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Old 23rd July 2007, 06:28 PM   #1
Davey T is offline Davey T  United Kingdom
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In my final year at uni i did my thesis on direct audio from power supply amplifiers inspired by a design by Manny Rodrigues


I made a very simple 10w prototype and got it to work fairly well. However, the biggest problem i found with the distortion found when around the crossover region when the duty cycle was low <2%. You just can't get the mosfets to turn off and on fast enough.

Has anyone seen this circuit before? Any ideas how you could get it to work for full-range audio? Is it beneficial over standard class-d?
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Old 23rd July 2007, 08:47 PM   #2
fredos is offline fredos  Canada
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You should add small offset to polarity comparator to avoid crossover distortion...Or negative bias to rectified input of PWM. Seem to be probleme in that region...

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Old 23rd July 2007, 09:15 PM   #3
Tim__x is offline Tim__x  Canada
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Class-BD modulators suffer from crossover distortion, you can reduce it, but it will always be there. It might comfort you to know that the implementation claimed by the inventor himself suffered the same problem; he says his amplifier does not produce noise when idle, any amplifier that does not reproduce its own noise at the output will not respond to any other signal of similar magnitude, and thus will suffer crossover distortion.
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