Snubber question


2006-01-29 10:09 pm
Hello fan's of snubbers :)

When using snubber design on a chipamp, 100-220uF + 0,1uF, is it enough capacitance to use on the pcb itself, or should I ad more capacitance before them on the pcb.

Im designing a board right now and thinking about using 100-220uF + 0,1uF on the pcb before each LM3886, and then use larger cap's in the power section that will be on another pcb. Will it be enough capacitance or should I ad, say 2200-4700uF on the LM-pcb to before the snubbers?

Best regards...


2006-01-29 10:09 pm
Nuuk said:
100-220 uF is not really enough. You can use up to about 2200 uF without the need for snubbers.

The idea of snubbers is to allow larger amounts of capacitance to be used without the 'harmful' affect that can have on the sound quality. So yes, you can have 2200, 4700, or even 10,000 uF providing they are snubbered. ;)

Hi Nuuk and thank you. Im aware of that I need more capacitance than those 100-200uF, but I want to know if i have to put the bigger cap's on the pcb, or if its enough to have them off-board, in the psu-part of the amp.


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2006-01-29 10:09 pm
Well thank you both of you. I will try to put it as close as possible. Hand-solder the 0,1uF directly on the supply pins must be the best solution i think.

Since the positive supply pins on the LM are internaly connected, pin 1 and 5, do you really need to have a trace to both of them, or can I skip pin nr 5 for a easyer layout?
an 100nF X7R soldered to the pins of an LM3886, LM3875, LM4780 is about as useful as t eats on a bull if you don't get the ground side connection close and wide. Elsewise it's just a radiator.

Rolando, Orlando -- now getting seriously OT, but I would highly recommend to anyone reading "The Song of Roland" in the medieval French, I have a copy with a side by side translation into contemporary French bought at FNAC.

and getting even further afield -- Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf.
Be sure to connect pins 1 & 5 on the PCB. The LM3886 has 2 pins because there are more bond wires for higher current capability. There are the same number of bond wires on the -Vee as well but they are configured differently so there is only one pin. Thinking they are connected internally and only connecting one will lead to trouble. The trace is small enough you only need 1 cap close to the pins. I have never used more than one and see no problems.

My thoughts

I like big caps off board, medium caps on board, and small low z on power pins. And a small film rail to rail close to the chip.
Right now that is 10K - 12K close to the rectifiers, bypassed with 0.033 ufd film and 0.1ohm resistors in series. The low value resistor damps ringing, making this a snubber. 220 - 330 ufd low ESR on the board close to the chip. 0.1 ufd film rail to rail. And finally a 22 ufd to each power pin. The 1 and 5 pins are connected via the PCB.
Works GREAT! I think using a real low impedance electro on the power pins is the ticket. Currently have 22 ufd 50 v Panasonic FM in this location. The rails are +/- 36.5 volts, so it limits the caps to 50 volt rated. If I had lower rails, say 30 volt, I would solder in the new Rubycon ZG ultra low impedance caps. They are small (low inductance) and the lowest listed ESR I have seen. Cheap too. But Newark only has them to 35 volts.
The distance between the big electros, medium size, and small value puts resistance and inductance in series to tame any ringing. The big caps will supply the current to the LM3886 when needed.
OT Wish CarlosFM was still around. He was always thinking of ways to improve his circuits. And sharing the info.



2007-09-22 10:13 am
Hi, I`m about finishing mi GC with Brians`s boards, and wanna ask which .1 caps are best for snubber? in power supply I use 3300uF Vishay low ESR caps (have 12 but will test how many/much sounds best), caddock and Alan Bradley resitors, in amp board I use caddocks and rikens, and black gate std caps

now, is it worth to buy some "expensive" .1 caps, and is it possible to get some sound improvement, or Vishay Bc is just fine (

i have already ordered lot of these, now I`m making order from partsconnexion and have some extra $$ (wow can`t believe saying "extra":D ), so I would like to order some better .1 caps

need suggestion, no limitations, just ~10$/cap limit:D