Asus Xonar U7


Asus Xonar U7 – adding a touch of class to your notebook audio Although we do not as a rule do comparison tests it was interesting to get a contributor write in whom had purchased both the Asus Xonar U7 and the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 external audio interfaces. Here are his comments: Needing a high quality audio […]

Toroidal Mains Transformer


Where to Buy Mains Transformers So now you have built your circuit and need a cheap mains transformer to power it. The bad news is that even ‘cheap’ transformers are no longer found on the supplier shelves. By cheap, I mean more economical alternatives. For smaller circuits the tendency is for the user to buy an off […]

Gainclone Amplifier


What is a Gainclone Amplifier? Although this is an old topic it shows no signs of disappearing off the map.  Wikipedia describes it as such: “Gainclone or chipamp is a type of audio amplifier made by do-it-yourselfers, or individuals interested in DIY audio. It is a design based on high-power integrated circuits, particularly the National Semiconductor Overture […]



Mars Stereo kits

If you prefer to build your own audio gear, rather than buy ready built units, you are at the right place.

We cater for the first time solderer as well as the seasoned DIY’er.

Our kits come with schematics and layouts to guide you through the assembly of your self built tube amplifier.

If you would rather build these kits under knowledgeable supervision, contact us to find out where and when our next DIY workshop will be held.

Car Speakers - Pioneer TS-D720


Car Speakers and Home Systems – a match made in hell? A very common topic on the forums is whether a car speaker can be used in a home system. My own experience is a simple “why not!”.  It all depends what you have and how you intend to use it. A young African guy walked into […]

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