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Bottlehead Crack + Speedball OTL Amplifier - $299 + shipping

eeagle 1,448 303 June 30, 2016 at 10:38 AM in Audio / Video (5)
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Now through July 4th you can show your independence by ordering a made-in-America headphone amp kit that you build yourself.

Bottlehead will be transitioning to a universal power transformer in the upcoming Crack 1.1, but still has a quantity of 120VAC only Crack kits to offer before that happens. The Crack alone is normally $299, now at a special $249 price.

Further sweeten the deal you can add a Speedball upgrade kit (regularly $115) to your order for just $50. If you do the math that works out to ordering a Crack and getting the $115 Speedball kit add-on for free!

Shipping adds $15+ UPS most places.

This is one of the best OTL (amplifiers available for high impedance headphones (>250 ohms).

Perfect for those who bought the Sennheiser HD600 and HD650 in recent deals.

This is a DIY kit and requires assembly and basic soldering.

Link [bottlehead.com]

Review [innerfidelity.com]

Head-Fi [head-fi.org]
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That's a really nice deal for an end game amp if you have the cans...and the willingness to put it together. I'm in for one with the speedball.
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Great tube amp if you have a good soldering iron and a fair bit of patience. I would build one of these over a grand father clock any day.
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How long would it take to put this including the Speedball upgrade together if I have no soldering experience? I assume several hours? Also how idiot-proof is the construction if I follow the tutorials? Is it possible that I can easily end up with a finished product that doesn't function perfectly? Thanks.
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How long would it take to put this including the Speedball upgrade together if I have no soldering experience? I assume several hours? Also how idiot-proof is the construction if I follow the tutorials? Is it possible that I can easily end up with a finished product that doesn't function perfectly? Thanks.
The crack build is fairly straight forward. The speedball is a bit more involved. I feel like it's a mid experience build if you want it presentable.
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Quote from CyberGuy View Post :
How long would it take to put this including the Speedball upgrade together if I have no soldering experience? I assume several hours? Also how idiot-proof is the construction if I follow the tutorials? Is it possible that I can easily end up with a finished product that doesn't function perfectly? Thanks.
Tyll's review [youtube.com] should answer your concerns
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