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Old 20th June 2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Difference in sound, LM3886, LM3875

I'm just mainly curious if one chip sounds better than the other. I know that the 3886 will have a bit more power, and I know that the 3875 has better s/n. However I have never heard an amp built with either of these chips. Could those of you that have share your opinions please?

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Old 20th June 2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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I have built both. To my ears the 3886 is the more analytical chip and perhaps a bit coarser than the 3875. 3875 is slightly mellower.
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Old 20th June 2008, 04:20 PM   #3
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Not a huge difference but i also prefer the 3875. Less mechanical, more magic.
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Old 20th June 2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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how about bass sounds at 3886 n 3875?

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Old 20th June 2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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I would probably say that the 3886 Bass is a little drier and less full than the 3875.
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Old 20th June 2008, 06:28 PM   #6
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3875 gets my vote too...
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Old 21st June 2008, 04:20 AM   #7
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Alright, well that settles it then! Is it true the 3875 is being discontinued?
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Old 21st June 2008, 04:39 AM   #8
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Thumbs up LM3875

My vote for LM3875.
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Quote:
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Is it true the 3875 is being discontinued?
Yes, but only the LM3875T, the non-isolated version. The TF version still has "Full production" status. But remember that there still is the LM3876 which is a LM3875 with the mute option/pin (and thus slightly different internals).

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Old 22nd June 2008, 03:51 AM   #10
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I'll be honest, I will be building from a kit as my skill level isn't quite there to build from scratch yet (ok, maybe it's my confidence level that needs improving). Anyways, I haven't seen a kit with a 3876, are there any other differences between the 3875 and the 3876? Also isn't the "TF" the better version of the chip anyways?

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