Circuit Preamplifier 2.1 stereo tone control + subwoofer

2.1 active subwoofer preamplifier

Stereo preamplifier 2.1 , tone control + subwoofer, useful preamplifier circuit to be used in active boxes, combined with power amplifiers. It has a bass filter for the subwoofer channel and a stereo channel with bass/mid and treble tone control. With independent volume adjustment for the satellite speakers and subwoofer.

About the 2.1 Preamplifier

P1 sets the overall volume, C6 couples the audio signal to the IC1A amplifier, configured as inverter and 1.5 gain works with buffer. IC2A forms the tone control with bass and treble option. P2 adjusts the output volume for the satellite speakers. R17 and R18 connect the stereo signal to the amplifier IC3A, configured as non-inverting and gain 11, if necessary you can change the gain. IC3B was a high pass filter with a cutoff frequency of 49Hz, IC4A a low pass filter with a cutoff frequency of 157Hz and IC4B forms a low pass filter with an adjustable cutoff frequency via P6 from 58Hz to 157Hz, P5 adjusts the volume of the bass channel.

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The cut-off frequency can be adjusted according to your needs, for this use circuit calculators with operational amplifiers.

Also get to know our 2.1 amplifiers

Here I used JRC’s original NJM5532 operational amplifier, you can use any dual operational amplifier.

The power supply uses rectifier bridge in DB-1 package and can be DB102, DB103, DB104, DB105, DB106 or DB107. For filtering we used C23, C24, C12, C13, C27, C28, C21, C22, C25, and C26. We used voltage regulators LM7812 and LM7912, optionally you can use 3 mm leds to indicate the power status. The transformer should be a double type from 12 + 12 to 15 + 15 VAC. Avoid using the same transformer that feeds the power amplifier.

This preamplifier can be used with several of our amplifiers posted here. You can reuse burned-out home-theater speakers, with the option of using a subwoofer and two or more satellites.

Schematic of the 2.1 preamplifiers with tone control and bass filter

2.1 Stereo Subwoofer Preamplifier Schematic
2.1 Stereo Subwoofer Preamplifier Schematic

Printed circuit board of the preamplifier with tone control and subwoofer output

Preamplifier Components View Tone Control
Preamplifier Components View Tone Control
Pcb Printed Circuit Board Bottom Part
Pcb Printed Circuit Board Bottom
Pcb Printed Circuit Board Top
Pcb Printed Circuit Board Top
Silk Components Preamplifier 2.1 Subwoofer
Silk Components’ Preamplifier 2.1 Subwoofer

Bill of material to assemble 2.1 stereo preamplifier, tone control + subwoofer

Last Update: 10/21/2022 10:07 AM

1/4W resistors
R1, R4, R5, R9, R10, R13, R14, R29, R301KBrown, Black, Red, Gold9
R2, R11, R17, R18, R2668kBlue, Gray, Orange, Gold5
R3, R12, R19, R21100kBrown, Black, Yellow, Gold4
R6, R7, R8, R15, R16, R20, R27, R31, R3210kBrown, Black, Orange, Gold9
R22150kBrown, Black, Yellow, Gold1
R23, R24, R25, R286.8kBlue, Gray, Red, Gold4
C1, C2, C1447pF (47)Ceramic Capacitor3
C3, C710p (10)Ceramic Capacitor2
C4, C82.2n (222)Film capacitor2
C5, C9, C15, C16, C17100n (104)Film capacitor11
C6, C101u (105)Film capacitor2
C1110u/25VElectrolytic Capacitor1
C12, C132200u/25VElectrolytic Capacitor2
C18, C19220n (224)Film capacitor2
C2010n (103)Film capacitor1
C21, C22220u/25VElectrolytic Capacitor2
C23, C24, C25, C26, C27, C28100nF (104)Ceramic Capacitor
IC1, IC2, IC3, IC4NE5532N or equivalentOperational amplifier dual4
IC5LM781212V positive voltage regulator1
IC6LM7912Negative voltage regulator -12V1
B1DB107Bridge rectifier1
LED1, LED2Led 3 mmGreen or red led2
P1, P2, P3, P450KDouble potentiometer5
P5, P650KSimple potentiometer1
CN1POWERKRE 3-Way Connector Terminal 5.08 mm1
CN2INJST-XH-03 2.54 mm 3-pin connector or equivalent1
CN3OUTJST-XH-03 2.54 mm 3-pin connector or equivalent1
CN4SUBOUTJST-XH-03 2.54 mm 2-pin connector or equivalent1
Solder, Wires, PCB, Box, transformer, etc.

Download files for this assembly, includes Gerber, PNG, PDF, and postscript PCB files.



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