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Old 11th November 2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Aleph 2 - 100k mfd enough?

I have an Aleph 2 with 100k mfd capacitance in the power supply (in a CLC configuration). I have noticed that many people use much larger capacitance.

Am I missing out on something with having less capacitance?

If I am over biasing, does this demand more capacitance as well?

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Old 11th November 2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Is that 100 thousand per amp (both rails), per rail, or for both channels? The amount of capacitance by itself doesn't supply enoungh information.
How much is enough depends on your point of view and on external factors like how noisy your power lines are.
That said, 100,000 uF per channel sounds like a good number.

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EDIT: Yes, more capacitance is appropriate for higher bias.
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Old 12th November 2006, 03:02 AM   #3
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Yes, 100k per amp (both rails). The service manual states 4 x 22K. I am using a 1000 VA tranny.

I guess I was just wondering why so many people are using much more capacitance.
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Old 12th November 2006, 10:37 AM   #4
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I was just wondering why so many people are using much more capacitance.

I think that they want the ripple voltage as low as possible.
So, they try more capacitane than "good enough."
I can hardly say that something wrong there . . .
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Old 12th November 2006, 11:03 AM   #5
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Just ask Duncan's PSUD what's wrong with it.
Just paralleling capacitors at the rectifier's output makes things worse - charge current rises and generates nasty spikes you will hardly ever get rid of. Increasing capacitance behind the choke is another story.
Do yourself a favor and play with PSUD, there's a lot to learn about such a (not so) simple thing like a power amplifier supply.
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Old 12th November 2006, 05:08 PM   #6
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Thanks - I will do that. I have much to learn...
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Old 13th November 2006, 09:38 PM   #7
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Caps across the diodes will do quite nicely in taming spikes. You can also use soft recovery diodes. It's not that big a problem.

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Old 14th November 2006, 01:17 AM   #8
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I am using the IXYS FRED br. Would these benefit from the coupling caps?
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