Date

12-2017

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

David Braun

Abstract

Many high impedance headphones underperform their full potential when directly connected to the audio source. Amplifiers boost the audio signal and provide the headphones with sufficient power to ensure their maximum performance. The invention of transistors caused vacuum tube implementation to decline, leaving many audiophiles unsatisfied with the transistor’s sound signature. Vacuum tubes and transistors both amplify signals, however the distinct “tube sound” has vanished.

We have designed and created a product where the user selectively switches between solid-state transistor and tube amplification to compare the sound signatures of each amplification method. The ability to switch between the solid-state and tube amplifiers creates the ability to achieve a more customized sound for individual songs and improve the user’s listening experience. This requires the design of two separate amplifiers and circuitry to switch back and forth between amplification methods without pausing the music or unplugging any device.

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