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JAN6418HPD_GalleryII.jpgRaytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valve headphone amp 2398 viewsThis shot shows the Oatley Electronics Kit in a small case to be constructed as a headphone amp/driver. The small cct. brd. is double sided, plated through, solder masked and screen printed. Construction is simple and this $AU27 kit makes an excellent first valve kit of any DIYer. See the other image for the completed headphone amp. The L4949 5V reg. chip lights the led for the first second it is on then only re-lights when the battery voltage falls below 6.8V. Nice touch. The reg chip supplies 5V to the filaments which are in series with a 270omh resister. The amp only draws 12mA. Two 9V lithium batteries power the unit. In the preamp version the PT2308 headphone driver chip was replaced with a Burr-Brown OPA2134. Excellent sound stage and rich bass. And it is a portable headphone amp!

There is more information available on the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Headphone Amplifier Kit page.
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Single-Ended-300B-Tube-Amp-MockupIIs.jpgSingle-Ended 300B Tube Amplifier - Mockup IIs2395 viewsThis is my first 300B tube amplifier. The power supply will be separate from the amp. The tubes are $1200 rrp TJ Full Music 300B/SE carbon plates. The 6SN7 is a 50 year Treasure. The audio output transformers are 30W Hammonds. The base is Mirbeau and the top and bottom plates are 2mm thick aluminum. Signal wiring is 0.7mm pure silver wire and super heavy gold plated speaker binding posts.

For the design information see the 300B SET Design Project thread on the forum.

Mark Houston (Australia) - retro-thermionic
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TeaBoxRearSmall.jpgTwinings Tea Box 12AX7 Tube Preamp with Remote PS2389 viewsIn this image you can see the RCA connections and power connections for the remote PS. An XLR plug and socket provide a solid connection for the power cord. Two sets of switchable inputs allows two devices to be selected. A three wire power cord provides 250VDC HT, 6VDC and common earth to the preamp.
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RH84_-_SE_EL84_Tube_Amp.jpgRH84 - SE EL84 Tube Amplifier2374 viewsThe first tube amp I built and I love the sound... pentode power with triode sound! The amplifier topology is the RH84 from designer Alex Kitic. I am using JJ EL84 and Sylvania 12AT7 tubes. The most important aspect of this ingenious design is the plate to plate partial feedback without global feedback, 2nd harmonic distortion is slightly increased giving the impression of listening to a SET amp. Damping factor and bandwidth are also improved. The OPT are from a salvaged an RCA console - a gift from Dave of Planet10 (thanks).

What a great amp !

Isophon, Canada
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Digital_Pictures_1_002~0.jpgBottom View - OddWatt KT77 Push-Pull Valve Amplifier2358 viewsBottom view of my build of the Oddblocks amps from rparsh. I decided to incorporate a switch on the CCS so I can also use this amp with my JJ KT88s too.
This build follows the OddWatt KT77 Push-Pull Tube Amplifier instructions by Bruce but I built mine as mono-blocks.
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JAN6418HPD_Gallery.jpgRaytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valve portable headphone amp2356 viewsJust when you thought you had seen it all something "different"comes along. This 9V valve front-end headphone amp/driver is based on a Oatley Electronics (Australian) kit. I built the kit stock standard and loved the sound. Then upgraded most parts to make a "Signature" strength preamp version. A L4949 5V regulator chip and PT2308 headphone driver come with the kit which also has two Raytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valves. As a preamp (replace the PT2308 with an OPA2134) or headphone amp the kit is excellent. I run both on two 9V lithium batteries in parallel.The amp only draws 12mA! Soundstage is excellent and bass rich and extended. The bandwidth is <10hz to 50Khz (-3db points).

See the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit project page for full details.
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Club191207.jpgLast Audio Club Meet for 2007 - Melbourne, Australia2353 viewsTaken with a camera phone the Melbourne Audio Club last meet of the 2007 year is DIY night. You can tell by the array of equipment there was plenty of participants. A Great night.
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amputron-12au7-IRF510-headphone-amplifier.jpgAmputron: 12AU7 / IRF510 Headphone Amp2350 viewsDave and his wife's build of the NP-100v12: 12AU7 Tube / IRF510 MOSFET Hybrid Headphone Amplifier project.

See Dave's website for more photos of their fantastic versions of the headphone amplifier:
http://robotninjapirate.com/v/Amputron/
http://robotninjapirate.com/v/Amputron/Board+Assembly/

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IMG_2142.JPGGlowing 12X4 Tube2348 viewsThis is a glowing 12X4 / 6X4 tube in a full wave bridge rectifier power supply. I've only seen a couple of people use a diode and tube type bridge rectifier, but I personally like this setup. This type of bridge rectifier is used in my 50EH5 amp but using a 6AX5. This is a project I have not finished yet.
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Jan6814HPAmpIIFinisSmall.jpgJAN6418 portable Triode Headphone Amp MkII2345 viewsThe finished (second) headphone amp is assembled in a slim durable plastic enclosure lined top and bottom with bituminized heavy Al foil. You can see the lithium battery, printed cct. brd. and 6.5mm stereo phono sockets. In this build the stereo phono sockets have double pole double throw switches which are all employed, including the “real” switch. The switches make only when both devices are plugged into the amp. The idea is if you do not have devices plugged into both input and output and have the switch on then the unit is “off” with no battery drain. The battery is lithium so expensive bit I should get 80 to 100 hours of play out of this little portable triode headphone amp. See the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit project page for full details.
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DIY-ECC802S-12AU7-ECC82-Vacuum-Tube-SRPP-Preamplifier.jpgDIY ECC802S Tube SRPP Preamplifier2342 viewsThis fantastic looking piece is a ForeWatt ECC802S tube SRPP preamplifier by Bruce. The gain of the preamp can be set at 7 or 11. 12AU7 and ECC82 tubes can also be used. The power supply is solid state.

For full details see the ForeWatt DIY ECC802S (12AU7 / ECC82) Vacuum Tube SRPP Preamp project page.
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JJ-Tesla-Blue-Glass-KT88-Vacuum-Tubes.jpgJJ / Tesla Blue Glass KT88 Tubes2337 viewsA set of Blue glass envelope JJ / Tesla KT88 vacuum tubes used in the Odd Blocks - KT88 Push-Pull Class A DIY Tube Amplifier
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Genalex-Gold-Lion-KT88-Vacuum-Tubes.jpgGenalex Gold Lion KT88 Vacuum Tubes2334 viewsClose up view of the Genalex Gold Lion KT88 Vacuum Tubes. The amplifier topology is Push-Pull and built following Bruce's KT88 Push-Pull Class A DIY Tube Amp with 12SL7 Driver build. The extra tube is a 6NO30 which delays the B+ so the tubes have time to warm up.
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DSCN0290_Small.jpgAnother version PP UL Oddblock 6P3S & ECC83 Tungsram2332 viewsAnother version PP UL Oddblock. This one uses 6P3S & ECC83 Tungsram tubes.

See the OddWatt KT88 tube amplifier project page for information about the circuit.
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KT120_IIs.jpgBe Bamp with KT120 Tung-Sol tubes2320 viewsA fellow builder had bought a pair of these tubes and claimed they were an improvement over KT88s and others. I had to try for myself. Just dropping in the tubes in where the JJ Blues Glass KT88s once were gave me a 2W improvement in my SE UL bread board amp raising the power to 9.7W. Bass is far more controlled and mid-range crisper and clearer. Idle current is 112mA up from 93mA and HT+ is 400V with bias at 34V. Operation is class A. These tubes are not only impressive looking but have improved the performance of the amp. +/- 3db points are 26hz to 36khz.
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Digital_Pictures_1_033.jpgKT77 OddBlock close-up2299 viewsOddblock KT77 close-up view. Instructions for this tube amp project can be found on Bruce's KT77 Push-Pull Tube Amp page.
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BoydOutSideSmall.jpgJAN6418 sub-mini tube preamp kit MKII2298 viewsThe MKII finished Oatley kit complete with 4oz brass knob. See other image for an internal photograph. The preamp has an excellent sound with good bass extension. This build was requested by an Australian women who saw the preamp article on the diyAudioProjects.com site. For more information about these little battery powered tube amplifier kits, see the JAN6418 tube preamp / headphone amp kit.
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SE_807_Tube_Amplifier.jpgSE 807 Tube Amplifier2298 viewsI send to you a picture of my 807 "Oldschool" tube amp. It's Homebrew Audio made in Germany.

In the first stage I used a EBC91 (6AV6), followed by an Russian 6H8C (6SN7) that works in SRPP configuration. Next is the 807 tube in SE. A special gimmick is the EM83 magic eye with to sections, one for each channel.

Description is published on my site www.audioelektronik-shop.de
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TeaBoxInsideSmall.jpgTwinings Tea Box 12AX7 Tube Preamp with External 5Y3 Power Supply2296 viewsIn this build I used the Jensen copper, paper and oil caps for the input, output and inter-stage coupling and Solen Teflon for the feedback capacitor. The preamp is a two stage triode (12AX7s AWA-Australian) with global feedback and is the original Silicon Chip design with some modifications. They are bigger caps all round and no printed cct. brd. Construction of brds. was component-2-component wiring which means there is NO additional wire used on the brd. construction. At the brd. level this is better than point-2-point wiring. This cuts down on soldered connections/junctions and cct. length. All 99.999% pure silver wire with heat shrink insulation is used in the signal path to connect brds. to RCAs and Alps blue velvet pot etc. Medium gauge OFC hook-up wire brings power to the brds. Heavy bituminised Al foil lines the light timber case to provide a ground plain and RFI/EMI shielding. The remote PS employs a 5Y3 rec. tube (Australian made in this case) Hammond 370X power tranni 193B 12H choke.
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5751-SRPP-Push-Pull-EL84-Tube-Amp.jpg5751 SRPP / Push-Pull EL84 Tube Amplifier2291 viewsThree months ago, I finished the PoddWatt 5751 SRPP / Push-Pull EL84 tube amp. This is a great amplifier with great sound. Now it is connected in UL mode without any NFB. I would like to try the amp in a Triode connection mode, but I do, there is too much power loss so I am investigating a the possibility of a parallel push-pull output stage.

This enclosure is made using the material Corian which is a product by DuPont often used for counter-tops.

Dean

For full details of this tube amplifier circuit, see the PoddWatt 5751 SRPP / EL84 (6BQ5) Push-Pull Tube Amp Project page.
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