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sblack6 7th June 2009 07:40 PM

First DIY solid state amp
I'm looking to build my first DIY solid state amp. Something relatively simple for the beginner. I'm looking for something to build as a learning experience and not just putting pieces together like a puzzle. Although I have had success tinkering with my own gear and garnered some understanding of amplifiers over the past year this knowledge is vague to say the least. Any suggestions?

destroyer X 7th June 2009 08:04 PM

Rodd Elliot not only offer simple amplifier, P3A

But also teaches a lot into ESP pages.

Also you can read the Dx amplifier thread...many pages to read filled with instructions... i doubt Carlos will repeat all that stuff to someone, even to you he will dennie, but everything is already written there.

Have only to jump over social postings.... this way you gonna see there's half or the predicted posts to read.

But i really think Rodd is more sinthetic, more objective into his pages, as he is not a forum and the text is a monologue..this makes things smaller.

Even how to design amplifier are there, but people use to be lazy to read... there you have several descriptions how the amplifier operates and how to design it using ohms law.

Rodd is the best option to you: happy!

Carlos is old and tired, will not help too much.

You can try Nelson Pass forum section too... he use to teach and his amplifiers are very popular.


There are several options...and this confuses a lot.... i really think a good idea is to start with P3A

jaycee 7th June 2009 08:40 PM

If this is your first time assembling any circuit, then you are best building one of the many Gainclone kits. This will teach you plenty that applies also to discrete amplifiers, such as mains wiring, mounting on a main heatsink, grounding practices etc.

sblack6 7th June 2009 10:03 PM

Thanks for the info! The links were dead but I was able to google and find the ESP website and the gainclone amp.

destroyer X 7th June 2009 10:20 PM

This link..test this one

sblack6 8th June 2009 02:10 PM

That one worked, thanks. I have ordered boards for a gainclone. Apparently they have support once I receive them.

It will probably be a while as they are coming overseas and the post office is usually pretty slow, which is OK as I have a Sherwood S-9910 to keep me busy. Thanks.

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