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Where to buy HeadPhone Amp Kits

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
So i'm interested in buying an HeadPhone Amp but i'm more interested in kits because i dont want to source parts myself.

So does anyone knows any good site or company that is selling a really good kits (AMB audio etc...)

I did find only one:

GlassJar Audio

So does anyone know any more?

Thanks!!!
post #2 of 29
Yes, you can find kits at Mapletree and Bottlehead. Both have a strong following, and I believe there's a forum at Bottlehead you can look through.

Though not for headphones, I really like the designs and kits from Bruce Rozenblit at Transcendent Sound. The 3W cathode follower SE amp could probably be adapted into a headphone amp. If you get the itch to build a full stereo system, Transcendent has great stuff.
post #3 of 29
Glassware Audio Design has some partial kits if you like tube or hybrid stuff.

I'm 99% sure I'm half correct I saw a (complete?) kit for AMB's mini3, somewhere.

EDIT: I found this link that has a kit for $130SGD(@$87USD), it isn't what I remember, but then again my memory isn't all that hot.
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Yes it was at Glassjar audio )
post #5 of 29
I'm in the UK but I got my Mini3 from Glassjar for a real reasonable price.

John Seaber (JDS Labs) is a great guy selling the BBcmoy, I get PCB's off him and then Mouser supply the rest of the components. It's obviously not a kit but it does allow for experimentation with Opamps and various caps etc....Stick it in an enclosure of choice. Job done real cheap!
post #6 of 29
From what I have heard, glassjar is great for a lot of reasons, but they also apparently sell the kits for less than it costs to order all of the parts from the manufacturers, which is very nice.
post #7 of 29
The Ozzies are always going on about the Jaycar headphone amp here:
Stereo Headphone Distribution Amplifier - Jaycar Electronics
There is also a power supply that goes with it. It would be great for a start and there are many mods/parts replacements for it that turn it into quite an impressive amp. One of the mods is a much better power supply. Considering it only costs about $45 to start with, it might be a fun little project.. No idea what shipping costs would be.
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
thanks for the links
post #9 of 29
hohodiy seems to be good. I am thinking about ordering a mini 3 from there. Strangely you have to register to see the online shop but the prices make it worth the effort!
post #10 of 29
Being in Hong Kong right now, I ordered from Hohodiy, and they were awesome. The kit came with everything needed, and price is cheap to boot. However, if you are located in North America, order from Glass Jar audio. I bought my alien dac kit there, Jeff is great to deal with.
post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
hohodiy looks really interesting but they dont have many kits hehe
post #12 of 29
Nope, but their mini3 deal is absolutely unbeatable. They ship immediately as well!

I want to try their Neo Mini amp, it is Neo Dac with the RA-1 amp inside. The casing looks really pretty.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
Also does anyone know where can you get those beautiful hammond enclosures in europe. Cant find anything on UK ebay
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kitarist View Post
Also does anyone know where can you get those beautiful hammond enclosures in europe. Cant find anything on UK ebay

I've got a Maplin close so I always get them there but you can buy online, hope that helps. Link to enclosures below.

Aluminium Instrument Enclosures > Maplin
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
wow thanks again man!! )

Also how would you rate the Mini 3 amp in terms of sound quality. Gonna use it for Grado SR 80 and later with Senns 650s
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