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A Low-Noise Two-Wire Condenser Microphone Preamplifier

Vacuum tube preamplifiers for use with DC-biased condenser microphones have two drawbacks; they require multiwire cables and they are usually noisy. Using the high voltage transistors available today, a two-wire cathode follower type of preamplifier is practical. If a low leakage FET is used at the input, bias resistors of 1000 megohm or more become practical, substantially reducing the input noise level. The design of such a preamplifier, with its associated power supply, is discussed.

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JAES Volume 15 Issue 2 pp. 163-168; April 1967
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