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Old 6th December 2007, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Krell KSA-50 problems


One of my friends has an original Krell KSA-50. There was a contact problem with the heat protection sensor.

After repairing the bad sensor contact, I decided to look at the square waves on both channels.

When feeding the amp with a 20khz square wave, I had a big surprize. I never saw something so bad as what I saw on both channels square waves.

This amp seems to oscillate or it is really sick. Placing a 1uF in parallel with the load shows that it doesn't like capacitive charges at all.

As this amp was made in 1983, someone told me that the output transistors and the power supply caps are worn.

What is the problem. On the picture, you see 20khz square wave with 8 ohm load. Both channels are showing that.
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Old 8th December 2007, 07:43 AM   #2
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Classic look of the high-pass output of a crossover.

(note the collectors of the Vas must be connected to the base of the drivers)

If C4 or C5 dry up (very common), amplifier will go to unity gain at low frequency. It will have normal gain above the pole set by C3/R9 (probably 3Khz~5Khz).
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