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    Man of too many interests.
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    Sunnyvale, CA. USA
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    High-end audio DIY, founder of CDDB®, music, computers, Audi cars, Unix/Linux, health/fitness, beach
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    Sennheiser HD800, HD600, HD580, PX100, HD410SL, HD50
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    AMB β22 with σ22 PSU, AMB M³ with σ11 PSU, Cavalli-Kan Kumisa III, AMB Mini³ high performance, AMB Mini³ extended runtime, AMB β18 (modified SDS Labs MOSFET amp), Gilmore Dynahi, Millett Hybrid
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    Logitech Squeezebox Touch. Slim Devices Squeezebox 3, NAD C520 CD player, Oppo BDP-83 Blu-Ray disc player, Philips DVP5982/37 DVD player, Sony DVP-NS575 DVD player, AMB γ1 modular miniature DAC, AMB γ2 compact high-performance DAC (two), Benchmark DAC1, RME ADI-2, Alien USB DAC (two), M-Audio Firewire Audiophile, M-Audio Transit, E-MU 0404 USB, Rotel RSP-1068 surround sound processor, AMB λ1 turntable + Linn Basik Plus tone arm + Dynavector 17DII mk.2 MC cartridge, Systemdek IIX turntable + Linn Basik Plus tone arm + Ortofon OM40 MM cartridge, CEC BD-5200 turntable (heavily modded) + Dynavector 23R MC cartridge, Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck, Nakamichi CR-7A cassette deck, Pioneer CT-F1250 cassette deck (two), Kenwood KX-660HX cassette deck, Rotel RT-850A AM/FM tuner, Apple iPod 5.5G 120GB, iPhone 4
  • Other Audio Gear
    AMB α3 moving-coil pre-preamplifier, AMB α6 stereo pre-amplifier, AMB α8 stereo pre-amplifier, AMB α10 stereo pre-amplifier with σ10 PSU, AMB β3 stereo power amplifier, AMB β8 stereo power amplifier, AMB β24 fully-differential stereo power amplifier, AMB ε10 Line level summing amplifier, Sound Valves SV100 JFET stereo pre-amplifier, Hafler DH-100 Series 2 stereo pre-amplifier, Hafler DH-120 stereo power amplifier, Hafler DH-220 stereo power amplifier (two), Dayton Audio DTA-1 (formerly Sonic Impact T-Amp), Velodyne SMS-1 subwoofer management system, Audio Artistry CBT36K curved line-source array, AMB θ3W subwoofers, AMB θ6S satellite speaker system, AMB θ6W subwoofer, AMB θ18 speaker system, AMB θ19 speaker system, AMB θ20 speaker system, NHT VT1 speaker system, Sunfire True Subwoofer Mk. II (two), Ölevia 242T-FHD 42" 1080p LCD HDTV

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  1. Yes, amb.org is back online.
  2. Dear friends, Amb.org is currently down due to a problem at the ISP. Unfortunately it is taking a long time for them to fix it. I’m very upset that it has taken so long without resolution, and it appears that it will be down for maybe another several days. The level of service I’m receiving from their customer support has been abysmal. Meanwhile please be patient as I work with the ISP to restore the connectivity. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. -Ti
  3. Thanks! Yes, this is an ambitious project involving a lot of circuitry, and firmware work too. That's why it took 1.5 years.
  4. Hi everyone! It's been a long road from inception to reality, but the γ3 is finally out! Check its website: http://www.amb.org/audio/gamma3/ and its companion module, the γ24: http://www.amb.org/audio/gamma24/
  5. Actually, the WM8741's "2Vrms" output amplitude at 0dBFS is differential, so each of the + and - outputs is half that at 1Vrms (2.83Vp-p). The chip will not clip as you stated.
  6. I don't have any info about the ESS sabre chip (datasheets are not public, subject to NDA, which really rubs me wrong). But if the chip supports volume control via an I2C serial bus, then yes, you could do it. As for any of the other features you mention, I don't know what info is available on that board, so you'll have to do some research on your own. Some additional hardware may be required.
  7. No dark powers. lol. Just some logic and experience. We know that your 0.47 ohm resistors are blown, so they've been subjected to overcurrents. That current goes through the MOSFETs, so there's a chance they're bad too. These MOSFETs typically fail with internal shorts. The question is, what led to this failure? Either there was an accidental short circuit (in the wiring to the amp, or from other tools/objects), or a wiring error, or a short on an amp board..., etc. So be careful after you fix the power supply, to check the sanity of the amp boards and wiring before power it back up again. It should be 10K, and there is no reason why it shouldn't measure close to that. Try removing it and measure it off-board. If it's still not right, put in a new one.
  8. Each MOSFET has 3 pins, you set your DMM to ohms mode (if manual ranging, set to 2K ohms scale). Put the probes on any combination of two pins (there will be six possible combinations) and read the meter display. The meter might show a brief reading due to capacitor charging but should settle quickly to over-range (either "OL" or "1", depending on brand/model of DMM). If you get an actual ohms reading of several hundred ohms or less, then a MOSFET is blown. It's difficult to determine which of the two is blown while they are mounted on the board (because they are in parallel), but if one is blown then there is a good chance the other one is too, and might as well replace them both. Check all the BC546B and BC556B transistors too. With the power off, use the diode check function of your DMM to verify each of the small signal transistors. For all the BC546Bs, put the red probe on the B pin and the black probe on the C or E pins. Both measurements should give you approximately 0.6V. You should read nothing when you reverse the probes. For the BC556Bs, the procedure is the same but the probes must be reversed. The only transistors that should falsely "fail" this test are across the B-C junctions of Q8 and Q10. This is because they are purposely shorted (see the schematic), so you will get 0V reading for these. Yes, you can get replacement transistors and MOSFETs from me.
  9. Power off and measure the resistance across any pin of the sigma22's MOSFETs (i.e., D-S, G-D, G-S). You should get very high (~infinite) readings after the meter stabilizes. If you get low ohms readings then one or both of the MOSFETs on that bank is internally shorted.
  10. R12 and R13 are blown. Replace them and re-check the voltages. Don't connect the amp boards until you get the PSU fixed first. Then, connect the amp boards one at a time to set them up.
  11. Not to muddy the waters, but here are some counterpoints... Both M
  12. amb

    ALO M3?

    When ALO sells out of their existing stock, new units will have the front panel changed to the "Double Mini3" name.
  13. amb

    ALO M3?

    KB has renamed the amp to "Double Mini3". This is reflected in the title of his Head-Fi thread and on his website. The initial batch will have "Double M^3" engraved on the front plate because they are already made and is a large investment. Subsequent production will be changed accordingly. Maybe the first batch will become collectors' items. Hah.
  14. amb

    ALO M3?

    But ALO is not MisterX or Rockhopper, just like RSA or Headamp is not MisterX or Rockhopper. I already said that as a commercial product, ALO's pricing doesn't seem out of line. I don't know what their overhead is, but the profit is probably smaller than you think. And face it, they are a for-profit business, and there is nothing wrong with that. Whether they are "using my efforts purely for cash", well, that's a rather cynical view of the situation. Like I said, I do get a kick out of the fact that my stuff is out there being used by many people, and that's worth something to me. If I was seeking cash, I would've negotiated for some sort of payback, but you know, that's not what I am looking for.
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