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Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 10:57 AM

Amp Protection Circuit - Here!
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Many folks here have been looking for an Amplifier Protection Schematic. Many links have been provided with many pointing to Rod's project. Here is a circuit from Elektor published in the 1980s. It is relatively cheap and the components are readily available. The circuit is very reliable.

The functions provided by the circuits are as follows:
Power on Delay, Output DC protection for speakers, Delayed speaker connection (all of these accomplished thru' 2 [or 3] relays) and Thermal protection (a fan and indicator LED can be switched on at a predetermined temperature of the heatsinks).

Not shown in the schematic are 15-0-15 Volt 15VA transformer and a 12 volt regulator (LM7812).

This is the schematic that has all functions mentioned above except the thermal part:

Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 11:07 AM

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This is the PCB layout for the above protection circuit:

Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 11:09 AM

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The component overlay is here:

Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 11:14 AM

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The temperature sensor circuit is optional. It only switches on a Fan and indicator LED through a relay but does not disable the speakers or the input to the amp. These can be configured by the user if desired.

Schematic of the Thermal Sensor:

Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 11:16 AM

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PCB artwork for the Thermal Sensor:

Samuel Jayaraj 8th October 2002 11:17 AM

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Component Overlay for the Thermal Sensor PCB:

edl 27th November 2006 07:58 PM

Lot thanks! :cool:

lineup 27th November 2006 08:23 PM

Can you give some basic

how and where to attach the inputs from an amplifier

I guess for example that T8 and T9, in temp sensor,
are to be put on main heatsink of power amp?

Samuel Jayaraj 28th November 2006 01:16 PM

The circuit needs a 12-0-12 or 15-0-15volt 300-500mA transformer. You could tap the power after the rectifier diodes and run an LM7812 to get the 12 volt DC supply for the relays.

Amp outputs are wired from NC contacts of the output relays to R1 and R4 of Figure 1. Ground connections have to be completed.

Lineup, you are right about the temp. sensing transistors. You can do a variety of things with Re3 contacts - mute the input, switch on fans, trigger a temperature variable fan circuit; or if set to sense very high temperatures of output devices/heatsink, cut off power to the output stages of the amp etc.,

richie00boy 28th November 2006 01:27 PM

Nice find. Do you have the original article? If you scan the artworks in and save as PNG (lossless compression) instead of JPG (losy compression) you would achieve usable artworks :cool:

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