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jarthel 29th March 2007 05:24 AM

is this the correct way of adding a volume control?
Here is a an aikido circuit used as a headphone amp:

Problem with the circuit is that volume control is missing. A requirement for a headphone amp.

I'm just wondering if this is the right way of connecting a pot to the circuit above:

thank you for the help

ray_moth 29th March 2007 07:50 AM

Looks OK to me. 100k (audio taper) should be a fine choice.

I also like the way you're planning to retain the 1Meg resistor R1. This will help prevent nasty noises in case the volume control wiper is not a perfect contact to the track. The only thing you might need to add is a coupling cap at the input, but only if the signal source has any DC bias on it.

jarthel 30th March 2007 12:12 AM

how do I know if the input has DC bias?

thanks again :)

Audio_idiot 30th March 2007 12:44 AM

Original post by jarthel

how do I know if the input has DC bias?
Since ther is no reply to this question, I will try to contribue my 2 cents worth. ;)

What I will do is to measure the signal's DC voltage across the signal to ground with a multimeter. It's fine if it fall around +/-40mV. (smaller the better.)

But you don't have to worry too much, this DC Voltage is normally very small, and at worst shift the bias of the front stage by a volt or 2, I recon the 2 triodes in your Aikido's front stage will try to balance the effect off by themselfs. and since there is an output coupling cap, this DC signal will not get through to your headphone and ruin it.

I'm still a student in this, so, I hope its the correct.


ray_moth 30th March 2007 09:32 AM

As you say, a little DC may not be especially bad as far as the IP tubes are concerned. However, if there is any DC, even if it's not enough to upset the input tubes, will cause the volume control to have a noisy travel. Better to use an input cap only if necessary.

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