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Class AB

A class of amplifier output design. As its name implies, it is sort of a combination of Class A and Class B operation. If an amplifier operates in Class A for only a portion of its output, and has to turn on additional current in the devices for the remainder of its output, it is said to operate in Class AB. Most amplifiers are in this category, and are said to be Class A/B amplifiers, since they operate in two classes. In class AB and B, the amplifier is slower than in Class A because there is a finite time between the application of the input signal and when the devices are turned on to produce a flow of current to the speakers. However, Class AB and Class B are more efficient than Class A and do not require such large power supplies.

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