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 1st June 2019, 07:27 PM #21 dreamth   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Nov 2010 If i really understand this mathematics , you push to distort a very low distortion circuit, drive with its distortioned signal another distortionless circuit and you think that if you ran a global feedback from the output of the second amp to the input of the first amp , you have the sum of both distortion figures, am i right?
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 Originally Posted by scott wurcer Since a square wave does not have 0dB harmonic distortion you are clearly using another definition of THD.
I'm not sure what you mean, there was no square wave, just a sine wave. I simply adjusted the gain of the amp until the distortion peaks hit the 0db point so I had a 0db reference to compare the EC to.

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 Originally Posted by jan.didden What is your dB reference? dBr? dBV? referred to what?
I used DBV. As I said above my reference for 0db was to make sure that the peaks of the measured harmonics were hitting 0db so I could track that point downward from 0db when the EC was applied. I used a variety of voltage levels to refer to measurement to. It was not constant. Before I got the distortion magnifier I just turned the gain dial up on the oscillator until I saw distortion.

The only time I saw distortion without the distortion magnifier was if I was literally melting the solder on the board. My main problem in general has simply been the fact that I haven't been able to see any distortion at all for long time when using this circuit without using low performance subcircuits.

Typically speaking though my initial voltage preference is between 5-10v p-p because that is what my reference headphone use when playing loudly so I like to know what the distortion into my headphones are. Other than that I use a 4 or 8 ohm power resistor as a load.

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 Originally Posted by jan.didden and it is definitely NOT true that there are lots of power amps that do that, not even the Benchmark.
I'm pretty sure benchmark posted better numbers and I've seen similar numbers around here and there. In any case it's fairly easy to do with lower power amps.

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 Maybe review the paper from the man who lead his name to this thread, he managed -180dB. Try to duplicate that as a start. All that can be done without disclosing your circuit.
I'll try that. So what happens after that? What do I gain? Also is there a way to read that paper without paying \$50?

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 Originally Posted by jan.didden A 4-sentence post on diyaudio won't make you rich. Not trying to discourage you, but getting famous is hard work ;-) Jan
I really super don't care about being famous. I just want to not make a miserable wage in crappy place.

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 If i really understand this mathematics , you push to distort a very low distortion circuit, drive with its distortioned signal another distortionless circuit and you think that if you ran a global feedback from the output of the second amp to the input of the first amp , you have the sum of both distortion figures, am i right?
No, if I understand you correctly. I don't really know how to explain it simpler than I have though.

Last edited by hellokitty123; 1st June 2019 at 08:04 PM.

 1st June 2019, 08:05 PM #23 chris719   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jun 2004 Location: Connecticut Find us measurements of any commercially available power amplifier doing -150 dB THD. The Benchmark AHB2 is rated at -119 (not even THD+N) on their spec sheet.
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 Originally Posted by hellokitty123 I'm not sure what you mean, there was no square wave, just a sine wave. I simply adjusted the gain of the amp until the distortion peaks hit the 0db point so I had a 0db reference to compare the EC to. I used DBV. As I said above my reference for 0db was to make sure that the peaks of the measured harmonics were hitting 0db so I could track that point downward from 0db when the EC was applied. I used a variety of voltage levels to refer to measurement to. It was not constant. Before I got the distortion magnifier I just turned the gain dial up on the oscillator until I saw distortion.
I think Scott, Jan and others are trying to figure out what you mean by -x dB distortion. Normally that would mean that the RMS level of all higher harmonics together is x dB softer than the fundamental, but then a signal with 0 dB distortion would have far less resemblance to a sine wave than a square wave, so your claim that your 0 dB-distorted reference still looks like a sine wave doesn't make sense. So apparently you mean something else.

 1st June 2019, 08:39 PM #25 hellokitty123   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Dec 2017 Location: Connecticut Hmmmm. Well I just made the sure the highest peaks of the harmonics were touching the 0db point or at least very close so I had a reference to compare to. I followed the peaks after applying the EC. The entire distortion spectra looked identical, just downshifted after applying the EC. There was definitely not a square wave on the scope though. It's possible I was too zoomed in on the top of wave to notice, I was more concerned with not hitting the clipping point. I'll redo the tests once I set up the bench and find some time.
 1st June 2019, 09:20 PM #26 jan.didden   diyAudio Member     Join Date: May 2002 Location: Westende Resort, BE coast dB is a ratio, there is no '0dB point'. There's only '0dB referred to x'. What is the x level? Can you make a drawing? Jan __________________ Cable: a potential source of trouble interconnecting two other potential sources of trouble - Erik Margan Linear Audio pubs and articles . The SilentSwitcher now at diyaudio store SilentSwitcher. Keeping in touch with SY.
 1st June 2019, 09:29 PM #27 hellokitty123   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Dec 2017 Location: Connecticut I'll try to post a screenshot of what I mean. Trying to remember how to hook up the distortion analyzer at the moment haha. Having used it for a while.
 1st June 2019, 11:07 PM #28 hellokitty123   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Dec 2017 Location: Connecticut It seems that I somehow killed my 20vac wallwart in the last 9 months so I need to order another one before I can use the distortion magnifier again. I threw together a quick example circuit using the LT1364 as a main amplifier. I had it drive 12.9v p-p into 100 ohms. For some reason I can't replicate a 0db harmonic in this set-up. Maybe my memory is fuzzy because I did these tests almost a year ago but I'm sure I got down to at least -5db without clipping. Anyway this is what I have now The red overlay is the overdriven lt1364 and the green overlay is with the EC applied. Another example showing a similar config with a lesser performing version of the EC to show that the harmonics are almost identical but downshifted This is just an absolute bare minimum set-up. The problem arises when I make a serious set-up out of it and I can't see the distortion without resorting to trickery. Last edited by hellokitty123; 1st June 2019 at 11:22 PM.
 1st June 2019, 11:30 PM #29 thaumaturge   diyAudio Member     Join Date: Aug 2011 Location: Utah Not possible. I'd put the noise floor on an exceptionally superb amp, measured in z real RF screen room at maybe -140 dbm. 100 W is +50dbm. If amp was perfect, that would net -190 dbr S/N. Your measurement puts you 100db past that. Might say I'm dubious. Doc __________________ Now teaching old dogma to new hicks!
 1st June 2019, 11:48 PM #30 hellokitty123   diyAudio Member   Join Date: Dec 2017 Location: Connecticut Thaumaturge, I'd recommend reading the previous posts that will address your point. Mod kind of clipped this from another thread into its own thread suddenly because it was off topic. I wasn't really wanting to make a big thread out of it but since we are here now I might as well see where it leads. I could benefit from having more experienced people helping me pick this thing apart. Last edited by hellokitty123; 2nd June 2019 at 12:02 AM.

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