Design Project: Audio Power Amplifier
Discrete Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
Your amplifier design will almost certainly require more than one stage of transistors to properly match the impedance of the microphone to that of the loudspeaker. Identify the topology of each transistor stage (common-emitter, common-collector, common-base, etc.), and explain what the primary form of gain for each stage is (voltage gain, or current gain).
While Class A amplifier circuits are simpler to design and build, they are rarely used for high-power applications. Why is this? Why are Class B amplifier designs much more popular for high-power applications? Would it be practical for you to build a microphone amplifier such as this using nothing but Class A circuitry?
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