Audio Distortion Meter
Here is a simple 1KHz audio distortion meter that can measure the Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) on any load at any out put power.Here you have the option to select 2,4,8 or 16 Ohm loads. The circuit works by filtering the 1 kHz fundamental signal using a notch filter comprising of L1,C2,C1,R1. With a little time and calculation you can get the correct THD of your amplifier in such a simple way.
Audio Distortion Meter Circuit Diagram with Parts List .
- Inductor L1 is a UTC VC 15 variable inductor.If this is not available try with any kind of variable inductor you have.
- Load resistors R1 to R4 must be rated at least twice the power you are going to deal.
- Meter M1 shall be a general purpose AC voltmeter with range determined by the maximum possible output voltage of the Amplifier under test.
- Feed the input of your amplifier a 1KHz signal from a signal generator.If you don’t have a signal generator make a 1 kHz Colpitts oscillator for the purpose.
- Connect the out put of Amp to points P1 and P2 of the circuit.
- First select the required load resistance using S1 .
- Slide the switch S2 to CAL position (to left as in circuit) .
- Note the reading on the AC meter as V cal.
- Now slide S2 to THD position (right) .
- Adjust L1 and R5 to get the minimum meter reading and note that reading as V min.
- Now THD(%) = ( V min / V cal ) *100.
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