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Headphone amplifier ground. Where to make the chassis connection?

Posted 2nd February 2016 at 08:11 AM by rjm
Updated Yesterday at 07:48 AM by rjm

The discussion thread at the headphone forum is here, but I wanted to throw out the problem to the general blog-reading community here at diyaudio to see if anyone can nail this.

The earthed chassis (light blue) must connect to the circuit common i.e. "ground" (pale green). I do not know where the best place on the circuit ground is to tie that connection.

Suggestions please!

(COM and GND are completely equivalent pads on the circuit board, while IN- and OUT- also pads on the board but physically further away on the ground plane.)


answer: as long as it connects at one point only, or the same point of both channels, it doesn't seem to matter at all.


additional: the noise is a 60 Hz waveform, a positive spike and a negative spike once a cycle. It appears to originate from the current flowing through the transformer secondary as it is briefly switched on by the rectifier diodes twice...
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EPSUX3v2 High performance power supply group buy list

Posted 31st January 2016 at 02:06 PM by Frex
Updated 2nd February 2016 at 03:29 PM by Frex


High performance 160W triple outputs Lab power supply

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Frex, the 31 Junary, 2016.

Hello all,

I opened here a new blog page to replace the dedicated wiki page previously
made for this group buy list.
The DIYaudio wiki is unavailable for weeks now and that will take some time
to be re-opened. So for this reason i move the group buy here on this new blog.
I will probably also take advantage of this new blog to share many others things.

Until now, 12 pre-order are done on 25 required. We will wait end of February,
and then if we stay less than 25, i will make a new price estimation for a lower batch.


The buyers list you will find below can only be updated by me, so if you...
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What are "Ground Boxes"?

Posted 24th January 2016 at 12:48 AM by rjm

Ladies and gentlemen, please try to keep a straight face while browsing the following link.

I'm not sure whether its possible to build a passive, permanent device that dissipates/neutralizes electrical charge. But the scientist part of me finds the claims that you can interesting.

Static electricity will eventually dissipate by attracting counter ions from the air. This happens more quickly if the humidity is high.

So seriously, if you just stuck a wire into a bucket of dirt, how much "earthing" would that actually provide? Is there any way to amplify that effect by using special materials or even passive electrical components?
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Ground loop noise, why it is and what you might do about it

Posted 19th January 2016 at 12:37 AM by bwaslo

I recently was motivated to figure out numerically what might be happening when you get hum out of your power amplifier only when connecting other cables to it. And why a fix I sometimes use works so well.

Before you go blowing your budget on expensive audio isolation transformers, please take a look!

Hope someone finds this useful.

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45watts Class B

Posted 15th January 2016 at 08:11 AM by naxilla100

can anyone verify this circuit

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someone says the power transistors are swapped,
but it seems ok to me .....

has anyone built this circuit before .....
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Tube-I-zator V3.1 Stock Status

Posted 11th January 2016 at 11:48 AM by dvb projekt

Dear diyaudio friends,

the last batch of the Tube-I-zator V3.1 is sold.

A new batch will be ordered, if i have 20+ pre orders.

All who want to order, please add yourself to the pre order list in the thread.

Best regards,

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Highly affordable digital audio CPU board

Posted 8th January 2016 at 04:02 AM by abraxalito

STM's lowest cost ARM Cortex M4 CPU is now available on a very low cost evaluation board here -

Its quite a good fit for audio purposes because there are a couple of I2S interfaces with a dedicated audio PLL. There's plenty of RAM (64k) and according to the benchmarks, it'll do the equivalent of around 100MIPs. Its also respectably low power when running out of RAM - use the flash memory accelerator though and its not quite so frugal.
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Description of digital distortion meter design, with CAD files

Posted 5th January 2016 at 11:48 AM by googlyone
Updated 10th January 2016 at 06:45 AM by googlyone (Update documents)

I have been asked for the CAD files for the distortion meter I recently built.

NOTE 10 Jan 2016 : I have changed the clock driving and distribution PCB as it really needed to be more versatile to me to run a mix of CS and AKM ADC and DACs. The change allows selection of MCLK at different multiples on the ADC and DAC via jumpers on the board. Again this is prpobably a bit more "hard wired" than a generic consumer device would be, but allows stable operation for fixed sample rate systems.

This project is not a super straight forward "chuck it together and it will all be fine" sort of build. I am providing what is essentially a collection of USB interface (MiniDSP), power supply (mine - open source), backplane, clocking and galvanic isolation (mine - open source), A/D and D/A (mine - open source) and a differential interface and attenuator (Silicon Chip magazine), though I am strongly tempted to do my own.

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Repairs to Fender PD250 Complete

Posted 3rd January 2016 at 02:36 AM by tscr2015

While after about 6 months of working on my Fender PD-250 PA System, I finally got it back together tonight and it works great. I don't think that I am going to mess with it any more.

Thanks to everyone on the forums for the help and suggestions. This should be ready to rock the parade season this coming year. Right now I can vibrate the floors of my office/work area with about quarter volume.

Stay tuned to this as I work on the Hiphonics zxi1008 amp that I have on the bench now.

Till then Have a good one
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F6 Adventures

Posted 18th December 2015 at 04:36 AM by 2 picoDumbs
Updated 4th February 2016 at 11:58 PM by 2 picoDumbs

Contained here are all my observations with this amp.

1) The schematic the DIYAUDIO Store PCB is based on does not allow 2nd harmonic adjustment through changing source resistor values.

2) The PCB circuit can be changed to the original degenerating circuit by moving cap leads to other side of resistor lead. This will restore 2nd harmonic adjustment through source resistance modification.

3) Output impedance also appears to be significantly affected (only tested in simulation).

4) As an alternative to the PCB mod, 2nd Harmonic adjustment can be altered on PCB circuit by selecting devices with different transconductance curves if one does not want to modify the PCB.

5) As an alternative to performing transconductance measurements and selecting non-matched devices for 2nd harmonic addition, installing one IRFP250 and one IRFP240 per channel will also give a dominant 2nd harmonic.

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