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Old 4th November 2012, 11:49 PM   #111
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Single ended, a CD player with B1, Threshold sl-10 makes it better but still very shy. I was expected that it will be less loud than my threshold 400a, but it is produce less volume than even yamaha ca-800 in what they call class a.
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Old 5th November 2012, 12:32 AM   #112
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I zoomed into your picture around the RCA connection, i do not see the jumper in place, did you connect on underside? I do not have pcb in my hand but you should need to jumper -In to InG, IIRC

This would increase the volume for sure!

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Old 5th November 2012, 12:42 AM   #113
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Thanks! I think thats it! I.e. SG is signal grnd., UIN is input and SG should be connected with -IN, right?
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Old 5th November 2012, 12:49 AM   #114
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Yeah, -In should be jumped to SG....
grab a test lead and touch to the pad, should be sweet music!

I ran mine with test lead in place for several days while bench testing the amps (clipped over the edge of pcb) finally built a proper XLR-RCA cable. I should very soon finish my balanced pre-amp so no need to run it crippled anymore!

Hope you get it running, and enjoy a good nights sleep.

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Yeeehooo! :-) Sting is singing out of one speaker , soo cool!
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Hope it sounds good!
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Old 5th November 2012, 02:54 PM   #117
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I was listening the amp for 3-4 hours and that what I get:
1) Need a heatsink for input transistors. I use ZVP3310 in TO92 case and standard small heat sinks I bought just useless. The transistors avery HOT!
2) Bias. I measure voltage drop on a 1ohm source resistor and get 0.32V after couple of hours of operation. That gives me 6x0.32=1.92A of bias. The heatsinks are cool so, I will put a pot instead of R19 and rise the bias.
I have a big question what to do with current gain?

I read these threads:
Aleph5....it works!!!
DC offset / Bias setting for Aleph 2
Upping the bias on Aleph 2
And A30 schematics ZM attached above.
However, I do not understand is I need change a current gain after I change bias and can I do it without 1khz sine into the input of a given amplitude.

So, I understand that current gain affects the sound of the amp a lot, but do not get when and how to set it.
I would appreciate any comments and clarifications! :-)
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Old 5th November 2012, 03:22 PM   #118
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well , for current gain , there is no other way than to measure it and then, if needed, set it to desired amount

read what Pa sez for AC gain :

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Post #3
I'm not sure that the quote addresses the question. I
interpret it as wanting to know how to set the current
gain of the Aleph current source, not the DC bias.

For the former, you generally want to set the gain so that
the AC variation of the current source is about 1/2 the output
current. It can be more or less, but 50% gives the optimal
energy efficiency figure.

You will note in the Aleph schematics that the Base of the NPN
transistor which controls the current source attaches to the
output of the amplifier through an RC network. The value for
C is set arbitrarily high so that it does not interfere with audio
frequencies, and it is the value of R which is the most convenient
spot to adjust the gain of the current source. For the purpose
of this discussion, I'll call it R0.

If you set the amplifier driving a sine wave into a load (let's say
16 Vrms into 8 ohms at 100 Hz), you can measure the current
variation of the gain N channel Mosfets (whose Sources attach
through power resistors to the - supply rail) with a cheap AC
voltmeter placed across one of these Source resistors. With
R0 taken out of the circuit, you will get one AC value across the
Source resistor (say 470 mV, for example). As you put a value
for R0 in the circuit, this will decline, and when it measures 1/2
the value without R0, you have reached 50%. If it measures
1/4 the value, the current gain of the Aleph source is 75%, and
this figure is too high for a standard Aleph. Most listeners like
the Alephs at 50% or lower, so I recommend between 50% and
100% of the AC voltage value compared with no R0.

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As I understand it is set up to be 50% with 1501R resistor, but if I change the bias up to 30-40% will it change AC current gain, or I can leave it as is (or maybe just take a risk and change it without measuring, according to some extrapolations for other cases?)?

ZM, thanks a lot, is there any song you want me to play on the amp to thank you after I we done? :-)
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naah

just leave it as is ( I mean AC gain) and enjoy in listening

later , when your understanding ( read while you are listening ) of circuit operation rise ..... then make measurements and alter what you want

song - any Hendrix or Zappa , longer than 7 minutes
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