Electronics Design

Star-quad cable

Star quad cable is a type of balanced audio cable that specializes in reducing electromagnetic interference. Quad cable is better at rejecting external noise than an equivalent single pair cable. Star-quad cable is a four-conductor cable that has a special quadrupole geometry which provides magnetic immunity when used in a balanced line. Four conductors are

Speaker DC protection

DC signals also affect the movement of the speaker cone which may result in a reduction of audio quality, although low level DC doesn’t damage the speaker. If you were to apply more than a little DC power to speakers, this will cause the voice coil to heat up significantly, which would likely cause damage.

Electronica 2022

The electronica trade fair in Munich is just about to start. Electronica 2022 is the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics November 15–18, 2022 at Trade Fair Center Messe München Germany. After a four-year break, electronics professionals gather in Munich for the Electronica trade fair. Expectations are high for both companies and visitors.

Component cross references

Here are links to some useful electronics component cross references: SMD Cross reference https://www.electronica-pt.com/db/smd.php Electronics component information search at www.epanorama.net https://www.epanorama.net/cgi-bin/semi.cgi

Popular Electronics magazine

Popular Electronics was created in 1954 by Ziff-Davis for an audience of electronics hobbyists and experimenters. It soon became the “World’s Largest-Selling Electronics Magazine”. For all of you interested in “Popular Electronics” from 1954 to 2003. Now free to read and download https://worldradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm

Curve tracers

Curve tracing is a classic way to learn more about many electronic components. Curve tracing is essentially a means of making a graph of current (I) versus voltage (V) called an I-V curve, to display the basic characteristics of an electronic device. I-V curves of the components are helpful in understanding their limitations and nonlinear

Old logic analyzer and probe cables

I got an old HP mixed signal oscilloscope HP54645D. This is over 20 years old test instrument with CRT display. The 54645D is a 100 MHz, 2+16 channel Mixed Signal Oscilloscope from Agilent. Measure voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency, rise time, etc. Applications include

Lithium charging security

Don’t do this! (There’s a much safer way) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M88e1r8nvYk Big Clive discovered there’s a “thing” going around where people are charging lithium cells by attaching a stripped USB lead directly to them. Normally lithium cells are very safe if undamaged and correct charging procedures are used. But overcharging them like this can result in cell

Speaker to line level attenuator

I saw in Facebook DIY audio group a question about suitable voltage divider resistance values to step down an amplifier’s output (approx 28vrms) to for example around 2.8v. The aim is to use the speaker outputs of an integrated amplifier or AV receiver to run an external power amplifier. Its obvious that a 10:1 ratio