burning amp

Blow up yer amp! – Not. The annual Burning Amp Festival is a DIY Audio event hosted in San Francisco's Fort Mason Centre. This year's do happens on September 30th from 8:30 to 20:00. "BAF celebrates audio technology both new and old, tube and solid state, analog and digital. Come listen to hand-built audio amplifiers, speakers and more. Bring your own DIY amps, speakers, turntables, DACs, servers etc. Share ideas and learn to design and build your own gear. By way of encouraging people to bring their own projects for show or demonstration, there will be free admission to anyone bringing a DIY project. There will be displays, demos, auction and raffles items plus freebies plus well-attended lectures at the Fire House by prominent figures in audio design. Nelson Pass will devote most of his talk to the newer Sony VFET amplifier kits he is developing for the store at diyAudio. These will be using up Nelson’s remaining Sony VFET transistors, about 400 channels worth. Roger Modjeski, founder/director of the Berkeley HiFi School, will be speaking on tube amp design. Wayne Colburn from Pass Labs who has been with Nelson Pass since the Threshold days, will talk about "Simulation vs. Reality: A line level amplifier stage with 3¢ transistors and 15¢ Fets". By fire code, the presentation room cannot accommodate more than about 110 people so it may very well be that some may have to stand outside or will not be able to attend the talk they want to hear."