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Amplifier-centric two-way XO (and system) design

Posted 3rd July 2014 at 05:30 AM by abraxalito
Updated 5th July 2014 at 03:55 PM by abraxalito

The traditional view is that the speakers are the weakest link of the audio system and hence they're not really designed with amplifiers in mind. Why make amp design easier when speakers are plenty hard enough to get right?

In my experience speakers don't contribute very much to the listening satisfaction. They're more a matter of taste, but a much better speaker can't undo the faults of an amplifier (or DAC for that matter). That's not to say some speakers don't sound better than others - I mostly prefer my Paiyons to the much cheaper Denons but their 'betterness' is orthogonal to the way to the manner DACs and amps sound better. Electronics has had the biggest impact on my listening satisfaction so far so here is an XO designed to make the electronics' job as easy as possible.

Given that the critical parameters of an amp designed for listener satisfaction aren't THD+N and FR, rather multitone IMD (aka MTPR) and PSRR it makes sense that an amp is given the narrowest...
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Tweeter DAC

Posted 22nd June 2014 at 05:24 AM by abraxalito
Updated 25th June 2014 at 06:49 AM by abraxalito

Hexacaps have their limitations - they provide a great low impedance for lower freqs but according to my LCR meter, turn inductive for frequencies in the mid-single digit kHz. Which is about the lower edge of the passband for a tweeter. So what to do to get a low impedance power supply to a DAC chip from 4kHz and up? Here's my first attempt - there are 7 TDA1387s each sandwiched between two low ESR 4700uF lytics. Sandwiching them together is an attempt to get the inductance as low as possible - the loop area can't practically get any smaller than this. Getting the wires in has tested my patience and that's even before powering the beast up....

Update - well I could have been knocked over with a feather - this worked first time I plugged it in. So now I'm thinking about how to build a markII version, considering if I can get more decoupling close in....
Oh I'm now not sure that my bandpass tweeter filter is really delivering the goods as per its simulation. Connecting...
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DIY wooden_ rod_tonearm 17"

Posted 20th June 2014 at 09:14 PM by suwaned (tube audio friends suwaned)
Updated 16th January 2015 at 11:30 AM by suwaned

I have planning make a long wooden tonearm.

I have TA Technics as apart
I split apart and i put only Pivot.
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i made wooden rod for replace .

problem counter weight Technics light. and need more weight for balance.

Made counter weight from Bronze 220 mg.
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Distance Pivot to spindle new TA 17"
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try install to my TT not fixed and
Wooden TA on the track with cartridge MM Shure.


outsite place, DIY wooden TA 17" wiht alum stand of pivot and arm base from wood.
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It's very Long TA extraordinary . and i think this have little error track than 9"




The next stage:

I made stand of Pivot to replace temporary wood stand from alum dan...
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Just for fun - an ultra-low impedance AIF

Posted 19th June 2014 at 12:40 AM by abraxalito

DIYing high enough Q inductors for anti-imaging filters is a bit of a challenge so here's another way to approach this. I found its possible to build very high Q inductors by simply slipping ferrite beads over a fairly thick copper wire. The limitation though is that the beads I have offer about 1.2uH per bead. So making a ferrite bead version of a 660uH inductor will call for over 500 beads - rather impractical.

To make such a ferrite bead inductor filter a practical possibility its necessary to work at a much lower impedance. I've taken a 1ohm working impedance inititally to develop this filter. Now the largest inductor just needs 10 beads. Given this very low impedance the post-amplifier's noise performance becomes rather a challenge - but a transformer will probably do the trick nicely. I plan to try this with a 1:7 step up trafo and see how it goes.

This kind of filter is probably very suitable for DACs with higher output current - the communications type...
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Tweeter line level passive XO

Posted 13th June 2014 at 05:47 AM by abraxalito
Updated 16th June 2014 at 05:51 AM by abraxalito

I'm really impressed with the bang for the buck with my 228rmb speakers, but have a theory they're rather being limited by their crossover. Especially the first order tweeter crossover which hasn't enough LF rejection.

In search of a steeper XO for the tweeter I've decided to go the whole hog and design a kick-*** filter that'll allow me to fully activate these puppies and see just how much they're limited by their electronics. kinku just pointed me to a filter design program called AADE which I've just finished using to design my first LC bandpass filter.

Its bandpass because I want to stick it straight after the DAC and it needs the anti-imaging function, meaning a steep low pass around 18kHz. The tweeter doesn't need this as they're fairly low on IMD, but the tweeter amp sure benefits from having no ultrasonics. Hence here is my first attempt at a tweeter bandpass filter, to go between the DAC and a dedicated tweeter amp.

For now I'll use the TDA1521...
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How Beats Conquered The World (via The Verge)

Posted 13th June 2014 at 01:04 AM by rjm
Updated 13th June 2014 at 01:44 PM by rjm

Original article, by Ben Popper

~ my spin ~

There was the iPod. It was cool, and the distinctive while earbuds that came with it showed people you had an iPod, so they were cool, too. A few audiophiles invested in better IEMs, but they tended to be expensive and discreet and anyway were only ever a niche thing.

Meanwhile the Japanese headphone makers - JVC-Kenwood, Sony, Audio Technica - tried competing with the iPod, and they came up with a spectrum of earbuds and headphones of every shape, price, and color. They sold as commodities, but none developed any real kind of identity or reputation. Certainly there was little effort at building a brand.

On the other side, Grado, AKG, and Sennheiser continued doing pretty much what they always did, making nice, expensive headphones for home/studio/DJ use.

Neither group addressed the obvious hole in the market: non-audiophiles wanting "good" sounding over-ear...
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EEVblog #626 - Ceramic Capacitor Voltage Dependency

Posted 8th June 2014 at 06:59 AM by hollowman

The popular YouTube channel hosted by Dave L. Jones (Sidney, Australia bloke) just released his latest episode:

EEVblog #626 - Ceramic Capacitor Voltage Dependency

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDDoi70cxw0

Of course some of DIYA's know-it-all will claim that this is not new info at all ... well if all you do DIY-audio and tweak and breadboard (and you've gotta lab bench in the little engineer's room ... so you can defecate-n-DIY at the same time) ... well, I suppose you really must know it ALL.
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DIY for Dummies?

Posted 5th June 2014 at 04:37 PM by hollowman
Updated 6th June 2014 at 07:07 AM by hollowman

For those of you not familiar with the USA book scene ... yellow-cover "...for Dummies" series has been one of the most successful (=popular/best-selling) book series in U.S. history.
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It was so popular that the style was copied by several other publishers' series including:
"...for Complete Idiots".
The term "idiot" or "Dummies" is used as hyperbole in claiming ensured comprehension. The approach relies on explaining a topic via very basic terminology.

But that is not subject of this Blog post ... so stay tuned for a bit... I've gotta take a dump...
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...and need a cup o' tea, love ...
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....OK,...
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Linsley Hood amp on Taobao

Posted 4th June 2014 at 06:27 AM by abraxalito

Looks like a bargain, around $120. Sorely tempted to get one to play with - what do you think ?
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A Better Audio Comparison Tool

Posted 2nd June 2014 at 08:25 AM by fas42
Updated 14th July 2014 at 03:01 AM by fas42

I've mentioned a few times the difficulty in using the software tool, DiffMaker - and others have experienced similar issues. So, I'm thinking seriously about attempting to put together a "better" utility, something that will be more intelligent in correlating between different versions of sampled waveforms, wherever they came from. And it will be specifically aimed at trying to ferret out the deep down differences, not the obvious stuff like frequency response, phase shifts and the like - but rather the low level, detail variations that seem to be so important in subjective quality evaluation.

To give an idea of the "challenge", consider taking 2 recordings from 2 vinyl plays of a particular record. Having already seen what results, this is impossible for the likes of DiffMaker to handle - the constant speed variation between the 2 captures completely defeats it. But this what I would aim to be able to deal with, to synchronise in meaningful ways between...
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