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Old 1st December 2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default What would be the correct output cap for this OTL Headphone Amp?

This amp sounds great, and it can perfectly drive the Sennheiser HD-650 headphones. But the bass is rolled off, probably because of the low value (40 uF) of the output cap. What could be a reasonable value? 220 uF? I will have to replace it with an electrolytic cap, because there is no space for an oil cap.

The values in red is what I have measured
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Another issue is that it gets extremely hot. I guess that it is the cathode resistor (1k/25W). Next week I will borrow a thermal camera and I will have a hot look at it.

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Old 1st December 2011, 08:26 AM   #2
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Try to add anotherone in paralell and check if performance is getting better.

There´s some reasonably priced speaker crossover PP caps around.
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Old 1st December 2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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Old 1st December 2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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But to remind 90degree is not a good idea in wires and signal wire @@
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WOW, nice, but as briansune says 90 not recomended!
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WOW, nice, but as briansune says 90 not recomended!
Not an issue at audio frequencies. Nice layout, and very well executed. (Relatively speaking)
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Old 1st December 2011, 10:12 PM   #8
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250uF will give you 3dB down with 32 ohm headphones. If you want 1dB down at 20Hz then you will have to double that.

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This 90 deg issue, could i be the reason why I am listening to a local FM radio when I use this amplifier on my house (not in my office), even with the volume pot turned down?
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Old 1st December 2011, 10:15 PM   #10
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250uF will give you 3dB down with 32 ohm headphones. If you want 1dB down at 20Hz then you will have to double that.

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Hi Ian. Thank you for the information.

I am using 300 Ohm headphones (Sennheiser HD-650).

Is there some formula for caltulating the otuput cap? I would like to learn the maths
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