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Old 11th February 2009, 04:48 AM   #2811
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Peter,

Very clean indeed.

Where do you get those speaker terminals? I've noticed that you use them a lot.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 11th February 2009, 04:51 AM   #2812
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I get them from Cardas (Patented Binding Posts), both Percy and Partsconnexion sell them too.
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Old 11th February 2009, 05:01 AM   #2813
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Default Re: F5 build on one Conrad-151 hsink

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Originally posted by ichiban
Finally got to test the boards on one Conrad MF35-151.5 heat sink to test its
ability to cool two F5s for a possible balanced configuration. If it is too hot,
Nelson has commented that the bias could be reduced to lower hs temp.

The amps biased up easily enough. The current is 1.1775A on each mfet, {0.683v/0.58ohms}. So far, after two hours the temps range from 61C, 57C, 50C going from the center of the hs to the edge.
As can be seen in the pics the mfets are clamped high up on the sink and the middle two could be separated more. Also, the ambient basement temp is 15.6C {60F}.

Hope to give a listen on junk drivers tonight and if it's behaving maybe hook them to a pair of Seas Thors fed directly with the Buffalo Sabre/Ivy w/volumite.

Nice pictures of your setup!
The optimal vertical placement of the fets is 1/3 from the bottom, but I guess you already know that.
I think you might be pushing it by running two channels on one conrad sink - when you put the whole thing in an enclosing, the sinks will loose some efficiency and even worse if you place the amp in a audio furniture later on. Lowering the bias will give you more distortion.
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Old 11th February 2009, 05:12 AM   #2814
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How do you like it compared to...........
Well, I can only compare to a GC that I was using during last few years and the F3 that I've been using for over a year now as well.

When I tried Aleph 30 couple years ago, I admired the midrange quality but the highs were lacking and I never went back to this amp again.

F3 was interesting right from a start, but I found that the output coupling cap was a limiting factor and if I didn't do anything about it, I wouldn't be probably using that amp either. With cap modification, the amp is very smooth, relaxing and detailed. I have it in my main system, with A75 at bottom end, and I couldn't be asking for more.

When I listened to F5 first time, I thought pretty good, but probably not good enough to replace GC, another wasted effort

Then I thought why not removing all the parts that are not really needed and off went current limiting circuitry: the amp opened up and instead of boring became much more interesting and involving, to a point that I spent whole evening listening to it.

Just to make sure that I'm hearing things right, I put GC back in a system and suddenly I understood what Srajan meant when talking about "leading edges" The outlines of the tones are much better defined with F5, GC is softer here and it almost feels like distortion. The F5 also exceeds in tonal purity: all the sounds have more substance. Comparing to F3, it is more intense amp, which also requires better match of the rest of a system.

The amp is so interesting now, that after 2 years rest, I put my TT rig back into use this evening....
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Old 11th February 2009, 05:40 AM   #2815
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Then I thought why not removing all the parts that are not really needed and off went current limiting circuitry: the amp opened up and instead of boring became much more interesting and involving ...


I hardly understand how come the sound has been opened up after romoving the current limiting circuitry. The Q5 and Q6 are off, doing nothing, till the amp see the maximum current, say about 10A

I know you have a special ears diferrent from the ordinary people, tho . . .

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Old 11th February 2009, 05:53 AM   #2816
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Well, if you read F5 article you may notice that I might not be the only one giving current limiting a "bad rap".
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Old 11th February 2009, 06:12 AM   #2817
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I know.

"Current limiting gets a bad rap in general, but I think its a matter of where and how the limits are set. If you build this amplifier, you are of course welcome to delete this portion of the circuit, and of course you will not complain if a shorted output lets the smoke out of your amplifier. As it is, you will still be taking some chances with a shorted output."

And, I have both with and without the current limiting circuit

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Old 11th February 2009, 09:17 AM   #2818
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Default Re: F5 Heat Sink Dissipation

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The Conrad MF35-151.5 has a thermal capacity of ~ .2 degrees C / W. Using my expert photometric capabilities and scaling by fin area, the D-988 amp has about the same fin area and thermal capacity per side - so I should get the same results. According to Pass, at idle, each FET will need to dissipate ~30 watts, so your heat sink should be about 25 degrees C above ambient.
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You forgot to look at the Conrad spec sheet and particularly the de-rating information.
When DeltaT is less than the test value used by the manufacturer then the sink MUST be de-rated according to the manufacturer's graph or formula.

When the heat source is connected to one small area of the sink instaed of spread across the whole heatsink area the sink must be de-rated for the temperature drop to the extremities. Again manufacturers give some guidance on this.

I suspect that two devices on a wide Conrad sink that is rated @ 0.2C/W will rise not 25degC, but more like 35 to 40degC.
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Old 11th February 2009, 09:28 AM   #2819
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I hardly understand how come the sound has been opened up after romoving the current limiting circuitry. The Q5 and Q6 are off, doing nothing, till the amp see the maximum current, say about 10A

I know you have a special ears diferrent from the ordinary people, tho . . .

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most transistors operate well with Vbe ~ 600mV.
But they start to turn on @ ~ 400mV.
That reduces the trigger point for the current limiting to ~ 2/3 of set current.

This lower limit should be just above the maximum current you expect your load to demand.

For a 25W into 8ohm speaker expect maximum output voltage ~20Vpk.
This can generate up to 7Apk into a reactive 8ohm speaker.

Some recent posts have suggested that reactive speakers are more demanding than generally assumed in the past. If this is the case then maximum current could approach 5times what the nominal speaker impedance may lead you to expect.
If you have a particularly demanding speaker that demands upto 12Apk from a 25W amplifier and the protection transistors are starting to turn on @ ~ 6A then expect there to be some audible effect.
It looks to me that the set point for the current protection should be raised from 10Apk to 18Apk or more to remove this audible effect.
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Old 11th February 2009, 12:01 PM   #2820
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When the barrier voltage, Vbe, of a TR is 0.6, how come it turns on at 0.4V?

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