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Old 2nd January 2013, 12:36 PM   #121
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Last week i have done some real life measurements on the CFP Cirlophone.
Attached files show the specs.
Thanks for sharing.
You made me a bit jealous though: my measured performance at low frequency is very similar (even somewhat better), but yours is better at high frequency: at 20KHz, I get something like 0.03%.
Of course, I used the trusted old 2N3055's.
I think you cheated ....
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Old 2nd January 2013, 12:38 PM   #122
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OK thanks for the update.

And guess what, I opened up the "donor" box and there are 4x 2SD424 original Toshibas. Seems like the best option so far, am I correct?
They are perfect.
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Old 18th January 2013, 05:48 PM   #123
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I'm building the Circlophone with 2SC2922s for outputs at a PO-4R level of 150W. For the specified DC input of 37V, what will be the secondaries for the transformer? How much capacitance is recommended for power supply smoothing?

Oh and another thing, for the capacitors on the board, are there any special kinds (specific brands (WIMA?) or kinds like metal film) recommended or will plain jane ceramic/electrolytics (as dictated by capacitance) caps do?

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Old 22nd January 2013, 10:27 AM   #124
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28+28vac with CRC power supply or 25+25vac if not using CRC.
Power supply like KBPC2504-6800u-R-6800u||6800u||6800u per rail.
You'll need some very sturdy drivers and vas, such as the Toshiba parts.
The power schottky on the amplifier board could be MBR1035 or MBR1635.

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I tried it with a high gain Circlophone, a touch of lead lag comp, and a preamp. This amp combines shunt comp dynamics with Class AA bass slam, and the bass peak power can be nearly double the amplifier power rating, or in other words, window punching power. Those Sankens are rated 150w class AB amp with 8 ohm speakers, but would need a bit of safety derating for class AA amp with 4 ohm speakers. So, I aimed the transformer suggestion just barely lower than the 150 watts. Monoblocs with not more than 250va apiece might help throttle some peaks.
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Old 22nd January 2013, 11:12 AM   #125
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Thanks for the detailed reply Daniel.

I've specced KSA1220AYS and 2SC5171. Would those be sufficient? Schottky is MBR1035.

Is a CRC supply really necessary for the Circlophone?
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Well, a CRC would add a little slack, so a bit less likely to blow the outputs, and the CRC filtering will do somewhat cleaner audio. Necessary? No. But probably helpful.
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Well, a CRC would add a little slack, so a bit less likely to blow the outputs, and the CRC filtering will do somewhat cleaner audio. Necessary? No. But probably helpful.
Okay. Let me see how it develops.

Are the devices I selected for VAS and drivers good enough?
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Old 23rd January 2013, 07:15 AM   #128
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Yes, those are good.
But the outputs are rather low HFE.
And on most outputs, the HFE falls with current.
And you've planned about 150 watts to 4 ohms.
What will happen is that, when playing loud, the output HFE falls, then the drivers will attempt to push the speaker, but this is quite abusive and not within the linear range of the drivers. The result of "driver kick" that loud playback and dynamics are super extra really loud and very muffled. Sounds like bellering. The dynamics are fun, but the abrupt tonal shift is very disturbing and somewhat monotonous.

You're probably going to need the LTP soft clipper accessory fitted with one or two variable dials for adjustment. This device can restrain the situation so that the driver kick tonal distortion doesn't happen. The very quiet little clip (you adjust when this happens via convenient dial--just set it to block the bellering) allows the amp to recover from momentary overloads instantly and without the outputs sticking. I'd like to put an adjustable version of the LTP soft clipper on a sensible schematic for you, but I need to know if you're using the "regular" or the "cfp" edition of Circlophone?
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Would that be fixed by choosing drivers which have higher HFE? Or different SANKENs for outputs?

I'm using the regular Circlophone version on Powerflux PCBs. Thank you kindly for your help.
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Old 23rd January 2013, 09:44 AM   #130
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Would that be fixed by choosing drivers which have higher HFE? Or different SANKENs for outputs?
The idea of lower HFE drivers looks good but doesn't help in practice. Outputs with higher HFE and still linear, would help. But those you've selected look pretty good. The actual problem is 150W to 4R with a single set of output devices. Simple answer: The LTP soft clipper accessory can be set for rapid recovery, to prevent the amplifier from getting stuck in a non-linear condition.

Here is a new adjustable version (attached). The 500R potentiometer allows you to synchronize the soft clipper to fit your amplifier for instant recovery. The 500R variable resistor allows you to choose the force of the clip for softer or harder as needed. The dials do "when" and "how much." If you need it more aggressive, you can put a 470 ohm resistor in parallel with one of the diodes. All of the diodes are BAT86 or whatever sort you have used for D7. Low capacitance types are preferred. This accessory is easy to install and use.
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