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I want to build my own portable amp.

I really want to just solder a kit together, and a portable amp seems like a good choice.

Any recommendations for good kits?
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I want to build my own portable amp.

I really want to just solder a kit together, and a portable amp seems like a good choice.

Any recommendations for good kits?
How much experience do you have with soldering?

cMoy kits are relatively easy from what I've heard, but if you want something a little higher end you could try a Mini^3.
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post #2433 of 38156
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I want to build my own portable amp.

I really want to just solder a kit together, and a portable amp seems like a good choice.

Any recommendations for good kits?
You can order most parts from the same place, so it's sorta like a "kit".
Mini V3 is an excellent choice. Depending on your config, 75-85$.
http://www.amb.org/audio/mini3/

or a cmoy would so the same
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mini3 is not a good choice for a beginner. It has smd parts. A great beginner amp is a pimeta
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The 0404 came today.

It sounds fantastic even with HD555s, but anything I should configure on the unit itself? Grado SR225s on the way within a week or so.


As far as configuration goes, it's pretty much plug-and-play until you get an amp *wink wink*, at which point you can use either the 3.5mm or the 1/4 outputs on the back.

Also - I'm going to be ordering a Blue Jeans Optical cable before the weekend. I plan on running it from the optical output on the Chaintech to the S/PDIF on the front of the 0404. I'm interested in seeing if it improves upon the regular USB setup.
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As far as configuration goes, it's pretty much plug-and-play until you get an amp *wink wink*, at which point you can use either the 3.5mm or the 1/4 outputs on the back.

Also - I'm going to be ordering a Blue Jeans Optical cable before the weekend. I plan on running it from the optical output on the Chaintech to the S/PDIF on the front of the 0404. I'm interested in seeing if it improves upon the regular USB setup.
If you're going to run digital optical as a benchmark to see if there's any improvements, why not use the stock cable that came with your card to get a feel for what it sounds like? If I recall correctly, digital optical is hit or miss. Either you get 100% of the signal or none at all. That way you can upgrade if you like it or decide to abort and save yourself some $.
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Could you update tehpwnerofn00bs by adding a pair of JVC FX66's? I've still got the Ultrasones.

Thanks
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If you're going to run digital optical as a benchmark to see if there's any improvements, why not use the stock cable that came with your card to get a feel for what it sounds like? If I recall correctly, digital optical is hit or miss. Either you get 100% of the signal or none at all. That way you can upgrade if you like it or decide to abort and save yourself some $.
Dunno if my Chaintech is coming with the cable or not. I'll have to talk to my friend again about it.

A 6 ft. optical from Blue Jeans is only $15, so not too steep if I am forced to purchase one.
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As far as configuration goes, it's pretty much plug-and-play until you get an amp *wink wink*, at which point you can use either the 3.5mm or the 1/4 outputs on the back.

Also - I'm going to be ordering a Blue Jeans Optical cable before the weekend. I plan on running it from the optical output on the Chaintech to the S/PDIF on the front of the 0404. I'm interested in seeing if it improves upon the regular USB setup.
Haha, all in good time. I'll be getting the SR225s hopefully within the week and then probably a Mini^3 shortly after.

When are you ordering the Blue Jeans cable?
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Haha, all in good time. I'll be getting the SR225s hopefully within the week and then probably a Mini^3 shortly after.

When are you ordering the Blue Jeans cable?
Talked to my friend, he's sending a cheap optical cable as well. I'll test the stock one first, just to make sure that opting for Blue Jeans will be worthwhile.
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