I have a Peavey PV 2600 amplifier (1800W RMS) that I'm going to use in my home theater, but the 24V 80mm fan is much too loud and noisy. I want to replace it with a silent fan (Noctua NF-A8 PLX), which only come in 12V.
They Peavey outputs two voltages: 16V for normal operation, and 24V when it detects higher temperatures. There does not appear to be any in between or ramping, it's just one of the two discrete values.
I would like to keep this feature with the Noctua fan, such that at 16V the Noctua sees ~8V (pretty similar to running the Noctua at 12V with one of their 'low noise adapter' resistors), but when the amp puts out 24V the Noctua sees ~12V.
Because this will not be stuffed in a rack or driven very hard, cooling airflow isn't as critical as it would be in the amp's typical use case, and so the reduction in CFM won't be critical. However, even the Noctuas do make SOME noise at full speed (16.1 dBA), but less with their low noise adapters at ~8V (12.9 dBA), I'd only like to have the fan running at full speed when the amp needs it, not constantly.
- What would the implications of calculating a single resistor value be that would be perfect for the 24V full load? I could provide the Noctua 12V, measure the current and thus derive a 'nominal' resistance while running, and add this resistor in series to drop 12V off the 24V. So if it's 40 mA, then I'd add a 300 ohm 1/2 watt or more resistor. However, at 16V, the fan now becomes less of a load, so could it potentially receive a higher voltage than it should, or such a low voltage that it stops spinning?
- Most suggestions on using a 12V fan in a 24V system are to use a voltage regulator, which if I did so I would lose the two speeds and just run at a constant full power, which is undesirable to me (at least with a fixed regulator).
- Could I instead do a voltage divider circuit? If so, what would the nominal resistance values be to run an
x mAconstant /
y mAstartup fan, that has somewhat varying power requirements?
If none of the above work, are there other solutions perhaps? Is there a circuit where I could use a regulator to provide exactly
If there are no viable options without tampering with other circuits in the amplifier, are there brushless DC 24V fans that are guaranteed to be as quiet or quieter than Noctuas?
I don't think adding a second fan in the amp somewhere is too much of an option: