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Take your Game Boy restoration to the next level with the custom built, ultra-efficient and clean audio class D amplifier designed in-house by RetroSix. The CleanAmp replaces the original audio amplifier and speaker of the Game Boy Original, Color, Pocket or Advance with a modern smooth and crazy loud class D amplifier and speaker.
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So I ended up grabbing a new power regulator along with the audio amp. Right now, I'm using the factory speaker that came with the Game Boy. Overall, quality is good and sound is effective (and very loud). Since I was careful and used plenty of flux, I did not run into any issues with the quality of the solder pads on the board. A few improvements for this mod and the offerings of items on Handheld Legend:
- The directions for the DMG-01 install have me solder a small wire on the end of a component (resistor or capacitor. Not sure). If we are having pads on the board already, why not just have another pad available to solder onto? Even when being careful, I still shifted the component. This part of the design introduced unneeded risk for the install
- Handheld Legend offers new speakers. Cool, except the wire length was not adequate for this mod. If I missed another item posting to get a new speaker with longer wires, that should be a more obvious option. Otherwise, consider defaulting the speakers sold with longer wires for things like this mod. Due to this, I just stayed with my original speaker
- I'd like to see recommendations for taking advantage of the increased power output of the amp. Better quality speakers? Higher impedance headphones? Is this mod a good direction to take for an audiophile Game Boy?
- It wasn't clear to me if this amp would clean up any of the white noise on the audio line (it doesn't, at least on the headphone output. Makes sense, but still). Perhaps a specific disclosure on this only amplifying total power of the output would be good, especially given the name of the mod (CleanAmp).
That's all I got. I'm a happy customer, but think there is still room for some improvement on the mod itself and how it's sold.
I'm surprised these two things don't just come as a set. The ClearAmp is incredibly fiddly to solder. You need wire strippers and patience to solder all of the wires and cut them to size. I recommend using double sided take and taping the board in place before starting and leaving it there. You will also need to cut part of the speaker inlay on the shell so have some sharp flush cutters handy. You will also be sacrificing a **** in the motherboard, however the two are just fine.
The amp sounds loud, but incredibly noisy. Lots of hissing, buzzing, static, and squealing. It's unplayable without the dehiss kit which I installed and it sounds much better with that paired with it.
Very nice amp. I have it in all my consoles. Here's my gameboy pocket with it installed. Clean and loud audio even without bridging.also my other red pocket and my DMG
i didn't realize till after i bought this that there was a no wire pro version of this amp... it was hard to get the single wire to solder to the left side but it was totally worth the effort to install this.
Pads ripped while I was thinning them... Not worth buying.
Thanks for your review! Check out our soldering iron guide on our wiki: https://wiki.handheldlegend.com/soldering-iron-guide
There may have been something amiss with the solder settings but if you believe that wasn't the issue, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can look into this further for you!
I installed this upgraded sound chip too my OG game boy DMG-01 and it is way louder than the factory sound!! I love it! I can hear it in the other room with the door closed it’s insane. Great quality product. I would have too say I burnt thru about 4 of these chips before I got it right but that’s just because I’m a noob at soldering lmao. Thanks for this great product!
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