Monday, August 17, 2009

Amplifier Power Indicator

This is one of many audio level indicator circuit. The different is that this circuit should be connected tho the output of amplifier while the other indicators connected before amplifier module. This circuit will show the real audio output by LED indicator level.

Amplifier Power Indicator circuit diagram

R1_____________220R  1/2W Resistor
R2,R5,R6,R8____100R 1/4W Resistors
R10,R12,R14____100R 1/4W Resistors
R3_____________220R 1/4W Resistor
R4,R7__________330R 1/2W Resistors
R9_____________560R 1/2W Resistor
R11____________820R 1/2W Resistor
R13______________1K2 1/2W Resistor

D1___________1N4004 400V 1A Diode
D2,D4,D6__BZX79C2V7 2.7V 500mW Zener Diodes
D3,D5,D7,D8,D9,D10 Red LEDs (Any dimension and shape) (See Notes)


  • The output power indicated by each LED must be doubled when 4 Ohms loads are driven.
  • The circuit can be adapted to suit less powerful amplifiers by reducing the number of LEDs and related voltage dividers.
  • LEDs of any dimension can be used, but rectangular shaped devices will be more suitable to be compacted in bars or columns.
  • For a stereo amplifier, two identical circuits are required.

About Audio Amplifier
An audio amplifier is an electronic amplifier that amplifies low-power audio signals (signals composed primarily of frequencies between 20 - 20 000 Hz, the human range of hearing) to a level suitable for driving loudspeakers and is the final stage in a typical audio playback chain.

The preceding stages in such a chain are low power audio amplifiers which perform tasks like pre-amplification, equalization, tone control, mixing/effects, or audio sources like record players, CD players, and cassette players. Most audio amplifiers require these low-level inputs to adhere to line levels.

While the input signal to an audio amplifier may measure only a few hundred microwatts, its output may be tens, hundreds, or thousands of watts. More explanation about power audio amplifier can be found at

This is a video tutorial about how to a very simple audio amplifier based on the LM386 amplifier chip. It can be built for less than $20 (or might be less than $8 in some countries) and used to amplify any low level audio signal including a guitar, bass or mp3 player.

Watch the video:

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