ARC SD135 will not turn on -- fearing the worst


Yesterday my Audio Research SD135 power amp failed. I turned it on, and the amber protect light quickly turned to green---and then winked out. Then, nothing. Replacing the fuse changes nothing. I have an old ARC D130 that I was able to swap in; it and the rest of my system are working fine.

I sent an email to Audio Research service.  Actually, I replied to a previous note from them about the service they were performing on this same amplifier.  A few years ago, they replaced a bunch of parts and sent it back, and the amp has seen only light use since then.  In his note, Kalvin mentioned problems with the ThermalTrak transistors.  I noticed a recent thread that claims these parts are no longer being made.  And Kalvin has retired.  I hope ARC can do something for me.  Any suggestions?

By the way, my power amp is fed by an ARC LS 27, and the speakers are Vandersteen Treo.

rach_fan
Regarding ARC's product suggestions to me, has anyone compared the SD135 with its class-D successor, the DS225?  

I'm not sure about the class-D.  But the DS225 has a lot more power supply energy storage going for it, and no overall negative feedback, according to https://www.arcdb.ws/model/DS225

I'm also interested in Nakamichi Stasis amps, although I haven't seen any comments about their use with Vandersteen speakers.

Hmmm.

But the DS225 has a lot more power supply energy storage going for it
But notice that the manual for the DS225 lists "OUTPUT CURRENT: 15 amps peak at protective shutdown."

The manual for the SD135: "OUTPUT CURRENT: 60 Amps peak (1 millisecond)"

Not what I expected, give the power supply in the DS225.
The DS. is class D
Ayre used the On semiconductor ThermalTrac devices, giive themm a call they may have an opinion on new part number...BTW the thermal trac in my Ayre failed also....