This set of circuit boards will make the Aleph J amplifier of Nelson Pass. This amplifier is a direct descendant of the legendary Pass Labs Aleph 3, the amplifier that turned the audio press upon it's ear, brought single-ended amps to many people, and catapulted Pass Labs into the forefront of specialist audio engineering and construction, where it still resides today.
Populate these boards with your components, then add your own power supply, chassis and heat sinks to complete the amplifier.
The Aleph J is a single-ended, Class-A, Mosfet power amplifier, with a Jfet driver stage. It utilizes the Nelson Pass 'Aleph Current Source' to greatly increase the overall efficiency of the output stage, with the benefits of more linearity, a higher damping factor, and greater stability into tough speaker loads, doing all this with less negative feedback than it's predecessors. The Aleph J is a regular kind of amp - a voltage source amplifier, requiring nothing out of the ordinary from the preamp or the speakers.
As with most of the Firstwatt amplifiers the power output is 25WPC into 8 ohm.
A Bipolar power supply of (+/- 24V) is required. This will require an 18V+18V (or 36V Center Tapped) transformer from 300-500VA, and PSU capacitance of 60,000uF per rail or more. A PSU for the F4, F5, or similar will be appropriate. See the build guide for details.
Chassis (heatsink) requirements
The 4U 'Jack of all Chassis' is ideal for this amplifier. If making your own chassis a good rule of thumb is at least 25sq inch (160sq cm) of finned heatsink per output transistor. (More is always better.) The diyAudio "Universal Mounting Spec" (UMS) is a common mounting pattern between the amplifier PCB and the heatsinks. If you utilize the UMS on your heatsinks or use one of the pre-drilled chassis from diyAudio, you will be able to quickly and easily mount different amplifier boards in the same chassis.
For example, a 4U 'Jack of all Chassis' with a 400VA, 18V+18V transformer and PSU board, will give you a power supply and chassis where you could try the F4, F5, F5C, Aleph J, and other Pass/Firstwatt amps in the future merely by swapping the amp PCB. The investment in Chassis and PSU needs only be made once.
An Illustrated build guide showing all sorts of useful information on how to build the Aleph J can be found here - Build guide
- Bill of Materials
- Schematic also HERE
|Dimensions||Each board is 250mm x 54mm|
|Mounting holes||UMS Heatsink Compatible|
|Number of boards included||2|
I recently completed my Aleph J build and I have to say this has become one of my favorite amplifiers to listen to amongst my Pass DIY Sony VFET Class A amp and my McIntosh MC240 vacuum tube amp. This amplifier has exceeded my expectations. When I listen to this amp in my system, I am impressed with the fine detail, the separation between musicians within a very large, deep soundstage, and the tone and timbre.
I first came across the dii-audio, bought the pass-alep J board and the FET, and I bought the trans and case separately.
I'm happy to hear as good a sound as I expected.
There was a problem with grounding and RCA wiring, but fortunately it's been solved and I'm listening with great satisfaction.
Now I'm going to try the preamplifier.
Thank you. Everyone.
PCBs do not get better than this
This amplifier with tube preamp 12AX7 or 12AU7 is simply amazing !! I have no words for explain how good can sound, clean and accurate sounds. It's a very high level amplifier, recommended for beguinners. The problem is.... what's the next step ??
Recibí el pedido relativamente rápido (España).
La calidad de la PCB es excelente.
Aún no he tenido tiempo de montarlo, pero publicaré unas fotos tan pronto lo haga.
Está diseñado de forma que varias partes de la circuitería se puedan modificar de forma sencilla si surge algún tipo de problema como oscilaciones o ruido, además de la posibilidad de montar diferentes medidas de componentes.
Muy contento y con ganas de empezar los proyectos (también estoy a la espera de algunos componentes para montar en unas PCB de F5 que recibí de diyaudio hace algunas semanas)
The boards are absolutely first quality. These are for my sixth Pass DIY project and second Aleph J build which will have a dual mono power supply this time. With all the support available through the Pass forum my first five builds have all gone smoothly with no start up issues at all. They sound great and work perfectly.
I won't comment on the quality of the PCB and service as this is always top notch.
But the Aleph J is probably the end of my journey towards MY perfect amplifier.
I've built the F5 (a tick too bright), the F6 (a tick too dark) and now am perfectly happy with the ALEPH J!
Don't be afraid to use this on a 4 Ohms speaker... works like a charm :-)
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