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Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« on: July 28, 2021, 11:21:32 AM »
I just built mine over the weekend, and I want to start by saying "thanks" for adding a project to all the conversations and information on the forum.  This is a good way to bring it all together and stimulate more discussion.

Next, stuff I like: Excellent board, quality components...real pro stuff and I appreciate that. The distortion sound is smoother than I expected, especially on the higher-gain end of the tone range. The tone control mellows out any fizziness which could be a problem depending on your guitar/headphones/speaker.

And, my criticisms: Too much distortion, and not enough volume with the gain turned down to the edge of breakup.  I'll modify it to the clean buffer preamp option one of these days. No power switch, but I can understand the omission, since this is supposed to be highly customizable. I have to pop the battery connectors to power down, but my enclosure choice makes that easy enough. Finally, what can you say about the lack of volume from a LM386 that hasn't been said before?  I'm running two 9v in series for +18-ish volts, and this is sufficient for headphones, but just.  I haven't tried a speaker yet.

That's my experience, and I look forward to more SSGuitar projects and discussions!

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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2021, 11:45:33 AM »
" No power switch, but I can understand the omission, since this is supposed to be highly customizable. I have to pop the battery connectors to power down, but my enclosure choice makes that easy enough"

You could try a 3 prong switching jack that disconnects the battery ground when no cord is inserted.

Like pedals use.

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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 09:13:33 PM »
" No power switch, but I can understand the omission, since this is supposed to be highly customizable. I have to pop the battery connectors to power down, but my enclosure choice makes that easy enough"

You could try a 3 prong switching jack that disconnects the battery ground when no cord is inserted.

Like pedals use.

Or just wire a switch inline with the battery - that's what I do.  I'm not a fan of onboard power switching, even when it is for a battery amp.

Regarding power output, it is an LM386 so it's about as loud as I could get it.  If you need more headphone volume, try using a lower resistance value for R10.  If you use 10 ohm it should just about blow your ear drums with any normal headphones - mine certainly did!

I'm planning another battery based kit, probably power amp only.  This one would be based on the PAM8302 which gives 2.5w and runs on a really low voltage of 5v nominal.  I've been playing with the board from Adafruit and it's significantly louder than any LM386 circuit I've used.
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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 06:05:35 AM »
Hi there, I am interested in the Honey Amp kit. Where can I purchase please?
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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2021, 11:41:07 AM »
Hi there, I am interested in the Honey Amp kit. Where can I purchase please?
Cheers
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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2021, 03:48:15 PM »
Hi there, I am interested in the Honey Amp kit. Where can I purchase please?
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Re: Thoughts on my new Honey Amp
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2021, 06:19:13 PM »
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I'm planning another battery based kit, probably power amp only.  This one would be based on the PAM8302 which gives 2.5w and runs on a really low voltage of 5v nominal.

Looking forward to this one.  2.5w is about all I'd need with a speaker.  Consider a basic preamp board to go with it.  Thanks again!