Ripple in phantom power supplies

FAQ #2614 Updated October 23, 2008

Question:

Are there any rules of thumb for how much ripple and noise is acceptable on a phantom power supply, such as, "anything less than X millivolts of ripple is OK?"

Answer:

We checked the 1996 IEC phantom power standard 268-15 and there is no spec for ripple/noise.

Our thoughts are: 1mV of ripple is the equivalent of a mic output signal of -60dBV. The KSM32 provides a -60dBV signal with an input level of 70 dBSPL.

The noise floor of the KSM32 is 13 dBSPL; that equals an output of -117dBV; that equals 0.0014 mV. So the ripple must be less than 0.0014mV.

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