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FAB2306 – Balanced Line Receiver

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FAB2306 is our Line-Level Balanced Receiver. The FAB2306 uses a THAT 1206-series InGenius balance line receiver chip.  The THAT 1206 uses bootstrapping to raise it’s common-mode input impedance into the meg-ohm range without the noise penalty of using high value resistors. They behave like transformers, able to maintain high CMRR over a wide range of source impedance imbalances, even when fed with an unbalanced signal. But unlike traditional transformers, they offer DC-coupling, low distortion and transparent sound.

The FAB2306 Line Input Module allows you to create gear that works with line-level balanced signals.  There is no need for 48V phantom power, or -20dB padding for this module unlike the FAB2010 Mic Input Module.

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3D Rendering of FAB2306 Line Input Module.

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Passing your Audio Signal through an Input Transformer

Here’s one of the simplest way to use our FABModules….  Hook up the following FABs together:

FAB2010 – XLR Input Module
FAB2110 – Input Transformer Module
FAB3010 – XLR Output Module

All that’s missing is Power, if you want to enable the -20dB Pad, Phantom Power and Polarity Reverse functions. Otherwise, it will still work without power applied. After all, it’s just an input transformer inserted in your signal chain.

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FAB3010 XLR Output Module – Prototype with parts

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Populated our FAB3010 XLR Output Module.  There is a Logic controlled relay, used for Polarity Reverse function.  All you need to do is apply a Logic “1” to the header pin (which can be +3.3V, +5V, or your V+ voltage) and it will trigger Polarity Reverse.

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FAB3010 – XLR Output Module Prototype PCB

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Received our FAB3010 XLR Output Module.  Just to recap, the FAB3010 Module includes a relay-controlled Polarity Reverse. All you need to do is apply Logic “1” to the header pins (located on upper left corner) and it will switch the relays on/off.  A Logic “1” can be anywhere from +3.3V to +5V, or up to your V+ voltage.

I need to make a Revision B board because I want to move the XLR jack farther out, so it won’t have any problems with clearances if you want to mount the XLR jack on a .125″ thick case panel.  But other than that, I think it looks good.

Will try to populate this board in the next day or so, so I can test the Polarity Reverse logic control. I don’t foresee any problems, but the proof is in the pudding as they say.

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FAB2010 Prototype – populated with parts

Populated the FAB2010 boards tonight. I put too much solder paste on my resistors so I need to be careful doing that. It’s a little hard because I’m just using a plunger to dispense the paste. I need to get one of those solder paste pump dispenser. I’ve seen them on eBay for around $150 or so.

Anyway, here are some pictures.

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