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Old 13th November 2008, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Zen V1 Higher Voltage Rails?

HAS ANYONE RUNT THE ZEN V1 AT HIGHER VOLTAGES THAN THE 34V THE DESIGN WAS DESIGNED TO RUN ON. IVE HEARD SOME BASICS BUT I WAS INTERESTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS PUSHED MORE VOLTAGE INTO THE CIRCUIT AND WHAT WAS THE RESULT IN EITHER TESTING AND/OR LISTENING? IF THERE ARE ADVANTAGES THEN WHY WOULD THE ORIGINAL DESIGN NOT ALREADY RUN ON HIGHER VOLTAGE THAN 34 VOLTS?
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Old 13th November 2008, 04:19 AM   #2
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I've run the Zen at higher voltages, and at higher bias currents with good results. I believe that Mr. Pass arrived at 34V @ 2amp bias for reliability of the mosfets used in the project.

As stated in the article:
"I have constructed larger versions of this circuit using industrial Mosfet packages which are rated at 600 watts apiece, and they work fine. The simplicity of the amplifier allows a great tolerance to modification."

Clearly, Nelson has pushed the design to its limit, as have many builders. As long as your heatsinks and power supply can tolerate it, increase bias/voltage to your hearts content and see for yourself. Keep some spare fets handy.

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p.s. - posting in all capital letters isn't necessary unless your real mad.

edit: I followed your other thread as well, the one with the pics of your chassis. If you increase voltage/bias, you might want to use fans, or get bigger heatsinks.
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Old 13th November 2008, 04:38 AM   #3
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well ive decided to lower the current to 2 amps but the voltage coming in will be around 43-45v
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still my question was what the good results are. does it result in more usable output power?
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Old 13th November 2008, 05:00 AM   #5
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still my question was what the good results are. does it result in more usable output power?
Sure, more voltage, more power. Your increasing the voltage roughly 10-11 volts over stock, not a huge deal. I built the zen with a 3 amp bias and ran it at 50V, it was fantastic. As far as results are concerned, that's ultimately up to your ears.
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