Photos of Commercial Hi-Fi Audio Gear, Components and Products.
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00118.jpgLM3886's and heatsink2731 viewsThe thin cables are for the grounds that (i suppose) don't carry high current. The chips have silicone grease for better thermal conduction.
DIY-TQWT-Fostex-FX120-Speaker.jpgDIY ML-TQWT Fostex FX120 Speakers6935 viewsA pair of DIY Fostex FX120 Mass Loaded - Tapered Quarter Wavelength Tube (ML-TQWT) Speakers.
Bottlehead-Seduction-Phono-Preamp-Top.jpgFinished Bottlehead Seduction Tube Phono Preamp2927 viewsA finished view of the Bottlehead Seduction Tube Phono Preamp kit.
DIY-HiVi-Center-Channel.jpgDIY HiVi Center Channel Speaker4560 viewsDIY HiVi Center Channel Speaker using the HiVi F5 midbass driver and the HiVi SD1.1A tweeter. The crossover is 2nd order and at 4kHz.
6DJ8-6AS7-OTL-HP-Amp-Sanguine.jpgSanguine - 6AS7 OTL Headphone Amplifier190 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
6EM7-SE-Amp.jpgSE 6EM7 Power Amplifier398 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-thermionicNov 13, 2013
TDA7294-chipamp-6N3-tube-input.jpgTDA7294 Chip Amplifer with 6N3 Tube input466 viewsFrom a $48 printed circuit board and a bag of parts (eBay) I fashioned this very functional looking 80W amplifier. The parts include a 6N3 valve (preamp stage), two TDA7294 high performance power chips and all the parts required to populate the circuit board. You have to source the chassis, heatsinks and connectors yourself and that's where the expense starts.
The amplifier has been constructed in attractive charcoal black 2U 19" rack enclosure. Three sets of switchable RCAs on the back and 4 oz volume knob and Alps pot to control loudness. Speaker protection is included on the PCB and there is a delay (anti-thump) complete with flashing LED before the amp is ready for use. Very clean sound, holographic presentation.
For more details and impressions see the Chips and Tube - 6N3 and TDA7294 integrated amp thread.
Mark Houston – retro-thermionicOct 23, 2013
6EM7-Tube-Power-Amp-Arabella.jpgArabell - 6EM7 Tube Power Amp647 viewsInspired by a beautiful Acacia, heavy, chopping board I fashioned this excellent sounding single-ended 6EM7 tube power amp (Arabella). To hide wiring a shallow aluminum skirt is tucked up underneath. Smaller components also reside here. Larger power supply caps are housed in a “trunk” at the back where the RCAs and gold plated speaker binding posts are also located. Tubes are Dutch made AWA NOS and Sovtek 5Y3. A large Hammond power transformer (370EX) and Hammond 20H 100mA choke (193C) grace the gorgeous wooden top plate. Edcor GXSE (GXSE10-6-5K) audio output transformers stand proud and blue to give this build a striking look and super clean pure sound. I love the amp for its looks and sound, all 2.5W of it.