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Power Up! - A Low Power Desktop Amp

Posted 28th April 2013 at 03:04 PM by BuildMeSomething
Updated 8th May 2013 at 06:38 PM by BuildMeSomething

The Amp boards arrived Saturday, unfortunately, I was just leaving for work so they'd have to wait. Everything looked OK on them.

Initial power up test was done with both LME49990 in place but only one LME49600 mounted on each channel [PSU used was a modified "The Wire" unit meant for testing the A/B Power Amp at +/-25Vdc, now set at +/-15Vdc. It was getting quite hot as it was dropping 10V per rail]. That went Ok, so the rest of the 49600 were put in place and powered up once more... Again, everything OK.

Measured offset:

Left channel: 27mV
Right channet: 8mV

Foam board speakers are progressing, and will be ordering a heatsink this week also.

Update [13-04-30]: Been a little bit worried about the higher offset value on the left channel, though it's not at a bad level overall. Once the amp has been on awhile, it appears to settle at 25.9 mV.

Made a quick SE input>volume pot AC coupled...
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Progressing - Low Power Desktop Amp

Posted 19th April 2013 at 09:49 AM by BuildMeSomething
Updated 25th April 2013 at 08:36 AM by BuildMeSomething

Holiday: Bad weather to a point it was near impossible to take a steady photograph due to the gusting winds. Hiding from the winds meant poor vantage points, very much non-idealistic for photographing landscapes.

Digi-key: The order turned up on the Monday morning, roughly 10 minutes before leaving. The PSU boards must have arrived mid week, a neighbour had those...

The parts order was enough components for one power supply and one amp. The PSU is assembled but untested as yet. The toroidal and 10K Alps RK27 are to be ordered from RS Components later today.

PCB issues: C1-C6... this is where trusting the people who generate default libraries for FreePCB falls down and my inexperience shows. Lead diameter on the caps is 28MIL, default part through-hole diameter is 28MIL... Each lead needed a quick file to reduce its width enough to fit the board. No other issues to report.

I don't think I could have made the overall size of the board...
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Progression - A Low Power Desktop Amp

Posted 9th April 2013 at 09:06 PM by BuildMeSomething
Updated 13th April 2013 at 09:21 AM by BuildMeSomething

Power supply boards are on their way, as is a full Digikey order for this project. However, no LME49722, which are currently out of stock. Due to that and wanting to keep to a 1 x psu & 1 x amp layout, the amp board underwent a quick re-design. It's now duel mono layout, utilising two LME49990.

Ordered LT1033/LT1085 for the PSU, these should give 3A each [typical]. Plus, six 4,700uf caps to help out. The plan is to run the rails at +/-15Vdc, with a 120VA 2x15V toroidal transformer.

Will place an order for the prototype amp boards on Saturday, just before I go on holiday.

Update (13-04-11): The PSU PCB's still haven't arrived, Plus UPS failed to deliver my Digikey order, this is now in limbo as they're saying "A correct street name is needed for delivery" ... I've talked to both Digi-key & UPS (U.S.) and they have the correct full address, UPS (UK) I can't get hold of... my translation is "Delivery driver can't read a map!"...
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What? - A Low Power Desktop Amp

Posted 6th April 2013 at 08:52 PM by BuildMeSomething
Updated 9th April 2013 at 07:31 PM by BuildMeSomething (Updates)

2] Basically, this is me trying to do a 2-layer PCB layout based on the LPUHP circuit schematic.

I'm using FeePCB for laying out. Not hit any problems with the software yet and it produces Gerber RS247X files. The parts library is none specific, so I'm having to generate footprints from datasheets as I go.

Notes:
1) Untested PCB design [should work though].
2) 2-Layer PCB.
3) 2 channels per board [16 x LME49600].
4) LME49722 with 4x gain.
5) Up to +/-18VDC rails.
6) Separate regulated power supply.
7) Utilise a 10K Alps RK27 for volume control.
8) 8 Watt into 8 Ohm [based on 2VRMS input].

Aim is to create 1 x power supply & 1 x amp board of a small enough form factor to fit in a desktop friendly case. With an output of 8 Watt into 8 Ohm load, for up close & nearfield listening in a small room.

Why the LME49722. Its drop in replacement to the nice 49720 but will run on +/-18VDC,...
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Why? - A Low Power Desktop Amp [LPDA]

Posted 6th April 2013 at 08:34 PM by BuildMeSomething
Updated 26th April 2013 at 10:26 AM by BuildMeSomething

1] I hold opc's "The Wire" series of headphone and power amps in high regard. Small form factor, simple no nonsense designs and killer performance. God bless that man

I'm fortunate enough to have a few pieces at home. Primary, is the SE-SE headphone amp that gets used for both music and late night movies... Also, under construction is the A/B Power Amp, utilising two 55V/45V DPS-600 smps. This should provide over 100 Watt per channel into 8 Ohm load. Nice, but way to powerful for my spare little room.

opc designed a Low Power Ultra High Performance [LPUHP] Amp giving 16 Watt into 8 Ohm @ 1% THD. This was based upon the headphone amps he'd designed, using the same LME49990 opamp, but paralleled 8 LME49600 buffers.

Unfortunately I didn't have the funds to get both the A/B Power Amp and LPUHP Amp. Plumping for the former...



My little spare room is just that... Its 3m[w] x 2.9m[L] x 2.4m[H] and is full of...
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