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Can a gain set to maximum damage something?

 

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Username: Panamanian

Panama cityPanama

Post Number: 138
Registered: Aug-05
If I set the gain in my amplifier (6.0v) and always use it like that (and at high volume none or minimal distortion), could that damage something?

amp: 500w rms
sub: 330w rms
headunit: pre-amp 2.2v

 

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Username: Tdeaton1021

Near Tampa, Florida USA

Post Number: 1485
Registered: Sep-04
not if your HU is 2.2V .. well unless ur talking about like a 4kw amp powering a 100w speaker....

but no damage to the amp.

get a dmm and tune the amp to put out 330w...
 

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Username: Solacedagony

New Jersey US

Post Number: 724
Registered: Oct-04
The gain control is meant to be set to match your HU pre out voltages. If it's set above this, you have chance of sending a clipped signal. This clipped signal will fry your sub and can potentially damage your amp.
 

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Username: Panamanian

Panama cityPanama

Post Number: 139
Registered: Aug-05
so far i have it set to 0.5v (my headunit sends 2.2). I guess 1.7v doesn't mean much right?
 

Silver Member
Username: Solacedagony

New Jersey US

Post Number: 726
Registered: Oct-04
Optimally, you'd have the amp set to 2.2v. I believe there is information on setting it at www.bcae1.com. Just be careful once set, moreso when playing at higher levels. Listen for distortion, smell for a burning smell incase you're clipping.
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