink cable (for strapping two
identical ANARCHY
Class D amps together)
* Four (4) mounting screws
General precautions
Before installing and using your new
Planet Audio amplifier, please be-
come familiar with all the information
contained in this manual.
Please keep this manual in a safe
place for future reference.
* Do not open or attempt to repair this
unit yourself. Dangerous high voltages
are present which may result in electric
shock. Refer any repairs to a qualified
service technician.
e To avoid risk of electronic shock or
damage to the amplifier, do not permit
any of this equipment to become damp
or wet from water or drinks. If this does
occur, immediately unplug the power
wires and send the amplifier to your
local dealer or service center as soon
as possible.
e If there is smoke or any peculiar odor
present during use or if there is damage
to any of the component enclosures,
immediately unplug the power cord
and send the amplifier to your local
dealer or service center as soon as
possible .
Installation precautions
Before you drill or cut any holes,
investigate your car's layout very
carefully. Take special care when you
work near the gas tank, fuel lines,
hydraulic lines and electrical wiring.
Never operate the amplifier when it is
unmounted. Attach all audio system
components securely to prevent
damage, especially in an accident.
Before making or breaking power
connections in your system, disconnect
the vehicle battery. Confirm that your
head unit or other equipment is turned
off while connecting the input jacks and
speaker terminals.
If you need to replace the power fuse,
replace it only with a fuse identical to
that supplied with the amplifier. Using
a fuse of a different type or rating may
result in damage to your audio system
or your amplifier which is not covered
by the manufacturer's warranty.
Mounting the amplifier
1. Find a suitable location in the vehicle
in which to mount the amplifier.
2. Make sure there is sufficient air
circulation around the intended
mounting location.
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User’s Manual - page 3
3. Mark the location for the mounting
hole screws by positioning the amplifier
where you wish to install it. Use a scribe
or mounting screw, inserted through
each of the amp's mounting holes, to
mark the mounting surface. If the
mounting surface is carpeted, measure
the hole centers and mark with a felt
tip pen.
4. Drill pilot holes in the mounting
surface for the mounting screws. Place
the amplifier in position, and attach
the amplifier to the mounting surface
securely using screws.
Connecting the amplifier
Before doing any wiring, look through
this manual and identify the diagrams
to follow for power, input and speaker
connections for your particular
installation. Be sure you understand
all the connections before you proceed.
1. Connect the amplifier's power
ground terminal to the closest point
on the chassis of the car. Keep this
ground wire to less than 39" (100 cm)
in length. Use 4 gauge (or heavier)
wire.
2. Connect the remote terminal to the
remote output of the head unit using
16 gauge (or heavier) wire.
3. Connect an empty fuse holder within
18" (45 cm) of the car battery, and run
4 gauge (or heavier) cable from this
fuse to the amplifier location.
The purpose of placing a fuse in this
location is to protect your vehicle’s
battery in the event that this wire
accidentally touches the chassis
ground on its run to the amplifier.
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 4
4. Check that the fuse holder is empty.
Then connect the fuse holder to the
"BATT+" connection on the amplifier.
5. If multiple amplifiers are being used
in your system, either:
* Run a separate pair of cables from
the battery and a chassis ground point
to each amplifier. Each (+) cable must
have its own inline fuse.
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e Run a #0 cable from the fuse holder
at the battery to a distribution block
at or near the amplifier's location. Then
run separate cables from the amplifier
to this distribution block and to
independent chassis ground points.
6. Connect all line inputs and outputs
(if used) using high-quality cables.
Connect all speakers, following the
diagrams in this manual. Be sure to
observe proper polarity to avoid audio
phase problems.
7. Insert fuse(s) into the battery fuse
holder(s).
8. Recheck all connections before
powering up the amplifier.
9. Set all level controls to minimum
position, and set all crossover
controls/switches to the desired
frequency points.
10. Power up the head unit and the
amplifier. Then set the volume control
on the head unit to about 3/4 volume,
and adjust the amplifier's input level
control(s) to just below the level of
distortion.
11. Further fine tuning of the various
controls may be necessary to obtain
best results.
Important installation
considerations for using
this amplifier.
Your ANARCHY Class D ampli-
fier is designed to run with a
minimum load of 1 Ohm.
Operating the AC3000.1D,
AC4000.1D or AC5000.1D with
a speaker impedance load be-
low 1 Ohm may result in poor
sound quality and damage to
the amplifier circuitry. Such
damage is not covered under
the warranty for this product.
The fuse ratings for these amps is:
AC3000.1D: 50A (30A x 2)
AC4000.1D: 105A (40A x 3)
AC5000.1D: 160A (200 A)
Although sufficient for normal working
conditions, overloading the amp may
result in blown fuses. Please try to
avoid overloading the amp in this
manner.
Don't misuse the
level control!
Do not mistake the input level control
for a volume control! It is designed
ONLY to match the output level of
your audio source to the input level
of your amplifier.
Do not adjust this input level to
maximum unless your input level
requires it.
Ignoring these instructions will result
in an input overload to the amplifier,
and excessive audio distortion. It
can also cause the protection circuit
to engage.
Tips for making your system
as safe as possible
When making electrical connections
to the amplifier, please observe the
following:
e Always use 4GA or heavier wire for
power and ground connections.
e Wire the amplifier directly to the car
battery. Make sure there is circuit
protection (such as a fuse) on the
positive power lead within 18” of the
battery.
e When making a ground connection,
always use the shortest possible wire
to a good chassis ground point.
e Wire the remote turn-on connection
to the remote turn-on lead of your EQ
or head unit. In some cases, this may
be the power antenna lead of the head
unit.
e Fuses protect BOTH the amplifier
and the electrical system of your
vehicle from faulty conditions. If you
must replace a fuse on the amplifier,
you must use a fuse of exactly the
same type and rating. À different type
of fuse or rating may result in damage
or cause a fire.
SHOCK HAZARD! Do not open the case
of this product. There are dangerous
voltages present within the unit. There are
no user-serviceable parts within the unit.
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User’s Manual - page 5
Low Level Input Wiring
Low-level (RCA) input wiring is preferred for best audio performance. Always use
a high-quality RCA cable for best audio performance.
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ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User’s Manual - page 7
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ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 8
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ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 9
Troubleshooting
If you experience operation or performance problems with this product, compare your
installation with the electrical wiring diagram on the previous pages. If problems persist,
read the following troubleshooting tips which may help eliminate the problems.
SYMPTOM POSSIBLE REMEDY
Amplifier will not Check to make sure you have a good ground connection.
power up. Check that the Remote Input (Turn-On) has at least 3VDC.
Check that there is battery power on the (+) terminal.
Check that there is at least 12v.
Check all fuses, replace if necessary.
Make sure that the Protection LED is not illuminated. If it is lit, shut off
the amplifier briefly, and then repower it.
Protection LED
comes on when
amplifier is
powered up.
Check for short circuits on speaker leads.
Turn down the volume control on the head unit to prevent overdriving.
Remove speaker leads, and reset the amplifier. If the Protection LED still
comes on, then the amplifier is faulty and needs servicing.
No output.
Check that all fuses are OK.
Check that amplifier is properly grounded.
Check that the Remote Input (Turn-On) has at least 3VDC.
Check that the RCA audio cables are plugged into the proper inputs.
Check all speaker wiring.
Low output.
Reset the Level Control.
Check the Crossover Control settings.
Audio present in
only one channel.
Check the RCA interconnect cables.
Check all speaker wiring.
High hiss in the
speakers.
Disconnect all RCA inputs to the amplifiers. If the hiss disappears, then
plug in the component driving the amplifier and unplug its inputs. If the
hiss disappears at this point, go on until the faulty/noisy component is
found.
It is best to set the amplifier's input level control as low as possible. The
best subjective signal-to-noise ratio is achieved in this manner. Try to set
the head unit as high as possible (without distortion) and the amp input
level as low as possible.
Squealing noise
from speakers.
Check for improperly grounded RCA interconnects.
Distorted sound.
Check that the Input Level Control is set to match the signal level of the
head unit. Always try to set the Input Level as low as possible.
Check that all crossover frequencies are properly set.
Check for short circuits on the speaker leads.
Amplifier gets
very hot.
Check that the minimum speaker impedance for the amp model is correct.
Check that there is good air circulation around the amp. In some
applications, it may be necessary to add and external cooling fan.
Engine noise
(static type)
This is usually caused by poor quality RCA cables,which can pick up
radiated noise. Use only the best quality cables, and route them away
from power cables.
Engine noise
(alternator
whine)
Check that speaker leads are not shorted to the vehicle chassis.
Check that the RCA grounds are not shorted to the vehicle chassis.
Check that the head unit is properly grounded.
ANARCHY Class D Amplifier User's Manual - page 10
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