Kicker KX1200.1 Distorted output

RJohns777

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2011-03-15 8:54 pm
Got a Kicker KX1200.1 amp. Amp coming on but no output. Replaced 240 ohm resistors R195, 155, 204 & 215. Replaced 180 ohm resistors R193, 194, & 169. Replaced 2K resistor R201. Replaced 1K resistor R274. Replaced Diode D118. Amp would power up and immediately go into protect. Replaced U14 NE529 voltage comparator. Amp powers up and plays good at low power output. When I crank it to about 50 watts this is what I get. It doesn't pull the power supply down. Any ideas?
 

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RJohns777

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2011-03-15 8:54 pm
Negative probe on pin 10, positive probe on pin 14, reading +5 volts

Negative probe to - speaker, positive probe to pin 11, reading +.5 volts

Negative probe on pin 11, positive probe on pin 10, reading -2.5 volts
Negative probe on pin 11, positive probe on pin 14, reading +2.5 volts
 
You would have to use your scope to see if the output from pin 11 is swinging to the voltages on pins 10 and 14.

The 5v across 10 and 14 is good.

If U14 isn't swinging quite far enough towards pin 10, it can cause the distortion. It could also be due to out of tolerance resistors, defective drivers, etc.

PapaZBill can probably get you through the repair quicker. I'm simply checking the simplest things.
 
Pin 3 is inside the feedback loop. When the servo/feedback circuit senses that there is distortion, it drives its output as hard as necessary to eliminate the distortion. That's likely what you're seeing if you're seeing a spike that corresponds to the clipped portion of the output. You can align them by using two channels of your scope to confirm that they coincide.
 
Pin 10 is set at -2 Vdc, Pin 14 is set at 3 Vdc, hence the 5 Vdc across them, which as Perry mentioned is good.

Post a picture of board? That will help me determine which version you have.

Using your scope, look at Pins 3,4 and 11 and post a screen shot if you can.

There are four 12 volt zeners, one for each drive circuit, D107,108,120,121. Check across each one.
 
Pin 10 is set at -2 Vdc, Pin 14 is set at 3 Vdc, hence the 5 Vdc across them, which as Perry mentioned is good. ( This is correct)

Post a picture of board? That will help me determine which version you have. (Posted)

Using your scope, look at Pins 3,4 and 11 and post a screen shot if you can. (Posted showing pin 3 signal down and up, Pin 11 showing signal down and up.)

There are four 12 volt zeners, one for each drive circuit, D107,108,120,121. Check across each one. (Checked across each zener. Reading 12.3 volts)
 

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I reread your #1 post and realized the values you stated for R155,R215 are wrong, and should be 120 ohm's. My apologizes for not catching this sooner.Also, R195,204 should be 220 ohm's.

Was this a typo or in fact the values you used? This could account for the distortion.

I don't know if 20 ohms would make a difference but, I would recommend changing the R195,204 to 220 ohm, as well as R155,215 to 120 ohm.
 

RJohns777

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2011-03-15 8:54 pm
Thanks PapaZBill, I could read the value on R204 as 241 (240ohm). All four groups of resistors looked the same so I assumed R155 and 215 would be the same value. My mistake. Changed to 120 ohms and the amp is running correctly now. I don't have a diagram on this version so I couldn't check the value. Correct resistors and U14 repaired the unit. Thanks again to you and Perry for the help.