Last year I acquired a D60 amp. One channel had a problem which I traced to a bad driver transistor. I called Crown and of course the original part (2N6175) was no longer available. They sent a replacement, a D40V2. Installation was not trivial because the cases were totally different.
The 2N6175 is a thick (0.150) insulated transistor with EBC lead orientation and those leads are round and the size of 1/4w resistor leads. The center mounting hole is insulated but there is an exposed collector at the back. The D60 has holes that the leads fit perfectly in. It also has four of these same transistors used as drivers and they mount between the main circuit board and the chassis, acting as standoffs.
The D40V2 is a totally different animal, at least the one Crown sent me. It has a plastic body that's nearly the same thickness but there is a thin metal uninsulated mounting tab that sticks out from the body. To mount this part, one needs a nylon screw because a metal screw would ground the collector. Then you need some sort of spacer to make up the difference in thickness; I used a #8 nut and a #4 flat washer. The leads, which ARE oriented in EBC order, are rectangular and much bigger than the holes will accept. Rather than drill larger holes, I chopped the leads off and installed short wires into the circuit board and wired those to the D40V2, which had to be bent nearly vertical to fit into the available space. In the end, it worked but it looked ugly and took a lot more work than it should have. This must have been the only transistor on earth of that size factor that still had EBC lead order; almost every other part has BCE. I'd have been better off by using a TIP47 and crossing the leads.
I asked Crown about the mounting differences but never got a reply. Perhaps if the amp already had D40V2 transistors, things would have been easier.
I did some research into the original 2N6175 and found some had round / EBC leads while others had rectangular / BCE leads, and no one had any to sell. I then came across a substitution list that mentioned the 2N6176 and 2N6177, which are higher voltage versions of the 2N6175. I found someone selling 2N6176 parts with round leads and the same case thickness as the 2N6175. So I bought two and installed one into the D60. It still works great and I'm back to metal hardware and a repair that looks original.
There are places selling 2N6176 transistors, so if you've had this same experience, it's worth it to spend a bit more money and buy a part that fits and works just like the original. Perhaps Crown should buy some of these and sell them instead of the D40V2, especially for the D60 amps.
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19 Nov 2009 - 12:57