EI or double-C core for class A Amp?
I asked some companies for custom transformers and the price for double -C is significantly higher compared to EI core even if they are a bit smaller in size. Is there any benefit using the more expensive ones for class A amplifiers? I am assuming that unlike for class AB amps, the current trough the windings is almost constant. On top of that, the Pi filter CRC or ClC 0.2 to 0.4F total capacitance. I do not want use toroids for this application and I can't have custom R-core ¨made for my application.
for a capacitor input supply the mains transformer current is narrow spikes at the rectified line V peaks, many times the average load current to recharge the caps
a large choke can smooth the peak transformer current - but typically has to be similar physical size to the transformer to store enough energy in its mag field
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