Power amplifier is meant to raise the power level of the input signal. In order to get large power at the output, it is necessary that the input-signal voltage is large. That is why, in an electronic system, a voltage amplifier always precedes the power amplifier, also, that is why power amplifiers are called large-signal amplifiers.
In fact, power amplifier does not amplify power. What a power amplifier actually does is that it draws power from dc supply connected to the output circuit and converts it into useful ac signal power. The type of ac power available at the output terminals of the power amplifier is controlled by the input signal. Thus a power amplifier may be defined as a device that converts dc power and whose action is controlled by the input signal.
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