Lecture 16 - EEL 4930 Audio Engineering Electronics for...

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EEL 4930 Audio Engineering Lecture 16 Page 1 of 3 Electronics for Audio Engineering Amplifiers The basic function of an amplifier is to increase the amplitude of a signal. In practice, a signal applied to the input of an amplifier controls the flow of energy from a dc power supply (voltage source) so that a larger-amplitude copy of the input signal is provided at the output. Ideally, the output waveshape is identical to that of the input signal. This requires the amplifier to be linear , and to have wideband, flat (frequency-independent) frequency response . If the output signal is measured as the input signal is swept, the resulting plot of the output vs. the input is called the transfer curve . Usually the input and output signals are represented as voltages. At any instant of time, a snapshot of the values of currents and voltages in a circuit is called the (instantaneous) operating point . The operating point when the input signal is zero is called the quiescent operating point or Q point . The input signal is added to a constant (DC) value so that the output can swing above and below its zero-signal value. This is called biasing , and the resulting Q point may be called the bias point . The slope of a tangent to the transfer curve at the Q point is the gain of the amplifier. The gain is the ratio of a change in the output to a small change in the input. If the inputs and outputs are represented as voltages, the gain may be expressed in decibels as A dB = 20log 10 ( A V ) , where A V is the magnitude of the voltage gain. It is easiest to understand amplifier linearity by considering the response to sinusoidal inputs. An amplifier is linear if, whenever its input is a sinusoid (a single frequency), the output is a sinusoidal with the same frequency. This requires that the transfer curve be well-approximated by a line over the range of the input signal, as shown in the illustration to the right. The output is a mirror image of the input. Harmonic Distortion If the input is swept over parts of the transfer curve that are nonlinear (not well-approximated by a line), the output signal will not be exactly sinusoidal; instead, its shape is distorted . The distorted waveform
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