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Old 27th January 2008, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default Kicker KX600.4 repair

I was given a Kicker KX600.4 amplifier to see if I could repair it. The person said that when in the vehicle, the speakers would pulsate peak-peak even with no RCA's attached. Then they apparently bench tested it and it turned on then turned off and he described it as hearing crackling noises inside the amp.

So I take it home and hook it up on my bench and it powered on, no issues there, I plug 2 RCA's into the channel 1/2 and both channels work great, and same on 3/4 when RCA's hooked up on that side, however, i did notice that when the signal is being sent into 1/2, the same output is seen across all 4 channel's. I looked at the amp at least 10 times before I realized there was no switch that could cause the 1/2 input to allow the amp to amplify out of the 3/4 output, there just simply isn't that option like some other 4 channel amp such as my Alpines.

So im assuming I have a short somewhere causing channel 1/2 to get to channel 3/4. I cannot find any visually shorted components, so basically what im asking for is, does anyone have a schematic available for this amp, or any suggestions on what the issue may be just to get me started?
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Old 27th January 2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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If 1/2 goes to 3/4 but it doesn't go the other way (3/4 >> 1/2), there are probably switches built into the RCA jacks.
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Old 27th January 2008, 02:51 PM   #3
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Humm, that would make sence.

Ok im going to run the amp through the ringer and see if anything is out of the ordinary.
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:07 PM   #4
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Well, I gave it a good go hooked up to a old subwoofer with a 4 ohm svc for 5 min, after that I turned off the signal generator and the sub was still humming at what seemed to be a frequency in the 60-100 hz range, but my meter did not pick up a solid frequency. Then I disconnected the sub and noticed it sucked back in which lead me to believe it was sending out a DC current, which it is, 6.12V on every output with no input signal input connected.

Perry, I still haven't run across this in your amp repair DVD, is there a section in the DVD that I should look in?

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Old 28th January 2008, 11:29 PM   #5
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There isn't anything to address this specific problem.

Since it's on all 4 channels, it should be relatively easy to find.

Were you measuring the DC voltage directly across the speaker terminals?

Does it have DC on the outputs with no RCAs plugged in?

If you place the red lead on the positive speaker terminal and the black lead on the negative speaker terminal, is the polarity always the same (allways a positive voltage or always a negative voltage)? or do you get positive voltage on half of the speaker terminals and negative voltage on the other half of the speaker terminals.

Do you have both positive and negative 15v on the op-amps?

Email me a few photos of this amp so I can see what it looks like. Please zip them before sending them.
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Old 29th January 2008, 12:03 AM   #6
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Ok, i'll get back to you on this later this week, im cramming for a calculus test thursday, and I still haven't the slightest clue as to what im doing
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Old 31st January 2008, 06:44 PM   #7
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ok with no RCA's hooked up I get Ch1 = +5.88V, Ch2 = -5.88V, Ch3 = +5.88V, Ch4 = -5.88V

I checked what I believed to be the op amp, didn't have tonnes of time between class to look up a data sheet, but under the signal input board on the chip I found pin# 11 has 15 volts , but the 2 other chips in the PS section only had 10 volts, I forget which pins, I can look more in depth into that when I find time again this week.

I tried to attach a ZIP file of the pictures, but it wouldn't work, can I e-mail them to you?
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Old 31st January 2008, 07:16 PM   #8
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Disconnect the RCAs from the amp and measure the resistance from the secondary center tap of the transformer to the shields of the RCA jacks. How many of them read ~0 ohms from the transformer to the shields? Do this with no power applied.

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Old 31st January 2008, 07:34 PM   #9
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All 4 shields are 4.2M ohms on the primary side, and 0 ohms on the secondary side.

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Old 31st January 2008, 07:43 PM   #10
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Power up the amp and measure the DC voltage on the op-amps on the driver board. Pin 4 should have approximately -15v and pin 8 should have approximately +15v. All other pins should be near 0v.

Measure the DC voltage on each of the audio pins of the driver board RI, RO, RL, RR. Are all essentially at 0v?

Place the black meter lead on the secondary center tap for these measurements.

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