Here is the SCH of this Board that you see above.
I didn't buy any part yet, but I'm waiting for the board quote.
In fact I'm looking for chassis and cases for my amp. I'm very demanding with the case, especially for a project with this price.
I'm designing a KT-88 Ultralinear amplifier using the idea of Satoru Kobayashi 2002.
The pre amplifiers is a solid state using a TL-72 with gain 10 and the second stage i have the superb DRV134 Burr-brown (Low distortion: 0.0005% @ 1KHz) which is a differential output amplifier.
Following comes the 6N1P svetlana and the EI 12BH7AEG direct coupled and the last stage with KT-88.
The most important part is that it's all in one, I mean, all in one board. I integrated the high voltage power supply regulator and the low voltage for the op-amps in the board eliminating wires around.
I've been working in this board for more than 3 months and creating BOM, calculation an so one. So far the project is around U$ 1266,00 including all parts, not board, and transformers plus the tubes.
Attached you can see the print-screen of the board. I didn't send to production yet, and i plan to go slowly in this project due the cost mostly...
Posted 15th August 2010 at 01:50 PM byalexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 15th August 2010 at 04:18 PM byalexcp
This handy instrument is a version of the design published in Australian Silicon Chip (a subscription is required to view the details of the article). It is based on a dsPIC33 microcontroller, has TOSLINK and S/PDIF digital outputs (44.1k, 48k and 96k sample rates) and a stereo analog output. Output frequency, phase, attenuation, and other parameters are set by the keyboard. It produces sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waves and has a variety of modes. It can be powered by an external DC source or a battery. The article claims low distortion for sinewave (less than .06%) and even lower with a good external DAC, but I did not have a chance to verify that just yet. Highly recommended.
Posted 15th August 2010 at 11:05 AM byalexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 18th August 2010 at 08:24 PM byalexcp
One of the more interesting projects for me was building a tweaked clone of Creek 4330. It was designed for Creek by diyAudio member x-pro; the schematic is available on his web site. The tweak was the topic of x-pro's paper and was discussed in this forum. Last year, this design generated enough interest on one of Russian DIY forums for a group buy of PCBs and some components. I used a PCB from that group buy, a compact chassis from modushop, and a K4700 speaker protection kit from Velleman. Today it is this amp that I use most often for music, and I am very pleased with its sound. Thank you x-pro for sharing the design!
On first power-on the amp oscillated at 12 MHz when connected to headphones. The oscillation was inaudible but clearly visible on a scope. A quick look at head-fi.org showed that PPA instability is not a new problem. I reduced the value of R11 (see PPA's schematic), which eliminated the oscillation and improved the sound. I replaced the recommended OPA627 with LME49710.
PPA is positioned as a high-end DIY headphone amp, and it is in this project that I felt how subjective "high-end" is. PPA is a nice amp, but a true high-end device like Musical Fidelity X-CANv8 simply blows it away.
Posted 12th August 2010 at 07:57 PM byalexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 15th August 2010 at 11:09 AM byalexcp
ezDAC lacked a USB input, so I leveraged my newly acquired SMD soldering skills building BantamDAC from a kit. While PCM270x-based USB DACs are rather common, BantamDAC is a compact (1" x 2"), neat version.
Posted 12th August 2010 at 07:39 PM byalexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 16th August 2010 at 07:05 PM byalexcp
After power amps, speakers and a preamp I wanted to try my hand in digital sources and built a version of ezDAC. It is a fairly simple DAC with a CS8416 digital receiver, an AD1896 sampling rate converter, and a PCM1794A with a passive I/V converter for the DAC proper. Nothing fancy, but sounds as good as my DacMagic.
I used three separate 3VA toroidal transformers (for digital circuits, the DAC, and opamps) in the PSU. The enclosure is from modushop. I had to re-create ezDAC's PCB using the free version of Eagle (which I had never used before) and learn to solder SMDs.
Posted 12th August 2010 at 07:24 PM byalexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 16th March 2013 at 02:02 PM byalexcp
Elekit TU-879S is the best sounding kit I have ever built. Thank you TubeDepot.com for selling these kits. With my DIY full range speakers I mentioned a couple of posts earlier, the sound is fantastic.
Update: one of the original 6L6 tubes got blue sparks inside. As this amp can use KT88, KT66, or EL34 without any adjustment or modification, I replaced both 6L6s with EL34s left from the K4040 project, but the sound deteriorated. A replacement 6L6 from TubeDepot.com restored everything.