- on Miscellaneous Electronics
- Published in issue 7/2005 on page 0
THD: Sallen-Key versus MFB
There are various types of active filters, and the Sallen–Key version is probably the most commonly used type. A voltage follower is usually used for such filters, although gain can also be realised using two additional resistors. A disadvantage of this type of filter is its relatively high sensitivity to component tolerances. Measurements made on such filters have shown that component variations affect not only the filter characteristic but also the amount of distortion. However, an advantage is that filters more complex than third-order types can also be realised using a single amplifier stage, although severe requirements are placed on the component values in such cases.