~$200 DIY Headphone amp?
Dec 11, 2010 at 8:50 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3


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Sep 28, 2009
It has been ages since I've posted here, but it's good to be back. I was wondering if anyone had a recomendation for a DIY desktop amp kit for around ~$200. Tube, solid state, or hybrid, doesn't matter. Thanks for the input.
Dec 12, 2010 at 4:49 AM Post #3 of 3
Looks like he has grados according to his sig:
Tube - Soha II
Solid State : CKIII
Both will give you a single ended sound that is not found in this price range commercially,  unique great sounding all round amplifiers.  I think of the CKIII as a budget DIY luxman,  similiar design philosophy.  
And the SohaII is the one of the best public domain hybrids  for Grados period  (MHO),  it is similar to the Melos which your Grado's were designed around.  Being that Mr Grados used a hydrid when designing the phones it just makes sense to power them with a hybrid.  Make sure you get Mullard 12AU7's or if you can find them Amperex 8416.   Its a very easy build,  use the recommended hammond case with a perforated metal top. http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cfm?id=1003&step=2&top_cat=60
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