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Old 28th August 2020, 01:06 AM   #1
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Picked up an untested 600a4. With my initial test I got an idle current draw of .75A that jumps up to around 3.XXA. I reset the bias pots on all channels and got the idle current down to 1.77A. This still seems a little high considering I get about 1.12A on 800a2 amplifiers.

U3 (LM317) and U4 (LM337) are in the middle of the board with their own dedicated small heatsinks, and they are getting painfully hot.

Output sounds okay from all 4 channels during a brief test, and there were no shorted outputs or any other damage I could see, except that the toroidal transformer is mounted so high that it's rubbing and being pressed down by the case cover, forcing the pcb to bend under the pressure. Also, the filter caps aren't looking so great, with one even being dented somehow.

Aside from fixing the transformer so it's not touching the case, and possibly recapping the board, does the idle current draw or U3/U4 heat raise any concern, or am I just paranoid?

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Old 28th August 2020, 01:23 AM   #2
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The transformer will obviously have to be lowered towards the board.

The caps may be OK. The tops don't look swollen. The heatshrink isn't a good indicator of the condition of the caps.

If you pull the caps, be VERY careful. If the vias are tight, it's easy to destroy them.

Make sure that the regulator heatsinks aren't touching. They can run hot and survive. They have internal protection circuits that shut them down if they are in danger of failing. The ones in the BD amps operate at very high temperature and only very rarely fail.

If you set the bias pots fully CCW, does the voltage across the 0.1 ohm source resistors drop to 0.000v DC at idle, no load?
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Old 28th August 2020, 02:23 AM   #3
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The two to the right of the transformer certainly appear to be beyond their useful life. Possibly the near one on the left as well. Do any have appreciable DC resistance (does an autoranging DMM stop at some low-ish value, say a few hundred or k-ohms)?

Do all faculties behave properly? The LM317/337's probably wouldn't suffer from main rail issues, but you'll need to test all the filter and EQ options to be sure one of them isn't drawing extra juice (thus heating the regulators).

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Old 28th August 2020, 04:22 AM   #4
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The transformer will obviously have to be lowered towards the board.

The caps may be OK. The tops don't look swollen. The heatshrink isn't a good indicator of the condition of the caps.

If you pull the caps, be VERY careful. If the vias are tight, it's easy to destroy them.

Make sure that the regulator heatsinks aren't touching. They can run hot and survive. They have internal protection circuits that shut them down if they are in danger of failing. The ones in the BD amps operate at very high temperature and only very rarely fail.

If you set the bias pots fully CCW, does the voltage across the 0.1 ohm source resistors drop to 0.000v DC at idle, no load?
Regulator heatsinks have a small space between.

With bias pots fully CCW, my idle current draw is 1.2A and I get 000.0mv across each 0.1 ohm source resistor.

I've been setting bias based off a 0.05A increase per channel from base idle current. Is there a better way that I can do with a meter, or is this sufficient?
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Old 28th August 2020, 04:34 AM   #5
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If you let the amp idle for 10 minutes with no bias, does the heatsink begin to heat up?

0.05A is likely OK. I don't measure the current. I look at the amp meter and adjust to where it just starts to show an increase in current draw.

What's the operating frequency of the power supply?
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Old 28th August 2020, 04:45 AM   #6
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The main heatsink is still cool - all mehsa components are cool. The individual U3 and U4 heatsinks are hot, about 192 and 202 according to an infrared gun.

I don't know how to measure the operating frequency of the power supply. Oscilloscope? Unfortunately, I don't really have the space to keep one.
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The two to the right of the transformer certainly appear to be beyond their useful life. Possibly the near one on the left as well. Do any have appreciable DC resistance (does an autoranging DMM stop at some low-ish value, say a few hundred or k-ohms)?

Do all faculties behave properly? The LM317/337's probably wouldn't suffer from main rail issues, but you'll need to test all the filter and EQ options to be sure one of them isn't drawing extra juice (thus heating the regulators).

Regards
I haven't pulled the board so I'm not sure I could check the caps for any DC resistance (would that work in circuit regardless?).

I've run through the HP/Full/LP switches and punch bass without any problems or changes.
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Oscilloscope? .. don't really have the space ..
Ya' know they come in flat screens now, just like consumer TV's ..

200 degrees Fahrenheit, right? That is pretty toasty -- warmer than I like -- but a reasonably safe distance from imminent death. Also, not too unusual for modern gear. Once you get the rest of it all nice and peachy, it might give a little extra reassurance if you were to run it for 10 minutes with loads, and the cover just sitting on (assuming that's possible without damage). Then pop the cover and aim the infrared gun -- just to confirm that it isn't 30 degrees worse all buttoned up.

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Old 28th August 2020, 05:36 AM   #9
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To address your other question - Yes, large electrolytic capacitors can be checked (partially -- gross faults at least) in circuit -- assuming your DMM is newer than, say, early 1980's or so.

The Diode range typically goes up to about 2V. DCR is measured using a voltage low enough that semiconductor junctions stay off.
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Old 29th August 2020, 02:27 AM   #10
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Ya' know they come in flat screens now, just like consumer TV's ..

200 degrees Fahrenheit, right? That is pretty toasty -- warmer than I like -- but a reasonably safe distance from imminent death. Also, not too unusual for modern gear. Once you get the rest of it all nice and peachy, it might give a little extra reassurance if you were to run it for 10 minutes with loads, and the cover just sitting on (assuming that's possible without damage). Then pop the cover and aim the infrared gun -- just to confirm that it isn't 30 degrees worse all buttoned up.

Cheers
Yes, F. Actually got up to around 210 playing one channel quietly with only an 8ohm load, upside-down with the back off (which would be the best case scenario for these independently heatsinked).
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