Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier - 1.5W Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier, uses the LM4853 which can be configured to output up to 1.5W of power in mono operation (4Ω load) or 300mW per channel in stereo operation (8Ω load). The amplifier comes with a dual-ganged pot with a built in switch to control power and adjust both left and right channel gain. In this tutorial, we'll show how to wire it up and crank up your tunes!

SparkFun Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier - 1.5W

SparkFun Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier - 1.5W

DEV-14475
$10.95

Suggested Materials

Here are some related products that will help you get started with the Noisy Cricket:

Surface Transducer - Large

Surface Transducer - Large

COM-10975
$24.95
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Speaker - 0.5W (8 Ohm)

Speaker - 0.5W (8 Ohm)

COM-09151
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SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

BOB-11570
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Black Knob - 15x19mm

Black Knob - 15x19mm

COM-09998
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Audio Cable TRRS - 18" (pigtail)

Audio Cable TRRS - 18" (pigtail)

CAB-11580
$1.50
Audio Jack - 3.5mm (Panel Mount)

Audio Jack - 3.5mm (Panel Mount)

COM-11154
$0.50
2
Audio Plug - 3.5mm

Audio Plug - 3.5mm

COM-11143
$0.50

Black Chicken Head Knob - 14x20mm

COM-10000
Retired

Tools

You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

TOL-09325
$7.95
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Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

TOL-14228
$44.95
1

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Working with Wire

How to strip, crimp, and work with wire.

Switch Basics

A tutorial on electronics' most overlooked and underappreciated component: the switch! Here we explain the difference between momentary and maintained switches and what all those acronyms (NO, NC, SPDT, SPST, ...) stand for.

Introduction to Operational Amplifiers with LTSpice

Picking up where we left off in "Getting Started with LTSpice," we delve a little deeper into LTSpice through an introduction of Operational Amplifiers (OpAmps).