"ONYX" Mono Amplifier

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TUBE COMPLEMENT

1. Dual Triode 9-PIN base 5814A JAN Military NOS [or 12AU7 ] INPUT / DRIVER STAGE
2. Dual Triode OCTAL base 6AS7GA [JAN Military NOS] OUTPUT STAGE [can also substitute 6080WC]

ALL STAGES

All stages operate in pure class "A1" single ended and contain automatic self-biasing circuitry. We have maintained our Topaz tradition in the use of exceptionally large value Solen polypropylene coupling capacitors. This together with our custom built HAMMOND output transformer has endowed this amplifier with very extended low frequency response. Each of the four output triodes are individually self-biased, with only the plates tied together in a quasi-parallel configuration, which is nearly equivalent to having one high-powered triode. Our 11 pound output transformer provides 13 Watts RMS per mono-block with solid bass and absolute stability into all low impedance loads. The output windings can be toggled via two high current switches to allow selection of impedance for 2, 4, 8 or 12 Ohms. WE EMPLOY NO FEEDBACK of any kind due to the low distortion ultra-linear amplification stages employed in this design.

POWER SUPPLIES

MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION

CIRCUIT BOARD

The components are mounted on a Printed Circuit board [PCB] which is made from FR4 glass epoxy with double sided copper traces and plated through holes. Both sides have a protective green solder mask. A silkscreen is printed in white showing the component layout and parts value. This PCB was designed manually in house. It has enlarged power and signal line traces to attain the best analog integrity that automatic routing circuit programs cannot attain. Our Printed Circuit Board program allows for an infinite varieties of traces and component layouts that can be developed into our own custom library parts. We have created a library of custom component layouts that are specifically suited to develop our Analog circuits. Wiring to the PCB is attached via screw down crimp terminals to allow for ease of repair should the need ever occur where the board would need to be removed. Again, like in the Topaz we have reduced the signal path length to less than 6" on the PCB board. The final assembly of parts to the PCB is done by hand soldering of all components, which is superior to automated flow-soldering techniques, by allowing more solder on each and every joint.

AUTO-SEQUENCING

A time-delay relay provides extended tube life and proper power sequencing for stabilized circuitry on power up. The filament voltage is turned on for 45 seconds before applying the DC voltage power.

POWER SWITCH

A toggle switch enables power to the automatic sequencing circuit that delays operation until the green [ready] LED comes on after the initial 45-second delay.

IMPEDANCE MATCHING

Two high current [25 Amp] toggle switches enable setting for 2, 4, 8 & 12 ohms

(matching numbers indicate which impedance is selected)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

+0/-1 dB > 9Hz to 22KHz

+0/-3 dB > 6 Hz to 38 KHz

INPUT IMPEDANCE 60K Ohms
GAIN 29dB > 0.35VRMS maximum for full output
ABSOLUTE PHASE non-inverting
POWER OUTPUT 13 Watts RMS per Channel
DYNAMIC HEADROOM music peaks up to 26 Watts
POWER SUPPLY STORAGE 280 joules
Universal Voltage Select 115/230 Volts 50/60 Hz
POWER CONSUMPTION 125 Watts each
WEIGHT NET: 2 x 31 lbs. (28.2 kg)
SHIPPING: 2 x36 lbs.(33 kg)
DIMENSIONS 9.5" W x 16" L x 8.5" H
LIMITED WARRANTY TUBES: 1 YEAR PARTS
COMPONENTS: 5 YEARS PARTS & LABOR

* Each unit comes with a brass nameplate and individually engraved serial number