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ggetzoff 10th June 2021 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by MEPER (
I could probably find a serial combination that works.
Would be difficult to make it so it also looks good.
I hope a new trimmer solves it which should arrive next week.

I would try the fixed resistor approach while you wait if you can get the value right.

MEPER 11th June 2021 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by Zen Mod (
passive pre is important reference

good quality preamp must have same amount of details, but also bringing improved dynamics

if both of these aren't there, preamp eeznoogood

With the relative low gain of VFET amp it is possible to just connect DAC out directly to VFET amp just for a reference test (it will be quite loud then). VFET amp is as easy to drive as preamp. Then pure VFET sound can be evaluated.

An Edcor with multiple outputs could be fun and just have a selector as Vol. control.....

The output noise from VFET itself is very low. A preamp will always add some noise......

MEPER 11th June 2021 06:24 AM


Originally Posted by ggetzoff (
I would try the fixed resistor approach while you wait if you can get the value right.

New trimmers arrived and a new one installed and problem solved. No problems since then.

MEPER 14th June 2021 08:27 PM

I can now say that "noise" is back in right channel!
So trimmer was not the issue.

If we say it is flicker-noise in VFET. I know noise is random but can such noise suddenly stop for some seconds / minutes and then come back and change in intensity. Sometimes audible also in mid-range speaker?

But only with ear close to speaker units.

I will check with oscilloscope to see if it is possible to see anything but my scope may not be sensitive enough.

Soundhappy 14th June 2021 08:47 PM

..noise is back :scratch2: Please Meper don't give up,
this thread is more interesting now :D Best regards

MEPER 14th June 2021 09:16 PM

What I see on scope on both channels is that ground noise looks the same. I measure at 1mV/div with X1 probe. Probe probably picks up also from environment as I see 2mV pp high frequency noise.....or so.

Difference is that L-channel.....the horizontal midline is of signal is stable while R-channel the signal jumps up and down (very random).....lets us say.....1-2 mV and this fits with the "clicking" or "poping" noise I hear with ear close to units.

MEPER 15th June 2021 07:46 PM

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I have tried to make a small MP4 video showing the difference between my L and R channel. The "ground noise" is the same but the low frequency jumping up and down of the signal you see is the difference. These jumping up and down is heard as the "cracks" or "pops" with ear close to tweeter and it is also audible in mid-range. Something I have never been used to hear.

Measurements are with shorted input and sensitivity is 1mv/div. So "jumps" are about 1mV which is audible in 94 dB speakers. 3-4 mV RMS noise is audible at listening position 3m away.

Next component to change is as far as I remember the optocoupler. But could a bad one cause this kind of noise?

Is it the VFET itself that does this?

If I measure on L-channel the jumping up and down is a least 10 times less.

MEPER 15th June 2021 07:52 PM

I can add that something we hit a "storm" and then the "jumps" are 3-4 mV and signal almost jumps out at screen. And then suddenly it is almost silent......
It is not a bad connection.....this has been checked and solder joints re-flowed I don't want to discuss bad connections :-) .....only if is it inside a device. Have also verified that it is not the FE-board.....

Zen Mod 15th June 2021 07:57 PM

just chill

move your head from speakers, sit properly, and listen some music

life is for that

MEPER 15th June 2021 08:08 PM

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In the moment my ears are away from speakers and scope are my "ears". Scope seems to be even more sensitive than my ears......

I slowed down the sweep to 20 ms pr. cm and captured one of the "jumps". Sensitivity is still 1mV/div.

So here you can see a "pop".....or "crack".....

What is the origin of this?

If it is the VFET itself I might "chill" a bit...... :-)

But even if I pretend is it a tube......I can say my 300B amp is more silent than this :-)

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