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Old 24th March 2010, 02:31 AM   #1
rstl99 is offline rstl99  Canada
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Default How to get better at DIY Audio?

Hi all, my first post here. Looks like a great community of DIY'ers.

Bit of an intro. In my early 50's, have had a desk job most of my life, but lots of hobbies. One of them is fooling around with reel to reel tape recorders, of which I have several (Nagras, Ampex's, Tascam, etc.). I am also an amateur musician so record myself and friends. ANyway, not only do I use the equipment, but occasionally I try my hand at fixing it. Have diagnosed a few problems using schematics, replaced some caps and such devices. Can handle a soldering iron. Limited electronic theory knowledge but a desire to learn more, so I can turn this into a more fulsome hobby when I take early retirement.

Any tips on how to get better at this DIY stuff? Courses? Books? Internet sites? Trial and error?

Thanks!
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Old 24th March 2010, 02:56 AM   #2
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Old 24th March 2010, 03:23 AM   #3
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If you can get somebody to help you, it's invaluable. Quite simply the easiest way to learn is to have things explained to you by somebody who is good at it, and the more individual the attention you get the better.

There's no substitute for practise. The more you try to calculate or figure out exactly, the better you get at it. Lots of electronics is based on geometry, algebra and pure logic.

It's amazing what you can learn from google. One of the most important things you can learn is to use it. I often check answers I give using it, and very often, if the poster had done a search first, they wouldn't have needed to ask the question.

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Old 24th March 2010, 04:12 AM   #4
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Impedance varies with frequency, use impedance plots of your drivers and make crossover calculations using the actual impedance of the driver at the crossover frequency
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Old 27th March 2010, 03:22 AM   #6
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Thank you for the links and advice everyone.
CHeers!!
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