FrSky Taranis 9xd Plus audio buzz

by SlowPass | January 3, 2015 | (5 Ratings) Posted in How To

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Many people with the FrySky Taranis experience problems with the HF signal radiating into the transmitters audio signal which can be heard as an annoying buzz. This was especially true for folks who have Revision A or Revision B of the Taranis. I was hopeful that the latest "Plus" version would correct this issue but after I made my purchase I soon found out that the dreaded buzz was in the Taranis Plus as well. It seems as though the buzz is bit quieter than in the earlier versions, but it was still pretty noticable.

Once I started using a JR transmitter module the buzz became extremely loud and very annoying. Here are some examples others have posted up on YouTube:

Stock Taranis 9xd

 

External Module in Taranis 9xd

 

 

I really love this transmitters capabilities especially for its price but this audio problem had to go. After searching around a bit I was able to find a lot of suggested fixes and modifications for the RevA and RevB Taranis that had worked with varying degrees of success:

OpenRC Forums: Taranis - speaker buzz

RCGroup FrSkyTaranis hardare hacks thread 

FrySky Forum Post: noise in tarnias 9xd

Simple Audio Fix (and Upgrade) for the Taranis

To eliminate the buzz all together requires a pretty extensive mod to reroute circuits through capacitors to filter out the RF buzz. For the Rev B radio see this post and diagram from Barry2020 over at RCGroups.

This video from CPO details a similar filtering mod for the Rev A radio:

 

My biggest problem in all of this research was finding a solution specific to the latest 9xd Plus version of the Taranis. The PCB boards differ between each version and I have not found guildance for making modifications to the latest Rev0.3 main board.

 

Since I have not found detailed instructions for moding the Rev0.3 main board, I decided to try a solution others had found some success with: Ferrite Coils.

The fixes I found mostly recommended using ferrite beads, but I would not be able to use them very well throughout in the newest version of the Taranis.

The new 9xd Plus uses very thin unshielded ribbon cable to connect its boards together which is different from the much thicker ribbon cable used in previous versions. These two ribbon cables connecting both halves of the transmitter are where I believe most of the RF interference is being picked up.

I wouldn't be able to seperate out wires to shield them as mentioned with early versions. So to shield them and the cable connecting the audio board, I order the following ferrite parts:

 

2 Small Ferrite Core Ribbon/Flex

Manufacturer Part Number: 28R1340-200

Available Here


2 Small Ferrite Cylinder Clamps

Manufacturer Part Number:28A0350-0B2

Available Here


 

Install the Ferrite

After removing the 6 screws holding the transmitter together I installed the ferrites in the following locations:

 

After all the ferrites were installed I powered up the transmitter and was very pleased with the results. The buzz has almost completely been eliminated even with an external JR transmitter module. I have to put my ear right up to the speaker to now hear the static hum.

 

Here is a video where you can hear the results: https://vid.me/OuBJ

 

Comments

N1Tach on January 5, 2015
Would you be able to post a video of your results with the Taranis Plus.
Thanks for the post.
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SlowPass on January 7, 2015
Here is a video of the resulting buzz: https://vid.me/OuBJ
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randallpatrickc on August 12, 2016
Brilliant - the ferrites did it nicely. Peace... Thanks so much for posting this. For anyone else coming this way, the ribbon cables can be freed by popping off the bar that holds them (I didn't know this).
There was only room for one of the cylindrical ones on my radio. Thanks again.
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