Total Noob- need some advice/ direction
OK, so I have some basic skillz, and an interest in audio and electronics. I'm building my speakers, and I'd like to build an amp as well. So, here are my initial questions...
-Solid State, Pass Labs, Chip Amp... What's the difference in these designations, and what's best? Or what's easiest to build for a begginer? Which options have easily available parts, plans, or kits? I'm assuming I'll get something superior regardless of what route I go, but I would like to get this information too...
-Kits. I think a kit would be the best way to get into this hobby. What sites/ designs are the best bang-for-your-buck, and appropiate for someone who's a beginner?
P.S. I did look in the Wiki, but no articles came up. So hopefully I don't get slapped on the hand too hard for the post. :)
No, you will not get something superior. There are very good amplifiers
you could not build for the parts cost, never mind the time, buying used
it gets even more one sided.
Years ago my sisters boyfriend wanted to buy an awful lookng amplifier kit.
I took him to a shop, ponted at an amplifier (on sale) and said buy it, he
never regretted the decision. (About twice as good for 35% less IMO.)
Building anything as a learning process will cost you money. Id say buy
a decent used amplifier and then research it, and other similar amplifiers.
The cheapest way to make gainclones is actually buying commercial
cheap amplifiers and stripping them for all the necesssary parts, and
then rebuilding them with optimum layout etc.
By all means study the ins and outs of amplifiers and the details of both
commercial and amateur designs, then make your own mind up. Personally
if building an amplifier I'd be first looking for something for the donor parts.
There are loads of kits on the internet and ebay.
You can even buy ready built amplifier modules.
Anything related to Pass Labs you'll find in the forum next door and at Pass Labs: Technical articles. The more you read the more you'll know what you want (maybe).
DIY AUDIO PROJECTS - Do-It-Yourself Hi-Fi for Audiophiles is always a good read, they also have a gainclone section. Also here: Gainclone chip amp index page
Well, as for kits, there are many available, f.e. also here at Vendor Forums - diyAudio
For basics I always liked Elliott Sound Products - DIY Audio Articles.
Enjoy your research and come back and to ask more questions.
the sound is wonderful and believe it or not this NXV200 kits if they are married with an adequate power supply, it will compete with amps costing thousands.
The kits are top notch quality. Check pictures.
These two providers are excellent but you have to do your homework before you decide the one you need.
Otherwise, I was eyeing the kits at Chipamp.com. Are they any good?
you will need to invest in a lot of resources to build an amplifier.
Sreten is saying that the cost of these resources is not zero, and not cheap.
Try buying a third hand amplifier to use the chassis and knobs, and other hardware for a few $$.
Strip it out keeping anything that is undamaged for a future use.
Put your chipamp kit inside that box, reusing the heatsink, the transformer (if suitable), the smoothing capacitors, the rectifier, the switches, the terminals, everything that costs money to buy in small quantities.
Amazon.com: Behringer A500 Reference Studio Power Amplifier: Electronics
Try pricing up all (and I mean all) of the parts for a fascimile of the above .... ouch .....
You'll be over $200 by my reckoning with just a big transformer, a nice case and 2 x big heatsinks.
2 x 300 Watts into 4 Ohms, 600 Watts into 8 Ohms in bridged mono operation
Advanced convection-cooling for absolutely noise-free and stable operation (no fan)
Precise level meter and clip indicators for accurate performance monitoring
Input connections on balanced XLR, 1/4'' TRS and RCA connectors
Speaker outputs on professional ''touch-proof'' binding posts and 1/4'' TS connectors
Ultra-reliable Toshiba / Fairchild power transistors
Independent thermal overload protection with LED indicator for each channel automatically protects amplifier and speakers
High-current toroidal transformer for absolute reliability and lowest noise interference
[QUOTE=sreten;2263769]Amazon.com: Behringer A500 Reference Studio Power Amplifier: Electronics
Try pricing up all the parts for a fascimile of the above .... ouch .....
But is that a good amp? It seems to me, you can buy an amp kit for $70, get a torroid for $63 from PE, and then buy some raw aluminum for about $80. Add some machine screws, the necessary plugs/ posts, and you end up at about $300. Yes, more expensive, but not much more. And is the quality better than the Behringer?
Amazon.com: AudioSource AMP-100 2-Channel Bridgeable Stereo Power…
Hi, the above is worth buying simply for all the bits, :cool: /Sreten.
(It also very likely contains popular gain clone chips).
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