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Old 15th August 2003, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Here are some pics of my version of the Holton Lateral amplifier using Exicon Mosfets.
I have attached the board layout, this is my own design. If Anthony Holton disagrees with this being posted here please say so and it can be removed.
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Nice work!

I just want to comment your drivers. This arrangement is very sensitive to vibrations and chocks (not a problem in your case maybe, the amp will be at home and not moved around). Shorten the transistor pins and fixate the heatsinks with glue. Copper pins are rather weak when it comes to bendning back and forth.
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Hey Matth,

Your homepage doesn't work!

Nice layout!

But I think you can save some free spaces in the board..
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Old 15th August 2003, 12:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Peranders, the amps will be in the horizontal position and the heatsinks are not very heavy so I think it won't be a problem, but point taken.

AudioPT, Yeah I see now that I have left "pwp" out of my URL, don't worry though your not missing anything at the moment, I just use the space to host pictures. I must get around to cleaning is up at some point.
I think this board could be condensed down to a very small size but at the moment it meets my requirements, feel free to modify the layout and post it back.

I haven't lisened to these amps yet, I was doing final scope testing and power testing yesterday when I mistakenly connected the output of my function generaator to the +50v lead instead of the i/p lead a moment later the generator went bang Doh!!
I will let you all know how it sounds after the weekend.
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Old 15th August 2003, 12:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Peranders, the amps will be in the horizontal position and the heatsinks are not very heavy so I think it won't be a problem, but point taken.
In industrial environments heavy things on long leads is a big

"Heavy" is not very heavy in order to get you into trouble but as a genreal rule: keep big caps, heatsinks, transformers etc. tightened to the pcb with screws or glue.
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An alternative view (about 180 degrees out):

If you have things that can move wrt each other, you NEED to have some lead length to prevent things from cracking and/or breaking.

Don't shorten the transistor leads, they are necessary to pick up any movement relative to the PCB when heating and cooling.

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Old 15th August 2003, 10:43 PM   #9
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Hello Jan,

I would agree with your post with respect to the output devices. However PerAnder was referring to the drivers that are up off the PCB by 2 cm or so. I agree with PerAnder in this regard.

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Don't shorten the transistor leads, they are necessary to pick up any movement relative to the PCB when heating and cooling.
As I said keep all radial parts pins short but axial parts like diodes, caps, resistors must have some "expanding room" especially if they are hot. Don't bend the legs too close to the body or with too small radius. Keep all parts close the pcb unless you have very special reasons for like very hot resistors which needs cooling.
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