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zsaudio 7th January 2006 07:49 PM

question about pm-ab1
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Hi all

Is there anyone who built the pm-ab1 error correction amp?

I'm not an engineer only diyer.
I'm building one with 2sk1056-2sj60 hitachi pairs, which have different characteristic than the originals, so i changed R7-R11 and R16/R18 to get about 1Vgs on the fets. Now i have 700mA bias current.
My problem is that the bias current decreases when i increase the driving voltage at the input of the opamp. And the output sinus signal becomes
distorted, looks like square wave. The value of the output is only 5Vrms

I have the same results with the both opamps ( AD844, OPA134)

PSU=+28/-28 V
R16/R18= 100R
R8/R9= 33R

So the question is could anyone help me in the procedure how to calculate the values of the resistors, and what should i measure?

zsaudio 9th January 2006 04:08 PM

what' wrong whit my question?
No one built it?

ilimzn 9th January 2006 04:36 PM

You cannot use this schematic with low threshold MOSFETS because the threshold voltage effectively is a power supply for the error correction circuit. This needs to be well over 1.5V to work due to the combined voltage drop on the transistors and diodes.

lumanauw 9th January 2006 04:54 PM

This NP-PMA is difficult to modify. If you want to succeed, you HAVE to built it as "it is" like PMA original design, all components values and types cannot be changed.

Like Ilimzn said, the drop of the VBE multiplier basic is already (Q1+D1+D2+Q2), that is already 2V4 minimum, multiplied by the VBE multiplier effect. You cannot use Lateral mosfets which has below 2V4 total Vgs. Even you remove D1-D4, I think it is not enough for the NP-PMA to work for lateral mosfets (plain without drivers). Q1-Q2-Q3-Q4 needs very tight matching.

CCS formed by Q7+Q9 has to be quite big valued (with R8-11 small valued), because in this NP-PMA, there is no escape route for current, it has to pass Q1 path OR Q3 path, no other escape path like ordinary VBE multiplier.

sdman 9th January 2006 05:02 PM

Where can one go for more info on the PM-PMA amp?

thanks, sam

chicco_36 9th January 2006 11:05 PM

hi sdman,
search this site for "PMA" nick or Pavel Macura, and find his www address.
Where are you Pavel when people need you!?! :D


mefistofelez 10th January 2006 12:43 AM


changed R7-R11 and R16/R18 to get about 1Vgs on the fets.
Dear zsaudio,

based on my understanding and simulations, I concur with ilimzn and lumanauw that the error correction relies on a certain voltage difference between the output transistor and the load. So, should your transistor require less than that, they will not work.

Saying that, I haste to encourage you to acquire the original transistors - they are still available - and build the amplifier. The result is more than well worth it - search under my moniker for my impressions.

After all, I am practicing what I preach as I type this, waiting for some additional parts to arrive. ;-)


Where are you Pavel when people need you!?!
Dear chicco_36,

I cannot speak for Pavel, but as he may not monitor this thread, let me rely my experience.

When I first heard the amplifier, I was so enamored by its performance that I have been badgering Pavel about re-designing for different output transistors. Pavel tried, but none of the transistors simulated to his requirements.

Consequently, I am afraid that the version he designed will remain the only one endorsed by him.


zsaudio 10th January 2006 05:46 AM

Thank you guys the helpful and very detailed answer. I take your advice and try to find the original MOSFETs. Could you show me any dealers, who sell these MOSFETs on the net? (or someone who can sell me two pairs of them)

Regards Zsolt :)

Hail DIY community!

mefistofelez 10th January 2006 04:24 PM


Could you show me any dealers, who sell these MOSFETs on the net?
Dear zsaudio,

are you familiar with Google?

You can also try Borbely.


zsaudio 10th January 2006 05:56 PM

Thank you the tip Mefistofelez, yes i know google, but i'm afraid for fake devices. I don't know if exists fake ones, or not on the markets, but i wouldn't like to buy fake ones. I'm not at home in Hitachi's and Toshiba's devices. I have read that it's better to be careful. So i'd like to know a trustful dealer.
Every perceptions are welcome in this issue.

Thank you gents.:D

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