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Jordan-JX92S-Speakers.jpgJordan JX92S Fullrange Speaker Drivers3173 viewsA pair of Jordan JX92S Fullrange Speaker Drivers.
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IMG_2675.JPG50EH5 / 25EH5 Tube Amplifier Internals3172 viewsFinally, the internals of the 50EH5 tube amp. I think I went a bit extreme on the fancy parts as I used 100uF Black Gate's and 62 ohm Riken's on the cathode bias of the tubes. As for the preamp I used more Riken's and a couple of 0.1 Mundorf plate caps. I also used a 12AT7 rather than the 12AX7, although they are interchangeable to what ever you decide. I then re-used a 500K pot as the volume control instead of the 100K (because that is what I had) and added a switch between preamp and line in.
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furniture_014_YMax_red.jpgSET Tube Amo with 6BX7 twin triode3160 views6BX7 Single Ended Triode tube amplifier, 3 watts per channel, Transcendar audio Output Transformers, a 12 LED Watt Level "Meter", built with Poplar and Brass
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Simple-SE-6L6GC-Tube-Amplifier-Kit.jpgSimple SE 6L6GC Tube Amplifier Kit3152 viewsTop view of the Simple SE Tube Amplifier using a PCB from tubelab.com. 6L6GC tubes and Edcor output transformers.
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6P15-Tube-Amp.jpg6P15 Tube Amplifier (also EL84 or SV83)3152 viewsThe tubes I'm using are a 5Y3 rectifier, Soviet military 6P15 output tubes (similar to the EL84 or SV83 either will work) and a 5963 signal tube The output transformers are inside the chassis and are vintage ones salvaged from a 1960's console amp. The power transformer and power supply choke are also salvaged.

The two volume controls are the 100K Single Series Single Shunt Stepped Attenuator (S5 Attenuator). They are the -20 to -50 dB versions which is fine with my Loth-X speakers but would be too restrictive with less efficient speakers.
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TwiningsRear.JPGWooden boxed 12AX7 Tube Preamplifier3150 viewsThis is my fourth of these 12AX7 valve preamp kits in which I built it in a wooden tea box and used Cardas Capacitors. The connections to the timber box are made by a 3mm think aluminum strip.The remote power supply is hard wired to the preamp via a short cord. This preamp has brought an element of focus to my 6T9 Tube Amplifier, Fostex speakers and from early listening, greater detail across the board.
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Electros.jpgElectrostatic Speakers3143 viewsThese Electrostatic speakers are made by a company which does not make speakers but develops new technologies in electrostatics. The best way to demonstrate these technologies is to build speakers to showcase them. They also have developed acoustic filtering which is applied to their sub-woofers which are based around two 5" drivers firing on opposite directions.

The tall black panels have two 100W amps built in the base made from discrete components, one for the panel array and the other to drive the sub-woofer in the base. The black speakers have a RRP of $AU12,000. Small black panels on the table are $AU1000 a pair. The tall silver panels produced clear live sounding mids and highs but seriously lacked base. These were demonstrated at a GM of The Melbourne Audio Club, Victoria Australia.
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IMG_1479.JPGChassis and plastic3141 viewsBending the plastic was a pain, i did it with a hair dryer and a LOT of patience... i don't recommend you to try to do it, it takes a lot of effort and time.
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Finished.JPG"not another chip amp" - Enclosure3140 viewsThis is where most new amps end up for a few weeks burn in, sitting atop the NAD C542. This is my latest chip amp which I promised I would never build. I started and completed the amp in one day. The amp modules had been built a some time before so most of the hard work was marking and drilling then assembly. On start-up it had a bad hum which I have managed to reduce to a low level. See the other image ("not another chip amp") for the inside shot. This amp feels like it has the power to deliver big time and it certainly sounds nice enough. Will I make another chip amp? Stay tuned.
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IMG_1480.JPGMaking the chassis, bottom view3123 viewsHere are the two pieces that make the chassis put together. Bottom view.
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50year-old-tube-amp.jpg50 year old triode tubes single ended 3.5 WPC3122 viewsThis amp uses all triode tubes in single ended configuration and thus the circuit as short and sweet as possible. The result was 3.5 watts per channel, with 0.07% distortion at 1kHz, 1 watt and not much worse at the extremes. We also did not have the deep pockets to try the more exotic transformers and coupling capacitors available. I'd like to, though, and set up my A/B switch box to see if I could discern any difference. The A/B test with myself and others paired with a high end solid state amp with 0.007% distortion, or ten times less did not reveal any discernible difference. I have a notion that some high end speakers might make the biggest difference of all. The row of LED's are a clever circuit we designed which indicate 3 decibel increments of sound pressure level (SPL). Each 3 decibel increase in loudness requires a doubling of wattage, as many of you know. These light up in sequence , e.g. 0.04 watts, 0.08, 0.16, 0.30, 0.7, and so on to 8 watts total.
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LePacific-MC-PrePre.jpgLe Pacific MC pre preamp3116 viewsHere is one of three Le Pacific MC pre preamp builds. All the construction is on veroboard (strip board). These builds have been tested with a two different cartridges with an output of 0.35mV and all work extremely well. The J-FETs are 2SK170 BL which are matched. The output capacitors are Russian mililtary PIO. The case colour is Sungold the same used on Paris. All phono preamp builds are battery powered.

Mark - retro-thermionic
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Rear.JPGOPA2134 Opamp Preamp - Bees Wax Paper Capacitor3099 viewsThis is the third of these diy opamp preamplifiers I have made using the Burr-Brown OPA2134 chip. In this build as with my last (which was sold to an audio buff in Denver) I included two switchable inputs. I used 1uF Bees Wax and Paper Jupiter caps (see other photos) which have increased the bass depth a lot. A lot of resonance dampening has been employed. This is a smart looking and very smart sounding preamp. The stereo focus has increased dramatically.
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parallel-push-pull-300B-tube-monoblock-amplifier.jpgParallel push-pull 300B tube monoblock amplifiers3099 viewsParallel push-pull 300B vacuum tube monoblock amplifiers build by Rudolf Moers.

More information including schematics for this amplifier build are available here: Parallel push-pull 300B tube monoblock amplifiers.
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DIY-SE-Class-A-Mosfet-Amp.jpgClass-A 2SK1058 Renesas Mosfet Single-Ended Amp in Heatsink Enclosure3097 viewsThis is a build of Mark Houston's DIY Class-A 2SK1058 MOSFET Amplifier which was built without circuit board in order to have the shortest connections as possible and to meet the tradition of valve amps. The heatsinks of the fanless enclosure are heating up to little more than 40° C

Stefan - Germany
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Nelson-Pass-B1-Buffer-Preamp.jpg3080 viewsThe Pass B1 Buffer Preamp complete in Hammond Aluminum case. The B1 is a very transparent and PS tolerant preamp/ driver. Because it is a source follower some signal is lost (about 15%). But it is an excellent attenuator and offers a high impedance input and low output and is dead quiet. This build shares the same components as the DIY JFET BoZ preamp but sounds quite different.

For more information about this build see the Russian Pass B1 FET Preamp/Buffer thread on the forum.

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ONKYO-DX-C380-CDP-Modifications.jpgONKYO DX-C380 CDP Modifications3069 viewsOk, so I got this Onkyo CD Player and noticed that it was really worth modding.
Its a 6 CD player and its well constructed. It also uses the very common Sony KSS-213 pickup (the same one the Marantz 5001 and 5003 uses).
Since I had just got some Elna Cerafine caps, I decided to try them in. Here's what I did:

1- Replaced all coupling caps with 100uF/50V Elna Cerafines
2- Replaced all PS and decoupling caps with Ultra-Low ESR Rubycon ZLs.
3- Added a line supply Cap (1uF X2 Rated)
4- Added a power input choke.
5- Bypassed supply caps with smaller (1/10th capacitance) caps
6- Replaced JRC2968 OPAMP with Burr-Brown OPA2134

The end result was amazing. This is now a truly Hi-End player. It just amazing how good those Elna Cerafines sound int this kind of application. I was willing to try some Black Gates in place, but these Cerafines sound so good in there that I just gave up.

Bernardo
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OatleyPhonoPreInsideS.jpgMongrel Dog Audio JAN6 418 valve phono preamp3060 viewsThis is the new tube phono preamp kit for MM cartridges from Oatley Electronics. The small tube preamp kit comes with all components required, including NOS JAN 6418 sub-miniature tubes and a wall wart for the switch mode power supply. The wall wart PS has multi-outlet adapters to fit most mains power outlets worldwide. The PS auto-switches to the correct mains voltage to provide 5V DC to the kit. There are two tube stages with each stage supporting a FET buffer to the next. The PCB is plated through and screen printed.

See the 6418 Tube RIAA Stereo Phono Preamplifier Kit project page for more details and a review of this kit.

Mark Houston
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12inch-60L-DIY-Subwoofer.jpg12-inch 60L Subwoofer3058 viewsThese 60ltr sub-woofers were built to complement my 2-way speakers "VoXDeuX". The drivers are 12" polycones with a free air resonance of 25 Hz. In the box they go down to 31 Hz where they are very active. The drivers are very efficient and are being powered by a compact 50W Class-D amplifier. A stereo feed is taken from the preamp and passed through an electronic filter. The filter has a -3 dB point of 52 Hz and but employs only a -12 dB slope. The internals of the box comprise of six vertical braces. Bitumanised heavy Aluminum foil covers most surfaces. Pockets and chambers are formed at the rear by the bracing which carries additional dampening. These are then covered by a single layer of damping.

Mark Houston – retro-thermionic
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Sony-CDP-315-Modifications-and-Upgrades.jpgSony CDP-315 Modifications and Upgrades3055 viewsOK, so I also got a Sony CDP-315 single disc player and decided to try modding it. This one was much harder as It had a pair of SMD opamps and replacing them with a pair of 8 pin DIP sockets wasn't easy, but I managed to do it just fine.

So, here are the mods:

1. Installed 0.15uF X2 power filter cap
2. Intsalled a pair of ferrite chokes (on on power cord and another on the line out flat cable)
3. Replaced original opamps with NE5532 and later with Burr-Brown OPA2134 (2134s do sound better).
4. Replaced electrolytic coupling caps with a pair of Jantzens 4.7uF/630V.
5. Replaced RCAs connectors with gold plated ones.

The increase in performance was great too, but nos as good as my ONKYO DX-C380 CDP. I plan on replacing all supply and decoupling caps with Rubycon ZLs to improve it further.

Bernardo
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