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3-in-1 Multi-Cap (Chassis Grounded)

Multi-section can capacitor replacement kit, 450 V max

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This kit is intended as an easy way to mount new electrolytic capacitors when replacing approximately 29 mm diameter multi section can capacitors with 37.8 mm mounting hole spacing CTC. This design was modeled after an Astron A-25-65 can. These were often used in vintage audio and radio equipment.

Up to three different caps can be installed, and they all share a common lead located in the center. Both 5 mm and 7.5 mm lead spacing caps up to 12.5 mm in diameter are supported. The center common lead has a trace connecting it to one of the mounting holes, making it convenient to tie to chassis ground; if you don’t want the common tied to ground, you will need to either cut out a large section of the connecting trace, or use plastic stand-offs. The spacer board sits between the new caps and mounting board and adds clearance between the turrets and cans of the caps. The optional turrets provide robust terminals for wires and other components to attach to when installing.

If you use a positive-common configuration, be wary that the cans of electrolytic caps are often tied to the negative lead (cathode), but not always. Thus, voltages may exist between the cans depending on the circuit, so space them apart as needed.

Based on IPC-2221B guidelines, this board is not to be used in circuits that may see peak voltages above 450 V assuming a typical negative-common configuration.

Specifications:

  • Board material: FR-4 Kingboard TG150
  • Board finish: HASL (lead-free solder), green solder mask
  • Copper thickness: 2 oz.
  • Screw hole spacing: 37.79mm center-to-center
  • Screw hole size: 3.8mm (#6-32 fits slightly loose to allow adjustment)
  • Wiring/turret hole size: 2.4mm
  • Width: 47.59mm
  • Length: 34.14mm
  • Board thickness: 1.6mm
  • Height from surface of mounting board to top of a turret: 7mm
  • Max capacitor diameter: 12.5mm
  • Capacitor lead spacing: 5mm and 7.5mm
  • Insulator board diameter: 29mm
  • Insulator board thickness: 2mm
  • Insulator board hole size: 4.2mm for turrets, 2.6mm for capacitor leads
  • Diameter of turret’s hole: 1.63mm

MN4760S-PAE

McIntosh MLD7020 Line Memory Replacement

This is an FPGA implementation of the MN4760S line memory used in the time base corrector (TBC) sections of some LaserDisc players. This board was designed specifically for an MLD7020 with a dead line memory, breathing some new life into a unit that would have otherwise been a paperweight due to the original part no longer being manufactured.

This board is not available for order at this time. Please contact “parts (at) proaudioe.com” if you would like additional information.

PAE-MAC4100RCA

McIntosh MAC4100 RCA Jack Replacement PCB (Unpopulated)

This board was created as a solution for replacing the original riveted RCA jacks on the McIntosh MAC4100. The new RCA jacks (CUI RCJ-022 and RCJ-023) are not the most premium connectors in the world, but if your original jacks are loose and intermittent, these will certainly perform better.

Includes one unpopulated PCB and a schematic of the board. RCA jacks are not included, but the part numbers are listed above.

This board is quite involved to install and will require the back panel of your unit to be taken off. Please do not attempt to assemble and install it if you are not familiar with safely diagnosing and repairing electronics. Be sure to take lots of pictures of your original installation so you know where everything goes.

The rivets holding the original RCA jacks in will need to be removed and replaced with #6-32 screws. The board will also need standoffs or spacers to keep it far enough away from the back panel. The original black plastic shrouds can be placed over the new RCA jacks so that the green PCB is not seen from the back panel. (Please see the installation photos above).

Depending on the serial number of your unit, the wiring scheme may be slightly different. This board has the following optional solder jumpers:

  • JP1 or JP2: Short to connect the shields of the “TAPE 1 and 2 IN” jacks to chassis ground (JP1 and JP2 are redundant, use either one)
  • JP3: Short to connect the shields of the “AUX 1 and 2” jacks to chassis ground
  • JP4: Short to connect the shields of the “SCOPE VERT” jack to chassis ground
  • JP5: Short to connect the shields of the “SCOPE HOR” jack to chassis ground
  • JP6: Short to connect the shields of the “PREAMP OUT” and “POWER AMP IN” jacks to chassis ground
  • JP7: Short to connect the shields of the “TAPE 1 and 2 OUT” jacks to the shields of the “TAPE 1 and 2 IN” jacks

For example, in the unit I installed this board in, the shields of the AUX, TAPE OUT, TAPE IN, and PRE OUT/POWER IN jacks were tied to the chassis grounding screw by the factory. This corresponds to shorting JP3, JP1 or JP2, JP7, and JP6. Additionally, there was a 10nF capacitor between the shields of the PHONO jacks and chassis ground, which is implemented as the capacitor footprint C1.

PAE-045622

McIntosh MC2500 Power Guard Indicator PCB (Lamps Not Included)

This is a replacement power guard display PCB for McIntosh MC2500 amplifiers. This board is used to mount four bi-pin incandescent lamps which indicate the power guard status for both channels of the MC2500.

Includes one unpopulated PCB and one 5 pin right angle Molex connector. Lamps are not included. Boards may have minor cosmetic surface defects, but this will not impact their functionality.

The hole sizes for the lamps were increased to accommodate PC pin sockets (not included) for simplifying future lamp replacement. If you have LED replacements for 7382 lamps that are designed to be powered with AC (11.2 VAC is typical according to the MC2500 schematic), they should also work just as well on this board.

Specifications:

  • Board material: FR-4
  • Board thickness: 1.6 mm
  • Copper thickness: 1 oz., traces duplicated on both sides

066-095-PAE

McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, MC2300 Can Capacitor Replacement Kit

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This is a replacement kit for the GE multi-section can capacitors used inside the McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, and MC2300 power amplifiers. These cans were stamped with McIntosh part number 066-095. Other models may also use this can. High quality, genuine Nichicon capacitors rated for operation up to 105°C are used to ensure a long operational lifespan, and a custom PCB with thick 2 oz. copper provides a robust and elegant mounting solution. Four wiring turrets facilitate the connections to each of the four caps. No more gutting the old cans and sticking new caps inside!

Includes four Nichicon capacitors, one cap mounting PCB, one spacer PCB, a hardware kit, and a thorough step-by-step installation guide.

Installing this kit will require soldering, drilling out the original can’s mounting rivets, and stripping/attaching wires in a tight space. If you do not have prior experience safely testing and repairing amplifiers at the component level, please have a qualified professional install this kit in your unit.

The following capacitor values are included:

  • 82uF 200V (Replaces 80uF 200V)
  • 82uF 200V (Replaces 80uF 200V)
  • 150uF 160V (Replaces 150uF 150V)
  • 56uF 160V (Replaces 50uF 150V)

Note: The capacitor symbols (square, triangle, half-circle, dash) on the cap PCB were arranged based on the orientation of the original can in the MC2300. Other models, such as the MC2100, typically had the cans oriented differently, meaning the position of the symbols on this board may not align with your original installation.

128-165-PAE-A

McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, MC2300 Input Preamplifier Board (Assembled & Tested)

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This is a new-production input preamp PCB for the McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, and MC2300 power amplifiers. This board follows the original component layout closely, and no changes were made to the original circuit design.

Includes one board that has been assembled and tested, a thorough installation guide, and a performance specification sheet.

Please do not attempt to install these boards if you are not thoroughly familiar with safely diagnosing, repairing, and testing amplifiers at the component level with test equipment (signal generator, oscilloscope, load, etc.) and a current-limited power supply.

Here are the main differences between this board and the original:

  • Hand assembled with high quality components: 1% tolerance 50ppm TCR metal film resistors, Nichicon electrolytic capacitors (UPM in supply filters, UKZ in audio stages), WIMA film capacitors, and new transistors. Robust wiring turrets replace the original hollow posts that wires are soldered to
  • All boards are burn-in tested for 24 hours and come with a performance spec sheet
  • Thick 2 oz. copper with gold finish (ENIG) and matte black soldermask
  • Silkscreen reference designators and symbols on both sides
  • All component footprints are sized to fit the original parts. In addition, all axial electrolytic capacitors have footprints for radial parts of various sizes, and both input film caps support two different lead spacings

128-165-PAE-U

McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, MC2300 Input Preamplifier PCB (Unassembled)

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This is a new-production input preamp PCB for the McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, and MC2300 power amplifiers. This board follows the original component layout closely, and no changes were made to the original circuit design.

Includes one unpopulated PCB with wiring turrets pre-installed and a thorough installation guide with redrawn schematic, board layout, and parts list. We also offer these boards assembled and tested here.

Please do not attempt to populate and install these boards if you are not thoroughly familiar with safely diagnosing, repairing, and testing amplifiers at the component level with test equipment (signal generator, oscilloscope, load, etc.) and a current-limited power supply.

Here are the main differences between this board and the original:

  • 2 oz. copper with a gold finish (ENIG), plated through-holes, and matte black soldermask
  • Silkscreen reference designators and symbols on both sides
  • All component footprints are sized to fit the original parts. In addition, all axial electrolytic capacitors have footprints for radial parts of various sizes, both input film caps support two different lead spacings, and both electrolytic output caps can be substituted with film caps of the appropriate physical size. A capacitor sizing guide is included
  • Robust wiring turrets replace the original hollow posts that wires are soldered to

128-077-PAE

McIntosh MC2100, MC2105, MC2300 Driver Cards (Unpopulated)

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March 2024: These boards are currently out of stock, however we are working on a revision that will use all modern-production semiconductors and an improved circuit design.

These PCBs are intended to replace damaged driver boards in the McIntosh MC2300 amplifier. The PCB itself was also used in other models such as the MC2100 and late-revision MC2105 units, and the new board should work in these models with some component changes. Bear in mind that the silkscreen reference designators/symbols are based on the MC2300 schematic, which largely matches the schematic of late-revision MC2105 units, but does not match the schematic of the MC2100. Early revision MC2105 units (s/n 10M01 to 26M07) used a slightly different PCB with multiple circuit and layout changes that would require modifications to the board to implement.

Includes two unpopulated PCBs, four TO-39 spacers, and a thorough install guide with re-drawn schematic, board layout, and parts list.

Please do not attempt to populate and install these boards if you are not thoroughly familiar with safely diagnosing, repairing, and testing amplifiers at the component level with test equipment (signal generator, oscilloscope, load, etc.) and a current-limited power supply.

Here are the main differences between this board and the original:

  • Plated through-holes, wider traces, 2 oz. copper with ENIG (gold) finish and hard-gold plated fingers (better long-term repairability)
  • Silkscreen with reference designators and symbols based on the MC2300 schematic
  • Footprint for the TO-66 (“football” shaped) transistor Q105/106 has pads for substituting it with a TO-220, TO-126, or similar package transistor
  • All original wire jumpers (driver collectors and feedback line) are implemented on the board as traces
  • A footprint is provided for the compensation cap that was put in parallel across the feedback resistor in some revisions (labeled C123/124*), as well as the resistor across the driver input (R175/176)
  • Two different lead spacings are provided for the ceramic disc cap footprints
  • Diode footprints use square pads for the negative terminals and polarized electrolytic capacitors use square pads for the positive terminals
  • Chamfered board edge around the fingers
  • Footprint for axial electrolytic capacitor C121/122 is a bit shorter than the original; please use axial caps around 25mm in length or less. C101/102 is the same length as the original; use axial caps 23mm in length or less.

Specifications:

  • Board material: FR-4 Kingboard KB-6160 (TG130, >175 CTI)
  • Copper thickness: 2 oz.
  • Board finish: ENIG (immersion gold), hard-hold plated fingers, glossy green solder mask
  • Width: 127.45 mm
  • Length: 105.10 mm
  • Thickness: 1.6 mm

Other Notes:

  • The PCB follows the general layout of the original, and no changes were made to the schematic, but it is not an exact replica. The parasitic elements of the board itself (inductance, capacitance, resistance) will thus be slightly different from the original board, and you may find that the values of the compensation capacitors need to be slightly adjusted for good stability. Substituting semiconductors may also require changes to the circuit and should be done with caution.
  • C101/102 on the silkscreen was drawn as a nonpolar cap, but polarized caps are typically used here. The positive terminal is the pad closest to the edge of the board.
  • The symbol for D103/104 bias diode was drawn as a Zener to indicate that it is not an “ordinary” diode, however it is not a Zener; it is a stabistor/forward reference diode with a typical forward voltage of around 1.4V (see service manual/semiconductor datasheet).
  • If using a TO-66 device for Q105/106, take care when installing the heatsink because the base/emitter leads have small pads on the top of the board that could touch the heatsink (i.e. collector) due to the size of the mounting holes. Using short standoffs, fish paper, or a TO-66 insulator underneath can help here.
  • The silkscreen reference designators follow a L/R pattern, so transistor Q105/106 is Q105 on the left channel and Q106 on the right channel.