Broadcast Audio limiter/compressor in audio chain for newbie

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by KD6CXW, Jul 28, 2019.

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  1. AC0OB

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    I could never tell the difference between an AB1 push pull modulated signal and a ClassB push-pull modulated circuit in which the grid biases were properly calibrated to minimize cross-over distortion.

  2. K5UJ

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    It's hard or getting harder (depending on the tube type) to find a pair that are reasonably close to each other--for example 813s and 810s are still out there at hamfests but 100THs seem to be drying up. 610 operators must be hoarding them away.
  3. K4KYV

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    And a good solid audio driver stage is used. A pair of 6L6s or 6146s without negative feedback and a good driver transformer won't cut it. Nor will a 20-watt tube type hi-fi amplifier backwards feeding another output transformer to the grids, especially if the backwards-fed output transformer is 8k-10k or higher to voice coil. A lower impedance (2500-3000 ohm) primary to voice coil or balanced line might be made to sound reasonably good if the amplifier uses plenty of negative feedback.
  4. N2DTS

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    I built into my homebrew audio processor a pair of Williamson connected 6l6 tubes in AB1 to drive various modulators I have that take 8 ohm
    The 4x150 AB1 modulator and the push pull parallel 100TH class B modulator.
    It drove the 4X150's fine, but sounded nasty driving the 100TH class B modulator.

    I thought it was going to be a bad idea running back to back transformers, even if both are hifi units.
    A solid state (symetrix) amp drives the 100TH's ok, not as clean as the 4X150's but not bad.

    Others use back to back iron and it works/sounds good.
  5. K4KYV

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    It depends on the quality of the back-to-back iron, and that of the amplifier. In any case, it's better to use higher input/output impedance, like 500/600 ohms, as the "link". This works analogous to mechanical advantage.

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