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Power Amplifier project by Zen Mod

Aleph Jzm

The Nelson Pass designed First Watt Aleph J is a classic. Various versions of the Aleph J have been built by DIYers for years, and the Aleph J is often a DIYer’s first First Watt. The illustrious Zen Mod created this version of the Aleph J to make the build more approachable to newer builders while maintaining all the characteristics of the original. For more advanced DIYers and those that like to experiment, there are options to use a variety of JFETs and customize the circuit to suit individual tastes.

Key Information

  • Power Amplifier Project
  • Designed by Zen Mod
  • Beginner to Intermediate Difficulty
  • Only Essentials Kit Available
  • Comprehensive Build Guide

Highlights

  • One of the most loved First Watt circuits re-imagined
  • It's an Aleph - "Everyone needs an Aleph" - Jim Tiemann
  • Carefully designed to be more accessible to newer DIYers.

Links, Discussions & Files

Description

New Product Information - 100 kits are available for immediate purchase.  In addition, we are taking a set number of pre-orders for the next batch, which is expected to ship no later than July 2024. Learn how pre-orders work.

The Nelson Pass designed First Watt Aleph J is a classic. Various versions of the Aleph J have been built by DIYers for years, and the Aleph J is often a DIYer’s first First Watt. The illustrious Zen Mod created this version of the Aleph J to make the build more approachable to newer builders while maintaining all the characteristics of the original. 

For a typical DIY build, the power output is expected to be 25W into an 8ohm load, just like the original Aleph J.

For more advanced DIYers and those that like to experiment, there are options to use a variety of JFETs and customize the circuit to suit individual tastes.

We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as the 100’s of others that have built this fantastic amplifier. Click here for a brief video to learn more about Zen Mod and the project.

What Will You Need To Complete A Working Amplifier?

You’ll need a power supply, chassis, wiring, and a few other parts to complete a working amplifier.  

All the major components are available through the diyAudio store. These Power Supply PCBs are suitable for all First Watt amplifiers. We also have a full line of Deluxe Chassis perfect for this project. The two most common choices are the Deluxe 4U and the larger Deluxe 5U, however we heartily encourage you to consider the PASSdiy chassis currently available for pre-order until May 31st 2024. We also have a back panel parts kit to make life easier. Don’t forget the Keratherm.

The complete build guide contains links with suggestions for almost everything you need including tools to complete your project. 

What If You Have Questions?

This project is intended for intermediate to advanced DIYers. It’s a wonderful second amplifier project after an Amp Camp Amp. Patient beginners willing to study should have no trouble following the build guide. The builder must know how to identify parts from schematics, match those parts to PCB locations based on the silkscreen, and have good soldering skills.  Most importantly, all builders are responsible for their own safety and must understand essential safety practices and precautions when dealing with mains powered electronics. 

The build guide is the first resource for builders. For any other questions, Mighty Zen Mod and other forum members are ever-present in the support thread

 

Note - Photos include parts available at the time of publishing. Individual components are subject to change based on availability.