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    Question Amp mods?


    Just curious, has anyone here ever modified there amps? And if so what were the results. I'm just wondering if it would be worth doing after I finish the crossovers on my speakers?
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    I guess by your question it is a very difficult thing to do. I haven't really done anything like this before. And the mods that I am currently doing on my speaker crossovers is the first time I'm soldering anything in about 12 yrs. So I guess the answer to your question is "no".
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    I have modified my electronics, amps included, and I have felt the results worth while. However, one of the issues you are dealing with is live voltage unlike speaker XOs since capacitors can still hold a charge even once the unit is turned off and unplugged. On my tube amp, I have two caps that hold a voltage of about 230v until discharged; not something you want your fingers in. On the other hand, it isn't practically too much different than XOs since you are just soldering components in and out. Is there something you are specifically looking to improve, on just looking for someway to keep busy like I always am? :D

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    Instead of amp modding, you should start making your own amp to tailor your sonic preferences. By the time you finish an amp mod, you basically own a different amp with plenty of $$$ modding in it. So consider it's worth messing with an old amp or just build (buy) a new one. Time cost nothing or something as well as the live voltage could be fatal if you are not hands on messing with the amps for a long time. I've smoked some real good amps in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    I have modified my electronics, amps included, and I have felt the results worth while. However, one of the issues you are dealing with is live voltage unlike speaker XOs since capacitors can still hold a charge even once the unit is turned off and unplugged. On my tube amp, I have two caps that hold a voltage of about 230v until discharged; not something you want your fingers in. On the other hand, it isn't practically too much different than XOs since you are just soldering components in and out. Is there something you are specifically looking to improve, on just looking for someway to keep busy like I always am? :D
    Just looking for something to do really. I was also looking at maybe making my own interconnects like a few of the other polkies around here. :D I know that the caps still hold a charge even after being disconnected from a source.
    58" Samsung Plasma (on wall)(calibrated)
    LSi15's front (modded xo's)
    LSic center
    LSiFX's sides
    LSi7's rears
    Sunfire Sig. 600 amp for 15's
    Sunfire Sig. Cinema for C,S&R
    Sony ES 3000 pre/pro
    SVS 2039 PC Plus sub 12.3 (16hz tune)
    PS3
    Wii
    Signal and Audioquest ic's
    12 awg monster speaker-cable (bi-wired)
    Belkin PF60 power conditioner
    Monster power conditioner for sub

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    I think starting on an amp is a good idea because it allowed me to learn piece by piece and not having to start from scratch (which can be very daunting). It you start working on things a piece at a time, soon you'll have learned everything about the amp and may want to build your own (or at least you'll have the knowledge and experience). Sure it can cost a lot depending on what you do, and you may not get out of the mod the money you put into it. But, if knowledge and experience is priceless, it was worth every penny. As far as cables and interconnects go, if you have questions or just want more info, feel free to PM me and I'll be happy to help. :)

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    build a nice kit.
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