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Old 7th April 2001, 09:12 PM   #1
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Awhile ago I downloaded the schematics for the Mark Levinson ML2 amplifier (www.marklev.com) and found them very unimpressive. However I've been bored the last week and I redrew them, and they are actually something I would like to build. I've drawn it all out with some PCB layout and it looks like fun.

I was considering building "monoblocks" with two ML2s in each, engineered to be bridged effectively, so, 50W 8 ohms,
100W 4 ohms, etc.. Any problems with this?

Heat dissipation is not a problem, as the original ML2 used wimpy sinking, and my capabilties are for much bigger..

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Aaron Finley
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Old 8th April 2001, 02:11 AM   #2
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Aaron,
Mark Levinson ML2...now there's a name you don't hear every day of the week. Not any more, anyway. My recollection is that the power supply on those was sufficient (and the bias, etc.) to where they were able to keep doubling on down to virtually zip as far as loads go.
Go for it. Let me know how it turns out, sonically, when you get done.

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Old 8th April 2001, 02:57 AM   #3
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Cool go for it

I just found that site the other day. Theres some good stuff there. I currently have picture of the ML-9 on my PC desktop. Talk about power supplies. 1.2KVA transformer we are talking about arc welding here guys. I say go for it!
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Old 9th April 2001, 04:38 AM   #4
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Default 1.2 kva?

1.2 kva? Arc-welding??

When I finally got my act together to build a Son of Zen i used two 2 KVA toroids.. so 4 KVA total.. it is quite quite heavy, the chassis is 19" W, 12" H, and 30" D.. 150 lbs i would say.. and only 50w/ch.. oh well. Seems at this level the inefficency is a killer.
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Old 9th April 2001, 06:17 AM   #5
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4kW???
Where is the "what tha f***" icon?
I like Nelson Pass, and I think the SOZ has got to be the biggest prank ever pulled in the audio world.
One could extrapolate that amplification in its purest form is simply a large industrial space heater.
Let's call it "the wire with heat".
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Old 9th April 2001, 01:27 PM   #6
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Default soz

I tend to agree with grataku the SOZ isn't real practical. At least not for me. I mean 4KVA total is insane for 50 Watts. And I am from western Canada where winters get cold.
Pass has some great ideas and has helped the diy community alot but I don't have enough metal in my car to sink the heat it puts out. Still I respect those who have built SOZ they have more guts than me. (I would surely burn my house down)
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Old 9th April 2001, 04:08 PM   #7
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Default Reuse

Thankfully, with DIY designs, you can reuse your parts. That was certainly a fun project though.. but I felt really shepish, I would have friends over, "oh my lord! how many watts?" 50.. "50?!!" and so on..
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Old 9th April 2001, 04:36 PM   #8
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Cool I hear ya

My friends all think I'm nuts too. Even though the designs I have been building aren't so extreme as SOZ. They still think I am a cookie short of a box. Guess they don't understand the fun and the satisfaction of DIY. Thus the need for a forum like this!
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