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Zan
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Issues with my ZKit1 build
05/28/23 at 02:30:41
 
Hey all! This is my first time getting into electronics. Iíve just finished a wire up of my ZKit1 and Iím getting some funky voltages and no voltage from the tube cathodes.

A: 415V
B: 385V
C: 0V
D: 2.6V


Iím struggling to interpret the schematic to know how to proceed in debugging. Iíve tested all of the resistors and they are coming up with the correct values.

I find this extra confusing because the tubes are glowing which indicates to me that thereís *some* voltage at the cathodes. I could be wrong about that though. I also canít find and solder bridges and the solder joints look good to me. How do I walk up the chain and test?

Thanks in advance.

Zan
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Re: Issues with my ZKit1 build
Reply #1 - 05/28/23 at 02:45:45
 
Hard to say but youíve got really high voltage on the A and B so something is wrong very early in the power input section. Double check your part values there, your connections, and orientations.
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Zan
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Reply #2 - 05/28/23 at 03:08:34
 
I canít see anything wrong at this stage. I did make a post on DIY audio forum because I got the wrong capacitors for the 33uf ones (I used Dayton 33uf polymer caps) but people seemed to think it would be fine that I didnít get polarised ones.

Iím also doing the anniversary mod so maybe I hooked up the extra caps wrong? Pretty sure it matched the schematic.

All the resistors are showing the right values and the caps I have that are polarised are in the right orientation.
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Reply #3 - 05/28/23 at 03:09:40
 



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Reply #4 - 05/28/23 at 04:05:47
 
I ran those Dayton caps for the anniversary mods for a short time and they worked just fine.
You might try taking the anniversary mods off and just build the basic circuit to spec first. Once i you get it working you can easily add the additional caps back in.
I canít tell from looking at the photos on my phone- you have the jumpers installed, correct?
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Zan
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Reply #5 - 05/28/23 at 04:27:00
 
Oh damn. I installed J6 after I noticed the RCA connectors werenít grounded but I missed *the very first instruction*. Good catch! Iíll wire in the other five jumpers tomorrow and test again. I think I got it in my head that all of them were related to bridging to mono.

I feel so silly! Thanks for that. Iíll update this thread later.

Side note, this is one of the reasons I love the internet. Electronics is a somewhat overwhelming topic to learn about on my own but the internet and community make it possible  [smiley=cool.gif].
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Reply #6 - 05/28/23 at 14:00:53
 
Great! Hopefully once you get the jumpers installed everything works properly.

I have to agree with you. It can be challenging to find others that geek out on audio, and finding others that geek out on building audio is like a whole other level. Between here and the DIYaudio forum Iíve received help a number of times that I never would have had without the World Wide Web.
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Reply #7 - 05/28/23 at 17:19:35
 
Quick question this morning, how do I tie the circuit ground and ground plane together? Iím not sure where the ground plane is exposed.
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Mannytheseacow
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Reply #8 - 05/28/23 at 19:05:12
 
I donít think you need it in a metal chassis, but maybe since you are mounted to wood in a metal chassisÖ hard to say from the photos.
Either way, there are two ground attachments next to the six volume control spots. You can use either of them.
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Reply #9 - 05/28/23 at 22:04:19
 
Itís alive!! Thanks for the help! Iím so happy.

All voltages are within normal parameters now. Hooked it up to some crappy monitors and itís sounding smooth. Hopefully my new speakers arrive soon so I can give it a proper test.
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Reply #10 - 05/29/23 at 12:56:36
 
Glad to hear it is up and running!
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