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Old 8th August 2007, 03:35 AM   #1
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Default Help with mdification of subwoofer amp

I posted in the subwoofer forum looking for some help in trying to modify a subwofer amp (remove high pass ruble filter) and am not getting much input. I thought that maybe you folks here might want to give it a stab.

Please see my sub amp post.

I would appreciate any help you could give.

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Old 8th August 2007, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hi Mike,
Is there any way of getting a proper schematic together for this? On the one you drew, please make the different parts more clear through labeling. This includes your controls.

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Old 8th August 2007, 04:45 AM   #3
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Thanks Anatech. I will try to get a better drawing done this week some time. I was having a hard time tracing this out and put up the diagram in hopes that the general topology might look familiar enough to someone that they could guide me a little further on what to focus on.

That said I will try to get the values and reconfirm the connections as best I can. Some stuff is hard t see being under the closed part of the "chasssis".

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Hi Mike,
Yes, I know it's going to be tough. Just do your best. An ohmmeter may help confirm connections.

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Old 12th August 2007, 06:49 PM   #5
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I have a little more detail and have corrected some errors. I posted the changes on the original thread in subwoofers with commentary. I am going to try to paste a link to that pic here.

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Note that R13 looks to be 11K.

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Old 13th August 2007, 04:21 AM   #6
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That schematic doesn't look right.

Here is the generic Kiega subwoofer crossover, found in 85% of most plate amps. Other brands will be more similar than different.

http://www.apexjr.com/images/sr3.jpg

R26 and R27 control the frequency and Q of the boost/filter circuit (in conjunction with C14, C15).

If you want it flat to 20Hz with a Q=1, I suggest 39.8K and 159.2K (for 0.1F). 39K and 150K are probably close enough, I doubt the caps are better than 5%.
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Old 14th August 2007, 10:12 PM   #7
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Thanks djk, I thought it looked pretty strange too. I will print out your schematic, grab the amp and spend some quality time with a magnifying glass. I peeled off the moose snot and opened up the covered part so that will make it a lot easier to see what is going on. It is not so easy for 46 year old eyes to trace those little lines accurately so mistakes are quite possible.

I am sure we will figure it out eventually. Your help is much appreciated.

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Old 19th August 2007, 09:32 PM   #8
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I finally got some time to look at it more carefully and improve the drawing. I did find some errors. The new drawing is attached below. It looks like the LP is in the circuitry between U4 and U2 but that input to U4 just has me baffled. I have check over and over again and C3 and C4 are connected together at the end away from the op amp and on the other end one is connected to the output and the other is connected to the inverting input. It has to be some king of feedback scheme but I have no idea what it is doing and how we get any output from it.

It seems like the only capacitors even remotely capable of providing a high pass function are 2, 3, 4, 5, and 11. Of course it is entirely possible that the HP is implemented in the circuitry surrounding the power amp module which I have not traced.

Unless anyone has any insight I guess my next step is to put it back together and drive it with a signal and measure with my DMM to see where a sub 40Hz signal begins to be attenuated. Sure wish I had a scope.

puzzled in Indiana

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Old 20th August 2007, 06:25 AM   #9
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It still doesn't look familiar to me.

Try increasing R13 to about 47K, that looks like it should remove most of the boost and lower the corner frequency.
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Old 20th August 2007, 11:31 PM   #10
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Thanks, I will try to plot the response as it is now and with that resistor changed and see what happens. It may be a while before I get to it but I will let you know what happens.

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