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Now with top plate.     Aerial view, the two holes in front of outer small tubes are for balance trimmers. Adjust balance after some time of warm up and then insert jumpers for the ser

Well its not like the stax mafia aren't busy and we certainly are not going to do an output stage with 8ma of current, and therefore no reason for a 4 stage amp, and since tube inputs seem to be

using Kerry's servo, but a resistor to make +200 by the way the alternate name of this board will be t8000DR   (DR as in done right) edit: fixed font sizes      

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its birgir's birthday today, the big 35!

so...

special security screws on the top, 6 sided ultra miniature metric spline, apple tools work

power conversion relatively easy once you get rid of the goop

 

 

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2sc6127 for the outputs and the voltage gain stage, resistors, for pull up on the voltage gain stage, darlington output

 

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need better picture of servo, so that one later, stacked ksa1156 for the tube drive, the rest of it is a modern 717 with available parts. 

 

wiring, 100v   J1,J3,J4

120v   J2,J3,J5

 

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next to the transformer is 7815,7915  which makes +/-15 to the slot and also the servo board

filaments are DC

HV is unregulated Cap,100 ohm resistor,Cap

servo pretty much identical to the T2 servo

the 15k resistors are something else

 

 

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16 hours ago, kevin gilmore said:

its birgir's birthday today, the big 35!

I have heamhorriods older than that,,,,,,, :rolleyes:.

 

btw, happy birthday, Birgir...  may the Kæstur hákarl be extra savoury....   :D

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power jumper block cleaned of all the epoxy

j1,j3,j4 for 100v remove all others

j2 j3 j5 for 120v remove all others

j5,j6 for 240v remove all others

and servo board pictures, unnecessarily complex

tube rollers are going to have a lot of trouble with this, the servo has a pretty limited range, and the Russian similar's definitely will not work

 

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2 hours ago, eggil said:

Kevin: did you even listen to it before you took it apart? :)

He shook the thing to see if it rattled.......     :o

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17 hours ago, eggil said:

Kevin: did you even listen to it before you took it apart? :)

 

I was listening to it while taking pictures...   multitasking

14 hours ago, wink said:

 

He shook the thing to see if it rattled.......     :o

absolutely, don't want any metal nuts floating around in bad places

2 of the screws that hold the bottom plate on have very long screws and nuts, both were loose, and one is almost impossible to get to without taking off the front panel.

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simplified schematic :D  just updated, I got the current sources flipped.

when put in the test position, it puts fixed resistors to the plates of the tubes to -15

so then you adjust the main offset and differential. then move back to the on position and further adjust the servo pots.

when working right, keeps the outputs to less than 100mv. but range is very tight.

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4 hours ago, kevin gilmore said:

simplified schematic

A few noob questions.

There are some more parts after voltage dropper to get +100V. Is that because the B+ in T8K is unregulated? It seems stax use regulated PS for the tubes.

What's the function of Q19, Q21, Q27, Q30? These seems to first appear in T8K.

Stax used some low-noise parts like KSA992 and KSC1845. And stacked KSA1156. Any chance to adopt them in Tube-carbon/Sandwich or even Carbon? 

Feedback is 200K in Carbon and 300K in T8K. So maybe there chance to lower the feedback in Carbon?

Most important is how do you think about the front half of T8K comparing to your design?

For the negative supply for the tubes, I like the way tube-carbon does which doesn't need -15V supply. But I don't know the noise level difference between GRHV and 7915/GRLV.

Thanks.

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q19 and q21 are in all stax amps. limits the voltage of that particular section, they never trigger, and I eliminated them a long time ago.

q27 and q30 are used as temperature matched diodes. same as Q8 which is mounted on the heatsink

the 300k resistors result in a voltage gain of 1k (actually a bit more) when combined with r38,r39. carbon does the same thing with lower resistances

they use stacked ksa1156, a pair of 400v parts. I use the stn9360 which is a single 600v part. there is no reason to do this in solid state front end amp because the 100v is 15v

main power supplys are not regulated. and the servo jumps all over the place when the air conditioning kicks in.

 

 

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1 hour ago, joehpj said:

A few noob questions.

There are some more parts after voltage dropper to get +100V. Is that because the B+ in T8K is unregulated? It seems stax use regulated PS for the tubes.

What's the function of Q19, Q21, Q27, Q30? These seems to first appear in T8K.

Stax used some low-noise parts like KSA992 and KSC1845. And stacked KSA1156. Any chance to adopt them in Tube-carbon/Sandwich or even Carbon? 

Feedback is 200K in Carbon and 300K in T8K. So maybe there chance to lower the feedback in Carbon?

Most important is how do you think about the front half of T8K comparing to your design?

For the negative supply for the tubes, I like the way tube-carbon does which doesn't need -15V supply. But I don't know the noise level difference between GRHV and 7915/GRLV.

Thanks.

Q27 and Q30 have base and collector connected together and so behave like diodes and in series with the LEDs D2 and D3, provide a constant voltage for the constant current sources Q26, Q28 and Q29.  

 

I believe that  Q18-21 form a modified Vbe multiplier - this part of the circuit is not new - the exact same topology is seen in the T1, 600 and 727, among others.

 

The circuitry around Q31-33 is a voltage regulator to stabilize the voltage to the tubes and intermediate stage.

 

I'm sure KG will come along and correct me if necessary.

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On 6.7.2017 at 7:05 AM, wink said:

I have heamhorriods older than that,,,,,,, :rolleyes:.

 

btw, happy birthday, Birgir...  may the Kæstur hákarl be extra savoury....   :D

Thanks.  :)  I'm glad my own birthday present from me to me is bringing Kevin joy.  ;)

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Kevin has sent me all the pics now and well...I'm just shocked how bad the T8000 is.  Now the circuit is blahhh to say the least and how exactly were Stax working on this for 3 years?  Somebody looked at the stuff they already had three years ago and then remembered it again 6 months ago?  I mean nothing is new here and that even extends to how this is built.  Most of the innovation is just because of necessity while the rest could just have been used in the T1 from 1987.  Seriously, links on a modern pcb with surface mount parts? 

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