Today's entry marks the beginning of the home stretch: the chassis is finished and the assembly work has begun.
I estimate I'm going to need two to three full days to complete the assembly, likely including a few trips to the electronics store to collect various fasteners and such like, before the job is complete and testing can begin.
Just to satisfy myself that I'd done something, I began assembling a few components onto the chassis, pleased to say everything seems to fit; the holes all line up and are the right size (so far!)
This amplifier will contain TWO mains transformers: the large main transformer, and a smaller one to provide 9v AC which will be the standby power. This transformer will power the input selector, remote volume control and standby control, and the chromecast USB power supply.
Having two transformers allows the provision of the full remote control, including power switch.
So the top plate of the chassis will need to support the mains transformers and the output transformers. It's made of 4mm aluminium and it seems equal to the task without bending, based on some benchtop tests. Time will tell if it starts to sag in use
More pictures and progress reports as assembly continues. Some quick phone snapshots for now.
Power Supply, USB supply, rear terminals, volume control and rotary encoder in place
The back panel. Note switched power output – this will run to the separate (valve) phono preamp.
Outputs will be 4 and 8 Ohm.
All these separate panels are gonna need some heavy-duty earthing!