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timing constants

Sometimes an amplifier could do with a larger coupling cap as the timing constants in the power supplies will allow it.

The issue is that the amp should not have bandwidth that goes below that of the power supply! No power supply is truly DC (batteries are) as they all have some sort of low frequency timing constant.

If the amp has bandwidth below that of the power supply, the result will be that it has the ability to modulate the supply. If it can do that, the noise in the supply will cause intermodulations to occur.

Now our amps don't have a particularly low THD figure as modern amps go, but our IMD figures are just fine in that regard. This is because we pay attention to this rule. There is a myth that if your THD is not low neither will be the IMD. In solid state amps that are direct-coupled input to output (meaning that they by default exceed the LF timing constant of their supplies), this does occur but it does not have to be that way if the amp has well-managed timing constants.


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  • timing constants - Ralph 08:42:35 01/08/16 (0)

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