Audio. - Here is Circuit Schematic Hybrid Headphone Audio Amp. Potentially, headphone listening can be technically superior since room reflections are eliminated and the intimate contact between transducer and ear mean that only tiny amounts of power are required. The small power requirement means that transducers can be operated at a small fraction of their full excursion capabilities thus reducing THD and other non-linear distortions. This design of a dedicated headphone amplifier is potentially controversial in that it has unity voltage gain and employs valves and transistors in the same design.
|Figure 1. Circuit Schematic Hybrid Headphone Audio Amp|
Circuit schematic like in figue 1 above is Circuit Schematic Hybrid Headphone Audio Amp. Normal headphones have an impedance of 32R per channel. The usual standard line output of 775 mV to which all quality equipment aspires will generate a power of U2 / R = 0.7752 / 32 = 18 mW per channel across a headphone of this impedance. An examination of available headphones at well known high street emporiums revealed that the sensitivity varied from 96 dB to 103db/mW! So, in practice the circuit will only require unity gain to reach deafening levels. As a unity gain design is required it is quite possible to employ a low distortion output stage.