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Following on from my previous blogs about Connecting Loudspeakers to Amplifiers and Passive Dummy Loads for Amplifiers here is a project for a modest passive dummy load with a twist – I have included a differential ‘scope probe to facilitate monitoring of […]
Following on from my previous article on matching amplifiers and loudspeakers, this article offers some ideas for making passive dummy loads.
Active dummy loads are fine, but if you need to test an expensive amplifier at full load, you do need to be pretty confident that you are connecting a load which is going to […]
Some amplifiers will be very unhappy if you max them out without an appropriate load – and inappropriate could mean open-circuit, short-circuit or just too high or too low.
This article covers the basics of connecting loudspeakers to amplifiers – in this case I am thinking of solid-state guitar amplifiers which are generally going to […]
We don’t do much SMD (surface mounted) work here at Stompville. When it comes to the True Bypass Relay however, smaller may just be better, so we designed and built a surface-mount version to see how small we can realistically make it – and the answer is about 30% smaller.
That is 30% […]
Update: Please see also Phantom Piezo Preamp revisited
Update: Phantom Piezo Preamp modules are available for purchase in the shop.
Idss for the 2SK596s JFET – as introduced in my previous blog – is an order of magnitude lower than (say) a 2N5457, so I have been revisiting the design of my Arduino-based automatic JFET matcher to be sure that I can use it to characterise the 2SK596s with […]
UPDATE: Matched pairs and quads available in the shop here.
I bought some 2SK596S-C low noise JFETs from Mouser. This is a fairly new product from OnSemi and the C-suffix version is new to Mouser (December 2014).
The device comes in a type SPA (SC-72) package similar […]
Update: Kits available in the shop here.
I finally got round to revisiting the manual JFET matcher project. Please take a look at the earlier article and refresh yourself on the details of the three tests we can perform to help match JFETs:
Vgs(off) – which we approach with […]
I’ve been looking at using an encoder as a front panel control. Encoders are industry standard devices made by ALPS, Panasonic, Bourns and CTS among others. They come with and without a push-button switch and (not-counting the switch) have three terminals, labelled A, B and C.
We can connect the C terminal […]