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you want the smallest fuse possible that does not blow under normal use.
I've sold my Two and am done with it. All my customers feel ripped of. One in the UK spent over $147 just in shipping, plus the battery kit. He's affraid to use it. There's to many problems with Virtue. I'm going back to tubes. Take me off the list cause I'm outta here.
I was thinking about the rationale for GR Research / Dodd battery setup using 4 12V batteries instead of 2 12V batteries. With the 4 battery setup, would you get:1) Increased battery capacity (in amp-hours)
2) Because the batteries will be depleted more slowly, the Soneil battery charger can "trickle charge" at lower amperage, thus allowing the charger to remain connected at all times without affecting sound.
The Two is a first gen amp and works just fine with the original SMPS sold by Virtue. I have one from the second batch made and it has been a great amp and performs per the original specs. The high-current supplies where not part of the original specs and where retroactively added. I can see how investing in the battery supplies and not having them work is disappointing, but too many problems seems extreme when the amp was never designed for the power supply.
Seth, if you believel that there is any danger using high current supplies with the older ONE and TWO, even with the external soft-start implemented as instructed, I feel this is a point that should be made clear.
Concerns about using original ONE/TWO with high-current supplies. We know of one amp that died after being plugged into the JT Dynamic supply... with the external soft-start properly configured. The amp is on the way back to us and we don't know why it failed. Other customers are using their ONE/TWO units with batteries with the external soft-start and having no problems. We will repair amps under warranty that blow, but are just not recommending high-current supplies with the original ONE/TWO units anymore. It is upsetting for me to no longer recommend this configuration. Bummer.
I've never seen anyone have more passion about his product than I've seen in Seth and the people that help and support Virtue Audio.
These cheaper chargers only have 2 or 3 absolute operating modes. Mainly these a charge mode (full current) and a (float mode). Sometimes there is a second charge mode, which kicks in at the end of charge cycle to top out the voltage (and current is reduced somewhat from full output). Regardless, whenever the voltage drops below a certain amount, charge modes kick in. For most applications, the float mode on these chargers would not be able to sustain these batteries for long when in use, and will almost certainly switch to "charge" mode after a few minutes of powering a Virtue amp.
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