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Old 10th May 2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Is there a consensus where a poor bloke can go in the US by mail order all the parts needed for designing a special purpose mic array and mixer? I need electret caps, film resistors, trim pots, digipots, low noise opamps, common DSP components (preferably all leaded), a breadboard, and maybe a decade resistance box, and whatever was forgotten or unforseen....

I am looking not to be gaffed on the prices or shipping and handling, or having to go to several places.
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Old 10th May 2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Would Mouser work for you?
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Old 10th May 2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Just checked Mouser. They appear to have everything and Arduino stuff, too. All I have to do now is learn C or assembly and I will be cooking!

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Old 10th May 2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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DigiKey... sometimes more expensive than Mouser.
Newark Electronics
Jameco... your ultimate sourse for cheap parts, you would be surprised at the selection sometimes
This is not reality...
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Old 10th May 2012, 05:00 PM   #5
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zxgravediggerxz: Newark looks good as well. They were the only ones that had a paticular Creative ADC I was looking into. Jameco seems to be beginner oriented. I saw a training kit for the Stamp microcontroller. Who knows, maybe I could actually get away with that for my app?

Thank you for the heads up.
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Old 10th May 2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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I wish that there was something similar that could ship international with reasonable price. Mouser / Digikey for example charges $40 shipping for just a few parts. That's ridiculous.

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Old 10th May 2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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As an experiment, from your end, pretend you have a 1 pound ( or half kilo if you prefer) package, and contact various international shippers and find out what the cost is to send it to the USA.

SHipping is going to cost the same whether you buy one transistor or 100 of them. SO it pays to add up a more substantial parts order.
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Old 10th May 2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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It would cost around $10, not $40.
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Old 10th May 2012, 11:48 PM   #9
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The best DIP IC breadboards are from MCMelectronics.com of dayton, OH.They have sanyo transistors if you like them and some hard to get IC's. They have the best selection of HDTV antennas if you like one on the roof to pull in free TV like me.
I like newark.com selection of resistors caps IC's, heat sinks, and some discrete semiconductors. their pot and LED selection is limited. Alpha wire is expensive. THey are in NC (600 miles), and fast. If I get the order in by noon, I usually have the stuff suface UPS by next day 1600. Click stock and no direct ship if you don't want to look at a lot of mythical stuff and stuff in the UK you can have for $25 surcharge each item.
Mouser has limited resistor and film cap stocks, but pretty good e-cap and On semi stocks. Lots of IC's. They have speakers and maybe mike sensors. Same expensive alpha wire. Same expensive breadboards as newark. They are in TX. Great paper catalog that organizes things that are a mess like connectors.
Jameco has deep stocks of LEDs, obsolete leaded displays, sensors and transducers, and traditional hobbiest projects. They had an obsolete IC I had to have for my amp. They are in CA and watch their 2 day delivery items. Their IC's and semis are disorganized.
More obsolete IC's at ceitron, including really old stuff.
Tube voltage stuff and cinch terminal strips for discrete part mounting, tubesandmore.com and triodeelectronics.com. Cheap solid core hookup wire rated for 600v. $10 minimum freight.
Best teflon hookup wire and AG3 fuse holders at electronicssurplus.com. $10 minimum freight
Newark and mouser can get shipping down to $6 if you have a small box and go USPS. Under 700 miles UPS from newark to a business address (my house used to be a body shop) is $7 for medium size boxes. Newark uses a whole lot of padding, so their boxes aren't small.
Digitec won't tell me where their warehouse is, and when I was looking for e-caps I couldn't find the link to the service life data, so thumbs down that day.
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