Ok long story short.
Just installed the following.
XP 3000 rear batt
D3400 front batt
Rear batt is grounded to chassis. Both batts resting around 12.85. Voltage is sitting at 14.4 when running. sometimes 14.2 if I have all my accessories blaring.
So I get all this crap installed, and the MB amp is fine, the interiors are working fine. I set the deck the way it was and everything is good.
Now I go and hook up the DC amp, and I go to set the gains using my DMM and as soon as I power it up the bass knob just says clipping and then after the song hits anything that would go over 10V the amp goes into protect.
I went and bought another DMM thinking it was my cheapy harbor freight unit just being a POS but it was not. My nice new unit does the same thing. 10V ish and then it goes into protect. Mind you this is with the gains LOW.
I'm at a loss here.
The amp works fine with the sub attached to it. What worries me is I have no idea how accurate this stupid clipping light is and I honestly don't think it knows crap. IF I go by this clipping light the sub is basically not working. Any decent bass notes the thing at least flashes. I know this sub will pound about twice as hard as it is now once it is broken in and I am just not sure what to do with this. I feel I am operating at 50% and this clipping light thinks Im at 150%.
I honestly am not comfortable setting up the gains without at least the DMM.
How do I go about getting this setup? Is this normal? Is there a way to trick the amp to thinking there is a load on it? Do you think the amp is seeing no load and going into protect?