Author Topic: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display  (Read 511 times)

Offline Wolla

OK, I have just received an Audio Specrum LED Display kit, compliments of Ebay. I also bought a spare E-One faceplate from @Hi-Phibian albeit in anodized black.

I like LED’s so I thought I’d try my hand at making a suitable enclosure that will resemble a Bel Canto E-One component, housing the LED Display unit, also in green LEDs like my current DAC3vb.

This is what I currently have:



And this is what I have in mind:


Will update as I progress.

Here is where I got the LED kit: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F332744551370
Must say it got here in very good time, basically 3 weeks.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2019, 06:04:53 PM by Wolla »
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Offline Jason Willemse

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 06:06:40 PM »
That is so cool...
With a dark tinted screen!


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Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 06:18:19 PM »
That is so cool...
With a dark tinted screen!


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Thanks Jason, yes I need a piece of dark tinted perspex if possible. Maybe another member has some spare. I have 2mm clear extruded perspex, but not dark tinted. Looks like Perspex companies only sell full sheets at a time.
Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Offline Jason Willemse

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 07:56:09 PM »
Add a layer of window tint on the inside to shade darker...


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Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 09:21:48 PM »
Thanks Jason, yes I need a piece of dark tinted perspex if possible. Maybe another member has some spare. I have 2mm clear extruded perspex, but not dark tinted. Looks like Perspex companies only sell full sheets at a time.


Or chase signage companies for an off cut. 



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Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 11:03:13 PM »
Sjoe, finished the soldering


and tested




looking good.





Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 11:17:04 PM »
Power consumption is pretty good at just over .1A using a 5V powerbank.

It only goes up with a few mA if I push the brightness up. Looks like the engine itself uses almost the whole 100mA. Even if it goes into sleep mode it still consumes 96mA+. Will build in a switch in the PS. Good news is that it will keep the Powerbank from shutting down.


Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2019, 11:18:49 PM »

Or chase signage companies for an off cut. 



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Good idea. Will go check what the local guys have on hand.
Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Online Curlycat

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2019, 05:52:18 PM »
Add a layer of window tint on the inside to shade darker...


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It looks very nice Wolla. Good soldering skills there  :thumbs:
Try Maizey's plastics - closest branch to you would be Paarden Eiland. They cut plexiglass, not sure if they will have anything such as smoked plexi.
http://maizeyarchitectural.co.za/

Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 06:27:59 PM »
It looks very nice Wolla. Good soldering skills there  :thumbs:
Try Maizey's plastics - closest branch to you would be Paarden Eiland. They cut plexiglass, not sure if they will have anything such as smoked plexi.
http://maizeyarchitectural.co.za/

Thanks Felix, I actually got the clear perspex from Maizey's but they normally sell you a sheet when I ordered straight online. Will call them, maybe they have some off-cuts.
Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Online Curlycat

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 06:33:29 PM »
I have never ordered online, but walking in they have cut every time for me in the past. Good luck.

Online Curlycat

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2019, 06:36:31 PM »
If you are not in a hurry, I can pop in there and ask, provided you give me a product code.

Offline Wolla

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2019, 11:39:55 AM »
If you are not in a hurry, I can pop in there and ask, provided you give me a product code.
Thanks @Curlycat for your kind offer.

I’ve ordered a roll of tint film as per @Jason Willemse suggestion, since I already have lots of clear Perspex.

Hopefully it will work OK, else I will be forced to get the genuine stuff.
Main/PC: FLAC > Zotac ZBox Nano Windows 10 PC > Halide Bridge > Bel Canto DAC3vb > Bel Canto REF1000 monos > Piega Premium 5
Cables: Zu Audio - Mission,
HP: iPad Pro > Audeze iSine 10, Philips SHP-895
Casual: Apple HiFi, DIY OB Boombox

Offline Juggy

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2019, 07:51:00 AM »
Power consumption is pretty good at just over .1A using a 5V powerbank.

It only goes up with a few mA if I push the brightness up. Looks like the engine itself uses almost the whole 100mA. Even if it goes into sleep mode it still consumes 96mA+. Will build in a switch in the PS. Good news is that it will keep the Powerbank from shutting down.




Where, what is that inline USB unit? Looks very handy

Offline PhillipJ

Re: Wolla’s ‘Bel Canto’ E-One DIY Audio Spectrum LED Display
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2019, 09:00:41 AM »
Nice!

I might still have a piece of tinted perspex somewhere in the garage. Its a black purple tint however. As soon as I have a chance, I'll check  :thumbs: