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  1. #21
    I did some research on the internet. The vfd used in the boom is a Noritake ITron MN16032G. Unfortunately those are hard to come by these days. When looking at the specs by Noritake, the display comes with its own pcb attached to it (probably a driver board of some kind), whereas in the boom they are attached to the boom's pcb. This means in order to fit a replacement vfd on the boom's pcb, one has to remove (solder) the board the new vfd comes with prior to fitting it onto the boom's board.
    Who knows if this will work at all...

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    Rheinländer

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    hmmm ... does not look good. I have a desoldering station and all that jazz, but it is a big piece of HW to remove then. Can you send me the exact link where the display can be found ?

    [edit] : I mean, I don't know how many pins would need to be (de)soldered hence the concern

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    Link to 160X32 display for Boom:

    http://www.noritake-itron.jp/eng/pro...0/160x32.htm#D

    The MN16032G references to this.

    The main page:

    http://www.noritake-itron.jp/eng/products/vfd/index.htm

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    Next steps?

    Quote Originally Posted by philippe_44 View Post
    hmmm ... does not look good. I have a desoldering station and all that jazz, but it is a big piece of HW to remove then. Can you send me the exact link where the display can be found ?

    [edit] : I mean, I don't know how many pins would need to be (de)soldered hence the concern
    Any more thoughts on this or are we waiting for each other to blink .

    There are about 18 pins to desolder/solder - this is just a guess on my part by examination of the PCB in the Boom.

    Very tidy soldering skills are required I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesy View Post
    Any more thoughts on this or are we waiting for each other to blink .

    There are about 18 pins to desolder/solder - this is just a guess on my part by examination of the PCB in the Boom.

    Very tidy soldering skills are required I think.
    No, unfortunately not. I've been busy with my battery extension for Boom then an applicaton I wrote to integrate uPNP devices into LMS ... I'm still okay to do the test, but I don't think any of us found the way to really purchase the displays, no ? Maybe you're right, we might all be waiting for the other

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    Consensus on correct VFD

    So from the original noritake link posted by mikeh49 (http://www.noritake-itron.jp/eng/pro...0/160x32.htm#D), I went to the UK site (there's a link in the top right) and found it here:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/newweb...60x32d-7806a/c

    It's not cheap, but I would just like confirmation that this really is the correct one - it certainly looks like the exact one, but what about amp rating etc:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/subpag...-7806a-pcb.htm
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/attach...1&d=1354127887

    Who's the VFD Daddy?

    ['cos it's not me].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesy View Post
    So from the original noritake link posted by mikeh49 (http://www.noritake-itron.jp/eng/pro...0/160x32.htm#D), I went to the UK site (there's a link in the top right) and found it here:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/newweb...60x32d-7806a/c

    It's not cheap, but I would just like confirmation that this really is the correct one - it certainly looks like the exact one, but what about amp rating etc:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/subpag...-7806a-pcb.htm
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/attach...1&d=1354127887

    Who's the VFD Daddy?

    ['cos it's not me].
    Okay so I will try to buy one or if I can't because I don't leave in the UK, I'll wire you the money to buy one and send it to me and I'll try
    LMS 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 - 5xRadio, 3xBoom, 4xDuet, 1xTouch, 1 SB2. Sonos PLAY:3, PLAY:5, Marantz NR1603, JBL OnBeat, XBoxOne, XBMC, Foobar2000, ShairPortW, JRiver 21, 2xChromecast Audio, Chromecast v1 and v2, , Pi B3, B2, Pi B+, 2xPi A+, Odroid-C1, Odroid-C2, Cubie2, Yamaha WX-010, AppleTV 4, Airport Express

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesy View Post
    So from the original noritake link posted by mikeh49 (http://www.noritake-itron.jp/eng/pro...0/160x32.htm#D), I went to the UK site (there's a link in the top right) and found it here:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/newweb...60x32d-7806a/c

    It's not cheap, but I would just like confirmation that this really is the correct one - it certainly looks like the exact one, but what about amp rating etc:

    http://www.noritake-itron.com/subpag...-7806a-pcb.htm
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/attach...1&d=1354127887

    Who's the VFD Daddy?

    ['cos it's not me].
    Have you compared the mech 2d spec ( http://www.noritake-itron.com/specs/...A%20-%202D.PDF ) against the photo I posted in http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...l=1#post791706

    After a quick look the length doesn't look quite right.

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    Replace VFD Display

    Of course, this whole problem could have been ended if Logitech had decided
    to push marketing of Boom which is the finest sounding box made. The
    bi-amped sound is excellent. They sound great. They do work well on WiFi.

    They have aging problems - who doesn't.

    The Display fades. The speaker surrounds degenerate over time - but that
    is "state of the art" for the material available to give the speaker the
    ability to respond (compliance) that it needs.

    Wisely the power supply is not in the unit - so heat is much less.

    This is a legendary product, it should NOT have been abandoned, Logitech
    should have bought the chip maker's plant and used it for this and other
    products.

    This should be a stocked item, supported by Logitech.

    Alas, this is not true.

    Boom is a beauty queen, and one that will age gracefully because it is
    excellence of quality.

    But please Logitech, support your legend.

    People would have wanted this and would have paid for this if only they
    could have listened to it. Or perhaps if you sold more and were able to
    drop the Boom price to $150. (USD).

    David Ring
    Green Harbor, MA


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    Quote Originally Posted by djringjr View Post
    Of course, this whole problem could have been ended if Logitech had decided
    to push marketing of Boom which is the finest sounding box made. The
    bi-amped sound is excellent. They sound great. They do work well on WiFi.

    They have aging problems - who doesn't.

    The Display fades. The speaker surrounds degenerate over time - but that
    is "state of the art" for the material available to give the speaker the
    ability to respond (compliance) that it needs.

    Wisely the power supply is not in the unit - so heat is much less.

    This is a legendary product, it should NOT have been abandoned, Logitech
    should have bought the chip maker's plant and used it for this and other
    products.

    This should be a stocked item, supported by Logitech.

    Alas, this is not true.

    Boom is a beauty queen, and one that will age gracefully because it is
    excellence of quality.

    But please Logitech, support your legend.

    People would have wanted this and would have paid for this if only they
    could have listened to it. Or perhaps if you sold more and were able to
    drop the Boom price to $150. (USD).

    David Ring
    Green Harbor, MA
    Yep - love the Boom. I was missing battery capability and with the small mod I've made, this is a great, fully integrated, portable for a few hours solution - too bad the display is fading
    LMS 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 - 5xRadio, 3xBoom, 4xDuet, 1xTouch, 1 SB2. Sonos PLAY:3, PLAY:5, Marantz NR1603, JBL OnBeat, XBoxOne, XBMC, Foobar2000, ShairPortW, JRiver 21, 2xChromecast Audio, Chromecast v1 and v2, , Pi B3, B2, Pi B+, 2xPi A+, Odroid-C1, Odroid-C2, Cubie2, Yamaha WX-010, AppleTV 4, Airport Express

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