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  • JRT
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    Originally posted by donradick View Post
    I'd read a few reports of some GC builders who had amps that ran hot at idle, so I used some big heatsinks on mine.

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    Figured out later that the output "Zobel" was a LP at about 40 KHz, and prevented ultrasonic oscillation.
    Some guys thought that they didn't need it....
    Yes... Too many of the so-called "gainclone" designs have followed the minimalist path taken by Kimura-San in his design of the 47 Laboratory Gaincard, which was little more than LM3875 in a minimalist design that eschewed useful protection circuits.

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  • donradick
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    Re: A small DIY LM3886 Chip Amplifier

    Originally posted by tc View Post
    Thanks Don. I like beefy PSU's and heat sinks. I see so many of the gainclones with really flimsy heat sinks. Some with just a strip of AL. I just don't get it. I want my amps to survive the nuclear holocaust....
    I'd read a few reports of some GC builders who had amps that ran hot at idle, so I used some big heatsinks on mine.

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    Figured out later that the output "Zobel" was a LP at about 40 KHz, and prevented ultrasonic oscillation.
    Some guys thought that they didn't need it....

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  • bill poster
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    I bought a $7 Y148 chip amp a couple of years back and was surprised how good it sounded!

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  • Sydney
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    Originally posted by tc View Post
    ...I like beefy PSU's and heat sinks. I see so many of the gainclones with really flimsy heat sinks. Some with just a strip of AL...
    from a paper on Thermal management - ie the 10 degree rule
    "In our world of electronic product design, we live by this rule of thumb: For every 10 degrees Centigrade rise in temperature, the average reliability is decreased by 50 percent. Or, from the quality assurance department's point of view, if we can lower the temperature by 10 degrees, we'll double the reliability. In other words, we will double the expected life within any predictable failure rate. Another way to look at this, for those interested in buying products with good MTBF (meantime between failures) ratings, is that MTBF will, on average, double if the operating temperature is lowered 10 degrees."

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  • tc
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    Re: A small DIY LM3886 Chip Amplifier

    Thanks Don. I like beefy PSU's and heat sinks. I see so many of the gainclones with really flimsy heat sinks. Some with just a strip of AL. I just don't get it. I want my amps to survive the nuclear holocaust....

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  • donradick
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    Very nice!
    I like the overkill PS caps and overkill heat sinks.

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  • JasonP
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    Originally posted by fastbike1 View Post
    I have an Audiosector LM4780 kit that I have yet to build. Based on the quality of the kit parts and the online support, I would expect you to be very happy with the kit.
    Threads like these remind me to take a break from speaker building and build some of the amp kits I have "in stock".
    I have the pcb set for that same amp from Audiosector sitting here. I'll need to make that my winter project. The mouser cart is already built and loaded, just need to click the order button.

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  • Silver1omo
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    Re: A small DIY LM3886 Chip Amplifier

    Originally posted by hongrn View Post
    tc, is that blue connector a Speakon?
    That is a powercon
    http://www.neutrik.com/en/audio/powercon/

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  • fastbike1
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    Re: A small DIY LM3886 Chip Amplifier

    I have an Audiosector LM4780 kit that I have yet to build. Based on the quality of the kit parts and the online support, I would expect you to be very happy with the kit.
    Threads like these remind me to take a break from speaker building and build some of the amp kits I have "in stock".


    Originally posted by Silver1omo View Post
    It looks like a lot more, I went with 20,000uF (2x10,000uF) per rail.
    I want to try an audiosector kit...

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  • hongrn
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    tc, is that blue connector a Speakon?

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  • fdieck
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    Very nice job. I think I may have been an influence on you but you put yours in a very nice box. I like the LM 1875 a little better but it is a lower power rating.

    Fred

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  • Silver1omo
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    It looks like a lot more, I went with 20,000uF (2x10,000uF) per rail.
    I want to try an audiosector kit...
    Originally posted by tc View Post
    They are 2200uF caps, 22,000uF per rail. A bit overkill....but why not, amirite?

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  • DoubleTap
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    Some of those chip amps can sound incredible ... not just good, but incredible. They flat out destroy the preconceived price to performance scale. I've been thinking about buying one, there are a few finished ones out there under $400 with beefy power supplies, nice cases, etc. But I might just build one myself. I have a bunch of big Pentium 3 heat sinks lying around that would work perfectly, and I have a torrid that's been on my shelf for years that would work.

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  • tc
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    Originally posted by Silver1omo View Post
    Nice, that is a lot of caps... How much per rail?
    They are 2200uF caps, 22,000uF per rail. A bit overkill....but why not, amirite?

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  • ---k---
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    Nice.

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