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Help in choosing a potentiometer as a "Passive preamplifier"
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Old 12th February 2018, 08:17 AM   #101
Mixi is offline Mixi  Europe
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i'm returning to this topic after doing some reading of "The Art of Electronics" (Horowitz / Hill, 3rd Ed.). Earlier in this thread it was mentioned that a lower resistance pot puts more "load on the source". I never quite understood what exactly that was supposed to mean. Now I stumbled upon this sentence in the book mentioned above:

Signal sources (e.g., oscillators, amplifiers, and sensing de- vices) all have an equivalent internal resistance. Attaching a load whose resistance is less than or even comparable to the internal resistance will reduce the output considerably. This undesirable reduction of the open-circuit voltage (or signal) by the load is called “circuit loading.” Therefore you should strive to make Rload ≫Rinternal , be- cause a high-resistance load has little attenuating effect on the source

Is that explaining what "load on the source means"? It seems to make sense to me :-)

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Old 12th February 2018, 03:06 PM   #102
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Is that explaining what "load on the source means"? It seems to make sense to me :-)
Yes, and distortion will usually increase with heavy loading, as well.

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Old 18th August 2018, 03:56 AM   #103
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Just do away with the potentiometer and its problem and use Discrete well matched high quality resistors for the voltage divider, digitally controlled. Like This:
Click the image to open in full size. Home > Forums > Source & Line > Analog Line Level Click the image to open in full size. Preamp Control -Volume,input,mute, remote
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Old 18th August 2018, 01:36 PM   #104
DF96 is online now DF96  England
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This thread is about choosing a pot, not choosing something else.
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Old 2nd September 2018, 07:58 AM   #105
Chris Daly is offline Chris Daly  Australia
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This thread is about choosing a pot, not choosing something else.
Indeed, but that does not have to confine the pot, to its traditional fairly mundane use.

Is the ethos of the forum is to discover new things ? or to continually repeat the past.

In this case just celebrating variations of patent 1357773 Rheostat ,or drawings made by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1843

Choosing a pot should as I see it equally have the ability, to encompass designs which enable the pot away from just processing audio signals - whilst acknowledging a pot is being chosen for duty somewhere in that circuit as part of a passive preamplifier.
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Old 2nd September 2018, 09:43 AM   #106
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lower resistance pot puts more "load on the source". I never quite understood what exactly that was supposed to mean.


have you read post 1 of this thread?
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