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Old 8th December 2003, 05:41 AM   #1
chuck55 is offline chuck55  United States
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Default Small 20 watt amp/pre

Hi all!
I am new to DIY and got referred to this site from Audio Asylum. I did some searching at the kits directory and did not find a small amp/pre combination. So I am posting here to ask for some direction.

I completed my first DIY speaker, the ELF 1.0 from creative sound. It sound nice and since it sits on my mantle, has pretty good bass reinforcement. I was running it on a Denon UD-M31 mini-system. But I enjoy the fun of making things and would like to try making my own "mini-system" to go with the speakers.
The only small size DIY kits I have found are Scott Nixon's stuff. His $100 20 watt mono block amps look good. I would like to hook up to a Radio Shack Alps volume pot as a passive pre and maybe his DAC kit.
Are there other suitable / better small kits available? I enjoy the sound of Creek and Musical Fidelity. NAD and Denon are not too transparent. But enjoyable to listen to nontheless. Teac reference 300 is a bit bright but nice for the money. Eventually I will build a speaker with the Jordan JX92S or the ELF1.5's.
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Old 10th December 2003, 06:31 PM   #2
paulb is offline paulb  Canada
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I haven't looked specifically, but you might check these guys out:
http://www.qkits.com
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Old 11th December 2003, 04:28 AM   #3
chuck55 is offline chuck55  United States
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Thanks for the response. Lots of interesting kits there.
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Old 24th December 2003, 11:22 PM   #4
chuck55 is offline chuck55  United States
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I don't get it. No one can recommend any good kits? Isn't this is do it yourself site?
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Old 25th December 2003, 09:20 AM   #5
00940 is online now 00940  Belgium
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it is.

But most of the guys build things from scrap, just using a schematic.
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Old 25th December 2003, 11:30 AM   #6
joensd is offline joensd  Germany
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If youre looking for kits specifically you can also check out Elliot Sound Pages.
Project 19&72 are "gainclones" which have good sound.
You can order PCBs but those gainclones are also relatively easy to wire point to point.
They dont need a preamp. You can set the gain through the combination of resistors.
Check out some threads in the "chip amp"-forum for more insight.

Cheers & Merry Xmas
Jens
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