hexfreds vs. regs diodes

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I have researched (theoretically only, no listening tests yet) diodes and have decided to standardize on IRF 15ETH06 http://www.irf.com/whats-new/nr001005.html (For low voltage stuff I expect I will standardize on a shottky). The unit is marketed as "Hyperfast" and "very soft-recovery". A noble marketing message if ever there was one + the datasheet looks nice.

These units are 600V which is more than adequate for my needs. Higher voltage units are available in similar series, but this particular model is quite new.

My philosophy at this point is to check out the data sheets and make an informed decision. Your mileage may vary.

Hyper fasts are the go!

My friend can't stop raving about these rectifiers...one of the cheapest places to get them is www.future-active.com although MOQs are usually 50. Get a few friends together and go for it. I had enough gumption to just put an order through myself...

He was using the RHRG3060s and similar types.

From their website:

1. Mfr. Part #: RHRG3060
Future Part #: RHRG3060
Package Qty: 30
In Stock

View Similar Parts 30 - 90: 1.254
120 - 150: 1.199
180 - 210: 1.177
240 - 270: 1.155
300+: 1.134

Dirt cheap::bigeyes:
richt said:

i installed superfast hexfred diodes in my amp and
there is big improvments in the transients but
sometimes i notice some harshiness in the top end.

if anyone had the same experience????????????????????

thank you
Have a look at the wave form using a wide band say 100MHz scope and see if you have a nive traingular shape, or if there ia a lot of hf hash. In that case try a snubber cap.,0.01uf across eaxh diode. Pl post your findings.
diode and cap placement

Hello Richt; Could you please sketch a diagram of what you mean by ".01 cap across each diode"? I am having a difficult time trying to conceptualize this in my stressed out brain. Would you do this for each diode if you were making a full wave bridge?

Thanks, Andy
snubbed diode bridge?

Would this be what you mean? I just want to make sure before I use my last fuse!



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Cool guys!! I did a nice point to point job with 4 hexfreds and 4 .01 caps. I'm listening to it right now and the results (with complete thanks to you all!) and it is simply amazing.

This has been a truly amazing learning experience. And I only went through three fuses this time!




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Jon, The snubbers are not required when building a diode bridge. However, what I have read on here is that the snubbers help eliminate some of the diode switching noise.

I actually built two sets of diode bridges from the schematics above. One without the snubbers installed and the other with the snubbers attached. This way I can easily compare/contrast the diode bridges.

I haven't really decided which one I like better, since they both sound pretty good, plus they were built last night.

Perhaps you should do the same and experiment, so your ears can decide what arrangement sounds better to you.

I hope that this suggestion helps you with your project.


Hi Andy,

Thanks for your reply. I agree with what you say about listening.

From a technical viewpoint I understand that the snubber is there to suppress the ringing caused by the LC tank circuit formed by the leakage inductance of the transformer and the capacitance (stored charge) of the diode during the period when the diode switches off. Schottky diodes supposedly have no recovery time so the snubber shouldn't be necessary (?). Also fitting a C or RC across the diode provides a new path for HF into your circuit :dodgy:. Another and perhaps better option therefore would be to fit an RC across the transformer and leave the diodes alone. Is there some disadvantage to using schottky diodes ?


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