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Old 12th July 2005, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default Sonic Impact Opened for mods--Help!

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Here's what I want to do. Change C3/C4 input coupling caps to 2.2uF Auricaps.

1. Do I just desolder/cut stock C3/C4 and solder on Auricaps?

2. If I decide to add the Auricaps directly on female RCA jacks, do I desolder stock C3 (and C4) and just bridge the 2 leads with something?

I also want to add some capacitance to power pins of the chip.

1. When I add the big cap, do I have to desolder C10 first, or can I just add the cap on top of C10?

2. When people talk about adding the big cap directly on power pins VDD1 and VDD2, since there are two VDD1 pins and two VDD2 pins, which pin do I use. Can I just solder + of cap to one of 2 VDD1 pins and solder - of cap to the "ground blob" of solder around the chip?

Lastly, I want to just get rid of volume pot altogether. There are 2 red wires and 5 white wires. Can I just cut off the pot and connect the 2 red wires together? How do I connect the 5 white wires, which to each other and which one is left (middle one?) that I connect to ground?


Thanks for all your help. I do plan to use an outboard 12V SLA battery.
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Old 12th July 2005, 12:57 PM   #2
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Asa follow up the the previous quote, I'm wondering whether I can use a 2.2uf 50V AC cap as input cap (does it matter if the input cap is AC or DC rated, considering signal coming in is AC)? Also, instead of removing the resistors and caps on the board, can I just solder/tap the 2.2uf cap, series with a 20k metallized 1% resistor directly to the right side of R1 and R2? Thanks
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Old 12th July 2005, 10:53 PM   #3
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Check this out and use links provided.
http://talkgarden.tripod.com/sonic_impact_5066.htm
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Old 13th July 2005, 04:42 AM   #4
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The attached drawing is the stock SI input circuit. The input opamp shown is a single supply type meaning the input pins have to be biased to Ĺ the supply. This makes the use of an input cap mandatory. To do it properly so there will be no problem with lifted pads on the funky PC board, C3, C4 should be removed and jumpered out with small bits of fine wire. Use a longer piece to be able to hold it and clip it to proper length after soldering. Remove R01 and R02 as a ground referenced DC connection direct to the input will shut down the chip. You can also remove and jumper out the 2 input inductors (L01, L02) as they serve no useful purpose. Trace the volume control wiper pin to the connecting cable. Follow the wire and clip it in the middle. Now insert a 2.2uf @ 200v Auricap between the 2 haves of the clipped wire. Black lead goes to the volume control. Do the same for the other channel. These connections could go directly to input RCA jacks. If this is done put 100k metal film res. across the jacks so voltage wonít build up on the cap and to supply a DC load for the source.
Much has been said about adding supply caps. Look through the appropriate threads for that info.
I donít like SLA power for these units as you get too soft a supply at HF as well as no regulation. Get a 1.5-2 amp 12v regulated switch mode wall wart and adjust it to 13.2volts. Use a storage cap of 10,000+ uf @ 16volts as a buffer between the supply and the amp. This combination works extremely well. Use the buffer cap regardless of what type of supply you end up using.
Also check out the threads about output inductors, there is something to be gained there.
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Old 13th July 2005, 06:26 AM   #5
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Thanks for the link, which shows beautiful pic's, but it doesn't show any actual SMD component removal or input cap/PS cap addition. Do you have a link that shows what to do to remove (if necessary) SMD caps and replace with auricap input caps and add bigger PS cap to the power pins? TIA.
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So you mean trace which white wire from volume pot corresponds to L (and R) and insert the coupling cap in series? The stock C3/C4 are jumped.

But other than the sheer physical size, cutting off C3 and just replacing with another cap (non-polarized Auricap?) in its place, hanging off the board, should be OK, too?
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Default C3 C4

I seriously don't recommend hanging anything on the surface mount pads, even with a component there. It is way too easy to do damage. The recommended jumpers can be put on top of the caps ok but using solderwick across the whole cap makes them real easy to remove with a slight amount of pressure from the iron. We are talking ounces here not pounds!
Please read through all the SI threads. This is not a waste of time. Lots of nice pictures have been posted showing everything we have discussed including how to mount power supply caps. Lots of ideas and examples shown as well.
If this doesnít answer all of your questions I will be very surprised.
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Originally posted by drjlo
Thanks for the link, which shows beautiful pic's, but it doesn't show any actual SMD component removal or input cap/PS cap addition. Do you have a link that shows what to do to remove (if necessary) SMD caps and replace with auricap input caps and add bigger PS cap to the power pins? TIA.

You may find this recently openned thread usefull - it contains many good pictures posted by @lf :
Inductors in T Amp
and as sx881663 says, there are many other threads to explore - take yourself to diyAudioForums>top>amplifiers>classD>
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You may find this recently openned thread usefull - it contains many good pictures posted by @lf :
Inductors in T Amp
and as sx881663 says, there are many other threads to explore - take yourself to diyAudioForums>top>amplifiers>classD>
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Gordon,
Yes a lot of effort went into doing all those pictures, a good job even if I don't agree with all he is doing. Much of it is too advanced for someone without proper skills or soldering equipment.
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Is it ok to use 1% 1/4w metal resistors as replacement for feedback resistors r4 and r5? I can't source smd resistors locally. Thanks
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