Patent Number: 6,297,695

Title: High volume expander circuit

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a circuit for performing volume expansion on an audio signal. The circuit includes an amplifier that has an input side and an output side. Further, the amplifier amplifies the audio signal at a first amplification to produce an amplified signal at the output side of the amplifier. The circuit also includes a shunting element coupled across the input side and output side of the amplifier. The shunting element includes a variable impedance device for changing the first amplification of the amplifier to a second amplification if the amplified signal reaches a predetermined threshold.

Inventors: Schott; Wayne M. (Seymour, TN)

Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation

International Classification: H03G 7/00 (20060101); H03G 7/08 (20060101); H03F 001/36 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018