THANK YOU FOR YOUR PURCHASE . . . Your JBL product has been designed to provide you with the performance and ease of operation you would expect from JBL. • Please take time to read your owner's manual in its entirety before operating or installing your amplifier. • Keep the owner's manual for your amplifier in your glove compartment along with the owner's manual for your car. • Put your amplifier sales receipt with other important documents in order to expedite warranty service if needed.
ABOUT THE MANUAL This manual describes general installation guidelines and operation instructions. However, please note that proper installation of mobile audio and video components requires qualified experience with mechanical and electrical procedures. If you do not have the knowledge and tools to successfully perform this installation, we strongly recommend consulting an authorized JBL dealer about your installation options. Keep all instructions and sales receipts for reference. Consider this manual as an indispensable feature of your amplifier.
JBL CLUB CHAPTER 2: INSTALLATION AND WIRING What's in the box: 1 amplifier 2 spare fuses (x3 with Club-4505) 4 RCA adapters (x2 with Club-5501) Quick-start guide
Precautions: IMPORTANT: Disconnect the vehicle’s negative (–) battery terminal before beginning the installation. • •
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Always wear protective eyewear when using tools. Choose a safe mounting location, away from moisture. Check clearances on both sides of a planned mounting surface. Be sure that screws or wires will not puncture brake lines, fuel lines, or wiring harnesses and that wire routing will not interfere with the safe vehicle operation. Use caution when drilling or cutting in the mounting area. When making electrical connections, make sure they are secure and properly insulated. If you must replace any of the amplifier’s fuses, use the same type of fuse and current rating as the original. To keep the amplifier cool, choose a location that provides enough air circulation, such as under a seat or in the trunk. Do not mount the amplifier with the heat sink facing downward, as this interferes with cooling. Mount the amplifier so that it will not be damaged by the feet of backseat passengers or shifting cargo in the trunk, and so that it remains dry. Using the amplifier as a template, mark the locations of the holes on the mounting surface. Drill pilot holes in the mounting surface. Attach the amplifier to the mounting surface with four appropriate mounting screws (not included). Recommended: #8 Phillips-head sheet metal screws.
NOTE: You may find it more convenient to make all of the connections to the amplifier before you permanently mount it. 2
1. Power indicator: The light will illuminate in white when the amp is receiving power and playing.
2. Protect indicator: The indicator will illuminate in red if the amp enters Protect mode in the event of conditions such as over/under voltage, short circuit, amplifier output circuit failure, or excessive heat.
3. Speaker Output Connectors: • Connect the speakers to these terminals, observing proper polarity (connect each speaker’s positive (+) lead to the appropriate positive (+) terminal, and negative (-) lead to the appropriate negative (-) terminal. • The Club-704 features Front L+, L-, R+, and R- terminals, and Rear L+, L-, R+, and R- terminals. ° 4-channel operation: Connect the front left speaker to the Front L+ and L- terminals, and the front right speaker to the Front R+ and R- terminals. Connect the rear left speaker to the Rear L+ and L- terminals, and the rear right speaker to the Rear R+ and Rterminals. Left Front speaker
JBL CLUB ° 3-channel operation: Connect the stereo speakers to the Front terminals, as described above. Connect the single speaker’s + lead to the Rear L+ terminal, and the - lead to the Rear R- terminal. Left Front speaker
Right Front speaker
4-ohm subwoofer ° 2-channel (bridged) operation: Connect one speaker’s + lead to the Front L+ terminal, and the - lead to the Front R- terminal. Connect the other speaker’s + lead to the Rear L+ terminal, and the - lead to the Rear R- terminal.
• The Club-4505 features Front L+, L-, R+, and R- terminals; Rear L+, L-, R+, and R- terminals; and Sub + and - terminals. ° 5-channel operation: Connect the front left speaker to the Front L+ and L- terminals, and the front right speaker to the Front R+ and R terminals. Connect the rear left speaker to the Rear L+ and L- terminals, and the rear right speaker to the Rear R+ and R- terminals. Connect the subwoofer’s positive (+) lead to the + terminal, and the negative (-) lead to the - terminal. 4-ohm subwoofer Left front speaker
Left rear speaker
Right front speaker
Right rear speaker
° 3-channel (front and rear bridged) operation: Connect one speaker’s + lead to the Front L+ terminal, and the - lead to the Front R- terminal. Connect the other speaker’s + lead to the Rear L+ terminal, and the - lead to the Rear R- terminal. Connect the subwoofer’s positive (+) lead to the + terminal, and the negative (-) lead to the – terminal. 4-ohm subwoofer Front speaker
JBL CLUB • The Club-5501 features two positive (+) and two negative (-) terminals. To power two subwoofers in parallel, connect one sub’s positive (+) and negative (-) leads to the positive and negative terminals on the left, and the other sub’s positive and negative leads to the positive and negative terminals on the right. To power two subwoofers in series, connect one sub’s positive (+) lead to the positive terminal on the left, and the other sub’s negative (-) lead to the negative terminal on the right, then connect left sub’s negative lead to the right sub’s positive lead.
4-ohm subwoofer PARALLEL WIRING
2-ohm subwoofer SERIES WIRING
If you’re connecting only one sub, you can use either set of positive and negative terminals. NOTE: Minimum speaker impedance for stereo full-range and subwoofer operation is 2ohms. Minimum speaker impedance for bridged operation is 4ohms.
4. Fuses: • Replace only with fuses of the same amperage:
° Club-704, Club-5501: 30A ° Club-4505: 30A
5. Power Input Connectors: • Power: Run power wire from the +12V input to the positive terminal of the vehicle’s battery. Install an appropriate fuse holder and fuse (60A minimum on Club-704 and Club-5501, 105A minimum on Club-4505) within 18” (457mm) of the battery. Make sure the wire is not damaged or pinched during installation. Install protective grommets when routing wires through the bulkhead or other sheet metal. Use larger-gauge wiring for longer runs.
• Ground: Run a wire (the same gauge as the power wire) from the GND input to a factory bolt in the vehicle’s chassis (see illustration below). NOTE: Remove any paint from the chassis for best contact. Use a star washer below the ring connector for a secure connection.
Note: Remove any paint below ring connector
• Remote: Connect a 20-gauge wire from the “Remote Out” lead of the source unit to the REM input. This lead turns the amplifier on when using low-level input signals.
6. Front and rear inputs and outputs (RCA): • If your source unit offers preamp outputs, connect to the FRONT, REAR, and/or SUB inputs using RCA patch cables. • To connect a second amp directly to the Club-704 amplifier, run a patch cable from the PRE OUT outputs to the second amp’s preamp inputs.
If your car audio system’s head unit does not have line-level outputs: Use the supplied bare wire-to-RCA adapters to connect the Club amplifier’s inputs to either the front or the rear speaker outputs of your car audio system’s head unit (splice crimps not included). Important: Some factory-installed audio system amplifiers include electronic filters that limit the amount of bass sent to the system’s smaller speakers. This filtering will adversely affect the Club amp’s performance. To get the most bass possible from your Club amp, splice the bare wire-to-RCA adapters into the factory system speaker outputs that are connected to the system’s largest speakers (the ones designed to make the most bass). Use a small Phillips screwdriver to loosen the adapter’s set screws and insert the speaker wires into the holes on the back of the adapter. Tighten the set screws to secure the wires.
Always connect the (+) speaker wire to the adapter’s (+) terminal and the (–) speaker wire to the adapter’s (–) terminal. When all wires are connected, plug the adapters into the Club amplifier’s FRONT (and REAR, if using the 4-channel amplifier) preamp inputs.
7. Input level: Use this switch along with the gain control to set the Club amplifier’s input level. If use an aftermarket radio’s RCA-level outputs, set the Input Level switch to the “LO” position. If using high-level outputs, start the control-setting process with the Input Level switch set in the “HI1” position. Note: If you have connected your Club amplifier to a factory audio system’s speaker outputs, the audio signal may fail to play. If this happens, change the Input Level switch to the “HI2” position. The “HI2” position includes a circuit designed to fool this type of factory audio system into “seeing” a speaker connected to its input. Important: The “HI2” setting should never be used when the Club amplifier is connected to an aftermarket head unit’s line-level (RCA-type) outputs.
8. Crossover filter selectors (X-OVER): Crossover-filter selectors (Club-704 and Club-4505 only; Club-5501 filter is low pass only). • LP: Low pass. Choose this setting if you’re connecting a subwoofer(s), or want to provide a low-pass filter for separate mid-bass speakers. • FULL: Full range. Choose this setting if you’re connecting full-range speakers, and not using a subwoofer in your system. • HP:High pass.Choose this setting to prevent low bass from reaching midrange or full-range speakers when you’re using a subwoofer in your system. (See setting the crossovers in Chapter 3.)
9. Input level selectors (GAIN): Input level controls.Use these to match the amp’s input sensitivity to the output level of your source unit.See 17 for a recommended adjustment procedure.
(See Setting the input levels in Chapter 3 for a recommended adjustment procedure.) 10. Crossover-filter frequency controls (FREQ):
Crossover-filter frequency controls. Turn the dials to the left to lower the crossover point, and to the right to raise the crossover point. Crossover point settings vary by listener preference. 11. HALOsonic: Lets you plug in an optional cable into your vehicle’s HALOsonic system (if present). Also functions as a full-range mixing input. 8
12. ADAS ASSIGN (Club-704 and Club-4505 models only): If you’ve connected the amp to an Advanced Driver Assistance System (see 13, next), this dial allows you to select the speaker over which you’ll hear ADAS messages. Turn the dial to FL for the front left speaker, FR for the front right, RL for the rear left, and RR for the rear right. 13. ADAS INPUT (Club-704 and Club-4505 only): Lets you plug a T568B cable (sold separately) from an optional Advanced Driver Assistance System into the amp’s RJ45 input jack. Also functions as a priority switching input.
When the system issues a warning or message, the amp will mute the music and play it over the speaker you’ve selected with the ADAS ASSIGN dial (see 12, previous). ADAS input channel sequence: 1. FL+ 2. FL- 3. FR+ 4. RL- 5. RL+ 6. FR- 7. RR+ 8. RRFour group signal: 1-2, 3-6, 5-4, 7-8
JBL CLUB CHAPTER 3: OPERATIONS Setting the input levels: To match your amplifier’s input sensitivity (gain) to your source unit’s output level, we recommend the following procedure: A. Turn both input level controls counterclockwise to MIN (minimum). B. Play a dynamic music track through your source unit. Turn the source unit’s volume control to the 3/4 position. C. Turn the front input level control dial clockwise towards MAX until you hear distortion in the music (it’s no longer clear). D. Slowly turn the front level input control dial counterclockwise until the music sounds clear again. E. Your front input level is now correctly set. Repeat this process with the rear channels.
Setting the crossover Properly setting crossover filter selectors optimizes frequency distribution for efficient speaker operation and best sound. Step 1: Use the slider controls to select low-pass (LP), FULL, or high-pass (HP). • LP: Low pass. Choose this setting if you are connecting a subwoofer(s) or want to provide a low-pass filter for separate mid-bass speakers. • FULL: Full range. Choose this setting if you are connecting full-range speakers and are not using a subwoofer in your system. • HP: High pass. Choose this setting to prevent low bass from reaching midrange or full-range speakers when you are using a subwoofer in your system. Step 2: Use crossover-filter frequency controls to adjust crossover point settings for coaxial speakers and subwoofers to suit listener preference. Turn the dials to the left to lower the crossover point and to the right to raise the crossover point. Exact crossover settings for coaxial speakers and subwoofers finally depend on your listening preferences. NOTE: crossover point does not apply in FULL mode.
Adjusting the subwoofer: Select INT if you’re connecting a subwoofer to the Club-4505 amplifier, but your source unit does not feature a subwoofer output (this will send a summed audio signal to the subwoofer). If your source unit does feature a subwoofer output, select EXT to connect to that output.
Selecting the subwoofer phase You can choose a subwoofer phase output of 0° or 180°. To check your sub's phase, play music with lots of bass and listen as another person slowly flips the 0/180 degree phase switch back and forth. The correct setting is the one that gives you more bass. If you don't detect any real difference, leave the switch in the 0 setting.
Boosting the bass Turn the dial clockwise to increase the bass output from 0 dB to +9 dB.
0dB +9dB CHAPTER 4: TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM: No audio and POWER INDICATOR is off. CAUSE and SOLUTION: No voltage at BATT+ and/or REM terminals, or bad or no ground connection. Check voltages at amplifier terminals with VOM.
PROBLEM: No audio and PROTECT INDICATOR flashes every 4 seconds. CAUSE and SOLUTION: DC voltage on amplifier output. Amplifier may need service; see enclosed warranty card for service information.
PROBLEM: No audio and PROTECT INDICATOR is on. CAUSE and SOLUTION: Amplifier is overheated. Make sure amplifier cooling is not blocked at mounting location. Verify that speaker-system impedance is within specified limits. Or, there may be voltage greater than 16V (or less than 8.5V) on BATT+ connection. Check vehicle charging system.
PROBLEM: No audio and PROTECT and POWER INDICATORS flash. CAUSE and SOLUTION: Voltage less than 9V on BATT+ connection. Check vehicle charging system.
PROBLEM: Distorted audio. CAUSE and SOLUTION: Gain is not set properly. Check INPUT LEVEL setting. Check speaker wires for shorts or grounds. Amplifier or source unit may be defective.
PROBLEM: Distorted audio and PROTECT INDICATOR flashes. CAUSE and SOLUTION: Short circuit in speaker or wire. Remove speaker leads one at a time to locate shorted speaker or wire, and repair. 11
JBL CLUB PROBLEM: Music lacks dynamics or "punch." CAUSE and SOLUTION: Speakers are not connected properly. Check speaker connections for proper polarity.
PROBLEM: Amplifier fuse keeps blowing. CAUSE and PROBLEM: The wiring is connected incorrectly or there is a short circuit. Review installation precautions and procedures in manual. Check wiring connections.
PROBLEM: Engine noise—whining or clicking—in system when the engine is on. CAUSE and PROBLEM: Amplifier is picking up alternator noise. Turn down gain. Move audio cables away from power wires. Install an alternator noise filter on power line between battery and alternator. Check ground connections on the amplifier since a loose or improper ground is one of the main causes for extraneous noise in your audio system.
CHAPTER 5: SPECIFICATIONS Model
RMS power @ 4 ohms
RMS power @ 2 ohms
RMS bridged power @ 4 ohms
Total peak power
Maximum signal input
70W x 4
100W x 4
200W x 2
45W x 4
65W x 4
130 x 2
10Hz-40kHz (full range) 1800W
320W x 1
500W x 1
370W x 1
550 x 1
10Hz-320Hz (sub) 1300W
Line in signal-to-noise ratio (reference to 1 watt)