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Old 26th October 2003, 09:33 PM   #501
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Hi,

At best that xformer with a full wave bridge and big cap PSU would give you a bi-polar supply of 30V.

In essence, to the tube that equates a 60V supply.

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Old 26th October 2003, 10:35 PM   #502
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Actually, that has given me a good idea!

As soon as I can I will establish a Gallery on:

"The Tube Gainclone for DIY Buffs" members.ozemail.com.au/~lisaras
Hi Joe, did you ever get that gallery up and running?
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Old 30th October 2003, 09:56 AM   #503
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Hi Joe, did you ever get that gallery up and running?
Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (mis-quoting JC).

I have been run of my feet lately, I have only a few weeks left (19 days I think) and much ado. My trek to the land of Euros takes precedence at this stage. Remind me when back 3rd week of December. May I pinch some things of your site? Did you know that in most countries Copyright is implied even if the Copyright Notice is not even shown. This is because electronic publishing has most of the rights that paper publishing has... interesting thought!

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Old 30th October 2003, 10:20 AM   #504
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Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (mis-quoting JC).
Yes, I know the feeling well!


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May I pinch some things of your site?
Certainly - I owe you big time for the idea of the VBIGC!

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Yes, I did, that's why I always ask before including anything on DD.

OK folks, who has built a buffered chip amp and got some pictures to show us? I want to expand the Gainclone Gallery and Joe will also want a good selection when he has time to create his. Of course, I also feature non-buffered versions in the DD Gainclone gallery !

Joe, I hope that you are enjoying your time over our way! If you come to the UK, I will get PeterM over to Heathrow with the red carpet.
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Old 20th February 2004, 08:30 PM   #505
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Hello,

Thanks a lot for your tube hybrid invention! I am on my way to making one (collecting the parts list does take a while ... )

However, I have a couple of questions. Can I use a different supply voltages for the tube and the chip? (i am looking at around +/- 50V for the tube and +/- 35V for the chip). Is that going to cause any problems? And the original circuit presented on the diyAudio forum is slightly differently from the one on the webpage. There is a pre-out on one and not the other, and the number of tubes used looks different. Anyway, my main question is, do I need to "preamp" the input before feeding the tube hybrid or the tube will handle the preamping part?

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However, I have a couple of questions. Can I use a different supply voltages for the tube and the chip? (i am looking at around +/- 50V for the tube and +/- 35V for the chip). Is that going to cause any problems? And the original circuit presented on the diyAudio forum is slightly differently from the one on the webpage. There is a pre-out on one and not the other, and the number of tubes used looks different. Anyway, my main question is, do I need to "preamp" the input before feeding the tube hybrid or the tube will handle the preamping part?
Yes, more voltage for the tube is OK, and many prefer it. If you take another gander at this thread, there is a more in depth discussion on this, and one successful builder does use a higher tube voltage.

On your latter questions, you are confusing the commercial JLTi with the design Joe publishes for DIY. The DIY design is 1 tube for 2 channels, has no preamp out, and takes a source input directly.
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Yes, more voltage for the tube is OK, and many prefer it. If you take another gander at this thread, there is a more in depth discussion on this, and one successful builder does use a higher tube voltage.

On your latter questions, you are confusing the commercial JLTi with the design Joe publishes for DIY. The DIY design is 1 tube for 2 channels, has no preamp out, and takes a source input directly.
Agreed re the voltage, in the JLTi it's actually 55V, but in the simpler DIY version, is just as you correctly described. This lower voltage is easier to achieve as 25V AC secondary windings are easy to source, and they will get you 35V DC . So it was done for simplicity's sake, to make it a DIY project as accessible as possible, parts wise and also that this is an ideal way for DIY'ourselfers to get into their very first tube project, no high voltages but still tube.

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PS: To Fishy (not you real name, right?), below you will find links to bo the the JLTi (not DIY but a completely finished project) and the DIY version, just in case you haven't seen these yet.
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PS: To Fishy (not you real name, right?), below you will find links to bo the the JLTi (not DIY but a completely finished project) and the DIY version, just in case you haven't seen these yet.
Hello Joe ... Thanks a lot for your reply! I will check out the links and read thru this (longggg) thread
I have those voltage questions because I've bought a couple of surplus toroids that have secondary (ac) voltages of 38V. I am using one for +ve, and the other one for -ve. So I will end up with a 53-0-53 DC for the tube.
To make matters a little complicated, I will be using the same secondaries (from the two toroids) with switching voltage regulator circuits (to bring it down to around 40-0-40) to supply power to the LM3875s.

I have a remaining question though. On the website, it mentioned that the commercial version of the JLTi has unity gain preamp. In my mind, preamp always provides some gain (>1). Is that true? Since I will be taking the preamp-out from my receiver and feed that into the tube hybrid amp, I wanna make sure the amp is not "preamping" again ... or I might run into too big a signal for the chip input.

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"To make matters a little complicated, I will be using the same secondaries (from the two toroids) with switching voltage regulator circuits (to bring it down to around 40-0-40) to supply power to the LM3875s."

Oh dear,

unless these swiching regulators are specifically designed for audio with much filtering on the o/p this could be seriously less than optimum.

even with filtering on the o/p chances are that the RF hash will find it's way back through into the ealier PSU stages and mess up the valve supply.

I would think good quality, low noise analogue regulators, would be a much better bet. I am not familier with these devices so cannot name numbers but I think Linear Technology make some quite good ones

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I have those voltage questions because I've bought a couple of surplus toroids that have secondary (ac) voltages of 38V. I am using one for +ve, and the other one for -ve. So I will end up with a 53-0-53 DC for the tube.
To make matters a little complicated, I will be using the same secondaries (from the two toroids) with switching voltage regulator circuits (to bring it down to around 40-0-40) to supply power to the LM3875s.
I can foresee a bit of a problem here, the tube and filaments needs to be turned on before 3875 with some delay, allow filaments warm-up and tube stage to stablise. That is why the idea was to use a separate transformer for the tube front-end. If you turn on the whole together there will some rude noises coming out of your speakers.

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I have a remaining question though. On the website, it mentioned that the commercial version of the JLTi has unity gain preamp. In my mind, preamp always provides some gain (>1). Is that true? Since I will be taking the preamp-out from my receiver and feed that into the tube hybrid amp, I wanna make sure the amp is not "preamping" again ... or I might run into too big a signal for the chip input.

To be pedantic, it does have gain, that it X1.

If you use my values for the 3875 inverted stage, this will give you plenty of gain, equal to that of a power amp and preamp combined, well, near enough. The reason for the tube stage is to act as a buffer that not only optimises the circuit (like keep feedback on the straight and narrow), but because it really does sound good, as evidenced by others. Put a pot on the input of the buffer and you have a variable gain power amp, or feed your CD or SACD Player directly into it (oh yeah, DVD too).

I don't have much experience with switching regulators, but by nature these devices are noisy (switching noise, unless generating a sine wave), I suspect with rising spectral characteristics. The delay required for the front-end makes for further complications still. A separate transformer is not an expensive proposition and it helps keeing things simple. Just keep its AC Mains permanently ON (by-pass AC switch), plug into power, wait 30 secs, turn power switch ON, which switches 3875 only.

Give it some thought.

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