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Michele

Michele

Finally I am successful to finish to my Pearl phono stage. After any of vicissitudes for the tuning of the… More...
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Chris Cyrus

Chris Cyrus

Nelson, Here are some pictures and comments on the Zen version 4 I completed in October 2008. Having completed the… More...

Zen Variations 5 Low Res — Nelson Pass / 2003

The Zen Amp concept is an exploration of how well you can make a simple audio amplifier perform. It makes for an interesting illustration of design technique, since more complex circuits are inevitably composed of collections of simple circuits, and it is well recognized that the optimization of these simple sub circuits is usually the key to getting the most out of the larger circuit. Apart from that, there is aesthetic pleasure in rendering a device in a simple way. Also we find that, other things being roughly equal, simple circuits sound better musically. The Zen series has so far… More...

The Pass A-40 Power Amplifier — Nelson Pass / 2000

FLATTERED BY THE opportunity to publish a project circuit, the designer is often beset by seemingly contradictory considerations. On the one hand, it is tempting to design a complex circuit as a demonstration of technical prowess; an amplifier with large numbers of esoteric components performing obscure functions. Such an amplifier might be a smorgasbord of electronic technique, featuring class A operation, cascoding, constant current sources, current mirrors, and extra-loop error correction. It would be fascinating to build and perhaps would also sound good. On the other hand, complexity is not a good end in itself and a much simpler circuit… More...

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