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Old 7th June 2006, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Squeezebox 3 modding

I'm looking at getting a Squeezbox 3 and performing some mods on it. I've been reading various threads over at the slimdevices andaudiocircles forums but nobody seems to give any specifics on actual modifications. So far I've not come across any photos showing SB3 internals.

Does anybody here have any advice on what mods I should an shouldn't do?

I have a friend who is very competent with smd soldering so that isn't a prob.

Here is a list of mods I've complied so far. Any comments?

1. Swap DAC for KE version (Red-wine / Bolder)
2. Internal power supply caps:
- Dac Power: Panasonic/BlackGate Nx (Bolder)
- Dac Power: BlackGate NX-Hi-Q (RedWine)
- input power: Panasonic/BlackGate Nx (Bolder)
3. OPAMP:
- Remove (Bolder) - causes low rms o/p and phase inversion
- Replace with BurrBrown OPA2604 (Red Wine) - adds Punch
4. Output Caps:
- BlackGate NX-Hi-Q from opamp out to RCA (RedWine)
- BlackGate N with Sonicap Gen 2 bypass direct from DAC to RCA (bolder)
5. Upgrade RCAs (Red-wine / Bolder)
6. 5V external linear (Red-wine / Bolder)
7. Remove 14V feed, replace with external 12V (RedWine) (power supply to DAC/OpAmp)
8. Higher 5V input cap (low ESR) http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=16329
9. Disable 12.28MHz oscillator (only needed for low bitRate internet Radio)
10. Add vibration damping material to oscillator

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Al
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Old 7th June 2006, 04:29 PM   #2
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Did you check out the DIY forum over there? There are a couple of threads on modding the SB3:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=23687

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=23473
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Old 7th June 2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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Originally posted by ezkcdude
Did you check out the DIY forum over there? There are a couple of threads on modding the SB3

And there is this older thread that describes what I did:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=19822

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Old 7th June 2006, 08:00 PM   #4
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Gary, I think your totally right about removing the op amp (from reading your posts). The data sheet for PCM1748 says Vout is 0.66*Vcc or 3.3V p-p, which is more than enough.

Have you considered tapping the I2S lines and using them with an external DAC? I'm wondering if anyone's done that, as it seems like that would be a nice solution.
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Old 7th June 2006, 11:30 PM   #5
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Gary, I think your totally right about removing the op amp (from reading your posts). The data sheet for PCM1748 says Vout is 0.66*Vcc or 3.3V p-p, which is more than enough.
Have you considered the possibility that there is a reason there is an op-amp on the output of the DAC?

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Old 8th June 2006, 12:29 AM   #6
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Yeah, I have. I read p. 22-23 of the PCM1748 data sheet.
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Have you considered tapping the I2S lines and using them with an external DAC?
John Swenson is going to do that.
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Old 8th June 2006, 08:31 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. Very interesting and helpful links.

At the mo my planned mods are :

decent regulated 5V supply

remove opamp and replace coupling caps before new RCAs.

change power supply caps for panasonic FCs or blackgates with same values as originals

swap DAC to KE version

Is there anything else I should try? Has anybody tried replacing the 14V dac supply with an external regulated version?

I was also considering using a NOS dac with the modded SB3. Something like a DDDAC or Monica 2. Anybody tried this? Any comments on how these DACs compare to a modded SB3 (i.e. is it worth the extra expense)?

Al
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Old 8th June 2006, 08:43 AM   #9
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Yep. I saw that too.
Here is a link to Ken's post.

http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/pc...ges/12621.html
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Old 8th June 2006, 08:52 AM   #10
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Who the hell is Ken?
I meant John!

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