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Old 29th May 2003, 02:58 AM   #1
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Default How to add an HT bypass?

Very basic question...

I just got a tube linestage kit (Bottlehead Foreplay), and would like to modify it to have a home theater bypass: i.e. flip a switch on the chassis and completely bypass the linestage circuits.

Would something as simple as the attached work?

Any help would be tremendously appreciated!
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Old 29th May 2003, 07:51 AM   #2
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Don't see why not.
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Just make sure the switch costs at least as much as the preamp, and has rhodium-plated contacts as a bare minimum!! Don't forget to have it made from hepta-laminated (lucky 7's) silver, copper and gold of only the purest (5-nines minimum (99.999% pure)), most oxygen-free metal possible, and DON'T USE LEADED SOLDER TO MAKE THE CONNECTIONS, use the same grade silver as above, cast in place, to attach to the superconductor wires (what, don't tell me you don't have a supply of liquid nitrogen around!).

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Why bypass the linestage? Surely you want nice glowing valves while watching your DVDs????
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Old 29th May 2003, 10:45 AM   #5
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Why not add the switch in the output, running the HT to there? Otherwise I'd use a DPDT where you have the switch now, shorting the intput to the FP (lower noise etc)
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Old 29th May 2003, 04:09 PM   #6
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(sorry if this appears twice - my prior attempt to post it didn't work because the file was too large)

Brett: Thanks for the suggestion! You're totally right, I should put the switch at the output.

If the FP is accidently turned on with the bypass engaged, is that dangerous? Is it bad to have an open circuit at the output?

Unless you see anything wronge I'll use the attached, with a dpdt on-none-on before the rca out.
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Old 29th May 2003, 09:14 PM   #7
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Default A LITTLE FOREPLAY NEVER HURT ANYONE...

Hi,

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If the FP is accidently turned on with the bypass engaged, is that dangerous? Is it bad to have an open circuit at the output?
No...but: make sure there's a bleeder resistor behind the last coupling cap so no D.C. voltage can develop at the output.

In which case you can even have the FP on in case you want it to warm up for later use while you're watching a DVD or whatever.

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Old 29th May 2003, 09:30 PM   #8
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If I remember right, the FP circuit has a 470K resistor to ground after the coupling cap.

I'm not sure how the first schematic would work. If he switches at the input, then won't he end up with the amp's input impedance and the FP's output impedance in parallel? So his HT source will be driving a much lower impedance. Or is that not how it would work?
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The other option is to use one of the inputs and add padding resistors to it so you end up with unity gain, or close to it. That way the FP will still be in the circuit, but it won't affect the volume of the front L and R channels (or at least, not too much). Of course, if you don't want the FP's sound in the picture, then you do need a bypass, that depends upon how picky you are about your HT sound.

Edit: I don't know if padding resistors would work, but I'm sure there are ways to make one of the inputs be "unity gain".
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Hi,

Both would work but the second one has a higher input impedance.
Even if the preamp is on, it isn't actively used but bypassed.
In which case it doesn't have an influence.

Assuming the input impedance at the front is a 100K...no big deal really.

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