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Messed up Sony Altus System

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I got myself a Sony ALTUS ALT-SA31iR - Wireless speaker system with Apple dock for iPod from the US. But mistakenly, I plugged it directly into the Swiss plug. I know that was DUHH.

So now my transformer to the main System unit sparked and then emitted some smoke. I think the main system is still unharmed. Could anybody please help me here. I need a Step-down transformer which'll convert 220V to 12V directly. Or if possible, somebody gimme a link to a electrician, where I cud show it. Hope its not so expensive one.

Thanks in Advance Guys
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Hi All,
I got myself a Sony ALTUS ALT-SA31iR - Wireless speaker system with Apple dock for iPod from the US. But mistakenly, I plugged it directly into the Swiss plug. I know that was DUHH.

So now my transformer to the main System unit sparked and then emitted some smoke. I think the main system is still unharmed. Could anybody please help me here. I need a Step-down transformer which'll convert 220V to 12V directly. Or if possible, somebody gimme a link to a electrician, where I cud show it. Hope its not so expensive one.

Thanks in Advance Guys
You've cooked it. I doubt it is recoverable. Smoke is never a good thing to see coming from electrics you don't cook with. Are you sure you need 12V and not 120V ?
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Old 13.06.2011, 14:34
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Re: Messed up Sony Altus System

was it just the plug which smoked? If I'm getting my basic electrics right, then the transformer should have just gone toast, main unit itself should be fine.

All you need is a replacement transformer.

Easiest option is to see what was marked on the old one, and then purchase a similar Swiss one
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Re: Messed up Sony Altus System

I'm sorry if I was unclear.

But I'm sure just the transformer is gone. Since its from US, its 120V to 12V transformer. Now since its gone, so I was thinking of using direct 220V (Swiss) to 12V.

I'm sure this is something very common. I did find 220 to 110 Converter.....but nothing below this.

Please help me
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I'm sorry if I was unclear.

But I'm sure just the transformer is gone. Since its from US, its 120V to 12V transformer. Now since its gone, so I was thinking of using direct 220V (Swiss) to 12V.

I'm sure this is something very common. I did find 220 to 110 Converter.....but nothing below this.

Please help me
Thanks
Normally the case when you plug 120V appliances into 220V supply.

If I recall, somewhere like Jumbo (same area in-store, as where the batteries are), have basic plug-in transformers - some of which you can change the output voltage (3, 6, 9 or 12V).

You should check the polarity of the jack-plug that goes into the appliance - should be shown on both the appliance and the the transformer - look for 2 circles (one inside the other) - one will be marked "+" and the other "-" .... it should be the same for both. On a similar transformer I once used it was even possible to switch the polarity.
The other thing to look for is input current - often 500mA.

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Old 13.06.2011, 18:20
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Re: Messed up Sony Altus System

I have something similar, although it's from the UK, it did enable me to change the output and the plugs as well, good old Maplins!

All you need is a transformer which will output in the 12v or whatever, it'll be plugged in to the ring oh and it'll need to be the correct connector! You could even try phoning Sony up.... Or dropping customer services an email?
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