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Old 20th September 2004, 09:49 PM   #11
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When are we going to have our own audiothon, us guys up here in the great white north.

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Old 20th September 2004, 09:57 PM   #12
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Howdy Cal, greetings from North Van. Yes there are a lot of us skulking around here. A few of us are even into headphones!

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Old 20th September 2004, 10:12 PM   #13
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LOL headphones lol....
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Old 14th October 2004, 09:03 AM   #14
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Vancouver.... Island. Is that close enough?
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Old 14th October 2004, 06:18 PM   #15
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Headphones are my main audio pleasure, however I would really like to build a modest speaker system. My first step is the building of an amplifier. Have any of your Vancouverites built a decent stereo amp?

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Old 15th October 2004, 06:13 AM   #16
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Checkout the "Tubes" forum
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Check out the Aleph-X threads in the Pass Labs forum. Tubes? Fuggedaboutit.
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Old 15th October 2004, 09:01 PM   #19
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I really hate to say this, as I am very much in the Pass camp of amp design, but if you're looking for something that performs well, is cheap to build and a simple first project to start with, have a look at the Chip amps using the LM3875. BrianGT is offering kits with some great PCB's. I built one and I have to admit it is not dissappointing at all.

Of course, from there you can graduate up to building some REAL amps!
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Old 15th October 2004, 09:42 PM   #20
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Sourcing all the parts can be daunting and that's what led me to build an AKSA 55 for my first amp. All parts except for the transformer and enclosure are provided.

BrianGT's gainclone definitely qualifies as decent (more fair to call it very good) and has the highest ratio of sound quality to time/cost invested. I was really impressed with mine but I think the AKSA sounds a little better although it costs three or four times more.

The gainclone makes a great first amp and the low parts count makes it possible to inexpensively experiment with different caps and resistors if you are so inclined.
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