Portable 9v Headphone Amplifier


After several requests by correspondents, the decision of designing a 9V powered Headphone Amplifier was finally taken. The main requirement was to power the circuit by means of a common, PP3 (transistor radio) alkaline battery. So, implementing a low current drawing circuit was absolutely necessary, though preserving a High Quality performance.

Circuit Diagram:

Portable 9v Headphone Amplifier-Circuit Diagram


  • P1 = 22K
  • R1 = 18K
  • R2 = 68K
  • R3 = 68K
  • R4 = 68K
  • R5 = 18K
  • R6 = 68K
  • C1 = 4.7uF-25v
  • C2 = 4.7uF-25v
  • C3 = 22pF
  • C4 = 220uF-25v
  • C5 = 220uF-25v
  • C6 = 4.7uF-25v
  • C7 = 22pF
  • C8 = 220uF-25v
  • J1 = 3.5mm Stereo Jack
  • B1 = 9V Alkaline Battery
  • IC1 = NE5532-34
  • SW1 = SPST Toggle Switch


  • The appearance of the 5534 low-noise op-amp at a reasonable price was much appreciated by audio designers. It is now difficult or impossible to design a discrete stage that has the performance of the 5534 without quite unacceptable complexity.
  • 5534 op-amps are now available from several sources, in a conventional 8-pin d.i.l. format. This version is internally compensated for gains of three or more, but requires a small external capacitor (5-15pF) for unity-gain stability. The 5532 is a very convenient package of two 5534s in one 8-pin devices with internal unity-gain compensation, as there are no spare pins.
  • The 5534/2 is a low-distortion, low-noise device, having also the ability to drive low-impedance loads to a full voltage swing while maintaining low distortion. Furthermore, it is fully output short-circuit proof. Therefore, this circuit was implemented with a single 5532 chip forming a pair of stereo, inverting amplifiers, having an ac gain of about 3.5 and capable of delivering up to 3.6V peak-to-peak into a 32 Ohm load (corresponding to 50mW RMS) at less than 0.025% total harmonic distortion (1kHz & 10kHz).