This is my second encounter with LM3886. I was pleased of the sound this chip produced the first time, so I decided to make another amplifier with it.
The schematic is based on the schematic in the datasheet of the chip with minor changes.
I removed the time delay capacitor connected to MUTE pin, because it's better to use separate DC protection schematic which has similar functionality.
I made the output inductance L1 by winding 15 turns of enameled wire around the resistor R7. The diameter of the wire must be minimum 0.4mm. The whole was wrapped with heat shrink.
I used 47uF/63V non polarized capacitor for C2. It can be regular electrolytic capacitor, but it's better to use non-polarized or bipolar.
Here's what the finished boards look like:
And here's my test setup :)
The power supply is very simple - a bridge rectifier and 4 x 10 000uF/50V capacitors.
If the input is disconnected and open there is a little hum which can be heard only with an ear pressed against the speaker. But once the amplifier is connected via cable to the source and there is no signal, it becomes absolutely silent.
Also if the heat sink is isolated from the metal tabs of the chips with some mica pads then the heat sink is good to be connected to the ground to prevent inducing hum in the open inputs.
It can be mounted without isolation pads for better thermal conductance, but then the heat sink itself must be isolated from the metal enclosure which usually is connected to the ground.
How does it sound? Excellent :)
Update: July 22, 2015
Now, after more than a year, I finished the amplifier :)
It's intended to be connected to my computer and will power two bookshelf speakers on my desk. The enclosure isn't the prettiest, but it is only 5 euro, so...
The heat sink here is much smaller than before and that's why there is a 60mm fan mounted on the back. It is powered by voltage regulator 7809 and it is inaudible. There is small empty space at upper left corner where I can put an EMI filter some time in the future :)
This is how it looks:
Link for downloading files of the project in PDF format: LINK
Use them on your own responsibility.
The PCB in the archive is a little different from that in the pictures - I changed the way R7/L1 combo is mounted. It's horizontal now which is more convenient.
Update December 3, 2015
One of my readers ask me for the PCB of the power supply. I haven't published it before, because it's very simple design and I think everybody should be able to make it himself . Anyway, here is the link for downloading the files for power supply: LINK
This is the schematic: