2012-05-11

MEIER-AUDIO CORDA ARIETTA headphone amplifier inside.

MEIER-AUDIO CORDA ARIETTA headphone amplifier inside - pics, chips and schematic...
The middle switch is for a low level crossfeed filter.
See also an audio RMAA tests here.



CORDA ARIETTA

Chips:
  • IC1-IC4 - LM6171 (High speed unity-gain stable voltage feedback amplifier)
  • IC5-IC6 - BUF634T (250mA high-speed buffer)
  • IC7-IC8 - DB107 (Bridge rectifier)
  • IC9 - LM7815 (Voltage regulator)
  • IC10 - LM7915 (Voltage regulator)

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Schematic of the amp is similar to that shown below are taken from earler article of Jan Meier named "A DIY Headphone Amplifier With Natural Crossfeed by Jan Meier".

A DIY Headphone Amplifier
With Natural Crossfeed


 Power supply


Some info from Meier's site:
  • $240,- outside EC.
  • The CORDA ARIETTA is a small budget-amp with a big sound. It has a detailed and natural sound. There is a touch of warmth that makes this amp slightly forgiving. A very nice entry amp for a really nice price!
  • Maximum amplification factor 3.0 (+ 10 dB).
  • Maximum output voltage 13V.
  • Maximum peak output current 250 mA.
  • Crossfeed filter (stereo, low).
  • Gold-plated input jacks.
  • Silver plated headphone jack (Neutrik).
  • Silver plated heavy duty switch.
  • Alps Blue Potentiometer.
  • 3.2 Watts toroidal transformer.
  • 110V and 220V selectable.
  • Power uptake 2 Watts.
  • Built-in groundloop breaker.
  • Low impedance electrolytic buffer capacitors. Total Buffer capacity 28.000 uF.
  • Ceramic bypass capacitors in the power supply.
  • Polystyrol and polypropylen capacitors in the signal path.
  • Metalfilm resistors in the signal path.
  • Double sided PCB.
  • LM6171 opamps biased into class-A.
  • BUF634 buffer amplifiers at each output channel.
  • Star-ground and ultra short signal paths.
  • Signal paths and signal path components at the bottom side of the PCB for maximal shielding.
  • Sturdy aluminium enclosure.
  • Weight: 0.8 kg.
  • Size: 18.0 x 10.7 x 6.1 cm.

P.S.
Outdated product.