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Questions tagged [distortion]

Distortion is the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of a signal representing an object, image, sound or waveform.

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Why Distortion Factor (g) is Xo1/Xor and not Xor/Xo1..?

In power electronic convertors (rectifiers) we measure nonlinearities injected into the system by means of 1) Distortion factor(g) : g = Io1/Ior { fundamental component / rms component } 2) Total ...
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Opamp output sinewave is distorted

I'm using an opamp to amplify a 3.5 Vpp (peak to peak) 10 kHz sinewave which seems fine apart from a tiny noise mostly visible at its' peaks which does not particularly concern me much. The blue ...
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Can high audio input level cause video loss or video distortion in camcorder?

Today I met with a vendor regarding the installation of a PA system at our facility. We currently record meetings with a handheld camcorder mounted on a tripod, and we're looking to add microphones in ...
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Calculating grounded emitter amplifer distortion (Art of Electronics 3rd Ed.)

Referring to section 2.3.4 A1 (pages 94-95) of the Art of Electronics 3rd Ed., I'm having difficulty understanding how to calculate distortion of a grounded emitter amplifier. The book says: ...
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Biasing Class AB power amplifier with MOSFETs

I am having trouble getting the resistor biasing to meet a minimum 1.25W at the output: Note, the distortion and watt meter. I was told the SPICE parameters for the FETs didn't really matter. (...
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Which is broken, the amp or the driver of this subwoofer?

My subwoofer (with an internal amp) is showing difficulty reproducing low frequency sounds (sine 30Hz ~ 70Hz). As I lower the frequency, around 70Hz, I start hearing very slight distortion (hint of ...
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Follower headroom question

I am designing a HiVoltage nmos source follower but I can't get the input headroom voltage I need. My supply is 300VDC I use an STF7N60M2 600V nmos. I would like to have my 200Vpp AC signal coming out ...
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Does non-matching impedance of amplifier and speaker distort the sound?

I'm about to buy a pair of headphones and an audio interface with built in amplifier. The specs say that the amp's impedance is "<30 Ohms". The headphone I'd like to buy is a Beyerdynamic DT 990, ...
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Why is this the maximum dynamic range in a spectrum analyzer?

In Keysight's popular AN 150 there is a plot of noise and harmonics amplitudes versus the level of the input signal at the mixer (page 57). It's stated there that the maximum n-th dynamic range is ...
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How do I calculate THD in proteus?

I know how to plot the Fourier transform, but is there a more precise way to measure the total harmonic distortion? I have this graph: As you see, there's only one distinguishable component at 1 kHz ...
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Odd distortion in op-amp circuit for audio amplification

I'm new to electronics, so I apologize if this is simple. I'm trying to create a simple amplifier mainly for a guitar input, but testing it with an output and input from my sound interface. The ...
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Calculating Phase/Time Delay induced by a 2-pole Bandpass filter? ie. Group Delay?

If you have a two-pole Butterworth bandpass filter described by a particular Q value (Q>0.5) and a resonant center frequency "f", is there any equation that will tell you the phase/time delay induced ...
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How to turn an LM741 op amp into a distorted portable guitar amplifier?

Here is my circuit (to the best of my recollection): simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab NOTE: The voltages and resistance values are not known to me and what you see in ...
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What causes amplitude clipping of single stage CE BJT amplifier with a bypass capacitor?

Where is a single stage CE BJT amplifier with a bypass capacitor supposed to clip with a normal 4-resistor biasing circuit? Like I seem to be able to get the upper peak of the output voltage all the ...
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Crossover distortion returns when load is applied

I built a small audio amplifier using a OPA2134PA as a pre-amp to drive a complementary pair of Mosfets (IRF9540NPBF and IRF540NPBF). I've biased my Mosfets using two 10k resistors and 6 diodes. I've ...
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GaN & SiC piezoelectricity problematic?

I read that galium nitride and silicon carbide are piezo materials.Does this cause some problems? I can imagine that unwanted piezoelectricity directly in the circuit path would cause some kind of ...
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Emitter Follower Power Stage of an Amplifier with Switch-off capacitor

I know exactly how emitter follower (EF) arrangement of transistors works (when used as power current amplifying stage). But according to my book (G. Randy Slone: High Power Audio Amplifier ...
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Amplifier Causing Problems When Observed at DC

INTRO: Hello everyone! I am experimenting with audio amplifiers for a while now. I learned how to do an operational amplifier with discrete components and understand all its section and sub-circuits, ...
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Creative T3100 speakers input mod

I have made an input mod to increase the input impedance of my Creative T3100 speakers. But now even if the potentiometer is at the lowest level some sound from the input is coming off from the ...
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op-amp oscillators weird output

I am trying to build a sine wave oscillator using opamp, but i am getting weird output. Need help getting pure sine wave output. Circuit Schematic: Circuit Description: The circuit is similar to ...
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Can any type of op amp output stage be forced into Class A operation?

I'm trying to choose a good op amp for a Class A small signal audio amplifier circuit. I've done my research and understand the use pull up or pull down resistors externally to force Class A ...
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Unkown distortion in low power push-pull amplifier

I'm trying to make a small headphone amplifier, and I started out simple: I'm using a LM358 opamp to drive a push-pull stage with a pair of BD transistors. I started by trying a single channel (only ...
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low noise, low distortion analog multiplexing

I'm trying to design a low noise, low distortion, low cost op-amp circuit for multiplexing analog (audio) signals. Experience, research and some experimenting already led me to the following ...
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Actual reason why I have distortion in lower part of this Square wave amplifier (level translator application)

I am designing a simple Level translator using 2 transistors connected in series in LTSPICE simulator. I tried with one transistor but the output from the collector pin is 180 degree out of phase, as ...
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What is residual distortion in a THD analyzer?

Im a bit confused about the concept of residual distortion in audio THD analyzers, for example I have a Keithley 2015 analyzer, the data sheet shows that it has a minimum resolution to measure ...
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What is this strange artifcact on my inductive element?

I was looking at the Voltage/Current on an old inductive element, without any other components in the loop, and I got this weird artifact. Sadly, the xml file I saved was corrupted, so i had to ...
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filter between amplification stages of a distortion pedal

I'm currently building this distortion circuit for a guitar pedal. I didn't have any 2N5089 transistors so I decided to try using 2N3904s instead. The result has been an extremely harshly clipping ...
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Highly Distorted Output of Class B Power Amplifier

This is the circuit I made: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab This simple circuit incorporates differential stage - VA (Voltage-amplification) stage - OPS (Output ...
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Distortion Elimination with Differential Transistor Pair

Most of you know that incorporation of negative feedback within amplifier is one of major considerations when designing a hi-fi amplifier. Till now, I have only dealt with differential transistor pair ...
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Another Failed Differential Amplifier

This is the circuit I made - designed it, calculated it, built it: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Q1's and Q2's collector current was 5mA, while Q3's was 1mA. Sine ...
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Simple Class A Output Power Stage of Amplifier

I made this circuit and the output signal wasn't really what I was expecting to be. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab This is class A amplifier (both Q1 and Q2 ...
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Differential Amplifier Transistor Pair

I have been dealing with these differential amplifiers for weeks now and still don't understand the basic principles of its operation and how should it be used inside an audio amplifier. I understand ...
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Adding a resistor to reduce crossover distortion in an LM324/LM358

I was watching a video of the legendary Bob Pease, in which he says that the regular LM324/LM358 is not a low distortion amplifier, however, if you add a 10K resistor from the output of the opamp to ...
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Why is DC voltage biasing applied to a capacitor in distortion pedals

I've been looking at some distortion pedal schematics and many of them are a variation of the same circuit, such as these two: and I know that most of these pedals are used with 9V batteries or ...
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irritation in LTspice

I have written some measurement commands in LTSpice to calculate the weighted harmonic distortion (PWHD) .meas a1n INTEG (I(Lgra)*cos(2*n*180*fg*time)) .meas an PARAM a1n*2*fg .... (if somebody ...
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Inexplicably Amplifier Distortion

I was just experimenting with some different combinations of transistor stages and got this: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Q1 and Q2 represent cascode, where ...
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common emitter amplifier output distortion

why the output of the Amplifier is distorted? the input from the function generator is 1 Vp the amplifier is baised at collector voltage of 4.5 V the frequency of the input signal is 1 khz the ...
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What is the best preamplifier circuit for electret condenser microphone?

I have one old German directional dynamic microphone "SEL BST 205-1" and I remove everything inside it and pack 2 condenser microphones from mobile phones "Nokia 5130". Like preamp I use this ...
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Multiple Staged BJT Amplifier

Here is shown the design of simple multi-staged amplifier. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I tried to put together all three NPN transistor configurations and this ...
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Class A amplifier asymmetric distortion mystery

I have an amplifier that went bad on the left channel a couple of days ago. I'm kinda intrigued by the failure and symptoms, which is also why I'm posting here and not just counting my losses. I was ...
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Why does this JFET attenuator distort the signal this way?

I have been trying to build a simple VGA using an op-amp and JFET for gain control. I get good results over a small range of voltages (like factor of 10) but as soon as I try to improve this, the ...
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Crossover Distortion

The most common Audio Amplifier uses a NPN and a PNP BJT as an emitter follower to drive a low impedance speaker .This has been true for about 40 years.Some idle current is set up by a biasing circuit ...
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FET Push-Pull Amplifier

I'm curious about JFET/MOSFET circuit B class amplifier. When BJT is used we only have those (+/-)0.7V limiting the transistors and causing crossover distortion. But with adding FETs or MOSFETs to the ...
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Mains Voltage Distortion Question

I am studying the effect of a diode rectifier on the mains. When I started to increase the inductance, the current had less distortion but the input voltage became more distorted. When I looked at the ...
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Reason for Distortion in Amplifier for Speech Signals

I've been working on an at home project recently that requires the use of a speech amplifier. My ultimate goal is to perform signal processing via a dsPIC on speech signals to identify key words or at ...
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AM Demodulation of Square wave

Good day Guys, I am working on an AM Modulator and Demodulator circuit using the diode method. My modulation signal is a 10kHz Square Wave and I have a carrier frequency of 850 kHz. My modulation ...
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Modulation signal getting distored when connecting demodulator

Good day Guys, I have a question regarding output signals of a specific stage getting distorted when connecting the next stage. In my scenario, I am working on an AM modulator and demodulator of a ...
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IP2 1dB compression point representation and formula

I'm trying to calculate the 1dB compression point in a second order interception. I did find many examples using third order, however, for a second order, I couldn't find much. In Matlab I could ...
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Unity Gain Clipping Circuit

Please see the image below: This is an idea for a unity gain clipping circuit to be used in a guitar effects unit as a 'distortion' pedal. Some percentage of a peak detector output voltage feeds ...
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hamonics and sidebands in dc-dc converter

The lecture (page 8) shows output voltage spectrum with sinusoidal modulation of duty cycle of a dc-dc converter. I am wondering where the hamonics and sidebands come from. For hamonics, I read ...