Many smaller amplifiers vs. bigger amplifiers.
I want to make an high-end amplifier for my home theater system and I have a dilema. I ask your opinions about this:
I have 4 bass speakers (Visaton 12 inch/ 150w rms/8ohm ) for subbass loudspeaker, all speakers working for mono subbass channel .
I have 4 amplifiers module 150w/ 8ohm and 2 amplifiers module 300w/4ohm , all module at same quality .
What is the best option ?
1. Every speaker driven by a module 150w/8ohm , or
2. Two pair of speakers in parallel driven by two module at 300w/4ohms.
The costs are not important . I want to know your opinion or experience about sound quality ( generaly speaking ).
Any coments or sugestions , please .
How much power 150W modules give at 4ohm?
I would tend to power ea. speaker with a separate module.
260W rms / 4 ohms with 0.03% THD .
Power supply for a single module is 450VA toroidal transformer with 2 x 4 x 4700uF/80V and 35A bridge rectifier. This configuration was used just for measurement.
But if I will choose 4 x 150W/8ohms I will make a power supply with one toroidal transformer 1200VA .
I suggest that you more powerful transformer, or even better, transformer for each channel..
This is what I like if money and space is no object.
One amplifier bridged per speaker
(I like bridged so I can utilize both rails for headroom)
One amplifier bridged per crossover point.
I was using multiple small 200w mono amps with +40v/-40v rails.
But, I'd like to take this to the next level someday and go
for +100/-100 rails - heheh
In fact , the 150w / 8 ohms module is in bridge mode for the high value slew rate ( volts/uS and ampers/uS ).
But for me it isn't very clear , yet , what combination will be best and why.
I saw and read many article about that but I didn't saw something clear.
i would take 4 Amps and single supply, invert signal for two of them (speaker cable invert also of course).
So you load the pos/neg supply equally.
Why 4 Amps ? - They should control 8 Ohm easier then 4 Ohm.
This might not solve your problem, but I believe that
the best approach is multi-amping, in which each driver
gets its own amplifier and filtering is done before the
Lowest distortion, highest output approach.
Also, maximal tweak-ability.
Thank you very much for your reply .
Yes , every speaker driven by an amplifier is my choise , too.
More headroom , more reliability and many other good things.
I will put 8 capacitors and bridge rectifier to every module PCB ,
(2 x 18800uF) and 24dB/oct active low-pass filter [ 80Hz ].
Best regards !
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