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Class AB & HPOUT DC bias

Category: Hardware


I have some confuse, as I know the class AB output dc bias approach to zero

Why HPOUT+ and HPOUT- have a half dc voltage of VDDHP

  • Hello MasterAudio,

    Because the output circuits are class AB and will sit at AVDD/2 and it is not possible to put a large cap on the silicon die so it has to be done externally. The enables the output to swing positive and negative with respect to the CM ( common Mode) voltage level. These parts do not have a positive and negative power supply rails, only single ended power so therefore "0" signal level has to be midway of the power supply. 

    You can use the CM pin as a reference for an OpAmp circuit to amplify it without caps or the easiest and best way is to place a series cap to block the DC and allow for a simpler design of output amplifier. 

    In the case of headphones, it does not matter if it does not touch ground. It is still a good idea to use caps if it fits into your design budget. 

    Did I answer your question? Please feel free to share why this is a problem for you?

    Dave T

    BTW, Let me know which part you are looking at.