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Squeezebox SB3 update 2

Posted 15th October 2010 at 08:56 AM by audi0

I got the last capacitor for the analogue stage upgrade in the mail today, I had a couple of hours of spare time so made a start. DE-soldering of surface mount components has got to be the worst job! It's slow painstaking work avoiding damage to pads and tracks, and this took the longest part of the job. A slight modification to the IC adapter was necessary to avoid hitting a capacitor otherwise reassembly was simple.
Plugged it in and away it went (sometimes I surprise myself!)
Nice sound immediately and I'm sure its only going to get better once the Elna's burn in!
I was surprised how sturdy the adapter is, there was no issue plugging in the IC, so chip rolling would be extremely easy.
A worthwhile modification? Yes I think so!
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Great Snubber Article

Posted 13th October 2010 at 02:36 PM by DougL

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/parts...ml#post2330818
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Squeezebox SB3 update 1

Posted 13th October 2010 at 08:43 AM by audi0

Squeezebox SB3 update 1

A little progress made, I have sourced and purchased some components;
a Brown Dog DIP8 to SO8 Adapter plus a LM4562 and some Silmic II caps, one more of them still to arrive, then I'll swap the parts.

I have done a board layout based on ideas gained from this diyaudio thread [url]http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/power-supplies/85662-squeezebox-power-supply-3.html[/url] and preliminary ideas for an enclosure have been drawn. So it's slowly coming together
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Allison Notes

Posted 10th October 2010 at 03:26 PM by klewis
Updated 13th January 2011 at 10:14 PM by klewis

Allison simulation threadhttp://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid...ut-stages.html

JLH schematics http://www.tcaas.btinternet.co.uk/jlhupdate.htm
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Squeezebox SB3

Posted 10th October 2010 at 12:00 AM by audi0

After much deliberation I've decided to 'jump in' and modify my Squeezebox SB3.
I have read many threads on this and other sites gaining lots of ideas of what I want to try to achieve, basically as follows:

improved power supply, dump the wall wart and build a linear supply 5V @~ 3amps
improve the analogue section, initially trying different op amps and upgrading capacitors
remove the inductors from the digital out, add 75 coax and BNC connector (maybe add a transformer?)
upgrade to the 3.3V supply to the clock
build a new enclosure similar to a Peter Daniel amp, chunky aluminium back and front with timber sides (copying is the greatest form of flattery!)

I have made a start, opened it up and discarded the old plastic box. De-soldered the connection board and set aside, then soldered temporary wires for power L & R out and ground back to the connection board (temporary connection)

To get the board into...
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Burning Amp 1

Posted 9th October 2010 at 06:52 AM by alexcp (My DIY projects)
Updated 16th March 2013 at 02:40 PM by alexcp

To get warm and comfortable on long winter evenings, I built myself a Burning Amplifier 1. With its 300W quiescent dissipation and ineffable ((c) Nelson Pass) sound, it is a nice winter time companion.

I used four heatsinks, each holdings two IRF250 MOSFETs in TO-3 packages and a PCB. Each pair of heatsinks is cooled by a quiet 140mm fan. Power supply uses a 400W toroidal transformer and 2x40,000 uF per channel; it is a dual mono configuration. The amplifier is housed in a 5U 400mm deep enclosure from modushop. Their "pierced base" was very handy to keep all the parts together without sacrificing the looks. Total weight is 23 kg (about 50 pounds).

The knob on the front panel was designed as volume control, but it looks ugly, so I will remove it.
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my projects

Posted 7th October 2010 at 01:17 AM by Bigun

I've added comments to this blog to fix the broken links and add additional links to new projects
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Lynn Olson's Book List

Posted 30th September 2010 at 02:52 PM by DougL

This speaks for itself:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/multi...ml#post2318365
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My new speaker system

Posted 25th September 2010 at 12:03 AM by Sammumba

My job at the garage has been reduced to 4 days a week, which is great as it means I have an nice long weekend break. With all the free time I'm going to be working on my custom car stereo system.

My Nissan Micra probabaly doesn't have the best speaker system around.. Which is just as well because I'm going to upgrade it!!

I'm going to break open my old PC speaker sytsem

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And install it in my car. The sound qouality is amazing and I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of enjoyment out of it too.
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Zen IV

Posted 13th September 2010 at 05:05 PM by DougL
Updated 15th September 2010 at 10:37 PM by DougL

Nelson has created a storm of interest with the Zen I/V.

I have a DAC that I can use this with, a K&K RAKK DAC Mk1.

Currently, it has a passive supply and a switchable shunt resistor.

So I am brainstorming on what it would take for an active Zen I/V with a shunt volume control, and both SE and Balanced outputs.

Basics: PCM1794 has differential outputs with 8 ma current output.
http://focus.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/pcm1794.pdf
So I need 2 Zen I/V per channel.
At present, I am running a DCX2496 Digital crossover, so balanced outputs are a plus.

I am considering using the buffer from this post.
Since bipolar supplies are required for the I/V section, a buffer that does not require additional caps seems prudent.

For the volume control, either http://www.kandkaudio.com/linestage.html Shunt Stepped attenuator or a single LDR replacing the K&K unit.

Finally,...
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