New Aikido Noval Stereo PCB and Part Kits

Aikido Noval Stereo
Aikido Noval Stereo
Item# AikidoNoval
Input Tubes (Two):  Output Tubes (Two):  Resistors for Aikido PCB with many redundant values:  HV Supporting Capacitors 400V or 250V:  Set of Ceramic PCB-Mount Tube Sockets:  Audyn Coupling Capacitors (for headphone amplifiers):  Cornell Dubilier 942C polypropylene 1uF 1kVdc Coupling Capacitors:  Sets of five PCB stand-offs and screws and o-rings:  Rotary switch & PCB for switching between output Capacitors:  Selector switch & PCB for switching between 3 input sources:  Super strong double sided tape to hold coupling capacitors in place: 
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Product Description

Aikido Noval Stereo
Design your own kit. If you already own many or none of the parts needed in building your own giant-killing Aikido line-stage amplifier, the above lists of parts will help you design an Aikido kit that includes everything you need to populate the PCB. Buy just what you need and save.

All that is needed to finish the entire line stage is a chassis, power supply, volume and input selector controls, and a handful of RCA jacks and hookup wire. Although this custom Aikido kit isn't all that is needed, it is a great start.

What you see above is the new noval Aikido stereo board. It's square not rectangular and does not hold a raw DC power supply, neither for the B+ nor for the heaters. No more All-in-One, in other words. Why no power supply portion? Simplest answer is that because no one size fits all. Some want to use an external power supply, some want fully-regulated high-voltage power supplies, some want many cascading RC filters and no regulation, some want only solid-state rectifiers, some want only vacuum-tube rectifiers, some want DC on the heaters, but no regulation, some want AC on the heaters... but all want the Aikido circuit.

The PS-14 is the same width as the new Aikido noval, so it can be placed right up against the new board. From a few feet, with some squinting, the pair of PCBs would look identical to the old All-in-One board.

Unlike 99.9% of tube circuits, the Aikido amplifier defines a new topology without fixed part choices, not an old topology with specified part choices. In other words, an Aikido amplifier can be built in a nearly infinite number of ways. For example, a 12AX7 input tube will yield a gain close to 50 (mu/2), which would be suitable for an SE amplifier's input stage; a 6FQ7 (6CG7) input tube will yield a gain near 10, which would be excellent for a line stage amplifier; the 6DJ8 or 6H30 in the output stage would deliver a low output impedance that could drive capacitance-laden cables. In other words, the list of possible tubes is a long one: 6AQ8, 6BC8, 6BK7, 6BQ7, 6BS8, 6DJ8, 6FQ7, 6GC7, 6H30, 6KN8, 6N1P, 12AT7, 12AU7, 12AV7, 12AX7, 12BH7, 12DJ8, 12FQ7, 5751, 5963, 5965, 6072, 6922, E188CC, ECC88, ECC99... The only stipulations are that the two triodes within the envelope be similar and that the tube conforms to the 9A or 9AJ base pin-out. Sadly, the 12B4 and 5687 cannot be used with this PCB.

The Aikido noval stereo FR-4 PCB is extra thick, 0.094 inches (inserting and pulling tubes from their sockets won't bend or break this board), double-sided, with plated-through heavy 2oz copper traces. In addition, the PCB is lovingly and expensively made in the USA. The boards are 6 by 6 inches, with five mounting holes, which helps to prevent excessive PCB bending while inserting and pulling tubes from their sockets.

This latest Aikido PCB does incorporate a few small improvements, such as the two output coupling capacitors (which I deem essential) and the ability to be configured as an Aikido Push-Pull circuit, which is perfect for those wishing to build a tube headphone amplifier for high-impedance cans. Of course, the Aikido noval stereo board is not limited to this one application by any means. Line stages, single-ended power amplifier front-ends, tube-based mixers, I-to-V convertersall are possible with this Aikido PCB.

PCB includes 16-page user guide with schematics and instructions.