xeawr

Re: DESPERATION! No heater voltage on Stellar/Alctron tube mic power supply
« Reply #80 on: February 04, 2020, 06:02:47 AM »
Here you can hear and see the differences between the two power supplies.
(ca. 40-50dB preamp gain + 40dB boost in DAW - don't mind my wall clock in the background)

TBONE PSU NOISE:


AUDIO (online player - link corrected)
https://voca.ro/jcyyuAPg8Id

ALCTRON PSU NOISE:


AUDIO (online player - link corrected)
https://voca.ro/jBvB2AHnlkb
« Last Edit: February 04, 2020, 10:23:34 AM by xeawr »


moamps

Re: DESPERATION! No heater voltage on Stellar/Alctron tube mic power supply
« Reply #81 on: February 07, 2020, 05:37:06 PM »
I found two old original PCBs from power supply of stock Alctron HT-11A (https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=51377.0) during a cleaning some bins today.
R15 is 2 Ohms in original design, not 20 ohms which is obvious error in a schematics floating around. Just for reference.

xeawr

Re: DESPERATION! No heater voltage on Stellar/Alctron tube mic power supply
« Reply #82 on: February 13, 2020, 08:33:21 PM »
Awesome, good to know! Thanks so much!!!

xeawr

Re: DESPERATION! No heater voltage on Stellar/Alctron tube mic power supply
« Reply #83 on: February 29, 2020, 11:06:43 AM »
Pleeeeease, I still need your help!!!

I still have hum inspite of:

- removed the LM317 circuit, replaced  with a 7805+diode
- replaced most capacitors on the B+ side with real Nichicon ones (left only 2 original caps).
- tightly twisted the tranny secondaries
- made sure all DC components are as far as possible from the high voltage AC lines and the tranny
- reflowed the remaining solder joints, cleaned the pub

it all works but I still get hum!!!!

>> turning PS off: hum instantly disappears
>> switching just the 6.5v heater off: hum remains

It drives me nuts, I mean it's a power supply. How can these things give u so much of a headache????
Please please help me with this, I really want to find and fix the problem.

Thank you so much!!!

Khron

I don't suppose the power supply has a ground-lift switch for the XLR output, does it?

I'm thinking there's a possibility of a ground-loop occurring between the mic supply and your preamp / mixer / interface.
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xeawr

Thanks Thron! Actually I had the same idea yesterday as I went to bed. I'm soldering a "ground-lift" cable now, see if that helps. Will keep you posted!

THANKS SO MUCH SO FAR!!!!

xeawr

Unfortunately it doesn't make any difference with the ground lift.  :( . Does it help knowing that the hum is not there when I power it off? (instantly cuts off)

Any hints where I could be looking for the culprit?

Khron

Where and how did you connect that?
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xeawr

I took an XLR cable and removed ground from the male side of the XLR (neither pin1 nor the metal loop was connected)

RuudNL

Just build a new power supply. Much quicker!
There is a solution for every problem!

http://www.vansteenisaudio.nl


 

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