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Old 10th May 2016, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default Which resistors to replace burned ones in Dared DV-300b monoblocks

I acquired 2 Dared DV-300b monoblocks. They are in working order, but inside 4 resistors (2 in each monoblock) have broken their casing.

I can't read their value, since their casing is gone. I have tested them with a multimeter, in circuit, and they both measure 83K ohm.

Would be safe to assume these are 83K? How about the watts?

On the transformer a sticker says output is 300-315v. I'm not expert and using this online calculator (Voltage current resistance and electric power general basic electrical formulas mathematical calculations calculator formula for power calculating energy work equation power law watts understandimg general electrical pie chart electricity calculation) inputting only 83k ohm and 300v I get out 1watt.

These resistors though seem very big. What wattage should I replace them with?

As you can see from the photo, the PCB around the resistors is burned and the nearby capacitors did melt their plastic wrap.
The person I got the amps from said the PCB were burned already years ago, but surely the burned got a bit darker year after year of use. It seems that the PCB already went through some repair, as there look to be some sort of patch under one of the resistor.
These particular units have been modified by Response Audio. I have tried to contact them, but so far had no reply. Dared has not been able to provide me schematics either, so I'm not sure if these resistors were part of the modification Response Audio did.

Thanks in advance for all the help!
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Old 10th May 2016, 05:34 AM   #2
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Old 10th May 2016, 05:49 AM   #3
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Without knowing about their position in the circuit we can't say for sure that measuring them in-circuit is reliable.

The fact that they both read the same and the amps still work suggests that reading them out-of-circuit would probably give a good reading. Hopefully their resistance isn't changed much due to losing their coating.

as for the wattage, measure the voltage drop across the resistor in use, calculate ohms law, and give yourself some headroom - 30-50% - when selecting the replacement resistor.

That sure looks like a wirewound type resistor to me, so it should be safe to replace it with another wirewound resistor. Potentially the kind that is already potted in a heatsink. which you can bolt to the chassis.
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Old 10th May 2016, 05:58 AM   #4
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it's possible that all of these resistors are blown, and 83k is the resistance of some other part of the circuit .. .
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Old 10th May 2016, 06:09 AM   #5
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How do I measure the voltage drop across the resistor?

I should check the check the voltage between ground and one leg of the resistor, with the amp on; then again the voltage between ground and the other leg? Then I get the difference in voltage between the two?

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Old 10th May 2016, 11:13 AM   #6
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How do I measure the voltage drop across the resistor?
Voltage drop measurement is the same as resistance measurement, setting your DVM to voltmeter. :-)

I'm not sure at all these resistors even has "coat". These are typical old style (I have similar resistors made at sixties) nude wirewound resistors between 8-20W.

The original resistors (R20 marking?) carbonized PCB, probably these has long legs and placed far from other components.
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Old 10th May 2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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From everything I've seen of Dared amps, they're not original resistors. Dared amps use green 15 watt bias resistors that I believe are 800 ohms.
Also, the photos clearly show that a different level of skill was available doing the solder joints. The original joints are clean and look well done where as the burned resistors and a few other areas show leftover flux and poor soldering skills.
If you look at the pots, the black one is typical of Dared amps but the plain metal one is different from other Dared products.

Maybe your amp has been F.....d with!
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Old 10th May 2016, 02:09 PM   #8
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One other thing, the capacitor at the right side socket has a split plastic case. It is probably worth a look at that as well.
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Old 10th May 2016, 05:24 PM   #9
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Yeah, the soldering is not looking very clean

I would be curious to see how a stock Dared DV-300B looks like to spot which modifications have been done (or even better find the original schematics).

The previous owner, which owned the amp for 8 years apparently, and bought the amp already in this state (I believe).

This is a photo of the resistor when it still had part of the case on it.

It almost looks like a ceramic white one (photo from the internet).

Weird also that the two potentiometer do not look the same.
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Old 10th May 2016, 06:19 PM   #10
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As a size comparison, from the left the black resistor is a 13 watt dale, the large white and the large green are 20 watts and the two smaller ones beside the socket are 10 watts. The ohm values are different but that doesn't affect the size.
The two Dared amps that I've seen used the green wirewound type that were 15 watts if I remember correctly.

If the resistors in your amp got hot enough to crack the ceramic and burn the board, I'd say you have other problems besides replacing the resistors. It does appear that the resistors that smoked were 10 watt types and they were probably dissipating over 6 watts so the margin wasn't large enough but that's not the only issue.

I would look at the caps as well as one has a split casing. I haven't seen a cap fail like that before, they usually either leak out the bottom or pop the top.
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