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Old 4th February 2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Diode swapping: ordinary diodes Vs. schotky

I am thinking of replacing the ordinary diodes that comes in my DAC and integrated amplifier.

Is it worth replacing the existing diodes by schotky diode type? Will a rectifier with faster diodes brings better audio quality?

Can I just replace the existing ones when choosing schotky types or is it required a further modification?

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Old 4th February 2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Yes !

Google 1N4002 or 4003's or whatever is in your kit already and read the spec sheets.
Check the values and then choose the schottky's to match.
Go higher in value if that's all you can find.

I started just buying the UF4007 ( ultra fast ) and there was a noticeable difference in my CD player.
The schottky types have turned out to be even better.

Nice easy mod - good gains
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Old 6th February 2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Thank you for your tip!

Do you recommend any specific brand of diodes?

Moreover, can I just swap the existing diodes or is it required a further modification on the rectifier?


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Yes !

Google 1N4002 or 4003's or whatever is in your kit already and read the spec sheets.
Check the values and then choose the schottky's to match.
Go higher in value if that's all you can find.

I started just buying the UF4007 ( ultra fast ) and there was a noticeable difference in my CD player.
The schottky types have turned out to be even better.

Nice easy mod - good gains
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Old 6th February 2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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I did use the SB line from Vishay.
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Old 6th February 2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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Sonic_Real_One,

You are always helpful!
Thank you again!

Regards


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I did use the SB line from Vishay.
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Old 6th February 2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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That's an excellent link - thanks Sonic

( he knows a lot more than I do about this stuff ! )

btw - no other modifications needed - straight swap.
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Old 6th February 2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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You're welcome
Pay attention to yor required voltages - don't go too much over what you really need as reverse voltage, the direct voltage drop is increasing (in steps) with the reverse one.
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Old 6th February 2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Hi Sonic

What are the consequences of going too far over ?
Is it audible or just plain dangerous ?
As an example - I've just put larger caps in an amplifier power supply and automatically ( and without much thought ) added larger faster diodes to cope.
I went from 1A 200 V to 4A 600 V rating.

There's no black smoke yet and it sounds better.

but...am I safe ?

Many thanks
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Old 6th February 2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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There is less "benefit" from running a Schottky diode. One that is "closer" of your limits will have lower voltage drop and lower heat disipation.
But yes, bigger caps (especially with low ESR) will require higher i2t values. Not so much higher reverse voltage (like from 200V to 600V).
Of course there is no risk of "smoke" if you go higher

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Old 7th February 2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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The retifyiend electrolytic capacitors of both integrated amplifier and DAC are respectively Nippon Chemicon and Rubycon's. Will I need lower ESR capacitors if I decide to use schottky diodes?
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