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Analog stage for Ozone DAC

Posted 28th November 2013 at 10:55 PM by abraxalito
Updated 12th December 2013 at 06:53 AM by abraxalito

A few weeks ago I built an almost completely passive analog output stage for my DAC/filter front-end and found it sounded noticeably quieter than my active ones which have been using AD605 and AD8129. The only active component in the experimental stage was a single emitter follower buffer run in classA - voltage amplification was achieved by a much higher than usual I/V resistor and passive filter specially designed for the higher impedance.

The comparison left me rather puzzled as to what was clouding the active stages. It turns out it was inadequate power supply decoupling - the fix is an abundance of ceramic capacitors soldered across the top of the chip.

On the AD605, the feedback resistor in low gain mode is a relatively low 820ohms which presents something of a challenge. Also I'm using an inverting stage following with a similar value input resistor. While the low combined values don"t present any significant challenge to the output stage itself (which...
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Sapphire Headphone Amplifier rev. 2.0

Posted 21st November 2013 at 11:45 PM by rjm
Updated 5th January 2014 at 08:17 AM by rjm (update schematic to 20f4)

Update: I've ordered parts for small number of Sapphire 2.0 kits. The normal price will be $125, but as an introductory offer the first batch will be available for $100. Kit includes a set of boards and all the parts for the board. You need to supply the transformers and diodes, as well as a volume control, and the chassis hardware.

Update: boards are in stock, see photo.

Original here, diyaudio thread here.

November. That time of year for finally getting around to advancing some of my audio projects a little.

The Sapphire has remained in "rev 1+" for some time now, partly because of time constraints, partly because of the lack of popularity, and partly because it was already a re-spin of the beta version and worked just fine.

There were a few housekeeping things I wanted to add though, which have been included in the 2.0 revision.

- added a dedicated ground (GND) pad to connect to chassis...
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Marantz discrete op amp (line stage or headphone amp)

Posted 10th November 2013 at 11:00 AM by rjm
Updated 10th November 2013 at 01:11 PM by rjm

Last one for today.

I was having problems getting this to work, the key seems to be adjusting R6 to null the voltage offset. Works fine now, but this is just a rough reverse engineer of the diagram, the parts values and the type of transistors are essentially placeholders.

The input jFET is shown as a dual package. The output bias current is most likely much lower than the 100 mA I configured, so the class A output power is proportionately smaller. For the rest of the currents and the types of transistors used, your guess is as good as mine.

edit: R7 should most likely be closer to 47 ohms, while another 5p capacitor should go in parallel with the feedback resistor, R17.
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The Pentamond

Posted 10th November 2013 at 05:17 AM by rjm

A rainy and cold afternoon here in Kyoto. The mind turns to audio circuits... headphone amplifiers... diamond buffers...

This is an answer to the question of how you scale up the basic diamond buffer circuit to higher output currents without making any modifications to the driving transistor pair.

You just add more outputs in parallel.

It seems to work pretty well under simulation.
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Another diamond buffer variant

Posted 9th November 2013 at 11:42 PM by rjm

Browsing through an old issue of MJ (No. 1076), I found some sketches of the Marantz SA 11S3 SACD player analog circuitry which seemed interesting.

The are two discrete op amp "modules", one is used for the I/V converter and low pass filter, the other design is applied to both the line output and headphone outputs.

The parts and values are not given, so the circuit below is just a working mock up in LTSpice based on the published diagrams.

The output stage from the headphone / line driver op amp is attached below. There's a JFET input and BJT gain stage as well, and the whole thing is wrapped up in a feedback loop. The buffer itself, being unity gain, works just fine as a standalone circuit element.
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PIC Microcontroller as a potential DSP / DDS Element

Posted 3rd November 2013 at 02:29 AM by googlyone
Updated 3rd November 2013 at 02:31 AM by googlyone

I noted that the new PIC32 series micro controllers include I2S along with the SPI interface. Well at least a few in the range do. This got me to thinking:
- A 32 bit micro using a fairly efficient RISC architecture
- With I2S in and out
- That runs at 80MHz.

I chose the PIC32MX450F256H.

Surely to god I can do something fun with this. But what?

Ultimately I will try chucking some IIR filters in here to see how they go (there is heaps of processing time available). But in the first instance I want to do a DDS. Reason being that I have more active crossovers than I have speakers (and that is saying something! - ask my long suffering wife!).

One thing that I have been on the look out for is a decent DDS synthesister for audio band that has really low distortion. My current Audio synthesiser uses the AD9952 DDS chip. OK, this runs at 400MHz, but it does use a 14bit DAC, and can be run right down into the...
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Ironamp Project Video Posted

Posted 1st November 2013 at 12:56 AM by Michael Rothacher
Updated 2nd November 2013 at 05:52 PM by Michael Rothacher

Ironamp project video posted here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZymAeaVsAg

I hope you enjoy it.

I updated the captions if you want to try Youtube's translation option - should be funny
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Jig to help soldering SMD components

Posted 31st October 2013 at 10:12 PM by tauro0221

Hi,
I was searching for a jig that to help me soldering SMD components to the board but unsuccessfully was unable to find one. Specially when your are an older person with checking hands like me. So I decided if you do not find it built it. Checking my junk box found some parts that allowed me to came out with this SMD holding down jig. It worked so good for me that I decided to share it with the diyAudio members.

To fabricate it I used a 1 x 8 inches aluminum strip and bent it like a square with one leg side cut out. Drilled a hole at the end of one of the leg and installed a 2 inches screw thru the hole and used one spring and holding it with a nut to applied pressure from the tip of the screw to the other side leg of the square. I think that a picture it is better than words specially when you are not a technical writer like me.
Attached it is a picture showing the final SMD soldering holding jig.
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TI marches steadily down the road to oblivion

Posted 23rd October 2013 at 12:20 AM by abraxalito

But hey, its stock is 30% up on the year!

http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/...verpriced.html

Wolf is a little bit too polite in his analysis of TI's woes - #1 is crappy strategic thinking.
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