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Old 8th January 2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Earthquake 1000bx excessive current while playing

The amp draws excessive current when playing. At idle, only draws 1 amp. But when just one channel plays (left or right) it draws 4 amps just to make 1 watt. All the outputs test good, I know one channel is because I replaced all the outputs. Also replaced all the PS FETS with IRFZ44 and 125 ohm gate resistor.

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Old 8th January 2011, 05:24 PM   #2
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Can you reduce the input voltage to the amp to about 10v? If you can, do so. Does the current draw increase when you reduce the voltage?
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Old 8th January 2011, 06:13 PM   #3
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Well my variable PS is not regulated. But if I input 10V, then input the sine wave, the voltage goes down and the current goes up pretty rapidly.
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Old 8th January 2011, 06:19 PM   #4
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If it's adjustable, it's regulated. When you decrease the input voltage to 10v (no signal, no load), does the idle current increase?
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Old 8th January 2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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Starting at 13.8V and descreasing, the current goes up from 1.3A to 1.6A until 11V then the current continues to go down fairly rapidly.

I dunno about the PS. I thought it was a variac type. It's a Brodhead Garrett. But I've never opened it so I dunno. Seems to get dragged down fairly easily. It'll pump out about 9 amps at ~13.6 knob turned to full power. Unloaded it will do 25V. I only use it during repairs, not during completion testing as it's the only adjustable one I have.
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Old 8th January 2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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I could be wrong about the power supply regulation. I've never seen one that does what you described.

Post a photo of the gate drive signal on the power supply FETs.
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Old 8th January 2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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Here is a shot. Not exactly perfect.
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Old 8th January 2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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Gate resistors are 68 ohms and FETs are IRFZ44N.
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Old 8th January 2011, 07:23 PM   #9
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Set the DC voltage lower (near 10 or 11v) and post another image.
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Old 8th January 2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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Looks the same at 11V as it does at 10V.
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