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August 2004

Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference Mono Amplifiers: Measurements

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Additional Data
  • Measurements were made with 120V AC line voltage.
  • Power output and distortion plotted with one channel driven (this is a mono amplifier).
  • Output noise, 8-ohm load, unbalanced input, 1k-ohm input termination: wideband 1.12mV, -68.1dBW; A weighted 0.483mV, -75.4dBW.
  • AC line current draw at idle: 4.2A (warmed-up).
  • Output impedance at 50Hz: 0.08 ohms.
  • This amplifier does not invert polarity.
Measurements Summary

Power output with 1kHz test signal

  • 8-ohm load at 1% THD: 157W

  • 4-ohm load at 1% THD: 300W


Measurements were made feeding the unbalanced inputs with the -phase RCA jack shorted. Results were substantially the same through the balanced inputs. Chart 1 shows the frequency response of the amp with varying loads. As can be seen, the output impedance, as judged by the closeness of spacing between the curves of open circuit, 8-ohm and 4-ohm loading, is quite low. The variation with the NHT dummy load is less than +/- 0.1dB, not of great consequence. Chart 2 illustrates how total harmonic distortion plus noise vs. power varies for a 1kHz and SMPTE IM test signals and amplifier output load. As can be seen, attainable power is greater for the 4-ohm load as is usual for most power amplifiers. Total harmonic distortion plus noise as a function of frequency at several different power levels is plotted in Chart 3. The amount of rise in distortion at high frequencies is quite low, a desirable characteristic, and a particular characteristic that designer Vladimar Lamm feels is important. Damping factor vs. frequency is shown in Chart 4. Notable about this curve is how constant the damping factor is with frequency, a property that usually goes along with constant distortion vs. frequency. A spectrum of the harmonic distortion and noise residue is plotted in Chart 5. The AC line harmonics are relatively high in this Chart. The signal harmonics are basically second and third with higher harmonics being less than the noise floor. Also, there are no 120Hz modulation sidebands around the nulled fundamental 1kHz test frequency or its harmonics.

Chart 1 - Frequency Response of Output Voltage as a Function of Output Loading

Magenta line: open circuit
Red line: 8-ohm load
Blue line: 4-ohm load
Cyan line: NHT dummy-speaker load

Chart 2 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Output Loading

(line up at 20W to determine lines)
Top line: 8-ohm SMPTE IM
Second line: 4-ohm SMPTE IM
Third line: 8-ohm THD+N
Bottom line: 4-ohm THD+N

Chart 3 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Frequency

4-ohm output loading
Cyan line: 200W
Blue line: 50W
Magenta line: 10W
Red line: 1W

Chart 4 - Damping Factor as a Function of Frequency

Damping factor = output impedance divided into 8

Chart 5 - Distortion and Noise Spectrum

1kHz signal at 10W into an 4-ohm load


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