|16th July 2018, 01:57 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2015
VHex+ Build & Review
this is a small thread about the build of my VHex+ which I've hade in my mind for some time.
It consists of three parts, the electronics assembly, the chassis assembly and the final product + thoughts.
The PSU Boards and some parts
The amp Boards
Amp Boards with Transistors mounted on the Heatsink
populated Amp Boards
the protection boards
The SMD componets weren't problematic at all for soldering and the boards are very high quality as one protection board still works flawlesly after soldering and resoldering (heating the whole thing with a normal heatgun and ripping off the ATmega by just pulling it. Turned out it wasn't the chips who were broken but the oscillator... at least I'm keen on soldering chips now.) The process to getting it sing was quick and painless but getting it sing right was a bit more difficult (more on that later)
|16th July 2018, 01:57 PM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2015
Now for that case.
The idea for three separate block just came and I liked is, so I went for it. I decided to build this out of stone as I already got nice results from using it for my preamp build and for me stone is cheaper as I don't have to buy it in comparison to aluminium, my granddad has plenty of it and is very experienced. Also everyone has a metal case, this is something special and I quite like the raw look of this black stone. Yeah, and stone is different to work on and has its own special traits.
This isn't the exact rock I used for this build (this is the preamp one) but you'll get the Idea.
my granddad working on it
man 1 - stone 0
the wall consists of more dirt than wall
finished L-pices sunbathing (for the amp modules)
somewhat assembled case
This thing is empty already heavy ~40kg. I originally planed to do the PSU (lower block) case monolithic by just carwing out a stone... but that would have weight ... a lot. Maybe it's even nicer that way.
Last edited by GumGum9000; 16th July 2018 at 02:21 PM.
|16th July 2018, 03:05 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2015
And now for the final part.
I finished it approx. quater a year ago and it's been running sans probleme since then. I really like it. It's great for rock music.
So how does it sound like? (Hmm, natural)
O2DAC+DCB1+VSPS+Cabasse Antigua M170
Well the first words to come to my mind are precise, fast and clean. No, really it delivers the music as it is, no coloring or emphasis on anything. But it gladly doesn't get clinical (as maybe the HD800) so I can still enjoy music with average mastering (The Doors).
It sounds powerfull and direct, sometimes on the edge of slapping you in the face with the music. Even at lower volumes it doesn't drop any frequencies under the table (*ahem*lower bass *ahem*) like my old ROTEL did. It just plays the music, even where it shouldn't play it. Yeah, it leaks into other rooms even at moderate listening levels while the other amps in the house have to play at a higher volume for that (and also have much bigger speakers). You get the whole music at any volume also outside the sweet spot. Kinda it articulates everything so nothing is articulated. I've never heard it at a volume where you get the feeling that it's running out of power. And when you feed it with heavy bass tracks (ex. Trentemoller - The Last Resort) and turn the volume up a bit, lots of parts in my room start to sing along happily.
However my current setup sounds lifeless or cold now, as the amp just delivers with what's it's fed. Just sayin' if you're planing (you should) to build this amp maybe don't pair it with two other super neutral devices. (A new preamp is in the build (probably BA-3)). Really, it's awesome, it does everything what I expect from it exceptionally, I don't know what I could wish more from a Class-AB amp.
On this point I'd like to say a huge thank you to the guys from VZAudio for assisting me during this build. You rock!
They send me a modified/custom version of their amp control setup for my three cases. (Two amp protection boards and the central power supply control board which communicate with each other and shut down the whole thing at any error. Which I didn't end using in its configuration as I had no place for the PSU module left.) And also told me which parts I have to alter since my LEDs had a higher forward voltage and came up with a ground filter for the hum I was getting due to a ground loop somewhere. They only left when I assured that my amp was working as it should.
I hope you like my little project and it's thread
my sweet little pyramid
ignore the ugly part of the cable
part of my listening setup
Last edited by GumGum9000; 16th July 2018 at 03:14 PM.
|17th July 2018, 05:59 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia
Whoa! Fantastic build! Rock solid
Excellent from the idea to the final product (including the external PSU).
How do you like the sound, by the way?
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough (c) Albert Einstein
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