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Old 22nd October 2008, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default DHT's, fixed bias, sharred filament supply

If running a stereo single ended amp with fixed bias, is it really a problem to have the filament supply shared? I could maybe see an issue when it comes to hum pots, but other than that, is it really an issue?
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Old 22nd October 2008, 07:10 AM   #2
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Depends on how you share it. I've seen some budget setups where a single AC filament supply was used for a pair of outputs with a common self-bias resistor and bypass cap via the center-tap. Granted it works, but wherever the hum levels wind up, there you are... no ability to adjust.

I would suggest using a DC supply as AC filaments will still yield some hum with fixed bias. In particular which DHT are you planning on using? I have found that NOS 45 in ST glass tend to balance well (using a padded hum pot) with AC, better than most 2A3 (dual-paralleled triodes) DHTs. A single plate 2A3 is a nightmare with AC filament, pretty much the same for a 300B due to the center-tapped filament setup.

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Old 22nd October 2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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I did it using a single voltage supply and a separate CCS for each filament.

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