555 Amplifier

In its most simplistic form an amplifier can be built with a single 555 timer. In this project, a 200mA of current capability is enough to drive a small speaker, which makes it a good replacement for a low power amplifier. But when more power is needed to

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The project is based on the concept of condenser MIC. The MIC is used as sensors to sense the incoming audio signals and convert them to appropriate electrical signals. The output of the MIC is then passed to the transistor T1 passing through a capacitor C1. This capacitor is used to block the DC component of the signal. Resistor R1 is also used in the circuit which provides the required biasing to the condenser microphone. The biasing configuration of transistor T1 is from collector to the base which is accomplished through resistance R2, providing negative feedback to the base of T1.

When the power is supplied to the circuit the devices connected to it remains ideal as the voltage through pin2 of the IC is zero. But when anyone speaks in front of the MIC, pin2 receives the trigger signal. Pin3 gets the high input due to which speaker gets turned on. At this point, the voltage should be zero at pin6.


When anyone speaks in front of the MIC, very weak signals are produced. So a transistor is required to amplify these weak signals before they are fed to 555 timer. As soon as the transistor reaches the saturation level it provides a high pulse to pin5 (CTRL). As a result the speaker that is connected to it starts sounding.