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    Alien DAC v1.1 Construction Thread

    Oookay, I reflowed everything and the short is gone. And then L12 glowed red hot, melted part of the silkmask and desoldered itself after carbonizing everything in a 5mm radius. L12 is a ferrite! What caused it to do this? Nevermind, apparently Vbus got shorted with GND on IC1, and L12 was...
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    Alien DAC v1.1 Construction Thread

    Finally built one of my boards, but I'm having the opposite problem of everyone else: my 5V checks out fine, but there's a short from 3.3V to ground. What are the most likely culprits for this? I checked the DAC chip for bridges, and found none. IC2 is aligned correctly.
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    Alien DAC v1.1 Construction Thread

    I doubt he could have burnt through the silkscreen and destroyed a trace... rather you can notice a rather large solder blob between the bottom left pins on the 2702 chip in this picture: http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dac6rd2.jpg
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    Hakko 936 users

    Quote: Originally Posted by seanohue Hmm I'm having a real tough time with this. I think proper heat levels may make this easier. I'm trying to solder 30ga wires to the pins on a chip and I keep making bridges between the pins. I don't want to kill the chip on the board that I am...
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    good soldering station

    Hakko 936.
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    Alien DAC v1.1 Construction Thread

    Also, quick question: is it OK if I replace REG101 with REG103, and use a 12V PSU?
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    What brand of resistors to be used

    Quote: Originally Posted by amb "Sound better" by virtue of carbon resistors' high noise and instability? LOL. This sounds suspiciously like the vinyl/CD/tube/IC debate ;P
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    What brand of resistors to be used

    Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewFischer I use generic 1% metal film resistors for just about everything else. In qty. 200 there just isn't any reason to use 5% or carbon resistors anymore. Was there ever? XD
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    Alien DAC v1.1 Construction Thread

    Gah, I still have two boards waiting to be built >_< Quick question, what happens if Vin is below Vout for the regulator? Does it work in pass through mode, shut down completely, or actually add noise?
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    What brand of resistors to be used

    Even for channel matching, could anyone REALLY detect the difference of 0.1% between the channels? The human ears are not exactly perfectly matched either, and I doubt your sound equipment is matched to 0.1% between the channels. Personally I think 1% resistors are fine for most audio applications.
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    Hakko 936 users

    Personally, I don't like the flood and suck method because it's too easy to screw up and leave the entire row of pins bridged, or have pins with too much solder sucked away. I like the paste and draw method much better, since it guarantees a solid connection and is super easy with some flux. For...
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    Thermal paste or insulator pads

    Yes, they are the same thing.
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    Is 26 AWG Cable ok?

    Quote: Originally Posted by cetoole Exactly. It stems from there being so little of the item in question (in this case current) that there is all but a bug's worth present, and we all know how small insects can be. >.> I... don't think that's quite accurate.
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    Is 26 AWG Cable ok?

    Quote: Originally Posted by SoundGoon bugger all? Psst, that's the technical term we professionals use for just about nothing.
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    Thermal paste or insulator pads

    Quote: Originally Posted by mb3k Usually it's a somewhat thick liquid made of 99.999% silver. Where could I procure some of this 99.999% silver paste?! Anyway, silver loaded compounds are a complete waste for these kind of applications, since the chips produce nowhere...
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