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Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:03 am
by dneilsen
So after doing some more testing I believe that the BIO500V2 pcb may be fine.

If I unscrew the BIO500v2 pcb from the 500 module frame and sit it on a piece of plastic (cd case) the input and output xlr 2 & 3 differences are all 1.23 VAC, as they are supposed to be.
But if I screw it back into the 500 module frame then the output voltage goes higher.

So now I am looking for a short to the 500 module frame from one of the pcbs.

Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:17 am
by dneilsen
Done some further testing.
I placed a piece of thick paper between the boards and the frame at the front of the unit to test there is no shorts there.
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As you can see in the photo the only components actually touching the frame are the two pots, the 3 switches and the transformer.

In this configuration output between pins 2 and 3 is 1.23 vac.
If I measure between output xlr pin 3 and the frame it measures approx 1vac. (What the?)

I'm not sure what else to try. Any suggestions?

Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:50 pm
by dneilsen
So I just came back to my bench to do some more testing and now everything is fine.
I put it back together and all the voltages are correct.
I have absolutely no idea why but I guess as long as its working....

Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:25 pm
by Joe Malone
dneilsen wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:50 pm
So I just came back to my bench to do some more testing and now everything is fine.
I put it back together and all the voltages are correct.
I have absolutely no idea why but I guess as long as its working....
From your other posts it will be a opto or other component leg under the sidechain pcb touching the back of one of the 2 pot switches boxes.

Good to hear it is going now.

Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:55 am
by Mattsoniclab
woohoo!
All finished and sounding great. Thanks for the excellent kit and easy to follow instructions Joe. I can see how much work goes into these.
Now to shove some drums through it. ;)

cheers.
Matt

Re: LA500A opto comp leveling amp BUILD THREAD 500/51X

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:57 am
by Joe Malone
Mattsoniclab wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:55 am
woohoo!
All finished and sounding great. Thanks for the excellent kit and easy to follow instructions Joe. I can see how much work goes into these.
Now to shove some drums through it. ;)

cheers.
Matt
HI Matt
Great to hear you liked building the comps :-) Hopefully the drum tracking went well ;)