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Grounding volume pot

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Thread Starter 
Why is it recommended to ground the body of a volume pot? In another thread, CaptBubba says he did this to reduce audible hiss, but I would also like to know why grounding reduces the hiss.

Thanks,
Eric
post #2 of 3
Ok since no one else wants to go there............

if using a metal case the pot is already grounded if the case is at circuit ground , which it would normally be or why use a metal cabinet ?

but use a plastic or wood case and there is no ground connection to the pot,or for that matter any other part of the device in question

now if you look at that same pot you will see the biggest hunk of ungrounded metal in the entire amp,even the tiny guys are still bigger than any other metal part

still with me ?

this big ass hunk of metal is like an antenna for any garbage that happens to be floating around your area or in the actual circuit itself, not to mention the stray capacitance potential which can play havoc with wideband circuits

so botom line this pot acts like a free agent rather than part of the team

DAMN I'M GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

not too shabby for a 9th grade dropout

rickster
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Thread Starter 
Oops, missed the response to my own thread . That answer makes sense (from rick?) Unfortunately, that means another ground wire needs to be fit somewhere in my small case...

Thanks.
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