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Distortion 4: VAS-Loading Distortion
Distortion 4 is that which results from the loading of the voltage-amplifier stage (VAS) by the nonlinear input impedance of a Class-B output stage. This was looked at in Chapter 4 from the point of view of the VAS, where it was shown that since the VAS provides all the voltage gain, its collector impedance tends to be high. This renders it vulnerable to nonlinear loading unless it is buffered or otherwise protected.
The VAS is routinely (though usually unknowingly) linearized by applying local negative feedback via the dominant-pole Miller capacitor Cdom, and this is a powerful argument against any other form of compensation. If VAS distortion still adds significantly ...