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#1 avimopro

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

one of my IT8000's fan is extremely loud. the amp keeps working but  the fan kicks in within minutes of turning the amp on and it sound like its going at full speed then it quiets down. any thought? does not need to be sent in? or are there any settings for the fan's speed?


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#2 dakos

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:19 AM

View Postavimopro, on 24 April 2012 - 11:13 AM, said:

one of my IT8000's fan is extremely loud. the amp keeps working but  the fan kicks in within minutes of turning the amp on and it sound like its going at full speed then it quiets down. any thought? does not need to be sent in? or are there any settings for the fan's speed?


thanks,
byron
Just took a quick look at the manual and there are no fan settings. What does it show on the temperature monitor?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:36 PM

thanks for checking. I'll monitor it this weekend and post back on monday.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:59 PM

I had a chance to monitor them amp this past weekend the fan kept going on full blown within seconds of receiving a signal. unfortunately I did not see any indication that the temperature was going up that much.. any other leads??



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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

View Postavimopro, on 01 May 2012 - 06:59 PM, said:

I had a chance to monitor them amp this past weekend the fan kept going on full blown within seconds of receiving a signal. unfortunately I did not see any indication that the temperature was going up that much.. any other leads??



thanks,
byron
You can try to reload the firmware using System Architect but if that doesn't work, I would send it to be fixed.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

This issue may be related to the thermal sensors on the SMPS circuit. Have someone measure the sensors on the SMPS IGBT heatsinks: they should measure between 18K and 20K ohms. Or, send to your nearest Crown authorized service center.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:33 PM

Hi, I had this happening with one of my I-Tech 8000 the week before Memorial Day weekend.  I called Crown and took the amp to the Factory in Elkhart, IN the Tuesday after Memorial Day.  They couldn't recreate the problem with a dummy load on the amp, however I asked them to do it without a load it showed and power spike jumping the rails and shorting the fan so that it ran a full speed...kinda sounds like a 757 taking off.  Anyway they fixed mine at no cost and it has worked well for the last 6 shows that we have done.  It might be something to have them look into.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:08 AM

We had the same problem with a new MA12000i. Fan randomly screaming like a vacuum cleaner, so loud it was audible over the PA, amp cold etc. It went back to the uk agents twice and eventually they fixed it. The service report was vague.

#9 dakos

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:30 AM

View Postjoust, on 08 May 2012 - 02:09 PM, said:

This issue may be related to the thermal sensors on the SMPS circuit. Have someone measure the sensors on the SMPS IGBT heatsinks: they should measure between 18K and 20K ohms. Or, send to your nearest Crown authorized service center.

Alain
Dear Alain,
Do you need to actually first take the thermistor out of the circuit board and only then measure its resistance or you think the method mentioned the following link (the reply by Moby (Mike Diack)) is just as good?
http://forums.prosou...?topic=120129.0
Do you have pictures of the itech internals? More specifically of the four thermistors?
Thank you
Avi

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

You don't physically need to take out the thermistors from circuit to verify them. When measuring the thermistors, make sure the amp is cold! Most probably, the SMPS thermistors are acting up. Rarely do the output module sensors act up. And, do the firmware updates when available!

To test out the SMPS thermal sensors:
First, get access to the SMPS control board: This board is located beneath the EMI filter board (The EMI module is the top most board when the cover is removed). Be careful when removing the EMI module!
Then remove the control card. It is the long card (6" x 2"), with a multipin header on the bottom middle edge. It is also aligned with the power rail connector.
Note: The reason I remove the control card is that the sensors' load are 'connected' to the control card and can cause misreadings.
On the main board locate the thermistor's connector; The other end leads to the thermistor, located on the SMPS heatsink.
Now you can test the thermistors via the connector! Cold, both should read the same, around 20K. If one of the components is way off then both thermistors will need to be replaced.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you still need the pictures! ;)

Regards,

#11 dakos

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:28 AM

This is just the amp with the top off:
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

Hello Dakos!

What you have surrounded in red is the USP3T (network) card!

The SMPS is located to the left of the picture, under where the metal grill is located.
There are a few screws to remove the grill and to get to the EMI board. Underneath the EMI board is the SMPS module.
CAREFULLY remove the EMI module; Notice the paper isolator stuck to the grill. CAREFULLY rmove the paper isolator. Once the EMI module is removed, then you now have access to the SMPS. Note: The side flaps of the isolator should be re-positionned between the heatsink and smps gate drive cards, to prevent the smps gate drive cards to short out on the heatsink.
The thermal sensors should now be visible, located on the far side of the heatsinks, in front of the fan. Two pair of wires run from the sensors to two connectors on the board. You can now measure the sensor at the connector. I suggest to remove the controller card so that the measurement isn't influenced by the impedance of the controller card. It should be arounf 20K ohms.

I would highly recommend that an experienced tech take a look at the unit. No offense!

I hope this helps!

Alain

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 02:55 PM

I juess if you don't break something then this is pretty much a piece of cake. This is where I measured the values, with the EMI module removed:
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The thermistors values were 7.54K and 6.88K. If I understand correctly they should measure in the 7K neighberhood.

I measured the values on the two small white, two wire connectors:
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:51 AM

Yes! You're halfway there! ;)

There's a long board next to the two round blue discs (PTC: positive temperature coefficient resistor) to the right of the pictures. This is the smps controllor card. Among other things, it manages the temperature and fan control via the smps and bca sensors. Since the sensors are connected to the card, by removing the card you will have a better view (measurement) of the sensors. They should measure around 20K with the controllor card removed.
On the bca side, you will have to remove the front-end cards to better measure the bca sensors.

Note1: PTC: resistance is normally low (6 ohms) and its resistance will increase while the component heats up; usually applied instead of a fuse! Also, used in soft start circuit;
Note2: If the PTCs should measure normal and the fans 'modulate' (somewhat evenly!) with the power going though the output module, then I would say that the sensors are pretty good! A bad sensor will continue to modulate the fans at high speed even if the power to the output modules is removed.