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music and equipment reviews

Posted 29th March 2010 at 08:28 PM by klewis

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music reviews, equipment reviews.

M2Tech HiFace USB – jkeny modded | TírNaHiFi.org
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speaker projects

Posted 29th March 2010 at 08:00 PM by MisterTwister
Updated 29th March 2010 at 08:14 PM by MisterTwister

I decided to consolidate most of my projects in one page. Twisterspeakers DIY loudspeaker projects
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Ohms Law Calculator

Posted 29th March 2010 at 03:02 PM by klewis

http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-ohmslaw.htm
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Calculate for resistors in Parallel

Posted 29th March 2010 at 02:58 PM by klewis

http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-paralresist.htm
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DAC End 2

Posted 29th March 2010 at 01:33 AM by quanghao
Updated 29th March 2010 at 02:16 AM by quanghao

INTRODUCTION

After the good result obtain with the DAC End I have design with Nguyen Quang Hao a set of boards to create a cheaper project with a sonic performances very near.

The No Oversampling DAC give a more natural sound but if you ear the TDA1541 and TDA1543 seem to lose details.

The AD1865N-K with passive I/V give a perfect combination, natural sound and all the details.

The AD1865N-K give the better performances with a 200ohm MK132 Caddock as passive I/V.

In this configuration the output signal is too low to drive any amplifier so I have design for the AD1865N-K the better output stage.

This DAC use a single ended vacuum tube amplifier without the expensive output transformers used in my original DAC End.

The DAC board follows the original design but has been inserted a jump to switch the phase of output signal.

In any vacuum tube stage the signal on the anode is in out phase...
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First spider done.

Posted 27th March 2010 at 06:40 PM by Bas Horneman (Bas Horneman's diyAudio.com blog)
Updated 14th February 2011 at 06:51 PM by Bas Horneman

The Takman resistors have thick copper wires. This makes for wonderfully strong little spiders.

I've also used ceramic terminals strips for the first time and it makes for a nice strong construction.

And I did the ccs for the phase splitter a while ago.

[edit] I used silver solder. But found out that it is NOT necessary with these fakes. Fake or not it make for a great construction.

"TEKTRONIX CERAMIC STRIPS, HISTORY and GENERAL INFORMATION
Tektronix first developed and used ceramic strips in their oscilloscopes in 1952. During the manufacturing process, silver in liquid form is painted in and on the notches of the strips prior to the application of the final glaze and final firing. The silver is then firmly bonded to the ceramic and wires can be soldered directly to the ceramic.

Special silver-bearing solder should be used when soldering to ceramic strips so the silver bonded to the strip does not...
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for pmillet sound card interface

Posted 18th March 2010 at 06:09 PM by klewis

Tonight I found out it is a really good idea to ground the shaft/body of the rotary switch in order to eliminate pick up of 60Hz and its harmonics. I noticed moving my hand closer to the metal knob on this switch resulted in a >20dB increase in 60Hz spectra and the addition of somewhat lower level harmonics at 120Hz, 180Hz, and 240Hz.. I grounded the switch with a piece of 28ga wire between the lock washer and the body of the switch and grounded it to the board ground. This totally eliminated any pick up with no noticeable line frequency or related spectra. (My case is totally shielded on the top and bottom, but not sides, front or rear - and does not appear necessary to do so.)
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maudio thread

Posted 18th March 2010 at 02:57 PM by klewis

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Side tracked

Posted 18th March 2010 at 12:28 PM by jtktam (Newbie audio DIYer)

I have been side tracked lately. not enough time to do the F5 like I wanted.

I ended up digging up the BOM for mini aleph and ordered the parts for that.. started to solder the parts and found that I needed to soldier mount the resistors because they are way too big for the PCB

I need to double check all the blank spots, clean up the flux on the board and start on the power supply..
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YARPS (Yet another regulated power supply) updated 2012/01/02

Posted 18th March 2010 at 11:30 AM by wintermute (Wintermutes Rantings)
Updated 2nd January 2012 at 10:24 AM by wintermute (added formula as well as a few other minor edits)

10 Feb 2011. AndrewT pointed out something really dumb I had done (in a most polite way) in the original circuit. The caps in the filter section are in series and effectively halved in value. The circuit will behave much better simply by deleting half the caps. I've uploaded the latest version of the file. Sorry to the 125 people who have already downloaded, and I hope I didn't cause too much head scratching as to why I had done that, I'm not even sure myself, and I'm surprised I never realised. I'm going to revamp this blog entry as there are some things I have realised since I first posted, but that will be over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I will finally build it soon.

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time using LTSpice lately. The more I use it the more I like it! For someone like me who is somewhat challenged mathematically, and who's electronics theory knowledge level is well below where it should be (to be doing this sort of design anyway),...
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