Electric cabinet made out of parts from an analogue TV transmitter

We’ve been scrapping an old analogue transmitter at work, and I decided to recycle an old rack-mount chassis, as well as some other tit and tat, as an electrical box for the high-current DC parts of my solar system.

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Yamaha P-2200 measurements

Yamaha P-2200 uncased

Yamaha P-2200 PA power amplifier

Measurement results for Yamaha P-2200

Measurement results for Yamaha P-2200

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After many hours of work, I finally got my Yamaha P-2200 into a state worthy of being tested. The left channel is 100 % original, save for new electrolytic capacitors. It should be fairly representative of a completely original unit. The right channel has received major repairs. The high vol = FS noise floor on the right channel is not due to the repairs done to the amplifier, but rather the factory wiring of the amplifier; it’s mostly made up of 50 Hz hum. There’s probably a signal wire going too close to the transformer, somewhere.

All in all, the Yamaha P-2200 is a very well-performing amplifier, especially for its age and the fact that it’s Yamaha’s first ever dive into the world of PA amps. With plenty of passively-cooled power, tank-like build quality, an impressive noise floor and a good damping factor to boot, Yamaha made sure to make their PA power amp début one for the ages!

Just for fun, four audio gear gifs!

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JVC SEA-M9 in spectrum analyser mode

JVC SEA-M9 in spectrum analyser mode

The JVC SEA-M9 in spectrum analyser mode, filmed during an earthquake.

The JVC SEA-M9 in spectrum analyser mode, filmed during an earthquake.

The dancing meters of the Yamaha P-2200

The dancing meters of the Yamaha P-2200

Freshly refoamed Acoustic Research AR-7 woofer doing its thing.

Freshly re-foamed Acoustic Research AR-7 woofer doing its thing.