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Transformers, Tube Output


Transformers, Tube Output

Tube amplifier output transformers

All OPTs are built in our dual coil single C-core style and can be ordered with a choice of core air-gap for Push-Pull or Single-Ended applications. Most of our OPTs can be configured for different primary and secondary impedances. The use of C-cores with well-defined air-gap results in an almost constant inductance throughout the whole operating voltage range. For SE transformers, the primary inductance variation due to signal level is less than 7%.

Most of the transformers below are available with amorphous iron C-cores. The amorphous cores are considered to have sonic advantages, but the signal level capability with amorphous core is about 30% less than with a conventional silicon-iron C-core.

  • If you need to more easily switch between different speaker impedances on our output transformers LL1620, LL1623 and LL1627, this sheet suggests two different wiring alternatives where the OPT secondary is reconnected using only three jumpers.
  • The LL1620CFB is a special version of the LL1620 where the primary windings have been split to allow for cathode feedback connections.
  • The 2.5kg and the 1.4 kg transformers above are available with amorphous iron C-cores. We expect all application parameters to be similar for the amorphous core and the silicon iron cores, except that the amorphous cores signal handling capability is slightly smaller.

From a purely engineering point of view, we cannot justify the fairly high price of our amorphous core OPTs. But we have actually received a lot of praise for their sound quality, such as this report.

When considering testing an amorphous core transformer, please note that they are said to require much longer break in time than what is normally required for silicon-iron cores.

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