PSU-50 - Super-Quiet Power Supply for 50W Tube Power Amp


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PSU-50 is a super-low-noise power supply that supports a 50W tube power amplifier, or a 25+25W stereo power amp, along with tube preamplifiers and auxiliary circuits. PSU-50 ideally matches London Power's tube power amp kits, such as PA66-10,  PA66-25 and PA66-50. 

Tube power amplifiers require various voltages for the plate circuit, bias and heaters. PSU-50 provides an integrated power supply solution that is compact while providing extremely clean support for tube audio circuitry. These supplies are so good we use them in our own London Power amplifiers!

The PCB accommodates wiring for world-wide mains compatibility. The board itself supports the following:

  • dual mains fuses
  • Japan-compatible 100-120-240V mains
  • plate supply 460Vdc - 350mA
  • active hum filtering for high-voltage plate supply
  • bias supply for fixed-biasing
  • 6V/12V London Power heater system at 10A
  • supports eight octal power tubes plus 24x 12A_7 preamp tubes
  • supports four octal power tubes plus 45x 12A_7 preamp tubes
  • supports two octal power tubes plus 56x 12A_7 preamp tubes
  • supports up to 66x 12A_7 preamp tubes without octals
  • DC stand-off for heater supply (linkable option)
  • regulated ±12Vdc-175mA auxiliary supply
  • optimized ground tie to chassis

The paralleled main filter cap positions provide ample ripple filtering and long life. Output filtering is also much higher than typically found in guitar amps. This low-noise power supply unit (PSU) can be used to support large numbers of preamp tubes, such as for a mixer or multi-channel active cross-over. In such an application, PSU-50 will support 42 12A_7 tubes.PSU-50 can support multiple power amp channels for multi-zoned stages or home stereo/theatre systems, such as: 2x25W; 5x10W, 1x25W+2x10W.

The London Power 6V/12V heater configuration allows the actual heater wiring to be small-gauge wire, typically #20 or #22. Each of the four 6V heaters has its own wiring connection on PSU-50. A DC-stand-off is provided for a 30db reduction of heater noise.

The bias supply is a typical cascaded RC filter following a full bridge. Proper bias supplies are built using separate windings, as all London Power power transformers (PTs) have.

The auxiliary +/-12Vdc supply provides active regulation of both polarities, supporting opamps and other solid-state devices, and switching circuitry.

PSU-50 is optimized for use with London Power's PTs, which have dual primaries, plate and bias windings that use a full bridge rectifier (not a half bridge), CT-ed auxiliary and the 6V/12V heater winding.

Doubled output wiring blocks are provided to facilitate connection of multiple power amps, preamps and auxiliary circuits. All wiring should be #22 twisted as appropriate. Transformer leads should be #18 or smaller.

Extra fuse blocks are recommended, as it is highly beneficial to protect every secondary and also to protect each output stage. Use only slow-blow fuses around the power transformer and fast-blow types for output transformers.

PSU-50's PCB measures 6" x 3.5" a 2"H (155 x 89 x 51mm)

PSU-50's PT size: 5.6"D x 2.6"H (140 x 65mm)

PSU-50: Printed circuit board plus components plus 50W toroidal PT

Kit requires assembly. If you would like this kit pre-assembled, add PSU-BLT to have the PCB pre-assembled. The transformer fly-leads will NOT be attached to the boards. The assembled boards are bulkier than the loose parts, so shipping is slightly higher.

Add GND Ground-Link-Isolator to avoid ground loops with other mains-powered equipment.

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