Here are where I will place my witterings on matters geekiness. 


Ventus: Headphone Amplifier from Twisted Pear

image Over  at TwistedPearAudio, Russ White and Brian Donegan  have been busy adding yet another DIY Audio kit to their selection.  Twisted Pear this time have produced what Russ describes as a “Mostly Discrete Opamp”.  Or to put it another way a headphone amplifier! 

This kit occupies two printed circuit boards, one per channel and accepts either balanced line inputs or single ended operation.  The balanced line option is designed to interface with several of their other product offerings.  The Ventus can also easily be setup as a classic non-inverting amplifier with single ended input. It also can be setup as an in inverting amplifier with single ended input.


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Mission 753 Tweeter Replacement

imageA German site has released details of how they repaired a set of Mission 753 Loudspeakers that were sporting a blown tweeter. 

Visitors to frequently contact me for advice on how to deal with blown tweeters on the Mission 753 Speakers, it seems that the tweeters are the least resilient to party type abuse!

As the speaker is about 15 years old now, unsurprisingly the tweeters are no longer available as replacement parts.  This leaves the owner with two choices, either find a specialist who can rewind the melted voice coils or find an alternate part that will play nice with the bass drivers and crossover. 

When asked to repair a set of Mission 753’s Hifi Selbstbau took a methodical approach to find drivers that would make a good match to the speakers. 

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DIY Vacuum Tube Prototyping Board

DIY Valve Prototyping BoardBruce Heron was looking to simplify the process of testing and prototyping his Tube designs.  When testing designs, a solder-less breadboard is a fantastic tool, for the hobbyist.  However I have never seen one that was either durable enough or indeed that has the correct connector layout to take a vacuum tube.

What Bruce did then was to layout a wooden board with the required connections for his tubes, a breadboard and other required components.  The board has connectors for inputs an a variable resistor.  Chock blocks are supplied for routing and components.

Bruce seems pleased with his proto-board and suggests a few more components you may consider adding if you chose to roll your own.  More pictures and some further details of the build are available at DIYAudioProjects…

DIY Vacuum Tube Prototyping Board

XYZs of Oscilloscopes > Application Notes and Technical Documents from Tektronix

imageI got a hot tip from the Adafruit Industries Blog today that may be of interest to you.  Tektronix have an online PDF available for download, “XYZ of Oscilloscopes”.  II had a quick read through it this morning and it is an excellent guide on the subject.  The 59 page PDF covers the different Oscilloscope technologies, according to Tektronix


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MiniTron Amplifier- A prize Winning Tube Amp Hybrid That Blends Technologies



This is an interesting project that won a Microchip sponsored contest recently in the Subcategory – Effective Use of SMPS Resources. 

Named the MiniTron, designed and built by George Anderson (of tubelab fame) this amplifier blends the old with the new in a manner that fans of the various technologies just might class as sacrilegious!

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Upgrading the Probes on the DSO Nano

DSCN1740 The DSO Nano from SeeedStudio is a cheap but useful, portable colour digital storage oscilloscope.  As you can tell from my previous review, I was pretty impressed with this budget scope.  For the price that Seed studio are selling it for, it offers excellent value and a highly practical device.  However, costs have to be cut somewhere to reach that $89 price point that Seed have achieved and one look at the standard probes tell you that Seeed did not burst the budget on these items.

So what can you do when you inevitably end up breaking the flimsy 1x probes that are supplied with your Nano?  Luckily it is a pretty easy job to modify a 10x probe readily available on the internet.  Not only that their are additional benefits a plenty to be had from this modification.

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100 Pioneering DSO nano sold out, then… | Seeed Studio

DSCN1711[1] Seeed Studio it would appear have an instant hit on their hands with the DSO Nano.  As you me be aware I was one of the quick that managed to snag one of the first prototype units for review.  Well demand is clearly going through the roof.  Seeed announced they had prepared a further 100 units this weekend and sold them out in 24 hours. 

They have just a handful more of the “pioneering” batch to sell and then they are changing the design to a more mature production design.  Differences in the production models are designed to make manufacture easier.

If you are in a real hurry for a DSO Nano then keep your eyes peeled on the Seeed Studio Site, when they release the next 100 competition will be tough. 

As the DSO Nano is an open source project, Seeed are intending to release the API shortly, this can only increase demand!

100 Pioneering DSO nano sold out, then… | Seeed Studio

41Hz Audio:Amp1 by Sébastien

imageOver at 41Hz Audio they feature some of their customers completed projects.  This one caught my eye, simply because of the simplicity of the design.  Sébastien has used their Amp 1 kit and squeezed it into an aluminium project box that has been very nicely prepared. 

A friend of his has drilled and painted it using Automotive spray paint.  In the photograph the paint finish looks very good to me. Considering the project box only cost 17€, and an amp 1 kit can be had for 33€ this project is reasonably priced.


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