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Old 8th June 2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Magnetic Enclosure and Solid State amps

Hi All

I am busy building a Velleman pre-amp kit and have purchased a steel enclosure and accompanying tranformer at the same time.

I then realized that the enclosure is magnetic.

I know that it is a bad idea with valve amps that have an audio transformer, but does it make a difference on a solid state devices? I have shielded wires for connections.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 8th June 2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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The steel case is a steady state magnetic field and so wont cause AC induction into your wiring system.
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Old 8th June 2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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Hi Nigel

Thanks for the response, but just to be sure, should I be worried that the power transformer inside the enclosure (I plan to host both the transformer and preamp circuit in the same box) induce a magnetic field in the enclosure and in turn into the wiring system?
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Old 13th June 2010, 04:55 AM   #4
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As long as nothing shorts to the chassis, which goes for any hardware, there is no problem whatsoever between steel and transformers.

Consider that huge quantities of commercial power amps, preamps, A/V receivers, CD players, etc. all use stamped steel enclosures with internal transformers with zero issues.

If your project fits in the enclosure and you follow safe construction practices, you are good to go!

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Old 13th June 2010, 10:44 AM   #5
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this is not a recommendation just my (in)experience.

I have never been able to make a steel chassis power amp as quiet as a no chassis power amp.
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Old 13th June 2010, 02:23 PM   #6
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Knl, steel is absolutely fine, just follow a few basic guidelines…

Ground the case to the mains input ground at one point
Do not use the chassis for audio signal return paths
If using an E-I type transformer, ground the transformer mounting frame
Insulate audio signal input sockets from the case
Space circuit boards away from the chassis a few mm

If you are concerned about radiated field from your transformer consider placing it behind a partition. A sheet of 20 awg steel should be useful in this regard, but it must be well grounded.
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