Gainclone or chipamp is a type of audio amplifier made by do-it-yourselfers, or individuals interested in DIY audio. It is a design based on high-power integrated circuits, particularly the National Semiconductor Overture series.
The Gainclone is probably the most commonly built and well-known amplifier project amongst hobbyists. It is simple to build and involves only a few readily accessible, inexpensive parts. As an amplifier it is highly regarded by many in the DIY community.
“The amp is based on the Project 19 PCB, so uses a pair of LM3876 (or LM3886) power opamps, run from a ±35V supply. ………..The power supply is conventional in almost all respects. I used a 160VA transformer, a 400V 35A bridge rectifier, and a total of 20,000uF per supply rail – 4 x 10,000uF caps in all.”
“The Gainclone amplifier has proved very popular with hobbyists since construction is straightforward and the resulting amplifier has an impressive performance specification.
Most designs discussed online are aimed at audiophile applications. Here is a design for connection the a PC. It powers up and down with the PC and audio input can optionally be taken over USB.”
“But it was the Gaincard that caught the imagination of audio diy-ers around the world and before long, copies of the Gaincard were appearing on internet sites and discussion forums. The Gainclone was born!”
“I had previously planned to build a small stereo amp using the amp6 kit from 41hz.com. After deciding I wanted a bit more power, I did some research and am now going to build a so-called gainclone amp based on the LM3886 chip.”
“First, check out this 3-channel buffer amp Darcy made! It uses the chipamp.com LM3886 amp boards! Feel free to send pictures of your amp and we’ll show them off for you.”