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. We now have a dedicated Aleph J MOSFETs and JFETs transistor kit.
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 First Watt 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/First Watt 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
- Aleph J MOSFETs and JFETs kit
- General Aleph J thread
- Bill of Materials
- Schematic also HERE (link fixed)
|Dimensions||Each board is 250mm x 54mm|
|Mounting holes||UMS Heatsink Compatible|
|Number of boards included||2|
Just finished my Aleph J in a 5U case (big and heavy sitting on my bench) and the sound is just beautiful with my Focal Sopra 2 speakers. Those demanding beryllium tweeters just sound sweet as honey with the Aleph J and the low impedance dip in the base region is a piece of cake for this monster.
Only added the excellent Neurochrome speaker protection to be feel more on the safe side.
Before this I made me the F6 that is also one excellent amplifier to keep.
P.S. the service from the DIY -store is world class!
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.
I built the Aleph J with a dual mono block universal power supply. It was replacing an Outlaw integrated amp which was very good. I was expecting the Aleph J would be somewhat of an improvement. I was wrong. It was an amazing difference. Dead quiet, detailed and transparent. I also built the Korg B1 preamp to use with it. It made a hearable difference as well. I can't imagine getting the upgrade itch but you never know....
My first impression was:
1. Incredibly fast delivery, far above my average experience so far.
2. High quality PCB
Feedback from me:
The current PCB is more than enough to build a high-end power amplifier, however Audio DIYers like to experiment, therefore the lead spacing of components on the PCB should be larger or longer, especially in order to accommodate top-end components.
Decided to assemble a second Aleph J. Want to make it a present to a friend. Ordered PCBs and received them extremely fast. As usual, all parts are exceptional quality. Still working on the project, but will finish soon :)
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