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Old 22nd August 2020, 04:03 PM   #1711
Susan_Parker is offline Susan_Parker  United Kingdom
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Default Transformer coupled Sub-Bass...

This is a very short movie clip of my transformer coupled Sub-Bass speaker in action, it really is running this slowly it is not a video-effects speed-change.

The Driver is a Vibe SPACE 15D4, 15 inch (ca. 38 cm) 3600 Watt Subwoofer.
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Old 23rd August 2020, 02:37 AM   #1712
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Hi Tony,

I made up a dual stage LC filter for a 48V SMPS which did the job.
As the switching frequency is high compared to the mains it is much easier to smooth things out and one can hand wind one's own chokes to optimise them.
However, there can still be near-field pickup from the PSU itself which makes sorting out what is real and what happens to be seen by the scope to be "interesting".

I am using an external +24V brick type psu for one of my preamps, the one that drives the centre speaker in our 5.1 setup which is SE. Seems to be working fine.
thank you....
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Old 23rd August 2020, 11:09 AM   #1713
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Hi Joao,

I use industrial rated electrolytic capacitors, with the best working lifetime I can afford.

When the power-supply is in standby, the main electrolytic is not powered; just a small capacitor to keep a DC voltage after the rectifier.

The power into the electrolytic is current limited to a maximum of 10A peak and half that for turn-on, so there is not the normal turn-on surge which is the main thing that gets the bigger old electrolytics. The cap takes a second or two to power up to full rail.

The power-supply circuit is more complicated than the amplifier itself.

That's what I expected Looking / comparing the datasheets from the "audio grade" caps with industrial grade could be astonishing for many diy builders (lifetime, temperature, ripple current etc.)
Can you explain the sonic benefits of your circuit to normal follower circuits (tube, solid state).... my experience on the common circuits are sonical not the my "cup of tea" but maybe your findings look interesting to me.
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Old 6th September 2020, 01:03 PM   #1714
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Someone has STW34NB20?
Or Other Susan suggested for the project?
Matched would be better.
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Old 28th November 2020, 09:01 PM   #1715
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After a lot of time spent looking for 'unobtaineum' - and any pspice models for them - I found what appears to be an upgraded IRFP250

Available from RS Components - one of the cheapest of this series

IRFP250MPBF - RDS on 0.075 ohm, Crss 83p , 17 S , Vth 3v

STW34NB20 - RDS on 0.075 ohm, Crss 90p , 17 S , Vth 4v

vs

IRFP250 - RDS on 0.085 ohm , Crss 240p, 12 S


Which is what I'm going to roll with . Somewhere in this long thread is a discussion of the improvement in THD due to the lower Crss of the STW34NB20 , and given the lower Vth and low cost , I'm going to roll with this one .

Hope this helps someone ..

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Old 28th November 2020, 09:41 PM   #1716
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Awesome; the IRFP250MPBF do indeed look like a good match
Thanks for the post, appreciated.
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Old 29th November 2020, 01:06 AM   #1717
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The power-supply circuit is more complicated than the amplifier itself.
Admitted. Good amp, smart supply. A good reference!
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Old 29th November 2020, 03:27 PM   #1718
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Default My tube/bipolar hybrid line-driver is finished!!!

The 19 2U front-panel for my tube/bipolar hybrid line-driver has finally come back into stock with Farnell, so I have finally been able to finish this preamp project.
I also made some feet (white ABS).
Using my HP8903B with a 1kHz test tone, THD is 0.018% with a 500mV input and 1.2V output into 600 ohms.
( For comparison the HP8903B loopback distortion measures 0.0044% )
FFT shows input at -10db, and 3rd harmonic at -90db.
Total current at a nominal 24 volts is 0.68 amps.
N.B. I made a nice little DC/DC converter to give a 120 to 200 volt anode supply for the tubes, but that proved not to be needed as the 7N7 vacuum-tubes are running with the 24 volt supply for their anode B+ volts.

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Old 29th November 2020, 11:47 PM   #1719
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Just to avoid sweeping through 1700 posts, but what's the final circuit look like? Curiosity.
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Old 30th November 2020, 09:33 AM   #1720
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Default Schematics PNG and PDF

Hi MarsBravo,
The current schematic in PNG and a PDF version with suggested transformer sets.
The hybrid line-driver replaces the DMOS MOSFET with a triode/bipolar follower.
In the current prototype as just posted the line-driver (left side of schematic) is push-pull not single-ended.

Last edited by Susan_Parker; 30th November 2020 at 09:43 AM. Reason: Make more sense... hopefully.
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