Car audio amplifier using TDA2003

admin February 14, 2011 18 Comments

Car Audio Amplifier Circuit


A simple low power car stereo amplifier circuit based on TDA 2003 is shown here. The circuit uses cheap, readily available components and it is very easy to construct. TDA2003 is an integrated car radio amplifier from ST Micro electronics that has a lot of good features like short circuit protection for all pins, thermal over range low harmonic distortion, low cross over distortion etc.
In the circuit given here each TDA2003 is wired as a mono amplifier operating from a 12V supply. Resistors R2 and R3 forms a feedback network that sets the amplifiers gain. C7 is the input DC de-coupling capacitor and C5 couples the speaker to the amplifiers output. C4 is used for improving the ripple rejection while C1 and C2 are employed for power supply filtering. C3 and R1 are used for setting the upper frequency cut-off. Network comprising of C6 and R4 is used for frequency stabilization and to prevent oscillation.

Car audio amplifier Circuit diagram.

Car stereo amplifier circuit diagram

Car stereo amplifier circuit schematic


  • Assemble the circuit on a good quality PCB.
  • Heat sinks are necessary for both ICs.
  • The circuit can be operated from 12V DC.
  • S1 is the ON/OFF switch.

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  • Rajat
    April 16, 2015

    Sir, can we use this circuit for a 40W 4 ohm speaker. I want to have an amp for my car which must be compatible with this speaker.
    Plz, suggest me some other amp circuit in case we cant use this circuit with 40W 4ohm load.


  • regie
    February 17, 2014

    what is the voltage rating of the capacitor i used in this circuit?

  • seetharaman
    September 3, 2013

    Hi Rex it is still a 10 + 10 watts stereo amplifier. Cannot be a single 20 watt mono amplifier. If you connect them in bridged mode, theoretically you will get 4 times the power into the same load. That is one amplifier will amplify positive portion of the signal at the same time the other will be amplifying the negative portion so the excursion voltage across speaker doubles. That is the power will get by 4 times as power is Voltage square divided by the speaker impedance. But practically as per manufacturer you will get 18watts

  • Rex
    September 3, 2013

    Seetharaman, There are two audio amplifeirs here connected together, and each of them produce 10W at output,.. my question is… Can the two amplifeirs produce 20W output

  • Rex
    September 3, 2013

    There are two audio amplifeirs here connected together, and each of them produce 10W at output,.. my question is… Can the two amplifeirs produce 20W.

  • priya
    July 25, 2013

    i wanna report for car audio amplifier..plz send me with in this sunday

  • Rex
    July 11, 2013

    Seetharaman, what class does this Amplifeir belong?

    • Seetharaman
      July 12, 2013

      Hi Rex between class AB and B as there is a quiescent current of 50mA is consumed by output stage to overcome crossover distortion.

  • Rex
    July 11, 2013

    Seetharaman, are we connecting the two Right (R) terminals of input of the two amplifeirs together? And the two Left (L) input terminals of the amplifeirs together?

    • Seetharaman
      July 11, 2013

      Hi Rex common goes to ground (power supply 12 volts -ve terminal) and core(center lead of input coaxial cable) goes to input coupling capacitor C1.
      If you are asking for bridging, the input is directly connected to one amplifier and inverted (180deg out of phase) signal is connected to other amplifier and seaker is connected between both amplifier output terminal IC pin no4 (speaker one terminal to one IC pin4 and other speaker lead to other ic pin4)

  • Rex
    July 4, 2013

    Seetharaman, please give us the Bridge circuit of this amplifeir

  • Rex
    May 11, 2013

    How can i BRIDGE this two ICs together to get only “ONE” OUTPUT and also boost the power output of the circuit

  • February 27, 2013

    does all your circuits are work perfectly ??
    coz some websites that i had been searched about circuits are have some errors ., that is why its hard to trust now in any websites that they didin’t proven..

  • seetharaman
    September 23, 2011

    Hi Jithin connect all earth point together to -12volt. For clarity of circuit, without showing so many inter connections, the circuits are normally shown like this. all ground points are normally common reference point.

  • jithin
    September 22, 2011

    do i join the ten earth points together. and where do i connect the -12v dc.

  • Jonathan
    February 24, 2011

    C3/R1 can be left off if you don’t want the bass boost. These ICs can drive as low as 1.6 ohm spkrs. They can also use up to an 18V supply. C4 doesn’t need to be 470uF; 47uF is fine.

  • babila
    February 11, 2011

    good diagram i like it and the funtioning to

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