I'm trying, for MONTHS (obviously not everyday, but I spent at least more than 80 hours on this) to do a 15 W audio amplifier with two TDA 2002's in a bridge configuration, following the circuit provided in the datasheet itself, but it never works.
(Note: both the TAB and the 3rd pin are the same thing)
The circuit is only stable in one configuration: with the potenciometer P1 completely grounding the non-inverting input of the chip on the right, setting its output to 0 V.
This causes the chip on the left to work like it was alone in the circuit, with a speaker directly on its output with no DC decoupling. It sits around half VCC with no signal, causing a constant ~1.2 A to flow in a 4 ohm speaker.
Other than that, if the P1 is far from grounding (ie, if its on the opposite end), the circuit is wildly unstable, it keeps making loud clicking sounds and making the speaker jump from end to end, like if its output was a square wave going from one extreme to the other.
If it ever stays stable for a while, any input signal makes it go back to that unstable state.
In some of the circuits I made, it was so ridiculuously unstable that clapping my hand or screaming loud near the speaker would make it start again (just because of the small fluctuation in voltage caused by the sound reaching the spaker, making it behave like a microphone).
I've checked every single component, specially the capacitors many times, all of them are working and correctly valued.
I've checked my power source and even used a car battery to ensure it wasn't the cause of the problems.
I've disassembled the circuit and reassembled it TWICE (all components are soldered in place) and checked them to make sure no connection was wrong or failing. I also tested changing the load from my speaker to an equivalent resistor to avoid unstability caused by its inductance.
I even changed the chips 2 times. I even thought they could be fake, so I did a test circuit for the single chip amplifier configuration and all of the ones I bought work correctly on it.
I've come from the "something maybe wrong with the design" to "something is surely wrong with the design".
What's curious is that the bridge configuration for other chips like tda 2003 is almost identical, I doubt they would make the same error twice.
But I can't see any way the problem is in any of my equipment or pieces.
Do you have any idea what the issue could be, and how to solve?