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Old 7th January 2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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There had been some discussions about operating points lately. I also am often asked about 'best' operating points.

So I wrote a short post about my view on the topic on my blog:

VinylSavor: The search for that 'magical' operating point

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Old 7th January 2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Very sensible. Fussy amps are a sign of poor design, not "fine discrimination" as some seem to claim.
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Old 7th January 2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thomas, nice article on the selection of reasonable operating points and the rationale behind them.

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine
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Old 8th January 2011, 12:51 AM   #4
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I bookmarked your blog. Very sensible thoughts on gain and headroom there too. I have often thought it rather interesting that we always seem to focus on distortion at wide (maximum) swings. In a sense we are forced into this because of the poor, shall we say, granularity of the plate curves that we have to work with. Where we might typically swing a few tenths of a volt the traces are at one or two volt intervals. If we had detailed curves near our operating points we might see a rather different picture emerge. Having the ability to swing more grid voltage than typical designs allow could provide improved performance just due to the fact that we are swinging very little of the total possible range.

It might be quite interesting to trace our own curves for something like a 6SN7 with grid voltages in say 0.2V steps, assuming we had the setup to do so.
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Old 8th January 2011, 07:41 AM   #5
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thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad you like my posts. I plan more similar articles about general design philosophies. Planned in the near future are an article about voicing of an amp, component selection and I also plan to write about cable and wire. I guess my views on these topics are quite different from those of most people.

I will also present the first schematics soon. Stay tuned. Don't hesitate to leave a comment on my blog, or ask me here if you have any questions about an article or if you have suggestions for cetain topics which I should cover.

@mashaffer: I actually trace the curves of the tubes I use. This is quite interesting and helps a lot to chosse the right tubes.

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