Crest Audio CC 2800 installation, cooling requirements, operating precautions, connecting inputs

Models: CC 1800 CC 4000 CC 2800 CC 5500

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cooling requirements

The CCSeries amplifiers use a forced-air cooling system to maintain a low, even operating temperature. Air is drawn into the amplifier by fan(s) on the rear panel, courses through the cooling fins of the tunnel-configured channel heat sink(s),and then exhausts through the front panel grille. If a heat sink gets too hot, its sensing circuit will open the output relay, disconnecting the load from that particular channel.The CC 1800 utilizes one common heat sink and a single fan, but retains the separate circuitry. It is important to have an adequate air supply at the back of the amplifier and enough space around the front of the amplifier to allow the cooling air to escape. If the amp is rack mounted, do not use doors or covers on the front of the rack; the exhaust air must flow without resistance. If you are using racks with closed backs, use fans on the rear rack panel to pressurize the rack and ensure an ample air supply.

Make certain that there



is enough space around


the front and rear of the

amplifier to allow the


heated air to escape.


suggestion: In racks


with closed backs


allow at least one standard-rack-space opening for every four amps.

operating precautions

Make sure the mains voltage is correct and is the same as that printed on the rear of the amplifier. Damage caused by connecting the amplifier to improper AC voltage is not covered by any warranty. See the Connecting Power section for more information on voltage requirements.

Although the CC Series amplifiers haveAUTORAMPcircuitry,which raises the signal level gradually after the output relay closes, it is always a good idea to have the gain controls turned down during power-up to prevent speaker damage if there is a high signal level at the inputs.Whether you buy or make them,use good-quality connections, input cables and speaker cables, along with good soldering technique, to ensure trouble-free operation. Most intermittent problems are caused by faulty cables.

Consult the Wire Gauge Charts to determine proper gauges for different load impedances and cable lengths. Remember that cable resistance robs amplifier power in two ways: power lost directly to resistance (I2R loss), and by increasing the impedance of the load presented to the amplifier, thereby decreasing the power demanded of the amplifier.Also make sure the mode switch is correctly set for the desired application. See Sections on Stereo, Parallel and Bridged Mono Operation for more information.

connecting inputs

Input connections are made via the 3-pin XLR (pin 2+) or 6.3 mm plug “Combi” connectors on the rear panel of the amplifier. The inputs are actively balanced. The input overload point is high enough to accept the maximum output level of virtually any signal source.

connecting outputs

All models have two output (speaker) connections per channel. Cables can be connected with banana plugs, spade lugs, or bare wire to the five-way binding posts. The preferred method is connection via the Speakon connectors.

Always turn off and disconnect the amplifier from mains voltage before making audio connections. Also, as an extra precaution, turn the attenuators down during power-up.


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Crest Audio CC 2800 installation, cooling requirements, operating precautions, connecting inputs, connecting outputs