2-Way Active Loudspeaker

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  Active loudspeakers have a lot of advantages concerning simple loudspeakers that use passive components for the elements concretisation of segregation of frequencies. In the case of active loudspeakers we have, proportionally, bigger build cost, because each loudspeaker is led by his own power amplifier. In properly drawn active loudspeaker, the quality of sound is much better and the distortions very low, because it does not use inductors and large capacitors in the road of signal. All capacitors exist in the signal road, they have very small value and they are very good quality. This does not mean that one well drawn passive loudspeaker is not good, perhaps better than one active. On the contrary one active loudspeaker is enough difficult in the manufacture. In the [Fig.1], exist a circuit of 2-way active loudspeaker. As we see also in the Block diagram [Fig.2], exist one classic 2-way crossover with cross frequency fc=3100HZ [-24dB/oct]. This frequency was selected, because it is near in the cross frequency of many speakers of trade, it can however change and be adapted in your own speakers choice, itís enough you use the types that give for calculation [Fig.3]. The IC1 makes the input adaptation, the filters round the IC2 creates a high-pass filter of frequencies, for frequencies above Fc=3100HZ, on the contrary the components round the IC3 creates a low-pass filter, for frequencies under 3100HZ. With the trimmer TR1 in the line of high frequencies we can adaptable, if it needs, the level between the two speakers. Usually it will need we lower at 10% the level tweeter concerning woofer. In a lot of points of filter exist capacitors and resistors that are not used, but are there for future changes, in a other cross frequency, as the R6 and R10 that are not used. To the next stage the two outputs of filter are drive to the two power amplifiers, the IC4 for the high frequencies and the IC5 for low. Those of are two hybrid IC by Sanyo, with output power 80W/8ohms, with very good characteristics and sound. It can become change with other type of series as STK4036, STK4038, STK4040, with proportional modification of power supply voltage. The particular line is used in enough active loudspeakers, with very good results. Good itís used type STK4042XI, because it has more modern internal designing, concerning type STK404II. Filters RLF1-2 in the exit of amplifiers are constituted by resistor R27 or R38 and a inductor wounded round this, in three layers. The inductor is made with 25 until 30 coils of cupreous wire, diameter 1mm. In the amplifiers output exist the contacts of relay RL1, who is checked by the protection from DC and delay system. This circuit is found round the IC6 and works as follows: When the circuit is supplied exist a delay 5 sec in the connection speakers above in the amplifiers outputs, so that are not pass the charge capacitors noises. On the contrary when we break the power supply, then RL1 disconnect very fast the speakers from amplifiers, so that is not heard the discharge noise of capacitors. At the same time the circuit protects the speakers from DC voltages, that will be presented for any reason, in the output Of power amplifiers, opening the contacts of RL1 and disconnect, very fast the speakers. The circuit operation of protection/ delay becomes obvious from Led [D20], which should be placed in obvious point in the speakers box. The connections it appears in the Fig. 2. The transformer is toroidal, good quality. The main pcb, the heatsink, the transformer, the rectifier bridge BR1, as also all the components that appear except main pcb, are placed in a aluminium piece of suitable dimensions which is adapted in dimensions of the speakers box and is placed in the back side of box. Two power amplifiers IC4 and IC5 clinched above in the heatsink. The total performance of loudspeaker depends always from the characteristics of units Tweeter and Woofer, that will be used in this, also from the designing and the quality of the box. Older i used in the place tweeter the T33Ń and woofer the B200G by KEF.

Part List

R1-21-32-25-36-58=1 Kohms C19-20-52=10uF 25V IC1=TL071
R2=47 Kohms C21-35=470pF IC2-3=TL072-NE5532
R3-4-5-7-8-9-46=22 Kohms C22-36=470nF 63V MKT IC4-5=SKT4042[XI] or [II]*See text
R6-10=N.C *See text C24-25-26-38-39-40=100pF IC6=4093
R11........18=22 Kohms C27-41=10pF IC7=7812T
R19-20=47 ohms C28-42=100nF 100V MKT IC8=7815T
R22-33=33 Kohms C29-43=1nF 63V MKT IC9=7915T
R23-24-34-35=100 ohms C30-34-44-48=100uF 63V RL1=Relay 12V [G2R2 Omron]
R26-37=0.22 ohms 5W C31-45=220uF 25V RLF1-2=*See text
R27-38=10 ohms 3W C32-33-46-47=10uF 63V F1-2-3-4=1.6A FAST 5X20mm
R28-39=6.8 ohms C49=47uF 25V F5=1A SLOW 5X20mm[Fig.2]
R29-40=12 Kohms C50-51=100nF 63V MKT T1=220V//A=2X30V   250VA

              B=2X15V   30VA [Toroidal]

R30-41-53-54=10 Kohms C53=1uF 25V
R31-45=560 ohms C54=3.3uF 25V
R44-45=1 Mohms C55-56-58-59=33uF 63V JF1=3pin male supply jack
R47=39 Kohms C57-60=22uF 16V JF2=Female RCA Jack
R48-50=15 Kohms C61-62=15000uF 63V AXIAL J1-3=2pin conn. with 2.54mm pin step
R49-51-52-55=56 Kohms C63-64=2200uF 25V AXIAL J2=3pin conn. with 2.54mm pin step
R56-57=3.9 Kohms C65-66-67-68=100nF 63V MKT J4=3pin conn. with 3.96mm pin step
R43=470 ohms 1W Q1=BD679 J5=4pin conn. with 3.96mm pin step
TR1=47 Kohms trimmer horizontal Q2-3=BC550 T=Tweeter 8ohms 50 until 80W
C1-22-36-23-37=1uF 63V MKT D1-2-3-4=1N4002 W=Woofer 8ohms 50 until 100W
C2=390pF D5=8.2V 0.5W Zener BR1=Bridge rect. 400V 25A [Fig.2]* See text
C3-4-7-8-14-15=100nF 63V MKT D6=1N4148 BR2=Bridge rect. 100V 1.5A
C5-6-9-10-11-12=3.3nF 63V MKT* See text D7.....19=1N4148 All resistors is 0.5W 1% metal film except for announce differently
C13-16-17-18=3.3nF 63V MKT*See text D20=5mm LED [Fig.2]

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Input sensitivity 1.1Vrms
Input impedance 47K
Output Power  (0.1% THD) 150W total
Frequency crossover 3100HZ
slope -24dB/oct

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Fig.3--Crossover calculation


Sam Electronic Circuits 9/02