19 October 2009

Class-A EL84 (6BQ5) Push-Pull Tube Amp

Bruce Heran of OddWatt Audio has shared another of his great sounding OddWatt amplifier designs with the DIY community. His latest amplifier project shares a similar topology with the other OddWatt tube amplifier projects available on the DIY Audio Projects website. His latest project is similar to the first Push-Pull EL84 (6BQ5) Oddwatt project posted two years ago. Both of the tube amp projects use EL84 (6BQ5) vacuum tubes in the output stage. The first OddWatt amplifier used a ECC802S SRPP driver stage while this one uses a 5751 SRPP driver stage. The main difference between the two amps is that this one uses smaller Edcor audio output transformers making it easier and less costly to build. A photo of the finished amplifier project is shown below (click on the photo for an enlargement).

5751 SRPP - EL84 (6BQ5) Push-Pull Tube Amp
There are a number of improvements to the circuit. With the 5751 driver stage the higher gain of the new tube amp will allow for direct connection of portable MP3 players. The amplifier will produce about 5 to 7 watts of high quality sound with good performance between about 25 Hz to beyond 20kHz.
The new amplifier measures very well and Bruce reports that the amp sounds very good with clean, detailed mids and highs and a great sound stage. Complete details for this project are available from the 5751 SRPP / EL84 (6BQ5) Push-Pull DIY Tube Amplifier project page.

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