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Class A, B...F Amps

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by AlexKunec, Jun 1, 2002.

  1. AlexKunec

    AlexKunec Stunt Coordinator

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    Whats the difference, pros/cons of Class A, B, ....F Amps?
     
  2. Cam S

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    I don't know much about the different classes, but I do know that the higher classes, C, D etc run WAY cooler and can put out alot of power but the quality of sound is less than that of a Class A amp. Class C, D+ amps are mainly used for powering subwoofers, mostly in Car audio and in home audio as well. Class A amps have very high sound quality but tend to run very hot and are usually VERY expensive, like the Krell Master Reference amp.
     
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    Here is what I've heard, but I honestly don't know and a lot of this is probably wrong. I'm sure someone else will tell us the correct information though.

    Class A amps 'bias' the output transistors with a decent amount of current (1-2+ amps) to improve their linearity and reduce distortion. Of course this comes at a cost in efficiency (50% maximum and usually a lot less) and heat - often over 100W idle dissipation.

    Class AB amps have a smaller bias (usually a fraction of an amp, I think). Most solid state amps are run Class AB because it's more efficient than Class A but still sounds better than Class B. Don't take my word for it though.

    Class B amps have no bias on the transistors.

    I believe Class D, F, etc are digital or switching amplifiers. I don't know how they work but they are very efficient and great for subwoofer amplifiers. There are also companies developing these amps for hi-fi applications and the results are getting better.
     
  4. Ken Shiring

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    Alex, ask and ye shall receive.
     

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