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Old 14th April 2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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How much should I under rate the output transformer for a class a single ended guitar amp.
I read part of the particular sound configuration exhibits is due to saturation of the transformers. I am not too familiar with them. Let's say I am designing a 5W power amp, what ratting should the transformer have? 3W? 5W? 10W?

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Old 14th April 2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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10 W.
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Old 14th April 2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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For saturation, I d say 5W at most.
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Old 14th April 2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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For guitar no need to over rate the ot. The lowest notes ull play is maybe 80Hz, but mostly the tone hovers round 150-1000Hz. U wont saturate anything but the tubes, in a good way.
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the best sounding distortion is when you overdrive the power tubes. And even then only slightly...

Transformer distortion just sounds nasty IME...
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Old 15th April 2011, 03:46 AM   #6
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the best sounding distortion is when you overdrive the power tubes. And even then only slightly...

Transformer distortion just sounds nasty IME...
Agreed. First you end up dropping the low end and your guitar starts sounding thin. Just gets worse from there. Best to get a transformer rated for the power you plan to put out.
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Old 15th April 2011, 02:53 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot... I appreciate everyone's input.
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