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Old 25th September 2011, 11:43 AM   #11
Soonerorlater is offline Soonerorlater  United Kingdom
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XS-225 Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier 2X25W on E-Bay
Good luck Sasha 70,

Worst decision I ever made was to start smoking, best one was to give it up.

Looking forward to your update.

Brgds Bill

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Old 29th September 2011, 07:28 PM   #12
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Hi I have received this amplifier today, looking a bit chip build but solid, a bit noisy toroid transformer sitting at the top, covered by a cover, cooling fan at the back is coming on and off.
Will give a couple of days to burn in. Sound so far promising.
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Old 30th September 2011, 12:02 PM   #13
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This amplifier was already discussed here at the forum. IIRC the 6N1P was for voltage gain, and the 6P15P as cathode follower (buffer) for an IC based output stage. All valves were driven from low B+ supplies...

When I saw it for the first time I thought it would make a nice basis for a preamp.. relatively nice chassis, USB input, volume control and the holes to place some sockets for a P2P wiring.
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Old 10th October 2011, 10:51 PM   #14
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Hi Sasha70,
So, how does the amp sound now & what are you running it with i.e. cd player + speakers?
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Old 7th November 2011, 09:04 PM   #15
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Red face XS 225R

Hi Again...

Please check the feedback on this amp for yourself at my eBay...
This amp is a great performer! Yes itís on offer you could be crazzzzy
To miss out, even as a pre amp you got a deal and a half!!!!!

For you crazy modification heads itís a gold mine, you can re work this
Into a full tube say 6n1 - 6P1 or 6P14 full tube.

Otherwise this amp is for the money untouchable! Don't take my word for it brothers and sisters check the feedback on what people who have bought one say!

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Old 7th November 2011, 09:10 PM   #16
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I moved this over to Vendors Bazaar since it's clearly commercial.There seems to be a bit of sockpuppeting as well, so a few folks may shortly have their registrations here terminated.
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Old 24th November 2011, 08:19 PM   #17
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Hi All.
I've just got hold of one of these litte amps, and to be honest, I think they are a bargain for the price (at least in terms of the looks).
I say this as mine has a fault and I can't sort it out as I cannot get hold of a circuit diagram or photo of the main board.
The problem is that one of linking cables under the main board, had shorted out onto the large diode N5402 I think (or something like that).
Anyway, it also took out the two caps and blew a load of track and a couple of links off.
I managed to replace everything, and tried it out on some thow-away speakers.
To my surprize, it turned on and went through the motions (lights/display etc).
I have two issues I wanted to ask for your help on. The first is that if any of you decide to mod your amp, could you please add a picture of the underside of the main circuit board to this thread, as I am not sure if part of the track is supposed to be missing.
It looks like it could go either way, but to join it up when it's not supposed to, could blow the whole thing up again.
The second issue is that when the volume is turned right down, the amp is silent. When it is turned to even the first "click", I get a buzz through both speakers.
So my problem could be as simple as joining the circuit, and everything may be fine, or not joining it and having to find another fault somewhere else.
I would greatly appreciate any help with this as the amp is essentially new.
Best regards,
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Old 26th November 2011, 08:02 PM   #18
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I have the same problem with my amp XS-225 - there is noise/hum inside the speakers and outside the box. I've tried different things, I have placed the transformer behind the amp, 6-7 cm up, by removing the bolt that held the transformer. This has only minimized the external hum. A strange thing is, that if you remove the bolt, and hold the transformer in your hand with different distances, you can hear a difference in the humming.
The hum is not so loud inside the speakers and outside, if you remove the tubes. Perhaps the transformer is not strong enough?
The transformer gets rather hot.
I would like to hear from others, if you have ideas for a solution.
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Old 29th November 2011, 12:29 PM   #19
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I don't have a problem with humm, as in mains, mine is more like a buzz from something being falty or not earthed.
The issue may be a result of the board tracks not being joined correctly, which is why I was asking if anyone could take a picture of their board to see if the fault is simply a bad connection or not.
I can't test the circuit if it's not correct.

As far as the transformer humm you have is concerned, you could make a box for it outside the amp in which to house it, or if possible you could try to insulate the inside of the existing transformer housing with copper film.
Both these should give you an improvement (should).

I'm going to post my original question/request in the amp section as I don't think this is the right forum.
Cheers anyway.
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Old 29th November 2011, 02:43 PM   #20
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Hello again
Well, It might be a buzz.
I come from Denmark and perhaps I can't know the right word for the the noise/hum, that we perhaps describes differently?
I can take a picture of mine if you want me to, but I need to know what you mean, when you talk about the board?
I can take several pictures and send them to you?
Are you sure that the buzz you hear not is coming from the transformer?
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