Ashly FTX-1501 III - intermittent channel

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by EngineerNate, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. EngineerNate

    EngineerNate AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Picked this up for under a Benjamin as this lineup of amps piqued my interest. It was sold as "won't power on."

    I pretty quickly discovered the root cause of that condition:

    I was able to find a fuse holder from an Ashly EQ at full compass that looked identical and it in fact was, so I simply stole the cap from it. Ordered a few fuses from s digikey with another order (10A MDA slow blow) and fired it up on the DBT.

    It passed the DBT test perfectly. Initial surge, then a dim glow. Came out of protect right away. I checked for DC on the outputs and measured none.

    I hooked up a source and tried it out. Got sound from one channel only. Switched it on and off again... Clean and clear sound in both speakers, for about 30 seconds then the same channel dropped out. This behavior was repeatable.

    I'm thinking a bad protection relay contact as power cycling flips the relay, giving temporary sound. I didn't wait long enough in the cycle for a temperature change to be the cause and there was no percussive maintenance involved, so a loose connection or cracked solder joint seems unlikely. Thoughts? Replies here will be rewarded with amp nudes. :naughty::D



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  2. EngineerNate

    EngineerNate AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Definitely a bad relay or loose connection. Percussive maintenance successful brings the channel back.

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