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Wasted 21st January 2006 12:06 AM

Stepped Attenuator 100kohm
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Hello guys, new to forum and diy audio in general but have brrn bitten by bug, I just seen a passive pre amp that consists of a stepped attenuator and a lot of resistors. There was a link to the site but its all in chinese I thinks. Have fpound other kits but they start at $120 a kit Does anyone know of a site I can find them a little less pricey, Thanks Link to site is

lineup 21st January 2006 03:24 AM

you can buy a good rotator switch ( 12 steps )
then you put your own resistors in ( 12 resistors )
this makes lowest price

you could put a -20dB switch beside the stepped attenuator
so this will cover two different spans of volume ( 24 positions )

there are 24 positions switches to buy, but they cost a lot more

values for a 100 kOhm potentiometer will depend if you want
- linear characteristic - all resistors same value
- logarithmic characteristic - values are progressive, from lower resistors to higher

logarithmic is most often used in audio
this will make you hear same loudness difference for each step
for example -2.5 dB for each step

Wasted 21st January 2006 12:51 PM

Thanks lLineup that sounds(Excuse pun) like a way to go if. If can't l learn Korean in the next few weeks then this is the way to go.
By the way here is a link for calculating resistor values for attenuator Haven't tried it myself as I don't have one.

chipco3434 21st January 2006 01:33 PM

Here's one that I ordered....

23 step Vishay with Dales in the kit. I think it's about $55 with the shipping. I don't think there is a better price. It was here within the week.

I have not assembled it yet wut it looks great. This guy is also known as the seller "wanfai" on eBay.

Wasted 21st January 2006 07:53 PM

Thanks Guys all very helpful, now whereto next?

chipco3434 21st January 2006 08:03 PM

... for a walk then to finish my Aleph.

Wasted 23rd January 2006 12:50 AM

Just one last thing anyone got a good plan for a passive preamp using a 23 step attenuato, I kow I know I tend to get ahead of myself. Put it down to youthful exuberence(Ahem)!

phaeden 23rd January 2006 07:26 AM

Here is another site :

I am using one as a passive - much better than a blue Alps and reasonably priced.

Wasted 23rd January 2006 09:31 PM

thanks guys found this site , anyone know if he is on diyAudio? And can any one tell me advantage of such a design.

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