50W Power Amplifier with LM3886

This project is an audio amplifier based on LM3886.

Description

This is my second encounter with LM3886. I was pleased of the sound this chip produced the first time, so I decided to make another amplifier with it. The schematic is based on the schematic in the datasheet of the chip with minor changes.

I removed the time delay capacitor connected to MUTE pin, because it’s better to use separate DC protection schematic which has similar functionality. I made the output inductance L1 by winding 15 turns of enameled wire around the resistor R7. The diameter of the wire must be minimum 0.4mm. The whole was wrapped with heat shrink. I used 47uF/63V non polarized capacitor for C2. It can be regular electrolytic capacitor, but it’s better to use non-polarized or bipolar.

The transformer is 2x24VAC / 105W. The test was ran with 8Ohm dummy load and the big heat sink gets only warm after hours of playing music from my computer at max volume. The transformer is a little weak for this amplifier, maybe 150W or 200W would be a better choice.

The power supply is very simple – a bridge rectifier and 4 x 10 000uF/50V capacitors. If the input is disconnected and open there is a little hum which can be heard only with an ear pressed against the speaker. But once the amplifier is connected via cable to the source and there is no signal, it becomes absolutely silent. Also if the heat sink is isolated from the metal tabs of the chips with some mica pads then the heat sink is good to be connected to the ground as it induces more hum in the open inputs.

It can be mounted without isolation pads for better thermal conductance, but then the heat sink itself must be isolated from the metal enclosure which usually is connected to the ground. How does it sound? Excellent 🙂

Schematic

Photos

PCB

Comments

  • dani45

    Can I put 2x24v 160vA and 2×10 000uF 50v per pcb to get 2x50w (0.1%dht) at 8ohms?

    Can I cut protections to get a more clear sound?

    3 years ago
  • hello

    sir i need (power supply with a bridge rectifier and 4 x 10 000uF/50V capacitors) POWER SUPPLY circuit for the above project pls send me the circuit file with pcb layout to my mail

    3 years ago
  • robert

    can i add capacitor at power supply section to reduce thd?

    3 years ago
  • jair

    rosa

    3 years ago
  • Mohan KUmar

    useful site. I want a simple powersuplly for LM3886TF 50W AMP. i have 24-0-24v 5amp transformer. is it ok for 2 x 50 w ?

    3 years ago
    • Alberto

      with that transformer you should get about 250w, which is more than double of the power you need

      1 year ago
  • Jitendra

    Does it sound better than tda7294

    5 months ago
    • admin

      Actually I don’t know this. You may check distortion characteristics on datasheets.

      5 months ago

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