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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2006, 07:30:16 PM »
Eventually, I think it would be good if we handled this like the headphone amp builders. Create approved circuit boards (after thorough testing) and create a stuffing guide with suggest places to get the parts. I'm impressed with the way the headphone amp guys work together and are able to help DIY'ers get a quailty project (in their case headphone amps) out to the masses.
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2006, 10:35:05 PM »
I will try to take some pics of the JK Labs box I have its made for the AKG's (AKG CK91's> JK labs ECMS-2)..Its pretty shotty looking inside,from what I hear this is one of his first boxes  :)..

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2006, 10:43:17 PM »
Man, look what I started.  Well I guess I will put my hat in the ring.  I have access to 100's of thousands of dollars worth of testing gear.  You name I can probably use it or find somebody in the lab to help me use it.  A few of the guy's I work with are designing a software defines ham radio.  I have been helping them write the software.  One of these guys is one that was going to help me design the humbucker curcuit to kill the noise from the body to the cap.  Basically a tit for tat type of deal.  So let me know what you may need and I may be able to help.  He had some other Ideas also.  So I will keep a select few of you in the know. 
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2006, 10:56:36 PM »
there may be hope in actives for my 480s yet!  +T for the continuation of the project!
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2006, 11:02:45 PM »
option #2
i want still want to run my 480 bodies.
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #50 on: February 15, 2006, 11:21:48 PM »
Chuck, I was also very impressed with the headphone amp projects.  I think a general 'open hardware' approach is the way to go.  Avoiding egos would be good. As a community effort, the project can attract some serious talent.

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #51 on: February 16, 2006, 02:09:45 AM »
option #2
i want still want to run my 480 bodies.
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #52 on: February 16, 2006, 02:30:16 AM »
I'm new to the AKG team... Have some 480s and would be interested in making an active mod.... unfortunetly I don't have the skills to help design the solution.   I would be very much interested in looking at the resutls though :-}

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #53 on: February 17, 2006, 10:03:41 AM »
OK folks, just got off the phone with Richard at AKG.  His take on the VR tube thing is that it *could* be possible, but the tube provides ground to the circuit. 

So find an alternate grounding source and maybe it could work? (these are my conclusions, not his).

His take on it was that the demand wasn't there, so there wasn't any reason to do it.  He definitely did not come out and say "it can be done", but once I explained the thought process to him he did concede that it might be possible.

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2006, 10:11:00 AM »
OK folks, just got off the phone with Richard at AKG.  His take on the VR tube thing is that it *could* be possible, but the tube provides ground to the circuit. 

So find an alternate grounding source and maybe it could work? (these are my conclusions, not his).

His take on it was that the demand wasn't there, so there wasn't any reason to do it.  He definitely did not come out and say "it can be done", but once I explained the thought process to him he did concede that it might be possible.

So there you go.


Thanks for the info.  I don't understand how they don't see the demand.  I can't believe that studios aren't interested in the remote capsules?
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #55 on: February 17, 2006, 10:12:48 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I don't understand how they don't see the demand.  I can't believe that studios aren't interested in the remote capsules?

that is because if they need a world class cardioid, they get the 4022s :P

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #56 on: February 17, 2006, 10:15:12 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I don't understand how they don't see the demand.  I can't believe that studios aren't interested in the remote capsules?

that is because if they need a world class cardioid, they get the 4022s :P

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #57 on: February 17, 2006, 10:16:53 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I don't understand how they don't see the demand.  I can't believe that studios aren't interested in the remote capsules?

that is because if they need a world class cardioid, they get the 4022s :P

Yes, Nick.  We know you love your mics. 

Now, the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem  ;)

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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #58 on: February 17, 2006, 10:24:32 AM »
and my wife would support anyone who says I have a problem

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fwiw, I like to think I run the poor man's 4022's, and get to add quality hypers (ck63's) and omni's (ck62's) for still less than the cost of the 4022's:

JW also compares the mod 460's to the DPA 4011, 402x series of mics.  Moke & Goose ran a comparision of the JW mod 460's > V3 and the DPA 4022's > V3.  The results showed the highs of the mod 460's to a tad harsher and the 4022's to be more enjoyable overall, but the differences of the two were so little that most people didn't think the marginal increase of sound quality for the 4022's justified the big cost differential.  Moke's post and the responses can be read here:

http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=48168.0
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Re: The AKG Actives Project
« Reply #59 on: February 17, 2006, 10:32:59 AM »
understand, hypers are irrelevant to me...if I my seats arent good enough for cards, I need better seats!

 

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