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jamesmking last won the day on July 27 2021

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  1. The original published gerbers has All the rails running at around 1.8mA through the R11 resistor except the +-500V rails at almost 2.3mA! The original published gerbers has: +250V rail (300V zenner string) using 160K so 1.875mA, 0.56W -260V rail (actually a +300V supply (with 350V zenner string) ) using 200K so 1.75mA, 0.61W -560V rail (600V zenner string) using 330K at 1.82mA, 1,09W +-500V rails (550V zenner string) using 240K almost double the required current at 2.29mA... and around 90C+ temperature with the lid off dissipating 1.26W... so if we set a target of around 1.4mA to provide a little headroom and go for values in the vishay PR03 resistor range available at mouser or radio spares: +250V rail 220K (available mouser and radio spares) for 1.36mA 0.41W -260V rail 240K (available mouser) for 1.46mA 0.51W or 270K (available radio spares) for 1.3mA 0.45W -560V rail 430K (available mouser) for 1.395mA 0.84W or 470K (available radio spares) for 1.28mA 0.77W +-500V rails 390K (available mouser and radio spares) for 1.41mA 0.78W... that's half a watt reduction in dissipation 🙂 compared to the original published gerbers. These lower dissipations might even allow the use of Vishay PR02 2W resistors instead of the 3W... time to update the gerbers and schematic again.
  2. Here the latest T2 psus, I have modified the layout to provide more space around the rather hot R11 3W resistor and added vent holes to the pcb. The pcbs, transformers etc still fit inside a 400mm deep case without issue. I noticed that the R11 equivalent resistor on the + and - 500V rails runs considerably hotter than the equivalent resistor on the other rails.... doing some quick maths, R11 is approximately 1000ohms * the value of the zener serial train /1.818 on all the psus rails except for the +and -500V... Using this formula gives 300Kohms for the + and - 500V rails but in the original gerbers I worked from only have 240K there. This results in higher current flow through the resistor and more power dissipation and hence the higher temperature. I have corrected this in the schematic and gerbers. The schematics also now contain all the necessary information to change the voltages. The gerbers with the vents have been used to make functioning psus and can be considered tested. This pcb is 220mm wide by 137mm deep and contains the -260V, -560V and +250V rails t2 kgsshv 250v -560v.zip ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This pcb is 220mm wide by 148.5mm deep and contains the low voltage rails, delay and the +-500V rails with the adjusted 3W resistor t2 kgsshv hv and lv bias and delay.zip
  3. The output voltage is set by two resistors R8/R7 and R10/R9 (see schematic below). the trim pots make only very small adjustments - a few mV for those who want spot on voltages - there is a trade-off between adjustment range and temperature stability. If you want more adjustment range decrease the value of R24,R23,R18,R17. 810K instead of 1M for each gives about + and - 20mV adjustment range. If you want reasonably accurate voltages AND lower temperature drift you can use 0.1% resistors for R8,R7,R10 and R9 with low temperature coefficients (stock resistors are usually about 100ppm, 0.1% are usually around 25ppm) and omit the 1M ohm resistors and trim pot.
  4. Simplified explanation: There are multiple methods for changing how a transistor or valve conducts. You can vary the voltage on valve grid or current on the transistor base. Another way is to vary the current supply to the transistor emitter, collector or valve anode or cathode, another way is to vary the voltage at the valve cathode. .. Just because the valve grid or transistor base does not have audio directly applied does not mean that there is no audio passing through the device.... Q1 is constant current. Since its emitter has a constant load and voltage applied and so has a constant current available and the base also has a fixed resistor and fixed voltage. Rv1 can adjust slightly the overall emitter resistance and therefore available current to each half of Q1 so some current balancing can be done to compensate for mismatches in the halves of V1 and V2 etc. The Q1 current is shared between the second 6922 (V2) (the one which does not have its grids connected to the audio input) and Q4/Q5. If second 6922 (V2) pulls more current then less current must be available to Q4 and Q5 since the total current available is constant and visa versa is true if the 6922 pulls less current. So the current through Q4/Q5 is effected by the current pull from second 6922 (V2) whos current draw is effected by the audio on the grid 1 of the input 6922 (V1) . Since the second 6922 (V2) supplies the anode current to the input 6922 (V1). if Q4/Q5 are effected by input 6922, Q11 and Q12 must also be since they get their current directly from Q4/Q5 and the base of Q11 and Q12 is held constant by the resistor string .. R36, R49,50,60 If Q11/Q12 have current draw effected by the audio input 6922 then the voltage drop across R11 and R12 and current through R11/12 must also be based on the audio input... since the current through R11 and R12 is directly controlled by the current through Q11 and Q12 The current through R11 and R12 control the current at the base of Q8 and Q9 and therefore control the current through Q8 and Q9. Q8 and Q9 control the voltage at the EL34 cathode and that's how the audio gets into the EL34s and that's the AC audio voltage than can be measured with an multimeter at the cathode of the EL34s.
  5. the audio signal goes into the cathode of the EL34 and is amplified by each EL34 by about 9 times. (5.17Vrms into the cathode and 46.7Vrms out of the anode)
  6. To help people with troubleshooting here are the valve DC operating points measured with respect to ground on a known good stock mini T2. Inputs are shorted to ground. No load on output. All components stock values and DC PSU voltage rails within 1% of schematic when under load. Obviously the two el34s should have identical DC operating points and so should each half of a 6922, the other channel should also match. Exact measured values are going to vary a bit depending upon the valves, exact PSU voltages component, tolerances etc etc. NOTE the EL34 heaters sit at approximately -400VDC. The 6922 heaters are approximately at 0VDC I get a signal gain of approximately 940x with a single ended 1Khz sine wave 0.1Vrms input and an output of 94Vrms between the + and - output pins into a 10Mohm (multimeter) load. Audio enters the EL34s on the cathode and for 0.1Vrms 1khz input I get approximately 5.17Vrms of audio on the cathode, the EL34 amplifies this by about 9 times and gives 46.7Vrms on the anode with respect to ground. The other EL34 operates similarly but opposite phase.
  7. you need to consider the current flow.... audio goes into the grid of the input 6922 and the audio effects how much current the valve allows to flow from its anode to its cathode. The input valves anode current supply comes from the second 6922 cathode... therefore the current flow through the input 6922 effects the current flow through the second 6922... I guarantee to you (in a properly working min T2) the audio goes through the el34s... think about it.. how do we get 500Vrms audio output from a single 6922? A single 6922 can't do that kind of voltage swing.
  8. i'm glad you are making progress. As originally designed the mini t2 should be able to output about 500Vrms with around 0.02% distortion with about a 0.5Vrms input. At 100Vrms output distortion should be about 0.004%.I think this is what you should be aiming for. I would also strongly advise that you build the golden reference HV power supply for the amp. Its an extremely high performance power supply and is the core of most of the headphones amps designs here. Its also all through hole and easy to build. It will also provide the 580VDC bias needed for the stax headphones.
  9. how about the transistors, op amps and voltage references are they also the same as the schematic?
  10. have you built the amp board using the components and values recommended in the schematic? or have you also used different values or components?
  11. the psu clearly has poor voltage regulation. The voltages have not all decreased by the same percentage but I don't think this is why you have almost no voltage amplification. if you connect the test signal to the + input and ground the - input do you get a similar output on both out + and out -? if you connect the test signal to the - input and ground the + input do you get a similar output on both out + and out -? how are the + and - 15V dc rails under load? (the -15v also acts as the input 6922 anode current sink) and what frequency is the oscillation when both + and - input are grounded?
  12. some (usually expensive) scopes have the option of setting their input impedance to 50ohms or 1Mohm. stax headphones are high impedance and draw very little current from the amplifier and so the scope should be set to high impedance. Setting the scope to 50ohm input impedance would draw far too much current and risk damaging the scope. If your scope does not have switchable input impedance then it probably has high impedance inputs by default. Stax amplifiers are can output 100V or more of audio. Most scopes with 1:1 probes will overload and can get damaged with that level of input. X10 probes reduce the voltage by 10 times providing more protection for the scope as well as raising the input impedance from 1Mohm to 10Mohm (usually).
  13. no thats just the feedback loop from the output to the input valve. the actual audio signal path is far more complicated. the output is provided by the el34 valves. Powered from constant current devices connected to their anodes/plates.
  14. have you designed the amp side as single ended i.e. rca input or balanced i.e. xlr input? if you are running single ended then the - input side needs connecting to ground. assuming that is ok next check the input (i.e. grids) on the 6922s that connect to the inptut and check you actually have a signal on both. next check the input i.e. grid of the other 6922s to check you have an input to them next check the grids of the el34s to check they have an input this should give you an indication of where your signal is disappearing. I assume you scope is set for 10M input and NOT 50ohm... also I assume you scope probes are set to x10 so you don't overload the front end of your scope I also assume you have checked all the dc voltage inputs to the amp board and they are correct. have you got a volume pot on the input or are you feeding 1Vrms directly into the amp? if i remember correctly the min t2 is about x1000 gain
  15. the automatic servo is limited in the range it can compensate for. So removing the jumper allows you to manually adjust so the servo does not need to do much work then you can add the jumper to activate the automatic servo.
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