Archive for the ‘Other Amplifiers’ Category

Ekras distribution amplifier inside photo

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

This is Korean distribution power amp and record some photos before throw away.

All Jfet Buffer Balance Line Amp

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

This is also Borbely Erno Design Jfet Buffer and I use this to make my pre-amp.  I use two low noise regulator and 4 buffer module to become a full balance pre-amp.  The sound is very good and distortion is also very low.  I have tried to use a transistor second stage but the sound become aggressive and harsh.  Thus all Jfet is my choice!

Jfet buffer Circuit

Jfet regulator Circuit *updated on Dec 23, 2009*

Jfet Buffer PCB Errors *updated on Jan 15, 2010*

FFT jfet buffer xlr log at 2V

FFT jfet buffer xlr log at 10V

Update on Oct 20:  After redo a bit on the wiring of power supply and put a NTC from star ground to the casing, the distortion has improved to below 0.0001% at 10Vrms output balance mode.  Distortion is also very low at 0.0026% at 1Vrms output.  The good thing about this pre-amp is that the higher the output level, the lower distortion it will be.

Some FFT measurement after improvement:

FFT jfet buffer xlr at 1V

FFT jfet buffer xlr at 10V

All Jfet Line Amp with NO FEEDBACK

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This is a Borbely Erno design SE all jfet line amp in one of his article.  I have been using this as a pre-amp since 2006 with Pass power amplifiers like Aleph 60,  F4 & F5.  The gain of this pre-amp is quite high and thus it can be used to drive F4 to sufficient loudness.

The distortion level is also very low at around 0.003% at 1V and 0.026% at 4V output at balance mode.  I am only using +28V dc due to transformer only at 25V x 2 AC.

This pre-amp sound very smooth due to no global negative feedback!  But you see the distortion will increase quite fast as the output level increase!

Last update: 20th Sept, 2010: This is the pre-amp that I am still using at this moment as I like the sound of NO Feedback!!

Borbely Erno All JFET SE line amp Details Updated Sept 21, 2010

Wiring diagram

Was completed 2006/9/16, update FFT measurement on Oct 19, 2009.

FFT jfet SE Bal 1V

FFT jfet SE Bal 4V

All Jfet Buffer SE Line Amp

Friday, October 16th, 2009

This preamp is same as the All Jfet Buffer Line Amp except it is only for Single Ended input and output (RCA input/output sockets).  An old Alps volume ( 100K type A) is used at the input instead of step attenuator.

From the picture, you can see there is one single 25V x 2 30VA transformer and two Borbely low noise regulators and two buffer modules are used.  It is very simple but it sound also wonderful when driving a F5.

The FFT measurement show that the hum noise is very small and also distortion is very good at 0.0035% at 1Vrms output level.  At 10Vrms output, the distortion rises to about 0.009%.  Hum and noise is at about 1.2mVrms at maximum volume.

FFT output at 1V, 12k load lin

FFT output at 1V, 12k load log

FFT output at 10V 12k lin

FFT output at 10V 12k log

MBL 8006 clone

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This is a clone kit from China.  It is a class AB amp and the clone is only for the power amp part.  The measured result shows a very good design amplifier!

  1. Gain: 18x
  2. Supply Voltage +/-50V; with 36V x 2 AC transformer
  3. Distortion at 1W 8.2ohm: 0.0044% 30kBW
  4. Current drain at idle: 160/153mA.
  5. Current drain at 1W output: 260/253mA
  6. Op-amp: 4.5mA
  7. 470 ohm resistor: 1.75mA
  8. 33 ohm resistor: 24mA
  9. Output offset: 0.8mV
  10. Current diode is 2mA 100V, metal can

1W 8 ohm fft with hp ps

50W 8 ohm fft with 500va

MBL distortion vs input level