means "do it yourself
. Rather than buying a piece of possibly expensive audio equipment, such as a high-end audio
amplifier or speaker, the person practicing DIY Audio will make it him/herself. The benefits of doing so include economic concerns, the satisfaction of creating something enjoyable, the possibility that the equipment made is of higher quality than commercially available products, and the feasibility of creating a custom-made device for which no exact equivalent is marketed.
History of DIY audio
Audio DIY came to prominence in the 50s to 60s, as audio reproduction was relatively new and the technology "complex," audio reproduction equipment, and in particular high performance equipment, was not offered at the retail level. Kits and designs were available for consumers to build their own equipment. Famous vacuum tube
kits from Dynaco
, and McIntosh
, as well as solid state (transistor
) kits from Hafler allowed for consumers to build their own hi fidelity systems. Books and magazines were published which explained new concepts regarding the design and operation of vacuum tube and (later) transistor circuits.
While audio equipment has become easily accessible in the current day and age, there still exists an interest in building one's own equipment, including amplifiers, speakers, preamplifiers, and even CD players and turntables
. Today, a network of companies, parts vendors, and on-line communities exist to foster... Read More