I am one of many people who read this thread to gain knowledge about these FP-14000 Sanway clone amps and the awesome subwoofer systems that forum members connect to these amps, but I rarely post. Notnyt's system was and is a tremendous inspiration to me and it inspired me to buy the FP-14000 clone and a pair of LMS 18's in cabinets built by ED designs. Unfortunately for me, my FP-14000 stopped working recently. When I hit the power switch, the red lights illuminate but instead of going to green after a few seconds, the lights stay red. I also have had a couple of instances in the past when I was watching a movie, and I would notice that the lights were red. I checked the amp for overheating (I have the stock Sanway fans) and the amp cover was perfectly cool. I would shut it down, and after a short while, turn it on again and it would work fine. I would appreciate any feedback from forum members on how to proceed. Specifically, have forum members had the best results with an email to Johnson or with repairs done by repair shops or other forum members?
Let me start by saying that although I have an extensive history with building my own home theater systems and bass guitar amplifications systems for my personal use, I know very little about the inner workings of electronics in general. My biggest DIY project to date was to cut off the 20 amp "hospital grade" connector that Sanway attached to my clone and replace it with a 30 amp NEMA twist lock connector for my 30 amp, 120 volt line installed by an electrician. So you can see I am not a DIY guy and I have nothing but respect for all DIYers.
Over the past several years, I have built a home theater system in one of my garage bays. It is both a "man cave" and "cigar lounge" that offers a nice retreat area from the wife and kids. It ain't pretty, but the electronics, speakers and multiple subs crammed in there with snow blowers, heaters and trash cans make up for it. The system has evolved over many years as funds have permitted (I am NOT a rich guy but rather a home theater nut who spends all his spare cash on improving my home theater systems).
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The electronics pictured are the Integra 80.3 pre pro, OPPO BDP-90.3, Anthem P-2 Statement, Comcast HD DVR, a pair of DBX 1231 graphic equalizers (I know, old school, like me, but used for the subs ONLY to give a little bottom end oomph), and the FP14000 clone amp. Front speakers are a pair of def tech BP2000's. Subwoofers consist of a pair of LMS 18's (thanks Notnyt) in ED built gloss black cabinets, and a pair of Def. Tech. Trinity subs. In the back is an Anthem Statement A5 amp with 3 channels used to power three Def. Tech.BPVX/P surround speakers (not pictured). The system has no center speaker but does have a surround back speaker. Also in the back lurking in the corner is an ED A7-900 to round out the bass in the room. Getting a pair of sealed LMS 18's to play nice with a pair of Def. Tech. Trinity subs up front and an A7-900 out back is an ongoing task with phasing issues, etc.
As I have stated, the clone amp has its own dedicated 120 volt, 30 amp line using a NEMA 30 amp twist lock connector, and has the standard (i.e. fairly loud) fans. None of the electronics, including the clone amp, are placed on the subs as pictured for fear of rattling them to pieces. I use propane heaters in the winter and an AC unit in the summer so that the garage temperatures never fluctuate too badly, at least while I am out there. The amp has never felt hot to the touch, even with the outdoor temps in the high 90's. And although I watch a steady stream of 4 to 5 star "bass movies," I run my system conservatively so as to have never clipped any amp, including the clone, although I have come close many times.
Any feedback on the repair issue (or the man cave) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I have read most of this thread over the past several months, parts of it multiple times.