Current Corrected Audio Amplifier Circuits

The majority of modern audio amplifier circuits, AF power amplifiers drive the loudspeaker(s) with a voltage that is simply a fixed factor greater than the input voltage.

It is fairly evident, therefore, that the power delivered by such amplifiers is inversely proportional to the loud­speaker impedance, since the cone displacement of a loudspeaker is mainly a function of the current sent through the voice coil, whose impedance may vary considerably over the relevant frequency range.

Current Corrected Audio Amplifier Circuits Diagram

current corrected audio amplifier circuit

In multiway loudspeaker systems, this diffi­culty is overcome by appropriate dimensioning of the crossover filter, but a different approach is called for when there is but one loudspeaker.

This audio amplifier circuits is based on current feedback to en­sure that the current sent through the voice coil re­mains in accordance with the input signal.

The cur­rent through the voice coil and R7 develops a voltage across the resistor. A negative feedback loop is created by feeding this reference voltage to the in­verting input of ICi. The overall amplification of the circuit depends on the ratio of the loudspeaker’s impedance, Zl, to the value of R7. In the present case the amplification is 16 times (Z1JR7 = 8/0.5 = 16).

The connection of the opamp’s output to ground is slightly unusual, but enables the base current for output transistors T1-T2 to be drawn from the supply rails, rather than from the opamp. Capacitor Ce functions to set the roll-off frequency at about 90 kHz.

The quiescent current of the audio amplifier circuits is of the order of 50 to 100 mA for class A operation, and is determined by R3-R4 and Rs-Re. The com­plementary power transistors should be closely matched types to avoid fairly large offset currents (and voltages) arising.

Some redimensioning of either R3 or R4 may be required to achieve the cor­rect balance for the power output stage. The emitter current of Ti and T2 is about 500 mA when the amplifier is fully driven.

The harmonic distortion of this amplifier is less than 0.01% at Po=6.25 W and Ub= ±18 V.

Source: Texas Instruments Linear Applications.