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Old 31st March 2003, 11:13 PM   #1
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Question TV Damper Diodes

Does anyone know what TV damper diodes are? Help!
Heard they're great for rectifiers.
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Old 31st March 2003, 11:27 PM   #2
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Default DAMPERS.

Hi,

This should enlighten you:

From the Svetalna website:

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Damper diodes were designed to clip the negative "ringing" pulse appearing across a TV set's horizontal deflection coil during the retrace interval. Dampers must be able to handle relatively high peak currents and high reverse voltages without arc-over. Since the cathode of such tubes is usually floating above ground and sees very high-voltage peaks, running the damper on the same filament supply as the rest of the tubes in a TV set requires that the damper have its heater very well-insulated from the cathode.
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Old 1st April 2003, 06:31 AM   #3
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Does anyone know what TV damper diodes are? Help!
Heard they're great for rectifiers.
Jack T.
Frank eksplain'd their original purpose, but they make great rectifiers. I don't use anything else now. They're also cheap, tough and available, though they often need a less common socket.
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Default Health and efficiency

They're known in the UK as efficiency diodes because they greatly increase the efficiency of a TV line scan circuit during flyback compared to the older method that used a resistor to damp the oscillation. They are rugged and cheap, so they make good rectifiers, but they usually have top cap anodes (to withstand the 2kV needed for TV flyback), so they should be treated with a healthy respect.
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They're known in the UK as efficiency diodes because they greatly increase the efficiency of a TV line scan circuit during flyback compared to the older method that used a resistor to damp the oscillation. They are rugged and cheap, so they make good rectifiers, but they usually have top cap anodes (to withstand the 2kV needed for TV flyback), so they should be treated with a healthy respect.
The top caps are the cathodes in my experience

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You're absolutely right, whatever was I thinking of? Mind you, as an HT rectifier, accidentally catching the cathode will still hurt!
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Yes, you vibrate more

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To resurrect this hoary old thread, I just wanted to ask if anyone is aware of any sonic disadvantages of dampers, with respect to directly heated types like the 5U4? My personal feeling is that nothing sounds better than dampers but I don't have any first-hand experience of filamentary rectifiers.
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Right there with the previous question; is anybody using 6d22s at low voltages + low current draw? I heard (say) they need some juice to sound okay.

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