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Old 2nd May 2006, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default 1876 hum - grounding issue?

Dear all,

recently, i've built a gainclone based on an lm1876, as suggested in the datasheet. it seems to work fine, apart from one strange problem: when I plug in my laptop, i notice an audible, though not very loud 50Hz-hum. as soon as I unplug the laptop from the amplifier, the amp is dead quiet, with no audible hum at all.
The laptop plugged in my faithful old denon-amp doesn't hum at all.

Of course i'm using shielded cable.

Does anybody have an idea? Should I disconnect the grounded shield from the cable on the amp side? But in this case, i would lose the reference, wouldn't I?

I'm thankful for any advice!
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Old 2nd May 2006, 07:41 PM   #2
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Ground must go from source to the amp.
But if there is a plus shielding wich is also connected to the ground,
then you could try to disconnect it.
Or the earth from the amp. Whats earthed in your system ?
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Old 3rd May 2006, 08:07 AM   #3
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i guess that the laptop is earthed somehow - i'm not sure about that.
my amplifier - ehm, good question. it's not in an enclosure, and the ground reference is the middle of the two secondaries on the transformer. could be that the amp is floating
but then - it should be grounded via the connection to the laptop.

anyway - i'll ground the amp and see if the problem is gone then.
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