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Old 23rd August 2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default A basic chipamp in a not so basic case.

This is a regular chipamp.com based lm3875 amplifier, featuring a 300VA trafo and an Alps 10k log pot.

The case is made of thermally modified aspen and treated with parafin oil. The knob is scratch built from aluminium tube, it has a tiny red led in the front and is polished with car wax. There's a ball bearing in the shaft to ensure a smooth operation.

I guess everyone knows that these kind of amps sound pretty nice, so there's no point in telling, that this amp too sounds pretty nice.

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Inside:
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The knob:
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From the back (sorry about the lousy quality):
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Full frontal:
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Old 23rd August 2005, 07:44 PM   #2
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This is probably a dumb question but is there another switch someplace to change sources or is this not an integrated? Good looking amp.
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This is probably a dumb question but is there another switch someplace to change sources or is this not an integrated? Good looking amp.
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Nope, there's no switch yet, because I haven't figured a cool way to implement it without ruining the minimalistic front plate. The two extra pairs of rca's are just decoration at this moment.
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Old 23rd August 2005, 07:48 PM   #4
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Sweeeeeeeet!

Though why not make the top cover of wood as well?

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Sweeeeeeeet!

Though why not make the top cover of wood as well?

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Why not. But I wanted to kind of mix classic wooden structure with sophisticated aluminium.
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Nope, there's no switch yet, because I haven't figured a cool way to implement it without ruining the minimalistic front plate. The two extra pairs of rca's are just decoration at this moment.
Who needs a switch? How frequenty are you changing sources anyway? And you wouldn't want to bury something that looks like that inside a shelf where it would be difficult to get to the rear panel. So why not just do your source switching manually? Just use those extra RCAs as hitching posts for the unused cables. I mean, can't be whole lot more invonvenient than getting up to change the volume.

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Why not. But I wanted to kind of mix classic wooden structure with sophisticated aluminium.
Fair 'nuff. You're using wood so you got my kudos anyway.

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Why not put the source switch on the back?
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Who needs a switch? How frequenty are you changing sources anyway? And you wouldn't want to bury something that looks like that inside a shelf where it would be difficult to get to the rear panel. So why not just do your source switching manually? Just use those extra RCAs as hitching posts for the unused cables. I mean, can't be whole lot more invonvenient than getting up to change the volume.

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Not sure about this guy but I change sources at least twice a day. That would wear out my nice cables pretty quick.
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Just use those extra RCAs as hitching posts for the unused cables.
That's a great idea! That's what I'll do. Thanks for the great tip!
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