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Old 12th March 2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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I know you all hate equalizers...but I'm gonna build one just for the heck of it. The problem is.....who makes good quality slide potentiometers that are readily available in quantites under...oh i dunno...a bazillion. There seem to be very few out there...ie mouser, digikey..et. al..

I'm looking at Elliots MFB design and he calls for 100K pots. He is a business and of very little help and use to a common do it yourselfer...especially a neophyte such as I...but I can't really blame him either...like I said he is a business. Is there any way that 10K sliders can be used with an MFB type of filter circuit? Do I need to change the op amp to something with a higher gain/bandwidth product?

Can anyone explain how to calculate...or use a R.O.T., to determine the value of the control potentiometer for a circuit such as this? Or....is there even a better circuit topology for something like this?

Like I said I'm very new to this and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12th March 2006, 04:26 PM   #2
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Hi Dr.

We don't all hate EQ's, in fact I couldn't do without one for my outdoor gear. It's just that many persons don't want anything more in the signal path and that if you feel you need one, does that mean you have not done a good job on your speakers?

I'm just wondering if it's financially worth your while. Are you going to save money or is this for the DIY factor?
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Old 12th March 2006, 05:06 PM   #3
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I, also, doubt that building an equalizer is worth the time, effort and cost to DIY. Lower quality equalizers are a dime a dozen and sell for just a few dollars. Better quality ones are often sold used at great discount. I am using two of them in my HT and one in the main music room's stereo system. The one in the stereo room had an original selling price of over $350 but as it has been superceded by more recent models I got it for $79 on an eBay auction. I can't really discern that it is in the signal chain and it helps to make the sound balance so much better that I would not do without it.

My $0.02 . . .
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Old 13th March 2006, 06:32 AM   #4
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First I'd like to thank you both for your opinions on the matter of equalizers. However, this is not a question of poor speaker design or the allocation of disposable assets. This is about educating myself in a topic that holds a great deal of interest to me at this time....i.e. active filter design and implementation. Instead of opting for the repetative plugging in of components and wires into a prototyping board...okay, I will do that regardless, this is more about a practical application related to a cerebral process. That's why I'm looking for sources of suitable parts and also the design opinion of those much more knowledgable than myself.

Again, I appreciate you checking in with the opinions, however that is not what this is about.
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