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post #61 of 1944
Drilling the bottom wouldn't be too hard, but it's worthwhile for almost everyone to have holes at the bottom since the board has holes around the heat sinks and stuff for airflow. it would be a pity not to let them work. So it may be worthwhile to leave them anyway.. I'm easy though
LL
post #62 of 1944
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but it's worthwhile for almost everyone to have holes at the bottom since the board has holes around the heat sinks and stuff for airflow. it would be a pity not to let them work.
Ah, I see now. They aren't on the regular Max, and I didn't notice their addition on the new board photos
post #63 of 1944
Yep - as ruZZ.il says, the bottom holes are more important in this situation. Colin and I had tried to prepare for some "deductive alternates." The side slots were only a recent afterthought. We thought they'd be nice if we could make them work, but maybe not at the cost.
post #64 of 1944
Yay, it's making music! I didn't say "done" because I need to add the Wima PSU bypass caps but it runs fine without them and sounds pretty darn good. Can't wait for the case.

post #65 of 1944
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Yay, it's making music! I didn't say "done" because I need to add the Wima PSU bypass caps but it runs fine without them and sounds pretty darn good. Can't wait for the case.

Whoa - that was quick! You were just talking about starting it yesterday evening.

Went for the BG's right away, huh?
post #66 of 1944
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Whoa - that was quick! You were just talking about starting it yesterday evening.

Went for the BG's right away, huh?
Hmm... started about a week ago, but tonight was too busy, check out my Melos mods thread to see what I've been up to tonight. Going for some much deserved sleep, can't even look at the SOHA that has a few new parts waiting.
post #67 of 1944
TomB,

Any updates on the availabilty of the PCB or the case? How are the prototypes working?
post #68 of 1944
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TomB,

Any updates on the availabilty of the PCB or the case? How are the prototypes working?
We've had two complete the prototypes, but Colin is waiting for me to build mine because I have the LNMP. That will give us the final readings for the power supply noise quieting.

Despite the various and sundry things that I've been doing the last few weeks - like moving two daughters back to college - I've been steadily busy on the case design. Lansing and I have been exchanging e-mails and revised case drawings on almost a daily basis.

The result is that it appears the fully machined case, including bottom and side cooling slots, with silkscreened front and rear plates, will run about $50 per case (down from $75!!), assuming we can get 100 interested in a Group Buy. I have been waiting to "pretty up" the drawings and perhaps construct a rendering to better market what a prospective MiniMAX builder will get. $50 is still a healthy chunk (that's all up - case included, and initial shipping to me), so I want to present it in the right light (without getting another post deleted, too).

Something else I've been busy on: transferring/updating DIYForums.org. You will soon see an updated version under new ownership and management. *

* Credit where credit's due: The transfer of ownership was a Nate Maher Special Initiative.
post #69 of 1944
Will you be offering the boards seperate from the case?
I'm always up for a new project, but I like building something that is more unique.
Exactly how big is this new board? I'm guessing something like 120^2 from the original 160^2?
post #70 of 1944
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Will you be offering the boards seperate from the case?
I'm always up for a new project, but I like building something that is more unique.
Exactly how big is this new board? I'm guessing something like 120^2 from the original 160^2?
About 5 inches wide by 6 inches long. With the MiniMAX, though, the real uniqueness is the tight integration with the case and quite a bit of volume-savings. The case is only about 1-1/2" tall. Yes, beezar will offer the boards for separate purchase, along with other parts. During the group buy, of course, you can ask me to time the order for the board with the group buy shipment for the case. My hope is to have some extra cases for sale at beezar as well, but due to the cost, this will be limited.
post #71 of 1944
I just got home, and am supposed to start getting that third proto built! BUT.... my luggage isn't here yet. yippeee... I'm skrewed till further notice..
post #72 of 1944
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Despite the various and sundry things that I've been doing the last few weeks - like moving two daughters back to college - I've been steadily busy on the case design. Lansing and I have been exchanging e-mails and revised case drawings on almost a daily basis.

Something else I've been busy on: transferring/updating DIYForums.org. You will soon see an updated version under new ownership and management. *

* Credit where credit's due: The transfer of ownership was a Nate Maher Special Initiative.
Wow! You've been quite busy! I'm looking forward to building the MiniMAX. Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of the Head-Fi DIY crowd!
post #73 of 1944
I wish you the best of luck with your diyforums.org project, tomb, but navigating to that url this evening makes you hope you have your virus protection sw updated and set to max protection....
post #74 of 1944
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I wish you the best of luck with your diyforums.org project, tomb, but navigating to that url this evening makes you hope you have your virus protection sw updated and set to max protection....
There's a domain ownership move taking place - it should be back up shortly.

EDIT: Back up and running under new ownership (paid for through proceeds from beezar.com)!
post #75 of 1944
Any updates on the Lansing cases for this amp? Mine has been sitting uncased for a little bit and I'd love to get my hands on one of those cool looking custom cases for it.

As for the price, it does seem quite high for a case, perhaps without a silkscreen it would be cheaper?
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