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Old 10th October 2017, 03:03 PM   #5681
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Doesn't matter. If ldrs are well matched you will keep channel balance. What changes is the volume curve which might or might not be perfect even if both were exactly 100k.
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Old 10th October 2017, 04:54 PM   #5682
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Old 10th October 2017, 08:42 PM   #5683
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Channel accuracy of the Dual 100kohm log pot is not important, what is important is that you use a 100kohm log dual pot and it is wired as per the circuit diagram.

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Old 10th October 2017, 08:43 PM   #5684
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Thank you, guys.
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Old 13th June 2018, 01:07 AM   #5685
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Just received my 32SR2(Sorted) delivery yesterday and did a quick match within +/- 0.5 ohm at 2mA. Unfortunately my el-cheapo diode tester doesn't go any lower than that. Of the 25 received I got three quads, two triples, three pairs and one oddball. They were all of the same batch (A) and all were close to 40 ohms at 2mA so should be well below that at 20mA.

GeorgeHiFi, thank you for this. I started to design a passive preamp years ago and gave up due to the rubbish parts available. I can finally dig that chassis out and fill it with goodies. I'll probably use a 78L05 since it will handle 100mA easily and I don't plan to add anything else to it.

One thought: it may be possible to cancel much of the temperature drift by using a thermistor instead of the 100 ohm resistors. I didn't read the whole thread - hey life's too short! - but in scanning every 10th post or so I didn't see anyone mention that possibility. Then again the value is too small, isn't it.
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Old 28th January 2019, 10:59 AM   #5686
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haiqu let us know how it sounds when you finished.
And temperature drift isn't an issue, if you don't have the transformer in the same chassis, you'll be OK.

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Old 28th January 2019, 06:52 PM   #5687
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I think the most important thing the lightspeed accomplishes is that it still maintains lots of detail, energy and vibrancy even at very low volume levels which is not possible with traditional ways.

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Old 28th January 2019, 07:24 PM   #5688
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I think the most important thing the lightspeed accomplishes is that it still maintains lots of detail, energy and vibrancy even at very low volume levels which is not possible with traditional ways.
Yes it keeps the body to the music, unlike others than seem to go thin in the mids when turned down.
It "may" have something to do with the the small amount of 2HD Cadmium Sulphide cells have, a bit like tubes.
Or because there's "no contacts in the signal path" (wiper of volume controls or input switches).
Or it's a combination of both, a little 2HD and no contacts in the signal path.

Something to think about:
The volume potentiomer is the most questionable/unreliable part in any preamp, they all sound different, even though they are the same value. They start to deteriorate from the first rotation.
What you have in them is a very light contact metallic wiper on a carbon, or conductive plastic resistance track. EE laws tell you that current passing through two dissimilar materials that are a light touch contact, such as the wiper on the resistance track in a pot, is not a good thing, and that, that point of contact can have a diode effect. (ac music signal with a diode effect in the path? isn't that rectification in a small way?)


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Old 29th January 2019, 11:12 PM   #5689
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Also here something to ponder over, from (I bows me's head) my God!


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Kent English raised his hand: "Why would we want to add distortion?"

Pass smirked. "Because this is entertainment, not dialysis! . . . and I am giving these things away!"

Pass reminded everyone that "The H2 works best with simple material. With complex material, second harmonic may be more of a burden than an asset. When you turn the knob to the left, which is negative-phase second harmonic, the room gets bigger, more atmospheric, you start to see images of musicians. Turn the knob right, you get positive-phase second harmonic, which brings the musicians closer to you: drier but more intimate, more apparent detail. But of course," Pass reminded us, grinning hugely," this is all illusion!"



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Old 31st January 2019, 06:32 PM   #5690
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