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These F-6 Clone Boards use the same circuit as the Nelson Pass / diyAudio Firstwatt F6 described in the diyAudio Firstwatt F6 thread thread.

This set of circuit boards will make a Mosfet version of the F6 amplifier of Nelson Pass. This amplifier is a new and interesting developmant from his creative mind, where a small collection of parts comes together to make amazing, beautiful music. This creativity and solid engineereing has kept Mr.Pass, and his companies, Pass Labs and Firstwatt at the forefront of specialist audio engineering and construction, where new and wonderful creations are made.

The original amplifier utilized extremely rare power Jfet from SemiSouth, which will never be made again, and are all gone. Be warned, any Ebay sources claiming to have the SemSouth devices are fakes. If you happen to already have the power Jfet, they can be used with this PCB.

Populate these boards with your components, then add your own power supply, chassis and heat sinks to complete the amplifier.

Circuit description

The F6 is a Class-A, Mosfet power amplifier, with a Jfet driver stage. It utilizes a small-signal transformer for phase inversion, so both the output Mosfet are N-channel. This transformer greatly contributes to the overall sonic character of the amp which is very highly regarded and considered to be similar and having all the benefits and positive characteristics of a tube amp... making some observers speculate that much of the positive 'tube amp' sound is the transformers, not the tubes. The F6 is a regular kind of amp - a voltage source amplifier, requiring nothing out of the ordinary from the preamp or the speakers.

Output power

As with most of the Firstwatt amplifiers the power output is 25WPC into 8 ohm. More into 4 ohm.

PSU requirements

A Bipolar power supply of (+/- 24V) is required. This will require an 18V+18V (or 36V Center Tapped) transformer from 300-400VA, (shielded transformers are prefered) and PSU capacitance of at 60,000uF per rail or more. A PSU for the F4, F5, or similar will be appropriate. See the F6 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 the diyAudio store, 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.

Build Guide

An Illustrated build guide showing all sorts of useful information on how to build the F6 can be found here -- F6 Build Guide


Dimensions 250mm x 50mm
Mounting holes UMS Heatsink Compatible
Number of boards included 2
Layers 2
Board Revision 2.0

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Hi thank you great service

Excellent quality for the dollars!

Great value for dollars spent...will be giving DIY store more business.

Great product and service

I received the boards in record time. Beautifully made! Great service. So many thanks.

Deluxe 4U Steel Amplifier Case

High quality Italian made case, easy assembly, large heat sinks pre-drilled to accept DIYaudio amplifier boards. Super fast shipping, item arrived in 3 days fed-ex international. Very pleased with all the DiyAudio products I purchased to date, service has been first-rate. 5-star outfit, highly recommend.

F6 parts

I have received the boards, the kit with transformers is currently out of stock, I bought the boards alone out of fear they would become unavailable. I will now have to source the transformers separately, also waiting for the psu boards to be restocked (I hope). I am buying a little at a time as the budget allows, -slow going. I think I'm late to the party. The site is nice (store), just needs a link back to the forum, as the forum has the link to store front and center. The chassis section has the measurements, but the photos are sometimes misleading, in some photos the chassis seem to be out of proportion, a visual frame of reference might help.

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