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Old 2nd March 2003, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default Aleph 5 PSU problem please help?

Please help i have some problems with my friends aleph 5 psu
When amplifier is on there is a reference +34v on both rails but when i power off this amplifier there is 3v on minus to gnd rail and +10 volt on the second as senn on attached picture
is the caps bad or is it a normal behavior
is a bank of caps destroyed?
besides that amplifier woks extremly well
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Old 2nd March 2003, 06:30 PM   #2
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Hi,

I think this is normal cause the amp wonīt work under +10V (something to do with the 9,1V zeners).

If you donīt like this just put some bleed resistors over the caps or use the on/off led for this purpose.

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wuffwaff, thank you for a quick reply
i dont know if you understand me good
10 and 3 v are measured after turnning off the mains - taking plug from the wall
i just dont like that fact that there is such a difference it apperars strange to me and is it possible that aleph draws more from - rail?
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Old 2nd March 2003, 07:19 PM   #4
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HI xsnails!

The advice that wuffwaff of to put the bleeder resistors in paralel with the caps is a very good one...and it will resolve your problem!

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ok will try to do so
should i experiment with walue until i reach near equal values?
or doing only simple exchange between caps i meen put some from one rail to another will do too?
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Old 2nd March 2003, 07:41 PM   #6
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D'ont make any exchange between capacitors!

Put a 10 KOhm resistor betwen the + and ground and another 1ok resistor between - and ground at the output of the power suplly!

A half watt resistor will doo because the maximal current will be 3.4 mA!

And forget!!...and enjoy the sound!!!


Everything is OK

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Old 2nd March 2003, 08:51 PM   #7
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maybe you have a problem... So this voltage is measured immediately after the amp is powered off? then I am guessing that the after afew secs everything goes to 0, right?
If the amp has a load, the two half of the output pair can behave as independent entities, if the CS mosfet bias is cut off more rapidly than the gain mosfet bias you would end up with such huge differences. If you think one of your caps is shot put a couple of 8 ohms resistors as the load instead of the amp and watch what happens. If you still see this behavior then one of the caps maybe gone.
You can also check out the dc offset between output and gnd or monitor the source drop after turn off with a couple of voltmeters, see what it does.
IMO is no problem unless you hear weird noises of measure a huge dc offset at turn-off.
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Ok as i said before amp works very well
sound is great
Grataku, yes you are right it is measured jus after turn off and every thing goes to 0
cannot do much more now cos iam in work for next 7 hours
Thanks for help !!!!
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Aleph amplifiers always seem to discharge the caps unevenly. Sometimes this will cause a turn off thump heard in the speakers. Just installing the bleeder resistirs will take care of this. Some experimentation may be necessary as both resistirs will be differing vaules to get the rails to come down together. The more capacitance you have in the supply, the worse the thump will be.
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there is a 6*47000uf capacitance in the supply
turn off thump is rather small
so i will try with the resistor
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