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Old 21st May 2008, 12:45 AM   #1
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I just picked up a Phase Linear Model 200 Series 2 for 100$. From what i can tell this is a screamin deal. I just wanted some opinions on this amp and possibly if anyone can send me a copy of the service manual.
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Old 21st May 2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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It depends on your point of view. If you want cheap watts, then perhaps you've got something you can live with. It's not regarded as a high end audio classic, though.

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Old 21st May 2008, 01:00 AM   #3
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They were well regarded in pro-audio, but even $100 is too much if you ask me.
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Old 21st May 2008, 01:04 AM   #4
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when you say pro audio exactly what do you mean? Like high end audio or more DJ type audio.

Thanks for your thoughts
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Old 21st May 2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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"Pro" audio means PA systems and the like. I'm not sure I'd call any of the Phase Linear amps suitable for that kind of use unless you were willing to use a lot of forced air cooling and were also willing to accept a moderately high failure rate.

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Old 21st May 2008, 01:30 AM   #6
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I was considering upgrades the TO-3 outputs to the Motorola/ON-semi MJ15003 and the MJ15004 respectively. This was a thought to increase reliability.
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Old 21st May 2008, 01:40 AM   #7
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If I'm wrong, someone will correct me PDQ, but I think you'll find two problems:
1) I can't swear to it, but I think the original output devices were Darlingtons.
2) Substitution of bipolar output devices may give you oscillation problems.
In other words, if it doesn't work after you're done fiddling with it, it wasn't really an upgrade.

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Old 21st May 2008, 01:49 AM   #8
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I just looked at the schematic and i am fairly certain that it isn't a Darlington because there would have to a driver for each output and there is only 1 driver for 2 outputs. I have heard about oscillation problems and that would be the only issue i thought i might have. I don't have a scope to check for it....

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Old 21st May 2008, 01:52 AM   #9
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I think your logic is faulty regarding the number of drivers required. The entire purpose of a Darlington is to provide extra current gain, not need more...

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Old 21st May 2008, 02:02 AM   #10
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What im saying is that in a Darlington there is 2 transistors for each package. The schematic has a 3 number of transistors creating a discrete Darlington with 1 output driver operating 2 output transistors.
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