PA100 GC - 100W per channel, 2x LM3886 in parallel power amplifier

This amplifier is based on the PA100 parallel amplifier detailed in National Semiconductor's application note - AN1192.


Since my DIY speaker is 4-ohm and somewhat difficult to drive, I want to have a more powerful amplifier to match with it. Therefore I designed this amplifier which uses two LM3886 per channel, in parallel circuit. This amp can deliver about 50W into a 8-ohm speaker and 100W into a 4-ohm speaker. This is a stereo amplifier and therefore 4 LM3886s are used.


Can a chip amp sound good? Definitely! Jeff Rowland uses LM3886 in some of their Hi-Fi audio designs, and they received good reviews.



The LM3886 circuit is in a non-inverted configuration, so the input impedance is determined by the input resistor R1, i.e. 47k. The 680 ohm and 470pF resistor capacitor filter network is used to filter out the high frequency noise at the RCA input. The 220pF C4 and C8 capacitors are used to shot out the high frequency noise at the LM3886 input pins.


I used high quality audio grade capacitors at several locations: 1uF Auricap at the input for DC blocking, 100uF Blackgate for C2 and C6, and 1000uF Blackgate at the supply filter.


Schematics :


The PCB is designed in a way that the power ground is separated from the signal ground, as you can see from the below layout. The signal ground is located in the middle and surrounded by the power ground. There is a thin trace near C5 connecting them. The PCB layout is done by using PADS PowerPCB 5.0. I think it is a powerful layout software.


PCB Layout (top):

PCB Layout (bottom):

After finished the layout, I send it to a PCB manufacturer in HK to make the PCB. After the PCB is made, I found some of the drill holes are not large enough.... I have to make it bigger manually.

Finished PCB :

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