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All up (mostly) amp

Posted 12th June 2013 at 01:33 AM by mlise

Here's a shot of the waffle all built up. It's 32" wide and 32" tall with the amps on top, and flat. Typically deeper cabinets sound bedder then shallow ones, but the front to back bracing in this seems to fix it. Mica had an excellent suggestion to hinge it to fold in half. That's awesome. With a vertical hinge in the middle, it's all closed and protected to travel. Ron suggested being able to stack them 3 cabinets high for a wall of sound+ effect. Typical amps have basically a point source. The GD's wall of sound had vertical linear arrays (precursor of the modern line array by 40 years) of drivers. With this amp, you could stack them vertically and horizontally to make a field array. if you got closer, it wouldn't get louder, farther away it wouldn't get lamer. Mwaah ha ha ha...
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Ultra high-end amplifier for Stax Electrostatic Headphones

Posted 11th June 2013 at 06:15 PM by dvb projekt

Because my Stax SR-404 Limited is now one year in his box without using...


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...i start a new project, based on the fabulous circuit from Andreas Rauenbuehler on high-amp.de




The Transistoramp V4.0

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My pcbs are ready and now i am collecting the parts.

A set of wonderful teflon Stax Pro and Normal jacks, ive got from a group buy on Head Case.

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Cabinet for class D bass amp

Posted 10th June 2013 at 07:54 PM by mlise

As seen in the D2 amplifier posting, I had built a pretty normal 4X10 cabinet with Eminence Beta10A's. I was talking to Ron Wickersham up at Alembic, and he suggested an idea he had. Make the cabinets shallow enough that the back pole pieces of the speakers were against the back of the cabinet and vent them outside. Sealed back drivers are problematic in bass amps because they overheat and the coil resistance either goes way up and the sound wimps out, or the coils outright melt. The Beta 10A's are vented and I've even gotten them up to where you can smell the varnish burning off the coils.
Flattening out the cabinet made it quite large. 32" square and only 4" deep.

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The frame around the outside is oak, but the front and back are only 1/8" masonite. To firm it up, there are masonite braces front to back radiating from each speaker into the corners and edges of each enclosure....
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Class D Bass Amp

Posted 10th June 2013 at 07:24 PM by mlise

I've been working on a lightweight class D bass guitar amplifier. I originally started with the D2 Audio chipset now sold by Intersil.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/class...-bass-amp.html

I found that there was practically no support. Even though I was an FAE at Intersil, I couldn't find any documentation and most of the folks that worked on those parts had been laid off. The D2 parts were great. they had 12 output drivers per chip with a DSP pool, but it would be impossible to actually make a product with them.

Looking around, I found a bunch of parts at TI. I don't know if these came from National or TI originally, but there's a bunch of parts available at different power levels. The all seem to have integrated power stages. I chose the TAS5630. It has an analog input and will drive 300 watts into each of two channels. I ordered samples and started to collect parts to build an initial prototype, but I found complete amplifiers...
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Better sounding anti-imaging filter

Posted 5th June 2013 at 01:46 AM by abraxalito
Updated 5th June 2013 at 02:00 AM by abraxalito

Still in the vein of AIF designs which utilize off-the-shelf inductors, I'm currently listening to this one and its thoroughly enjoyable. I built it with some very cheap bobbin-wound (unscreened) 10mH chokes I found on Taobao.

I don't recommend using unscreened inductors for this but if that's all you have the results are still aural candy. They do pick up a little low level mains hum, not noticeable except when close to the speaker. Also they interact - when I was checking the prototype filter for continuity I hooked up the LCR meter to the 4 inductors in series and found different answers - none measured 40mH. The result was from 32mH to 45mH (from memory - my filters are balanced so I have four sets of series Ls). I have them spaced apart by almost one coil diameter (about 6mm) so if you're going to build this I suggest greater spacing.

You'll note that this one's industrial strength in terms of its stop-band rejection - around 60dB. Whether this is obtained...
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Hi-end audio, as seen from outside the bubble.

Posted 3rd June 2013 at 11:28 PM by rjm
Updated 3rd June 2013 at 11:32 PM by rjm

In early May Trent Wolbe traveled to the High End trade show in Munich, Germany. This is part one of a two part series exploring the cutting edge of audiophile technology.

By Trent Wolbe, writing for The Verge. A feature on high end audio part 1 and part 2.

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It was halfway through the next selection, a quietly seductive 24 / 192 recording of “Cielito Lindo,” that I realized I was enjoying the music quite a lot, not because I particularly enjoy bossanova versions of Mexican classics, but because the Evolution One speakers were recreating one of my favorite things about eating psychedelic mushrooms.
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A Low Power Desktop Amp [LPDA]

Posted 1st June 2013 at 11:24 AM by BuildMeSomething

Well, this little project is finished and working. Quite pleased that measured offset dropped to <1 mV on both channels once the amp was in the chassis and wired.

Listening impressions: This is where I state that it's the best amp I've listened to, and it is... Unfortunately, it just highlights any shortfalls with the speakers. The Mission 773e have never performed better or sounded clearer. However, you are just as aware on how quickly these speakers lose the plot with more complex music... In the long run I hope to match the sound of the Sennheiser HD-650 driven by "The Wire" se-se HPA, the FH3 are my first try at achieving this...

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Hakko FX-888 : ebay unhappiness

Posted 29th May 2013 at 12:12 PM by rjm
Updated 29th May 2013 at 11:59 PM by rjm

Oh, for Heaven's sake...

Just got the FX-888 soldering station I bought on ebay.

It does not power up.

Do you know why it doesn't power up?

So glad you asked...

It does not power up because - pause for effect - the fuse board that fits on the power transformer is inserted the wrong way round. That's right, the full "rotated 180 degrees" deal.

Fortunately I have another soldering iron. You know, so I can fix my soldering iron...

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I would just return it, but the shipping would cost me half again what I paid for it. Perhaps ebay will refund me anyway. We'll see.

I think I know what happened: The people selling these are modding them by changing the voltage and power cord. The soldering stations are officially bound for the Chinese domestic market, 220 VAC. The box, when it came, had "110V" hand-written on it, though the instructions...
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Simple anti-imaging filter

Posted 28th May 2013 at 04:57 AM by abraxalito
Updated 4th June 2013 at 07:34 AM by abraxalito

If you're curious to see how an anti-imaging filter affects the SQ of your NOS DAC but have been hitherto put off by all the coil winding involved, then this circuit might be just the ticket.

I was curious to see how well just two inductors could do and it turns out not at all badly - there's about 23dB stop-band rejection here and the 10mH inductors are off-the-shelf Fastrons. The capacitors can be all 1nF 0805 C0Gs - just buy a strip of 40 and use parallel and one series combination.

I intended to build one and listen to how it fares against my more complex efforts...

Update - a quick listen and its clear on switching back to the original filter that this new filter's noise floor isn't as low. That's not directly perceived as a rise in hiss mind - this is the subconsciously perceived noise floor which translates to more attention given to the music. So I'll put the two inductor filter aside and work on slightly more complex filters next.
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Circuit O' The Day : A headphone output buffer.

Posted 28th May 2013 at 12:24 AM by rjm
Updated 28th May 2013 at 12:08 PM by rjm

Experimental : For Research Use Only

It's bring-your-own-voltage-gain. This output stage is a unity gain buffer. A sort of diamond-buffer-meets-sziklai-pair hybrid. It lets the driver pair bias the output pair without the complexity of an additional bias network, but, unlike the basic diamond buffer, the output pair can have a much higher bias current than the drivers.

LTspice file attached, if you'd like to play along.

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I did my best to shut my eyes and design this just by messing about in LTSpice from the starting idea of a "level-shifted-complementary-sziklai-pair" (i.e. mirrored J-Mo mk II), but I see now a shout-out to 47 Labs is due as the 0247 Treasure uses the same stage.

Ah well, I guess my neat idea isn't new after all.

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The general performance is in the order of 0.01% THD for 50 mW / 16-300 ohms at 100 mA bias though the output pair. I've been trying to...
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