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ebay is your friend for stuff like this.

get a 100mhz scope to go with it.

 

if you have a Tektronix power supply frame already, these are great

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-FG-502-Plug-In-Function-Generator-Rack-/111110966177?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19debacba1

 

if you don't have the bias set right, its probably not going to sound right.

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ebay is your friend for stuff like this.

get a 100mhz scope to go with it.

 

if you have a Tektronix power supply frame already, these are great

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-FG-502-Plug-In-Function-Generator-Rack-/111110966177?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19debacba1

 

if you don't have the bias set right, its probably not going to sound right.

I have a old generator that I've built when I was young ! I have a good scope too... A better generator can't be bad !

When I plug the generator to the amp, the input signal is getting bad :mikey2:

 

I raise the supply voltage to 29V, and he always clip to earlier... Bias is set to 80mV over the 2R resistor.

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In the absence of a function generator, you can use your computer's sound card and download some test tones.

 

You can also double check each resistor is actually the correct value, and diode test all transistors.  Brute force works.

 

If it sounds bad, why are you running it for 5 hours?  Something's broken.

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If there's something broken a simple EMU-0404 ADC/DAC card will do nicely. You just have to whip up test loads and most importantly- know what to look for.

 

Software wise there is more than plenty to use. Just be sure to calibrate everything properly.

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In the absence of a function generator, you can use your computer's sound card and download some test tones.

 

You can also double check each resistor is actually the correct value, and diode test all transistors.  Brute force works.

 

If it sounds bad, why are you running it for 5 hours?  Something's broken.

Thank for the tip with the sound card, I didn't think about it !

I check many time and everything is right...

 

The amp work at low level without problem. It's only when you like to raise the volume, that it doesn't run correctly and rapidly distor !

At the beginning, the sound was awful ! But with time, he is getting far better.

 

Just found someting strange. When I put 0.51V in the input, I have 0.56V at the output, and when I put 0.92V in the input, I have 1.00V at the output !

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There is nothing that would make the amp sound better over time.  Broken is broken so just do a simple loop through test on the computer and see what is going on. 

 

I also don't see the benefits of running higher rail voltages like that.  The amp was designed for a fixed point so I'd stick to it. 

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I found the mistake ! He is not broken !

 

I have two headphones plug, one standard and one for symetric headphone. There was a mix in the output !!! That why it sound so bad and quickly go into cliping...

 

It's much better now and he sound a lot better than my old CD player ::)

 

Thanks to Kevin for for his beautiful cloning !

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those are 150 watt switchers??

24 volts at 6.5 amps ??

they are certainly running under their minimum power specs and are

going to be too noisy at  such low power... 

amp only pulls about 400 ma

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Yes it's 150W, 24V and 6.5A ! And there is no noise at all. I measure less than 1 mV RMS AC residue per rail... The amp is dead quiet ::)

 

I have this power supply from a previous project, I try it and there were just fine ...

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Those are very large switchers.... why not just go linear like sigma 22... or the original PSU. You certainly have the room for that...

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I would eventually get the Krell Klone power supply and build an

Off board balanced dynahi and crank the bias to 1.2 amps per Chanel

And use those supplies for that.

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Those are very large switchers.... why not just go linear like sigma 22... or the original PSU. You certainly have the room for that...

Like said before, I have this supply at home from a previous project. I give her a try and they make the job in the right way !

 

I listening to the amp since 3 hours, and he is really damn good !! Absolutely no background noise, as might suggest the power supply I used...

 

This is clearly oversized, but he accommodates well 8) 

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its not that those switchers are necessarily the wrong thing, i'll be that there

is ultrasonic noise coming out of them that takes special equipment to

see, its that the thing is enormously big for no reason. The original 2 box

solution seems more rational. All the electrolytics likely get rid of any

of the ultra high frequency noise.

 

Now i'm certainly not one to pick on someone for excessive overkill but mine

is going to look as close to the original just because I can. Complete with the

rounded corners and the massively thick and machined front plate. Anodized

two tone.

 

The build job is still very nice, and the 4 pin headphone jack is what I intended.

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Don't listen to them Trident, they're just jealous!

 

1. Pad the walls of the enclosure with large resistors.

2. Hook them up to the PSU's to get rated power consumption.

3. ? ? ?

4. Profit!

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To avoid the high frequency, I can add an inductor in every rail, to make a low pass filter ! 

 

The power supply doens't cost me anything, that why I use it :-) If I don't have this at house, I already built the Krell one !

 

Build job was done by hand, I do not have specialized tools for this kind of work...

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Now i'm certainly not one to pick on someone for excessive overkill but mine

is going to look as close to the original just because I can. Complete with the

rounded corners and the massively thick and machined front plate. Anodized

two tone.

 

The build job is still very nice, and the 4 pin headphone jack is what I intended.

 

I plan to build mine in the same vein out of respect for the amazing original. I can't wait to see your build.

 

 

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