Custom Engraving Examples

Custom engraving is free with any new JDS Labs amplifier or DAC ordered through jdslabs.com. It’s a fun process, both for us, and for you. When you click the “Engrave” button during checkout, our production staff receives and pastes your custom text or image into Adobe Illustrator, then prints to one of our two laser engraving machines. Here’s our […]

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Machining an Audio Company

We build amazing headphone amplifiers and DACs. Obviously, this niche market appeals to owners of nice headphones. More interesting is a look at Google Trends for the search phrase “headphones”: It’s clear that headphone popularity has grown in the past 3-4 years (and the average consumer searches for Beats by Dre…). Easy to explain is the annual […]

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How to Finish Aluminum

Disclaimer: This article has no audio related content. We hope the following manufacturing information will be useful to others. A couple years ago, we naively expected that aluminum manufactures would perfectly interpret our engineering drawings and produce beautiful, black parts. After rejecting 4500+ aluminum cases in these past two years, I can tell you with certainty that this […]

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Happy 2013!

Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 was by far our best year ever, at 430% revenue growth over last year. Incredible! No surprise to us, “Erik” at Headfonia.com named the O2+ODAC combo his personal Product of the Year: “I have heard and seen more gear in 2012 than in all the years before combined. For me, the […]

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Endplate Experiments & RCA Jacks for ODAC

** Scheduled Maintenance: We’re moving our server tomorrow night at 1:00AM CST, Saturday, July 14th. Anticipated downtime is 1-4 hours. JDSLabs.com may be difficult to access in some parts of the world for the next 24-48 hours while our new IP address propagates. ** CNC Experiments Nick has spent the past three weeks making noise, breaking […]

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Setting Up Shop

Each Friday I realize how much we’ve accomplished over the week, and wish I had more time to share the news. This entire month has been huge. In trusty bullet point format, we’ve recently: Moved into a new 900 sq. ft. office in Glen Carbon, IL Shipped several hundred ODAC preorders Hired ‘Jimmy’, a new […]

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A Busy Start

This won’t be a typical post. There’s nothing new to see here, just a reflection of our progress. We posted a short year end summary after 2010, at which time I drafted a few goals for 2011. The year turned out nothing like I’d planned…

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c421 Pre-order Goes Live

Someone reminded us that we haven’t posted a c421 update in “forever”. Today’s your day: The c421 preorder page is now up! Note that the release date is tentative, so the page cannot yet be found through our store, and the formal announcement e-mail has not been sent out. We’ll send the official message when […]

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