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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beomaster 8000: Replacement of Speaker Switches with New Encapsulated Ones

Today I opened up the back of the Beomaster 8000 to replace the speaker switches and then do the big reservoir capacitors for the outputs. Replacement of the speaker switches with modern ones requires the use of adapter plates since the original switches are no longer available. Last year I designed suitable adapter plates that can be laser cut. I made a short video about the entire process. It can be found here. I improved the design in the meantime by thinning the far ends of the plates using laser raster scanning. That ablates the plates to a perfect height and they fit a bit better into the compartments when the heat sink cover is installed. Here is a picture of the new switches with plates in comparison with one of the old switches:

The following pictures are from the exchange procedure:

Old switches from top:

and from bottom. The old PCB style bottom plates are visible. The compartments are designed to fit them. They need to be replaced by the laser cut adapters:
The new switches after soldering them in:

And after seating them in their compartments. A perfect fit! This is Beolove...;-)!
On to the reservoir caps while we are back in there!

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