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Old 8th April 2012, 02:17 AM   #1531
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Which specific converter USB/I2S (eBay?) are you using? Any photos available?



How is it wired at the output? Just cap or cap + resistor? Where does it go to from there: preamp, volume pot, power amp?

Very interesting approach, Mark. Both on input and output. And regulators, of course.
The Pictures show how the wiring has been done
This then feeds a DIY Aleph Preamp followed by PSE 6CA7(Triode Connected) monoblocks and Goodmans 201 Open Baffle Speakers

Using the DAC in this way and using a PC as a source has provided a source that leaves my Esoteric transport and Wadia DAC in storage.
A PC using USB DAC is a VERY effective source.
I don't know why CD material sounds better from the hard drive but it does.
Using programs like Foobar, upsampling can easily done.

This is the reason that the I2S can be kept short and still provide a great source to the rest of the system

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Old 8th April 2012, 11:34 AM   #1532
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The Pictures show how the wiring has been done
This then feeds a DIY Aleph Preamp followed by PSE 6CA7(Triode Connected) monoblocks and Goodmans 201 Open Baffle Speakers

Using the DAC in this way and using a PC as a source has provided a source that leaves my Esoteric transport and Wadia DAC in storage.
A PC using USB DAC is a VERY effective source.
I don't know why CD material sounds better from the hard drive but it does.
Using programs like Foobar, upsampling can easily done.

This is the reason that the I2S can be kept short and still provide a great source to the rest of the system
Very nice arrangement. Very well executed. Congratulations.

Some questions:

1) What regulator is that your using for 5v? Burson?

2) Shouldn't you load the output with a resistor too? If it's there I can't see it.

I'm considering the Teleporter option for I2S interface too.
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Old 8th April 2012, 11:56 AM   #1533
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Nicely done! I guess I'll try the same converter. It's compact and I can put it in my DAC casing use a direct USB connection. Great!

By the way, this is my DAC project. Don't laugh at me, I'm still a learner and It's my first tube project and I suck at applying shellac, but I'll repair it later. I want it to completely dry for now. The good thing is, I made the enclosure with separate sections, the top plate with the tubes is removable, so I can work on the wood chassis at anytime.

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Inside will be the unbalancer with tube voltage regulators (no sockets for the reg tubes for now). There will be silver wire for direct signals from the DAC and tubes and from the converter I2S to DAC. Connectors will be separate - one for heaters, one for B+, one for DAC V+ and one for USB. There is a Salas shunt reg for the analog part of the DAC, I have space for some compact regs for the low current digital ones (may try with finesse)?

The resistors are 1% Tesla TR military grade metal film, signal caps are K40u9 russian PIO with their metal casing removed and ETO-3 russian military AgTa to the output. There are some carbon resistors too where I didn't have right values.

The switch will be turned from the front using an aluminium axis

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Old 8th April 2012, 01:18 PM   #1534
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Nicely done! I guess I'll try the same converter. It's compact and I can put it in my DAC casing use a direct USB connection. Great!

By the way, this is my DAC project. Don't laugh at me, I'm still a learner and It's my first tube project and I suck at applying shellac, but I'll repair it later. I want it to completely dry for now. The good thing is, I made the enclosure with separate sections, the top plate with the tubes is removable, so I can work on the wood chassis at anytime.

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.

Inside will be the unbalancer with tube voltage regulators (no sockets for the reg tubes for now). There will be silver wire for direct signals from the DAC and tubes and from the converter I2S to DAC. Connectors will be separate - one for heaters, one for B+, one for DAC V+ and one for USB. There is a Salas shunt reg for the analog part of the DAC, I have space for some compact regs for the low current digital ones (may try with finesse)?

The resistors are 1% Tesla TR military grade metal film, signal caps are K40u9 russian PIO with their metal casing removed and ETO-3 russian military AgTa to the output. There are some carbon resistors too where I didn't have right values.

The switch will be turned from the front using an aluminium axis
dude, your work looks stellar!

did you make that unbalancer point to point? is it up and running now? i don't see any B+ and heater regulator in there.. and i can't see the ak4396 chip as well!

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Old 8th April 2012, 01:23 PM   #1535
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No, not yet. I mentioned previously that I had a accident with a typo regulator that burned my DAC chip and I'm waiting for a new one to be delivered.
In the meantime I'm working on this thing.
You can see that the DAC IC is unsoldered from the board.

What do you mean by "point to point"? I didn't copy the schematic exactly. I a cap at the positive interstage too, because otherwise the B+ of the second stage is dependant of the 1st one and I have more freedom with tube modes when having DC isolation.

I use 6N1P input and 6N6P output tubes.

Thanks for your comment.
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Old 8th April 2012, 01:45 PM   #1536
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No, not yet. I mentioned previously that I had a accident with a typo regulator that burned my DAC chip and I'm waiting for a new one to be delivered.
In the meantime I'm working on this thing.
You can see that the DAC IC is unsoldered from the board.

What do you mean by "point to point"? I didn't copy the schematic exactly. I a cap at the positive interstage too, because otherwise the B+ of the second stage is dependant of the 1st one and I have more freedom with tube modes when having DC isolation.

I use 6N1P input and 6N6P output tubes.

Thanks for your comment.
ahh.. clever.. so you still can have the unbalancer circuit, but with more wide of tubes variabilities

have you tested your unbalancer? is it working? i think i'm going to go your way. waiting for the pcb is just killing me

but i'm planning to use this thing VERO BLANK PROTOTYPING PCB FOR TUBE CIRCUITS! | eBay instead of real point to point. seems neater
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Old 8th April 2012, 01:59 PM   #1537
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Of course I had made it on a testing board using 6N6P on the input.

Before I made the Lampizator output using a single 6N6P for both channels.

To tell you the truth, the simple lampizator stinks donkey *** compared to the unbalancer, I realized what piece of **** I had built. The unbalancer sounded so much spacy, clean and some parts that were shouting (distorting) were very good now.

I highly recommend it, it's not the top best option I think, but it's not expensive to build IMHO. It also makes a DAC/preamp combo with a buffer.

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Old 8th April 2012, 02:15 PM   #1538
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Very nice arrangement. Very well executed. Congratulations.

Some questions:

1) What regulator is that your using for 5v? Burson?

2) Shouldn't you load the output with a resistor too? If it's there I can't see it.

I'm considering the Teleporter option for I2S interface too.
The Regulator is a Belleson Super regulator

There is no resister but there probably should be
The DAC has been running for about 3 months without it.
I have some spare Kiwame 1200 ohm resisters so these might get a try.

Mark
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Hey, I found a unbalancer on ebay (Jim's Audio). It looks like the Broskie.

It will take unbalanced inputs (from a dac) and give you a singled ended output.

Bal/unbal input tube preamplifier stereo PCB ! | eBay
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Old 8th April 2012, 10:32 PM   #1540
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It seem to have filtering power supply electrolytics slots, but I think it's a Broskie cathode follower only, there is no voltage amplifier stage.

Why do you need a PCB? The schematic is simple and you have more freedom. You really don't need the electrolytics, my power supply is separate and is a electrolytic free C LC LC LC RC filter.
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