LM1876 in parallel board measurements - 40W into 4 ohm and 30W into 8 ohm

Hi all,

I was curious what is this LM1876 dual amp chip is and what kind of performance can I get out of it if I put two built in channels in parallel.
I was surprised to find out that it has way less distortion comparing to the LM1875.
And upon comparing schematics from the datasheet it was clear that both are not the same.
LM1876 is rather similar to the famous LM3886, just lower power version.
Also, 3rd harmonics being predominant over 2nd indicates that there is some level of crossover distortion - although it is below of threshold of hearing.
Overall it is s great affordable chip with very low THD for mid to low power applications.


Power supply
27.7V at idle

Gain: 25.74dB
SNR: 98.78dB
Sensitivity: 0.660mV

PSU: 26.5V under the load
15.7Vrms max output
30W into 8 ohms
THD+N: 0.0021% or -93.66dB at 1kHz
THD+N: 0.0049% or -86.09dB at 10kHz
Heatsink barely got hot.

PSU: 25.8V under the load
13 Vrms max output
42W into 4 ohms
THD+N: 0.0026% or -91.7dB at 1kHz
THD+N: 0.0114% or -78.8dB at 10kHz
Heatsink got warm.

4ohm 5W output
THD+N: 0.0023% or -92.94dB at 1kHz

Listening tests:
Wow!!! It sounds so good! Exactly like LM3886.
At lower volumes.
Clear mids. Really pleasant to listen to.
Bass is goooood!!! Although not as powerful.
Once I turned it up - lacks dynamics, just a little.
Maybe because of lower sensitivity ELAC speakers that I used.
It got impressively loud though.
Even with ELACs.
I'm impressed. I would say it performs 75% of LM3886.
Overall great little chip for the money, especially that LM3886 is nowhere to find.


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