Re-entering the DIY world via the flux capacitor of retirement. So, here, my fellow seekers of infinite theoretical perfection amidst a workbench (if not a world) marred by the harsh reality of persistent fallibility, I have questions for you all and @123Toid in particular (since he pulled me into this rabbit hole.)
I saw your YouTube video, “How to Make a $3000 DIY HiFi Amplifier for $300,” and think I can do this! 45-50 years ago I built Knight kits and Heathkits. And before that I soldered a tube transmitter from a schematic and parts list I found in an old post-WW2 electronics book. But that was a long time ago. Now gray-haired and retired, I would like to reclaim my youth, sort of.
So, your easy going (confidence-inspiring) video gave me courage! I do have a question, though. What pre-amp do you or anyone out there suggest for the amp? Is there a DIY pre-amp you would recommend? I read your positive review of the ARYLIC 2.1 and the tube feature looks great. But the specs showed a .02% distortion measurement. I would hope that was not typical. Please educate me and point me toward some pre-amps that would match well with the amp.
If things go well and I have not burned off my fingertips with the soldering iron, I am already looking longingly at building your JBL clones. From the review by Thomas & Stereo of the amp you built, it seems the historical “warm” sound of JBLs would be a good match to that class D amp.
Well, thanks so much for motivating me! (I just wish you were not wearing that Red Sox hat. I am a Tigers fan and you guys broke our hearts on the last day of the season in 1967, and then got beat by the Cardinals in the World Series. But, hey, you–@123Toid– weren’t even born then, so I can’t be too angry at you, and the Boston area has been a mecca for HiFi innovation.)