Boston Acoustics GT-42 User Manual

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GT-42

4-Channel,High-Current/High-PowerAmplifier

Table of Contents

Parts List

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Features and Specifications

3

Control Functions

4

Control functions (cont.)

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Control functions (cont.)

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Mechanical Functions

6

Control cover removal and reinstallation

6

Multi-positionmounting feet

6

Mechanical functions (cont.)

7

Amplifier linking

7

Wire connection

7

Fuses

7

General Installation Precautions

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Before you install

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Battery and charging system

8

Wire routing

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Installation—AmplifierMounting

9

Choose the mounting location

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Installation—amplifiermounting (cont.)

10

Passenger and trunk compartment mounting

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Installation—Fusesand Wiring

10

Amplifier fuses

10

Wire gauge

10

Installation—fusesand wiring (cont.)

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Power/B+ and power/ground connection

11

Remote input connection

11

Speaker output connection

11

Installation—fusesand wiring (cont.)

12

Mono subwoofer operation

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Setup Tuning—Full-RangeSpeakers

12

Music

12

Front and rear sensitivity controls

12

Front and rear crossover controls

12

Setup tuning—full-rangespeakers (cont.)

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Head unit

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Volume

13

Front input sensitivity control

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Front crossover controls

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Setup tuning—full-rangespeakers (cont.)

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Q-factoradjustments

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Rear input sensitivity and crossover controls

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Setup Tuning—RearFill Speakers and Subwoofers

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Subwoofer level control

14

Rear input switch

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Setup tuning—rearfill speakers and subwoofers (cont.)

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Head unit

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Volume

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Rear input sensitivity control

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Rear crossover control

15

Phase

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System Examples

16,17

Amplifier Troubleshooting Guide

18

Contact and Warranty Information

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Parts List

Included Hardware

(1) owner’s manual

(1) female quick-connectterminal for remote input

(1) 2mm hex wrench (for speaker input)

(1) 3mm hex wrench (for power input)

(6) mounting screws

Features and Specifications

GT-42Features

4-Channel,High-CurrentAmplifier

2Ω Bridge Stable (Mono) Operation

Power Increase with Input Voltage Rise

Advanced Cooling Allows Varied Mounting Positions

Adjustable Feet for Varied Mounting Surfaces

Security Cover Protects Control Settings

24dB or 12dB Octave Lowpass Setting

Continuously Variable Crossover and Q-factorSettings

Selectable Highpass Front Channels

Selectable Mono/Stereo Rear or Subwoofer Lowpass

Selectable Rear Channel Signal Derived from Front Channel Input

Optional Remote Subwoofer Control

Enhanced Switching Assignments

GT-42Specifications

14.4VDC Power

@ 4 Ohms

4x100W

@ 2 Ohms

4x150W

@ 4 Ohms (mono)

2x300W

@ 2 Ohms (mono)

2x450W

 

 

12.6VDC Power

 

@ 4 Ohms

4x75W

@ 2 Ohms

4x120W

@ 4 Ohms (mono)

2x250W

@ 2 Ohms (mono)

2x350W

 

 

14.4VDC Multi-channelPower

2x100W (4 ohm), 1x450W (2 ohm)

12.6VDC Multi-channelPower

2x75W (4 ohm), 1x350W (2 ohm)

Frequency Response (-3dB)

10Hz–95kHz

Signal-to-NoiseRatio (A Weighted)

>100dB

Dimensions

21/4x215/8x87/8” (57 x 548 x 225mm)

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Control Functions

 

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5

9

 

 

12

 

10

 

STEREO

SEND

OFF

ON

STEREO

MONO

OFF

ON

 

OFF

ON

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REAR

 

HIGHPASS

REAR INPUT

L

SUBWOOFER LEVEL

LOWPASS SLOPE

LOWPASS

 

FRONT INPUT

 

 

 

 

3 5 0

6

 

 

 

12dB 12dB 24dB

3 5 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST

MONO

 

 

 

2 0 0

Hz

 

 

 

 

 

2 0 0

Hz

 

 

 

2 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 0

MONO

MONO

0 . 2

1 . 2

0 . 2

L

R

L

R

INPUT SENSITIVITY 2 . 6

V

0 . 9 5

Q/HP

INPUT SENSITIVITY 2 . 6

 

V

 

 

5

 

0 . 7

 

 

5

 

REMOTE

 

 

REMOTE SUBWOOFER LEVEL

 

 

FRONT SPEAKER OUTPUT

REAR SPEAKER OUTPUT

 

4

 

 

 

4

N O N P R I N TA B L E A R E A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUSE 3 x 25A

B+

B+

GND

GND

12 . 6 – 14 . 4VDC

GROUND

1

 

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7

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

S TAT U S

 

 

M O N O

 

MONO

 

 

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FRONT SPEAKER OUTPUT

REAR SPEAKER OUTPUT

 

 

ON

L

R

L

R

 

 

SAFE

 

 

 

 

 

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1 FRONT RCA Inputs

RCA cables marked “FRONT” from head unit or from other line level device should be connected here. Use both inputs (L & R) for stereo.

2 FRONT Remote Input

Use the supplied FEMALE quick connector to connect the REMOTE trigger lead from the head unit to the amplifier. Amplifier turns “ON” when head unit is turned “ON.” One FEMALE .210" connector is supplied with amplifier.

3 FRONT Input Switch

In the left position, the L & R inputs go to the FRONT L & R channels of the amplifier. In the right position, the L & R inputs go to the FRONT and REAR L & R channels of the amplifier.

4 FRONT and REAR Sensitivity

Turn control clockwise to increase the amplifier sensitivity to incoming signals. Turn control counterclockwise to decrease the amplifier sensitivity.

5 FRONT Highpass Crossover Controls

To use 12dB/octave crossover, move switch to right-handposition. Highpass crossover frequency is adjustable from 20Hz to 350Hz by rotary control. (Moving switch toleft-handposition will bypass crossover functions.)

1 2 . 6 – 1 4 . 4 V D C

G RO U N D

B +

B +

G N D

G N D

1

2

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Control Functions (cont.)

6 “Q” Control

“Q” Control is active when the highpass crossover is engaged and is centered on the selected crossover point. The range of operation is 0.7–1.2.

dB

Q

+1.6dB

0dB

-3dB

.707 .95 1.2

t (tuned crossover frequency)

7 REAR RCA Inputs

RCA cables marked “REAR” from head unit or other line level device should be connected here. Use both inputs (L & R) for stereo.

8 REAR Remote Input

This remote input is parallel to the FRONT remote input and does not need to be connected for the amplifier to operate. Use either remote input to turn the amplifier on. Do not connect 12V accessories to this input.

9 REAR Input Switch

In the left position, the L & R inputs go to the REAR L & R channels of the amplifier. In the right (MONO) position, the inputs are summed. Use this setting when the REAR channels are used with a subwoofer.

10 Lowpass Slope and Crossover Controls

Select appropriate crossover slope of 12 or 24dB/octave by

moving LOWPASS SLOPE switch. Lowpass crossover fre-

 

 

 

 

LOWPASS SLOPE

quencies are adjustable from 50Hz to 350Hz by rotary control.

 

 

12dB 12dB 24dB

Move filter switch to “ON” position to engage.

ST MONO

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Status LED Indicators

GREEN indicates the normal operating condition; the amplifier is “ON.” GREEN and RED together are normal when the amplifier is first turned “ON”; RED will turn off after a few seconds. When both GREEN and RED remain on, the amplifier is in thermal shutdown condition. RED only indicates a fault condition, “SAFE.”

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8

OFF ON

LOWPASS

350

200

Hz

50

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Control Functions (cont.)

12 Subwoofer Level Control and Port

Switch should be set to “OFF” when control circuit is not installed, (see optional “subwoofer level control” owner’s manual).

cover panel

Mechanical Functions

Recessed RCA Inputs

The input jacks are recessed into the body of the amplifier to provide clearance in tight mounting locations.

1 inch1 inch

Control Cover Removal and Reinstallation

The cover panel is secured with two (2) captive coin-slottedscrews.Coin-slottedscrews allow a coin edge to be used as a screwdriver to remove the panel.

Multi-positionMounting Feet

The mounting feet are designed to slide in both directions to clear installation obstructions on the mounting surface.

WARNING! Before driving the mounting screws through any surface, be sure of what is behind that surface. Check for the gas tank, brake lines, and any vehicle wiring harness.

Vents (Side and Rear)

The cooling vents must be kept clear of obstructions once the amplifier is installed. Failure to do this could lead to premature thermal shutdown or amplifier failure.

upper side vent lower side vent

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Mechanical Functions (cont.)

Amplifier Linking

The design of the side panels enables multiple amplifiers to be used together without additional hardware.

GT-42

GT-20

Wire Connection

Amplifier accepts stripped wire directly into the terminal blocks. Speaker outputs accept 8-gauge,and the DC power and ground accept4-gauge.Tighten with supplied hex wrenches.

Fuses

Amplifier accepts standard AT-styleautomotive blade fuses.

FUSE 3 x 20A

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General Installation Precautions

WARNING! Before driving the amplifier mounting screws through any surface, be sure of what is behind that surface. Check for the gas tank, brake lines, and any vehicle wiring harness. Never run wires outside or under the vehicle or where they could become broken or interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle.

Before You Install

Before you install the unit, disconnect the negative (–)battery cable in the engine compartment of the vehicle. Doing so will prevent damage to both the electrical system of the vehicle and the amplifier during installation.

Battery and Charging System

In order for the amplifier to function correctly, the electrical system of the vehicle should be professionally checked for overall electrical capacity. When used, the amplifier will increase the demand on the battery and alternator. Therefore both should be thoroughly evaluated before installing the amplifier to ensure they are in normal operating condition and able to handle the increased demand the amplifier will present to the vehicle’s electrical system.

Wire Routing

Do not run the power wire near any low-levelsignals or audio cables such as the RCAs from the head unit. (Noise can be introduced into the amplifier when this occurs.) It is helpful to diagram the wire layout first before any installation is attempted.

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Installation—AmplifierMounting

Choose the Mounting Location

Plan your installation so that the amplifier is mounted where adequate ventilation is available.

Never mount an amplifier in the engine compartment of a vehicle!

WARNING! Before driving the mounting screws through any surface, be sure of what is behind that surface. Check for gas tank, brake lines, and any vehicle wiring harness.

13mm (1/2”)

225mm (87/8”)

GT-42

S TAT U S

M O N O

 

MONO

1 2 . 6 – 1 4 . 4 V D C

G RO U N D

57mm (21/4”)

L

R

L

R

B + B +

G N D G N D

FRONT SPEAKER OUTPUT

REAR SPEAKER OUTPUT

 

 

 

ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

548mm (215/8”)

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Installation—AmplifierMounting (cont.)

Passenger and Trunk Compartment Mounting

If the amplifier is mounted under a seat, be sure that the vents do not become blocked. Do not allow seat padding or other obstructive material to press down on the amplifier.

All Boston GT amplifiers have top panel controls. If the amplifier is mounted under a seat, position the amplifier so the cover panel can be removed with the seat forward or back to allow adjustment of the audio settings.

When mounting in a trunk, choose a location that will be protected from sliding cargo or other materials. Mount the amplifier to solid surfaces only. Do not mount to plastic trim panels. Do not mount the amplifier with Velcro, doublestick tape, or by wedging into position. Amplifier should be mounted using the movable mounting feet and the provided mounting screws.

Installation—Fusesand Wiring

Amplifier Fuses

Although the amplifier has internal fuses, additional fusing should be provided at the battery on the positive (+) power wire going to the amplifier. An inline fuse should be installed at no more than 18" (46cm) on the positive (+) power wire. The rating of the inline fuse should equal the value of the internal fuses of the amplifier if only the amplifier is connected to this wire. If other devices are connected to this wire, the fuse value should be of sufficient capacity to handle the demand.

FUSE 3 x 20A

Wire Gauge

The amplifier accepts up to 4-gaugestripped wire at the DC power and ground input terminals, and4-gaugeis recommended. Wire runs should be kept to the minimum practical length.

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