Hi again everyone, I'm proud to present you with the 3rd product of the Selfish DIYer, the M3. Yes, I got the parts from Glass Jar Audio a few weeks ago and completed this lovely amp last week. and since it's done by me and my dad again, I guess I'll just name it BAM^3. Impressions on this amp after testing with many headphones, which I found DT990 to have the best synergy with it, is that, the sound quality it presents, is very near, or even as good as the Meier Opera in my opinion. My friend who has a pair of ears a lot more discerning than mine, has also agreed that it can be matched with the Meier Opera(especially with the added bass boost feature, it makes the whole listening experience really enjoyable), is definitely better than the Cantante, and even the Apache. Overall, no matter how it compares to other amps, it is still very satisfactory, and exceeded my expectations from a circuit that was designed by just two people at AMB Audio, what's it's a DIY amp.
I've documented parts of the process to show you guys, hope you guys enjoy it. I also heard Uncle has a kit with him that he hasn't built yet, maybe he can dig a tip or two from here......
Opening the package
Setting up my workspace
Myself hard at work soldering after school every night
That's it for the first night, nice workspace I have eh?
Surface mounting the opamp on the socket was really a headache, and having 3 opamps doesn't make the situation any better. (IMPT NOTE: be careful of the pin positions of the opamp socket to the opamp, the opamp socket that Glass Jar Audio sent me was not suitable for the opamp he sent, and in the end I had to mount the opamp upside down. Spent days diagnosing that problem till I found out at last with help from the guys at AMB Audio and my dad.)
First phase complete, all the smaller components up
Alright, it's finally done after 3 days of soldering!
Most irritating part of the project - drilling, luckily my dad was there to help
Brand New Home
There it is on my desk
And with a DT990 I just got today, my home rig is done
That's all folks! Have a very Happy Lunar New Year!