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Old 12th January 2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Maida tracking preregulator?

Hi,

is it possible to implement LM317 tracking preregulator as high voltage maida tracking preregulator? Is the schematic correct?
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Old 12th January 2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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I have Maida tracking regulator running up. Works fine and it sounds better! Highly recommended for maida builders as this is very easy mod.
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Old 12th January 2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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What are the benefits, subjective & objective speaking? could I use with Salas SSHV2?
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Old 12th January 2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Subjectively I hear clearer sound, better resolution. Objectively you have more ripple rejection (not quite sure, but I think 8 times more).

I dont understand how you want to use this regulator with Salas shunt reg. Maybe before Salas reg?
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Old 12th January 2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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Yes, before Salas reg.
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Old 12th January 2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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Sure, why not. But I recommend you to try traciking preregulator wihtou Salas first, you maybe pleasently surprised.
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Old 12th January 2013, 06:29 PM   #7
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Do yourself a favor and use a more modern part than the LM317. While the LM317 was excellent in its day, modern regulators don't require as much current to regulate so you don't have to use the big honking power resistors.

The newer regulators also give you much better ripple rejection. In my setup, I ran a test with 50 Vpp ripple into the regulator. This resulted in 20 uV of ripple (+noise) on the output. 20 uV as in micro-volt. You can see my regulator here: Neurochrome.com : : Audio : 21st Century Maida Regulator

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Old 12th January 2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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Well, it is hard to get LT3080 in my country and LM317 is ten times cheaper. Any suggestion for LT3080 alternative?

I would be very curious about your results trying pretracking regulator with your 21st century maida regulator circuit.
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Old 12th January 2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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tomchr have you compared your reg vs SSHV2 about subjective sound & ripple reduction & noise?
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Old 12th January 2013, 07:23 PM   #10
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I have tried SSHV1 and it sounds good, but too much heat. I am totally happy with TPR as subjective sound performance is concerned.
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