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Let the fun begin Building Lightstar amps from the ground up

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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:35 pm

Let the fun begin Building Lightstar amps from the ground up

This looks like it will make for an interesting weekend... or 10

Hey Ray... can I be in your little club now ??? pleeeeeeeease.... [-o<
Got Wood ?

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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:17 pm

Wow, brand spanking new Lightstars. Some assembly required. Cool! James, I'm so jealous. Now you can bi-amp the AL-5's & 6's.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:37 pm

No fair making a grown man drool. Congrats, I am super jealous.

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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:41 pm

Did you get the Transformers? If not what are your plans to get transformers built?
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:46 pm

Phantom602 wrote:Did you get the Transformers? If not what are your plans to get transformers built?



He's going to put Optimus Prime in there....
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:53 pm

The transformers were so heavy FedEX wouldn`t put them on the truck for delivery. He had to go to FedEx to pick them up. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:08 pm

DaveS wrote:The transformers were so heavy FedEX wouldn`t put them on the truck for delivery. He had to go to FedEx to pick them up. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/


NO JOKE! Those things look like the size of a damn birthday cake!
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:11 pm

Just as an FYI the chassis is used as a heatsink. This will be key in keeping the units cool enough to run.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:16 pm

And the company that made them (Panda Manufacturing) is no longer around. If anyone knows anything about Panda let us know PLEASE!!!!!!!!
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:23 pm

Im looking at my reference lightstar. Parts of the chassis is milled. we are talking some big$$$
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:29 pm

Phantom602 wrote:Just as an FYI the chassis is used as a heatsink. This will be key in keeping the units cool enough to run.


If I'm not mistaken, there is a heatsink AND the chassis... I think they doubled up on the aluminum to double the heatsink.

I am in the process of buying a 5th COMPLETE working Lightstar amp. That will be the one I disassemble to redesign all the parts from for these 4. It will be a while till this project is finished, but in the end, I plan to have them look as close to 100% OEM as possible. I expect to have $20k worth of amps when I am finished, for a small fraction of what they would cost, and probably will be the largest Lightstar shareholder :) From what I have heard, after I finish these 4, there will be 84-85 of them world wide. That means I will have about 6% of them. Hell... at this rate I WILL have my 1.21 Gigawatts by CarverFest 08' !!!

I just realized... I will need (10) outlets just to turn them all on.. damn.
What do you think... (5) 20 amp drops, (1) per amp? plus a 6th for the Pre, CD, etc.. ??
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‎~You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?~

SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE MUSIC!
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:44 pm

Phantom602 wrote:Im looking at my reference lightstar. Parts of the chassis is milled. we are talking some big$$$


Maybe for the average bear....
Here's what I do for fun....

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Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it 'cause nobody else will

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SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE MUSIC!
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Post Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:04 am

Damn, James! Do you have a machine shop?!?

NICE work!
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Post Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:37 am

Kinda... 2 CnC router tables... 1 is 6'x10' and the other is 6' x 12'
and a CnC laser that is 18" x 24"

I don't have a mill or lathe... but I have 3 friends that do, and one guys equipment is all CnC.
Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it 'cause nobody else will

‎~You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?~

SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE MUSIC!
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Post Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:43 am

The chassis should be easy to do then. GAME ON!!!
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