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Old 22nd May 2014, 01:06 PM   #2741
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Very creative! I have a lot of LM3886 related stuff in the drawer and your build encourages a new adventure into P2P.

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Old 28th May 2014, 02:33 AM   #2742
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simple small tda7265 25w *2 on one chip(with this small trafo maybe 10-15wpc)
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Old 30th May 2014, 08:46 PM   #2743
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psu almost done and a high bitrate flac player using raspberry in progress.
BurrBrown dac module still missing

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Old 2nd June 2014, 12:01 PM   #2744
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[QUOTE=onuhannes;3945608]psu almost done and a high bitrate flac player using raspberry in progress.
BurrBrown dac module still missing

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Old 14th June 2014, 08:32 PM   #2745
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for onuhannes: where have you bought your 2 cabinets ? they seem to be made of wood ?

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Old 15th June 2014, 04:08 PM   #2746
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Those bigger ones seem to have 4GD35 as woofers... But I have no idea what those tweeters are...
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Old 26th July 2014, 09:01 PM   #2747
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Here is my latest baby: it is a lab amplifier, which means an equipment that will only occasionally reproduce audio, but will mainly serve as power driver for various experiments, 4-quadrants supplies, measurements, emulation of power systems, 400Hz or 60Hz generation, etc, etc.

Once you have tasted the convenience of such an amp, you inevitably become addicted: I have already built a huge number of them but I never have enough.

All the previous versions (except for a notable one) used discrete circuitry, at least for the power section.

This one is based on LM12's: they are stable, have good performance and include thermal protections impossible to achieve with discrete devices.
Here, the two power channels have an additional protection in the shape of a fast fuse (included in the FB loop). This affords one more protection layer, because such amps are sometimes included in complex setups, with supplies that can widely exceed that of the Opamp itself and require external protection.
The power channels are configurable as +10 and -10 gain blocks.

4 additional lower power channels are also included:
-two are high-accuracy, based on OPA27's, with one configurable for +1, +10 and +100 gains and the other as +10 or -10
-two are general-purpose, based on the NE5532: one as +1 and +10, the other as +10 or +100.

All the gain-setting resistors are either 0.1%, or have been hand-picked to 0.1% to ensure a good enough accuracy, essential for any lab gear.

The active circuits are complemented with variable attenuators based on high quality potentiometers.

All the coaxial outputs are protected by 50 ohm resistors, and the inputs have series 1K to 5K resistors..

The PSU uses a 200VA/2x22V toroidal and 2 32,000µF capacitors, plus two 20V regulators for the low-power channels: no rocket science, just plain and dependable electronics.

The whole thing is built as a class II device: no earth connection. In addition, the chassis is floating wrt. to the signal ground: this is essential for a test instrument, it gives a maximum of flexibility.

Since the mechanical design is centered on the principal elements, capacitors, heatsinks, transformer, etc, I had the opportunity to size it optimally: large enough to work comfortably, but as small as practical to fit into my already overcrowded lab.

Why use SMB connectors for most interconnects?
They have many advantages from my point of view: they are of the quick connect/disconnect variety, they mate reliably and give excellent contact, they have a controlled impedance, they use very little real-estate (the front panel has 16 of them, and it's far from cramped), and I can have them by the buckets (and the patch-cords too). All this means they are ideal for me.

I have made a tentative here: the heatsinks have a very good anodization, and I used it as an insulator for the LM12's. Risky? Maybe, but I made scratching and 500VDC tests, and they were all conclusive.
If it fails, it will result in a blown fuse, and I can always revert to the good (or not so good) insulation methods.
We will see....
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Old 27th July 2014, 01:03 AM   #2748
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Elvee, very nice work.
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Old 12th September 2014, 05:01 AM   #2749
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Hi all,

Quite a few years back I purchased some LM3886 boards (two channels and a PS board) for next to nothing (maybe $3US) because they were CHEAP and I had some ebay bucks I wanted to use up. It's basically the chipamp.com circuit. I slowly pulled together parts from my bin (other than the 3886s, the PS tranny and the big caps) and built it over the summer.

The case was an old DVD/surround sound player that bit the dust and which I modded to work as a chassis for this. Wood is a scrap piece of pine I had around, stained red mahogany (a mistake - I should have left it natural or a more neutral color) and shellac'ed. I'm a card-carrying cheapskate who takes pride in spending as little as possible to get really good sounding music. But this chip-amp thing had me both intrigued and skeptical.

I have to say (against my better tube-loving judgement) that this silly little amp does a surprising job of reproducing music with decent soundstage, great clarity, tight and weighty bass. In short, most of the things I look for. There's a smoothness that it's missing compared to my DIY tube gear, and it seems slightly over-accentuated in certain frequencies (upper mids/vocals in particular). While my Marsh A200 is more balanced overall and probably a bit better with soundstage, the LM3886 has less grain to the sound than the Marsh and the vocals are really present.

For the chump change it took to build, this amp is impressive indeed. Hope the photos make it through.
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Old 12th September 2014, 09:01 AM   #2750
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Hello Carl,

Nice job that I agree that a better sound is obtained from using a 'proper' power supply with some large caps. I have two versions one like yours that sounds fat round and engaging and one with just the decoupling caps which sounds a bit austere and remote.

Anyone wanting a 'valve' like sound would be well advised to make something like this, I have friend with a 300B and we both admit that it's got the edge over the GC but we are only talking half a Gnats knacker.

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