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Dominick22

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Has anyone heard of the LM4780 chip amps?

I built one for my first project and I am so impressed with the sound that I am starting another one that I hope to be capable of driving my ascent i's.

It's difficult however since they have such a difficult impedance to drive.
In fact, I already blew one chip!!LOL

Dominick
 
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dyazdani

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Yes, I have heard of them. I am uneducated about their design and specifications though. Have any pictures?
 

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There are a number of audio power-amplifier modules that enable a DIYer (do-it-yourself-er) to quickly build some surprisingly high-quality audio power-amplifiers. A number of Class-D switching amplifiers are quite capable of addressing the unique and sometimes demanding load characteristics of the various Martin-Logan electrostatic loudspeakers.

A very popular option is available in the series of UcD modules from Hypex (http://www.hypex.nl/). These high-power/high-current units are amazingly efficient in terms of AC power consumption, so all you really have to do is bolt the credit-card-size modules to almost any chassis and you've easily satisfied the heatsinking requirements. The Hypex UcD modules are the basis for the very popular series of power amplifiers from Channel Island Audio; these commercial implementations have received a number of positive reviews in the mainstream audio press.

My personal favorite from a sonic standpoint is the ZapPulze series of Class-D power-amplifier modules from LC Audio (http://www.lcaudio.com/); these credit-card-size units seem to have been designed explicitly for the audiophile marketplace. Among other features, the ZapPulse modules can be easily configured for both balanced-line and single-ended inputs. But the feature that really sets the ZapPulse modules apart from the competition is the ability to to drive the modules from an external clock source; the Class-D operations are then synchronized between the channels and you can nearly double the operational frequency of the modules (thereby significantly moving the switching artifacts away from the audio band).

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Dominick22

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Its funny that those example pics are from Peter Daniel at audiosector.com because that is where I have done all of my chip amp business. He is awesome in case anyone is interested in giving it a try.

I will try to post some pictures tomorrow for everyone.

Dominick
 
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