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Old 5th October 2008, 06:42 PM   #1
erikb is offline erikb  Netherlands
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Default bose 1801 repairs

Hey there,

i recently obtained a bose 1801 from the basement of an old theatre. The thing weights 37 kg, has one huge transformer and two 14000 uF 100V caps.

After a few hours of measuring and replacing the rectifier, power cord and several times the current limiting resistor, it seems like i got a working power supply. And i haven't killed myself yet .

I made some pic's, here they are:

Now i got some questions:

1. When i measure the 2N5840 resistors with my cheap multimeter in diode mode, i get some values from B to E and from B to C. They are around 500, what are these values?

2. Can i use these values to match pairs?

3. The service manual says that for some models the 2N5840 can be changes to MJ15011 transistors (much easier to get), yet it also says they are not compatible. Can anybody help me there? I'm not sure about the important specs to look at when searching for replacement transistors...

4. I read alot here the last few days and one of the things was that old opamps (70's) are crap. Is this true and what could be a decent replacement for this MC1556G?

5. What are your opinions about keeping this monster as original as possible or changing it a bit for better sound/looks (like replacing some resistors and caps in the audio path, change to LED lightning)?

thanks in advance
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Old 6th October 2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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MJ15024 would be the simplest answer here.
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Old 6th October 2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Default one thing

you need to do for sure is to check all ( and i mean all )electrolytic capacitors for leaks or values that probably gone to mars

it is very likelly that these caps are gone ...... in practice those axial caps existing in your boards are going faulty much more easy than vertical caps....

then if your machine was exposed to wet area there is also a good possibility that resistors also have other values than specified ....

resistance checks is not the method to match transistors ..... see many posts on diyaudio on how to do that .....

first you need to find out what needs to be replaced ( resistors caps )

Then you decide what quality will be your replacement parts ....

changing the electro's to something proper ( not meaning expansive or exotic ) adding bypass caps where ever needed replacing all resistors with metal film types and replacing of signal involved capacitors with something better will make a hell of a nice amp ....

also notice in the schematic tha you have an op amp in the input ..... there might be a few things you can do there ..... find a better op amp to fit you needs

doing all these would be the place for me to stop ....trying to do more will not get you anywhere ....i allready think that these might be allredy too much and also non of it is plag and play ......messing up with input opamp might have side effects and also messing up with the out puts can be also tricky ..... i wouldnt change them i think ( have no time to check specs of the original transistors ) i would stop thouh in here .....but thats me ....may be other forum memebers can advice you on how to make your amp more ....exotic

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Old 6th October 2008, 11:44 PM   #4
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To be honest with the age of all those parts, i'd be inclined to say gut it, and built the Leach Super Amp into the case. From the schematic, it looks very similar anyway.
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Old 7th October 2008, 12:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like i'll have to rebuild almost the complete PCB then . Or better even, etch a new one, that's probably quicker than desoldering and repairing the thing.

It could be fun to build a board using this design, upgrade it a bit with more modern solid state and listen to the difference between the channels.

I've got some reading to do, i'll be back .
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Old 7th October 2008, 02:45 PM   #6
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Originally posted by jaycee
To be honest with the age of all those parts, i'd be inclined to say gut it, and built the Leach Super Amp into the case. From the schematic, it looks very similar anyway.
+1. But with only +/-85v rails and 6x MJ15024/5, you could just run a straight parallel output stage. Did this with mine back in '90. The new design also used an op-amp input stage (LF412) and a push-pull VAS, making it more similar to the BGW amps.
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Old 25th May 2010, 03:12 AM   #7
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hi all. this thread is old. but its titled bose 1801 repairs. last post was october 2008. what happened nobody owns 1801's no more? or 1801's are not breaking? anyway, i have this 1801 that the left uv meter is not working. the right uv meter works just fine. the led meters works fine also. i get audio on both channels. i have a digital multimeter. i love the uv meters and would like to get this working again. i think i can order another generic working uv meter just use the inner parts like the coil that makes the needle move. but first i need help to fix the problem that killed my uv meter.
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Old 25th May 2010, 05:34 AM   #8
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Default Bose 1801

The leach amps are fully complimentary, the Bose is a quasi complimentary so they are not even close in design on this core.

The Leach uses comp difff amps the Bose uses an IC in the front end
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Old 25th May 2010, 03:18 PM   #9
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any bose 1801 owners or previous owners help or pointers needed here to find out what killed my left uv meter.
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Old 25th May 2010, 05:08 PM   #10
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You want to know how to fix it?

Take it apart, clean it, check the solder joints. I am able to get most working.
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