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Old 25th July 2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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Question Symmetric supply or dual supply?

I have a Hagerman Bugle preamp that requires +12VDC/-12VDC and I'd like to find a cheaper and easier way to power it than buying the Bugle power supply PCB and placing an order with Digikey for all of the parts. Do I need to get a symmetric power supply like this one:

http://www.allspectrum.com/store/pro...oducts_id=1489

or can I just get a -12VDC wallwart and a +12VDC wallwart?


I guess the only other option would be using batteries, but I don't have an SLA battery charger.
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Old 25th July 2008, 10:24 PM   #2
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The Velleman Kit would be much better than using two
wal-warts (regulated and matched-adjust output on each
rail to match!)

If you want better regulation, lower impedance, lower noise,
etc., then consider one of Walt Jung's designs or maybe
even ZenMod's Shunty.
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Old 25th July 2008, 11:08 PM   #3
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Well, I was really looking to find something that's plug and play, or close to it. If there's a prebuilt Super Regulator, that would be great. I can't tell if the SMD version is or not. I've never had much luck working with SMD components.

I also looked into using a 24VDC supply that I have sitting around and getting a supply splitter or a TLE2426 rail splitter, but that would also require me to find a design and figure out what parts are needed and then order the PCB and order the parts from Digikey.
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Old 26th July 2008, 09:10 AM   #4
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Using 2 wallwarts you would need to connect their grounds. Otherwise DC difference could occur and spoil the fun.

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Old 26th July 2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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I would build a basic little 2x12 Volt DC supply.
- 1 small 2x12 trafo, say 5-10 VA
- 4 x 1N4007, 1A rectifier diodes
- 2 electrolyt filter caps, say 470 / 1.000 uF
- Two 3 pin regulators: 7812 and 7912
The cost would be close to 'nothing'

The build is not problematic at all.
You will find typical basic circuits in the datasheets of
http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/LM/LM7812.pdf
http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/LM/LM7912.pdf
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Old 26th July 2008, 07:47 PM   #6
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For cheap, stick with the Velleman kit or Lineup's idea.
I think the 7812's 7912's might even be newer, better
specs than the Velleman's regulators (LM317 and LM337)
The TI TLE2426 rail splitter can only handle about 20ma.
current. anything much more and your ground reference
will shift and become unbalanced unless you employ a
high current buffer. (more expense). The rail splitter circuit
is more or less to get a +gnd- supply from batteries.
I remember a few years back building Aunt Corey's Passive
Buffered preamp from Stereophile with some LT regulators
that was very good.
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Old 26th July 2008, 08:08 PM   #7
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Yes.
I agree coloradosound.
A rail splitter is not much to have. It is a second hand solution for low currents.

A normal light power supply.
With a cheap little trafo.
And 2 standard IC regulators at 12 Volt.
It does not take much to do.

LM317 / LM337 are good, but 7812 / 7912 can do just at same level.
If you are not into some Space Technoglogy, that is
Which is not really what Diy Audio is about.
Not to me and most others.

(There are others that have joined our diyaudio community,
that would be better off in The US NASA Space Center building,
but they do not harm us too much, do they?
... I mean John Curl wouldn't make it too bad at some High Tech Physics Lab, for sure)


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Old 26th July 2008, 09:27 PM   #8
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Would it be possible to use the Velleman kit and swap in the 7812/7912?
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Old 26th July 2008, 10:07 PM   #9
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If we look into the Manual
http://www.allspectrum.com/velleman/...nual_k8042.pdf
you see in point #9.
that this kit uses LM317 and LM337

So if you order Velleman kit, you in fact is using same way as suggested in this topic.
The difference is only that you get all that is needed in one package!

And you also get some good instructions how to set the +- dual 12 Volt.
For higher currents they say you may order a heatsink, too.
I do not know how much current you need.
I say you need not heatsink to order.
If you like, you can take some pieces of aluminum plate and put these onto those LM317 and LM337 3 pins IC.

Order that Velleman kit.
It looks very alright for your need.
However, you need to buy 1 transformer.
To power this kit.
See my attachment from the Manual.

And you may want to put it all into some box. If not in the other box you have.
That is all.
Kit + Trafo ... and you have it done.
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Old 26th July 2008, 10:24 PM   #10
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I know I have to get a 2x15VDC transformer, but I wanted to know if I could swap out the LM317 and 377 and replace them with the 7812 and 7912 if they are better than the regulators that come with the Velleman kit.
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