Audiophile power conditioners.

voltsGiving 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.
Belkin unlike some audiophile brands actually has some pretty amazing engineering behind their surge protectors and power conditioners.

Sadly its not always the case with audiophile brands, often selling their so called filters and cheap surge protectors inside glamorized power strips.
Anyone with a little knowledge about electricity will notice the ripoff on the components and so called tech. I had the sad vision of a so called power conditioner selling for 5oo€ that had a very minimalist construction, so minimal that my Lidl brand surge protector power strip might have more engineering inside.

Audiophiles will buy that kind of gear and expect better sound because the power line is being filtered, but the gear in question is so basic any DIY enthusiast can actually build something similar from way less money and do a better job at filtering and surge protection. I won’t point fingers at bad brands because I don’t want any legal problems but I advise anyone who really needs a solid power conditioner to search for reputable brands like Belkin or APC.

I also advise anyone who doesn’t have a surge protector to buy one for their sensitive gear, I might actually save the day, specially during thunderstorms.

My workbench these days.


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 use often. Sadly the attic is a blazing hell reaching temps of at least 50º Celsius during the Summer so I’m limited to the stuff I can stash here, on the other hand my attic is an amazing place to dry clothes!

Today my dad gave me 8 wood boards that I needed to work on the side of my house. He just saved me 100€. I can finally work to solve some problems my 40 year old house has on the outside walls and roof.

Laptop stand.


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. 😄
Little detail you don’t see easily, the fan is mount on silicon pads.

Audio server.


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 chance I do need any outputs I’ll add them later.

The audio server will not have a “power on” LED, mostly because the switch will control the TFT, and believe me the thing has enough blue LEDs for rave party. The switch will be sideways this way shit (accidental shutdown) happens less.
Damn that shielding looks nice for my headphone amp…thank you Sony for the inspiration! 😄

Geocities and audio projects.

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 can call me an old timer because in a way I am.