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Output impedance

overdrajv

Member
2007-12-19 11:56 am
output impendance

I have an ultralinear amp running from four EL34 with 8 and 16 impedance selectors and an 8 Ohm speaker. A technician cut off the cathodes from two tubes and told me that now the trafo sees same impendance as before, becouse the anodes are still wired from all four tubes, but the current is running only trough two of them.

How is it possible that the impendance is as before and the current changed?

Thanks,
Miha
 
Re: output impendance

overdrajv said:
I have an ultralinear amp running from four EL34 with 8 and 16 impedance selectors and an 8 Ohm speaker. A technician cut off the cathodes from two tubes and told me that now the trafo sees same impendance as before, becouse the anodes are still wired from all four tubes, but the current is running only trough two of them.

How is it possible that the impendance is as before and the current changed?

Thanks,
Miha

It's not. Find yourself another tech, that one is putting one over on you.

Remove two tubes and you have the same voltage, but half the current, so the load impedance doubles. Also, if two VTs are out, they don't have any rp, so that impedance doubles as well. Now the big question is: why did he cut out those two tubes in the first place?
 
Re: output impendance

overdrajv said:
A technician cut off the cathodes from two tubes and told me that now the trafo sees same impendance as before, becouse the anodes are still wired from all four tubes, but the current is running only trough two of them.



WHAT??

This technician was a technician repairing soccer goal-posts, or what?
 

overdrajv

Member
2007-12-19 11:56 am
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ilimzn said:


Your technician has no idea what he is doing.
What does it mean, quiet it down? Less volume?

Yes. I'm using it for the guitar and i get the most desireable tone near the max output. Even though the impendances obviously don't match, the sound is better than before (it's softer, there are less highs).

Anyway, it is still too loud and I want to wire it in the triode operation by connecting g3 to the plate with 100 Ohm 2 Watt resistor. Do you think this is a good idea? I know that triodes have lower impedances than pentodes (not shure about triode connected pentodes) so the difference in impendance should be less than before (I'm driving an 8 Ohm load and the trafo wants to see 16 Ohm).

Pozdrav! :)
 
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: output impendance

overdrajv said:
Anyway, it is still too loud and I want to wire it in the triode operation by connecting g3 to the plate with 100 Ohm 2 Watt resistor. Do you think this is a good idea? I know that triodes have lower impedances than pentodes (not shure about triode connected pentodes) so the difference in impendance should be less than before (I'm driving an 8 Ohm load and the trafo wants to see 16 Ohm).

If you convert to triode operation, you will cause a reduction in both the Zo and the Zl. They'll be operating into a higher impedance, which means less power, and less distortion. As to what that does to the sound, who knows? As for getting a different sound from these PPP types, pulling one set of finals is commonly done.

If the whole problem is too loud for close quarters, instead of doing all sorts of electronic surgery that may not have good results, why not add an attenuator between the amp and speaker? Lots of axemen use these for just that purpose. They even have a trade name: Power Soak, or something like that.