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AudioFiles: Pieces of a Dream

Building audio gear from a kit saves bucks and doubles the fun

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In a time when the hottest thing in audio is digitally tuned, Internet-connected voice-command speakers, it might seem impossible for anyone without an engineering degree to build an audio product. But not only is it possible, it’s even easier than it was in the Kind of Blue era, when building your own gear was more commonplace. Today, there are innumerable DIY audio kit providers that sell through the Internet, as well as plenty of online sources for how-to advice.

Why build a kit instead of buying a finished product? There are many reasons. First and foremost, audio kits tend to be much less expensive. Many kits are cool, boutique-y items that aren’t available as finished products. Kits often allow for some degree of customization, either in the circuitry or in the enclosure that holds the product. And last but certainly not least is the satisfaction you get from constructing and listening to gear you’ve built yourself.

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