Today I received this nice 90's Panasonic RX-CT900 boombox in the mail.
The specs claims it is 2x60W PMPO (PMPO b**llsh*t throw-of- a-cliff specification) but in fact it is just 2x5.5W RMS (Panasonic AN7133N IC). The amplifier is described in the service manual (right click with mouse and open in another tab to view/zoom it full size):
Sound is pretty good however when you crank up the volume is starts clipping (this is an amp problem - not a speaker problem), especially when using the XBS function.
Edit 11/13/2020: Discovered it is actually a speaker problem: foam rot!
What I want to try is to replace the amplifier IC with a modern, more efficient, more power and better specs one. I have many of these small OEP50Wx2 boards, they are pretty good (used many - excellent sound quality) however Class D (Texas Instruments TPA3116 IC):
The question is, to you specialists, is this a stupid idea, does somebody tried such thing already (for example replacing obsolete IC) or can do this without problems.
What I want to do is to create an adapter socket (on the main-board) that allows me to plug-in (with compatible pin arrangement) the new amplifier module (and to easily switch back when it is no success or for other reasons - don't want to stress the solder connections too much).
In the service manual they specify a 15V input, which is perfect for the module because it outputs only 25W max (in theory). Because a class-D amplifier is more efficient (and consumes less current and more power at volumes) I think this a could be a great improvement in sound quality or is this just a crazy idea? I know the speakers maybe don't match the output power however I have some heavier replacements and test speakers (max 100W) that can be used to test the new setup (speakers are detachable) first.
Before I try, what do you think, possible or a source of many problems? Here is the full schematic of the mainboard (right click with mouse and open in another tab to view/zoom it full size):
- If this is possible it could be a great method to replace obsolete IC's with modern tech to keep devices away from the landfill;
- The pictures of schematics are assembled of pdfs with separated pages (can contain some allignment errors).