# Requesting help to understand this audio amplifier circuit

I will be using the attached circuit diagram to build a Phono Cardio Gram (output of the attached circuit through a band pass filter and the microphone attached to a stethoscope). I need help understanding the functions of the various resistors and capacitors in the circuit. From reading this https://thephysicsportal.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/day-8-more-op-amp-circuits/ I believe that the opamp is used as a non inverting, integrating amplifier? I understand that the 1 M resistor is for nullifying the drifting D.C offset but is clueless about the resistors in series with the capacitor and the other capacitor -resistors combination at the non inverting input. Any help would be much appreciated. AJ

The arrangement of the 1M, 1k, variable resistor and 4.7 uF cap is a feedback circuit which determines the gain of the amplifier.

If we ignore the 4.7 uF capacitor for a moment and pretend that it is a short, the gain of the opamp + feedback is roughly equal to the ratio of the 1 M resistor divided by the sum of the other resistors. So here the gain will be between 1000 (variable resistor at smallest value) and 10 (100 k ohm variable resistor at largest value).

Now the 4.7 uF capacitor: its function is to block DC current so the resistance of the 1k ohm + variable resistor + 4.7 uF cap. will be infinite for DC. That means these 3 components are basically "not there" for DC.

So for DC only the 1 M feedback resistor is present and then the opamp is in a unity gain configuration meaning the gain is 1 (one) so no amplification at DC. This is useful as we're only interested only audio signals which are AC.

If at DC the opamp's gain is 1x, what then sets the DC voltage at input (and output since the DC gain is 1)? It is set by the 3.3M and 1M resistors at the input, they bias the input at about 1 Volt DC.

By not amplifying DC any DC offsets at the input of the opamp do not matter much. It makes the design easier and more robust.