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Old 31st January 2005, 09:34 PM   #1
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Question BOSOZ Balanced Attenuator Set-up

I'm interested in hooking up a 24 position rotary switch based ladder attenuator to a BOSOZ for balanced out operation.

Attached is a diagram. Is it better to use 2 ladder attenuators one for each signal side, or can a person get away with using a single ladder network similar to the Pass D1?

Is there a difference in sound quality between the two alternatives? The D1 type setup is certainly less expensive.

Thank you for the help and suggestions!

-David
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Old 1st February 2005, 11:41 AM   #2
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As far as I understand, the volume of D1 installed between the drains of the current-to-voltage inverter is simply a variable resistor. Its value is closely related with the two 1.5k Drain resistors so that we can change the voltage occurring across the volume resistor, by adjusting the volume knob. Both ends of the volume resistor always have the same voltages but opposite polarities, and they face Gates of the buffers provided to minimize output impedance. The concept of this volume is considered quite different from the normal volumes we are using for normal preamps.

If you are going to use balanced inputs for your power amp, I would like to recommend the volume A.

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Old 1st February 2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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Or, if you like to try the volume B, I think that some modification is necessary.
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Old 1st February 2005, 06:13 PM   #4
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Thanks jh6you for the hints.

Has anyone tried option B in the attached schematic like the D1 for either the BOSOZ or Aleph P?

Curious to see if it is posible, and what else has to be done.

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Old 2nd February 2005, 03:25 AM   #6
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I would try the option B as shown below. Resistor values could be selected for the suitable amp gain and volume level. Hoping your success...
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