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    Default common ground amp ??

    What exactly is a "common ground amp".

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    Common Ground: An amplifier whose channels are all tied to a common ground (common electrical connection). This contrasts with an "isolated ground" amplifier where the ground of both channels is isolated from each other. An example of an isolated ground amplifier is a dual mono design.
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    Don't forget the "non-common ground amp" (my own name) which actually has different potentials (voltages) on the grounds such as certain "bridged" amplifiers. "Non-common ground amps" differ from "isolated ground amps" like mono blocks because there are actually voltages on the grounds with reference to earth ground instead of just being isolated from each other.
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    Is an amp with mechanically isolated tranformers a non common ground
    i would assume so

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    I smell something... a smell I have not sniffed for a very long time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Is an amp with mechanically isolated tranformers a non common ground
    i would assume so
    I assume you mean two separate transformers in the same chassis in a dual mono configuration?That does not necessarily make it non common ground as it may use a non bridged output stages and have the negative speaker outputs of each ch connected to a common or star ground point.Thus making it common ground.
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