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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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DIY Audio Analyser using CS4398 / CS5381 - UPDATE!

Posted 15th November 2015 at 09:05 AM by googlyone

I have more or less completed the audio analyser based on CS4398 and CS5381.

In an earlier post I suggested I had reached the limits of these IC's. I was wrong. What I had reached the limit of was getting the grounding "OK" for a single (unbalanced) input measurement system.

I have since built a balanced front end - in fact I simply built a Silicon Chip PCB as it was pretty well what I would do - and integrated this to the ADC and DAC.

It looks a bit like this:

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What you see is:
- On the left are two independent power supplies
- In the back middle is a MiniDSP USB Streamer card.
- In the middle back is an interface card that
- Does optical isolation of the MiniDsp USB Streamer
- Does more regulation for the ADC and DACs
- Generates local clocks for the DAC and ADC
- Feeds these back to the MiniDSP Streamer
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B-board v2 line driver : development circuit

Posted 30th October 2015 at 01:49 PM by rjm
Updated 30th October 2015 at 01:56 PM by rjm

Original version is here.

I've been meaning to get around to updating this by folding in the improvements to the diamond buffer stage made during development of the Sapphire 3 headphone amplifier. Here is the first look of the bboard v2 under LTSpice.

I've gone back to simple emitter resistors on the input, running under much lower current to keep the input impedance high. The output is simplified to a basic Sziklai compound transistor pair with the bulk of the bias current running in the second transistor.

In terms of distortion, for line level output level, CCS loaded input has no advantage. I'll have to double-check PSRR and a few other things before signing off on this version though.

FYI only, not a production circuit.
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Nelson Pass Presentation

Posted 26th October 2015 at 05:50 PM by Michael Rothacher
Updated 26th October 2015 at 05:53 PM by Michael Rothacher

Here's the link to Nelson's presentation at BAF 2015:

Pass Presentation BAF 2015

Slides are available in pdf. See the video description for the link.
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Speaker Building

Posted 23rd October 2015 at 04:10 AM by 2 picoDumbs

Testing compression driver

https://youtu.be/KMe5_nNoAD0
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Discrete headphone buffer - 'Buffalito'

Posted 20th October 2015 at 08:49 AM by abraxalito
Updated 26th October 2015 at 02:42 PM by abraxalito

Nowadays with discrete transistors as affordable as they are, the most cost-effective solution for a particular audio application may well be a discrete one when SQ (rather than numbers) is uppermost. Audiophile faddishness about discretes aside.

Here's a case in point - my pic shows a headphone buffer where the design aims were lowest cost, smallest size and lowest battery drain, while maintaining acceptable SQ. There are 28 transistors which go for 0.04rmb each on Taobao. That's 1.12rmb. OK so you can also buy 2 NJM4556s for that, but how do they sound? In my experience of building an O2-alike, not so great. They're also going to take 15mA at 7V whereas this design takes 6.5mA at 3.6V input. So an integrated design will be more than 4X as power hungry. With a 2600mAh single cell LiIon this could run for 400hrs - over two weeks continuous if played at low level.

The power supply is created by an LM2662 which inverts the 3.6V positive input for a -3.6V rail. It...
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Rike Q-Caps

Posted 18th October 2015 at 04:35 PM by Scheff

I have had the chance to listen to Q-cap Polyprop vs PIO. This is a very interesting pair of caps indeed. There is a difference. The Polyprops sound modern in a good sense, very good bottom and the upper freqs ar not extremely in the foreground. In an open sounding cirwquit, this makes sense. A very good capacitor, indeed.
But in my ears, the PIO are even a little better, little more open in a very very musical way, but not sharp. Wonderfull flowing and livelike, natural and dynamic.
The choice always depends on the rest of the chain and personal taste , But these are my favourites now.
Its fun to listen with both of them and Im really looking foreward to the time, when they are burned in...
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BBftB headphone amp PSU

Posted 14th October 2015 at 03:57 AM by abraxalito

Here's the power supply I've lashed up to feed the balanced SE classA amp.

Its fed from a 5VA EI transformer with a 65VAC secondary. One 390uF cap follows the rectifier, then there's a 30mH choke, two 390uF caps beyond that.

A series regulator is made from a string of 3 TL431s as reference (the max from a single one is 36V - I've gone for a total of 78V) and that's followed by a 2SK213 simply because I had no other high voltage transistor to hand. There's an RC filter feeding the gate of the MOSFET to reduce the output noise from the shunts (68k,200nF).

Output ripple isn't visible on my scope but I plan to feed the output into my AC millivoltmeter and see what its giving out in terms of noise.
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Is neutrality really the same as accuracy?

Posted 11th October 2015 at 08:41 PM by cspirou

One thing I hear from objective audiophiles is that amps should strive to be as neutral as possible because you should only hear what the record producer intended for you to hear.

Philosophically I do agree that I should hear what the artist meant for me to hear. However how do you know that the album was recorded while listening to a similarly neutral amp? Recording to a master tape usually doesn't include the amp powering the monitors so whatever they heard through their amp and speakers isn't captured on the tape. In order to really hear what was in the studio, you would need the same amp and the same set to speakers to listen to what they listened to. So if my home setup has a miracle amp and speaker that truly is ruler flat from 1hz-1MHz and 0.00001% THD, I probably still am hearing things differently then the artist because they probably used an average monitor that has -10db at 30Hz.

So how important is it really that an amp be neutral?
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House concert/recording session- Chicago-MKE area

Posted 11th October 2015 at 03:15 PM by SY

We will be hosting a house concert and recording session on November 20th, 2015, featuring the remarkable young artist John Statz. 8:30 pm music start, come earlier for food and drink.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gIScZp67gU

Contact me at my two letter handle (SY) at my domain, syclotron.com if you want to attend.
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