Posts filed under: DIY Audio

“El Cheapo” Slow Blow Fuse

I bought cheap slow blow fuse yesterday. Actually, almost all of my amp or preamp could use standard fuse with no problem. But sometime, due to inrush current, I may blow some of my fuses several times. So I decided...
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ELMA Switch for Capacitor Comparison Session

Still remember the Extreme Capacitor Battle article? Well, it’s not done yet, but we are very close on it. The break-in session has reached around 180++ hours. I can feel the characteristic from each capacitor. To simplify (and easier) comparison...
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Extra Capacitor Break-In/Burn-In Session with XLO Test Disc

Still remember my capacitors break-in session? After passing a long 150 hours break-in time, today, I add another session with XLO Test Disc, track #9 “System Burn-In”. I repeat the track for around 3 hours. Actually, I don’t recommend to...
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Toshiba SD-2960 DVD Player Reclock Guide (with “Poor’s Man X-Ray Technique”)

It’s been awhile since my last mod of Toshiba SD-2960 DVD Player here, here, and here. Now, it’s time for more fun. I plan to reclock the DVD Player with TentLabs XO2 reclock module. The first and most tempting job...
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Finally, It’s Done… Soldering 60 pcs of Black Gate Troops…

After over 2 month of laziness, finally I finish the tiring job, soldering 60 pcs of Black Gate F Series for my Gainclone Power Supply. Well, practically, this is not only for Gainclone. The design will be quite modular, as...
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Capacitors Break-In Session

Still remember the extreme capacitors battle? Well, we need to break-in those capacitors first for a fair judgement. So here it is. I don’t have much time to break-in those capacitors. Around 2-3 hours/night for next 2-3 weeks. I think...
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Aikido PreAmp + RGN Rectifier + Duelund = Poison!

Just returned from a tired yet “deadly poisonous” DIY Gathering. We held an extra session with RGN 1054 Mesh Plate Rectifier and Duelund Capacitor installed on Aikido Pre-Amplifier (6N1P and 6N6P tubes). Before, the Aikido used Obbligato Capacitor bypassed with...
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Mini Regulator Continued…

I will continue my journey assembling the Mini Regulator. Now it’s the time for easiest part, the resistors and capacitors. To be honest, it’s not that easy – I mean, not as easy as I thought before 😉 After around...
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Mini Regulator for TentLabs XO2 Reclock Module

Although Guido from TentLabs said his XO2 Reclock Module already equipped with “enough” power supply filtering, but I insist to use extra regulator. Double filtering should be better than one (I hope so). So here is a regulator module from...
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TentLabs XO2 @ 27 MHz

I need some touch for my old Toshiba SD-2960 DVD Player. So here is the TentLabs XO2 @ 27 MHz, a perfect yet affordable reclock solution for my wallet. This is actually a simple PCB. Not all parts used, since...
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Be Prepared for Extreme Capacitors Battle

Most of the time, money could buy anything – except time (and sometime, love 😉 ). Like this Duelund CAST-PIO capacitor. You have the money, but you have to wait around 6-8 weeks (not including shipping time), before you could...
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Basic Amplifier Mods for Dummies

I have received so many emails asking about how to do the mods. Why I do this? Why I do that? Etc… Ok, I will spend my lazy evening to use one good example and write a simple tutorial here....
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