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Leolabs 18th January 2007 03:00 PM

Two questions about amplifier's protection circuitry
 
What is the optimum value of:
1)low frequency cut-off point,
2)DC offset trigger point

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Piercarlo 18th January 2007 04:02 PM

Re: Two questions about amplifier's protection circuitry
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Leolabs
What is the optimum value of:
1)low frequency cut-off point,
2)DC offset trigger point

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For (1) a good value may be 0.5 Hz (for protection circuit only, not for frequency response of the equipment). For (2) is customary to set the trigger point equal to a silicon diode drop in either direction.

Hi
Piercarlo

PS - However these are questions usually solved empirically, not with "formulas" or other "fixed rules".

Jan Dupont 18th January 2007 05:29 PM

Piercarlo are on the right track ;)

peranders 18th January 2007 05:29 PM

A DC protection could be defined as this:

Full power at 20 Hz => the protection must not trigger at chosen DC level, 1-2 volts

Filter is chosen so the protection gets as fast as possible.

I used a 4th order Tjebusjev (can't spell it) active filter at 7 Hz and trigger level at 1.5 Volts. This was made for a 180/300 W amp.

http://sjostromaudio.com/hifi_pics/h...ro_pcb_top.jpg

The DC protection is at the bottom of the picture.

AndrewT 19th January 2007 07:32 PM

Hi,
I agree with Peranders logic although not his chosen values.

I would try to get the power amp to pass 10 to 15Hz at full power without triggering the DC detect. This is quite onerous and would tend to be adopted by those looking for SUB-BASS response with very wideband speakers.

The biggest problem with that first criteria is the slowness of response due to the filter needed to keep the DC detect from triggering.

Peranders choice of 4pole is unusual and certainly 7Hz is unusually high. Most would fit a 0.5Hz to 2Hz filter and use single pole at the lower frequency or two pole at a slightly higher frequency.
The second test then becomes how fast the filter and trigger operate at a 1.5V DC test signal (battery?) I would be looking for less than 1second and preferably less than 250mS.


Peranders,
could you post details of your 4pole filter (Chebyshev?) and DC detect?
I think my spelling is a simplified English translation rather than literal translation.

unclejed613 20th January 2007 05:09 AM

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one amplifier i'm well familiar with uses an RC time constant with a corner frequency of .32 Hz in it's DC detector. it also uses a DC servo with a cutoff frequency of 5hz to keep amp offset zeroed. so the amp frequency response extends down to 5 hz, and the dc detect circuit operates at .32 hz for a frequency margin of more than 10:1. if you want to protect against medium frequency subsonics (from .5-10hz), you could always change the rc time constant.

AndrewT 20th January 2007 10:13 AM

Hi Uncle,
I have no way of calculating the delay in detecting a DC offset, but I suspect that ratio of 10:1 results in a long delay when significant DC current will flow before triggering in the event of a DC fault.

peranders 20th January 2007 12:03 PM

Andrew, remember that the speed of the protection is a function of:

1 Max output power and lowest expected _normal_ frequency
2 DC level for triggering

There is no such thing as DC, more like slow AC and this is for you to detemine how slow this AC is.

AndrewT 20th January 2007 02:49 PM

Hi Peranders,
Quote:

Originally posted by peranders
Andrew, remember that the speed of the protection is a function of:

1 Max output power and lowest expected _normal_ frequency
2 DC level for triggering

There is no such thing as DC, more like slow AC and this is for you to detemine how slow this AC is.

is it too early on a Saturday morning?
Have a rethink on your comments.


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