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Sound Sales DX Plus One

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  Notice that Sound Sales receivers don't show broadcast station names on the dial; though their wavelengths are shown in circles on the lower half of the dial.  This is probably a high-end affectation as is the use of instrument knobs and steel fascia - something audiophile manufacturers still practice.
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The dark patch on the chassis behind the green wirewound resistor must have happened when it blew.  This resistor is open circuit, it is in series with the HT+ input, suggesting that the smoothing capacitor is faulty, or AC has been applied, or the wrong polarity was used. An electrolytic capacitor isn't unlike a capacitor and diode in parallel, and this one doesn't look to have leaked, so maybe it's OK. Hopefully, whatever happened was prevented from getting much worse by the resistor failing.

This British made AM tuner was released in 1946 price £15 plus purchase tax.



The chassis is very large and there are many unused holes, this is because the same chassis was used for the DX Plus Seven, a complete receiver with power supply and push-pull triode (PX4) output stage.  It may have been used for other sets.
Here's an example of the same chassis in a high quality Sound Sales radiogram, most likely with paraphase driver (6SN7GT) and  PX4 push-pull output.



(picture courtesy HiFi Works)

Technical details

Valves. This set uses the Magic Three valves -
  • 6K8GT triode-hexode frequency changer
  • 6K7GT IF pentode
  • 6Q7GT detector
Power. The DX Plus One requires an external power supply.  The power socket is a type B5 valve socket, which takes either a B5 or B4 plug - pin 5 is used for audio when the external supply is from an amplifier.   The power lead that came with my DX Plus One, and which is most likely original, has a B5 plug at one end and an International Octal at the amplifier end. 

  B5 plug IO plug
 HT 1 6
 Earth 2 1
 6.3V 3 5
 6.3V 4 4
 Signal 5 8

Power requirements are 1.5A at 6.3V  (including dial lamps) and 10mA at approx 300V.  I don't have a manual, so the HT supply was what I had at the time.  I used a 410V supply with 10k series resistor.  The failed 7200 ohm wirewound resistor was replaced with 3W 6k8 ohm wirewound.  There didn't appear to be any other fault (except both dial lamps had failed) - all three valves tested OK, as did the electrolytic smoothing capacitor and the Sprauge paper output capacitor.  The set worked well and checking the HT voltage gave 324V before the 6k8 resistor and 257V after.  
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Michael Saunby,
24 Jan 2009, 04:48
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