Updated: 02-Jan-06

DDDAC 1543, Circuit Description

This page will describe how the circuit basically functions. I will not go in extreme details, but just "walk you through" the basic elements of the DDDAC1543, so you can follow what I have been doing.....

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Digital Inputs:
Clear we need a S/P-DIF input :-) This is straight cook-book: To make things as universal as possible I took both optical and cinch input. If you want to make things even nicer, you could put a 1:1 transformer at the input for the coax, but I have not done this. May be I try later if it really makes a difference.... The optical input is the welknown Toshiba module. Please note that if you use a Mains Power supply it may be useful to put a RC network before the V+ of the TORX176. 

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Although a CS8412 is chosen, every receiver which can output I2S signals is suitable. Never the less, this one is easy available through out the world, it is still "through-hole" where the rest of the world seems to be SMD.... and relatively cheap (although the most expensive component in this project !!!). The receiver has the option to work with 2 supplies. One for the digital part and one for the VCO. To go for sure I keep the 2 separated. Even in the probably never used position of S/P-DIF clock, I think it is fair to make it still ok.... The datasheet tells us, that in Mode 2 we have I2S signal structure and the clock is being reconstructed from the incoming signal. This is selected by the pins M0-4. However, if pin 23 is selected HIGH, the 2 signals FS and SCK are switched as inputsignal, so we can use the external clock..... The De-emphasize is not used as CD's with this old fashioned system most likely are not in your collection. Otherwise use the normal output of your CD-Player I would like to suggest. The R-C network is for the VCO. Some people say it is even better to put a 3300pF C from pin 20 to ground, so feel free. On the PCB there is space both with holes as with SMD pads....  From pin 26 finally the serial data is led to the DAC's inputs. The 2 clocking signals controls the timing: SCK is the bit clock, running at 64Fs and Fs is of course the word clock, clocking each complete sample every 44.1 kHz

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The 2 key signals to clock the data around the receiver and DAC are the 64Fs and Fs. These can be easily derived from an 11.289Mhz clock by dividing by 4 and and 256.....  The 74HC4040 does exactly what we need here...  Q0 is the first divide-by-2 section and every next "Qn" will divide by another 2. Therefore we tap the signals at Q1 and Q7. The 3 pole switch makes now the selection possible between internal and external clock signals as by the 3rd pole the CS8412 is switched between mode 2 and 3.....

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The DAC is receiving the serial signals and store them in registers. At every Fs the value of the sample is converted into a current at the outputpins 6 and 8 . How this mathematically works is described detailed in the datasheet. Important is, that by changing the Voltage reference at pin 7 the internal balance and linearity of the DAC is kind of pre-set. In fact the voltage at pin 7 is defining the internal current source. There are clear measurable and audible differences !!!  I found out, by measuring and listening, that the best results were obtained when the Rload resistor is 2 times the Rref... Or (this is the same, but easy to measure) the Output DC voltage over Rload is twice the Vref. Also the best results were got when the DC at the output is slightly below half of VA2........

In summary: per DAC, the Rload should be round 2k2 and the Rref 1k5. If you use "n" DAC's just divide these values by "n". In my case with 8 DAC's it is 2k2 / 8 = 270 Ohm (next practical value) If you now use a trimmer for R ref, you can even trim the DAC individually by use of a FFT analyzer or just with your EARS. Works pretty fine. Of course AFTER you chosen or trimmed the Voltage VA2. This is less critical and works fine between 8.0 and 8.5 Volt. It works with lower voltages as well, but you need to re-trim the Ref and Rload as well !! Furthermore, the DAC seems to sound best at the mentioned voltages. You can measure differences in k2 as well.....

Due to the DC at the outputs, we need 2 capacitors to lead the signal to the next stage..... I used Auri-Cap's, but feel free to take your personal favorites :-)

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Power Supply:
Some listening tests showed that using a normal Led Battery was giving better results compared with a typical regulated power supply. I am not arguing  that an extremely complex super low noise power supply will have the same drawback, but in that case a Battery seems again very uncomplicated to me.... With the 7.2 Ah version I use, I can play almost 15 hours at a time. To be honest, I normally don't .....  Using a 2-pole switch as on/off switch cleverly, the Battery is connected to a standard Battery charger you can buy in every Electronics shop for less money you could build it yourself. I use a fully automatic one, so it can stay connected without limitations for longer time. Actually it keeps the Battery "fresh". Cost? 29 Euro....

Ok, now we need to make 5 Volt from the 12Volt Supply. What I have done is separating the 3 major Supply Points (Receiver Digital & Analogue and the DAC). I have not done A-B tests, but never the less it appeared no bad idea, as I could measure otherwise some HF stuff over the power supply line, which might cause some influence..... Through the low impedance of the Battery, the 3 are effectively separated now. The use of the SHUNT regulator TL431 for the receiver might improve this even further. For reasons of supply current (500mA) I used a nicely cooled LT1085, which allows very precise trimming of the VA2 as well. On the PCB a 20 turn spindle let you choose your supply voltage without any problems...... For decoupling I used 20uF Black Gates. Why? I have a box full, so they were on hand. Feel free (again) to take your favorite or what you have on hand....... No magic, no rocket science...... BUT do not make the value BELOW 5uF as this is a MUST, not to let the TL431 oscillate !!!  


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Happy Listening and Building !!!!

Doede Douma

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