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Salsero 2nd October 2010 03:39 PM

High Quality POT Recommendation
I need to change the volume pot on my Monarchy 18b dac. I was going to go with a discrete resistor ladder attenuator but I unfortunately do not have space in the DAC for it. It seems like my only option is to use a pot. There is a lot of junk out my question is, Has anyone used the TKD attenuators? please comment....... any other pot recommendations would also be welcome.

ticknpop 2nd October 2010 04:33 PM

If you have room the Twisted pear Joshua tree which only needs the small pot for the controller on the front panel. I also have both TKD 2P65 and TKD attenuator and they are both better than most Alps and Noble units , but there are some pretty small surface mount resistor switched controls on EBay which may also fit- quality and sonic quality of those may vary so best to look for some user comments on them before diving in

morksbeanbag 2nd October 2010 04:39 PM

Noble pots are excellent, as are alps RK27 (blue velvet) and RK40 (black beauty), check out the RK50, far too expensive though. :)

The TKD pots are reputed to be excellent.

gk7 4th October 2010 03:01 PM

Penny & Giles make a smaller version of their famous rotary fader too:
Rotary Fader | Penny + Giles

jacco vermeulen 4th October 2010 03:08 PM

You forgot RF15, very nice for balanced volume.

(better for the wallet to buy direct from P&G in a 10 and up number)

gk7 4th October 2010 04:43 PM

Yes true, the RF15 is even better of course, but it is bigger too and the thread starter said in post #1 "...I unfortunately do not have space...". This is why I recommended to
evaluate the RF11.

Salsero 12th October 2010 10:47 PM

Thanks guys. I bought a TKD pot. The connections are labeled 1, 2 and C. How do I hook it up? i.e. what do 1, 2 and C correspond to? Please excuse the ignorance, new to DIYing.

Jaimo 13th October 2010 01:28 AM

Not sure which TDK pot you have buy Parts Connexion have some datasheets on their website - too bad they are in Japanese - maybe someone will help you with a translation.

gk7 13th October 2010 02:11 PM

An english version of the above:

qusp 18th October 2010 05:01 PM

1 and 2 can be left and right, however you see fit, C is common or ground. pity you didnt have room for the newly stocked at PCX and rather excellent quality IMO Khozmo shunted attenuators, available with Zfoil shunt resistor too for the committed

no need to worry tho, the TKD are supposed to be very good, tho I havent personally heard one (that I know of)

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