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Ideas for a bluetooth controlled preamp / headphone amp combo (PGA2311)
Ideas for a bluetooth controlled preamp / headphone amp combo (PGA2311)
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Old 23rd August 2019, 07:02 PM   #11
dsteinman is offline dsteinman  Canada
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Despite its hideous appearance my breadboard design actually works! And it sounds really good so far. I don't have golden ears, mind you, but I'm just thrilled with the sound and the performance. No obvious hiss or distortion (will do more testing once I have it soldered up and not so dangerous), and the PGA2311 puts out enough power to power my (easy to drive) V-Moda M100's. The Bluetooth control over the PGA is amazingly fast, I was worried I'd have to rate-limit the Serial data but seems like I won't have to. And with the zero crossing pin pulled high I don't hear any clicks or pops when changing volume, even very quickly.

I ended up deciding to add 6 buttons to what will be the front panel (power, mute, and 4 dedicated buttons for source/output selection), and for the back panel I'll have 2 sets of inputs and outputs - one RCA and 3.5mm headset jack in, and one RCA and 3.5mm headset jack outputs. So the 4 source buttons would be Input 1, Input 2, Output 1, and Output 2. I can do all that with just 2 DPDT Omron signal relays. But the breadboard got messy because the NRF52 bluetooth chips is at 3.3V, and nearly everything else is at 5V. So I had to level shift, and use mosfets for nearly everything. I'm going to be adding some more stuff too, like a mute relay, and then try to add that TPA6120 headphone amp as well. I just hope the power supply has enough juice to power the TPA chip well enough.

These are the key parts relating to the PGA2311 that I'm using at the moment:

Power Supply:
Inductor 22uH Bourns 78F220J-RC
Ceramic Capacitor 2.2uF Murata RDER71E104K0K1H03B
Dual Rail +/- 5V Murata NMA0505SC

PGA caps:
Aluminum Capacitor 10uH Nichicon UFW2A100MED1TD
Ceramic Capacitor 0.1uH Vishay BC A104K15X7RF5TAA
and some cheap carbon film 100 ohm series resistors on the inputs and ouputs

Sounds good so far. But I need to now to solder everything up onto permaboards, and do some listening tests and see if I can detect which caps and resistors sound best.
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Old 23rd August 2019, 07:18 PM   #12
dsteinman is offline dsteinman  Canada
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Can anyone suggest some audiophile quality 100ohm resistors to use on my inputs and outputs that won't impact the sound very much? There's over 1000 of them to choose from:

Through Hole Resistors | Resistors | DigiKey

I was thinking these Vishay Dale ones which are reasonably priced:
CMF55100R00FKEB Vishay Dale | Resistors | DigiKey
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