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Old 15th September 2021, 05:52 PM   #2191
spryor is offline spryor
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Originally Posted by ItsAllInMyHead View Post
Should work just fine.

I don't see the need for a soft start or the caps, assuming you're using reasonably-sized toroids.
Thanks, IAIMH. I'm using the Antek AS-0520s toroids - 50VA/20V. I figured it probably wouldn't make logical sense for the soft start and safety caps to be required for dual mono but not a single PSU. But, since "rudimentary" would be an overly generous description of my understanding of how all these circuits work, I greatly appreciate you confirming that I'm on the right track!
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Old 16th September 2021, 10:08 AM   #2192
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Hello spryor,

I have added a pic when I was playing around with the BA-3 FE as a preamp a few years ago (in 2018).
I used groundloopbreakers (CL-60 thermistors) . No CL-60 as inrush current limiter with those small toroids.

On the pic one test is shown (on the wooden test board): dual mono, one small toroid per channel and a symmetrical cap-bank per channel. I've got around + - 28.8 V on the rails. You can easily go up to +-32 V-rails.

I was also playing with different JFets (complementaries), outputcaps....
Later I build a seperated dual mono - PSU with toroids - CLC-filter - voltage-regulators. This BA-3-preamp is still running/sounding very nice! A lot of gain... Have fun building this great sounding preamp!

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Old Yesterday, 03:21 PM   #2193
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Thanks so much, Dirk! It's super helpful to see other builds, so thanks for the pic and insight into your BA-3 FE dual mono configuration. I'll report back once I get mine wired up and (hopefully) running smoothly.
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Old Yesterday, 08:16 PM   #2194
amandarae is offline amandarae  Philippines
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Originally Posted by BRN View Post
I just need to post that the BA-3 has become my main preamp. It sounds so good with my F2J and Blumenstein Orca full range speakers is so enjoyable to listen to. With my phono as source it sound it is out of this world. My DAC is okay, but the difference between the 2 sources is easily distinguishable.

Bottom line, I was not expecting the difference between my other preamp, that uses tubes, and BA-3 to be that great.
Me too!

I have Type 26, Type 01A, ACP +, and Wayne BA2018 in semi-retirement. I have not put my BA3-FE in a case yet up to now because I am too lazy and it sound amazing as is (of course, you need to find the H2 and H3 balance to your liking first)! Un-believable dollar to performance ratio of investment this piece! I think all audio preamp should have H2 and H3 adjustment as a standard feature
The power supply of my power supply is my FRIEND!
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