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841 DHT Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

L0rdGwyn

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Finished up another DIY project. This is a tube-FET hybrid headphone amplifier. Voltage gain is done by a thoriated tungsten filament directly-heated triode, the 841. Here are its A1 operating curves from my curve tracer (it has A2 functionality as well).

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It is filament biased, filament supply is a Rod Coleman regulator. The 841 is direct-coupled to a Alpha & Omega AOTN160 source follower. This is then cap coupled to the Sowter 8665A headphone output transformers. Here is a schematic of the amplifier circuit. It is essentially a filament biased, CCS-loaded DHT spud with a FET buffer in the middle.

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The power supply is Maida regulated. Here is the interior. Switch in the center alters the turns ratio of the output transformers for various headphone impedances.

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The finished product. Mains and filament transformers are on top with matching shrouds.

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Sounds very nice, distortion is quite low, here are the numbers into different dummy loads.

THD 1mW into 32ohm (low impedance switch) - 0.017%
THD 1mW into 120ohm (medium impedance switch) - 0.007%
THD 1mw into 300ohm (high impedance switch) - 0.0054%

And the frequency response.

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The filaments of the 841 have a characteristic glow, looks very nice in the dark, sounds great with my Sennheiser HD650 and ZMF Auteur.

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Thanks for checking it out!
 
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That looks really neat.

I have boxes full of small signal tubes (6DJ8-type and 12AX7-type) I really need to do something with....
 
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Thanks :) 6DJ8 tubes are a hot commodity these days, sounds like the makings of a tube phono stage.
 
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