Transient Filtering Stage
As we have mentioned in other articles and reviews, the first place we look when opening a power supply for a hint about its quality, is its filtering stage. The recommended components for this stage are two ferrite coils, two ceramic capacitors (Y capacitors, usually blue), one metalized polyester capacitor (X capacitor), and one MOV (Metal-Oxide Varistor). Very low-end power supplies use fewer components, usually removing the MOV and the first coil.
This power supply has one extra X capacitor and one extra Y capacitor, plus two X capacitors and one ferrite coil after the rectifying bridge, however it doesn’t have a MOV, which is the component is charge of removing spikes coming from the power grid.
In the next page we will have a more detailed discussion about the components used in the ZM460-APS.