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I returned to DIY electronics in 2009 after a 20 year pause by building a few kits to get in shape. This blog is for me to keep track of my progress.
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Burning Amp BA-3b (Balanced)

Posted 9th April 2013 at 06:10 PM by alexcp
Updated 11th April 2016 at 08:24 PM by alexcp (Added better photos)

Big, hot, and heavy! Just completed it and adjusted for distortion, have not had yet a real chance to listen to it. (Update: I have listened to this amp for some time, and it seems to be a keeper, at least for now.) The discussion is here.

The build is in a 4U/400 case from modushop; each side has two 200mm heatsinks, each holding six MOSFETs (three complementary pairs) and a biasing circuit.

The construction is dual mono (separate transformers for each channel) with CRC filtered +/- 18V rails, quiescent current is 3A per channel. Eight Mundorf MLytic® HC High Current Power Caps and two 300VA toroids occupy the most of the chassis, while the actual electronics is mounted on the sides.

Now I need a balanced preamp. I contemplate building some variant of BoSoZ, but am also thinking about a SuperSymmetric balanced preamp using JFETs or tubes...

UPDATE: No- and low-feedback amplifiers have no (or little) control over output errors and thus poor PSRR. On this premise, I replaced the CRC filters in the power supply of my BA3B with CLCs, so instead of 22mF + (2 x 0.22ohm) + 22mF I now have 100mF + 10mH + 100mF per rail per channel. I still need to give it a listen after this upgrade.
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