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Old 13th February 2012, 10:58 PM   #1621
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A TVC is an interesting option, and the ability to add gain might be valuable with a low mu tube like the 26; my only concern is that 23 steps may not be a fine enough adjustment.

I'm also considering the P&S OPC271 opto-potentiometer. It comes as a kit that can be run off the preamp power supply or it's own supply, with >100 steps of adjustment, remote control as well as manual control, a dimmable LED display, and pre-matched optocouplers in a sealed unit. It would be pretty easy to incorporate into a new build, and would give the 26 preamp an "old meets new" kind of style. Channel-matching is not as good as a stepped attenuator, but it's still pretty good.

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Old 13th February 2012, 11:19 PM   #1622
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Looks pretty cool - I bet the remote is a really nice to have feature....Have you found anything else about it elsewhere ?
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Old 13th February 2012, 11:31 PM   #1623
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Well it's just a variant on the famous "Lightspeed Attenuator" that's been mentioned on all the audio forums. No switches or contacts in the signal path - it uses light-dependent resistors (LDR) coupled with an LED; when you vary the voltage on the LED with your volume control it varies the resistance in the LDR, which is in the signal path.

Folks swear by them as being immensely transparent. I haven't heard one myself.

I have a remote on my current preamp (motorized Alps blue pot) and it is HUGELY convenient as seemingly every CD is mastered to a different loudness. It also helps in dialing in the right volume to be sitting in your listening chair instead of standing by the preamp.

So many choices...
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Old 13th February 2012, 11:33 PM   #1624
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nice but too much tech for raw DHT

we have nice diy optivol here....
for step I thinks that I never use more then tree volume setting....

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intactaudio have very good autoformers
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Old 13th February 2012, 11:37 PM   #1625
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right Cd user can have vol problem...no problem with vinyl or PC+dac
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Old 14th February 2012, 03:53 AM   #1626
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Default 26 main chassis

I just have my 26 main chassis cut and still have to wait until the psu finished to try. I know it's way too slow, it almost takes 10 months up to here. I go with the filament bias and would like to confirm the following.

Rod,

I only have 2 16.5v 2.5A transformers. Should I go for exactly 18v ??
As of your instruction, I'll need a 1.5R 3W or more resistor for testing the regulator. Will there be any different on filament bias ??


With the 1st edition of Quanchao Sala's reg., I'll need somewhere around 145v on plate of 26. I therefore would try 170-0 in tube hybrid rectification to 32uf oil caps - 25H - 47uf pp. Would it be good for the purpose ??

Albert
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Old 14th February 2012, 06:49 AM   #1627
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Rod,

I only have 2 16.5v 2.5A transformers. Should I go for exactly 18v ??
As of your instruction, I'll need a 1.5R 3W or more resistor for testing the regulator. Will there be any different on filament bias ??

Albert

Hi Albert,

I assume you are using Filament Bias with 10-ohm, 25 to 45W resistor, or parallel resistors.

If so, you need about 16.5V raw dc (15.5V minimum).

Your 16.5V 2.5A trafos are PERFECT for this, and even allow the luxury of some resistance right after the rectifier, which can reduce the pulsed rectifier current (reduces emissions, and is less stress for C1).

1N5822 rectifiers should still be fine. See my PDF manual ANdht01v2.PDF for tips on selecting resistors/capacitors, and how to connect the raw dc for best sound.

I have worked out a PSUD design for you -see attached.

Please test the filament bias regulator by connecting the 1.5R test resistor (dummy filament) in series with the 10R Filament-Bias resistor.
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Old 14th February 2012, 02:00 PM   #1628
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I just have my 26 main chassis cut and still have to wait until the psu finished to try. I know it's way too slow, it almost takes 10 months up to here.

Fantastic looking thus far - looks to be well worth the wait !

I've been tossing around the idea of moving my input selector switch to the rear of the chassis; as you have done with your volume control...The challenge I have is figuring out some sort of bushing to mount in the front plate of the chassis, so the feel of the dial does not change. Any suggestions ? Here's how I have it wired up right now. There are no breaks in the wires, I just used the terminal blocks as wire guides.

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Old 14th February 2012, 03:14 PM   #1629
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Hi Albert,

I assume you are using Filament Bias with 10-ohm, 25 to 45W resistor, or parallel resistors.

If so, you need about 16.5V raw dc (15.5V minimum).

Your 16.5V 2.5A trafos are PERFECT for this, and even allow the luxury of some resistance right after the rectifier, which can reduce the pulsed rectifier current (reduces emissions, and is less stress for C1).

1N5822 rectifiers should still be fine. See my PDF manual ANdht01v2.PDF for tips on selecting resistors/capacitors, and how to connect the raw dc for best sound.

I have worked out a PSUD design for you -see attached.

Please test the filament bias regulator by connecting the 1.5R test resistor (dummy filament) in series with the 10R Filament-Bias resistor.
Rod,

Many thanks for your detail reply. Lucky I ask the way to test the filament, or otherwise I would directly series the 1.5R to ground. I have 10 pcs 100R 5W wirewound parallel, but end up it's only around 9R. I got 10R with only 9 pcs parallel together, but there is only 45W. Which way I should go ?
After the rectifier, my intention is 10,000uf - 25H - 30,000uf floating to the main chassis - your reg. then to ground. Would like to have your idea.

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Fantastic looking thus far - looks to be well worth the wait !

I've been tossing around the idea of moving my input selector switch to the rear of the chassis; as you have done with your volume control...The challenge I have is figuring out some sort of bushing to mount in the front plate of the chassis, so the feel of the dial does not change. Any suggestions ? Here's how I have it wired up right now. There are no breaks in the wires, I just used the terminal blocks as wire guides.

Click the image to open in full size.

Thanks !
I like your volume. Was that the 'Cat 5' cable ?
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