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Vacuum Tube (Valve) Audio Projects


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DIY Vacuum Tube (valve) Projects such as Tube Amplifiers and Tube Preamplifiers.

227 files, last one added on Jun 20, 2014
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Speaker and Subwoofer Projects


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A photo gallery to show off your DIY Loudspeaker and Subwoofer projects and kits.

134 files, last one added on May 27, 2013
Album viewed 22 times

Chipamp, Gainclone, T-Amp and Op-amp Projects


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DIY audio projects that are based around a single integrated semiconductor chip or an opamp like Gainclone, Chipamp or T-Amp projects.

72 files, last one added on Jul 20, 2014
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Solid State Audio Projects


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DIY Audio Projects that are based around discrete (solid state) components, such as transistors, MOSFETS, J-FETS ...

56 files, last one added on Jul 04, 2013
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Audio Cable Projects


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DIY Audio Cable Projects - Interconnect (RCA) Cables, Speaker Cables and Power (mains) Cables.

11 files, last one added on May 19, 2009
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Other DIY Audio Projects


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Photographs of DIY Audio Projects that do not fall into any of the previous categories such as DIY turntables, power supplies, pictures of your listening room setup ....

19 files, last one added on Jun 16, 2013
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S-5 Electronics Tube Amplifier Kits


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A photo gallery of the various inexpensive Tube Amplifier Kits from S-5 Electronics that have been built by DIYers. The kits include the K-8LS, K-12, K-16 and the similar K-502.

51 files, last one added on Sep 03, 2013
Album viewed 11 times

Commercial Hi-Fi Audio


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Photos of Commercial Hi-Fi Audio Gear, Components and Products.

33 files, last one added on May 15, 2012
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The_SetUp.JPGLow noise mic preamp4672 viewsAfter preforming an on street recording of a classical busker with my Cowon mp3 in Florence I decided I wanted to do more recording. The Sony ECM-MS957 stereo mic (not made any more) had too low output to drive my mp3 player line-in or laptop digitizer so I made this low noise, two stage transistor (BC549) preamp (red lid). Because I used large 10uf polypropylene capacitors to ensure high quality sound recordings the preamp, though portable with internal batteries (12V), is quite large. Now I can use my mp3 player (128kps) to make quality recordings anywhere. There is no hiss or processing noise at all. The preamp is dead quiet. The preamp from the ESP site and is extremely easy to build. I use silver wire and silver solder throughout and gold connectors where possible. You can use 10uF electrolytic capacitors where I used polies but for the very best sound use the polyester capacitors. The designer suggests this in his text.

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Fonken-Fostex-FE127E-Speaker.jpgFonken Speaker Enclosure for Fostex FE127E7315 viewsA pair of Fonken speaker cabinets for the Fostex FE127 fullrange driver. So far they sound very nice.
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DSCN0746.JPGK-16LS Customized Tube Amplifier Kit3610 viewsAdded silicone dampers to the tubes and upgraded the lamp-switch power cord to an IEC jack.
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Oatley-K272C-Headamp-Kit.jpgOatley K272C JAN6418 tube based headphone amp kit663 viewsIn this build I used bituminized aluminum foil to line the ABS plastic compact enclosures and switched 6.5 mm stereo phone jacks. Only with both source and headphone plugs inserted and the press button switched “on” at the rear will power flow. Wire-wrap wire has been used in the signal path and the battery health LEDs have been brought out to the front of the enclosure. The sound appears to have better bass than previous models but the tubes will ring if struck.

For more info, see the
K272C Oatleys JAN6418 tube based headphone amp\preamp
thread in the forum.

Mark Houston – retro-thermionic

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Gobo-LM1875-Stereo-Amplifier-Kit.jpgGobo LM1875 Stereo Amplifier Kit72 viewsThe Gobo Stereo Amplifier kit is a class-AB chip amp kit based around the LM1875 IC. This is a complete amp kit that includes all the necessary parts and enclosure to build a stereo amplifier. The LM1875 amp kit comes with audio-grade capacitors and toroidal transformer. The Gobo amplifier kit is easy to build, looks and sounds great. The amplifier kit is well suited to first time amp builders.

For full details, see our review of the Gobo LM1875 Stereo Amplifier Kit
Jul 20, 2014
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6SN7-6V6-SE-Black-Lace.jpgBlack Lace - SE 6V6 Amplifier105 views“Black Lace” - an all Australian tube amplifier with tubes from the 60’s. Miniwatt: 6V6 black glass, 6SN7 and 5U4. Old school build with PIO caps, solder from the 70’s with copper and carbon film resistors. See the froum thread Black Lace - 6V6 power amp, old school


Mark Houston – retro-thermionic
Jun 20, 2014
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6DJ8-6AS7-OTL-HP-Amp-Sanguine.jpgSanguine - 6AS7 OTL Headphone Amplifier364 viewsThe power supply and amp section are on two die-cast Al bases. A Sophia Mesh Plate Princess 274B rec. tube does the rectification. The PS has its own power filter to reduce EMI\RFI and the mains cable is choked. The power transformer is Hammond and the 20H choke is Hammond also and these are both isolated from the chassis by rubber grommets to control vibration. The 6AS7 power tube is NOS Winged "C" Svetlana and a NOS Tesla E88CC gold pin for the driver and is directly coupled. XLRs connect the HT and AC filament current to the amp section. A single 6.5mm input upfront with dual headphone output. Attenuation is provided by an Alps Blue Velvet pot. Both enclosures are dampened with bituminous Al foil and the paint is Epoxy Enamel. The attenuator knob is 4 ounces of solid brass.

The Sophia Mesh Plate 274B rec. tube and a 4uf PIO Russian filter cap start the filtering network with seven stages of filtering and storage in all. There is no PCBs or shielded wire used in this amp to dull the sound. Wiring is all point-2-point and component-2-componet. Fine silver plated wire warp wire carries all the audio. The only caps in the amp are the output caps. WBT silver solder is used throughout.
Feb 10, 2014
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6EM7-SE-Amp.jpgSE 6EM7 Power Amplifier558 viewsYet another 6EM7 power amplifier. This time some parts were down graded and a different internal layout technique was used. The power transformer and choke are isolated top and bottom by rubber grommets. This ensures no AC vibration reaches the tubes. The initial power supply filtering is preceded with a on-board power filter, a 20uF/450V electrolytic capacitor and a 20H/100mA Hammond choke. The HT is supplied by a Hammond power transformer and Sovtek 5Y3 rectifier tube. The second stage of filtering is 47uF and 100uF electrolytic with a large limiting resistor ensure the amp is totally free from of hum and noise. All power supply capacitors are snubbed.

This amp sounds better than the last and I think it may be the Sylvania NOS 6EM7 tubes. Sprague orange drops are used in the inter-stage coupling and once more large non-polarized capacitors for the bypass on the power tubes. For the first time I have used Chinese made H&K 15W audio output transformers, can't fault them. The look of the amp is almost under-stated "sexy" and the sound the same - sexy and natural.

Mark Houston – retro-thermionic
Nov 13, 2013


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