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Old 4th April 2019, 10:40 PM   #1
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I have this amp and I'm adjusting the bias for the two channels and have a few questions I'm hoping someone can answer for me. I bought the amp with a problematic channel but after looking at it I noticed one of the thermistors, RT3 was not in the heatsink. I put it back together and replaced both trimpots with 4 turn so I wouldn't have the sharp adjustment of the 1 turn. The amp voltages and currents all check out fine and I've spent some time trying to figure out the imbalance in temperature between the two channels and have some hypotheses but need to confirm some things first.
  1. Does anyone have the FEB parts list that shows component values?
  2. What is the "B" value of the 1K & 3K thermistors? 3800?
  3. Should 49C at the rear of the heatsink be the target for this amp as listed in the bias procedure?
What I'm finding is the left channel will settle out at about 40-43C, using an IR thermometer at rear top of heatsink, and the right will settle out at 45-47C when the initial power on current is about 1.4A per channel. When the two channels settle, left~400ma and right~600ma. When I trim in the bias to increase drive on the left channel after it has settled and replace the cover, the left settles back in at 40-43C. I do this twice and let it cool but the problem is when I turn it back on cool the startup current has now doubled and the resulting temp comes right back down. I think I understand why the large increase in current when cool is because the secondary opto compensation kicks in after(above 40C somewhere) but it just seems different than the other channel and I can keep adjusting but not really lock in around 46-49C as I would like. It looks like the diff amp circuit will kick in at about the 48C point, based on the value of RT1 being 375 ohms(48C) if it's a B of 3800. Anyway any help is appreciated.
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Old 16th October 2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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Looking for any input on the thermistors(RT1,RT3). I have confirmed the thermistor in this amp has a B=3500 which means by design the Opamp, U4, should turn on around 48-50C although the output is at 2 volts at 43C and is driving the second opto, U5. My guess is the actual thermistor used is more like a B=3700 or so. Can anyone tell me what the original manufacturer was for the thermistor in the "e series"? I have more measurements to take, difficult with the way the amp is built.
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Kevin

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Old 16th October 2019, 06:50 PM   #3
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Attached is a typical E series front end schematic.

The thermistors were Panasonic as I recall.
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Old 16th October 2019, 09:21 PM   #4
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Thanks Nelson. I have this amp idling with no load measuring about 42C at the recommended measurement site at the back of the amp after an hour, ambient is 25C in the room. The initial current I have increased to 1.5A from the recommended 1.2A start point. It seems to be working fine, however there does not seem to be a way to achieve the 49C target without getting very aggressive with the adjustment at U3. Both channels match now after I found an issue with a thermistor out of the hole! Should I pursue the higher idle temp? Thanks for your input.
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Old 17th October 2019, 06:14 PM   #5
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Yes, if you run out of pot, try raising the value of R20 a bit.

I like to bias for 50 deg C on the top of the sinks for this amp.
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Old 17th October 2019, 07:32 PM   #6
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Thanks again Nelson, 50C that's what I thought you'd say . My concern was increasing the initial current in each channel by too much in order to achieve 50C. I have plenty of pot left, I had installed a 4 turn pot so I have better control as well. R20 is 2.2K right now which is factory.
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Old 17th October 2019, 10:36 PM   #7
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Yes, you want to give it an hour to find out what the final temp will be.
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Old 18th October 2019, 09:47 PM   #8
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Well, starting with 3A across the .01ohm supply rail resistor I end up right at 50C, nice and toasty. Then minutes later, bam back down to 44C like clockwork. I notice the schematic calls out .23V across R29 which is a 392ohm resistor, using this value that voltage is closer to .27V. This means the thermistor with B=3500 crosses that threshold right around the 50C point when the opto U5 will kick in. The .23V, from a math standpoint would require a 330ohm resistor which would mean U5 wouldn't start to turn on until about 55C which would allow me to reach 50C without U4 driving U5 yet. I don't know what the value should be, just what's on the board but this makes sense to me. I'm chasing my tail increasing the bias current continually while U4 just turns on and further pulls down the bias. Am I missing something? I wish I knew if this value is correct for the R29.
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Old 21st October 2019, 03:05 PM   #10
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Thanks Zen, My inexperience working on Thresholds leads me to the analysis and I understand that I don't understand and I'm trying to understand.
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