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CrystalFET 2 MM passive phono preamplifier with JFET amplification

Posted 21st April 2017 at 01:05 AM by rjm (RJM Audio Blog)
Updated 21st April 2017 at 04:44 AM by rjm (revised to 2.0g (capacitors C9 and C10 misslabelled))

In hindsight the original CrystalFET suffered from overreach. To obtain the 55 dB midband gain required for an MC phono stage lots of other things I might have wanted to build into the design like degenerative feedback were discarded.

Degenerative feedback as it applies to JFET amplifiers is the practice of leaving the source resistor partially or completely unbypassed. It reduces the voltage gain, but linearizes the dynamic operation of the amplifier - coercing the gain to the ratio of the source and drain resistors rather than leaving it defined by the JFET transconductance. The circuit gain can then be fixed by the designer without worrying so much about matching devices.

The CrystalFET circuit is a traditional two stage passive photo preamplifier design, the only novelty here is the addition of a second JFET configured as a source follower to each amplifier stage. To obtain above 50 dB gain no degenerative feedback could be used, and the JFETs had to be not...
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VSPSX phono stage design idea

Posted 24th June 2016 at 12:48 AM by rjm (RJM Audio Blog)
Updated 18th April 2017 at 11:15 PM by rjm

The original VSPS is getting up in years, and could do with a bit of an update.

The VSPSX adds the foursquare shunt-source voltage regulator and bboard v2.1 output buffer.

Development thread here.

[updated attached content to rev. 1.0a4]

Two mistakes in previous BOM:

C4 was a 5mm lead spacing Wima MKP but the board spacing is only 2.5mm. The part is changed to Wima MKS with 2.5mm lead spacing.

R22,23 was incorrectly given as 47.5k, it should have been 4.7k and has been since updated to 10k. This is not a critical value, the circuit will work with any of the resistances.

[further work]

The boards have been revised to 1.2a. The new design is posted to the development thread.
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CrystalFET Phono Stage

Posted 3rd March 2016 at 05:55 AM by rjm (RJM Audio Blog)
Updated 21st April 2017 at 01:46 AM by rjm

Development thread here. Web page here.

CrystalFET is a J113 jfet-based two-stage phono preamp, with passive equalization and on-board MOSFET-based shunt voltage regulator.

Jfets Q1 and Q3 should be matched between channels, and for best results the value of drain resistors R2 and R9 should be selected based on the jfet pinch off voltage of Q1 and Q3 respectively.

rev. 1.4e (final version) removes some unneeded resistors and tidies up the board layout a little. The resistors have been renumbered.
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