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Old 14th December 2011, 11:57 AM  
Michael Rothacher is offline Michael Rothacher  United States
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Default LíAmp: A Simple SIT Amp: Part Deux


In the first LíAmp article, we built-up a simple Class A amplifier using a not-quite-unobtainable Static Induction Transistor. Itís a nice amp but doesnít have a lot of power or voltage gain. In this little vignette, weíll examine a simple option for improvement.


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8th February 2012
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Michael Rothacher mentions in L'Amp CCS Addendum that

"So, I tried (D). It uses a self-biased IXYS depletion mode MOSFET
IXTH6N50D2. "

That beast is not easily available (at least in Finland). Could somebody say, is there anything special in IXTH6N50D2 (irreplaceable), or can it be replaced with some other bug (I understand semiconductors but cannot evaluate them)

Best wishes HPu
8th February 2012
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Michael mentions in "L'Amp CCS Addendum" that "So, I tried (D). It uses a self-biased IXYS depletion mode MOSFET IXTH6N50D2. "

The IXTH6N50D in almost impossible to buy. Is there some other bug that does its work

Best wishes HPu
7th December 2012
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Could anyone suggest the correct/minimum size/value for the CSS heatsink please? also @ putko found this:

IXTH6N50D2 IXYS | IXTH6N50D2-ND | DigiKey

not sure if they ship to you though?

Thanks Terry
7th December 2012
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Hi All

I just want add this fact to IXYS and Europe. I found out that they have an importer in Swizerland. When I asked them how to get one pair of IXTH6N50D2.

They said it's ok. Minimum ordes is around €200. When I explained the story (I would like do some testing for myself)m, they organized the thing that I could purchase one pair with normal sneding costs. This was well below €200.

So all kudos (praise!) to this company's representatives in Europe.

best wishes HPU
This is meant to be helpful, if somebody else is in the same situation, when I was.

For various reasons I have not had oppoturnity to build the thing.
25th April 2014
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hi Michael, can your addendum version run on batteries?

1st November 2016
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A similar idea of one transistor amp was presented in the french "revue du son" some years ago. The active part was a more common 2SK135 (which has pentode like curves) with drain to grid feedback, that made it behave like a triode. Different circuits were built using this method, some based on the NEMESIS amp.
This very simple topology is well suited to high impedance headphones for instance.


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