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Another Super High End Phono Stage! No expense spared...

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Fasterdamnit, May 25, 2011.

  1. Airhead

    Airhead New Member

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    It's a bit embarrassing considering the rest of projects on this page but I've just finished my first CNC. Well, I've got it working! The enclosure and connections are a work in progress. Loving the sound already.

    A picture tells a thousand words, so I'll try and post one.

    No real problems with the build process thanks to the excellent clear labelling, in fact many thanks to Sachin for such a great board. I did however solder the dip switches upside down!

    One query, when selecting input loading I'm getting little or no difference from the 62/47/33 positions but the 18k reduces volume by about 20db. Technics 1210 & Stanton 500 cart, so nothing exotic, but I'm not sure if this is normal, it's the same behaviour on both channels so I guess it might be.

    The 47k resistors were a bit of a mistake in the ordering process, not sure if I'm going to need to remedy that. Still got the PS to build and then 1 more of CNC and PS so plenty more to do.
     

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  2. Rog50

    Rog50 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Your shielded wire on the input side looks like there is a few strands of the ground wire loose and close to the white wire. But congratulations, they do sound amazing.
     
  3. Airhead

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    Yes, midnight soldering! I had a few attempts with different co-ax but didn't have the sockets for the enclosure so some of my early joints broke because the wire is free floating. Typical of my style that I couldn't wait to hear it so had to cannibalise some leads etc. At my age I should have got over doing that.

    I plan to fit it into a plastic enclosure with the OPS and power it from a 12v ac wall wart, I'm concerned about the wall wart being noisy, i.e. making noise as opposed to electrically noisy, as some of my other ac/ac ones are, will see when it arrives.

    I'm in awe of the properly finished versions that get posted here, mine is likely to be a bit ragged by comparison.
     
  4. ghazzer

    ghazzer Sansui addict Subscriber

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    Welcome to AK, and the pleasant sounds of the CNC. For now, just let your ears do the "looking".

    If you use RCA cables and connectors to your eventual chassis you can run twisted pairs of insulated solid wire from the case to the PCB. That should minimize any problems with whiskers, and be more pleasing to the eye. Another thing that might help is to use terminal blocks on the PCB so that wires can be inserted and held in place with a set screw. You can see some examples in photots posted by Babblefish and Skrodahl on page 125, posts 2482 and 2491. This also makes it much easier to remove the board if you want to work on it.

    Enjoy - - -
     
  5. Airhead

    Airhead New Member

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    Hi,, thanks for the welcome. I ordered the terminal blocks last night but didn't have them in my first order as I couldn't find the pitch (which I think is 5mm from my measurements). I tried twisted insulated (stranded not solid) first time round and it seemed to be very effective as an aerial. I'll try it once I have the terminal blocks and rcd plugs and can play around with it. Thanks for the heads up though.
     
  6. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I'm using a wall wart to power the power supply and 3' long twisted pairs for an umbilical. Quiet as a graveyard. Airhead, I also have an impatient streak in me. I used these for days jury rigged.
     
  7. Airhead

    Airhead New Member

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    Going to one of answer my own questions now. I've been a bit upside down on the input loading so the problem I've been having is with the 62K resistor. Found out why the volume drops off when it's engaged, I've fitted a 61.9Ohm resistor which I ordered as an extra in case I wanted extra gain for my AT cart. So basic user error, no surprise that no one spotted it in the photos but I'm sure it will stand out now to anyone who knows their colour codes. :)
     
  8. Airhead

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    My wall warts are supposed to arrive tomorrow, I should take it easy now I've got the CNC working (try and do a proper job!). Your avatar caught my eye, wild guess at some sort of yamaha 2 stroke, possibly 350 pre ypvs? I've got a basket case TZR250 taking up yard space which I'll probably never part with even though I'm about 10 kilos too heavy for it now. I go by Airhead because of my R80/7, which is still factory unlike most these days.
     
  9. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Easy to lose 1/2 of that. I went from a garage full to just one. It's my track bike. 2 stroke airhead

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Grainger49

    Grainger49 Old Fart

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    I've thought of this several times but not posted.

    Contrary to the title of the thread, there have been some builds that look very high end. Beautiful work guys!
     
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  11. Airhead

    Airhead New Member

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    Got the CNC and OPS finished and working last night (late!). Properly wired to RCA connectors and all in a case. 12v AC wall wart no problems at all, as MKane said, quiet as a graveyard. I did seem to get a little more high range (pops and clicks came back a bit) changing to the OPS. I had felt there was a slight reduction in top end with the batteries but put it down to having been working with some noisy machinery all day. Now it sounds well balanced. It has improved playback on older albums (20+ years) which could seem bright and harsh. St. Peppers for example used to be unpleasant, on the other hand a few new albums have so little top end (i.e. Burial - Untrue) you wonder if they are even listening to the vinyl once it's pressed.

    Thanks for all the advice, especially from Sachin who was great at answering emailed questions. Really great service all round. Anyone wondering whether they should take the plunge with his boards, I would recommend it without hesitation.
     
  12. mkane

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    And we leave it running 24/7
     

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