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Old 13th March 2009, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Rectifiers replacement in Nad3020

I would like to replace rectifiers in an old Nad 3020 (they are 1N5401).
I found no Schottky with correct characteristics so I wonder if some of the following should be an improvement:

UF5408 (ultra fast recovery)
FR304 (fast recovery)
MR854 (fast recovery)
RG3G (glass passivated fast switching recovery).

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Old 13th March 2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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Why does "fast rectification" indicate good audio quality?
It ACTUALLY creates more "snap off" current transient combined with parasititIcs to create RFI hash. Requiring the use of snubbers and more bypassing to tame.
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1N540... series is perfect for a such amp PSU. Keep them.
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It's a suggestion I've read often in the forum: "improve PSU with fast recovery rectifiers"...
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Old 14th March 2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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Hi
This has been discussed many times around here. see example thread Best diodes for generic power supply

IMO and that of 99% of designers of high end audio gear is that standard diodes are best at line rectification.
Novice psuedo designers and tweekers alike select exotic fast diodes (after all faster must be better) because it gives them some feelings that they have discovered some new magic. They point to hearing tests instead of scopes and spectrum analyzers.
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