[sdiy] anyone tried this SMPSU?

Guy McCusker guy.mccusker at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 17:59:19 CET 2021

Some modern linear regulators do a pretty good job of rejecting ripple
from switching regulators, but you need to be pretty careful about PCB
layout to obtain the results that the datasheets claim.

There's an interesting passage in thie App Note
(around Figure 19) in which it turns out that adding an input
capacitor to the linear regulator made the ripple rejection worse,
because of inductive coupling. One solution is to remove the
capacitor, and another is to lay the PCB out in such a way that no
magnetic fields are created which can couple this way -- that is
discussed in the LT3094 demo board manual.

I've had good results with this kind of thing though I am no test and
measure guru so it is possible I missed some noise somewhere.


On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 12:29 AM ColinMuirDorward
<colindorward at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know there are many opinions about linear vs SM. Personally, I've always built linear supplies, since I have a better chance of fixing them. Linear seems like a more straight forward approach. OTOH most of the gear in my studio uses SMPSUs and I make music just fine on those.
> Here is an attractive package with an attractive price, at around $20cad:
> https://www.meanwell-web.com/content/files/pdfs/productPdfs/MW/PD-25/PD-25-spec.pdf
> Sizewise, it's perfect for installing in small, independently powered rack cases, which is my preferred arrangement.
> Any thoughts?
> Any other favorite choices I should be aware of?
> Thanks!
> Colin
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