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you guys have suggestions for good cheap diy amp kits?
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et-al
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Jun 10, 2018
Kinda new compared to the other amps in this discussion: https://diyaudiostore.com/collections/printed-circuit-boards/products/whammy
A nice class A amp designed by one of the Pass labs designers. Should be pretty easy to build but you will have to order the parts yourself.
cspirou
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Jun 9, 2018
Go with the classic CMoy. JDS Labs has a good affordable kit. There is also the O2 amp for ~$80, but it's not really worth it as much anymore.
tyll
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Jun 9, 2018
thanks ill loke into them
cspirou
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Jun 11, 2018
Oh, I almost forgot. Schiit is supposed to release a PCB coaster that you can also use to build a hybrid tube amp. It should be about as good as the Vali 1.
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/page-1946#post-14044562
It's not quite beginner, but looks like a nice little project.
ridhuankim
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Jun 9, 2018
DIY made more sense a long time ago when the parts were dirt cheap. Nowadays, you will be better off getting a fabricated one. If anything stops working then you can chase them too.
tyll
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Jun 9, 2018
thanks, but i already have great dacs and amps, but im looking for a little project i can start, to understand more about amps and to start designing my own.
cspirou
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Jun 11, 2018
Tube amps and speakers are the only DIY really worth doing to me in terms of value.
That being said, i still like building DACs and SS amps for the educational aspect.
Rhamnetin
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Jun 9, 2018
If you're using a high impedance headphone, the Bottlehead Crack for sure. It's only $200 now which is pretty crazy, and can be upgraded later on with the Speedball.
Otherwise, make an account on head-case.org and try to make a Dynalo. This can always be expanded over time; you can have a simple small, even portable Dynalo, or have an upjumped fully balanced (super symmetry) model that is one of the absolute best headphone amps available. You can't go wrong with a Kevin Gilmore design.
Rhamnetin
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Jun 9, 2018
True, that's why I suggested consulting with the head-case community. Though you can order PCBs at least occasionally right? Group buys.
tyll
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Jun 9, 2018
oh, ok are there any other kits beside jds and crack that you would recommend?
fhood
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Jun 8, 2018
https://www.jdslabs.com/products/82/objective2-diy-kit/
Absolute classic with a ton of interesting history if you want to look into it.