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Old 2nd September 2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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I hooked this up to 12 volts reversed with no inline fuse. Pos. of amp to Neg. of battery. Any idea what needs to be replaced, besides the whole amp? I know a little about electronics so I can identify and replace whatever needs to be.
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Old 2nd September 2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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Sometimes it just blows out the large diode. (only if you are lucky) Then other times, it fry's the power supply trans. Then others, it burns a large hole in the board. Have seen this on the early style 225, 425,4100,280,ect... Just won't know till you get a meter inside the amp...
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Old 3rd September 2008, 08:03 AM   #3
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It's probably best if you remove the cover and post some pics of the insides. Closeups of the power supply section will help. The power supply side is the side with the toroid in it. It's a round wirewound transformer.
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Old 5th September 2008, 04:14 PM   #4
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I know that it has an open circuit. When I check the pos to neg with an ohm meter, I get very little resistance. Now I have an inline fuse and if I hook it to 12V, correctly, it blows the fuse. Pictures of inside to follow.
Thanks, Dave
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Old 5th September 2008, 04:14 PM   #5
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Old 5th September 2008, 05:41 PM   #6
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Check the diodes (silver bodied and black bodied) in the power supply section of the amp. If any diode appears to be shorted in the board, pull it from the board to check it.

Try to read the numbers off it before removing it. If it's defective, it may break when you remove it.
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Old 6th September 2008, 04:26 AM   #7
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sorry if this is off topic but what are the differences between this amp and the 280gx amps? I have a couple of 280gx amps and the internals look exactly the same as this 225HCCA as far as I can tell.
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Old 7th September 2008, 06:50 AM   #8
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"sorry if this is off topic but what are the differences between this amp and the 280gx amps? I have a couple of 280gx amps and the internals look exactly the same as this 225HCCA as far as I can tell."

The difference would be primarily the rail voltage. The transformer would have a higher turns ratio as well. The 225 HCCA digital reference series and the 275 SX have the same boards too. A couple folks on here have converted from an HCCA to SX and vise versa.
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