How to connect volume control to an amplifier

I saw a comment on my Youtube video, he asked me how to connect any amplifier module to a volume control or potentiometer. I think so many people who want to start an electronic project must know this basic wiring too, I hope this wiring diagram will help an electronic DIYer like me.

First thing you need to know

  • use shield wire for an input signal to volume control and from volume control to amplifier if you don't want you amplifier suffers from parasitic oscillation (sound like JeeeeJeeeee)
  • keep a wiring as short as possible
  • use low resistive value volume control (5-10 kilo-ohms) if the amplifier has random parasitic noise when you turn a volume control up or down.
  • volume control is a potentiometer
Volume control principle is a signal divider, the more volume control output(yellow line) near input signal source(pink line) the most signal flow to an amplifier. When you lower a volume control the resistive value between a volume control output and an input signal are increase and cause some input signal divided and flow to a ground because of resistive value between volume control output and ground decrease.

You can see I use a capacitor to block DC current to an amplifier input, but if you use board amplifier you shouldn't use the blocking capacitor because a board amplifier module(pam9610,pam8403,ta2024 as reference) always attaches the input D.C. blocking capacitor in an amplifier module.

What is an input D.C. blocking capacitor value?
You can use 1 microfarad, 16 volts, in some case increase or decrease input capacitor value can make sound different. If you use a lower value such as 0.47 microfarad you will hear sound brighter but less bass, so you can change the value that suits your listening style.

Where is the input of an amplifier module?

Below picture shows the input of an amplifier board

This is PAM 8610 board  has two channel (stereo), you can see two input but one ground.
See the first picture and you will see a ground from a signal source, that is the ground you connect to an amplifier board. As I explain above you can eliminate D.C. blocking capacitor because PAM 8610 board has the onboard-dc-blocking capacitors.

You can use a volume control output as the yellow mark in the first picture connect to Left or right channel input on the amplifier board, you must use twin channel volume control for a two-channel amplifier for better sound, and frequency respond.

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7/8/16, 1:00 PM ×

hi,, which it is the value of the capacitors?

7/8/16, 6:54 PM ×

You can use 1 micro farad capacitor, voltages at least 16 Volts. You also can use film type capacitor that has better audio performance but size are very bigger.

6/3/17, 12:49 PM ×

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8/14/17, 8:56 PM ×

according with pam8610 datasheet, this chip have a pin for volume. but some manufactors dont use it. can u make a volume for this native voloume pin?