Amp with Tone Controls & Soft Switching

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

Built around an LM380, this amplifier includes tone controls and electronic `soft switching`. The soft switching circuitry ensures power is built up gradually eliminating the dc thump. The soft switching is enabled by a BD131 transistor wired as a switch in emitter follower configuration. The collector is wired to a permanent supply voltage, the 2H series inductor serves only to filter out power supply hum.

Amp with Tone Controls & Soft Switching
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This inductor is not too important and may be omitted if the DC supply is adequately smoothed. The control voltage is applied to the BD131 base terminal, the 10u capacitor and 10k resistor having a dual purpose:- i) a gradual charge of the 10u capacitor

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