So when designing amplifiers, I like to put the power supply on a circuit board.
While I think point-to-point wiring has its place in the amplifier section, the use of a PCB gives a more compact and tidy layout for power supplies.
So in the next amp I'm building the power supply is going to be a little more challenging than the previous, as this one has a phono stage, which adds complexity.
This power supply needs to provide:
- B+ 300V for the output stage
- 280V (X2) for the preamp
- 300V separate regulated supply for phono stage
- 250V (X2) off the phono stage rail
- -25V regulated DC for the heaters on the phono stage (and doubling as bias supply for output valves)
- Elevation voltage of around 60V for the heater supply for the Cathode Follower
- 555 IC circuit for 30sec B+ delay on power-up
So a number of resistors, capacitors and rails needed. And it all has to fit as compactly as possible onto the PCB since this amp is going into a compact chassis.
So, before starting to design the finished PCB, some thought needs to be given to the layout... in the old days this might have been a pencil-and-paper exercise, but that method isn't particularly flexible when it comes to making corrections or revisions.
Enter a tablet computer with a pen. This is how I make my rough sketches for PCB layouts... from this file I shall design the final PC board
It looks truly awful, but it makes sense to me.
Next step: designing the board from this sketch, when done I'll post the layout here