I have a 1000 watt kenwood sub hooked up to a 1600 watt kenwood amp whenever i turn it up after a while it will shut off and not play. The settings on the amp are not that high and I am wondering is it cutting off because I am using cheap high gauge wire from walmart? Or what else could be my problem I need any possible solutions thank you.
Ok, your amp is apparently overheating you can start by doing this, if there is a switch in the amp named ISF it should have 3 settings off, 15Hz, 25Hz, switch it to 25Hz that alone could solve the problem but the amp should be installed in a properly ventilated place with lots of space around it.
Your Amplifier is going into protection mode. Go and turn all the settings on the Amplifier and Deck down to 0 or Default. If your Amplifier is still shutting off, it looks like it's time to invest in a new Amplifier.
Are your lights dimming bad? does your battery gauge drop low when bass hits? if so you are clipping that amp, and you will fry it very easily if youre not carefull due to low voltage. old also be a poor ground. check your fuses over well, I had this issue with a faulty fuse before.
Just make sure your grounds are sanded well and connected to a good conductive place. Also go through every connection and make sure everything is clean and secure.
could be the amp is too hot (not likely) could be lack of alternator current causing the amp to clip probably not the cheap CCA wire from walmark could be a bad ground point causing the amp to clip could be the gain on the amp set too high, again.. clipping
you'll want to get your hands on a DMM (digital multi-meter) or VOM (volt-ohm meter) and test the voltages while the system is in use, at the amplifier. See if voltages are dropping below about 11 to 11.5VDC.
that'd be the first step, after you check your ground point, and wiring for loose connections. ground should be to bare, sanded metal. no paint.
$1000 in subs, $2500 in amplifiers, and nobody willing to spend $10 at harbor freight to buy a meter.
Same people who buy expensive subs, and cram the car full of them, and drive some crappy beat to snot honda accord and won't spend $300 for an alternator to properly power the amplifiers drawing 300A of current.
First idd test power at battety it should never get below 11vdc when volume around 5/8 up(set dmm to >20vdc) Then at amp, same 11vdc. Then change dmm to ohms and check each sub on own and then as a circuit. Then check the pre amp voltage of head unit and set to high or low voltage input. Then come back and tell us the results and well be able to help some more