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Old 16th June 2006, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default CoolerMaster Musketeer III

Yes, it's a computer product, but ...

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Old 16th June 2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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got one didn't do enough except lower the ouput volume...

I do fancy getting an external 5.25 alluminium drve caddy and installing it in that with a few upgrades and an HQ PSU which might make it into a nice computer external headphone amp....

Not got enough knowledge to sort out good PSU and know what to do to make it from a buffer to an amp....

Does look nice and nail your colours to the flagpole if you like valves...
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Old 16th June 2006, 10:12 PM   #3
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To rise the output it's probably just two resistors.

For a PSU the best would be to DIY one if it's the only thing you're going to put in your external 5" enclosure.
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Old 16th June 2006, 10:25 PM   #4
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Yeah reckon want to raise output (was thinking some better and bigger caps as well) and an HQ PSU (then have an input an output on the rear) and it has the headphone socket on the front....

It would be my very first forrey into DIY so hope someone else has the same idea and leads the way....

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Old 16th June 2006, 11:55 PM   #5
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Bigger caps would help probably, it would be fun to have the schematic also... Do you know the tube type?
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Old 17th June 2006, 10:56 AM   #6
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a chinese 12AU7 seems to be the tube installed in the unit

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Old 17th June 2006, 11:13 AM   #7
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I'd try and see if you could use the tube in place of the cheap op-amp buffer on some soundcards. A better quality tube may also be in order.
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Old 17th June 2006, 02:50 PM   #8
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I'd try and see if you could use the tube in place of the cheap op-amp buffer on some soundcards. A better quality tube may also be in order.
Raising the gain and bypassing the buffer should help, but we would have to watch impedance and things like that...

As for the tube, I don't know how it's connected. If it's soldered, then for changing tubes he would need to find one that doesn't have steel legs first.
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Old 17th June 2006, 03:29 PM   #9
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I think it's in a tube holder so changing should be easy enough, there are no op-amps on the musketeer at all.

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Old 17th June 2006, 03:39 PM   #10
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Not the Musketeer, but the soundcard. The sound card's output is passing in a cheap output stage with electrolytic caps and a cheap opamp (Sometimes, there's no opamp, it's the codec's output directly, but still with the same cheap electrolytics)
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