I am working on an audio project using the THAT1646 balanced output driver (project is a hi-fi mixer for studio insert gear). The project uses a bipolar +/-15V supply.
I am experiencing distortion on the device output which I tracked down to the THAT1646 at the output, using a scope and a sine wave from a test signal generator.
At the input of the THAT1646 I see my clean test waveform, but with a large DC bias, appearing to center around the negative rail. At the output of the THAT1646 I see a distorted version of my waveform, also centered around the negative rail. Any idea what might be causing this?
I am using the Fig.5 example circuit from page 7 of the THAT1646 datasheet:
Here is a picture of the relevant schematic section, I see a clean sine wave centered at 0V until after the C15 coupling cap:
Here is the distorted output at THAT1646 pin 8:
Here is the input at pin 4 of THAT1646, showing a heavy DC bias:
Here is the clean sine wave, centered at 0V, that I see before C15:
Here is the circuit as a whole. Please note that ground pins of xlr jacks have been left floating on the board as they are grounded via the device chassis (I have taken care to simulate this in testing):