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Old 23rd August 2004, 12:25 PM   #1
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is it possible to DRD a KT88 with operating points around 350 B+ and 100ma current draw, on 3k irons?

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Old 24th August 2004, 05:19 PM   #2
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Well, you'd have to find an output transformer that you're comfortable running at 100ma, single ended - not such a small task. I have some AN 2.6k that are rated for 180ma (two 845's), and they sound nice but weigh a ton!

Otherwise the DRD design should work fine as you've outlined. Much will depend on a driver that can swing the voltage required and offer a fairly low impedance. If you look at the design on Jack Eliano (sp?) website (electrapint) you'll see the driver is done in parallel to lower the Rp. When I built a DRD EL34 amp the lower I got the driver impedance the better it sounded. That means bypassing the cathod R on the driver, too.
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Old 24th August 2004, 08:39 PM   #3
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Almost forgot to add that, of course, you'll have to have a pretty high HV supply - maybe on the order of 550 to 600 volts? I will also say that when I built mine I used all Electraprint iron, and even so I found the sound to be a bit dark. I finally converted it to a regular SE amp - using EL34 in triode mode. Sounds better to me, but YMMV.
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Old 25th August 2004, 06:59 AM   #4
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hmm... the way it looks, i might just drop the idea of a DRD.

are there any reputable KT88/5881 SE amps that i can use as reference material?
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Old 25th August 2004, 07:36 AM   #5
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have a look at this site

http://www.megahertzaudio.it/IT-sche...20musicale.htm

http://www.megahertzaudio.it/IT-sche...204%20EL34.htm
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Old 25th August 2004, 11:10 AM   #6
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thanks for the links. i`ve seen them before and decided against them because i don`t quite like the EL34.

any others?
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Old 25th August 2004, 09:15 PM   #7
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Don't be too hasty to abandon the DRD. I think there is lots of potential in any design that has no caps in the signal path (well, I guess the one from the OPT to the cathode of the output tube is one). It may be that I din't have the patience to tweek operating points fully. And if you've done the DRD you can always convert it to a more conventional SE by cap coupling, changing the output cathode resistor and you can still use the choke to load the driver stage.
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Old 26th August 2004, 06:14 AM   #8
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hm.. thats true... could you share you schematics?
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Old 26th August 2004, 08:56 AM   #9
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have a look on this site, there are a lot of schematics

http://www.audiodesignguide.com/my/se.html
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Old 26th August 2004, 09:10 AM   #10
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