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Old 29th November 2004, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Can you change a 5K Potentiometer to a 1K?

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I'm making an amp which calls for a 1K gain pot, but I can only find a 5K at Radioshack and would like to complete this tonight. Can I use a resistor to accomplish this? If so, please describe how. It is just your basic 3-prong pot.

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Old 29th November 2004, 09:32 PM   #2
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You can parallel the pins with another (fixed resistor) but it's a bit silly, and will also change the response charicteristics. go to a real electronics shop or wait until tomorrow. Order one next-day shipping if an online place place like digikey, newmark or radioshack or parts express offers it.
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Old 30th November 2004, 06:30 AM   #3
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Does it say log or linear or what?


Yeah you can use it for now to try it out.. no problem.
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Old 30th November 2004, 06:59 AM   #4
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Point taken. Thanks for your help!
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Old 30th November 2004, 05:27 PM   #5
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It is a linear pot. I am going to wait until I can find a 1k since connecting a resistor will change the response characteristics as stated by 'Stocker'
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If the pot is being used as a variable voltage divider, it is likely not to matter being 5K. If it is being used as a 2 terminal variable resistor then it does matter.
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