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Old 14th January 2002, 08:23 PM   #1
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Question Adcom Amp Prob

I have two Adcom GFA-545 mk II amps; when I
power them down, they make "swooping" sounds through the speakers (starts high freq and
ends low freq).

One just swoops, the other swoops plus makes popping sounds. Note: my system is bi-amped:
one amp per channel.

I have been told that this symptom:

"indicates an imbalance of the +ve and -ve
power rails upon shut down. Check the amp's
power stages, before they blow out your
speakers one day"

How can I adjust my amps so they are aligned

Specific details required: I am not a tech, but
I work at an electronics calibration lab and
have access to test equipment.

Mark Buckles
San Diego
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Old 14th January 2002, 08:58 PM   #2
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It is hard to troubleshoot over the wire. I usually don't attempt to fix my own stuff without a service manual. Adcom will sell you a service manual which will give you test voltages all through the circuit. All you will need is a voltmeter to isolate the problem. I had a GFA-535 that I purchased a service manual for, but I sold it with the amp. Good luck
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Old 14th January 2002, 09:23 PM   #3
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Hello Mark,

I think it is right what you have been told, and what PassFan wrote also.
One simple suggestion from me: check the supply caps, as one side may have weakened over the time and so one rail faints while the other is still present. May be that this would alter the specified conditions of some transistor stages.

Hope this helps
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Old 14th January 2002, 09:48 PM   #4
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Thanks to PassFan and AndyM for your replies!

I dug through my manual drawer, and lo! - I have
the service manual for the GFA-545. I shall try
to check the specified voltages without zapping

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