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The Application of Direct Digital Feedback for Amplifier System Control

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An effective feedback topology is clearly a beneficial requirement for a well performing digital amplifier. The ability to cancel corrupting influences such as power supply ripple and un-matched components is necessary for good sonic performance. Additional benefits derive from the fact that the feedback information is processed in the digital domain. Current delivered into the speaker load can be inferred. The amplifier acts as a voltage source, the value of which is derived from the recorded source material. The current delivered into the loudspeaker is also clearly influenced by the load impedance, which varies with frequency and other factors. This paper describes the ability of the system to measure current and derive speaker impedance and actual delivered power and goes on to illustrate applications in real systems.

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