GRAS 14AA
Electrostatic Actuator Amplifier

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The input to the 14AA is via a standard BNC socket on the front panel and any input signal up to 3 V peak-to-peak can be applied. This is then amplified by 40 dB to produce an AC output signal of up to 300 V peak-to-peak maximum. This AC output signal is also made available superimposed on + 200 V DC and + 800 V DC. This amounts to three parallel signal outputs available via sockets on the front panel marked as follows:

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GRAS 14AA Electrostatic Actuator Amplifier

Typical Applications and Use

  • Microphone measurements
  • Driving microphone sound sources
  • Electrostatic-actuator calibrations
  • IEC 61094-6 Compliance

Design

The input to the 14AA is via a standard BNC socket on the front panel and any input signal up to 3 V peak-to-peak can be applied. This is then amplified by 40 dB to produce an AC output signal of up to 300 V peak-to-peak maximum. This AC output signal is also made available superimposed on + 200 V DC and + 800 V DC. This amounts to three parallel signal outputs available via sockets on the front panel marked as follows:

  • AC Output (BNC socket)
  • AC Output + 200 V DC (BNC socket)
  • AC Output + 800 V DC (banana socket)

Driving microphone sound sources

With the AC Output superimposed on + 200 V DC and used as a modulated polarization voltage on a standard measurement microphone such as the GRAS 40BP, the microphone becomes a precision sound-source for generating high-frequency acoustic signals. Alternatively, the AC Output alone can be similarly used with a prepolarized microphone such as the GRAS 40AD.

Electrostatic actuator calibrations

With the AC Output superimposed on + 800 V DC, it can be used as a modulated polarization voltage for electrostatic actuators, e.g. the GRAS RA0014 or RA0015, for measuring the pressure frequency response of condenser microphones.

Care should be taken when calibrating below 200 Hz because of the influence of pressure equalization in the rear volume of the microphone.

Warranty

All GRAS products are made of high-quality materials that will ensure life-long stability and robustness. The 14AA is delivered with a 2-year warranty. Damaged diaphragms in microphones can be replaced. The warranty does not cover products that are damaged due to negligent use, an incorrect power supply, or an incorrect connection to the equipment.

Service

All repairs are made at GRAS International Support Center located in Denmark. Our Support Center is equipped with the newest test equipment and staffed with dedicated and highly skilled engineers. Upon request, we make cost estimates based on fixed repair categories. If a product covered by warranty is sent for service, it is repaired free of charge, unless the damage is the result of negligent use or other violations of the warranty. All repairs are delivered with a service report.

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