Mini-box 2W Amplifier
Designed for self-powered 8, 4 & 2 Ohm loudspeakers
P1 = 10K Log.Potentiometer
R1,R2 = 33K 1/4W Resistors
R3 = 33R 1/4W Resistor
R4 = 15K 1/4W Resistor
R5,R6 = 1K 1/4W Resistors
R7 = 680R 1/4W Resistor
R8 = 120R 1/2W Resistor
R9 = 100R 1/2W Trimmer Cermet
C1,C2 = 10uF 63V Electrolytic Capacitors
C3 = 100uF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C4,C7 = 470uF 25V Electrolytic Capacitors
C5 = 47pF 63V Ceramic Capacitor
C6 = 220nF 63V Polyester Capacitor
C8 = 1000uF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
D1 = 1N4148 75V 150mA Diode
Q1 = BC560C 45V 100mA PNP Low noise High gain Transistor
Q2 = BC337 45V 800mA NPN Transistor
Q3 = TIP31A 60V 4A NPN Transistor
Q4 = TIP32A 60V 4A PNP Transistor
SW1 SPST switch
SPKR 3-5 Watt Loudspeaker, 8, 4 or 2 Ohm impedance
This amplifier was designed to be self-contained in a small loudspeaker box. It can be feed by Walkman, Mini-Disc and CD players, computers and similar devices having line or headphone output. Of course, in most cases you'll have to make two boxes to obtain stereo.
The circuit was deliberately designed using no ICs and in a rather old-fashioned manner in order to obtain good harmonic distortion behaviour and to avoid hard to find components. The amplifier(s) can be conveniently supplied by a 12V wall plug-in transformer. Closing SW1 a bass-boost is provided but, at the same time, volume control must be increased to compensate for power loss at higher frequencies.
In use, R9 should be carefully adjusted to provide minimal audible signal cross-over distortion consistent with minimal measured quiescent current consumption; a good compromise is to set the quiescent current at about 10-15 mA.
To measure this current, wire a DC current meter temporarily in series with the collector of Q3.
Output power: 1.5 Watt RMS @ 8 Ohm, 2.5 Watt @ 4 Ohm, 3.5 Watt @ 2 Ohm (1KHz sinewave)
Sensitivity: 100mV input for 1.5W output @ 8 Ohm
Frequency response: 30Hz to 20KHz -1dB
Total harmonic distortion @ 1KHz & 10KHz: Below 0.2% @ 8 Ohm 1W, below 0.3% @ 4 Ohm 2W, below 0.5% @ 2 Ohm 2W.