QUAD 99 POW problems

Hi, I have a Quad 99 POW (stereo power amp) with an annoying fault; the right channel has a constant rustling noise which steadilly gets worse as it warms up. It sounds a little like DC leakage through something.

I can't find schematics, Quad won't supply them. Can anyone help?

Cheers, Kevin

Its most likely a capacitor thats beginning to die (popping) or a transistor thats broken down (rustling or hissing) (typically the input transistor). I would propose you either send it back to quad for a service which is sensible (as quad service is not so expensive) or open her up if you have the experience and ideally the test kit.

Look at all the electrolytic capacitors in the amplifier and order a new set, (as you might as well replace all of them in both channels. I would also suggest swapping the input transistors if the capacitor upgrade fails to resolve the issue.

Good luck.


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2007-09-15 8:14 am
Does the problem repond at all to tapping the PCB with an insulated tool with the amp on ?

Faults like this can be very difficult. A real long shot but if you could supply a really detailed photo/s of the internals it might help.

Also judicious use of freezer spray may be the answer as the fault responds to "warm up". The secret is to be able to drip just a couple of drops on each suspect part rather than blast everything in sight.
First thing I did was change all the electrolytics, which made no difference. All the transistors except the outputs have been changed by another dealer before it got to me, so they're new. I've changed the analogue switches, since the signal processing on it is quite complex, and it still rustled.

I've switchd it on today with the freezer spray at the ready and sod's law, it's been on test for 2 hours and it's as quiet as a mouse; the first time I've not heard it rustle while in my posession!

It doesnt respond to tapping nor warming it up, maybe today being a cool day has helped.
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