ProPSU: Prophet-5 Power Supply Replacement Kit
The ProPSU (Prophet-5 Power Supply Replacement Kit) replaces the old Prophet-5 (rev 3.1 or later) transformer and power supply board with a brand new design by Stefan Huebner, a renowned German synth tech and electrical engineer. (A solution for Prophet-5 rev 2 and 3.0 is in the works, contact us and we'll keep you updated)
This new design resolves the four main issues with the original design:
- Heat - in the old PSU the 5V supply is pulled down from a much higher voltage, resulting in a lot of excess heat. In the ProPSU the 5V supply has its own dedicated winding in the transformer.
- Mechanical instability - the old power supply board is "hanging" from the voltage regulators in one end and the large filter capacitors in the other. A common point of failure is that the voltage regulator legs simply break off. This can ruin the sensitive CEM chips and other things inside. The ProPSU includes a solid aluminum "heat spreader bar" that is screwed onto both the new power supply board and the original heat sink. No more broken regulator legs!
- Protection - The old power supply had no protection for over or reverse voltages. This can be dangerous because if one of the rails fail, the others might "swing" over to their reverse voltage for a brief time - enough to fry your CEM chips. The ProPSU has over/reverse protection on all rails.
- Buzz & hum - The old transformers are often making a noticable mechanical buzz/hum due to drying out plus 40 odd years of vibrations. The ProPSU comes with a brand new custom made toroid transformer which is completely silent.
The ProPSU is a 100% 'linear' transformer design like the original, and does not use switching/SMPS technology.
It connects to the original voltage switch (if present) for compatibility with 115/230V.
It has dedicated solder points for supplying power to the Kenton MIDI kit (note: a power resistor on the Kenton card is no longer needed and needs to be jumpered)
For more tech details about the ProPSU, check Stefan's home page.
NOTE: This kit requires drilling and some soldering. Also please note that installing this kit means rewiring and soldering mains voltage cabling (110-230V). Please be careful and follow the instructions closely. If you feel insecure about this, please consult a synth tech. See the Instructions page for more info.