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post #1 of 5 Old 05-11-2020, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Sub Amp Repair

Well, this JBL ES250P sub is about 5 years old. Just today when I turned it on, it started making the hum noise. Amp still plays fine, but that hum is there. Unplugged line in, still hum. Tried another circuit plug in the house, still hum. I opened the amp, but I see no capacitors to replace that look bad.
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Convert it to a passive sub. Pretty easy to do.

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If you unplug the power cord, does the hub disappear immediately or does it fade out? If it stops immediately, it might be the bridge rectifier or the transformer. If you are comfortable with measuring voltages on live equipment check that B+ and B- are equal and opposite. If not, measure the AC output of the transformer. If you don't understand this: DON"T TOUCH IT
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It is probably the two main filter caps that are going bad. Those filter out the 60hz hum. In your pictures, they are the two biggest ones, marked SK(P). The value is printed on the other side. If you can provide that, a suitable replacement can be located. A quality replacement might be $5-6 for each cap, but worth it in my opinion.

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Maybe a typical COIL WHINE. Power it up SAFETY, then press the individual components with, say a chopsticks, the noise changes, you know which is doing it. See that goo around the big capacitors? they are there to precisely minimize this whine, need to replace/add more of those. It could be as simple as tightening screws.
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