Is This a good Amplier?
Hey guys I am planning to buy this amp:
Valve Tube 6N11
Texas Instrument LM4780
C1, C2 = 100V 33uF
C3 = 100V 220uF
C5 = 50V 10uF
C6, C7 = 50V 3300uF
C9, C12, C14 = 16V 100uF
C10 = 50V 47uF
C11 = 16V 2200uF
C13 = 4.7uF
So I wanted to ask if this would be a good little amp???
Why did you choose for this one? Because of the tube? It is configures as a cathode follower (CF), with a very low load (only the 1k) which will probably introduce lots of distortion, ie, wrong use of this topology. A CF doesn't have any voltage gain either, so all gain has to come from the op amp.
It appears to use a very specific transformer, with dual 24V, dual 18V secondaries and a 6,3V. Do you have a source for this transformer? For the LM chip only the 24V (at high A) are needed, the 18V and 6,3V are only for the tube buffer. With other words, if there is no off the shelf transformer for this amp, you will need a custom job or combine different transformers.
I wouldn't go with it.
And this is a finished one by some guy:
So you think it wouldn't sound great?
I see that I missed that the filament is fed with 6VDC, not that it matters much.
It is hard to say if it will sound great. It is just that this use of a cathode follower is far from being the ideal application of this circuit, I think it is only there to introduce some distortion, the 'tube sound' (and I don't like tubes being applied that way).
Best regards, Erik
Looks like they have added a tube where it would be better off without to add value. Awful !
I don't like the way the volume pot is mounted, might have a loose joint from vibration after a while.
Would you be able to advice a good Build your own amp kit?
This is just a classic tube buffered Gainclone amp using LM4780. Looks fine to me. No, the tube buffer is not needed. Yes, people prefer the sound with the tube buffer in there.
I'd say try it, and tell us how you like it (or not).
But I got absolutely no idea what king of transformer I would need to power this amp. Any suggestions?
It says 24VAC transformer right on the page. You want around ~35VDC rectified. I would rather use an SMPS, though.
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