Just got my XPA-5, and as soon as I turned my source on, it went into protect mode, with red lights flashing. I checked connections, and couldn't find a problem, so I started over. I just have my fronts hooked in, and no problems - sounds great! When I hook up the center and surrounds (in and out), I'm back in protect mode. Any suggestions on how else I can troubleshoot?
Post by Dark Ranger on Sept 16, 2013 13:22:31 GMT -5
My first thought would be a cabling issue that could be shorting out a channel on your XPA-5. There are several ways to approach this, but I'll share how I would proceed considering what you've done already.
Standard disclaimer: when working with amplifiers, be sure to turn off the amp and remove the power cable before connecting, removing, or adjusting the input/output cables.
Since you've already tested the Front Left/Front Right and those have "known working" cables and amp channels, what we need to do is test only the Surround Left, Surround Right, and Center speakers/cables/channels.
Make sure the amp is turned off. Disconnect all the RCA/XLR interconnects, as well as the FL/FR channel speaker cables. Connect only the SL, SR, and Center speaker cables to the appropriate amp channels. We want only the speaker cables connected right now. Once the SL, SR, and Center speaker cables are connected to the amp, power up the amp.
If the amp works fine (no protect mode), go to Step 2.
If it goes into protect mode, turn off the amp and disconnect the SL speaker cable. Power on the amp. If it goes into protect mode, turn off the amp and disconnect the SR speaker cable. Power on the amp. If it goes into protect mode, turn off the amp and disconnect the Center speaker cable.
When you find the channel/cable that's causing the amp to enter protect, check both ends of the speaker cable (even where it connects to the back of the speaker) to ensure there are no stray strands touching. If still no joy, try a different speaker cable.
If the SL, SR, and Center speaker cable tests work OK, shut down the amp and reconnect your FL/FR speaker cables. So we want all five speaker cables (FL, FR, C, SL, SR) connected to the appropriate amp channels. Do NOT plug in the RCA/XLR interconnects yet. Power on the amp. The amp should not enter protect mode based on the testing so far. If it does, we'll have to approach it a different way. If the amp operates normally, go to Step 3.
Shut down the amp. Plug in all five RCA (or XLR) interconnects to the amplifier and turn it on. If it enters protect, shut down the amp and remove one of the inputs. Turn it back on. Repeat this until you isolate the problem interconnect. It's possible that an interconnect is faulty, so try replacing it.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2013 13:27:29 GMT -5 by Dark Ranger
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Post by wizardofoz on Sept 16, 2013 13:42:04 GMT -5
If there is an issue with a module in the xpa-5 then it will show red even with no speaker connected.
As noted an rca can also cause a protect mode issue.
You could also try say the left speaker on every channel one at a time to see if all the channels work individually, along with one rca connection to the same amp each time. Select a source like tuner that has a known signal playing
Make sure all your inputs are correctly set for bal/unbal too, while this shouldnt cause any protect modes it can cause a channel to not play when you accidentally have bumped it to the wrong input type.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2013 13:44:28 GMT -5 by wizardofoz
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