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Video: easy setup on JBL EZ car amplifiers

Properly set the gain every time

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One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play. Using test tones on the included setup CD, you first set your receiver's volume to 75%, then adjust the gain knob until the yellow light or the red light goes off, and the green "Gain OK" light comes on — it's that simple.

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/5/2017

    Kevin, You can go online and download test tones from any number of sources, and store them on a thumb drive for your receiver to play. Start with a web search for 0 dB test tones.

  • Kevin

    Posted on 8/28/2017

    Receiver has no cd, how can I is the test tones?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/30/2015

    Tom, Try increasing your receiver's volume a bit to get a higher signal level to the amp.

  • Tom from Locarno

    Posted on 7/30/2015

    Ok, I recently bought a dayton ultimax 12" and put in a sealed custom wheel well box, I bought a jbl 1001ez amp for it and wired the sub @4ohm. So ipopped in the jbl cd and put my volume at 75% slowly started rasing the gain and it never left orange :( any tips or ideas what im doing wrong?