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How many power wires does a stereo need?
This is similar to a question asked back in March, but not quite. I'm installing a Clarion stereo unit in our boat cabin and have put in a breaker dedicated to the unit. Black from the unit goes to the panel ground. Small yellow memory wire with 3amp fuse goes to the constant side of the breaker. So far so good.
But then we've got three power type leads:
Large Yellow w/15amp fuse described as "bus power lead"
Red described as "power lead"
Orange described as "illumination lead"
Experimentation shows that having the Large Yellow connected does not make the unit work. Connect the red to the breaker, and the unit works fine. So what is the Large Yellow for? Why no fuse on the red? The Orange, of course, turns on the nifty blue lights, so I guess that will go to the breaker.
Illuminate me, please
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