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EF184 in triode for phono stage input?

For me, the challenge was to design a circuit without semiconductors and I didn't fancy using mercury vapor rectifiers or accumulators, so I more or less automatically ended up with AC heater supply. It worked just fine, although it did limit the choices for what tubes and topologies to use.

RIAA conformity, as mentioned in post #69:
+0.1 dB/-0.2 dB at 1 Mohm load, +0 dB/-0.3 dB at 10 kohm load, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, measured values of the worst of two channels

Distortion at 1 V RMS output level:
100 Hz, 47.6 kohm load: << 0.16 %
400 Hz, 47.6 kohm load: 0.045 %
400 Hz, 8.26 kohm load: 0.062 %
1 kHz, 8.26 kohm load: 0.05 %
10 kHz, 8.26 kohm load: 0.12 %

The gain at 1 kHz is about 42 dB.
What is the source/evidence for all European ECC83's having bifilar heaters?

In this 1966 article in Wireless World (see page 240) the author writes that the ECC83 has a normal heater, as opposed to the bifilar type of the EF86: http://www.keith-snook.info/wireless-world-magazine/Wireless-World-1966/A.F.%20Amplification%20with%20the%20Cascode.pdf

On this forum DF96 wrote that the genuine ECC83 did have a helical heater like the EF86 but that's about the only other clue I can find for all European ECC83's having a bifilar heater: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/instruments-and-amps/249553-tube-heater-wiring-options-3.html#post3973618
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Even less Cga can be seen in the PC88, which is the PC86's succedessor in the 1st stage of European UHF frontends.

Thanks for the info, but when I look in the Philips data sheet for PC88 I see a Cga specification of 1.2pF (without external screening). For comparison, PC97 Cga is stated to be 0.52pF.

PC88 data sheet:


2005-02-19 1:46 pm
Just fo info
I used the E88C Siemens gold pin, nib/nos in Srpp to drive a s.e. with KT150
This is the freq answer of the input circuit; good resuslts.

The gain is around 42 dB with 0,2 % of THD



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The PC86 and PC88 were designed for use in grounded grid circuits. Because of that Cag is less important than in triodes like the PC97 and the PC900, which were designed for use in common cathode circuits.

The first stage of a phono preamp is just about always going to use a triode (or a pentode) in some form of a common cathode arrangement. If a triode, and if the preamp is to be used with a MM cartridge, then input capacitance will be an important characteristic. That is why the PC97 and PC900 look attractive, since they both have Cga of </= 0.52pF.

If one assumes an additional 1pF stray capacitance, then Cga = 1.5pF, Cgk = 4pF, and gain = 50X, then

4pF + 1.5pF(50 + 1) = 79pF

If using a PC88 instead, Cga = 1.2pF, and adding 1pF for strays, and gain = ca. 45X,

4pF + 2.2pF(45 + 1) = 105pF

That's pretty good, almost exactly the same as a 6DJ8/ECC88 would give you, but with approximately double the gain.

So yes, PC88 looks like a contender too.