Miro is a valuable member of my Discord server and also really into electronics. One of the joys of this hobby is the fact we have people from all walks of life with various skills and talents, which is something really important when help is required to troubleshot problems the community might have. 1. Would … Continue reading Audio Enthusiasts – Miro from 16 Labs.
Looking at my blog statistics I noticed some visits on my now old and very dead Cmoy project. Out of respect for the people who are visiting I wanna give an update on my electronics projects. Since I built that Cmoy headphone amplifier and crossfeed my life changed quite a bit, I don't have the … Continue reading Cmoy headphone amp update.
Giving 5oo€ for a audiophile power conditioner sounds crazy but depending on the tech inside it might actually help prolong the lifetime of your Hi-Fi gear. Yes, I actually wrote that and I'm not joking. Archimago's blog has a great objective test and review about a power conditioner from a very reputable brand called Belkin. … Continue reading Audiophile power conditioners.
My electronics and little project desk on my rainy living room. Not shown are the 4 boxes with drawers I got on the other side of the room, those are where I keep most of my DIY stuff. I can use my attic for storage space but only for power tools and heavy tools I don’t … Continue reading My workbench these days.
My laptop runs hot in the Summer and I mean forge hot, so I had to build this stand for it. IKEA plastic stand, Cooler Master fan I had around and a 12V transformer. It works, I really need to practice my drilling without a drilling stand. XD Little detail you don’t see easily, the … Continue reading Laptop stand.
I will put a power switch on the thing for safety reasons, half ass shielding for the wolfson card, 3 RCA output, one for TV and two for audio. The connections I wont use will not be on the back panel, this way I’ll minimize stray interference aka the cable antenna effect. If by any … Continue reading Audio server.
Before wordpress, blogspot , facebook, myspace and livejournal there was a place called Geocities, on that place one could (and still can via mirrors) find lots of audio projects. If you enjoy some nostalgia do search for mirrors of Geocities or just visit the wayback machine. These day I browse the geocities a lot. You guys/gals … Continue reading Geocities and audio projects.
So the other day I gave the raspberry a little spin…still need to test the DAC. The mark on the TFT is just a sticker btw. Stuff I learned from the 1st hands on…Cold power off will corrupt the system so any power switch should be on the back panel. One shouldn’t mess around too … Continue reading Raspberry Pi my future audio server.
So I was reading some forum posts about the Raspberry/Wolfson combo when I found a jewel of a post, The people who write there show a lot of knowledge about tech and computers, so I’m sure they aren’t the typical “plug and play” kind of persons, but still these informed audiophile talk about “burning in” DACs for hours and … Continue reading DACs and “burning in” gear.
So I got the the B version of the Pi and the compatible Wolfson Dac board. I also have a 12V 7" TFT that I’ll plug to the analogue video out because I didn’t find any hdmi TFT around my area. Besides that I have a shitty keyboard and a mouse for my laptop that I might … Continue reading Raspberry Pi and some thoughts.
Did you ever noticed people looking at you in a strange way after you talk about your audio hobby to them? That “you are a crazy bat” look after we talk about audio gear or something related? I find it funny people don’t look that way when someone says they spend all their savings on a collectors car … Continue reading The crazy bat audiophile syndrome and the Raspberry pi.
I have a deep respect for the NwAVGuy work on the O2 amplifier and like so many other enthusiasts around the audio circle I wonder what happened to him, so I really wish he is well and happy. There are some theories behind his disappearance. NwAVGuy’s death or the death of someone near him, got a job on … Continue reading The NwAVGuy mystery.
Sometimes I really hate living in Portugal, If I want to buy some JRC4556 for my low impedance headphone amp I must pay 18€ of shipment doesn’t matter if it’s 1 or 30 op-amps, if the purchase doesn’t go above 65€ the shipment must be paid. I get people must get paid to make my shipment but 18€ … Continue reading JRC4556, shipment prices and other rants.
Don’t get me wrong I love to build stuff but I draw my limit on selling clones, one thing is to sell a Cmoy amp the other is selling a RA-1 clone and actually using the Grado name to do it. I know that people need to make money but stealing a layout and making … Continue reading Not Selling DIY Grado RA-1 clones.
I need to revise my cmoy headphone amp because that DC offset still bugs me a lot. I want to know what I did wrong or at least reduce the offset to an acceptable voltage 20mv to 25mv max. After some light reading my conclusion is that the problem can be from: A bad ground plane, a bad … Continue reading Revision to my headphone amplifier.