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Aikido headphone amplifier

Posted 11th June 2017 at 04:16 AM by alexcp

I built a headphone amplifier using John Broskie's Aikido All-in-One PCB with Tube Rectifier. The PCB is well made and easy to build, and I am satisfied with how it sounds.

One comment is that R9, R10, and R13 (see the attached schematic) affect the distortion introduced by the circuit. By changing R13, I was able to cut the distortion by as much as 90%, from 0.2% @1kHz 1Vrms output down to 0.02%. My optimum was R13=90ohm with B+ at 310V (using the recommended Hammond 270EX power transformer) and all other values as in the attached schematic.
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