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Old 9th April 2011, 04:07 AM   #91
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Patrick,

If after you release the pictures there is more interest, why don't we check the possibility to have cases produced locally, like finding one manufacturer in USA, one in Europe and one in Asia. This will cut a lot of shipment costs.

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Old 9th April 2011, 04:41 AM   #92
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The names I have in mind would be Greg or Fred, Uwe, and John.
This is the least that I can do for the group, PM follows.
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Old 9th April 2011, 05:13 AM   #93
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> If after you release the pictures there is more interest, why don't we check the possibility to have cases produced locally, like finding one manufacturer in USA, one in Europe and one in Asia. This will cut a lot of shipment costs.

a) There is assurance of quality.
b) There is no control of the intellectual properties of the drawings.
c) It will probably be more expensive than us including shipment.

We thought about that and decided not to, in the end.
I did not see a flood of subscribers after the 25, so for me it was a good number, for this year.




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Old 9th April 2011, 05:14 AM   #94
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Many thanks to the volunteers.
You will receive a email something during the course of today.


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Old 9th April 2011, 05:44 AM   #95
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Here I release the first photos and details of the case. More to come later when I have time.

-- Overall dimensions are approximately 350 (W) x 370 (D) x 170mm (H).
-- 2 Conrad MF35-151 heatsinks.
-- 15mm thick AL6061 CNC milled front panel, with cut-outs on the rear surface for the protection PCB. Brushed and matt anodised.
-- 303 SST push button; 3mm dual colour (Red/Blue) LED.
-- the Proto now shows a 2mm SST top plate laser cut, with 0.8mm diameter wire mesh, 3mm grid, underneath (not yet shown); however we intend to replace this with 3mm thick aluminium 6063 with CNC drilled 3mm perforations to make the "X".
-- 96mm standard kitchen size SST handle (so that you can choose other ones to your taste).
-- Rear panel 3mm AL6063 (to be) matt anodised is detachable and NOT part of the structure, to allow customised engraved rear panels from Schaeffer, etc.
-- 303 SST feet

The other features (transformer vibration isolation from case) will be explained later together with the photos.


Hope it meets your expectations,
Patrick

PS The rear panel has a slight error in that one XLR is turned 90. This will be corrected in volume production.

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Old 9th April 2011, 11:05 AM   #96
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A couple more details :

One of the major concern at the beginning was plate vibration of the bottom plate. So initially the case was designed with a 8mm bottom plate in mind. This, however, is not only heavy (to ship) and expensive, but also still not rigid enough with 2 big masses (toroids) sitting in the middle.

So instead, they are now placed on a central cradle which is folded into a U-channel from 3mm AL 6063, and then machined to the required dimensions. Folding in a U gives it tremendously more stiffness, increasing the natural frequency significantly.

To improve the dynamical behaviour even further, two extra Aluminium feet are placed directly below the centre of the transformers to support their weights. This will also allow the transformer to be dynamically decoupled from the rest of the case. Details of how that might be done would be included in the assembly procedures of the case.

Similarly, the rear bracket (black, hidden behind the rear panel which is purely decorative) is also folded from 3mm 6063 AL into an open-top box . The only "thin" plate left in the case is the top plate, but this is unlikely to receive much acoustic excitation as it is near 50% perforated. Hence little pressure difference can exist between top & bottom surfaces.

The same also applies to the two bottom side covers. Their only function is to cover the case entirely for electrical safety.


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Old 9th April 2011, 11:15 AM   #97
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Each of the heat sinks has 2 SST feet, and the bottom side cover is directly bolted on using countersunk screws, so that the screw head is not visible from the side. This however puts extra demand on machining tolerances of all holes.

(I hate seeing screw heads sticking out from a case. It is only for cheap cases where they use long slots and button headed screws extensively to compensate for poor part tolerances.)

The PSU C-Reg-C has dual bridge and no common ground until they met at the star point right in the centre of the amplifier PCB. This allows the placement of the PSU capacitors to be as close to this high-bandwidth amplifier PCB as possible (near the "cool" ends of the heat sink).

So as such, each channel of the F5X can be finish assembled and tested on its own, with the PSU caps already in their final position, before it is finally wired up in the case.


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Old 9th April 2011, 11:26 AM   #98
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The next picture shows the layout of the major components within the case, including the amplifier boards (at the thermally optimised position), PSU caps, toroidal transformers, rectifiers, regulator PCBs and heat sinks, Aus PSU, etc.

The control and protection board is hidden in the front panel and hence not visible.


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Old 9th April 2011, 11:57 AM   #99
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Hi all,
the PSU mosFETs arrived in Scotland.
At first Delivery (25th March) I was not in to sign for the packet.
Since then the packet has gone back either to the local post office or to the local delivery depot. It has gone missing in that journey and cannot be traced.
Despite many promises the packet has not been re-delivered nor found.

I have raised a complaint re our "lost/missing" Special Delivery packet.

Zhou (the Sender) will have to raise a compensation claim when he gets back to Singapore, next week.

Sorry for the delays
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Old 9th April 2011, 11:59 AM   #100
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Thank you for the update, Andrew.

As mentioned before, the FETs have been sent by insured post (6 USD extra).
Money well invested in this case, unfortunately.


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