What to do after i finish recap?


2010-08-10 3:52 am
I just finished recapping my whole amp and then i saw a thread in another forum about testing using a bulb and pmv (dunno what it is).

What is a PMV? what is that test with the bulb?

I just connected my amp to the whole system after every few caps that i replaced to make sure everything is fine and thats it.

Did i do something wrong? do i need to let it play for a while? i replaced more than 30 caps!


Paid Member
2007-09-15 8:14 am
If everything is fine you don't need it.

It's a useful tool when repairing amps as any fault (such as output transistors conducting heavily) will light the bulb, which limits the overall current saving any disasters such as blowing transistors.


Paid Member
2007-09-15 8:14 am
So why does the bulb need to be changed every time to higher watt?

Is there such thing as breaking in the amp after recap? i heard something
about playing music for a few hours or something...is there anything true to this?

A 60 or 100 watt bulb is usually all that's needed, personally I'd never work my way up in wattage... you know if the thing is OK,

Break in... again personally no... it doesn't happen. Silicon, as in IC's and transistors doesn't change, neither do resistors. Caps do change slightly (electroylitics) when first used but it all settles down very quickly... seconds only... as the cap "forms".

Others will disagree I know.
SY had a brilliant answer,


diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2002-09-20 7:20 am
100 Watt light bulbs are banned in the European Union :( It's time to conserve a stock over there until it's too late...

Why, who uses 100 W bulbs anyway (for the normal purpose which is to light a room etc. ) ? I don't like things to be banned but 100W bulbs produce way too much heat for normal armatures and they are too bright too. Most armatures accept 60W max.With the current energy prices using 100W bulbs in a normal household will give an unsatisfying feeling when the electricity bill comes in...

LED lighting is very promising at the moment. It took some years but now they are to be compared with normal bulbs. They consume much less power but the amount of light cannot be fully compared with bulbs (yet). Way more reliable than halogen or any other form of electrical lighting and more pleasing for human eyes too. Still like HID lighting though :)
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