4-65a SE Amp: 46 Driver Gyrator

 A day of PCB etching

20121230-194358.jpgAfter a lot of work today in designing many PCBs, I finally got a pair of mu-follower MOSFET gyrators for the 46 driver stage.  The driver has to provide very low impedance to operate the 4-65a output valve in class A2. The gyrator in mu-follower configuration will enable the right bias point as the amplifier is DC coupled as well as maximum signal (and current in A2) with minimum distortion.

Many don’t like sand at all in their amplifiers. I have a lot of experience with gyrators and CCS loads in pre-amps and drivers as well. I have to say that with MOSFETs gyrators the sound is really nice. For an A2 driver, not many options are available and the gyrator is a great choice for this job.

I built two PCBs (one per channel) and the circuit is the classic depletion-mode MOSFET gyrator based on the high-voltage IXTP01N100D. I guess that a DN2540 should work as well here but I’ve been saving the IXYS for this occasion. The reference voltage for the anode bias point is provided by the CCS formed by M1 (LND150) which provides a higher impedance in AC improving the frequency response of the gyrator.

4-64-65a driverThe 46 is operating in triode-mode and filament bias with a Rod Coleman filament regulator. R6 is approximately 1/gm and output voltage is set by P1 to achieve the 4-65a bias point as the amplifier has stacked power supplies given coupling is DC, so no capacitors in the path to the grid.

Next: some tests on these gyrators and the filament boards…