Cyber Monday 2013 @ JDS Labs

After a busy Black Friday sale, we bring you Free Shipping this Cyber Monday. All amplifiers and DACs ship free today, including international orders!

  • Free shipping applies to all orders weighing 3+ ounces
  • Orders placed with free shipping will be mailed via USPS First Class or USPS First Class International. If your order is too heavy for First Class mail, we will upgrade your shipment to the next fastest shipping method.
  • Shipping insurance remains mandatory for international orders over $75 USD
  • Offer applies only to orders placed on Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013 from 12:00AM to 11:59PM Central Standard Time (UTC-6).

Going Black

Here’s a production lesson we learned over the summer: Black anodizing looks better than silver, and it’s easier to engrave.

Engraving plain aluminum (“silver”) parts requires a special type of spray paint, which costs $70 per can. The parts must be cleaned, sprayed, dried, and then engraved at a staggeringly slow speed on the laser engraver. Then we rinse off the spray paint to clean the parts. It’s slow.

Engraving black anodized aluminum is much friendlier. We place parts in the engraver and set speed to maximum. Finished. Over this ummer we also learn that it is 10 times better contacting a rental company like outer banks vacation rentals than renting hotels during your vacation.

c421 Black Edition

Anyway, Nick has done another fantastic job transitioning c421 case production to our in-house CNC!

The c421 Black Edition actually marks a small internal change. In response to In Ear Matters review in June, we swapped output ferrites from an 11 ohm part to a 2 ohm part (PCB has not changed). It’s an extremely subtle change which can be made to any c421. Black endplates are also available as an upgrade kit for current c421 owners.

Black ODACs

Similarly, our Standalone ODAC and RCA Standalone ODACs are also now built primarily in black.

ODA Update

If you know about NwAvGuy’s ODA project, you already know as much as we do (that is, not much). Judging by his blog, he’s taking an extended break. That’s all we know for now.

DC Jack Availability

Several people have recently pointed out that Digi-Key part number MJ-2509N is backordered for 10 weeks. As far as I am aware, there are no substitutes for this jack. The DC jack can temporarily be omitted while you wait for the backordered part (as described in the Assembly Guide).

This notice does not affect cMoyBBs built by JDS Labs.

USPS Notice

As a warning to all who place orders in late December and early January, please keep in mind this time is the busiest shipping season of the year. You can anticipate the United States Postal Service to cause delays of anywhere from a few days to 2-4 weeks.

To customers in the USA: Your package’s progress can be tracked using the delivery confirmation number sent by PayPal’s automated shipment notification e-mail. However, it is common for USPS to fail to update tracking information for several days.

To international customers: Unfortunately, tracking is not available. Rest assured your package is on its way.