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Old 16th June 2009, 07:54 PM   #521
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Sensing returns are used (syn08 and others) with success. Its valid. Can you show it graphically for those in need of long leads?
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Old 16th June 2009, 08:17 PM   #522
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Have they (others and syn08) discussed the changes when sense is routed this way?

BTW, I made a mistake above, saying that 20cm of cable would be 2mOhms, when it is actually 4mOhms.

Here is the output impedance of v1 as I always simulate it, without a resistance between OUT and Load.
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A resistance of 5 milliohms, sense components connected as usually shown in the schematic.
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And sense components connected directly to the load.
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I think people in general may not realize what a big difference this can make. I didn't until I actually simulated it.
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Old 16th June 2009, 08:30 PM   #523
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OK with the difference graphs, but I actually meant schematically of how to practically connect.
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Old 16th June 2009, 08:56 PM   #524
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Somebody with more graphical talent please fix this.
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Old 16th June 2009, 09:12 PM   #525
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Is this OK?
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Old 16th June 2009, 09:31 PM   #526
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Not really: source of Q4 does not connect directly to drain of jfet J3 but it connects directly only to drain of Q1 and OUT; otherwise it is ok. I have to run now, but I'll come back later and try a proper drawing, sorry about the misunderstanding.
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Perfect! Thanks. The simulation shows that output impedance is almost not affected at all even by quite a resistance between OUT and LOAD, where as before even 200uOhms would have an effect.

In theory I knew that sense and main current paths should be separate, but didn't think that it would make such a difference in this case. I will test it in practice and see if anything can be observed empirically.
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You use long leads so you will probably hear better bass, differentiation and depth. At least that happened when I got it from test phase long cable down to 5cm 1mm2 solid core next to the audio circuit.
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You mean that a shorter cable/distance between regulator output and next stage/load improves bass, differentiation, and depth?

OK, so I just tested my theory with a load of 80mA DC + 30mA AC.

Case 1: all sensing components connected directly to drain of Q1 and source of Q4. 20cm cable connecting source of Q4 to a 80mA DC 30mA AC load.

a) scope showed about 200uV ripple on source of Q4
b) scope showed about 2mV ripple on load

Case 2: disconnected all sensing components from source of Q4 and connected them directly to the load with a separate cable of about 20cm.

a) scope showed about 200uV ripple on load
b) scope showed about 2mV ripple on source of Q4

We're talking about a 20cm wire, not even very thin, soldered on both sides! It would be good if someone else double checked this.
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