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DIY audio amp with tda8571j
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Old 21st September 2013, 06:08 PM   #1
drobbins329 is offline drobbins329  United States
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Question DIY audio amp with tda8571j

I have a pretty good base in electronics, well I used to. I have gotten pretty rusty. Anyways, I am looking to build a home audio amp using the tda86571j quad amp chip from NXP. I have the chip, and the datasheet. But I am having trouble trying to figure out the supporting hardware needed, and how to bridge the circuit from 4 channel to 2 channel. The datasheet says its possible, but I'm not sure how.

What i would like to accomplish:
A simple 2 channel audio amp with a line in for mp3 players. Maybe a digital volume control. I have the speakers, amp chip, and power supply.

I am hoping to build this with parts from my junk bin. Cash is short, so I cant just go out and purchase an ots (off the shelf) version.
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Old 21st September 2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Well , the datasheet shows a typical application that only uses about 6 extra components so it should be pretty easy to figure out , there is even a PCB layout in the datasheet for this chip .....

As for bridging the 4 channels into 2 , I don't really think it is possible , The chip it"s self actually has 8 amplifiers in it that are already bridged to get 4 outputs so they can"t be bridged again for a 2 channel output , though you might be able to parallel the + outputs of 2 channels and the - outputs of 2 channels to get a 2 channel output but would need to add a low value(0.22R) but closely matched resistor to each output leg ....

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Old 21st September 2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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I saw the circuits supplied in the datasheet. I thought there should be more involved in an audio amp. So, I can insert power supply and audio in, and call it done? Other than a heatsink. Is it safe for the amp to ignore two of the channels?
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Old 21st September 2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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Yes you can ignore the other 2 channels if you wish though you should short the inputs of the 2 unused channels to ground ....

Most of the circuitry is inside the chip , like the feedback network that would normally be set with external components with an opamp or power amp is already built into the chip .....
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Old 21st September 2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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Explains why the parts count is so low. Any suggestions for volume control? Is the 4 vcc inputs tied to the 4 channels? Should I power all of them? or only the ones being used?
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Old 21st September 2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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a 10k audio pot should work
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Old 22nd September 2013, 03:12 AM   #7
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Safest to connect all the VCC pins to begin with. If you were really worried about quiescent current then you could experiment with disconnecting the ones you didn't need.
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Old 22nd September 2013, 02:53 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the help/info. We will see how I fare. If its worthwhile, I may post the completed project here for "peer review."
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