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Posted by Steve L. October 13, 2020 - 03:03 pm
Hi Jake, Not to worry; we can get to bottom of this and I'm happy to help. So I can better assist, can you give me an idea of your experience in electronics? What test equipment do you have available---DMM? Oscilloscope? Do you have the 3070 manual? I take it you are applying audio to both channels (which inputs?) but cannot hear anything on either speaker. Is that correct?

Here are the preliminary things I would check: Speakers switch set to Main or All and speakers connected to Main and Ground terminals; power light on; Input Selector set correctly; Off/Tape switch set to Off; Loudness switch off. With the DMM black lead on ground, you should see 40V on the case of two power transistors and 20V on the case of the other two. If one or both 40V tests is bad, check the fuses next to the output terminals. If fuse(s) are bad, there is a check we should make before replacing them...

Posted by Jacob B October 13, 2020 - 09:00 am
Hi again Steve.

I swapped those caps and also applied new thermal paste under those transistors.

Sadly, the cap replacement did not resolve my issue. I am still getting no output through the speakers at all, not even noise. As mentioned before, I can still get some audio if I use the tape out and attach a blue tooth speaker.

It appears that something that affects both channels must be broken. The caps were definitely leaking bad so replacing them was worth the effort either way.


Posted by Steve L. October 07, 2020 - 04:26 pm
Hi Jacob, Actually, when I said, "and it's mate, C5," I was referring to the 2000uF cap which is the output coupling cap in the right channel (not related to C305). C6 is the output coupling cap in the left channel. So I was saying it would be best to replace both C5 and C6 with a 4700uF value. Yes, C5 could be the issue you're trying to fix. I trust you've checked the fuses. They often blow when there's a problem in one of the power amps. In any case, I'll be happy to help if the cap replacement doesn't fix it.

Posted by Jacob B October 07, 2020 - 02:46 pm
Hi Steve. Thanks for the prompt reply!
When you say C5, you are referring to C305 correct?
My C6 cap is blown and leaking which I am hoping is what caused the output to stop working. I still get photo output through the tape output which I have hooked up to a Bluetooth speaker temporarily. Hoping replacing the C6 cap does the trick!

Posted by Steve L. October 06, 2020 - 07:18 pm
Hi Jacob, As covered above in the "Low Frequency Stability Problem" section, I found that C6 (and it's mate, C5) need to be increased to 4700uF to avoid a large peak in the low frequency response. I would make those low-ESR and long life types if possible. A quick look at Mouser shows Vishay MAL202190062E3 ($4.57) would work. It has a 5000 hour rating. No special ESR is featured but the typical value is given as 0.079ohms, which seems good. Let us know how it goes if you get a chance.

Posted by Jacob B October 06, 2020 - 06:40 pm
Hello. I need to replace C6. Any input on what to replace this with? Will any bipolar 2000uF 25V cap work?

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