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LME49810 300 W amp kit from TaoBao (Mods)

Posted 23rd September 2011 at 07:19 AM by panson_hk

The THD performance of this board can be improved by separate the input/NFB ground from the decoupling grounds. This is a common mistake in many kits.

Simply cut the trace as shown in the figure and connect the input/NFB ground to supply ground via a separate wire. THD improves as shown in the figure.
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LME49810 300 W amp kit from TaoBao (Test)

Posted 5th September 2011 at 10:17 PM by panson_hk

The board is ready for test. The bias level is adjusted via monitoring the THD level as well as the distortion residual.

THD vs power for 20 Hz, 1 k and 20 k for 8 Ohm are shown in the figure. It is so high compared to all my 498xx amps. For 1 k, we should have THD lower than 0.0008 %.

Let test the THD vs power without load. Without load connected, output stage contributes very little distortion. This can be used to check whether the 49810 functions as spec or not.
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LME49810 300 W amp kit from TaoBao (Cont.)

Posted 5th September 2011 at 12:10 PM by panson_hk

The amp is assembled and ready for testing. It is designed to have two rails: one for LME49810 (suggested +/- 60 V) and one for driver/output (suggested for +/- 45V). The speaker protector uPC1237 also has an input for detecting the presence of AC (half-wave rectified).

In my initial test, one rails supply to 49810 and the output stage. The positive is also connected to the AC input of upC1237.
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LME49810 300 W amp kit from TaoBao

Posted 5th September 2011 at 08:26 AM by panson_hk
Updated 5th September 2011 at 08:36 AM by panson_hk

This kit is available in many sellers in eBay and TaoBao. My one is purchased from TaoBao. The output stage does not have protection. All the resistors are pre-inserted. What a nice service to save some time.

The 49810 heatsink screw holes are not aligned well. I also worry about its size.

The Miller compensation cap is a pre-soldered chip cap on the bottom side as shown in the picture. Fuses are pre-installed in the fuse holders.

Output are five pairs of 5200/1943.
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LM3886 x 3 First Test

Posted 16th August 2011 at 05:29 AM by panson_hk

I briefly measured the LM3886 x 3 parallel board this morning. THD vs freq for one, two in parallel and three in parallel are measured.

Load of 4 Ohm was also tested. When using one 3886, the on-chip protection activates periodically when doing low frequency (~ < 500 Hz) test. No such protection operation happens for the same output level for higher frequencies (>1kHz). The problem goes away when using 3886s in parallel.

More systematic tests will follow.
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LM3886 x 3 continue

Posted 15th August 2011 at 05:14 AM by panson_hk
Updated 15th August 2011 at 05:58 AM by panson_hk

The DC offset of the three 3886 are interrelated. Hence, adjusting them all 0.0 mV is tough if not impossible. I now made them all 8.9 mV to achieve DC balance. Next will adjust the AC gain. DC offset may need readjust again. This is a game for $ (cost foe DC servo) vs time.

The three 3886 have identical batch number.
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LM3886 three in parallel board

Posted 12th August 2011 at 08:14 AM by panson_hk
Updated 12th August 2011 at 08:28 AM by panson_hk

Here is assembled LM3886 x 3 (inverting) board. I think you may see similar/identical board before. Who is the original? Copycats are everywhere. The kit comes with a Solen like film cap. Most likely a fake one. The measured data is not too bad though. The three LM3886 are samples from NS. Original!

The kit provides 0.2R 5% instead of 1% for paralleling the three 3886. Gain setting is by 200k and 10 k 1% metal film. Three 50 k trim pot are provided for DC offset adjustment. I do not solder the three 0.2R first in order to see the gain of the three 3886s.

One of the 3886 DC offset can't be adjusted to 0.0 mV. It has ~25 mV. The other two can be turned to 0.0 mV. This may cause a problem among them. Let see.
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Amp kits from TaoBao

Posted 12th August 2011 at 06:50 AM by panson_hk

I can resist the low price from TaoBao. An LME49810 300W amp kit (w/o heatsink) is just RMB 200.00, ~$32.00. Similar "identical" kit is available from ebay for similar to higher price. So, it is time to buy some and evaluate. I just ordered such an amp kit and one 3886 x 3 amp kit.
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Headphone amp from TaoBao

Posted 12th August 2011 at 06:11 AM by panson_hk
Updated 12th August 2011 at 06:16 AM by panson_hk

I recently purchased a headamp from TaoBao. It is very inexpensive, less than US 30.00. The built quality is good though the outlook is so common. You can find my other sellers selling "identical" item under different brands e.g. 发烧级HIFI LS-100耳机放大器,耳放,耳机监听放大器@ PK千元耳放-淘宝网. My one is cheaper!

I will share my test results in the forum.
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