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GE Wildcat Issue

Post by PhonoBrit on Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:18 pm

I have a GE Wildcat, it has a problem with the left channel. If I move the balance all the way to the left the chassis becomes "amplified" ie. if I tap on the chassis it is amplified through the speakers. If I move the balance all the way to the right, the chassis is not amplified and I can tap on it without hearing it amplified through the speakers. Do you guys know what might cause this? Thanks!

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Re: GE Wildcat Issue

Post by Motorola man on Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:51 pm

The condition is called microphonics. Check for loose connections / broken solder joints, could also be a bad capacitor. Use a nonconductive probe (wood, plastic or ceramic) and lightly tap on each component. Usually the closer you get to the offender, the louder the noise.
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Post by PhonoBrit on Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:20 pm

One of the smaller capacitors seems to be a little louder when I tap near it. Would that most likely be the culprit?

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Post by Motorola man on Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:16 pm

Very possible. You can try heating up the solder joints on & near that cap. If that doesn't take care of it, then I would go ahead & replace it.
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Post by PhonoBrit on Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:16 pm

That did the trick, re heated all the capacitor joints and it magically went away! Thanks so much!

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