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Very high output level!

Matthewong

Member
2005-06-09 5:10 pm
KL
I've a problem regarding to my new pre-amp. My pre-amp is using 2 6072 EH tubes and the problem is how can I lower the output level? The output sound is very high, I just can only turn the volume control to around 8 o'clock and the output sound is already very high. I hope that you guys and help ,e to solve this problem. Thanks
 

ray_moth

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2004-01-27 8:55 am
Jakarta
A question to ask is, for what main amp sensitivity was your preamp intended? Is it compatible with your amp? If, for example, you have a Leak or Mullard-designed main amp, then the chances are that the output signal of most preamps would be much too high.
 

Matthewong

Member
2005-06-09 5:10 pm
KL
Below is the schematic. I've using a lot of power amp, from AMC to Audioloab to audio research, all the same, very high output level. I hope that you can help me to solve this problem. Thanks
 

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SY

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2002-10-24 10:19 pm
Chicagoland
www.SYclotron.com
There's an inverting gain stage as a line amp. I can't read the numbers on the schematic too well, but it looks like you've got a cathode resistance of roughly 1K. 125K on the plate. With a plate resistance of 25K and a mu of 44, the effective plate resistance is about 70K. So the gain will be something like 27-30. That's about 29dB, a lot of gain.

You can go two routes: easy and non-optimal, or hard but optimal. The former way, just pad down the input. The latter, redesign the stage for much less gain, a non-trivial project.
 
SY said:
Nope, it's not that simple. If you do that, the DC conditions for the CF will be unsatisfactory. Conceptually, it's a fine idea, but implementing it will involve putting a DC bias string and a coupling cap at the input of the CF. That's not horribly difficult, but it will take some design effort to do it right.


Why not just change the value of the cathode resistor?
No cap needed on the grid.
 

SY

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2002-10-24 10:19 pm
Chicagoland
www.SYclotron.com
That's exactly the sort of thing that has given cathode followers a bad reputation. Drop that resistor and the distortion goes sky high. The drive capability goes away, too.

To do a proper cathode follower, you need some room under that cathode. Big resistor with a lot of drop or a current source with sufficient compliance. That means cap coupling and biasing up the grid or putting in a negative rail and running a resistor or current source to it.

Nontrivial.