Power Amplifiers

Classe CA-M600 Monoblock Power Amplifier

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On the Bench

Distortion measurements were made within an 80 kHz bandwidth. Some tests were performed with the amplifier driving one of the Carver speakers, while others used an 8 ohm power resistor.

At 1 kHz and 10 volts into the Carver speaker, THD+N was a miniscule 0.001%.

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IMD, using the SMPTE standard of 60 Hz and 7 kHz sine waves at a 4:1 ratio, was 0.002%. This is superb performance.

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Using 19 kHz and 20 kHz sine wave test signals, the B-A peak at 1 kHz was 122 dB below the fundamentals.

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THD+N vs. Frequency into the Carver speaker was flat out to about 5 kHz and then rose steadily up to 50 kHz.

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Here is an Impedance - Phase plot of the Carver speaker. The region around 5 kHz, where the impedance is low and the phase is - 650, is very difficult for amplifiers to drive, and that is part of the reason the distortion goes up in that frequency range in the graph shown above.

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The measured frequency response was down 0.3 dB at 20 kHz, and down 3 dB at 100 kHz, for both 8 ohms and 4 ohms, which is right on the specification.

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THD+N vs. Power Output resulted in the sharp knee at 650 watts into 8 ohms, and clipping (1% THD+N) at 700 watts. With a 4 ohm load, the sharp knee was at 900 watts, with clipping at 1,200 watts.

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