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    Open up AKG K702 headphones

    I don't suppose this would be of any help. http://anythingbutipod.com/2010/03/how-its-made-akg-k702-headphones/
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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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    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

    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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    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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    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!!

    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? http://cdn.head-fi.org/7/7c/7ccbc5e5_DSC06489.JPG
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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...
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    yet another y1 full++/y2 build

    Personally, I wouldn't have gone for the y2 just yet, and I certainly would have included the cost of equipment. I went with a WES51 (because the 936 was just sold out) for my iron, and an ETO tip for SMD. Hasn't failed me yet, although I don't seem to be able to get the TI chip working on the...
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    Best Sounding Solder - Any idea?

    What, too poor for anti-grav plates? I'll be here enjoying my extra delicious pizza. The grain the pizza base was made from? Harvested on a full moon. The peppers? Extinct, now.   Quote:  
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    How hard is the Alien DAC to put together? First time DIY

    Really, it depends if you've got good eyesight, and if you're smart about it. I did the y1 as my first project. Went out, grabbed myself a WES51, some 63/37 solder, some flux, solder braid, and a small conical tip for my iron. I watched the videos at Curious Inventor on SMD soldering, as well as...
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    [Issue Resolved] Warning to Out of USA residents: Comply Foam shipping issues

    As if the short life time of Comply tips wasn't enough to turn you away from them. With a little work, there's almost nothing a set of Shure black foams won't fit on, and they'll certainly last longer and sound better.   Personally, I love the large biflanges on my RE0. They fit perfect, and...
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