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Old 11th September 2002, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Reducing gain on Bride of Zen?

Hello All,

I will try to make this my last post on the BOZ . I built a BOZ for my friend and it sounds great but we can not get past the second click on the volume control as things get very loud very fast.

I am thinking that to decrease the gain I should increase R108 & R208.

Am I right on this?


Thanks for any info.



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Old 11th September 2002, 07:22 PM   #2
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Increasing R108 (and R208, if that is the right-hand channel) would do it. You could also decrease R104/R204. Or some combination of both.

Increasing R108 would tend to decrease your bias current as well. If you want to maintain the 40 mA bias, you should bump up the gate voltage accordingly using P102.

Alternately you could also put pads on all of your inputs to a greater or lesser degree (whateve it might take to get all of them at roughly the same input level) and put your volume control at the output. You'd get the added benefit of having all the volumes be roughly equal when you switch from one to another.

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Old 11th September 2002, 10:26 PM   #3
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Old 11th September 2002, 10:43 PM   #4
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Hey Guys, thanks for the replys.

jh6you, should I place an input attenuator before the input caps.? Also do you have a recommended value for the attenuator.

I thought perhaps putting a resistor in front of the outputs.



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Old 12th September 2002, 12:58 AM   #5
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Yochim,

First things first: I would put it before the cap.

I'm planning on rebuilding mine with fixed attenuation for each input. That way I won't have to fiddle with an extra knob, or add the extra expense of another variable attenuator.

On the plus side all of my inputs will have close to the same amplitude going into the amp so I won't have to worry about remembering to turn down the volume before selecting my CD player after listening to the tuner.

That's all personal preference, of course.

I suppose I could get by with a 3 position bat-toggle switch labeled "mute", "about right" and "loud".

The plus side to having two variable attenuators is that you can vary input level and the output level at will.

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Old 12th September 2002, 08:20 AM   #6
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Hi Yochim

Yes, in front of the input cap and any of fixed or variable attenuator.
My successful experience was with the standard 100K.
But, any size would work.

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Old 12th September 2002, 07:43 PM   #7
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I would prefer to see maybe a 25K pot for the
best performance.

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Old 12th September 2002, 08:21 PM   #8
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Thanks again everyone and Mr. Pass I will try a 25K precision dual pot.

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Old 12th September 2002, 08:34 PM   #9
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Semi precision will probably do.

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Old 13th September 2002, 02:01 AM   #10
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One final question please, I am having a problem finding a dual gang pot. locally, if I use two pots. is there a technique for measuring the level of each channel with my multimeter for level adjustment?


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