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Old 7th October 2011, 04:09 PM   #16471
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Anyhow, thanks for the effort.

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Old 7th October 2011, 09:10 PM   #16472
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I would like to point out a few things about the Quad 'current dumping' circuit. It has both good and bad points.
Its good point is that it can reduce distortion in an amp, even including a class B load line by perhaps 20 dB better than just plain negative feedback may do it, with the same stability.
The problem with Quad's approach with the circuit is that they used it to get away with making a VERY poor, unbalanced circuit design, with the cheapest components possible, especially because, in the middle 1970's SMPTE IM distortion ruled as a test measurement. Harmonic distortion was used less, in those days, because ST HD analyzers were still not generally available, in 1975. Sure, Bascom King and Mark Levinson had one, but I didn't, for example.
SMPTE IM, with its forgiveness of high frequency distortion, including slew rate, the measured distortion of even the original Quad 405 was not too bad, in fact, it was pretty good.
Later, with the advent of low distortion ST HD analyzers, the Quad 'problems' became more obvious.
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Old 8th October 2011, 10:03 PM   #16473
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The website of JC Morrison (labjc.com) mentions John Curl and his work with jfets in his discussion of a "hybrid folded cascode Gm amp"
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Old 8th October 2011, 10:58 PM   #16474
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I did not invent the folded cascode. However, I designed the first 'complementary folded cascode' that I used for an input stage of the Vendetta Research, about 30 years ago.
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Old 9th October 2011, 08:11 PM   #16475
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I can't find the original application note, but I am pretty sure that comes from 1969, and is part of an 'FET APPLICATIONS' article that I first saw the 'folded cascode' It was composed of a jfet for the input stage and a bipolar transistor for the folded cascode. I think that it had a video application, first. I did not start using it, until I realized that I could cancel its inherent 2'd harmonic by making a parallel complementary topology and then sum them together at the output.
The complementary differential folded cascode was made popular by Charles Hansen in his designs. I noted this approach for the second stage of the Vendetta Research second stage, in the late '80's, but I believed in negative feedback back then, more strongly, and I removed it from consideration, because it would not give me enough forward gain, without adding a complementary follower output stage, which I wanted to avoid. However, with Charles Hansen's success with it, over the years, I finally put it in the Blowtorch line stage, with some success, and have recently striven to make a quieter version for a future Vendetta, should I choose to make one. Tough problem.
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Old 10th October 2011, 08:28 AM   #16476
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Default JFet vs BJT

Let me make an insert question:

You're talking about JFETs and cascode. Is there a sonical reason you prefer JFets and what are the differences, sonical not technical, between them?
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Old 10th October 2011, 05:13 PM   #16477
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The problem with Quad's approach with the circuit is that they used it to get away with making a VERY poor, unbalanced circuit design, with the cheapest components possible, especially because, in the middle 1970's SMPTE IM distortion ruled as a test measurement. Harmonic distortion was used less, in those days, because ST HD analyzers were still not generally available, in 1975. Sure, Bascom King and Mark Levinson had one, but I didn't, for example.
SMPTE IM, with its forgiveness of high frequency distortion, including slew rate, the measured distortion of even the original Quad 405 was not too bad, in fact, it was pretty good.
Later, with the advent of low distortion ST HD analyzers, the Quad 'problems' became more obvious.
Hi John,

Not quite true about the use of THD and availability of good distortion analyzers in the 70's. While it is true what you said about SMPTE IM being too easy on amplifiers at high frequencies, THD as a measurement tool was well-entrenched before the 70's. It is probably true that not all folks were diligent enough to specify THD-20, but we cannot do much about that.

The Sound Technology ST1700 came out in 1971, after ST was founded by some HP guys (who probably did the HP339A). The HP339A was good down to below 0.002% - more than enough to expose the flaws of the Quad design).

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Old 10th October 2011, 05:55 PM   #16478
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A while ago there were some posts about micro diodes and nanovolts rectification.
If I remember correctly someone offered a circuit for testing to Scott Wurcer ?
Did that testing happened ? What was the last word on that subject ?
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Old 10th October 2011, 07:03 PM   #16479
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Around 1980, the first really good 'ring emitter' transistors because available, and I proceeded to make my 'super speed' FQ-2 power amplifier with these devices
Mr Curl,

excuse me for coming late to the party, but which manufacturer/type were those ?

(shame you didn't get round to the BA, i was hoping to invite you for a hooters&booze arm wrestle)
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Old 10th October 2011, 08:00 PM   #16480
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Sorry, I missed you Jacco. It was just TOO difficult for me to get there and back.
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