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Salas 13th December 2008 05:41 PM

Simplistic Mosfet HV Shunt Regs
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Hello all,

As impressed as I was from the subjective performance of my recent low voltage shunts for my NJFET RIAA (link), I developed high voltage ones for my tube gear too. The first test has been done powering the Steve Bench cascode 12AY7 parallel & 6DJ8 RIAA. A phono circuit is the most sensitive one so to fully test a reg PSU IMHO. The previous reg was a Mosfet Maida. In brief: 1. Lower noise than with the Maida, in CDP background silence territory now. 2. Bass definition and slam, image focus, image size, mid and high smoothness, one class higher with the Mosfet shunt. Maybe a 25% overall subjective performance lift above the Mosfet Maida.

Read the high voltage safety sticky thread if not familiar with tubes and tube supplies practices. A useful reminder for experts even:

Updates not to search in a long thread:
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For a safe troubleshooting practical example, click this link to read posts #4478-4497

Salas 13th December 2008 05:43 PM

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The circuits are easy to make. They are variable. I will show 2 voltage scales.

Salas 13th December 2008 05:44 PM

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And the higher example.

Salas 13th December 2008 06:12 PM

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Keep the constant current source running at least on double the mA that your application circuit needs in steady state. Triple is nicer.
Its all a matter of how big a heat sink you can use. The current used by your audio circuit is not heating the PSU shunt Mosfet. It heats at its most (Vout*CcsIma) when unloaded. The upper Mosfet can hold up to 200V Vin-Vreg. 50V difference is OK to run at its smoothest though, nobody wants to discard more just heating up the P-Mosfet. It heats for Vdif*IccsmA. It can stabilize with just 10V Vdif non the less, but it will be compromised somewhat for transients. R1 sets the CCS current, Iccs=(Vleds-VgsQ1)/R1.
The reg voltage reference is made up by 2 BC560 CCS feeding a bypassed resistor voltage drop. You can use a fixed R5 or the +trimmer arrangement for a variable shunt. Be careful there not to go beyond 200V Vin-Vout, if you like your nice P-Mosfet alive.
Great performance in practice, tried to keep em practical with easy to source components. 2N6520 is a -350V PNP and KSP94 is an alternative -400V PNP for the higher voltage shunt, as 2SA1625 is. That is if you wanna go to that 360V mark or go to a higher range. The IRF840 works up to 500V.



Depanatoru 13th December 2008 09:50 PM

Interesting schematic , but in case of short circuit , the upper mosfet IRFP9240 will see 400V between drain and source . Not very good , mistakes can happen :xeye:

Salas 13th December 2008 09:59 PM

You can always use a 400V P-Mosfet. Its a cheap mistake to lose an IRFP 9240, and I don't want to substitute it with a higher RDS ON device. Sounds very good and its easy to make. Proved itself, that is the important part.

Salas 14th December 2008 01:23 AM

In this (regrettably washed out) picture, you can get an idea of the heat sinking needs. At right hand side from about middle line and down to the toroid, you see the Mosfet shunt board. In this case a 230V tension is applied at the input, 60mA constant current, and 20mA idle load at 190Vreg by the Steve Bench cascode RIAA for 2 channels. First little CCS sink next to the LEDS receives 2.4W heat. Second aluminum color big sink receives 7.6W from the shunt N-Mosfet under load. Could stand 12W if unloaded. 120 Ohm R5+trim, fixed those conditions with an MPSA92 shunt driver BJT. Because different BJT types can give more output voltage, it is good practice to set the R trimmer 100 Ohm, half way for a 50 Ohm value and then power up for the first time. By measuring the VregOut you will be in a position to move up or down more knowledgeably and conservatively. Use a multi turn trimmer. Remember that the less the R5+R trimmer value, the more the V out. Also a 20W 10-15k dummy load resistor will be helpful for testing and setting the regulator without oscillation dangers and then power off, let it bleed all charges:dead:, disconnect the dummy, and everything is ready so to attach the real load circuit, power on, and enjoy.:hphones:

JC951t 14th December 2008 01:15 PM

Hi Salas,
Nice. Got a question. Can we use a Tube rectifier
for your power supply ?

SY 14th December 2008 01:32 PM

And one more question: why not use a depletion-mode N-Mos for the CCS portion? It would lower the parts count, restore some safety margin, and a 400V part would only cost $1.50 or so.

Salas 14th December 2008 01:51 PM


Originally posted by JC951t
Hi Salas,
Nice. Got a question. Can we use a Tube rectifier
for your power supply ?

Yes no problem, and a CLC filter or RC before it if you like.


Originally posted by SY
And one more question: why not use a depletion-mode N-Mos for the CCS portion? It would lower the parts count, restore some safety margin, and a 400V part would only cost $1.50 or so.
It can be done. The particular P-Mosfet though proved stable and good for noise. Its a simple concept, it can easily be modified & implemented to suit different part inventories and precautions. That is the beauty of it. Build a tailor one and listen to it SY. Highly recommended.

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