A VU meter from an old tape deck

Just for fun, I picked up an older tape deck and a VCR to see what interesting stuff was in them. Among the spoils were a number of motors, some nice switches, a nifty looking solenoid and a VU meter. The VU meter looked the most approachable, so I traced out the circuit for it and hooked it up to my stereo:

Its based around a nifty 7666p IC, which drives the LED VU bars. I had a bit of a tough time finding any relavent information about it on the web, but I did find one site (scroll to the bottom for the diagram). The only external components needed were a couple of caps (supposedly 4.7pf but I could only find 10pf). Schematic after the break.

Circuit diagram for the VU meter

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3 Responses to A VU meter from an old tape deck

  1. bryan says:

    First pic doesn’t show up

  2. mahto says:

    hmm, did it get better? The first object is actually a youtube video, and the second is on flickr- they work fine for me at home and at work. perhaps a mac issue? which browser do you use?

  3. amir says:

    I took apart an old stereo. similar configuration. mine uses a ba6124, 5LED VU meter IC.

    I didnt have to do much hacking. I connected it to 3V and the other two connections were for audio input. Headphone level input worked.

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