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    Open up AKG K702 headphones

    I don't suppose this would be of any help.
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    M3 for HD-595?

    lolidunno   I would imagine the headphone out on the SR605 would be amplified or you wouldn't hear anything. I couldn't tell you how much power the amplifier provides, or how nicely it'll amplify. That's for you to decide. It's up to you to decide what kind of amplifier you eventually want...
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    M3 for HD-595?

    Don't think it'll only cost you $250 for the amplifier. The little things will add up, and before you know it, you'll be over the $300 mark. Don't forget you have to pay for a power source; you get to pick between an all in one wall wart, or to build your own. Last time I checked, a s11 would...
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    A Socially Unacceptable Audiophile Addiction

    What? No mention for speakers? Not to mention all the power cables, filtering boxes, carbon fiber wall socket plates, and cable risers people tend to buy.
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    Help Building M3

    If you can find it, the Amphenol ACJS-MHD958 is a dual jack unit, with one for 1/8 and one for 1/4 output. It just uses two sets of pins, but it's cool to have it in one unit. Simple enough to wire up too. Mouser doesn't carry it anymore it'd seem, however. They still carry the MHDE though...
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    DIY Red Oak Headphone Stand for $10

    Excuse me sir, but your headphone stand doesn't cost nearly enough for the headphones you will be putting on them, nor did you use superior premium exotic materials that are functionally identical to the materials you used. Prolonged usage of cheaper materials will degrade the sound quality of...
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Wow, I don't know what to say. I'm going to go commit sudoku now. Completely forgot to check for a datasheet. Er, what direction is that diagram looking at the transformer from. The bottom?   When they say apply 115v across 6 and 5, that means a voltage difference of 115v across 6 and 5...
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Gah, seriously? Now I feel sad. Just so we're clear, the phasing dots are on the middle two prongs. Don't I want current going in on those prongs?
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Welp. Hooked up the transformer (not to the CK2III board, just the IEC outlet) and blew the fuse when I switched on the power. Changed the fuse, made sure ground had a connection, tried it again, same result. Ideas?   PS: Fastons are the worst things I have yet encountered, including working...
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    NYS231 guide

    Don't know about your NYS231s, but mine have a shorter lug for left, longer for right, on the respective sides, and the big one for ground.
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Naked women.   Last minute check before I set everything on fire: Is the wiring in the picture in the first post correct?   EDIT: A thought occurs: The little dots mean something. For example, if I'm doing my reading correctly, I've got the wires backwards.    Also, am I only...
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    NYS231 guide

    You could just use a multimeter to find out.   Last I checked, the left post is left, the right post is right, and the bottom is ground. Simple as that.
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    best solder for DIY

    I use rhodium-gold-silver eutectic solder only. Each metal is at 5N purity before being mixed in individually determined proportions to ensure the mixture is truly at the eutectic point for each batch. The rosin for the flux is extracted from only the rarest trees, and preserved in cryogenic...
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    DIY amps

    I ended up spending $300 on a $200 CK2III build.   Quadruple check your BOM, each time on a different day.
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    How to improve ATH A700's?

    Funny. I like the bass and the highs, and don't give a **** about the mids. Soundstage is amazing for a closed headphone.   Only thing I'd replace is the earpads for something that won't fall apart.   PS. Dam is censored. The more you know.
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Bah. Crimpers. Who needs 'em. My trusty pliers will do the job.   So, uh, am I supposed to use a faston for every connection to the IEC module? And one ring terminal for the IEC ground, and one for the board?
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    Wire broke off from armature, possible to fix?

    Aren't those the 3 rebrands? I had this happen to me too, when the cable housing broke off from the earpiece. If the wires broke off from the connector, then it's not too hard to get them back on. If the wires broke off from the armature side, then you're going to have to disassemble...
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Fast on: Solder wire to faston, stuff faston on ground tab? Buy associated male faston, solder to ground tab? Never used one before.   Ring...
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    Wiring a transformer to a CK2III

    Hi guys. Figured I'd make sure I was getting this right, just in case my amplifier explodes or the transformer mutates into a giant copper winding robot of death. Or something. It's correct, as far as I can tell. Also, how should I connect the ground on the IEC inlet to the chassis? What are...
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    60W soldering iron... too high for DIY job?

    Join the dark side. Buy a Weller WES51. If you ask me, they're easier to find parts for; what kind of electronics store doesn't stock Weller parts?
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    DIY Cable Gallery!!

    Don't know. Bought it off the guy at Coconut Audio.   (oh god please don't ban me)
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    DIY Cable Gallery!!

    19c/foot 18AWG stranded hookup wire Cryogenically treated $200/6" OCC rhodium-plated silver, coated in 15um PTFE by 3M, surrounded by a layer of 600D Egyptian cotton, shielded by a rhodium-plated copper-silver alloy, all wrapped in cheap hookup wire plastic to create the ultimate sleeper cable...
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    DIY Cable Gallery!!

    Brand name plugs are expensive and overrated. Sure, they look nice, but you won't see me paying more than $10 per connector. Hell, those RCAs are (claimed to be) rhodium plated, and are $10 for the pair. Suck on that, WBT. It's worse with phone connectors, I find. But hey, if you've got spare...
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    DIY Cable Gallery!!

    Oh hey guys, am I cool yet?
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    Recabling my AD700's

    Protip: If you're going to make your a 4 conductor cable, it might be handy to start from the TRS jack.    As you'll see in my picture, I may or may not have created a 4 18AWG conductor RCA to 3.5mm cable. You'll note the heatshrink at the 3.5mm side where I had to connect the grounds... and...