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Old 1st September 2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default ECL80-Amp from Andreas Kirschner

I just stumbled across this little ECL80 amp, it looks fun to build for a first project.

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However the output power seems extremely low to me, as the transformer he is using only has an input impedance of 400 ohms!
Here is the transformer datasheet.
Now I happen to have two of those transformers just sitting here on my desk collecting dust, so I might as well use them as I can buy ECL80's for 2,25 a piece but I hope it has enough power to drive more than just a pair of headphones.

Any comments?
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Old 1st September 2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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100V transformers usually don't have a gap in the core, which is needed to handle DC anode current in SE designs. Besides their frequency response usually doesn't meet HI-FI standards.

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Old 1st September 2005, 08:26 PM   #3
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Although I didn't measure the frequency response of these transformers, they do not sound bad at all when connected to a normal SS amp.
I think they should be able to handle at least 2 watts which comes down to about 60-65 mA, DC resistance is 485 ohms on the primary.

According to the datasheet, the pentode section of the ECL80 can only handle 17,5 mA but with a 400 ohm transformer that's only 60 mW or so?
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