But the transformers from miracle are very very expensive...They wanted something like 2500/- for a 300VA dual 25v secondaries..
Can you people tell me where u got ur 4780's from ? and pcb's in Bangalore ?
3886's are easily available on SP road. I've picked couple of them from there and they sound good. I paid around Rs.175 for them.
I dont remember the shop name but its opp to "Universal transformers" on the ground floor!
You could also place an order with "OM Electronics" and he will source them for you in a couple of days.
Hope this info helps.
Yeah at "OM" Suraj is the only knowledgeable person. Universal transformers is at the end of the road on first floor (there is a small shop which sells various types cables on the ground floor).
Their transformers are really top quality but unfortunately they dont make toroids.
4780 is diff to come by in Bangalore, you might wanna try lamington road in Bombay.
The interest in chip amps is appreciated and also that they are easy to assemble, especially the 3886. But they are not better sounding then the amps with discrete components. There are a couple of regional disadvantages in assembling the chipamps. One is the availability at present and in future. Where are u going to buy these chips later when they need replacement. In India, u will be able to source them only if some famous brand product uses them in their audio systems. The other is that they are costly. (Not that a whole discrete amp will be cheap)
The biggest advantage of the discrete amp is the availability of parts. They will be available in future in many shops and in small towns. Besides they are easy to assemble and a whole lot of explanation is available on this forum. (like Symasym) GEM may be too complex for a beginner.
The biggest advantage-- The discrete amps sound better.