My brother decided that now was the time to join the world of vinyl records and then needed a phono amplifier. We looked at different alternatives and ended up with a Audio Research PH3 clone as this looked promising and the schematic was to be found online.
My brother designed the amplifier according to the schematic found at www.arcdb.ws and we decided to try to make our own regulated power supply as we had just discovered the high voltage (1,2 - 440V) LR8N3 regulator from microchip and wanted to try this. The regulator feeds a high voltage TIP162 darlington transistor to ensure enough current (30mA@210V) for the amplifier. We also use a PIC12F675 to delay the high voltage turn on until the tubes has pre heated for 30 seconds.
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