Solution for 2270 high bias - early serial number

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  1. hirscwi

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    I just finished restoring an early serial 2270 for a friend (s/n 2801). The bias on one channel would start at zero and climb to about 19mV over the period of an hour. I had originally replaced the bias transistors (H760 - each board) with ksc3503. Following the recommendation of an earlier thread, I tried a D669 and the problem was solved.

    I did not develop this solution. It was originally proposed by member ecluser in a thread titled "Marantz 2270 bias won't go below 15mV". The solution works because the 669 has a Vbe of .68 while the 3503 Vbe is .74 and this is enough difference to solve the problem. Many thanks to Glen (ecluser) for this solution. Please refer to his thread for a very thorough discussion.

    I have seen quite a bit of interest recently in the 2270 and thought this might be helpful to resurrect an excellent solution from the past.

    BTW, it's been my experience that the early 2270s take at least an hour to stabilize the bias.
     
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    Good information. Thanks for posting! :thumbsup:
     
  3. rBuckner

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    ^^^Indeed.
     
  4. sssboa

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    ok, and what about s/n 55000 and higher, do they have originally different transistors there than the early numbers? My bias is not that stable either.
     
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    The original thread I referenced contains information for the units with serial above 3900. The recommendation is to use D669 for the bias transistor, as a starting point.

    Instability of the bias current might be some other problem. There are quite a few threads in this forum about bias problems. Worth reading.
     
  6. sssboa

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    Will check it out. For the start, isn't D669 obsolete now? Any equivalent?
     
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    As I looked on ebay you may buy NOS Hitachi, today's Chinese production as NOS Hitach or openly today's production - not branded or by Hi-Sincerity Microelectronics from Taiwan.
     
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    I haven't had good luck with transistors I bought on Ebay. They quickly failed or tested bad. Just my experience...
     
  10. Trojan4Life

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    According to DIY: MJE340/MJE350 are similar to 2SD669.
     
  11. hirscwi

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    Try B&D Enterprises. They had some not too long ago. If you're looking for substitute, you want the lowest Vbe - D669 is .68v
     
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    If you can't find D669, the following work but don't have as low Vbe, I don't think. KSC3503; JE243G; 2SC495; 2N4923
     
  13. sssboa

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    I think Hitachi stopped making them decades ago. So it's risking buying fake Hitachi or buy this

    d669.jpg
     
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    What is Vbe of original transistors 2SC984 and 2SC496 ?
     
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    I made Vbe measurements a while ago using an Atlas Peak DCA55:
    2SD669=0.68V
    MJE243G=0.70V
    2SD612=0.70V
    2SC495=0.72V
    KSC3503=0.76V

    YMMV,
    Tom
     
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  17. sssboa

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    Looks like MJE243 will do the job :)
    And I know what I'm buying.
     
  18. sssboa

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    Turns out I already have 2N4923.
    I did some measurements with my Chinese MK-328. It gave me some results in different scale but consistent i.e. 2N4923 Vbe would be around 10% less than KSC3503 which I have too, so around 0.68V (if KSC3503 has 0.76V)

    BTW. Do you know anything in TO-92 form that would do the job? I have some slip-on radiators for TO-92 that maybe I would attach to the radiator.
     
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    Unrelated, apologies but could u confirm this is the champagne engraved face plate or silver model? It should be the champagne model per my survey.

    Other readers please do not drift or take this bias thread into another direction due to my question. Look for 2270 engraved face plate thread if you have questions or input to preserve this important thread. Thank you!
     
  20. rBuckner

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    I'm going to guess that since it was always a transistor in a medium power package that a TO-92 won't be safe to use.
     

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