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Old 29th April 2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Building a car amplifier

To begin with, I have never built an amplifier before but am quite comfortable with a soldering iron. I have built numerous passive crossovers but I want to build an amplifier for my vehicle.

This is just one of those things I have never done but really want to do. I order to do this at a competent level I am going to need some guidance and good advise. So I am asking you for that guidance.

My goal is: a strong 3/5 channel amplifier that will product 100-150 watts per front channels and a solid 500-700 watts to the sub channel.

THANKS !

J
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Old 29th April 2008, 11:56 PM   #2
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This is not going to be a simple project. Expect at least 2 months to get it working properly (unless you buy kit amps).

If you haven't selected an amplifier design, you need to do that first. Chip amps may be the easiest. The chip amp forum would be better able to help you in your selection. If you want an all discrete design, there are plenty available on the net. The Solid State forum could probably narrow down your choices. When you have made your choices, post them here.

The power supply will be much easier. You will probably need to build 2 independent supplies (one for subs and one for highs).
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Old 30th April 2008, 07:52 AM   #3
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I would like to try either a chip based amplifier or possibly use the schematics for the Linear Power 2002 and 8001 that were posted in the car audio forum. I have never built an amplifier so I need some direction given the above options.
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Old 30th April 2008, 08:30 AM   #4
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For the sub channel, you'd need to use the Linear amp circuit. For the highs channels, you could use either the discrete amp or chip amp.

For the sub channels, I'd recommend using an exact copy of the 8002's audio circuit (2 channels bridged).

You should begin thinking about the type of construction you're going to use. Laying the boards out in a layout editor (Eagle, etc...) and having them printed by a boardhouse will look the best and will be reliable but will be more expensive than using prototype boards.
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Old 30th April 2008, 03:05 PM   #5
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I would most likely just use a prototype board...

What steps will I need to follow ?

J
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Old 30th April 2008, 07:59 PM   #6
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Have you made a decision about the amps you're going to use for the highs yet (discrete/chip)?
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Old 30th April 2008, 08:31 PM   #7
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For simplicity sake... probably a chip amp for the frontend...

Although I would really like to build the LP 2002 and the 8002...

J
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Old 1st May 2008, 12:38 AM   #8
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I have an old blaupunkt that worked well with STK chips, and there is not much else in there. I suppose there are better things out there now.
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