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Three-Level Audio Power Indicator

Battery-operated 3 LED display

Simply connect it to loudspeaker output

Power indicator circuit diagram


R1__________100K   1/4W Resistor
R2___________50K   1/2W Trimmer Cermet
R3__________330K   1/4W Resistor
R4____________1M2  1/4W Resistor
R5__________470K   1/4W Resistor
R6,R7_______500K   1/2W Trimmers Cermet
R8____________1K5  1/4W Resistor
R9-R11______470R   1/4W Resistors

C1___________47pF  63V Ceramic Capacitor
C2__________100nF  63V Polyester Capacitor
C3___________47µF  25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C4____________1µF  25V Electrolytic Capacitor

D1______BZX79C5V1 5.1V 500mW Zener Diode
D2_________1N4148  75V 150mA Diode
D3-D5________3mm.  Yellow LEDs

IC1_________LM339  Quad Voltage Comparator IC

SW1__________SPST  Slider Switch

B1_____________9V  PP3

Clip for 9V PP3 Battery

Circuit operation: 

This circuit is intended to indicate the power output level of any audio amplifier. It is simple, portable, and displays three power levels that can be set to any desired value. For a standard HiFi stereo power amplifier like the 25W one described in these pages, the power output values suggested are as followings:

The above values were chosen for easy setup, but other settings are possible.
IC1A is the input buffer, feeding 3 voltage comparators and LEDs drivers by means of a variable dc voltage obtained by R5 and C4 smoothing action. In order to achieve setting stability, the supply of IC1 and trimmers R6 & R7 is reduced and clamped to 5.1V by Zener diode D1.


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