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Using the QA400 Tips

Posted 18th December 2014 at 04:38 AM by SyncTronX
Updated 21st December 2014 at 07:52 AM by SyncTronX

For those of use that use the QA400 FFT,
here are some tips that will help us use the
product and software for measurement.

Press the Ctrl key plus an Axis, Windowing, or Measurement soft switch parameter.

For example, PRESS Ctrl + .dBV brings up a
dialog box to set External Gain & Peak Display Format:
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Ctrl + .dBr brings up the following:
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Ctrl + .X Lin:
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Ctrl + .X Log:
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The Measurements soft switch parameters as follows:

Ctrl + .Pwr:

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LEPAI 2020A Schematic

Posted 14th December 2014 at 05:14 AM by JOEJAZZMAN

I have built several guitar amps powered by two 7ah gell cells. The tone is fantastic using the Lepai 2020A class T amps. Problem is reliability. Having an amp go belly up in the middle of a gig is disaster.After 4 failures I need to analyze the circuit in detail. Is the chip being stressed to much driving 4 ohm spkrs? A number of questions.Can anyone steer me to a schematic? Is it poor quality components in the circuit? What is going on? Should I find a class D equivalent ? Thanks for any help.
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MJL21194 Transisors: Real, Second Source and Fake

Posted 6th December 2014 at 04:10 AM by googlyone

Over the last couple of decades I have built an awful lot of power electronics stuff, especially power amplifiers.

So I have bought and used a commensurately large number of power electronic devices.

As a young hobbyist this started with salvaging bits from refuse - especially in the late 70's and early 80's larger power devices were far from cheap. This generally worked really well, as I never did really trust what I pulled out of refuse gear, and I tested stuff that I used. (also not the least as data on power devices came from "equivelant devices" books such as the "Towers guide" and if you were really lucky you found a datasheet somewhere (on paper!). no intenet....

Why the digression?

Oddly with the advent of the internet and subsequently things like EBAY:
- I could get all sorts of things that you just could not buy locally in small quantities.
- Unscrupulous buggers out there started...
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Design ideas for Aune M1 DAC card

Posted 15th November 2014 at 02:51 AM by abraxalito
Updated 19th November 2014 at 05:43 AM by abraxalito

I'll outline here some thinking in choosing the major building blocks (aka ICs) for this card - any comments welcome as this progresses.

First up the DAC chip will be the TDA1387 initially. I don't know for sure that the output from the ARM/Xilinx card is I2S but I'm going to verify that fairly soon. There's nowhere near enough room for the passive shunt I've adopted previously so the bass performance probably is going to have to suffer. I shall pay considerable attention to the power supply arrangements though in an attempt to make up for the LF lack.

After the DAC, passive I/V will follow and then a filter using the TDK 7mm inductors I've used previously. I've slotted them into the gap between the PCB and the case and there's just enough height available. Since space is at a premium I'll experiment with a 3 inductor design - the stop band attenuation will suffer but probably I'll add a secondary LC filter at the output to make up for that somewhat. The secondary...
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New .wav player from Aune looks very interesting

Posted 11th November 2014 at 01:26 AM by abraxalito
Updated 15th November 2014 at 09:27 AM by abraxalito

Thanks to jambul for alerting me to this one - 赵宇为作品 - Aune M1 便携式播放器测评报告 [Soomal·数码多] (link is in Chinese but its mainly for the pics).

Notice that although its using the PCM1793 chip the D/A and analog circuits are all on a daughter board. This gives rise to the possibility of engineering a daughter board with a much better DAC chip (think TDA1387) and improved head-amp...

Street price here is around 800rmb (80, $130) so I shall be ordering one to have a play.

Update - looks like I'm rather slow to catch on, Taobao already has somebody's alternative DAC-AMP card, which appears to be selling fairly well, here : http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=...cket=13#detail

I've now placed the order for the M1, hopefully it'll arrive tomorrow and then I'll follow Dave (EEVBlog)'s advice : 'don't turn it on, take it apart'. The main question I want an answer to is how...
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Why I DIY

Posted 10th November 2014 at 10:46 AM by cspirou

This entry probably would have made more sense as my first post.

From my observations it seems like most people persue this from a cost/benefit standpoint. Companies will cut corners a lot of the time in order to control costs. The more expensive products don't cut corners but the result is a higher price. The DIY enthusiast is willing to put the time in that many companies won't in order to get superior sound. No matter what though it seems like the end goal is to have the best sounding system given the resources you have.

Personally though I don't do this hobby as pursuit for the perfect system, even though that is my end goal. I am more interested in building my own system from an educational stand point. My first love has always been science. Figuring out puzzles is what I really enjoy. So while I love music, what I enjoy most are the calculations and the planning involved to make this a reality.

The reason I chose audio is because a lot of the...
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At last, NXP has a low-end, low-power Cortex M4

Posted 8th November 2014 at 01:46 AM by abraxalito
Updated 8th November 2014 at 02:00 AM by abraxalito

NXP's ARM offerings I find to be the most power efficient and I've searched for a long time for a current-sipping M4 which is available in a lowish pin count package. Up until now the best offering in that realm has been STM's F411 with 13mA @ 100MHz. NXP's latest offering the LPC54100 beats that by a healthy margin, turning in a sub-10mA draw at the same clock rate. There's also a dual-core variant with a 100MHz M0+ with around half the current requirement. Respect - the fly in the ointment though is only 2 SPI peripherals which don't support TI mode. Pricing looks great at $2/10k.

http://www.nxp.com/news/press-releas...ng-market.html
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CD is better than vinyl, which is why vinyl sounds better than CD

Posted 2nd November 2014 at 12:40 PM by cspirou
Updated 10th December 2014 at 07:53 AM by cspirou (Added info about 24 bit audio)

For my first blog post I wanted to write about digital vs analog sources, or more specifically CD vs vinyl. The title seems contradictory but hopefully my thesis will be clear by the end of this article. I will mainly be emphasizing dynamic range.

First I want to say that from a technical stand point, the CD is superior to vinyl. The average dynamic range of vinyl is 80dB while CD is capable of 150dB. There are also many issues with recording on LP vs CD which I won't elaborate on because I believe the following article does a pretty good job.

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/19/5626058...etter-than-cds

Yet there are many audiophiles that continue to claim that records sound better than CDs. Are these people brainwashed? Is it because an LP system is introducing a pleasing form of distortion?

Well I am here to claim that these audiophiles are not wrong. I don't just mean in a way to argue about subjective experience but...
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Integration and test of CS4398 / PIC based Direct Digital Synthesiser

Posted 2nd November 2014 at 04:03 AM by googlyone
Updated 2nd November 2014 at 09:48 AM by googlyone

About 6 months ago I finished off a CS4398 (DAC) and PIC32MX450 (microcontroller) based direct Digital Synthesiser.

I recently packaged this into an instrument case, and added a power supply cum interface card that allows this to all neatly plug together. As a final chapter to the development of this synth, I have tried to measure the harmonics it generates and to use it to test an example amplifier.

What does it look like? Not super fancy, but neat enough and laid out pretty reasonably I think:

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The larger home made board at the back is a power supply - well five of them in fact - to allow clear isolation between a number of digital and analogue rails.

The square board on the base of the case is the PIC board. This runs the human machine interface and more importantly does all the calculation of the waveforms. You can generate any waveform you want, provided it is repetitive and can be...
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Aiming for maximum isolation

Posted 2nd November 2014 at 02:42 AM by abraxalito

Getting isolation from the mains supply is an on-going challenge for me. Here's my latest stab at getting as close to a battery as I can currently manage - a ferrite line-output trafo soon to be pressed into service as a low-capacitance isolation transformer.

The back story is that I'd heard that split bobbin trafos were the way to go for the best isolation from the mains. Having just acquired some for chipamp-drive unit interfacing I was curious to check out their credentials. I measured around 20pF interwinding capacitance which is about the lowest of any mains trafo I've checked. Of that it seems that the majority of the capacitance is directly between the windings, a smaller amount is due to coupling via the steel core (which of course is conductive). So then I figured that even if the windings could be moved infinitely far apart the steel core would be the limiting factor in reducing the capacitance.

Air core trafos are a possibility but then they're hopeless...
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