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Old 28th September 2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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Question Mod tips wanted:Denon Power Amp

I recently acquired a second Denon POA2400 which needs replacement of a few parts. This is their "Optical Class-A" amp, rated 200W/8ohms, 350W/4ohms. My working unit is great, but I see that many parts are less than "audiophile-grade"...

I figure as long as I'm in there, maybe I could upgrade some critical parts in the signal path and power supply rails.

Anyone modded these amps, or have suggestions for changing those parts which would give the "most bang for the buck"?

-chas

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...Or perhaps I should take the terrific (potted toroid)power transformer and build a new amp from scratch(any design recommended for +/-72v rails)?

Any guidance or opinions are welcome.

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Old 28th September 2008, 09:00 AM   #3
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Finally, the main(current) power supply.

The bridge rectifiers & large caps could be replaced(remember-bang for the buck)... any suggestions?

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Lastly a photo of the amp itself, sans cover(showing power supply, boards and heatsinks).
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Quote:
Originally posted by clm811
take the terrific power transformer and build a new amp
Leach amp boards : http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/attac...amp=1222149740

Such a power amp is one heck of a conversion amp, as are all late 80s Denon numbers, only requires a board transplant.
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Old 28th September 2008, 07:39 PM   #6
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Default Where to find?

Thanks, Jacco! Looks great, BUT- Where can one obtain plans or purchase the boards/kit, etc.??

And I still welcome any mods/tips for this impressive amp.

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Old 29th September 2008, 04:08 PM   #7
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Default Found it, Thanks!

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Old 1st October 2008, 05:22 AM   #8
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Default Parts upgrade suggestions?

The amp diagrams above show no caps in signal path, BUT there are resistors and bypass caps (as well as power supply caps and bridges(obvious candidates).

Which of these do you folks think are most inportant to upgrade in quality? Or should ALL parts be upgraded(too expensive and I'd probably go to another circuit).

TIA -chas
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Old 24th October 2008, 10:55 PM   #9
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Default Decided to go another way

I've decided to repair/restore the POA2400 and sell it off to fund premium parts for my Rasmussen-Leach/clone amps...

Anyone want to buy a nice Denon POA2400?

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I would just replace the electrolytic capacitors.
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