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Old 25th December 2012, 07:57 PM   #741
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Would you believe Nelson Pass?
http://www.firstwatt.com/pdf/art_power_supplies.pdf
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Old 25th December 2012, 08:10 PM   #742
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Originally Posted by buzzforb View Post
A toroid that is 3 to 5 times the dissipation amount is the best way to calculate things............

I would say it depends on output power
smaller amps might need more 'headroom' because you probably push it harder

small amps, a factor 10 is not hard to achieve
with very big amps, a factor 5 might make more sense
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Old 25th December 2012, 08:31 PM   #743
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This is main reason I have suggested further off site investigation. In reality, multiple factors are involved. Do you base it on rated power or dissipated power? Dissipated power is easy, rated, not so much. My generalizations are just that. OTOH, I have built an F5TV2 with an undersized 400VA toroid and it plays music. Check the GB thread for specific numbers from Antek, if interested.
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Regardless of the size amp , 10 times 8 ohm rating is best ....
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Old 25th December 2012, 09:46 PM   #745
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Old 26th December 2012, 12:22 AM   #746
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Likewise buzz,lol.
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Old 26th December 2012, 12:59 AM   #747
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Merry christmas to all!

Buzz, I shall work through and post!
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Old 26th December 2012, 05:07 AM   #748
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Old 27th December 2012, 01:15 PM   #749
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All this configuring XFRM's and power disapated/output does seem to confuse to many. There are plenty here who know these things. There are also slight differences in the terminology and casual statements that are not clearly defined. There is also the feeling that after helping someone, a week later there is another one? and another? and there isn't really any digging it out or reading through the thread, just explaining and answers. Some of you feel insulted, useless and even pissed. But, the people who keep answering over and over (the ones that know what their doing) are not happy dealing with it this way either.
These are basic electonics issues. The very first coarse you take on the road to elec eng will probably drive home some AC/DC theroy and Ohm's law. Nelson's papers and coments are good but, you need a "little" understanding if you are going to go with the "rules of thumb". More understanding if you are actually evaluating the big picture using all the numbers.
I have seen some confussion here regarding output watts: peak, avg or rms?
Also, Output Rail voltage being stated as actually only the output voltage and no accounting for FET loss?
I think the biggest issue though might actually be the rediculous desire for MORE WATTS. What is that? If we were all talking ClassA, Class AB etc. there could be a good discussion but, I don't see everyone on the same page ussually? To me, if you want 150+ Wrms of classA power there is something wrong with this picture. The power disapation of 1 amp like that will heat a room in winter all by itself. You might need the air conditioner to use stereo amps in the winter. And the cost and size/weight. Maybe new speakers would be cheaper? The F5 and variants are a very good, simple, High bias ClassAB amp with the capability for substantial average ClassA listening level while also providing a comfortable amount of headroom for transients and peaks.
Along these same lines, there is a very good test to understand a little what is necessary in your system at this thread A Test. How much Voltage (power) do your speakers need?
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Default Completed F5 Turbo V3

Finally, after months of putting together various pieces, I completed the F5 Turbo V3 today gifting myself for the new year!

Basically the V3 is built around Teabag's boards using 4 pairs for each channel. The schematic is exactly the way it is on NP's article.

The AC rail voltage is 32V and gives 47VDC per rail after rectifier and caps on no load condition. The toroid is 1KVA, 2 X 32V. The capacitors used are Panasonic CE THA model 27000 uF, 63V X 8 per rail in a CRC config.

I have used a soft start switch from ebay, which seems to work well with a push button start switch.

The amp is turned on - no problems. Check with bulb first, no problems. Biases well and offset is stable after adjustment. No hum, no noise cannot even make out that the amp is on when a test speaker is connected, with inputs shorted as well as open.

The chassis is massive with huge heatsinks. A similar chassis handled V2 with ease. But I can tell you that the V3 is a different ball game. The heatsinks get quite hot. The 4 pairs push heat like hell.

Only concern right now is that I have biased each output transistor at 300mV when quite hot. At that bias setting, when started cold, it starts at 75mV and climbs all the way to 300mV in a matter of 1 hour. Is this normal. Is the thermistor control working? I have made sure that the thermistors are touching the heatsink and have also applied heatsink goop for better conduction.

I want to see the bias stop at 300mV and climb no further. I have right now kept it under observation.

Any comments and advice appreciated. Attached are some of the pictures.

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