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Old 5th November 2007, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Using a lm4780 instead of 2x lm3886?

I'm interested in building a stereo amplifier. I came across a lm3886 which would require me to use two satisfy my stereo requirements. Next i found the lm4780 which essentially has 2 lm3886 in it. Are there any advantages of using 2x lm3886 over the single lm4780?
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Old 6th November 2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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the two channel version is probably made to reduce assembly costs on a production line.
I think the 3886 with separate power and ground lines for each channel will perform better since the currents are halved and the crosstalk will be reduced if laid out correctly.
Two competely separate monoblocks will perform better than a stereo amplifier and each can be located right beside the speaker terminals bringing the very big advantage of extremely short speaker cables.
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Old 6th November 2007, 09:56 AM   #3
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but remember that if using 2 devices you need 2 sets of bypass caps on Vcc/Vee -- not a huge expense, however.

you can use 2 LM4780's in parallel mode for a steroidially enhanced amplifier.
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Old 6th November 2007, 02:37 PM   #4
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It may be due to implementation and power supply differences, but my simple stereo LM3886 has much better sound quality than my LM4780 BPA. They are as different as chalk and cheese in their layout and the power supplies have no resemblance to each other, though.

Another advantage of 3886 is heat dissipation and the availability of an insulated package (both sort of work against each other, though). that makes for larger allowable package dissipation or easier construction.
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Old 6th November 2007, 05:03 PM   #5
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the only advantage i see to the 4780 is cost efficiant, more simple in production runs, cheaper.

and the thing that i like most: building compact stereo amplifiers.

i built a full power stereo amplifier that used this IC, and it fits in the palm of my hand.

and used a couple of small higher current boost converters. one thats a boost inverter. that way i eliminated the size of complexity of a flyback supply.
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Old 6th November 2007, 05:38 PM   #6
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Ok thanks for the responses, I'm aiming for a compact design, the lm4780 seems to be the best approach for me at this point.

Does anyone have any suggestions on a better chip amp along the same lines of the lm4780
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Old 6th November 2007, 06:13 PM   #7
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When it comes to chip amps, the amp part usually takes much less space than the PSU and the connectors, so I really don't think one using LM4870 will be any more compact than one using two LM3886's!

In addition (and you don't say how you are going to build this amp) the pins on the LM4870 are closer together than those on the LM3886. If you are hard-wiring the amp, the LM3866 will be a lot easier! If not you will need a PCB.

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Does anyone have any suggestions on a better chip amp along the same lines of the lm4780
Well, you don't tell us which amp you are going to build, so I don't think we can suggest a "better" one!
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Old 6th November 2007, 06:30 PM   #8
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In addition (and you don't say how you are going to build this amp) the pins on the LM4870 are closer together than those on the LM3886. If you are hard-wiring the amp, the LM3866 will be a lot easier! If not you will need a PCB.



Well, you don't tell us which amp you are going to build, so I don't think we can suggest a "better" one!


I am planning on building a 50 Watt stereo amplifier. Also, i will be using a PCB
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Does anyone have any suggestions on a better chip amp along the same lines of the lm4780
building a pair of monoblocks will improve performance.
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Old 7th November 2007, 02:06 PM   #10
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Hello nicku1302.did you ever though about a LM3875 chip?
I just got one build(integrated amp)and it is very good,simple and it does not get hot at all.I am very happy with the result.
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