Using discrete diodes instead of rectifying bridges.

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The HFA08TA60C has a softer and faster recovery. It is also a common-cathode construction, so you could conceivably use three to make a full-wave rectifier, instead of four. You said you need 16, so I must assume you need to parallel them to get the current you want. The HFA08TA60C is good for 32A so I guess you must need a lot of current :)

I wouldn't try to save cost on the rectifier. It will affect the performance of everything else in the amp. I was surprised by your price of CAD5/each, so I checked Digi-Key and their price would be CAD55/16 (3.44/per). Anyway I've used the HFA08TA60C and they are a happy little diode.

Is this for your Aleph-X? How much current are you going for. Yes, I'm nosy.
The continuous forward current rating isn't very interesting in a highly filtered power supply. A rectifier feeding a huge capacitor bank will have a tiny conduction angle. Because of this I usually pay more attention to the maximum forward pulse current.
You don't necessarily "waste" the two anode pins. You need three anodes and three cathodes for any full wave rectifier. It's a shame that they don't make the same diode in common-anode constructions. Actually it's a shame they don't make a HEXFRED bridge. Anyway if it bothers you to have two unconnected pins, connect them to the other anode pin on the same device :)

These diodes recover faster and have less stored charge than HFA25TB60, so I would say they are better. But, I've never used the other one.
IXYS high-speed soft-recovery.

I seem to remember a few discussions within some other threads that contained information on rectifiers. There were two schools of thought, one being standard bridge rectifiers or diodes to avoid the noise that is imparted by high-speed types, and soft-recovery high-speed types that were quicker in recovery yet were able to control ringing and noise by virtue of their design. A search came up with an article that Harry posted in this thread:

I haven't had the chance to do any comparison listening, but starting with less "noisy" devices will hopefully provide a better end result. I still wonder if this is something that you can really hear or is it a matter of psychoacoustics.

One other thing, they seem rather expensive, and you can get them at Digikey.

Rectifier Quartet


Discrete rectifiers can indeed make a difference in the sound of your project...especially if you are demanding much of your power supply, as a properly biased Class A amplifier will indeed do.

I am using four SCRs in my power supply (they actually performed brilliantly as fast-acting fuses when a capacitor met its demise!). One can "soft start" the power supply by controlling the conduction time of the SCRs.

To test the bare supply, I tried omitting the regulation circuit, and temporarily installed diodes. Playing with various types, we could hear subtle differences...the descriptions may vary, but I believe the perceived difference wasn't "mass hysteria".

Put some tasty ones in there, and have fun listening!

Oh...without the SCRs, the start-up transient made everyone outside the room think I was experimenting with an Electric Chair!

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