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post #121 of 134
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Thanks, I'll have to give that a look.

post #122 of 134
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Hmm, I just measured the DC offset on my INA134/137 resistorless circuit. I've got about 1.3mV off each opamp to input/reference ground. When measuring from output left/right to output ground, I get aroun 0.1mV. Not bad I suppose. My multimeter can't go any more precise than that.

post #123 of 134
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Argh, so close yet so far. I finished building the s22 and 3x a20 boards intending to hook them up to my active balanced ground circuit... except one of my a20 boards is blown (the other two are just fine though). Grr, and no spare parts on hand either. Sigh, I don't suppose anyone has a spare MJE243 and MJE253? (Q5/Q6 from here)

post #124 of 134

I'll be ordering from Newark this week. If you don't mind a bit of delay I can add your parts to my order and forward them to you when I receive them. Which would be probably Wednesday or Thursday.

 

post #125 of 134
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That would be awesome. PM underway...


 

post #126 of 134
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Whooo, it works! Behold the monstrosity...

 

(not shown: the Fuze providing music)

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- Sansa Fuze for music

- s22 providing power (+/-18V) for the ABG circuit and the three a20 boards

- the ABG circuit feeds OL, OR, OG each into its own a20 board

- connect output from each a20 board to the headphone

- no resistors on the current ABG circuit, using INA134/137 which are differential receiver chips that have built in resistors

 

At the moment I've only tested it with cheap airline headphones so I don't really know how good it sounds. The a20 boards are extremely susceptible to temperature variations and produce voltage offset due to that, so I'm going to rig up a temporary cardboard box to protect it from drafts (like from my arm movement or breathing) before using my good headphones.

post #127 of 134

Any update on this?  I'm interested in hearing about how it sounds in the real world

post #128 of 134
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Whoa, I missed this. The project in the pic above has been on the shelf. One of the a20 boards blew and I don't have a replacement. I do have some b22 boards though... 

 

I did build a strictly opamp version for a member though, and I thought it sounded quite good though ridiculously susceptible to EMI. It used three opamps: one as input buffer and control for a bass boost switch, one for the left and right channels, and one for the ground. I have plans for another one using some proper differential opamps and BUF634's (so 6 chips in total) and no resistors in the circuit... but who knows if I'll ever get around to it.

 

I've gone as far as proof of concept that the implementation works, but I lack the time/resources to take it beyond the "reconfigured cmoy" stage. 

post #129 of 134

This thread is so interesting that i have tried to build one according to your schematic and successful at the first time. I use 2 JRC4556, no virtual ground, the input ground is fed from true ground because i have no tle2426 and it was powered by 2x9v batteries. It sounds quite okay but high frequency and bass distorted like the batteries are going down past 7v, do you experience this? And i dont have input buffer, this amp is fed from a 2v line out.

post #130 of 134
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No, I never had any distortion like that. When you say no virtual ground, are you omitting the active ground stage entirely? Because that will result in very distorted sound since the "ground" needs the active signal to balance out the modified L and R channels.

post #131 of 134
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

No, I never had any distortion like that. When you say no virtual ground, are you omitting the active ground stage entirely? Because that will result in very distorted sound since the "ground" needs the active signal to balance out the modified L and R channels.

 

You're right. I dont' have TLE2426 so i made a simple divider by 2 resistor and the distortion's gone but now i got about 90mv dc offset, it sound very good but i'm not sure if it's better than the regular 2 or 3 channel . Thanks for your very informative topic :D


Edited by proid - 2/24/14 at 6:42am
post #132 of 134
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I don't know what to tell you. There's something very wrong if the offset is that high though.

post #133 of 134

I just read this whole thread and wow. Only on Head-fi. :rolleyes: 

 

I admire your motivation to take a purely theoritical idea and create a physical circuit out of it. I still don't understand what the goal of the circuit is, but it's impressive just for being so overkill. I love it. :D

post #134 of 134
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Here, I fixed the broken link from the original post... http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/grounds.htm

 

Basically, I was attempting to recreate Jan Meier's topology based on his description of it.

 

Geez, I'm reading over my posts from all those years ago and rolling my eyes at myself now that I (sort of, not really) know better. I did wind up building a working unit, "proof of concept" at it were. Even had one guy commission a cmoy-style amp out of it which I thought turned out quite well (except for a bad susceptibility to EMI).

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