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twitchie

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2004-07-12 5:08 am
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Have scope - yes

Have scope that I know how to use - maybe

I raised the bias from 1A to 1.4A hoping it would release more energy but no change. 2SA1943 from Digikey.

If I disconnect the front end, can I feed signal into the OP section at the JUMPER to bypass diamond buffer?

Same for R111 (0R) to bypass Cinemag?
 
for silicone P channel, R122 needs to be 22R

for Ge, 10R

yes, if you disconnect jumper, you can feed signal there - after the buffer , DC level is 0V

same applies if you lift R111, after xformer, DC level is 0V

if you feed it with clean sine (say 100mV-200mV) before autoformer, normally expected is clean sine at output, 4 times in value


if you feed it with clean sine (say 1V) after autoformer, normally expected is clean sine at output, same value
 

twitchie

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Feeding it at the jumper (on X), 100mV input is putting out 380mV output and seems relatively clean but it is probably jumping very slightly. As I increase input the trace starts to jump and does this regularly although it's still clean sine wave. Jump makes it offset with same amplitude

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twitchie

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Update - left channel (working one) goes from 0.2% to 0.4% and stays there up until about almost 30W and then climbs up to over 5%THD so I can live with that just for dating period as I haven't tried GE yet. Oddly FE and OS measure very nicely independently at below 0.1%THD each.

Back to right channel (side that doesn't bias). Vgs across M101 is 6.0xV. Vgs at IRFP240 is 3.0xV and 0.0xV across 2SK1943. over 500mV across R118 so current going through at least 1 side of LT3092. R117 is on bottom of board so I cannot measure it.

R122 is 22R for both boards and using 2SK1943.


News Flash! Live from the scene

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Nobody wants to wait to the end for the surprise so picture first, glory second.

Vgs (Vbe) at 2SK1943 was the strange thing so I started checking value of R122 at other points and 22R checked out. Next R129 (0R), maybe it's broken? Tested OK. Check from Source pin of M101 to OUT+ and expect 22R but ... 500M??? Should be 22R so maybe check solder joints again, look at board for burned/broken trace perhaps? That's when I see the trace from R129 (0R jumper) going to closest pin on M101, not the far one that I expect. Taking a closer look, I see that M101 is mounted on the OTHER side of heatsink compared to other board. I have habit of preparing both boards at the same time so I prepared IRF9510 on the same side of heatsink and installed ... that was my mistake - M101 was in backwards.

As you can see, problem fixed, this channel has less THD than the other one by about 0.1% above 2W and easily over 30W below 1%THD. +H2 as you can see from the giggly wiggly and confirmed with negative phase angle number in REW.

How does it sound? I don't know yet. I need to put into test mule but I am tempted to just go ahead with GE because I have enough silly cone amps already ...

Thank you ZM! :cheers:

to be continued ...
 
not too hot, if you bias it as prescribed

with Si in output, you can bias it as regular Papamp (up to 40-45W per device), but taking care of Ge, no more than 1A of Iq ...... that being approx 20-22W per device

hope pics in first posts can help with details ...... you'll need decent L bracket (40x40x5mm), at least 100mm long

had some listening yet?
 
Twitchie! Excellent work that you solved the problem... because M101 was my problem too!
Mounts on the other side of the heat sink as the other channel board!
Doh!
I don't know how many times I checked all the parts but missed checking M101 orientation.

So now everything works!

Congrats ZenMod! Another fantastic AMP! I've been playing it all afternoon and it
sounds exceptionally good!

Some quick Photos...

Bruce
 

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twitchie

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Excellent work Bruce and I'm glad to hear that you have yours working now. :cheers: I am jealous of your faceplate and I happen to have a few of these 3U/400 coming my way with silver faceplate just like yours. This is my favorite chassis to use and has plenty of space to keep power transformers further away from cinemags (better than the 300mm in this respect) while being large enough to keep temperatures sane for most amps. SissySIT (R1) is probably the only one I wouldn't put in a 3U/400. Great looking amp! Congratulations and please share your listening impressions.

Cheers,
Stephen
 
Twitchie! Excellent work that you solved the problem... because M101 was my problem too!
Mounts on the other side of the heat sink as the other channel board!
Doh!
I don't know how many times I checked all the parts but missed checking M101 orientation.

So now everything works!

Congrats ZenMod! Another fantastic AMP! I've been playing it all afternoon and it
sounds exceptionally good!

Some quick Photos...

Bruce

Bruce - I can't see did you made contact between small and main heatsink..... and I hope you did

there is approx 20W of heat in each output part, so small hsink is not enough alone

care to show detailed ?
 

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Bruce - I can't see did you made contact between small and main heatsink..... and I hope you did

there is approx 20W of heat in each output part, so small hsink is not enough alone

care to show detailed ?
Oh MightyZM
Reading this and another concerning the bracket (5x40x40, >=100 mm) I am worried (as usual) about the size I used, 40x40x4, barely bigger than the germanium-bug…
Should I learn to stop worrying and love the heat, or replace them right away?
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