Project circuit power audio amplifier lm386 or lm386n

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Project your circuit of the audio amplifier with the ic lm386 lm386n lm386n-1

General description of the ic lm386

The LM386 is a power amplifier designed for use in low voltage consumer applications.

The gain is internally set to 20 to keep external part count low, but the addition of an external resistor and capacitor between pins 1 and 8 will increase the gain to any value from 20 to 200.

The inputs are ground referenced while the output automatically biases to one-half the supply voltage. The quiescent power drain is only 24 milliwatts when operating from a 6 volts supply, making the LM386 ideal for battery operation.

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Features of the lm 386

  1. Battery operation
  2. Minimum external parts
  3. Wide supply voltage range: 4V-12V or 5V-18V
  4. Low quiescent current drain: 4mA
  5. Voltage gains from 20 to 200
  6. Ground referenced input
  7. Self-centering output quiescent voltage
  8. Low distortion: 0.2% (AV = 20, VS =6V,RL =8Ω,PO =125mW, f = 1kHz)


  1. AM-FM radio amplifier
  2. Portable tape player amplifiers
  3. Intercoms
  4. TV sound systems
  5. Line drivers
  6. Ultrasonic drivers
  7. Small servo drivers
  8. Power converters

Control gain for project of the circuit using the ic lm386

To make the LM386 a more versatile amplifier, two pins (1 and 8  ) are provided for gain control. With pins 1 and 8 open the 1.35 kΩ resistor sets the gain at 20 (26 dB). If a capacitor is put from pin 1 to 8, bypassing the 1.35 kΩ resistor, the gain will go up to 200 (46 dB). If a resistor is placed in series with the capacitor, the gain can be set to any value from 20 to 200. Gain control can also be done by capacitively coupling a resistor (or FET) from pin 1 to ground.

Additional external components can be placed in parallel with the internal feedback resistors to tailor the gain and frequency response for individual applications. For example, we can compensate poor speaker bass response by frequency shaping the feedback path. This is done with a series RC from pin 1 to 5 (paralleling the internal 15 kΩ resistor).

For 6 dB effective bass boost: R . 15 kΩ, the lowest value or good stable operation is R = 10 kΩ if pin 8 is open. If pins 1 and 8 are bypassed then R as low as 2 kΩ can be used.

This restriction is because the amplifier is only compensated for closed-loop gains greater than 9.


The schematic shows that both inputs are biased to ground with a 50kΩ resistor. The base current of the input transistors is about 250 nA, so the inputs are at about 12.5 mV when left open. If the dc source resistance driving the LM386 is higher than 250 kΩ it will contribute very little additional offset (about 2.5 mV at the input, 50 mV at the output). If the dc source resistance is less than 10 kΩ, then shorting the unused input to ground will keep the offset low (about 2.5 mV at the input, 50 mV at the output). For dc source resistances between these values we can eliminate excess offset by putting a resistor from the unused input to ground, equal in value to the dc source resistance. Of course all offset problems are eliminated if the input is capacitively coupled.

When using the LM386 with higher gains (bypassing the 1.35 kΩ resistor between pins 1 and 8 ) it is necessary to by-pass the unused input, preventing degradation of gain and possible instabilities. This is done with a 0.1 µF capacitor or a short to ground depending on the dc source resistance on the driven input.

Amplifier with Gain = 20

Minimum Parts

Amplifier with Gain=20 Minimum Parts lm386 by national instruments

Amplifier gain = 200

Amplifier gain=200 lm386n

Amplifier gain = 50

Oscilator square wave

Amplifier with Gain=50 lm386 by national instruments

Oscilator square wave

Oscilator square wave using lm386


pinage of lm386 lm 386n

Internal diagram

Internal diagram of lm386 lm386n

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1 thought on “Project circuit power audio amplifier lm386 or lm386n”

  1. Why would you tag TDA2030 in this when it’s only about the 386? There is not a single reference to it in the article. That’s obnoxious for people actually looking for, say, the tda2030 internal circuit diagram. Very unethical of you.


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