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argonrepublic 15th October 2009 05:49 AM

Harman Kardon Mods
Not that I am bored with this amp or think it's not good enough. It is beautiful for my nearfield monitors.
I am wondering if I could benefit by recapping this amp with Elna Silmic or similar because I like amp so much that it is worth the attention.
Also is there a good way to reduce level by about 20% with losing dynamics? I run direct from a DAC in my computer and don't want to reduce digitally but it is too loud on my desk.

gripracer 15th October 2009 07:22 AM

to reduce level, use Vishay S102 resistors. There is no resistor more transparent.

argonrepublic 15th October 2009 09:05 AM

Use Vishay S102 in line or in series with speakers? -14dbfs(digital) is about the right volume but sound is mushy when attenuated digitally.

h_a 15th October 2009 09:21 AM

Neither. Use them as voltage divider at the input of your amp.

You may want to try this with cheap metal film resistors first, though.

argonrepublic 15th October 2009 10:36 PM

Could you please clarify voltage divider? What value should i use and will I still have dynamics? I have some very good resistors here from Solen for high end crossovers.

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