First of all, the build so far:
The Sony KM7 surround amplifier has two pieces of heatsink mounted back to back. The silver plate facing the reader is the fan mounting plate which comes off the Sony.
Most readers will agree that the heatsink is inadequate hence the fan and unwanted noise. Who cares, we’ll fine tune later.
The Kemo Nr. B100 – nice build, took about ten minutes but the paperwork can be improved. I also don’t like the fact that no technical spec is given. A mate of mine built one a while back and said the performance was quite good considering.
Kemo Nr. B110 and Velleman K2573 pre-amplifiers. The K2573 is an RIAA equalisation amplifier. Some in-house mods needed. We are looking at equipping the pre-amplifier with turntable input, aux, tape in and out (I have an open reel deck) -> deck to deck (Otari <-> Akai), DAC module and headphones out. The headphones will be fed from a class-A amplifier and pre-driver.
Power supply will be standard (non-split rail) 12V DC stabilised.
The pre-amplifier is going to be a mix of different parts – for one thing the RIAA preamplifier output is unknown, except a gain of 35dB is registered. The Kemo has no specs whatsoever and having a single transistor in the Baxandall tone control does not bode well. We will need extra amplification and we need to drive a professional series amplifier through XLR sockets.
Next: Putting it all together.