We now have a very small number of WHAMMY parts kits now listed in the store, available with or without the PCB for those who may have already bought a PCB. This can be considered a "beta" run, once we have more confirmations about successful builds we will make a second run available for sale, ...
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"Batch 3" of ACA pre-orders are now open until Nov 13th 6PM PST or until sold out. For the most current status please see the ACA Pre-Order Status Page. To order yourself a kit visit the Amp Camp Amp product page.
The new diyAudio / PassWorks Analog Crossover Network kit is now available, with the LXmini Crossover being the first official component configuration. This is a remarkable product that uses an all-analog discrete circuit to obtain tricky crossover curves for bi-amp and tri-amped speakers.
Firstly, the build and the instructions for the ACA 1.6 were a joy. It's a great first-timer project.
I have a Musical Paradise MP301 MK3 that I A/B with and I can now honestly say that the MP301 is one of the best values in HiFi, especially at the entry level. The ACA, in comparison, bests the MP301 in a couple of regards, especially range and clarity, both of which are already great with the MP301. The ACA, as mentioned by other reviewers, provides a wonderful bass presentation, which can be missing in a tube-based SET. What the ACA lacks is oomph. It drives my 96 db Zu Omen Dirty Weekends very well, up to normal listening levels. But for party levels, I'll need to let the MP301 handle the job. I am feeding both amps with a Cambridge Audio CXN DAC/Network player.
I suspect I would have better success if I had two ACA's, one for each channel. But like others have said, I find it amazing that a solid state amp can sound so lovely. 90% of the time, I'll be listening to the ACA. Now, I am very curious to hear other project amps.
The kit was easy to build and sounds fantastic. I have it in my main system right now driving B&W 803s (90 db sensitivity). The bass is incredible especially for only 8 or so watts. No problem with volume - it goes plenty loud. My preamp is an Aikido design (TubeCad.com) with 4 5687 tubes and regulated supply for both high and low voltages.
A Class A amp that exceeds the sum of its parts.
If you only get 1 amp kit, GET THIS ONE. It is a well thought out kit of premium parts & a beautiful chassis to put them in. The build Instructions are A+++ Easy to follow & the end result is simply amazing. Listening on my Zu DWII's, this amp sounds very clear & detailed, with a Wide Soundstage. The Bass is tight and powerful. I have also listened to it on my AR3a and was surprised at the volume this amp could drive those inefficient speakers to. NOTHING to Dislike about this amp.
Thank you to the DIY Crew for making this possible & to Nelson Pass for giving it to the World.
This has to be one of the best amplifier kits around. The quality, fit, finish, and most importantly, the sound, is fantastic. With the clear assembly instructions that are available online this kit goes together so easy. It's a great kit for novices learning soldering skills as well. Can't thank everyone enough for making ACA available to everyone!
I've been searching for a good amp for years. I even tried the Benchmark AHB-2 (which retails for $3,000 and is a Stereophile Class A component) for a month but wasn't satisfied with it.
It took me a few evenings to get everything soldered together, but the diyaudio kit made it a breeze. The diyaudio chassis is also beautiful and has a very high WAF.
Now I have two of these magical little amps powering KEF LS50s in a balanced monoblock configuration, and it's heaven. The bang for the buck is unbelievable. Nelson Pass is truly the zen master of amplifier design, and diyaudio has also done a superb job putting this kit together. Kudos all around!
I couldn't be happier with the result. A pair of these in "bridged mode" are replacing my 15 year old, high end amplifier. I'm not sure quiet yet, but I think I prefer the non-bridged sound while using a single amp in my system. Has anyone else compared the sound of a bridged pair with using a single ACA in their system? The construction process was a breeze, and what a great way to, basically, receive lectures on amplifier building from a master builder, Mr. Pass. It was a huge shock to me how great this amp sounded once it was broken in and up to temp. A huge improvement over my previous amp. A big thank you to Mr. Pass and his team for sharing so much beautiful sound/music for such a reasonable cost.
Very fun DIY project.
The Amp sounds awsome.
Perfect kit and an sounds amazing. Great value for the money. Have two and run them balanced wirh my PAP OB’s.
Piece of mind - high quality, easy to buy, trusted.
Firstly, thanks a lot to the diyaudio store for the new international shipping option witch proved itself extremely efficient (one week from order to delivery here in France with customs pre-paid), this is a really good move overall.
Now for the kit itself, I cannot say anything else than it's perfect. The board is beautifully made, with plated through holes everywhere, the parts are neatly spread on plastic bags and are top notch (non magnetic resistors, wima and elna capacitors, bourns trimmers and a little paper witch lists the resistors values for the matched fets).
As for the result, to my ears (witch are far from perfect I must admit) the curves are just identical as what you get with the miniDSP but with added clarity (at least that's what I feel) and the noise floor is deeep under ground level ;) Also, the pots give a n easy way to balance gain between different amps.
I'm thrilled :)
Very good and very easy built project .
The board quality is beautiful and easy to build. Sounds absolutely fantastic, it's my everyday headphone amp, super happy with it. I chose to use a Burr-Brown OPA2134PA Op-Amp and Fairchild finals.
This 24v power supply made an amp that I already loved sound even better and gave it even more power. It now plays as loud as I could want from an amp especially when paired with my subwoofer through the speaker level inputs. I have totally fallen in love with this amp and can say it is the best listening experience I have ever had. And this is just after I paid well over $1000 for a REGA Elex-R amplifier. This amp kit outperforms my Rega amp with clarity very noticeably. I wish I could return the Rega honestly. I biased the DC output to 11.9 volts on both channels after trying it at ~ 12.2 volts. I found it sounded better with the lower number and I am loving this thing now.
Great boards, better quality than Ebay boards by a bunch! Well laid out and easy to read, gathering up my parts to start stuffing, will be ordering chassis soon, thanks a bunch!
Only a few components for a fantastic project. Easy to build following building guide . With my MOFO provides a very great stage.
Very great pleasure to listen. Yhank you!
Have bought 2 of this boards. Threw one together with parts from my parts bin, an old metal case I had almost discarded, and an LT regulator, +/- 24 VDC. I cannot believe how good it sounds. My ARC LS25 has not been used since. I am now ordering "boutique" parts and am building a better looking unit in a nice new diy audio rack case. I doubt if the new parts could make it sound even better than the first one., but I will feel better knowing I used top quality parts. Honestly though, its all in the circuit. Nelson Pass is a kind, generous, genius, designer.
When properly used these are astonishingly low noise. Very pleased.
Excellent service and fast shipping as usual. Awesome to be able to buy these in this quantity thanks to the store!
I've wanted to build an amp for a very long time but have never had the courage. I finally got the courage and ordered the ACA amp kit. I'm so glad I did! The build was very enjoyable and not as difficult as I thought. The documentation was superb. The sound and build quality are excellent. It mildly reminds me of a mini version of the First Watt J2 that I own. Paired with Zu Omen IIs it really is a joy to listen to. Highly recommended build.
I put it together in a few hours time and had no difficulty. I followed the online guide and it worked the first time I fired it up. It sounds great too. Now I need a preamp kit in the same form factor (hint).
I think there are several reasons to build this. You get a design that you know is rock solid and guaranteed to sound good, you get high quality parts, you get an excellent idiot-proof build guide and you get excellent support if necessary. I built this over the course of two evenings and I cannot recommend it enough. The feeling of pride of having built an amplifier that sounds good and looks good is worth every penny. I know it's assembly rather than true DIY, but it inspires confidence, and that is the aim.
I have this hooked up to a pair of Monitor Audio BX5 speakers and use an O2 Objective amp as a pre-amp with my phone as a source. The room is small and the 5W per channel fill it more than adequately and the sound is fantastic. Thank you to all involved in bringing this to the community, I have definitely started on a building journey!
A very enjoyable build. The video build tutorial provided excellent instruction and tips. Built the unit in one session.
Hooked up ipod through Cambridge Audio id 100 digital dock. Clear, clean and well defined music reproduction. Hard to believe that 5 watts can resolve highs, mids and bass with this much definition. Pure class A operation. Pure listening Bliss. Next move will be to hook up to an external DAC. Thank you Nelson Pass and DIYaudio.
These work very well and look great. Could not be more pleased with the project. Modifications I made were to eliminate the dc connector and switch as I control all things audio with a power strip anyway. There is nothing wrong with them, just chose not to use them. As well opted to use 1/4 inch copper strap for the "ground" connection as it made for easier connections. Likely there is no measurable sonic difference. But seemed like a better choice considering the work that connection across the positive speaker terminals and DC ground is performing. Since this review is about the chassis only. Will leave out the part about the amazing amount of audio that this thing delivers.. : ) No regrets buying these kits.
Be warned. This is a gateway amp. Once you get this built you are going to want to build another. Seriously, I've already ordered boards for an Aleph J. I expect I'll shortly start giving blood to pay for the costs of the DIY electronics I'm going to build.
On a serious note. The folks on the forum (especially 6L6) were incredibly helpful. I do not have a ton of experience building electronics. Prior to this amp I put together a pair of Bagby Continuums based on the Meniscusaudio kit.
If you can get ahold of one do so right away. You will not be sad. The continuums are not the most efficient of speakers, but coupled with the Amp (and my Jotunheim DAC) for use near field at my computer.... Sonic Bliss!
Thanks to 6L6's great build guide on DIYaudio. The sound is superb too, clearly better than the Class D amps and NAD D3020 I had been using. With the 19V power supply heat sinks do not get beyond pleasantly warm.
Quick delivery even overseas! PCBs are premium quality, really well made! Happy to start my F5 project with such a smooth transaction. Still some way to go till completed amp but it started well.
Greetings from Latvia
Coupled to speakers with with 98db sensitivity, a watt from this amplifier is simply put: astonishing! The first night we found ourselves identifying and padding vibrating pictures because of the incredibly deep bass. It is crystal clear across the audio range. It sounds great!
Well, you'd be surprised how much you might do with this no gain amplifier. You should read up on it and if it seems you'd like to give it a try you will be rewarded with a new and lovely perspective.
It will show you what you need to know about your preamp. It will show you how a speaker can be really controlled. I use mine to drive a pair of high efficiency sub woofers because of the control afforded. It is a great tool in making music and taking a full assessment of where your stereo is at. I have built the F4, F5t, F6 and the Aleph J, all very good experiences and all still in service but the one that taught me the most about stereos is the F4.
All of the kits here are a great bargain and very well made. The gift from Nelson Pass and his supporters is not to be passed up. Build this amp! You'll be educated and it'll be fun!
And here we have another great piece from the folks @ the DIY Audio Store. Holes just the right size holes for solder bleed through. There beautiful. Thanks folks and super fast shipping.
Delivered quickly, items were packaged well and scratch free. Easy assembly.
The Keratherm insulators are a great item, and our DIY store has made it very easy to obtain them.
Absolute bargain and incredible value to dollar ratio!
In discussing this kit with my buddy DaveD, and mentioning it in numerous forum posts, it occurred to me that I'd probably not written a customer review, so while a couple of years late, here goes.
I've built a few kits and from scratch electronic projects over the years - including several Bottlehead tubed amps and pres, but this was easily the simplest of them all. As for the sound - quite possibly the most transparent amp I've ever (not?) heard, and with the right speaker the modestly rated power is more than enough for pleasant listening. No, it won't break the windows, but at a price far less than some golden-eared audiophools pay for power cords, it certainly won't break your bank account either.
Can't wait to see / hear what's next from the combination of talent that put this one together.
The Pesante 3U is an excellent case. I ordered it with the baseplate, which makes it easy to attach circuit boards and other parts. Thanks!