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Troubleshooting Guide
What might appear to be a malfunction in your unit may just be the result of slight
misoperation or miswiring. Before calling service, first check the following table for possible
problems.
PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE SOLUTION
No sound. • Input (or output) cables are • Connect the input (or output)
(No sound from one side.) disconnected.
• Protection circuit may be
activated.
cables.
• Check connections by referring
to "Power indicator". KAC-829
KAC-729S
(Blown fuse.) • Volume is too high. • Replace the fuse and use lower
volume.
• The speaker cord is shorted. • After check the speaker cord and
fixing the cause of the short,

The output level is too The input sensitivity adjusting


replace the fuse.

Adjust the control correctly


KAC-629S
small (or too large).

The sound quality is bad.


control is not set to the correct
position.

• The speakers wire are


referring to "Controls".

• Connect them properly checking


KAC-529S
(The sound is distorted.) connected with wrong + / - the + / - of the terminals and POWER AMPLIFIER
polarity. wires well.
• A speaker wire is pinched by a
screw in the car body.
• Connect the speaker wire again
so that it is not pinched by
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
anything.
• The switches may be set • Set switches properly by
improperly. referring to "System examples".

Specifications
Specifications subject to change without notice.
Audio Section ..........................................KAC-829/729S ....KAC-629S ......KAC-529S
Max Power Output (4 Ω)
Normal ........................................................................200 W × 2 ................120 W × 2 ..............80 W × 2
Bridge..........................................................................600 W × 1 ................350 W × 1 ..............250 W × 1
Rated Power Output (4 Ω)
Normal (20 Hz ~ 20 kHz, 0.08 % THD) ......................100 W × 2 ................60 W × 2 ................40 W × 2
Normal (DIN45324, +B=14.4 V) ..................................100 W × 2 ................60 W × 2 ................40 W × 2
Bridge (1 kHz, 0.8 % THD)..........................................300 W × 1 ................150 W × 1 ..............120 W × 1
Rated Power Output (2 Ω)
Normal (1 kHz, 0.8 % THD) ........................................150 W × 2 ................75 W × 2 ................60 W × 2
Frequency Response (+0, –1 dB) ....................................5 Hz ~ 50 kHz ..........10 Hz ~ 45 kHz ......5 Hz ~ 50 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio ......................................................100 dB......................100 dB ....................100 dB
Sensitivity (MAX) (rated output) ......................................0.2 V ........................0.2 V ......................0.2 V
Sensitivity (MIN) (rated output) ......................................5.0 V ........................5.0 V ......................5.0 V
Input Impedance ............................................................10 kΩ ......................10 kΩ ......................10 kΩ
Take the time to read through this instruction manual.
Low Pass Filter (12 dB/oct.) ............................................80 Hz........................80 Hz ......................80 Hz Familiarity with installation and operation procedures will help
High Pass Filter (12 dB/oct.) (KAC-629S only) ..................................................150 Hz .................... you obtain the best performance from your new power amplifier.
General ......................................................KAC-829/729S ....KAC-629S ......KAC-529S For your records
Operating Voltage (11 ~ 16 V allowable) ........................14.4 V ......................14.4 V ....................14.4 V
Current Consumption (1 kHz, 10% THD) ........................28 A..........................19 A ........................16 A Record the serial number, found on the back of the unit, in the spaces
Dimensions (W × H × D)[mm] ........................................221×57×300 ............221×57×228............221×57×160 designated on the warranty card, and in the space provided below.
Dimensions (W × H × D)[inch] ........................................8-11/16×2-1/4×11-13/16 ..8-11/16×2-1/4×9 ..........8-11/16×2-1/4×6-5/16 Refer to the model and serial numbers whenever you call upon your
Weight ............................................................................3.7 kg (8.1 lbs)..........2.8 kg (6.1 lbs) ........2.0 kg (4.4 lbs)
....................................................................................(KAC-829) KENWOOD dealer for information or service on the product.
Weight ............................................................................3.8 kg (8.3 lbs) (KAC-729S) Model KAC-829/729S/629S/529S Serial number
© PRINTED IN USA B64-1949-10 (KM/EM)

Safety precautions ■ Wiring Installation procedure ■ Accessories


• If a buzzing noise is heard from the speakers
when the engine is running, connect a line noise External Number of
2WARNING 1. Remove the ignition key and disconnect the Part name
filter (optional) to each of the battery wire. View Items
To prevent injury or fire, take the following • Do not allow the wire to directly contact the edge negative - terminal of the battery to prevent
Terminal cover
precautions: of the iron plate by using Grommets. short circuits. 1
(Power terminal)
• When extending the ignition, battery, or ground • Connect the ground wire to a metal part of the 2. Set the unit according to the intended usage.
wires, make sure to use automotive-grade wires or car chassis that acts as an electrical ground 3. Connect the input and output cables of the Self-tapping screws
4
other wires with a 5mm2 (AWG10) or more to passing electricity to the battery‘s negative - units. (ø4 × 16 mm)
prevent wire deterioration and damage to the wire terminal. Do not turn the power on if the ground 4. Connect the speaker wires.
coating. wire is not connected. 5. Connect the power wire, power control wire
• To prevent a short circuit, never put or leave any • Be sure to attach a protective fuse into the and grounding wire following this order.
metallic objects (such as coins or metal tools) inside battery wire close to the battery. Use a 6. Install the unit in the car. Installation
the unit. protective fuse having a capacity that is about 10 7. Connect the negative - terminal of the battery.
A higher than the maximum current drawn by the Since the power amplifier has no parts which require
• If the unit starts to emit smoke or strange smells, 2WARNING
amplifier. operation, it can be installed at a position away from
turn off the power immediately and consult your
• Use vehicle-type (fire-resistant) power supply To prevent fire caused by a short in the wiring, the driver’s seat without any hindrances.
Kenwood dealer.
wiring wire for the battery wire and the ground connect a fusible link or breaker nearby the As generally accepted positions for its installation,
• Do not touch the unit during use because the surface wire. The current capacity of the power supply battery’s positive terminal. places such as inside the trunk, etc. can be
of the unit becomes hot and may cause burns if wiring wire should be about 10 A higher than that considered.
touched. of the protective fuse capacity (which means 2CAUTION
about 20 A higher than the maximum current 2CAUTION
2CAUTION • Be sure to turn the power off before changing the
drawn by the amplifier). setting of any switch. • Do not install the unit under the carpet. Otherwise
To prevent damage to the machine, take the • When more than one power amplifier are going • If the fuse blows, check wires for shorts, then heat build-up occurs and the unit may be damaged.
following precautions: to be used, use a power supply wiring wire and replace the fuse with one of the same rating. • Install this unit in a location which allows heat to
• Be sure the unit is connected to a 12V DC power protective fuse of greater current-handling • Check that no unconnected cables or connectors easily dissipate. Once installed, do not place any
supply with a negative ground connection. capacity than the total maximum current drawn
are touching the car body. Do not remove caps from object on top of the unit.
• Do not open the top or bottom covers of the unit. by each amplifier.
unconnected cables or connectors to prevent short • The surface temperature of the amplifier will
• Do not install the unit in a spot exposed to direct
Example: One Power Amplifier Is Used (KAC- circuits. become hot during use. Install the amplifier in a
sunlight or excessive heat or humidity. Also avoid
829/729S) • Connect the speaker wires to appropriate speaker place where people, resins, and other substances
places with too much dust or the possibility of water
connectors separately. Sharing the negative wire of that are sensitive to heat will not come into contact
splashing. Maximum Current Drawn 28 A
the speaker or grounding speaker wires to the metal with it.
• When replacing a fuse, only use a new one with the Protective Fuse 50 A × 1 [25 A × 2]
body of the car can cause this unit to fail. • When making a hole under a seat, inside the trunk,
prescribed rating. Using a fuse with the wrong rating Cross-sectional Area of 5 mm2 (AWG 10) or
Wiring Wire (AWG) greater × 1 • After installation, check that the brake lamps, or somewhere else in the vehicle, check that there
may cause your unit to malfunction.
winkers, and wipers work properly. is nothing hazardous on the opposite side such as a
• To prevent a short circuit when replacing a fuse, first
gasoline tank, brake pipe, or wiring harness, and be
disconnect the wiring harness.
25 A
■ Speaker level input terminals (!) careful not to cause scratches or other damage.
NOTE
25 A 25 A • The genuine-accessory car stereo shall have a • Do not install near the dashboard, rear tray, or air
25 A maximum power output of no more than 40 W.
• If you experience problems during installation, bag safety parts.
• Do not connect the speaker output leads from • The installation to the vehicle should securely fasten
consult your Kenwood dealer. ■ Speaker Selection a power amplifier (Optional) to the speaker
• If the unit does not seem to be working right, consult • The rated input power of the speakers that are the unit to a place in which it will not obstruct
level input terminals of this unit, for this may driving. If the unit comes off due to a shock and hits
your Kenwood dealer. going to be connected should be greater than cause malfunction or damage.
the maximum output power (in Watts) of the a person or safety part, it may cause injury or an
FCC WARNING • Do not connect cables and leads to both RCA accident.
amplifier. Use of speakers having input power cable input jacks and the speaker level input
This equipment may generate or use radio frequency ratings that are less than the output power of • After installing the unit, check to make sure that
energy. Changes or modifications to this equipment terminals simultaneously, for this may cause electrical equipment such as the brake lamps, turn
the amplifier will cause smoke to be emitted as malfunction or damage.
may cause harmful interference unless the well as damage. signal lamps and windshield wipers operate
modifications are expressly approved in the instruction • Connect the power control lead to a power normally.
• The impedance of the speakers that are going to supply which can be turned ON/OFF by the
manual. The user could lose the authority to operate be connected should be 2Ω or greater (for
this equipment if an unauthorized change or ignition key switch (ACC line). With this Self-tapping screw
modification is made.
stereo connections), or 4Ω or greater (for connection, shock noise may be generated (ø4 × 16 mm)
bridged connections). When more than one set when the power of the genuine-accessory car
■ Cleaning the unit of speakers are going to be used, calculate the stereo is switched ON/OFF.
If the front panel gets dirty, turn off the power and combined impedance of the speakers and then
wipe the panel with a dry silicon cloth or soft cloth. connect suitable speakers to the amplifier. ■ Power terminal (234)
Connect to their respective terminals the power
2CAUTION supply wire, and ground wire, all of which pass
4Ω through the associated terminal cover. Once the
Do not wipe the panel with a hard cloth or a cloth 4Ω 4Ω
dampened by volatile solvents such as paint thinner connections are complete, place the cover on
4Ω the terminal section.
and alcohol. They can scratch the surface of the panel Installation board, etc.
and/or cause the indicator letters to peel off. 8Ω 2Ω (thickness : 15 mm or more)
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Controls

FUSE(40A)
POWER IN
BATT.
GND
P.CON(REMOTE)
BRIDGED
LEFT RIGHT
FILTER
OFF LPF
OPERATION
STEREO MONO(Lch) LINE IN
SPEAKER LEVEL INPUT
LEFT RIGHT
KAC-829 9
SPEAKER OUTPUT

KAC-829 GND 1.0


0.5 0.3
L R
KAC-729S 0.5 0.3

40
KAC-729S POWER AMPLIFIER
MIN
INPUT
MAX

SENSITIVITY(V) KAC-529S 10
1.0
15 STEREO/BRIDGEABLE

1 2 34 5 6 7 89 0 ! STEREO/BRIDGEABLE
AMPLIFIER
KAC-829
AMPLIFIER

20 MIN MAX
(W) INPUT
FUSE(25A)
POWER IN
BATT.
GND
P.CON(REMOTE)
BRIDGED
LEFT RIGHT
FILTER
OFF
HPF LPF
OPERATION
L+R
STEREO MONO(Lch) LINE IN
SPEAKER LEVEL INPUT
LEFT RIGHT
SENSITIVITY(V)
MAXIMUM POWER
SPEAKER OUTPUT

KAC-629S GND 1.0


0.5 0.3
L R

25W or greater
25

KAC-529S POWER AMPLIFIER


MIN
INPUT
MAX

SENSITIVITY(V) KAC-629S
KAC-829 Power indicator KAC-729S
1 234 5 6 7 89 0 !
KAC-629S
KAC-529S
Operations of the following control and switches • STEREO position
are required in accordance with the center unit
6 RCA cable ground lead terminal
When using an RCA cable with a ground lead The amplifier can be used as a stereo amplifier.
Power indicator
and speakers connected with this unit. attached, connect the ground lead to this terminal. • L+R position (KAC-629S only) When the power is turned on, the Power indicator
1 Fuse 2CAUTION The input left and right signals are combined lights.
40 A × 1 : KAC-829/729S before being amplified. Use this position when If the Power indicator does not light when the power
Do not use this terminal for power source
25 A × 1 : KAC-629S the unit is used for subwoofer speakers or the is turned on, the protection function may be
grounding. This unit will be damaged if the power
15 A × 1 : KAC-529S L+R (monaural) sound is required. activated. Check whether there is any indication of
source grounding wire is connected to this
NOTE terminal. • MONO (Lch) position trouble.
Amplifies the signal input from the left side only.
If you can’t find the specified capacity fuse at your 7 FILTER switch Set to this position and make bridged
■ The protection function is activated
store etc., consult your Kenwood dealer. These switches allow filtering of the speaker connections to use as a high-power monaural
in the following situations:
output signals. This unit is equipped with a protection function for
2 Battery terminal amplifier. (The input right signal is not output.)
protecting this unit and your speakers from various
• HPF (High Pass Filter) position (KAC- 9 INPUT SENSITIVITY control
3 Ground terminal accidents or problems that can occur.
629S only) Set this control according to the pre-output level of When the protection function is triggered, the
4 Power control (REMOTE) terminal Only frequencies of 150 Hz or higher are output.
the center unit connected with this unit, or to the Power indicator goes off and the amplifier stops
(Frequencies below 150 Hz are cut.)
5 SPEAKER OUTPUT terminals maximum power output of the genuine-accessory operating.
• LPF (Low Pass Filter) position car stereo. • When a speaker wire may be short-circuited.
• Stereo Connections: Only frequencies of 80 Hz or lower are output.
When you wish to use the unit as a stereo Use the diagram on the right as a guide. • When a speaker output contacts ground.
(Frequencies above 80 Hz are cut.) • When the unit malfunctions and a DC signal is
amplifier, stereo connections are used. The Lch and Rch will be mixed before output NOTE
• Bridged Connections: sent to the speaker output.
even if the operation switch is set to STEREO. For the pre-output level or the maximum power • When the internal temperature is high and unit
When you wish to use the unit as a high-output • OFF position output, refer to the “Specifications” in the
monaural amplifier, bridged connections are won’t operate.
The original sound without filtering is output. instruction manual of the center unit. • When a ground wire of the center unit (cassette
used. (Make connections to the LEFT channel (+)
and the RIGHT channel (–) SPEAKER OUTPUT 8 OPERATION switch 0 LINE IN terminal receiver, CD receiver, etc.) or this unit is not
terminals.) This switch allows selection of the amplification connected to a metal part serving as an electrical
! Speaker level input terminals ground passing electricity to the battery's
method of input signals.
negative - terminal.

System examples Connection *…Commercially available parts


NOTE
■ 2-channel system For safe installation, read "Installation procedure" before starting work.

CENTER L L Left speaker ■ RCA cable connection ■ Speaker level input connection
UNIT R R Right speaker Genuine-accessory car stereo (No
CENTER UNIT (Cassette receiver, line output center unit etc.)
CD receiver, etc.)
KAC-829/729S/529S KAC-629S
8 Speaker
7 7 8
FILTER OPERATION FILTER OPERATION
OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) OFF L+R
HPF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) RCA cable*
Car fuse box

■ Subwoofer system ACC


Battery
CENTER Left speaker
UNIT Right speaker FILTER OPERATION SPEAKER LEVEL INPUT
LEFT RIGHT
FILTER OPERATION SPEAKER LEVEL INPUT
LEFT RIGHT
OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) LINE IN OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) LINE IN

6 !
T
0.5 0.3 PU 0.5 0.3
L R IN L R
L IGHT
D GND 1.0 VE R GND 1.0
GN LE
L L Subwoofer MIN
INPUT
MAX
EAT
K
ER MIN
INPUT
MAX

SENSITIVITY(V) SP LEF SENSITIVITY(V)

R R

KAC-829/729S/529S KAC-629S
7 8 7 8 Power control wire*
FILTER OPERATION FILTER OPERATION
OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) OFF L+R
HPF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch)

■ Speaker stereo connection ■ Speaker bridge connection


■ 1-channel system
L L L
CENTER
Left speaker 4 Lead terminal*
4
R R Lead terminal*
UNIT
R L L
Right speaker
POWER IN POWER IN
GND BRIDGED GND BRIDGED
BATT. P.CON(REMOTE) LEFT RIGHT BATT. P.CON(REMOTE) LEFT RIGHT
SPEAKER OUTPUT SPEAKER OUTPUT

R R
5 BR
IDG
ED
RIG
HT

POWER AMPLIFIER
5 BR
IDG
ED
RIG
HT

POWER AMPLIFIER
FT FT
LE LE

KAC-829/729S/529S KAC-629S
7 8 7 8
FILTER OPERATION FILTER OPERATION
OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch) OFF L+R
HPF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch)

■ Tri-mode Left speaker Right speaker Subwoofer


L Crossover Frequency
High pass
C 0 dB
CENTER L L Subwoofer ■ Power wire connection
UNIT R R (L + R) -3 dB
C
L C POWER IN
GND BRIDGED
BATT. P.CON(REMOTE) LEFT RIGHT
SPEAKER OUTPUT

KAC-829/729S/529S KAC-629S Frequency


7 8 7 8 POWER AMPLIFIER

FILTER OPERATION FILTER OPERATION 159000 159000


C= (µF) = = 331.25 µF
OFF LPF STEREO MONO(Lch)
HPF
OFF
LPF
L+R
STEREO MONO(Lch) fc x R 120Hz x 4Ω 234
159 x R 159 x 4Ω Lead terminal*
L= (mH) = = 5.3 mH
fc 120Hz
Principle of Tri-mode Terminal cover
2CAUTION
Method of frequency band division using a coil
and capacitor ... in case of 6dB/oct. slope • If you wish to bridge-connect a speaker, the
Coil (L): Passes low frequencies and blocks speaker impedance must be no less than 4
high frequencies. (Low pass) ohms. Connecting a speaker with an Power control wire*
Capacitor (C): Passes high frequencies and impedance lower than 4 ohms may damage
blocks low frequencies. (High pass) the unit. Battery wire* Ground wire*
• Be sure to connect capacitors to speakers to
Example: which high frequencies will be passed.
When it is required to set a crossover Failure to do so will result in a drop of the
frequency of 120 Hz using speakers with an combined impedance with the subwoofer.
impedance of 4 ohms. Protective Fuse*
• Ensure that the withstand voltage and Battery
fc=Cut of Frequency (Hz) current ratings of the capacitors (C) and coils
R=Speaker Impedance (Ω) (L) are sufficient.