Burning Amp 2017

Sunday November 12th, 2017 8:30am-8:00pm

Fort Mason Firehouse  &  Building C 2nd Floor Rooms, San Francisco, CA

The event for People interested in making or learning about do it yourself audio equipment, auditioning equipment made by others, and attending talks concerning various audio topics. It is not necessary that you bring components to show in order to attend Burning  Amp.

And Now: Free admission for those who bring a component they’ve made to be auditioned or admired!

Presentations and Talks:

  • Demian Martin
  • Siegfried Linkwitz
  • Nelson Pass
  • Wayne Colburn

Fort Mason Firehouse

For more info, to ask questions, or to post feedback see this thread on diyAudio:


Please check back again to get the latest updates and instructions

2017 Fort Mason Burning Amp

BURNING AMP TAKES PLACE with expanded hours of 8:30 am-8pm SUNDAY November 12th at FORT MASON CENTER in SAN FRANCISCO, CA. We will be using the 2nd floor Meeting Rooms in Building C for auditioning components and systems as usual, and the adjacent Firehouse spaces adjacent to Building C at ground level for FOUR talks by experts in audio, demonstration tables, and lunch.

A helpful map of the Fort Mason grounds can be found here:
When driving to the site, enter via the Gatehouse at Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard.

There are four talks throughout the day and will be held at the Firehouse. A link to the  schedule is available on the Home page. Unfortunately, the room cannot by the Fire Code accommodate more than about 110 people so some may have to stand outside or will not be able to attend the talk they want to hear if they are late.  Please no standing around the walls as this will violate Fire Code.

Nelson Pass will be talking about his new amplifiers which diyAudio will sell as kits and should have them to demo,  along with tons of other cool stuff in his audition rooms, including the awesome SAL speakers

Siegfried Linkwitz will give a presentation on audio perception, and also demo his acclaimed  LX series open baffle speakers in his audition room.

Demian Martin will demonstrate the only existing sample in the U.S. of a new precision measurement interface for computers, the RTX Analyzer, which has unheard of performance per dollar,  and will also  demonstrate the Auto Ranger, a device designed by Jan Didden that automatically sets the input voltage to your computer interface to 1 volt to get the best measurements and not blow it up! He will have them on display at a table in the Firehouse  and may do some tests of amps for people to demonstrate them, plus discuss other audio topics

Wayne Colburn from Pass Labs will be talking about how he approaches some common circuit design issues, and also present his new headphone amp design and the PCB’s he can supply for them.  He will also  have a table in the Firehouse where you can listen to it. Bring your own headphones for the most meaningful experience!

The talks are throughout the day and will be held at the Firehouse. A link to the  schedule is available on the Home page. Unfortunately, the large room cannot by the Fire Code accommodate more than about 110 people so it may very well be that some may have to stand outside or will not be able to attend the talk they want to hear.  Please, no standing around the walls as this will violate Fire Code.

Below you will find some additional info that should be useful for attendees and exhibitors. Check back as we get closer to the event.

All the chairs and tables in the Firehouse will be set up by Fort Mason. But in the Building C Second floor rooms, where we normally have all the DIY gear on display, we will face the same setup tasks as in the past. That is to say Fort Mason will leave carts of chairs and tables here and there and our job is to set these up according to the supplied diagrams. This is where we can all pitch in. If you are bringing gear, expect to help out as well in the crucial first hour. So please think about leaving your gear in the car when you arrive and take one trip inside to lend a hand and find your assigned room. Then go back and begin unloading. At the end of the day, after you have packed up, please lend a hand to move tables and chairs from your area back into the racks.

As always we will have the moving blankets for sound abatement treatment for the rooms, it would only help if you can bring any more that you have. If anyone has some ideas on how we can get sound panels for the day, or anything else that will suck up sound, please post here or contact me. If you can store sound absorption materials (in your garage, storage locker, etc), and can bring them to the event and take them back home again afterwards, please contact the organizers via the diyAudio thread link above,

Fort Mason has a large paid parking lot where you can park right next to the buildings. We recommend using it. If the parking lot is full which generally doesn’t happen, you will need to find parking in another Fort Mason lot or nearby paid parking. Please try to arrive early to avoid lugging your gear from 1/4 mile away. Usually you can unload free if you leave the lot within 20 minutes, but finding parking elsewhere is a challenge!

Thanks to the generous donation by PassDIY (Thanks NP!) we are able to keep the entry ticket cost down to $20 (cash only) this year. However those that bring a DIY component to be auditioned in one of the rooms, will get in free!

Lunch will be offered for $10, which will get you a heaping plate of Indian Food, vegetarian and not vegetarian. You should buy your lunch ticket when you pay admission, as we can’t guarantee we won’t run out of food tickets later. Make sure to fill in your name tag and wer it always as it proves you’ve paid your admission!

BAF T-Shirts in a new design will be on sale for $15 also. You will get some raffle tickets as part of the entry ticket charge, and additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase if you want to increase your odds. If your parts/component donation hasn’t been taken away after the raffle has concluded, please take it back home with you.

Burning Amp is much more interesting when people can read about what they are looking at. “Wow, here’s a nice electronics chassis with some connectors on the table! What is it?” Don’t make attendees guess! Please prepare a short description (e.g. 1 page or less) of your project at home, print it out, and bring it with you to place by your component.  Maybe even make copies to hand out- you can’t always be there to explain your project, and even if you are, this will give someone other than the person you are talking to at the time a chance to learn about it. Some points you can include are: What is it (preamp, amp, headphone amp, etc)? Did you design this or did you build a design you found online or a kit? What is novel about it (parts used, construction techniques, etc)? What are your own thoughts about it, and would you recommend it for someone else to build, etc. This kind of info can make browsing around the floor much more informative and can cover the basics so that you will not need to repeat them over and over again.